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Beastly Badges Labels by Joey Ellis

Posted 19 days ago

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Western Youths

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Inky Email App

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JUST™ Creative

10 Top Brands That Went Flat in 2014 and Why

Posted 3 hours ago

This article has been contributed by Janil Jean looking at 10 brands that updated their brand to a simplified flat style in 2014, and the reasons why. Flat design has spiked significantly in the past few years, not only in UI design but in brand identity redesigns of some of the biggest players in the corporate world. But is it … [Link]

Feng Shui Design Tips & Techniques for Your Office & Life

Posted 6 days ago

This article has been contributed by Richard Larson, and he gives us a high level overview of the design principles of Feng Shui and how you can apply it to your life and office. Enjoy! Feng Shui may be an ancient Chinese design technique; however it is still widely practiced today and can benefit your office space in many ways. … [Link]

Movie Review: “Print the Legend” Offers a Peek Behind the Home 3D Printing Revolution

Posted 11 days ago

This article has been contributed by Wes McDowell giving an honest, insightful review of Netflix’s original documentary, Print the Legend. Every new technology has its share of names. Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, and Nolan Bushnell brought us home computing. Jeff Bezos, Pierre Omidyar, and Elon Musk turned e-commerce into a massive part of our daily lives. Johannes Gutenberg … [Link]


Convert Photoshop Layer Effects into Separate Layers

Posted 4 hours ago

Advertise here with BSAMost users of Photoshop should already know about layer effects. These are the extra little tidbits added onto layers via the small “fx” icon in the lower-left corner of the layers palette. Using these effects you can build a number of extra features like shadows, gradients, bevels, and a whole lot more. layer effects custom layers fx For this brief tutorial I’d like … [Link]

Photoshop 101: True Black (CMYK)

Posted 36 hours ago

Advertise here with BSAI’ve got a quick Photoshop 101 tip for print media. This can also apply to Illustrator, but I just filed it under Photoshop. We should all know by now that RGB documents are meant for screens, and CMYK documents are meant for printing. Therefore, when you print a CMYK document and you need a really rich black it’s … [Link]

How to Simplify the PSD to HTML Conversion Exercise

Posted 3 days ago

Advertise here with BSANowadays, everyone is in a haste to acquire a highly dynamic, search engine optimized and web compatible website. Although there are a number of options available for designing high-performing websites, often website owners feel that their site lags behind in some specific assets. One such scenario that is being faced by website owners is the use of Photoshop-based … [Link]

Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and Tutorials Theme Released

Posted 3 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]

4 Fantastic Years of Themify + Giveaways

Posted 4 months ago

Four years ago, Darcy Clarke and I started Themify with a framework coded from scratch along with a few WordPress themes. Today, I'm happy to see Themify grew from a few themes to a large collection of responsive themes such as the Music theme, Fullpane, Event, Flatshop, Parallax, Magazine, Elemin, and the popular Builder plugin. […] [Link]

50 Business Cards That Are Way Too Creative To Ever Throw Away

Posted 4 months ago

Business cards used to be nothing more than plain and simple (and quite frankly, boring) pieces of card with a few contact details on. That was before creatives got involved, though, and completely changed the game. People started to realise the fantastic branding potential behind these little cards. We’ve already seen a number of beautiful […] [Link]

PSD : Photoshop Disasters

Photoshop Round-Up: Links We Love

Posted 22 hours ago

Here’s a look at what’s been happening in Photoshop and pop culture this week. Is this proof that Britney wasn’t overly-Photoshopped on the cover of Women’s Day? [US Weekly] 15 of the Most Hilarious Photobombs of 2014. [Web Humor] Phaedra Parks (from one of those Real Housewives shows) Blasted Over Photoshopped Photo With Nicki Minaj. [Bossip] This MLB star’s horrible … [Link]

Shoptime: That’s A Big Ass Credit Card

Posted 3 days ago

The title says it all, am I right? Good luck finding a wallet to carry this thing in. Thanks for sending us this link, Diego. The post Shoptime: That’s A Big Ass Credit Card appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]

SmartHome Dog Door: Ouch!

Posted 4 days ago

I’m no veterinarian, but I have to think this isn’t good for your dog. The close up isn’t much better: The look on this dog’s face says it all, and that is, “Please help me, I’ve been cut in half by my dog door.” Thanks, Hank! This image can be found online here. The post SmartHome Dog Door: Ouch! appeared … [Link]

Fuel Your Creativity

Exclusive DesignCrowd Discount Coupon Code

Posted 19 days 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 19 days 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 19 days 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]

Abduzeedo Design Inspiration – Design Inspiration & Tutorials

Unconventional Heroes 2 Illustration

Posted 3 hours ago

Unconventional Heroes 2 is a follow up to the series of rides inspired by pop culture icons from movies to cartoons. The difference is that the rides are different from what anyone would expect, like a Citroen H Van for the A-Team. The quality of the illustrations is top notch as usual and Gerald Bear, the author, even shared a little … [Link]

The Perfect Office – Karma Go, The Parrot Teleprompter and Office Ideas

Posted 3 hours ago

We’ve seen some great gadgets and equipment for designers. So many cool stuff, that we could actually assemble infinite perfect office spaces! Every week we'll assemble a perfect office, and we'd like you to help us. What equipment would the perfect office have? This week we've selected awesome items for you office, like the Karma Go, a super useful wifi hotspot. … [Link]

Daily Inspiration #1954

Posted 22 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 aanthoor … [Link]

Graphic Design Forums: A friendly forum for UK designers

Practice design brief resource

Posted 22 hours ago

Hi everyone, I Just wanted to let you know about a website I just found that is dedicated to practice design briefs for people who have difficulty coming up with their own (I know there is a thread on this somewhere). The website is here: There are a lot of great briefs and about 7 new ones get added every … [Link]

Practice design brief resource

Posted 3 days ago

Hi everyone, I Just wanted to let you know about a website I just found that is dedicated to practice design briefs for people who have difficulty coming up with their own (I know there is a thread on this somewhere). The website is here: There are a lot of great briefs and about 7 new ones get added every … [Link]

hosting.. the next step?

Posted 4 days ago

I currently host 14 sites on a single cPanel hosting package. My limit is 15 sites and so I need to look at my hosting options in the not too distant future. My current host will upgrade me to 21 sites through a single cPanel for an extra £40p/a and this option involves no disruption to my current client's sites or … [Link]

Six Revisions

Top 10 Free Online RSS Readers

Posted 8 hours ago

After restarting my RSS subscriptions, I’ve been on a constant lookout for good RSS readers. There’s an overwhelming amount of them out there, an aftermath of a race to fill the void Google Reader left when it was shut down. Here’s a review of the 10 best free online RSS readers I’ve come across so far. 1. Digg Reader Digg … [Link]

CSS Link Pseudo-classes

Posted 3 days ago

Link pseudo-classes give web designers the ability to style various states of HTML links. The CSS pseudo-classes commonly used for styling hyperlinks are :link, :visited, :hover, :active, and :focus. Example: /* Default */ a { color: blue; } /* Unvisited links */ a:link { color: blue; } /* Visited links */ a:visited { color: purple; } /* Hover state */ … [Link]

Creating Responsive Images with CSS

Posted 4 days ago

In this tutorial, you will learn the simplest technique for achieving responsive images. View Demo Download Source There are many responsive image techniques, and they vary in complexity and level of browser support. An example of a complicated way of implementing responsive images is using the srcset attribute, which requires multiple images, more markup, and the reliance on a new … [Link]

Webdesigner Depot

How to design the perfect single page website

Posted 10 hours ago

Single page designs can be an excellent technique for tackling smaller websites, even those that you might not think could ever be done without multiple pages. There are tons of great reasons for using a single page site, from ease of maintenance to reduced bandwidth needs. If you’re tackling a shorter site, one that would normally have a handful of … [Link]

Our favorite tweets of the week: December 15, 2014 – December 21, 2014

Posted 33 hours ago

Every week we tweet a lot of interesting stuff highlighting great content that we find on the web that can be of interest to web designers. The best way to keep track of our tweets is simply to follow us on Twitter, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the best tweets that we … [Link]

Comics of the week #266

Posted 2 days 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]

Web Design Ledger

Bigstock: 7 Days of Free Downloads

Posted 14 hours ago

Advertise here with BSABigstock, the leading provider of affordable royalty-free stock photos and videos, is currently offering a 7-day Free Trial of their subscription plans. This incredible offer will allow you to download up to 35 free images or 35 free videos. This is an unbelievable opportunity that comes with absolutely no strings attached. You can cancel your subscription at anytime. … [Link]

Win 1 of 10 Templates by TemplateMonster

Posted 4 days ago

Advertise here with BSAOur friends from TemplateMonster have prepared a cool giveaway for web designers. Read on to learn the details. TemplateMonster is giving away not one, not three, but TEN prizes. It means your chance of winning is pretty high. The giveaway starts on December 18 and ends on December 24, and it’s as easy as pie to take part … [Link]

How To Remove the Background from a Photo with the Photoshop Pen Tool

Posted 5 days ago

Advertise here with BSARendering is the process of separating a particular object from the background so you have a completely clear image. This is useful for almost everything from digital graphics to web design and magazine covers. Removing the background from an image leaves only the foreground which could be people, objects, scenery, or some combination of the three. In this … [Link]

You The Designer

Eccentric Habits of the Tech Elite

Posted 2 days ago

We all have our own quirks. Some find solace in 90s music. Some enjoy touching textured objects. Some want their grande coffee in a venti cup. Whatever your weird habit is, it doesn’t matter as long as your responsibilities are in check and you get your job done just like the folks below. These technology moguls have confessed– they too … [Link]

The Best Book and Album Covers of 2014

Posted 3 days ago

A book cover is significant for bookworms just as an album cover is meaningful for record collectors. Not only do they reflect the story within the book or the overall mood of the record, they also represent the personality of the artists, musicians, and the designers behind the cover art. Some people would browse through bookshops looking for eye-catching covers … [Link]

22 Intriguing Facts About Colors That You Need To Know!

Posted 4 days ago

Colors are everywhere. From our favorite shoes and clothes to the wonders of nature and outer space. Everything has a color to represent. Color pretty much existed ever since the whole universe began and plays a part in everyone’s daily life. But how much do you really know about colors? Let’s dig in a little deeper into the fascinating world … [Link]

I Love Typography

The first Bible set in roman type

Posted 13 days ago

Sweynheym and Pannartz are credited with introducing printing to Italy via their press at the monastery of Santa Scolastica at Subiaco, outside of Rome in 1465. They appear to have been relatively successful, even sending quite a number of their books to Rome itself. However, in 1467 they move their press to Rome, where by […] Sponsored by Hoefler & … [Link]

This Month in Typography

Posted 19 days ago

Welcome to this month’s roundup of type-related info and entertainment. Today, we dip our toes into some controversial typographic decision making over at Apple; we talk about typography as a societal problem solver (or not); we discuss the evolution of emoji and the invention of the octothorpe; we show you type made out of hands, […] Sponsored by Hoefler & … [Link]

Notes on the first Italic

Posted 19 days ago

St. Catherine, bad feet, & the first italic Whenever we think about the invention of the italic typeface we invariably think of the year 1501, when the italic type, commissioned by Aldus Manutius and cut by Griffo, was employed to set a new series of small pocket books, first published in 1501. Aldus, writing to his […] Sponsored by Hoefler & … [Link] – Web Design & Development

Modern Interface Patterns for Mobile Application Design

Posted 14 hours ago

Advertise here with BSAThere are now more app developers than we have ever seen in the short history of smartphone devices. Google’s newest Android OS coupled with Apple’s advancing technology makes for a force to be reckoned with. Although mobile interfaces can borrow traits from the web, they can’t be perfectly emulated because mobile apps rely on touch-based interactions.I want … [Link]

Treat for Designers: 10 Free Design Resources

Posted 6 days ago

Advertise here with BSAAs a profession, the designers are provided with the task of imbibing a website with creative designs and patterns. They have to strictly adhere to the specification laid down by their client while instilling uniqueness and innovation wherever possible. So your task as a designer is to excel the expectations of your client while making sure that … [Link]

Freebie PSD: iOS 7 Microsoft Word iPhone App UI

Posted 15 days ago

Advertise here with BSAMicrosoft is one of the few software companies yet to release a series of official iOS applications. Since mobile app design is so popular it seems like a fantastic idea.In a recent tutorial I covered the process of designing small buttons for an older iOS6 app interface. This was based off the Microsoft Word UI created by … [Link]

Vandelay Design

17 Top Free Resources to Learn Online Marketing Techniques

Posted 10 hours ago

Online marketing is one of the more important aspects of a successful business, large and small alike. For freelance graphic designers, web designers, web developers, or other freelance creatives, a… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

How to Design a Website to Maximize Conversions

Posted 5 days ago

I'm often asked how to design a website that will maximize conversions. Obviously several factors exist in this process, such as your product and customer base, but there are a few basic tips that… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

6 Crucial Interview Questions To Ask Clients Before Accepting a Job

Posted 5 days ago

As an agency owner, I often receive questions about our client and web project on-boarding process. When a lead comes in, what are the right interview questions to ask potential clients before… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]


7 Reasons Why You Should Choose Ruby on Rails

Posted 7 days ago

During the last ten years, Ruby on Rails has grown to become an increasingly popular solution for building web apps. In our rapidly changing technological environment and shaky economy, RoR can speed up the development process and help companies save time and money. Today, the knowledge of Ruby can land you great jobs – there are lots of interesting projects … [Link]

Line25 Sites of the Week for December 12th 2014

Posted 10 days 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 The New Wave Company, Impossible Bureau, Loubsol, Heliom and Crimson Keyboard. The New Wave Company View the website Impossible Bureau View the website Loubsol View the website Heliom … [Link]

20 Great Examples of Subtle Motion in Web Design

Posted 14 days ago

Two modern technologies of CSS/JS animation and HTML5 video allow designers to add awesome motion effects to their web designs, common examples being large background videos or web elements that move into place. These effects don’t always have to be so obvious though, which today’s featured websites prove. Subtle motion and animation can really enhance a design without being too … [Link]


25 Mind Blowing Space Art Concepts of Cosmic Scenes

Posted 11 hours ago

It’s interesting to browse real space images sourced by NASA, but the fictional concepts in the Space Art genre are really mind blowing. These artists produce extraordinary cosmic scenes featuring vibrant nebulas and gigantic planets. Today’s showcase features 25 great examples of inspiring space art concepts. Prepare to be awestruck as you travel through these imaginary galaxies. Werfedew by Sewer-Pancake … [Link]

The Art of Profanity: Showcase of NSFW Typography

Posted 7 days ago

Expletives and Art seem to make the perfect pair. A simple word can invoke an emotional response or set a specific tone, which makes it a powerful tool for designers and artists to convey their message. In today’s showcase I feature 30 fun examples of profanity filled typography designs which will either entertain or offend. Either way, they’re probably not … [Link]

4 Free Artistic Paint, Sketch & Ink Photo Effect Actions

Posted 14 days ago

Last month I shared a tutorial showing how to create a realistic painted effect in Photoshop which used some pretty simple techniques in Photoshop that could easily be enclosed in a ready made Action. Today’s freebie contains not only an Action to apply that painted effect in a single click, but also 3 more photo effects based on common artistic … [Link]

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20 Professional Pagewiz Landing Page Templates

Posted 3 days ago

Pagewiz is a great landing page platform which lets professional marketeers, business owners and affiliates launch landing page campaigns from scratch, within minutes, and easily optimize them. WIth Pagewiz, A/B testing can be easily performed to maximize conversion. You can easily design high converting templates with this platform. If you don’t have any design skills, then you might want to … [Link]

GetResponse Designer Contest – Win Macbook Pro, iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 & More!

Posted 4 days ago

Today we are excited to let you know about a new contest from GetResponse, a leader in email marketing software and automation. Until January 11 only, Use GetResponse Landing Page Creator to design a promo page with a holiday theme such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, even New Year’s Day and submit it to their judging panel. Their … [Link]

20 Premium Instapage Templates with Sleek Designs

Posted 5 days ago

Have you heard of Instapage?! Instapage has all the features you need to start increasing your conversions and building a great landing page. It has many great features and you can create a nice template in minutes. You can easily setup an A/B split test for your landing pages using the Instapage marketing platform. If you’re looking for premium Instapage … [Link]


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

Posted 10 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 10 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 10 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]

Smashing Magazine

A Guide To Conducting A Mobile UX Diagnostic

Posted 7 weeks 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 7 weeks 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 7 weeks 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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