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Brown Paper Texture Pack Vol 1 for Premium Members

Posted 24 hours ago

This week Access All Areas members are being given a brand new resource from Simon Birky Hartmann’s The Shop. This Ultimate Brown Texture Pack is the first of three volumes that will be donated to members over the upcoming months. Each pack contains 15 super high resolution texture files of brown paper bags with varying degrees of grain, creases and … [Link]

99% Off 22 Professional Fonts. That’s a Saving of $2500!

Posted 3 days ago

I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything for sale at 99% off before, but Design Cuts have just released a new font bundle with this massive discount. For a limited time you can get your hands on 22 professional font families worth $2622 for just $29, giving you an unbelievable saving of over $2500! The fonts included are top quality … [Link]

20 Free Logo Mockup PSDs to Present your Designs

Posted 5 days ago

Logo mockup templates are clever PSD files that allow you to easily place your logo onto various surfaces to create realistic simulations of how your design would look as a real life print. These logo mockups are especially useful for presenting your designs to clients, or showing off your work in your portfolio. Seeing a design mocked up as a … [Link]

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7 Tips to Creating the Perfect E-Commerce Website

Posted 17 hours ago

E-commerce is big business, but there’s plenty of competition too. In addition to this, website requirements are constantly changing due to technological developments – meaning that for those looking to start an e-commerce business, it’s not as simple as putting a website online. In this list we highlight the 7 key points to consider when creating the perfect e-commerce website. … [Link]

20 Must-Watch TED Talks on Creativity and Design

Posted 39 hours ago

In case you didn’t already know, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an invitation-only event where the world’s leading thinkers and doers gather to find inspiration. These TED talks can be viewed also on their website and cover a wide variety of subjects. For today’s dose of design inspiration, we selected some of the most interesting, must-watch TED talks on creativity … [Link]

20 Incredibly Awesome Polygon-Styled Designs

Posted 3 days ago

Polygon backgrounds are a very popular design trend now and more and more designers are starting to incorporate it in their work. Polygon-styled designs look great used in app showcases, presentations, wallpapers, website backgrounds, prints, ads and more! If you don’t know how to use this polygon backgrounds trend in your designs, we selected 20 awesome polygon-styled designs to give … [Link]

Outlaw Design Blog

Beastly Badges Labels by Joey Ellis

Posted 4 months ago

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

Western Youths

Posted 4 months ago

Western Youths. [Link]

Inky Email App

Posted 4 months ago

Inky. [Link]

JUST™ Creative

Free Hand-Picked Resources for Designers and Developers – April Edition

Posted 4 days ago

Today, we’re bringing you a new series of hand-picked resources to improve your future design & development projects. We have illustrations, icons, fonts, development tools and more, all fresh out of the oven. Enjoy! View the January & March free resources here. Vans Illustration Kit A set of colorful illustrations for multiple Vans products such as shoes, jackets, tank tops, … [Link]

Software Tools For Designers to Stay Organised and Focused

Posted 12 days ago

This article has been contributed by Prescott Perez-Fox focusing on software tools for designers. You can see my personal software & hardware choices here. Over the years, friends and colleagues in the design industry have come to know me as a rather organised person, one who enjoyed being a systems geek. I test a lot of software and methodologies, and … [Link]

5 Top Photo Apps for the iPhone 6

Posted 18 days ago

It’s well known that Apple’s iPhone 6 boasts some pretty impressive specs. A 5.5-inch Retina HD display on the top model, an A8 64-bit processing chip, and an 8-megapixel iSight camera make the device one of the most powerful smartphone cameras ever to hit the market. But how do you get the best photos out of this nifty bit of … [Link]


How To Use Photoshop Adjustment Layers

Posted 5 days ago

Advertise here with BSAMost people who are familiar with photo editing should know about image adjustments. These are used to affect a photo’s levels in light & color. The only problem with using typical adjustments is that they can damage an image’s pixels permanently. preview adjustment layers photoshop This brief how-to will explain the benefits of using an adjustment layer instead of a typical adjustment. … [Link]

37 Best Websites for Online Tools & Design Resources

Posted 10 days ago

Advertise here with BSAFree online tools have reshaped the way designers work on digital projects. The Internet is full of amazing resources for free photos, code libraries, icon sets, and loads of other splendiferous goodies. It can be difficult keeping up with new websites so I’ve organized this collection of the best modern resources and online tools for designers. Everything in … [Link]

All in One – Big Bundle for Creatives Super Deal

Posted 11 days ago

Advertise here with BSAHead over to today and get their All in One Super Bundle with unique resources from authors of Creative Market. Get 26 Items and Bundles from 8 different Authors, Font, Logos, Labels, Badges, Graphics, Add Ons and more. This deal last for the next 15 days and run $29. Caferus Font Caferus is inspired and designed for … [Link]

Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and Tutorials

Landing Pages Inspiration

Posted 7 weeks ago

While I was working with the Themify team on the Landing theme, we looked at over a hundred landing pages for inspiration. We reviewed how people designed their landing pages, laid out key information of their content, and designed their call to action box – these are important factors when designing a converting landing page. […] [Link]

7 Web Design Trends to Watch for in 2015

Posted 11 weeks ago

As technology changes, so do user habits, and as user habits change, so does web design. Curious what web design trends we'll see in 2015? We see that responsive design is an essential of modern web. Web sites are more interactive with cool navigation and rich media content. Read on to see what to keep […] [Link] Theme Released

Posted 7 months ago

I'm pleased to announce that the theme has been released as a premium theme — Corporate (see theme demo), available on Themify shop. The Corporate theme is a simple, clean, professional looking theme that is suitable for general business sites. With the drag & drag Builder, it is very easy to design any type […] [Link]


Lean UX – How to Apply Lean Principles to User Experience Design

Posted 14 months ago

Advertise here with BSAThe process of putting together a good user experience design has always been talked about as a deliverables-based practice where bureaucracy, specification documents, wireframes, mockups and site maps took the center stage. This deliverable based practice, meaning that everything, each step of the process, has to be delivered with proper timing and documentation, witch often demands a lot … [Link]

40 Brilliant Examples of Digital CG Concept Artwork

Posted 14 months ago

Advertise here with BSAConcept artwork is typically related to video game design. But it can also be very useful in other forms of media. There are many Hollywood movies, TV shows, video advertisements, and other projects which often hire concept artists. CG is typically thought of as 2D art while CGI is usually computer generated 3D effects. This gallery focuses around … [Link]

17 Themes for Your Wedding Day

Posted 14 months ago

Advertise here with BSAA growing trend for people in the digital age is to provide an online destination to feature their wedding. In doing so, you can provide your loved ones with a card that cannot be lost, and a scrapbook that can last a lifetime. In this post, I’ll share with you 17 wedding themes that will make your big … [Link]

Webdesigner Depot

Free download: Sketch UI Kit

Posted 19 hours ago

Following Google’s Material Design principles results in engaging, and up to date designs. But also produces an end result that ends up looking like…well, Google. Super-smart branding move on their part, but not great if you want to retain the strength of your own brand. InVision set out to create an email design that adheres to Material Design, without looking … [Link]

How Google’s mobile-friendly update will affect you (and what you can do about it)

Posted 41 hours ago

If your website, or your clients’ websites are non-responsive, then you only have until April 21st 2015 to make them mobile-friendly. On Tuesday 21st, if your sites aren’t mobile-friendly you can kiss goodbye to Google search engine rankings, and say hello to clients banging on the door demanding to know why their sites just dropped down to page 23. Think … [Link]

Discover the future of web design

Posted 3 days ago

If you’re running low on inspiration and are looking for some help to raise your game, you should attend one of the Future of Web Design conferences. Organised by Future Insights, an Atlantic-spanning events company, the three day conferences for web designers and developers focus almost entirely on future developments in our industry. There are four main events throughout the … [Link]

Abduzeedo Design Inspiration – Design Inspiration & Tutorials

Daily Inspiration #2054

Posted 9 hours ago

This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want to participate and share your graphic design inspiration, You can submit your images and inspiration to RAWZ via and don't forget to send your Abduzeedo username; or via Twitter sending to AoiroStudio … [Link]

Friday Fresh Free Fonts – Shihan, Keep Calm, Endless Bummer

Posted 15 hours ago

Friday fresh free fonts is a series of free fonts posted every Friday, yes I know it's awesome. I will look forward to bring a lot of great fonts that will sure help you improve your typography work. Check out what I selected for you on this FFFF post and make sure to comeback for more next week. View all FFFF … [Link]

Cool Futuristic Weapon Designs

Posted 15 hours ago

One of the coolest things about science fiction is weapon design. Along the years we've seen some pretty badass weapons, like the flamethrower Ripley used in Alien, or even the classic pistol used by Deckard in Blade Runner. I've searched for some cool concepts of futuristic weapons to show you. These were done by some very creative designers. I'd love to … [Link]

Six Revisions

What It’s Like to Contribute to WordPress

Posted 17 hours ago

As a core developer for WordPress, I’m often asked what goes on behind the scenes. What is it like to contribute code to WordPress — a CMS used by 60 million people? I would like to share some thoughts about WordPress core development. How to Contribute Code to WordPress WordPress core is developed by hundreds of volunteers. Becoming a core … [Link]

Ultimate Guide to Link Types for Hyperlinks

Posted 3 days ago

Link types help describe the relationship between two or more web pages. They can also express the reason why particular hyperlinks are present in the web page. Defining link types is good for SEO because search engines can use this data to understand your content better. Other web services such as social media platforms, assistive technologies, and language-translating tools stand … [Link]

11 Things You Might Not Know About jQuery

Posted 5 days ago

jQuery was released 9 years ago. Since then, the open source project has made an immeasurable impact in the world of web development. It’s fascinating to look into the origins of an open source project as big as jQuery. And no one can give us a more insightful tour of the project’s source code better than the guy who created … [Link]

PSD : Photoshop Disasters

EZIBUY: Stuck In The Middle

Posted 41 hours ago

Somebody got a little eraser-happy with this poor lady. As if that strange thigh dent wasn’t bad enough, they managed to give her some denim hip webbing and a club thumb, too. Here’s a close-up: Easiest diet plan ever! Just add Photoshop. Found here. Thanks for sending this in, gktippett! The post EZIBUY: Stuck In The Middle appeared first on PSD … [Link]


Posted 3 days ago

This week’s MightyDeal is a big one, and one that our editor personally purchased and recommends. Get lifetime access to Train Simple (a $2500 value) for $79. Awhile back, our editor discussed his favourite educational resources.. At that point in time, a deal this good wasn’t available. These are official lessons from Adobe. You get unlimited access to over 5,000 … [Link]

Party Magazine: All Hands On Deck

Posted 5 days ago

Poland’s Party magazine seems to be having a little trouble with hands in this month’s issue. Unless Victoria Beckham’s son Romeo really does have an extra hand coming out of his elbow. Um? Is that a thumb or a flipper? These are great! Thanks for sending them in, Mike. The post Party Magazine: All Hands On Deck appeared first on … [Link]

Fuel Your Creativity

Exclusive DesignCrowd Discount Coupon Code

Posted 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 Design Ledger

20 Free Magazine Mockup PSDs to Use in Your Future Designs

Posted 3 days ago

Are you looking for some realistic mock ups for your printed products? Here we put together awesome free magazine mockups that will definitely come in handy. These mockups will give you and your clients a sneak peek to how the product will look like in real life. Use them to enhance your presentation for clients or for your portfolio. All these … [Link]

How To Utilize Negative Space in Web Design

Posted 5 days ago

There are many fundamental principles of art & design which are crucial for every web designer to understand. One such principle is negative space, also known as white space. The use of white space can be difficult to explain but it’s much more obvious via example. Negative space is a key component to any great visual composition. Web design uses negative … [Link]

25 Fantastic Horizontal Scrolling Sites You’ll Love

Posted 10 days ago

Most of sites over the web use vertical scrolling, we get used to it. That’s what we expect to see. Yet, horizontal scrolling is something creative and unique. If you’re aimed to impress your users, horizontal scrolling will surely help you. It’s suitable for any creative field, like photography, design, art when you need to showcase a lot of images. Also, … [Link]

Graphic Design Forums: A friendly forum for UK designers

UK Law on using Fonts

Posted 3 days ago

Hey People, Does anyone know how I can use my fonts that I use in my graphic design, logos and websites legally? I believe that I have to get a license for each font that I use, is that correct? If so what about editing software like Photoshop and Illustrator. Once you buy the software fonts come with it. Does this … [Link]

UK Law on using Fonts

Posted 3 days ago

Hey People, Does anyone know how I can use my fonts that I use in my graphic design, logos and websites legally? I believe that I have to get a license for each font that I use, is that correct? If so what about editing software like Photoshop and Illustrator. Once you buy the software fonts come with it. Does this … [Link]

UK and using Fonts

Posted 3 days ago

Hey People, Does anyone know how I can use my fonts that I use in my graphic design, logos and websites legally? I believe that I have to get a license for each font that I use, is that correct? If so what about editing software like Photoshop and Illustrator. Once you buy the software fonts come with it. Does this … [Link]

You The Designer

Selfie Fables — Disney Alternative Art Illustrations by Simona Bonafini

Posted 7 days 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 8 days 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]

Amazing Game Of Thrones Illustrations By Ivan Belikov

Posted 10 days ago

GOOD NEWS: Game of Thrones is returning in less than a week. And we need a Game of Thrones themed post to ride the hype train. And luckily, I just found just the graphic designer to feature. Russian illustrator Ivan Belikov was previously featured here with his Social Networks illustrations and now he’s back with his Game of Thrones sigils … [Link]

I Love Typography

Print Imperfect: from N to Z

Posted 13 days ago

Over the past couple of years I have been researching and writing a book about the fifteenth-century German printer, Erhard Ratdolt. He printed over 200 titles during his career, and part of my work is to study the content and typography of as many of those editions as possible. Recently, while writing a chapter titled, […] Sponsored by Hoefler & … [Link]

The First Printers’ Mark

Posted 4 weeks ago

The very first printers’ mark or printers’ device dates back almost to the very beginning of Western typography. In Mainz, Fust and Schoeffer, employed a printers’ mark in a Bible that they published in 1462. There is an earlier example in their Mainz Psalter of 1457, though many now believe that it was perhaps stamped […] Sponsored by Hoefler & … [Link]

This Month in Typography

Posted 6 weeks ago

Welcome to this month’s roundup of type-related info and entertainment. Today, we fish type out of the Thames, explore printed dance notation, get ready for an intensive type design program in Paris, light a book-scented candle, look into a mid-century ad man’s desk book, gaze adoringly at typographic embroidery, pay tribute to Aldus Manutius, watch […] Sponsored by Hoefler & … [Link] – Web Design & Development

Top Tools and Services for Converting Your Designs to Code

Posted 3 days ago

Advertise here with BSA A website or mobile app designer will at times encounter significant obstacles when attempting to convert design images to SEO-friendly, multi-browser compatible code. Even if the developer has the necessary programming skills, PSD to HTML conversion can be a tedious, likely to fail process. Several companies will do this task for you however. All you have … [Link]

Attaining Balance in your Website’s Color Scheme

Posted 5 days ago

Advertise here with BSADesigning for astute balance is never an easy task. Although it should be a primary objective in each designer’s mind, balance tends to appear once a composition has reached a state of equilibrium. This requires some idea generation because it’s silly to assume that balance can be achieved from a blank page. pantone swatches physical swatchbook photoIn this post I’d like to … [Link]

Qards: How To Become A Visual Storyteller For A Photography Blog

Posted 10 days ago

Advertise here with BSAEverything becomes crystal clear through the lens of a camera. Imagine if all the inspiring stories would be highlighted on a beautiful photography blog. Well, you can give a helping hand by learning how to become a powerful visual storyteller.It’s time to expose your art on the digital window Designed to be user-friendly for anyone, those with … [Link]

Vandelay Design

50 Inspirational ECommerce Website Designs

Posted 42 hours ago

For e-commerce websites the design and layout of the site can have a huge impact on sales because of usability, in addition to just the importance of making a good first impression with new visitors…. Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Communicating UX Goals Through Interface Design

Posted 5 days ago

Modern websites are expected to be much more interactive than previous decades. Website design isn't just about content anymore. It's about clean user interactivity for reading and browsing through… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

How The World’s Fastest Growing Blogging Platform All Began With One Small Freelance Blog

Posted 10 days ago

Back in 2008 I was a freelance web designer just starting out, exploring WordPress for the first time and all the wonders of web development. It seemed – at the time – like there was just so much to… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]


Line25 Sites of the Week for April 17th 2015

Posted 24 hours ago

Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Nucleo, Hayden Bleasel, Windy City Strength & Conditioning, RGB Media and Weblounge. Nucleo View the website Hayden Bleasel View the website Windy City Strength & Conditioning View the … [Link]

22 Professional Fonts with Web Licensing for 99% Off

Posted 3 days ago

Since the implementation of @font-face, web fonts have become a big deal in Web Design. It’s not so long ago that Web Designers were limited to 5 or so “web safe fonts”, but now the choice is vast. You can’t go using any font in your designs though, you have to make sure the typeface you’re using is licensed for … [Link]

Adding Video to Your Website: Why’s and How’s

Posted 5 days ago

There is a lot of buzz around the video background trend at the moment, along with video as a marketing tool and short explainer videos that introduce a product or company. In this week’s article Julia Blake takes a closer look at video as a design phenomenon and explains some of the pros and cons of video use in web … [Link]

Smashing Magazine

A Guide To Conducting A Mobile UX Diagnostic

Posted 5 months ago

Today’s mobile users have increasing expectations, they are intolerant of faults in their mobile experiences1, and they complain about bad mobile experiences on social media and through word of mouth. How do you make sure that your mobile experience meets or exceeds users’ expectations? One quick way to identify potential problems is to conduct a user experience diagnostic, by having … [Link]

Styling And Animating SVGs With CSS

Posted 5 months ago

CSS can be used to style and animate scalable vector graphics, much like it is used to style and animate HTML elements. In this article, which is a modified transcript of a talk I recently gave1 at CSSconf EU2 and From the Front3, I’ll go over the prerequisites and techniques for working with CSS in SVG. I’ll also go over … [Link]

Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: November 2014

Posted 6 months ago

We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for almost seven … [Link]


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