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Exclusive DesignCrowd Discount Coupon Code

Posted 10 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 10 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 10 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]


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

Posted 20 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 20 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 20 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]

Outlaw Design Blog

Beastly Badges Labels by Joey Ellis

Posted 10 months ago

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

Western Youths

Posted 10 months ago

Western Youths. [Link]

Inky Email App

Posted 10 months ago

Inky. [Link]

JUST™ Creative

Free Branding Templates and Mockups

Posted 11 hours ago

Hello, friends. Below is a collected roundup of free branding mockups and templates, full of different categories and styles. They all come in several formats such as PSD, AI, ID and their styles goes from photorealistic to minimalistic and fashionable. All of them were curated recently and they are ready to download. Remember to share with your friends! TemplateShock: 600 … [Link]

11 Personality Traits of a Successful Freelance Designer

Posted 3 days ago

This article was contributed by Vincent Burkhead, aka Your Creative Junkie. What type of person does it take to thrive as a successful Freelance Graphic Designer? It’s an interesting personality mix: fiercely independent, yet collaborative, extremely confident, yet vulnerable and open-minded, firm, but flexible. After over 20 years in the design industry and 15 years running my own design studio … [Link]

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

Posted 8 days ago

Here we go with another pack of curated freebies, tools and resources for designers, this month’s selection include fresh templates, fonts, icons, programming tools and more resources! Remember to share with your friends and give us some love in the comments. View the January, March, April, May, June, August free resources here. SomIcons: Free 152 Icons Set for Designers and … [Link]

Graphic Design Forums: A friendly forum for UK designers

Copyright ownership

Posted 4 hours ago

I’m a ltd company who was subcontracted to complete graphic/web design services to a creative agency. I have never received payment and there is a CCJ registered against the company who has admitted the debt. Currently progressing to high court action. As we have never been paid for the work, we still own copyright on the design work which is now … [Link]

Lenticular printing help??????

Posted 7 hours ago

This is the first time I've used this kind of printing and I have to say, I'm finding it difficult despite reading and trying to emulate many tutorials on the subject. I'm using lenticular plastic which is 32 lines per inch and 8 x 10 inches. I'm trying to create an image that changes from one of my poster designs to … [Link]

Chinese Fonts Guidance Needed

Posted 11 hours ago

I am just wondering if anyone has much experience in working with CN fonts in detail (e.g. not just laying out translated text, more creatively using type)? I am looking for some help with finding some well designed fonts in traditional and simplified Chinese. Can anyone recommend their favourites and ones that have gone down well with a young CN audience. … [Link]


35 Amazing Fonts Now Available In the October Font Bundle!

Posted 8 days ago

We are always excited to see the latest bundle from the guys over at, and we are never disappointed! The Beautiful October bundle is definitely no exception. The 33 fonts included are all so unique that we don’t know which to use first! Plus there are two bonus fonts and lots of bonus goodies such as funky catchwords, watercolour … [Link]

Priceless Design Resources for Free!

Posted 17 days ago

There are tons of design resources out there that are widely used by web designers and developers alike. The best thing about these design resources is, you can instantly download them, tweak them and use it in your project. But apparently, such editable and freely available design resources are hard to find. And even if you get your hands on … [Link]

Be the First to Get the September Font Bundle… Now Available!

Posted 5 weeks ago

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for new, fresh fonts to enhance your designs and add that wow factor for your clients. If this sounds familiar, look no further–the September Huge Font Bundle is now available on This mega-bundle is packed with 49 beautiful, fresh fonts plus it also includes 17 free bonus fonts. That’s a total of … [Link]

Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and Tutorials

FITC Web Unleashed 2015 Ticket Giveaway

Posted 8 weeks 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 10 weeks 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 4 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]

I Love Typography

This Month in Typography

Posted 9 weeks ago

Welcome to this month’s roundup of type-related info and entertainment. Today, we remember typography legend Hermann Zapf, hear from Nadine Chahine (who worked with Zapf), talk about dyslexia, discuss the future of typography on the Web, peruse famous bookplates, visit the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography, watch the beauty of engraving in action, revisit NASA’s graphics standards, … [Link]

What are Optotypes? Eye Charts in Focus

Posted 13 weeks ago

I started my quest by asking my ophthalmologist, who enthusiastically provided a dizzying amount of technical information about the variety of eye charts and tests designed for different audiences and eye conditions. Suddenly, a simple question became a series of discoveries. Not only is there not one letterform design or font used for eye charts; the letterform designs are more … [Link]

Unusual fifteenth-century fonts: part 2

Posted 3 months ago

Nowadays, with tens of thousands of fonts available, we are accustomed to a great variety of letterforms. But, of the approximately 1,000 cataloged fifteenth-century roman fonts, very few stand out as unusual. Most share the same fundamental attributes. Almost all roman typefaces of the period are, what we now call humanist: of low contrast, lowercase e with an inclined crossbar … [Link]

You The Designer

Selfie Fables — Disney Alternative Art Illustrations by Simona Bonafini

Posted 6 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 6 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]

Amazing Game Of Thrones Illustrations By Ivan Belikov

Posted 6 months 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] – Web Design & Development

29 Best Video Tutorials for Learning InDesign

Posted 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 7 weeks 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

Why Divi Builder Belongs in Your Design Toolbox

Posted 30 hours ago

If you can imagine the advantage of using a WordPress page builder that has many of the features of a premium WordPress theme, that is exactly what you will experience with Divi Builder… The post… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Psychology Of Color To Improve Site Conversion

Posted 4 days ago

Studying the psychology of color is crucial for maximizing your site's web design. Using the right colors can help put your customers in the frame of mind that compels them to take action. Color has… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

35 Amazing Fonts Just Released In This October Font Bundle

Posted 8 days ago

We are always excited to see the latest bundle from the guys over at, and we are never disappointed! The Beautiful October bundle is definitely no exception. The 33 fonts included… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]


23 Insanely Good Typography Designs

Posted 9 hours ago

Say NO to boring typography and embrace the creativity! Here are 23 insanely good typography designs we’re sure you’ll love! These are some extremely creative typography designs which will surely inspire you to create awesome projects as well. Custom fonts can be used for lots of purposes, from prints, ads, logos, to even websites! Here they are! Which one of … [Link]

Divi Builder – A Page Builder for any WordPress Theme

Posted 30 hours ago

If you really like your favorite WordPress theme’s performance, you will absolutely love working with it if you add the Divi Builder page-building plugin,and take advantage of everything this new and exciting tool has to offer. Divi Builder is a standalone plugin that is totally compatible with any of the WordPress themes. A number of Divi WordPress Theme features are … [Link]

25 Creative Under Construction Page Designs

Posted 2 days ago

Take a look at these 25 creative under construction page designs and be inspired! These awesome under construction pages have some really interesting concepts, graphics and all of them are diverse, belonging to different types of niches. From under construction pages for portfolio, food & drink to even corporate websites, here you’ll find all the design inspiration you need. These … [Link]

Web Design Blog | Magazine for Designers

25 Mobile WordPress Themes with Cool Layouts

Posted 11 hours ago

Having your website mobile-optimized it’s extremely important nowdays. Over 50% of the internet users are browsing using their mobile devices, either smartphones or tablets, so a great mobile user experience is important if you want to keep them satisfied. We selected today 25 mobile WordPress themes you can use for your website. This mobile WordPress themes can be used for … [Link]

25 Professional Websites with Ultra-Modern Graphics

Posted 33 hours ago

Take a look at these 25 professional websites with ultra-modern and sleek graphics and get your needed dose of design inspiration! We selected some really cool, modern website designs to inspire you. These are websites for both popular brands, such as Nike or Apple, and less popular ones but which differentiate themselves through their unique graphics. Here they are! Which … [Link]

23 Awesome Lettering & Calligraphy Projects You Will Love

Posted 2 days ago

If you’re in need of a huge dose of typography inspiration, then you’re in the right place! These 23 awesome lettering and calligraphy projects will give you a huge dose of typography design inspiration! These lettering and calligraphy projects will amaze you with their concepts, details and master skills of the designers who created them. Which one of these great, … [Link]


All the Tools you Need to Achieve the Handmade Style

Posted 37 hours ago

The handmade look is more than just a design trend, it’s now a coveted style that’s used to produce stunning artwork for all kinds of projects from printed products through to digital web graphics. Mastering the crafts to painstakingly construct your creations using real life tools without the safety net of CTRL+Z can be extremely rewarding, but the time requirement … [Link]

40 Free High Resolution Vibrant Blurred Backgrounds

Posted 4 days ago

Blurred backgrounds have become a popular resource in the design community. They’re useful images to base your design on, providing a vibrant foundation to place a logo, typography and other elements to construct beautiful brochure covers, website headers and more! Rather than produce these blurred images digitally with gradients or a Gaussian blur, I used a macro camera lens to … [Link]

Cross Processing Actions for Access All Areas Members

Posted 7 days ago

This week’s premium design resource for Access All Areas members is a set of cross processing Photoshop Actions courtesy of Shutter Pulse. The set includes 18 different actions for instantly applying cross processing effects to your images with varying degrees of strength. There’s a range of colour filters and toning adjustments to enhance your photos with a retro style appearance. … [Link]

Six Revisions

Lessons Learned from an Unsuccessful Kickstarter

Posted 4 days ago

About a year ago, I launched my first Kickstarter called Habitat, a smart home automation platform that takes everyday items in your home and connects them to the Internet and your mobile devices. Habitat prototypes.A couple of Habitat prototypes. We only raised 24.6% of Habitat’s funding goal (which was $80,000 CAD), so it was not successfully funded. Here are some lessons I … [Link]

5 Games That Teach You How to Code

Posted 8 days ago

These Web games will give you a fun and engaging introduction to the world of programming. CodeCombat CodeCombat is an HTML5 role-playing game (RPG) that teaches you fundamental programming concepts. CodeCombat In CodeCombat, you play a hero adventuring through the game’s levels. The first level is Kithard Dungeon, which covers basic programming concepts. You’re faced with coding challenges throughout your journey, … [Link]

Cheatsheet: Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts

Posted 11 days ago

This useful cheatsheet shows the keyboard shortcuts for important Adobe Photoshop CS6 commands. View Larger Version Note: For Photoshop commands that are displayed in blue, such as "Quit", "Close", and "Merge Layer", you must also press Ctrl on Windows or Command on Mac OS. For example, to issue the "Quit" command, press Ctrl + Q if you’re on Windows or … [Link]

Abduzeedo Design Inspiration – Design Inspiration & Tutorials

Logo Design: The Work of Levi Lowell

Posted 8 hours ago

We keep going through our weekly journey checking out great logos! We're thinking ahead and we want to find new topics, good ones, to share with you guys. Last week we featured the work of American designer Niles Giberson, and today we're featuring the work of American designer Levi Lowell. Levi Lowell comes up with super nice pieces like the ones … [Link]

The Art Message of Peter Tunney

Posted 11 hours ago

Peter Tunney is an artist from New York who developed an amazing style of painting which is a mix of collages with acrylic painting over it and each piece carries a strong and positive message making it an outstanding composition. Check out some of his work on this post and enjoy! For three decades artist Peter Tunney has crisscrossed the globe—from … [Link]

Daily Inspiration #2201

Posted 25 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]

Web Design Ledger unveils their New Logo & Revamped Web Design

Posted 7 hours ago

Almost every designer and blogger should know about Medium. It’s the most recent way to people to write and share their thoughts with a tremendous audience and inline comments. Today the site launched a new brand loosely titled “Medium 2.0”. The team published a blog post with more details about the story and creative process. This new 2.0 redesign comes with … [Link]

Front Porch Conf for Designers & Developers runs in Dallas, TX

Posted 9 hours ago

A popular frontend development conference Front Porch runs again in 2015 opening for one day in Dallas, TX. Front Porch is made for web designers and frontend developers that want to improve their skills while learning from talks and workshops. It’ll run from 9AM to 5PM on October 20th – be there early if you want to get a head start … [Link]

A Short Documentary on Jessica Walsh: Illustrator & Art Director in NYC

Posted 10 hours ago

Jessica Walsh is a lovely designer hailing from New York where she’s built up a lxurious career for herself working for Sagmeister & Walsh. She’s a very talented designer with work ranging from web design, print design, and type design/illustrations. The Like Knows Like project is a YouTube series taking a look at interesting people in the creative field. They recently … [Link]

Webdesigner Depot

Medium 2.0 launches with great features, and dreadful branding

Posted 9 hours ago

Medium is just two years old; staggering considering that the site has redefined how we think about blogging. With an elegant editor, great dashboard tools, social connections, and no cost, it’s one of the best options available to writers. Medium is a byword for simplicity and readability. Its careful typography, unobtrusive branding, and contextual comments have been genre defining. But … [Link]

Edit any WordPress theme with Divi Builder

Posted 30 hours ago

Divi Builder is a brand new product from Elegant Themes that could revolutionize the way you build websites. Based on Elegant Themes’ popular Divi theme, Divi Builder is a WordPress plugin that works with virtually any WordPress theme — even themes not built by Elegant Themes. Divi Builder allows you to modify not just your site’s content, but the site … [Link]

How to customize UX for mobile

Posted 3 days ago

So what does psychology have to do with it? When it comes to user experience, almost everything. With so many device types and sizes and so many different ways to design websites for those devices, the user experience a designer creates is what determines overall success of the site and whether a user will return. What is user psychology? User … [Link]

Smashing Magazine

Keeping Your Android App Popular After Launch

Posted 13 hours ago

You’ve launched your app and it’s doing well. You worked hard, kept your initial features lean, and all of your effort has resulted in an app that users like and recommend to friends. So, how do you maintain that momentum and ensure that your app keeps gaining in popularity? This article covers some practical approaches to keeping users interested in and … [Link]

Building Web Applications With Make

Posted 39 hours ago

Most web developers use a build tool of some sort nowadays. I’m not refering to continuous integration software like Jenkins CI (a very popular build system), but the lower-level software it uses to actually acquire dependencies and construct your applications with. There is a dizzying array of options to choose from: Apache Ant (XML-based), Rake (Ruby-based), Grunt (JS-based), Gulp (JS-based), Broccoli … [Link]

SmashingConf Oxford 2016: Just Your Cup Of Tea

Posted 3 days ago

We love organizing events that deliver value and leave a long-lasting impression. SmashingConf Oxford is taking place again next year, on March 15–16th 2016. The conference will be packed with smart real-life solutions and techniques, ranging from front end to design to UX — and a few delightful surprises along the way. Two days, one track, 14 brilliant speakers and 350 … [Link]

PSD : Photoshop Disasters

Goodbye: A Farewell Message

Posted 9 days 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 14 days 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 16 days 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]


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