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10 Essentials of a High Converting Landing Page

Posted 40 hours ago

This article was contibuted by Ted Vrountas. Not too long ago HubSpot unearthed a secret that a select few marketers were using to generate 12 times more leads than their competitors. Yes, you read that right — 12 times more. Their 2012 survey of 7,000 B2B and B2C businesses exposed just one major difference between the some of the world’s … [Link]

SALE – All Udemy Online Courses Just $15

Posted 40 hours ago

Udemy offer a huge variety of online courses, and as a partner, last month I let you know about their new pricing structure which is now in place. To introduce that new pricing, Udemy had a huge sale and set every course at $10 and it was their most popular sale ever, including this Just Creative email list buying over … [Link]

When’s the right time to rebrand your business?

Posted 7 days ago

This article was contributed by Diana Beyer. Branding is so much more than a logo and color palette. It is the total impression and feeling that people have about you – in essence, your reputation both on the ground and in cyber space. If your profits are stagnant or slowly declining, obviously something is not right. And it might very … [Link]

Web Design Blog | Magazine for Designers

Buy and Sell Property online with the Bellaina Real Estate WordPress Theme

Posted 10 hours ago

Getting started with an online business has become so much easier for contemporary entrepreneurs and large corporations. There is no need even to hire a designer or a programmer to accomplish everything. The availability of ready-made website templates becomes more widespread all the time. Today, we would like to focus your attention on a pre-designed theme for a real estate … [Link]

40 Unique Patterns with Gorgeous Details

Posted 36 hours ago

Whether you’re looking for seamless patterns, hand-drawn, geometric, modern or even retro patterns, this list has got you covered! We found some cool, premium-designed, unique patterns with gorgeous details and decided to share them with you. These patterns can be used for various graphic design projects and they will definitely turn any simple design into an eye-catching one. You can … [Link]

20 Free Code Snippets for Navigation Menus

Posted 4 days ago

If you’re looking for a code snippet to create an awesome navigation menu for your site, look no further! Here are 20 free code snippets for navigation which you can use to create fixed, auto-hiding, vertical, horizontal, responsive, stretchy, mega menu navigation and more! You will find almost any type of website navigation in this list. They all come with … [Link]

Webdesigner Depot

ClickSend boost the marketing possibilities for your business

Posted 15 hours ago

ClickSend are well known for their online SMS capabilities, and have now expanded their service by adding a heap of new products including MMS, Email, Voice, Fax, and even physical Post, to anywhere in the world. ClickSend has been operating since 2006 and now have thousands of customers worldwide, including some pretty big name clients: HP, Citrix, Red Cross, and … [Link]

Is mobile app UI design a complete waste of time and money?

Posted 39 hours ago

More and more companies are constantly chopping and changing their design direction and user interface in a battle to stand out. Many are employing large teams of user interface designers to work on pretty simple products. When it comes to mobile apps, user interface design is little more than a marketing gimmick. As it stands, a typical workflow for creating … [Link]

Popular design news of the week: September 19, 2016 – September 25, 2016

Posted 3 days ago

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some … [Link]

BittBox

Design Bundles Has Arrived!

Posted 7 weeks ago

Design Bundles is here! The new one stop resource for all of your design element needs. With a huge range of products such as textures, illustrations, graphics and templates to name a few – we can already see how Design Bundles is going to be the next big thing. Launched by the team behind FontBundles.net – they have already established … [Link]

Sweet Summer Savings with this July Bundle!

Posted 12 weeks 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 13 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]

Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and Tutorials

FITC Web Unleashed 2015 Ticket Giveaway

Posted 13 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 14 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 16 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 and Tutorials

Daily Design Inspiration

Posted 12 hours ago

Daily Design Inspiration abduzeedo Sep 27, 2016 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]

Just Buy – Typography

Posted 13 hours ago

Just Buy – Typography abduzeedo Sep 27, 2016 I haven't post about illustration or typography in quite a while. I have been quite focused on editorial design and branding because I am trying to improve my visual design skills for simplicity. That said when I saw the Just Buy poster created by Marc Urtasun I had to share it here … [Link]

Packaging Design: Vodka-dot

Posted 32 hours ago

Packaging Design: Vodka-dot abduzeedo Sep 26, 2016 I am a fan of packaging design, especially the design of bottles of wine and vodka. The work done for Absolut has been part of my design education, I remember their books only about the different variations of bottle label design and ads. When I saw the Voka-dota work shared by Den Dodson … [Link]

Six Revisions

How to Learn Angular

Posted 4 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 5 weeks 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]

You The Designer

THIS IS JUST A NEW POST FROM NEW SERVER

Posted 11 weeks ago

TEST POST WITH NEWLY UPLOADED IMAGE Read more posts by sysops [Link]

Selfie Fables — Disney Alternative Art Illustrations by Simona Bonafini

Posted 18 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 18 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

The Prints and the Pauper

Posted 4 weeks ago

In 1450, Johannes Gutenberg entered into an agreement with one Johann Fust, a Mainzer goldsmith and guildsman, to borrow a staggering 800 Rheingulden at 6 percent interest. Gutenberg’s sales pitch must have been convincing, for Fust would later testify that he himself had borrowed money in order to fund the loan. Gutenberg sank the money into his workshop and promptly … [Link]

Making Fonts: Proza Libre

Posted 11 weeks 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 3 months 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]

Inspiredology

Milky Way Mirrored on Salt Flats

Posted 8 weeks 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 4 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]

5 Photo Editing Tips on Making Flashy Pop Art

Posted 5 months 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]

DesignM.ag – Web Design & Development

29 Best Video Tutorials for Learning InDesign

Posted 13 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 13 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 13 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]

Vandelay Design

These 10 CreativeMornings Talks Will Be Your New Obsession

Posted 22 hours ago

Any field (even artistic ones) can occasionally lack creative drive. Everyday routines can lack the inspiration spontaneity often provides. The “talks” offered by CreativeMornings fight everyday… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Tips For Designing Quality Magazine-Style Blog Layouts

Posted 46 hours ago

Blogs have come a long way in the past 15 years both in content and design. Most print media brands have their own alternative websites and many publishers are opting towards the online model for… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Best Free Resume Templates For Designers

Posted 5 days ago

Traditional business resume designs are preferred for some situations, but designers often like to get more creative. It's possible to create your own resume from scratch but why reinvent the… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Line25

New Shutterstock Plugin for Adobe Photoshop | Review

Posted 15 hours ago

Have you heard about the new Shutterstock plugin for Adobe Photoshop? Shutterstock released a free Photoshop plugin that will simplify your work by letting you browse, download and license stock images, right from your Photoshop canvas. We decided to review it and let you know how can this plugin help you and how you can use it, just so you … [Link]

20 Websites with Remarkable Home Pages

Posted 36 hours ago

The first impression your visitor gets when browsing your site is crucial! That’s why your homepage is one of the most important pages on your site and must be eye-catching and very well-designed, so the visitor likes what he/she sees and starts to browse your site even further. There are no second chances on making a good first impression, so … [Link]

Free 61 Days Long Marathon – Launch Your Own Web Design Studio!

Posted 5 days ago

Are you suffocating at the office day and night putting up with a cantankerous boss for a laughable salary? Don’t you think that it’s time to shout out loud “Stop it! I quit!” It’s your life and it’s now or never. So, don’t procrastinate, follow your dream. Nobody is promised they will see tomorrow. We are living right now, at … [Link]

Spoon Graphics

Showcase of Creative Print Designs with Hot Foil Stamping

Posted 44 hours ago

Hot foil stamping is one of those super cool special print finishes that every designer wishes to use in their projects. It’s often combined with embossing to transfer metallic foil to the print stock with the use of a heated die, which leaves the designated portion of the design covered in a shiny reflective material. In today’s inspiration showcase I … [Link]

Sickamore – A Loud & Proud Handmade Font for Premium Members

Posted 5 days ago

Access All Areas members have a fantastic new font to download this week, courtesy of Sam Parrett from Set Sail Studios. Sickamore is a loud and proud handmade brush font with a powerful and edgy style. It’s great for headers, logos and attention grabbing words or phrases. This is a font I’ve had in my personal collection for a while … [Link]

A Collection of Must-Have Tools to Create the Design Styles You Love

Posted 7 days ago

As commercial designers we often have to create various graphic styles on demand in all the projects we work on throughout the day. Being able to experiment with new looks keeps the job exciting, but it can be a challenge, especially when deadlines loom! Having a selection of tools at your disposal allows you to rise to those challenges and … [Link]

Fuel Your Creativity

Exclusive DesignCrowd Discount Coupon Code

Posted 22 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 22 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 22 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

Create Dots Along Spiral Path in Illustrator

Posted 5 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 22 months ago

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

Western Youths

Posted 22 months ago

Western Youths. [Link]

Inky Email App

Posted 22 months ago

Inky. [Link]

PSD : Photoshop Disasters

Goodbye: A Farewell Message

Posted 12 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 12 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 12 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 10 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 10 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 10 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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