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Graphic Design


Graphic Design Through the Decades: The ’90s

Posted 8 weeks 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]

5 Photo Editing Tips on Making Flashy Pop Art

Posted 12 weeks ago

There is no better tool for pop art than a phone. Nothing could be more popular, and have you seen the state of photo editing apps lately? The beauty is that, in a time when art is mass produced by the masses themselves, originality and creativity are alive and well. We speak the same artistic language, but we all have … [Link]

Train Your Brain To Take Better Decisions

Posted 12 weeks ago

Success follows with overcoming obstacles and taking important decisions in the face of adversity. Good decision making skills are mandatory to become an entrepreneur. The ability to tackle stress and engage with difficulties in a positive and empowering manner changes numerous dire circumstances into favorable situations. A recent study suggests that sound decision making is more significant than physical health, … [Link]


Sweet Summer Savings with this July Bundle!

Posted 17 days ago

Another month has just rolled around on the 2016 calendar, and with the start of each new month, I get giddy with excitement to see the new fonts and graphics that have just rolled out. This month, I’m really excited about the July Bundle from TheHungryJPEG. The July Bundle includes 22 beautiful fonts and 26 trendy graphics. There’s such a … [Link]

How to Make a Custom Illustrator Brush

Posted 3 weeks ago

It’s really a lot easier than you would expect. This tutorial was requested by many of my readers after I posted this Free set of 35 Abstract Illustrator Brushes. The possibilities are endless as far as brush making goes in illustrator, but I wanted to get you started in the right direction and let you take it from here. (The … [Link]

10 Resources for Creating Stunning Websites

Posted 6 weeks ago

Websites are far too many now. With the advent and proliferation of the digital space and the need for businesses to create a strong online presence, getting a website up is the first step. But are you doing enough? Are the websites that are being created off the rack enough to survive the cut-throat competition and entice the targeted audience? … [Link]

Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and Tutorials

FITC Web Unleashed 2015 Ticket Giveaway

Posted 11 months ago

Web Unleashed is a 2-day conference by FITC that focuses on frontend development. The event will take place in Toronto on September 16th and 17th, 2015. See their schedule and speakers list for more info about the conference. I have one Web Unleashed conference ticket to giveaway. To enter the ticket giveaway, all you need […] [Link]

CSS Fix for iOS vh-unit Bug

Posted 12 months ago

There are many Javascript fixes for the viewport height units bug in iOS 7 (iPhone & iPad), this article will cover how to resolve this bug with CSS. This particular bug affects the rendering of viewport height units, for example: if you try to make a full viewport height container with height:100vh, it will display […] [Link]

NEW: Themify Flow

Posted 13 months ago

Five years ago, I was inspired to start Themify by a vision to build a tool which allows designers (like myself) to build WordPress themes without coding skills. Today, I'm proud to announce that my vision has come true. Say hello to Themify Flow, a free WordPress framework which allows you to build and customize […] [Link]

Abduzeedo Design Inspiration

Daily Inspiration #2445

Posted 11 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 … [Link]

UI Inspiration: The Work of Tony DeAngelo at ANML

Posted 18 hours ago

Tony DeAngelo is an Art Director working at ANML currently based in Los Gatos, in the great SoCal. Being working in an environment of digital design and development, Tony has being collaborating and ruling the workspace to make a difference. What I do enjoy from Tony's work is how smooth are his interactions. Not too crazy but subtle enough to … [Link]

Percursos Culturais

Posted 20 hours ago

I love printed material, my whole design education was based on that medium as there was no internet back then. Now things evolved so much with not only internet but portable devices and so many different mediums, however the foundation of graphic design remains the same as it has always been, at least in my opinion, grid, typography and colors. … [Link]

Six Revisions

The 5 Best Free FTP Clients

Posted 4 months ago

Transferring files to and from your web host or server is best done with what’s commonly known an FTP client, though the term is a bit dated because there are more secure alternatives such as SFTP and FTPS. When I was putting together this list, this was my criteria: Supports secure file transfer protocols: FTP isn’t secure. Among its many … [Link]

12 Brackets Extensions That Will Make Your Life Easier

Posted 4 months ago

Brackets is a great source code editor for web designers and front-end web developers. It has a ton of useful features out of the box. You can make your Brackets experience even better by using extensions. These Brackets extensions will help make your web design and front-end web development workflow a little easier. 1. CanIUse Quickly see the current level … [Link]

7 Free UX E-Books Worth Reading

Posted 4 months ago

The best designers are lifelong students. While nothing beats experience in the field, the amount of helpful online resources certainly helps keep our knowledge sharp. In this post, I’ve rounded up some useful e-books that provide excellent UX advice and insights. 1. Bright Ideas for User Experience Designers This is a free e-book by usability consultancy firm Userfocus. The best … [Link]

Web Design Ledger

Introducing the Web Design Ledger Shop

Posted 20 hours ago

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our new online shop! The Web Design Ledger shop is packed with great deals on everything from gadgets and gear to software, web services, and online courses. We even have special sections dedicated to design and development to ensure you save money on the items you need to do what you love. Deals have … [Link]

How to Skew a Circular Symbol in Illustrator

Posted 20 hours ago

In this tutorial, we’re going to learn how to draw and skew a circular symbol in Adobe Illustrator. The Steps (1-11) 1. Create a New Document. 2. Select the Ellipse Tool, Left-click and hold Shift to draw a circle. Remove any Fill and apply a Stroke width of your choice. For this tutorial, I’ve used a Stroke Width of 30 pixels, … [Link]

In Praise of the Peculiar: How and Why to Use Surreal Images

Posted 20 hours ago

By: Anastasia Dyakovskaya “Humans are complex and unpredictable, and there’s no reason why brand visuals can’t be, too.” – Lauren Catten, Art Director at Getty Images Imagination is one of the four factors that make for a powerful image, and nothing stirs it more than Surreality – one of iStock & Getty Images’ 2016’s top visual trends. The reason is simple: … [Link]

You The Designer


Posted 7 days ago

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Selfie Fables — Disney Alternative Art Illustrations by Simona Bonafini

Posted 15 months 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 15 months 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

Making Fonts: Proza Libre

Posted 9 days ago

When I started the development of Proza, I didn’t want to deal with the limitations of a low-resolution rasterizer. As a result, Proza is completely stuffed with diagonal and curved lines, and tiny details that help to bring the texture alive in print, but that are something of a nightmare for a low-resolution rasterizer. As soon as Proza was done, … [Link]

Making Grifo

Posted 6 weeks ago

Grifo, the Portuguese word for griffin, a mythical creature with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. We can imagine how threatening this creature might appear, and would probably want to stay well clear of its sharp claws and beak. Grifo the typeface also has sharp serifs and terminals. It’s full of talon shapes, like … [Link]

The First Roman Fonts

Posted 8 weeks ago

The Renaissance affected change in every sphere of life, but perhaps one of its most enduring legacies are the letterforms it bequeathed to us. But their heritage reaches far beyond the Italian Renaissance to antiquity. In ancient Rome, the Republican and Imperial capitals were joined by rustic capitals, square capitals (Imperial Roman capitals written with a brush), uncials, and half-uncials, … [Link] – Web Design & Development

29 Best Video Tutorials for Learning InDesign

Posted 10 months 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 10 months 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 11 months 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]

Webdesigner Depot

Comics of the week #349

Posted 3 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]

Free download: 100 Web Design Icons from

Posted 23 hours ago

A picture is worth a thousand words, or so they say. When it comes to icons, we’d definitely agree; and it follows that this colorful freebie from is worth 100,000 words because it features 100, on-trend icons, free for use in both personal and commercial projects. Pumped full of Material Design charm, these vector icons will bring character to … [Link]

Be a better designer by designing less

Posted 3 days ago

Designer’s block haunts you. If you’re a designer you’ve experienced it at one point or another — that feeling you’re stuck in a rut and it feels like you’ll be there forever. Even when you escape designer’s block you have other problems waiting for you. You can’t seem to create the design you want. You end up creating the same … [Link]

Vandelay Design

HTML Resume Templates to Help You Land a Job

Posted 45 hours ago

Recently we published a collection of print templates for creative and professional resumes, and today we're going to take a look at some HTML templates that make it easy to put your resume online… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Best LinkedIn Tips for Creative Professionals

Posted 3 days ago

In the creative world, it can be quite difficult to find time to market yourself. Many of us spend every moment of our free time simply trying to get a project time within the timeframe we promised…. Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Best Tools & Webapps To Animate Your Website

Posted 3 days ago

Web animation is a great way to capture attention and improve visual aesthetics. CSS and JavaScript both offer animation solutions, and between both of them you can create almost any animation you… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]


40 Free Flat Long Shadow Icon Sets

Posted 21 hours ago

Looking for flat, long shadow icon sets? Good, then you’re in the right place! Long shadow design is a trend that has been gaining more and more popularity in the app and icon design niches. If used properly, it can add a lot of value to your designs. The examples we decided to share with you the collection below, will … [Link]

Get $4000 Worth of Graphic Resources for Only $9

Posted 46 hours ago

Picture this. You’ve been working on a client’s giant project for the past couple of days. Suddenly, you phone rings. It’s your client. He tells you that he needs the project finished by tomorrow. A rush of panic grips you as another sleepless night looms in the air. You now have three choices: Work as hard and as fast as … [Link]

25 Useful Free Web Icon Sets

Posted 3 days ago

Looking for some free web icon sets for your next web design or web app project? We have gathered here some of the best and most useful free web icon sets. These icon sets are very versatile and can be easily be adapted to other types of projects, such as mobile app design or user interface design. Icons are extremely … [Link]

Spoon Graphics

8 Hand Lettered Travel Quotes for Premium Members

Posted 30 hours ago

This week, Access All Areas members have a great new design resource to download from Freepik. These 8 hand lettered travel quotes are fantastic ready-made graphics that can help you create posters, t-shirt designs and other trendy merchandise with ease. Each design combines outdoor themed illustrations with inspirational messages to produce a trendy typographic layout. Freepik is home to over … [Link]

Over $3000 Worth of Textures, Patterns & Backgrounds for Just $29 (99% off)

Posted 3 days ago

This new textures, patterns and backgrounds bundle from Design Cuts combines quality, quantity, variety and affordability. It’s made up of the best selling premium resources to create a massive bundle of 63 products that contain 1000s of individual items between them. There’s a wide mix of assets—including sought after textures, hand-drawn patterns, and unique backgrounds—that provide you with an extensive … [Link]

30 Pieces of Abstract Collage Art with Hilarious Results

Posted 5 days ago

No matter whether they’re made digitally, or using scissors, glue and a scanner, collage art is loads of fun! The pieces I love browsing the most are those with hilarious results, where the artist uses totally random imagery to create an abstract result with a comedic touch. In today’s design showcase I present 30 fantastic collage art projects, each with … [Link]

Fuel Your Creativity

Exclusive DesignCrowd Discount Coupon Code

Posted 20 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 20 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 20 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]

JUST™ Creative

7 Useful Things I Have Learned From Being a Freelance Developer

Posted 3 days ago

This article has been contributed by Norman Arvidsson. A little more than 5 years ago, I was working full-time in the IT department as a level III help desk technician, and moonlighting in the evenings as a web designer. I was bored out of my mind during the day, but I absolutely loved what I was doing in the evenings. … [Link]

Interview with Jacob Cass of Just Creative

Posted 4 days ago

I was recently interviewed on GT3Themes discussing my progression of becoming a designer, challenges I’ve faced, my inspiration, among other things like travel, time management, achievements, my wedding website, famous designers, advice and my future plans. Read on below. 1. Would you please say a couple of words about yourself and your field of expertise? My name is Jacob Cass … [Link]

The Ultimate Guide to Logo Design v2.0 + Interview with Author

Posted 4 days ago

Last month, I introduced you to Kyle Courtright’s Ultimate Guide to Logo Design eBook, which is the “definitive guide to logo design”. It was one of the most popular deals I’ve ever shared here on Just Creative. The good news is that Kyle has just released v2.0 of this eBook, which has been updated based on all of your feedback. … [Link]

Web Design Blog | Magazine for Designers

20 Best Podcasts for Web Designers and Developers

Posted 21 hours ago

Podcasts are gaining popularity each day and it’s rather easy to see why people like them so much. They represent a great way of learning new stuff easily, most times for free and we can do it all while we commute, exercise, or even when we just want to relax. The podcasts we selected here, in the list below, are … [Link]

20 Free Food Icon Sets for Delicious Web Projects

Posted 46 hours ago

If you’re working on a web or app design project related to the food & drink niche, this free food icon sets collection will surely help you a lot! These free food icon sets include a variety of icons for various food items, drinks, desserts, fresh ingredients, cooking tools and kitchen appliances, and are ideal for designing apps and websites … [Link]

20 Best MySQL GUI Tools

Posted 3 days ago

MySQL GUI tools are very important to web developers and have an important role in handling projects of data storage and management. MySQL GUI tools will help improve the quality and functionality of web apps and also help you deliver great results. Most of the MySQL GUI tools showcased in this list have features such as SQL development, administration, database … [Link]

Smashing Magazine

Useful Tips To Get Started With WordPress Hooks

Posted 7 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 7 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 7 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 20 months ago

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

Western Youths

Posted 20 months ago

Western Youths. [Link]

Inky Email App

Posted 20 months ago

Inky. [Link]

PSD : Photoshop Disasters

Goodbye: A Farewell Message

Posted 10 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 8 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 8 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 8 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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