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Comics of the Week #408

Posted 21 hours ago

Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD. The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers. These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world today. So for a few … [Link]

Readdress Success

Posted 44 hours ago

I am a failure. My side projects have not made me millions. I’ve not been featured on the App Store. I have not won Site Of The Day on Awwwards, I’ve not even had an Honourable Mention. I’m now over the hill and into my 30’s. My best is past me. I’ve failed at life. Or at least that’s how … [Link]

UX at Scale 2017: Free Online Conference with 20,000+ Registrants

Posted 3 days ago

Scaling design is one of the greatest challenges faced by product teams today. That’s because design just doesn’t scale like engineering. As teams, products, and processes grow, things eventually break. Despite how daunting the challenge seems, plenty of companies have adapted their own best practices over the years. Now they’re going to share their stories with the world. On Oct … [Link]

JUST™ Creative

Top 6 Tips for a Killer Logo Design

Posted 6 days ago

This article was contributed by Lucy Benton. Regardless of the industry, a general rule of logo design is to make it as simple as possible. The reason for this is obvious: a simple logo is much easier to memorize. However, producing a simple yet effective logo is a challenging task. Besides simplicity, one must consider the uniqueness of the brand, … [Link]

How To Be & Stay Creative for Career Success

Posted 11 days ago

This article was contributed by Hugh Beaulac. Over the long haul, you have nailed a job interview, and you’re in a meritorious job that brings you joy and money. But is it enough to achieve career success? Although you have great knowledge about your niche and experience in it, you need to stay creative to keep on climbing the career … [Link]

8 Essential Tips for The Perfect Website

Posted 20 days ago

This article was contributed by Doug Beney. You’ve been honing your craft for a while now! Your portfolio is starting to look awesome to the max. Maybe you’ve even built up a bit of a following on social media. However, there’s a good chance that you’ve been neglecting your website. With social media being such a powerful tool for creatives, … [Link]

You The Designer

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Posted 14 months ago

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Selfie Fables — Disney Alternative Art Illustrations by Simona Bonafini

Posted 2 years ago

What if Disney stories had Instagram? Probably not a good idea Instagram has been a huge part of the social media sphere ever since its introduction in 2010. Created by software engineers Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, it gained rapid popularity with over 300 million active users at the end of 2014. It was so popular that social media giant … [Link]

These Japanese Barcodes Are So Kawaii!

Posted 2 years ago

In today’s commercial world, barcodes are almost everywhere. Present in every product packaging that we use today, barcodes have become universal with their use in automating supermarket checkout systems. Recently, innovations in barcode technology have made it possible to do more than tagging products. They can also be used to encode music, images, URLs and emails. Barcodes encode data by … [Link]

I Love Typography

Typography & Thyme: the first printed herbals

Posted 4 weeks ago

Since before agricultural civilization, humans have used plants for their special properties – to nourish and heal, to harm and to poison. The earliest written compilations of plants can be traced back to the second millennium BC, with early traditions in Egypt, Mesopotamia, China and India. In Greco-Roman antiquity, the Athenian, Theophrastus (c. 371 – c. 287 BC), a contemporary … [Link]

Endangered Alphabets

Posted 9 weeks ago

I started the Endangered Alphabets Project in 2010 when I discovered that about a third of the world’s 120-plus writing systems may become extinct within the next one or two generations. As you probably know, every culture has its own spoken language, and in many cases its own written language, too — a writing system it has developed to express … [Link]

Inkwell: welcome to our universe

Posted 10 weeks ago

Informal is not an adjective that readily comes to mind in describing anything in the type catalogue of New York foundry, Hoefler & Co. From the highly formal sparkle of Renaissance inspired text romans like Requiem through its humanist sans, Ideal Sans, to the precision and aplomb of the shaded and layered Obsidian, all walk the page with a decidedly … [Link]

DesignM.ag – Web Design & Development

29 Best Video Tutorials for Learning InDesign

Posted 2 years ago

Written content dominates the vast majority of e-learning materials on the web. But YouTube videos and premium courses are catching up as video content becomes easier to produce. Because of this fluctuation it’s now easier than ever to teach yourself a piece of software or new skillset by watching other professionals from the comfort of your home office. InDesign is … [Link]

Large Creative September Font Pack for Designers

Posted 2 years ago

So far today, I have spent one hour perfecting the design of one of my client’s new media packs, and honestly I am very happy with it. To tell you the truth, I am super happy that I managed to get it looking so great, within such a short space of time. What I am not happy with however, is … [Link]

Insights, Tips, and Recommended Themes to Create an Excellent eCommerce Experience

Posted 2 years ago

Attractive product packaging, useful product-related information, and a streamlined checkout process can combine to give your online store’s customers a shopping experience that encourages repeat visits, and visits by word-of-mouth customers as well. Follow the insights and tips offered here, and give careful consideration to our WordPress theme recommendations, and you could easily become the proud owner of an eCommerce … [Link]

Vandelay Design

25 Super-Useful Web Tools And Services

Posted 5 days ago

Web designers and web developers, prepare yourself for the best showcase available out there. Below you will find 25 super-useful web tools and services that will heavily help you and your projects…. Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Best Online Courses To Teach Yourself Logo & Identity Design

Posted 12 days ago

Learning to design logos from scratch is no easy task. But the more you practice the better you get. The toughest part is just starting and finding the right resources to introduce yourself to the… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

12 Best Books For Content Marketing & Writing Better Web Copy

Posted 18 days ago

Designing a great website is about more than pretty graphics or a smooth logo. It’s also about a usable experience that helps people consume content or engage with the page. But there is a difference… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Line25

20 Cool Website Designs with Full Screen Slideshows

Posted 15 hours ago

Javascript slideshows became increasingly popular thanks to the introduction of libraries such as jQuery. We’re used to seeing slideshows contained in a box somewhere on the page, but nowadays we’re seeing supersize slideshows that span the whole screen. This post showcases 20 cool websites that make use of these full-screen slideshows effects to promote their content. Want more? Check out … [Link]

30 Web Designs Featuring Looping Video Backgrounds

Posted 39 hours ago

Looping video backgrounds is one of the fastest growing trends in web design. Ever since designers were given the ability to render video content in HTML5 we’ve seen motion pictures quickly take the place of static images in website headers and backgrounds. Today’s web design showcase features 30 great examples of websites featuring large looping video backgrounds. See how they … [Link]

The Design to WordPress Services You Need to Use in 2017

Posted 3 days ago

Have you ever worked on a team project? If the answer is yes, you must know how important the right division of tasks is. It’s usually best to have the work done by those who have the expertise needed to perform the certain task. Moreover, it is vital to have them collaborate their efforts. If you are a web designer, … [Link]

Spoon Graphics

1950s Artist Brush Pack for Access All Areas Members

Posted 2 days ago

Access All Areas members have a great new brush pack to download for Adobe Illustrator, thanks to Guerillacraft. The 1950s Artist Brush Pack contains 19 seamless pattern based brushes and 20 art brushes to help you create vector paintings and line art. Inspired by 1950s illustration, these brushes are made by hand using ink, old brushes and finger-smudging, scanned in … [Link]

Video Tutorial: Gritty HDR Photo Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Posted 4 days ago

In today’s Adobe Photoshop tutorial we’re going to play around with some filters and adjustments to create a gritty HDR style photo effect. This effect works great with street photography, urban images and any pictures that would be enhanced with a grungy mood with harsh contrast and sharp details. Typically, HDR images are created by shooting a range of exposures … [Link]

How To Create Colourful Gradient Orbs in Illustrator

Posted 6 days ago

I’ve been playing around in Adobe Illustrator blending together vibrant colours to produce some cool gradient effects. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to use the Gradient Mesh tool to create a colourful circular orb, which can also be modified into a cool abstract shape with Illustrator’s Warp tool. Being vector based means these graphics are extremely versatile, so … [Link]

Web Design Blog | Magazine for Designers

20+ Effective Blog Comment Form Designs

Posted 14 hours ago

If you want your blog to be at all successful with the comments side of things, you need to have an attractive and different blog comment form that users will enjoy filling out. I have compiled a showcase of some cool blog comment form designs. These have different styles and layouts you can be inspired by. You will find very … [Link]

10 Beautiful Pricing Tables Designs

Posted 39 hours ago

Pricing tables are very useful when displaying your prices in a way that they can be compared. For example, a web designer may offer multiple types of packages at different rates. Pricing tables are very helpful because this way the designer can clearly show the client what he offers. Whether you are looking to create WordPress pricing tables, html pricing … [Link]

20 Delicious Food and Restaurant Website Templates

Posted 3 days ago

Restaurant websites are a great source of inspiration and will definitely help you learn some nice ways of displaying photos within a design. The main purpose of restaurant websites is to display food photos, so high-quality photos are a must! In this post, you’ll find 20 restaurant/food websites with different design approaches that will inspire you. Whether you’re the owner … [Link]

Abduzeedo – Design Inspiration and Tutorials

Wallpaper of the Week x Unsplash – The Shape of Dorset, UK

Posted 5 hours ago

Wallpaper of the Week x Unsplash – The Shape of Dorset, UK AoiroStudio Sep 24, 2017 It's been a little while since our last WPW; following up our comeback with the Wallpaper of the Week series, it’s crazy to imagine there’s more than 350+ wallpapers available to download for your different screen resolutions. Things have changed ever since so we … [Link]

Daily Design Inspiration

Posted 5 hours ago

Daily Design Inspiration AoiroStudio Sep 23, 2017 Part of the Daily Design Inspiration series that started it all on Abduzeedo. This is where you'll find the most interesting things/finds/work curated by one of us to simply inspire your day. Furthermore, it's an opportunity to feature work from more designers, photographers, and artists in general that we haven't had the chance … [Link]

Introducing Adobe Creative Resident Jessica Bellamy

Posted 28 hours ago

Introducing Adobe Creative Resident Jessica Bellamy ibby Sep 23, 2017 Today marks the celebration of Jessica Bellamy, our fifth Adobe Creative Residency talent hailing from the lovely Louisville, Kentucky. Bellamy specializes in infographic design by telling visual and personalized stories using data with a focus on driving social change. As a former PR professional myself, I personally appreciate this vertical … [Link]

BittBox

How to Be an Art Director: The Designer’s Guide

Posted 2 days ago

How can I become an art director? There’s no single way to become an art director, and if you want to become one, that’s actually pretty good news. There are numerous paths to this career destination, and many of them overlap. Some of these paths include: Traditional schooling Specialized schooling Experience + Internships Building an eclectic portfolio Many designers are … [Link]

30 Best WordPress Themes for Bands & Musicians

Posted 3 days ago

There's no doubt that WordPress has grown into a powerful CMS with the capability to mimic any type of website. WordPress themes offer extensible functionality which is often built right into the code. The absolute best themes are created by designers and developers who have a knack for WordPress and know how to customize these important features. The following themes … [Link]

The Crossover Between User Experience And Conversion Rates

Posted 4 days ago

What designers call user experience design is really a process of engineering interfaces to encourage certain behaviors. This is also true of conversion rate optimization, or CRO. Both skillsets overlap in many places with similar goals and means of achieving those goals. But what can UX designers learn by studying conversions? And what can marketers learn by studying UX design? … [Link]

Fuel Your Creativity

Exclusive DesignCrowd Discount Coupon Code

Posted 3 years ago

It’s that time of the year again! The team over at DesignCrowd are offering great savings on custom logo design, web design and graphic design via their new DesignCrowd coupon page. Browse through the many deals and offers available and choose a discount that best suits you. You can save on flyer design, logo design and more! DesignCrowd is a … [Link]

Is Crowdsourcing Crowding the Freelance Graphic Designer?

Posted 3 years ago

Over the past few years the demand for crowdsourcing services has skyrocketed. This is particularly true for the design industry where crowdsourcing platforms such as DesignCrowd offer a cost effective way for small to medium businesses, start-ups and even individuals to get graphic design services done with very little effort. The processes are managed completely online and the platform provides … [Link]

DesignCrowd are having a MASSIVE DESIGN SALE – June Only

Posted 3 years ago

We know that many businesses will be looking to start this financial year with a kick! Start fresh and jump onboard with DesignCrowd. Perhaps you’re thinking of rebranding or making some visual changes to modernise your business? If so, the good folks over at DesignCrowd, the design crowdsourcing platform are having a MASSIVE DESIGN SALE – For 1 week only, … [Link]

Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and Tutorials

Themify Shoppe – The Ultimate WooCommerce WordPress Theme

Posted 7 months ago

I’m excited to announce that Themify has released another awesome theme – Themify Shoppe. Designed by Liam McKay and coded by Themify team, Shoppe works hand-in-hand with WooCommerce, making it the ultimate multi-purposed eCommerce theme. It features the popular drag and drop Themify Builder that can help you design and build your online store to […] The post Themify Shoppe … [Link]

Best Email Marketing Tips to Increase Engagement & Subscribers

Posted 7 months ago

Email is your post powerful marketing channel when used well. Your visitor’s inbox is a perfect opportunity for you to capture attention, communicate important updates and invite readers back to your site for increased visibility. The stats on email marketing effectiveness say it all – top marketing specialists and service providers tell us that email […] The post Best Email … [Link]

Four Elements of Truly Mobile-Friendly Responsive Menus

Posted 8 months ago

There are hundreds of ways to create responsive navigation, limited only by your creativity and the boundaries of what CSS can accomplish. Good responsive navigation is a little harder – a responsive menu must become a mobile menu, adhering to the needs and rules of touch-driven devices. Mobile design is rapidly changing, and so the […] The post Four Elements … [Link]

Six Revisions

How to Learn Angular

Posted 13 months ago

AngularJS (commonly known as Angular) is an exceptionally powerful front-end development framework for building sophisticated JavaScript apps. Though learning Angular will be immensely rewarding, I’m certain many prospective initiates to Angular have had their desires of Angular mastery nipped in the bud due to the terrifyingly intimidating and complicated Angular documentation. That’s a shame, because Angular has so much to … [Link]

The Excuses for Not Having a Website (Infographic)

Posted 13 months ago

With 84% of American adults using the Internet, it’s surprising to think that many organizations today, particularly small businesses, still choose not to invest a bit of time and resources towards building their own website. The following infographic reveals common excuses why 46% of small businesses still don’t have a website, with counter-arguments for each excuse. If you need to … [Link]

How to Build an Award-Winning Web Design Team

Posted 13 months ago

As Art Director over at Vintage, I have had the opportunity to build and grow an outstanding web design team. Together, our team has managed to work on plenty of innovative, award-winning projects. I would like to share some of my tips and techniques for hiring, helping cultivate the skills of team members, and creating a productive team culture. Hiring … [Link]

Inspiredology

Premium Black Business Cards: A Whole New Echelon

Posted 11 months ago

Premium Black Business Cards at Jukebox Print produce many different feelings, even with their entire absence of light. The black color is an iconic hue, both pure and bold, both sophisticated and elegant that makes your corporate identity stand out. The unique aspect about the color black is its ability to produce many different sensations from its own scarcity of … [Link]

Milky Way Mirrored on Salt Flats

Posted 14 months ago

Via MyModernMet via danielkordan.com The post Milky Way Mirrored on Salt Flats appeared first on Inspiredology. [Link]

Graphic Design Through the Decades: The ’90s

Posted 16 months ago

Compiling graphic design for the 1950s, the ’60s, the ’70s and the ’80s was easy. Just mention any of those decades, and iconic images pop into your head: cartoon-style housewives, bell bottoms, blocky, disco typography and neon lettering. But when it came to coming up with graphic design representative of the 1990’s, I was at a loss – nothing came … [Link]

Web Design Ledger

Create Dots Along Spiral Path in Illustrator

Posted 13 months ago

In this tutorial, we’re going to learn how to create progressively larger dots along a spiral path in Adobe Illustrator. The Steps (1-9) 1. Create a new document 800×800 pixels. 2. Left-click and Hold on the Line Segment Tool to reveal the dropdown menu and select the Spiral Tool. 3. Left-click anywhere on the artboard to draw a spiral shape, using … [Link]

eCommerce Themes That Are Perfect For Building a Shop

Posted 13 months ago

You can choose a multipurpose theme that has all the features you need to build an online store, or you can select a theme that is specifically oriented toward the eCommerce genre. You’ll find both types here, and all are premium themes. No matter which theme you may choose, you can’t just sit back and let it do all of the … [Link]

Data-Driven Web Design

Posted 13 months ago

The vast majority of websites are designed in the hopes that visitors will complete an action. Buying, subscribing, commenting… from massive social media juggernauts like Facebook, to small artisan websites selling local, hand-made crafts, this is true. Marketing has always been about understanding the subtle ways which presentation, repetition, and other visual or sensory artifacts can influence the decision-making patterns of … [Link]

Smashing Magazine

Useful Tips To Get Started With WordPress Hooks

Posted 21 months ago

Even though hooks in WordPress are amazing and everyone uses them knowingly or unknowingly, I get the impression that some advanced users and especially front-end developers still seem to avoid them. If you feel like you’ve been holding back on hooks, too, then this article will get you started. I am also going to reveal some interesting details to anyone who … [Link]

Designing The Most Desirable Product: Exploration of Banknotes Design

Posted 21 months ago

As digital technologies are implanted deeper in the world, making more and more aspects of life intangible, it’s hard to imagine the world without any kind of banknotes, or paper money. In the dramatic history of our world, money became not just generic objects of payment, but also symbols of societies. Designing The Most Desirable Product Of All Time: Paper Money Combining utility and exclusivity, money is one of the challenging … [Link]

Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: January 2016

Posted 21 months ago

The new year is an occasion to start things fresh, to rethink current practices and habits. So why not start small? Clean up your desktop and give it an inspiring new background. We might have something for you: desktop wallpapers created by artists and designers from across the globe as a part of our monthly desktop wallpapers challenge. This post features … [Link]

Outlaw Design Blog

Beastly Badges Labels by Joey Ellis

Posted 3 years ago

Dribbble - Beastly Badges Labels by Joey Ellis Dribbble – Beastly Badges Labels by Joey Ellis. [Link]

Western Youths

Posted 3 years ago

Western Youths. [Link]

Inky Email App

Posted 3 years ago

Inky. [Link]

PSD : Photoshop Disasters

Goodbye: A Farewell Message

Posted 24 months ago

After nine years and countless Photoshop disasters, we are closing our virtual doors. We’d like to thank all of our fans for sending us such fantastic Photoshop fails over the years, and for keeping us laughing with your comments. So long, and thanks for all the clicks! All the best, The Photoshop Disasters Team The post Goodbye: A Farewell Message … [Link]

Groupon: Old MacDonald Had A PSD

Posted 2 years ago

That little tractor is saying it all with his eyes. Ugh. Found here. Thanks for sending this in, Andrew! The post Groupon: Old MacDonald Had A PSD appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]

Royal Caribbean: We Didn’t Want Ice Anyway

Posted 2 years ago

And this is where we’d put the ice bucket… if we HAD one. Grand Suite Cat. GSLiberty of the Seas – Royal Caribbean International Found here. Thanks for sending this in, Ross! The post Royal Caribbean: We Didn’t Want Ice Anyway appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]

Graphic Design Forums: A friendly forum for UK designers

Junior designer – 16 page magazine design quote? Please help!

Posted 22 months ago

Hi everyone! I'm brand new to this forum and I wanted some help/advice. I have just started working freelance and have been asked to design a 16 page full colour A5 magazine, including front cover (no advertising). They will then send my work off to the printers. I have never done freelance work before so i have no idea on what … [Link]

Junior designer – 16 page magazine design quote? Please help!

Posted 22 months ago

Hi everyone! I'm brand new to this forum and I wanted some help/advice. I have just started working freelance and have been asked to design a 16 page full colour A5 magazine, including front cover (no advertising). They will then send my work off to the printers. I have never done freelance work before so i have no idea on what … [Link]

Monitor help please!

Posted 22 months ago

Hi all, I did look for a hardware forum and did a search for "monitor" but didn't find much. I'm coming from a Samsung 2343nw (tn panel) which was about £130 some years ago so it's definitely time to upgrade. Naturally I'm looking for an IPS 1440 panel at 27". I'm liking this Asus Asus PA279Q 27-inch IPS Professional Monitor (2560 … [Link]

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