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Is Crowdsourcing Crowding the Freelance Graphic Designer?

Posted 4 weeks 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]

The Traditional Online Logo Design Service Can’t Keep Up! Crowdsourcing Steams Ahead

Posted 6 weeks ago

By Clancy Clarke The Traditional online logo design service is dead! There are no two ways about it – crowdsourcing design has disrupted the market, both from an agency point of view and for all those logo template sites. In 2014, using a design agency to create a bespoke logo for your company is outrageous! Just think about it, think … [Link]

How To: Create a Logo Contest and Be Amazed by the Results

Posted 6 weeks ago

By Clancy Clarke Getting a logo designed for your business can be a dauntingg task. There are a million factors to think about: Who do you get to design your logo? How do you want your logo to look and feel? What personality should the logo convey about your brand? Where will the logo be used? However, compared to the … [Link]

Outlaw Design Blog

Beastly Badges Labels by Joey Ellis

Posted 15 months ago

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

Western Youths

Posted 15 months ago

Western Youths. [Link]

Inky Email App

Posted 15 months ago

Inky. [Link]

JUST™ Creative

Paula Scher on Designing Adaptable Brand Identities

Posted 2 days ago

Pentagram partner, Paula Scher has just released her first online design class on Skillshare focused on designing flexible and adaptable brand identities. The trailer for her class has some real nuggets of wisdom and I highly recommend watching. Brand Identity: Design Adaptable Branding Systems An Online Skillshare Class by Paula Scher Paula Scher is known for her award-winning work designing … [Link]

The Creative Class Video Series

Posted 2 days ago is an ongoing video series that illustrates how some of the most influential people in the creative industries marry technology with their passion and skills across design, music, art, fashion, and beyond. The series gives a look into the contemporary creative process and the influence technology has on this. Here are the five released so far. Enjoy! Blur & … [Link]

10 Tips to Keep in Mind When Designing Websites for Startups

Posted 4 days ago

This article has been contributed by Ezequiel Ortuno. There are times in the lives of designers when they have to craft websites for startups as opposed to creating sites for established names in the business. Websites for startups are a real challenge because very often a startup’s online identity is their sole branding tool, a point of contact with their … [Link]


26 Premium Food & Restaurant WordPress Themes

Posted 9 days ago

Advertise here with BSAWordPress is often the easiest solution for business owners who need to get a website online. It’s free, easy to install, and comes with a lot of customizable features – one of which is a library of exciting design themes. WordPress themes can even include unique menus and extra post types allowing the webmaster to style content in … [Link]

Unique Web Fonts to Spice Up your Layout Designs

Posted 17 days ago

Advertise here with BSAIt goes without question that CSS3 has been a major improvement on how we build websites. Beyond the additional properties I’ve found CSS3 web fonts to be a groundbreaking addition to the developer’s tool belt. You can import external fonts or even include your own custom-made fonts with just a few lines of code. But not every website … [Link]

Tips for Learning the Pen Tool in Adobe Photoshop

Posted 19 days ago

Advertise here with BSAEveryone who’s tried their hand at Photoshop knows about the pen tool. At first it’s agonizingly difficult and practically mocks every newcomer. But there is a rhyme & reason to the madness. I do hope this post offers enough useful tips for anyone interested in learning this tool. I’ll preface by saying that to get truly comfortable you’ll … [Link]

Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and Tutorials

IconDock is Redesigned

Posted 4 weeks ago

IconDock has been a labour of love for me: thousands of people have purchased and used my icons in all sorts of projects. After so many years of the classic IconDock design, I decided to update the look and feel to reflect the current trends in web design that I follow, and give it a […] [Link]

Themify Icons: iOS7 Inspired Icon Set

Posted 7 weeks ago

Are you looking for an alternative for Font Awesome? I have a good news for you! Themify has just released a new icon font called Themify Icons — a complete icon set consisting of 320+ pixel-perfect icons inspired by the iOS7 design. It is 100% free, with the ability to use and distribute for any […] [Link]

Animating Background Colors

Posted 10 weeks ago

As promised in my previous post, I will be sharing some of the scripts used on the Themify redesign. Today I'm going to share the animating background color script as seen on the site. It is a simple jQuery script that animates a series of background colors in a loop. It runs smoothly on desktop, […] [Link]

Six Revisions

HTML5 Download Attribute Guide

Posted 2 days ago

The download attribute allows us to force media file downloads onto the user’s computer or mobile device. Example: download>Download HTML document Typically, when we link to an HTML document, PDF, image file, or other media files, they will be opened in the browser when the user clicks on its link. But if the hyperlink has the download attribute, such as … [Link]

A Generic HTML5 Template

Posted 8 days ago

This is boilerplate markup (a blank HTML document template) for HTML5-capable web pages. Download Source from GitHub Copy-and-paste the code template above in a new HTML document and then fill out the blanks. Commented Version Read the highlighted comments to learn more about each item in the template: Explainer This HTML5 template, in my opinion, is the bare minimum for … [Link]

Browser Detection with JavaScript

Posted 10 days ago

If you really must do it, detecting what browser someone is using is easy with JavaScript. View Demo Download Source from GitHub JavaScript has a standard object called navigator that contains data about the browser being used. The navigator object has a lot of properties, but the .userAgent property — a string that contains data about the browser, operating system, … [Link]

You The Designer

The Creative Class – a conversation with Industry Greats

Posted 12 hours ago

The Creative Class – was a group of intelligent people who would try to be catalysts of social and economic development in the modern world. In 2002, Richard Florida wrote about a group of remarkable individuals – a pool of people who were made up of knowledge workers, designers, intellectuals and artists who could play an important role in the … [Link]

Logo Redesigned: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Goodbye Griffin and Hello Fancy “A”

Posted 14 hours ago

The iconic griffin is taking off from the Philadelphia Museum of Art logo to be replaced by an emphasized and flexible “Art”. Considered as one of the largest museums in the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art houses a collection of more than 227,000 objects across 200 galleries. These objects vary from painting to sculpture to photography, textile, decorative … [Link]

Interview with Hanna Kregling creator of the Barista Font

Posted 36 hours ago

Have you ever ordered at Starbucks or Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf – taken a look at the side of the cup and tried to decipher what they’ve written or wonder how they managed to get to that. Seriously. Get yourself perked up with this display typeface. Aptly called the Barista Font, and brewed by New York based Art Director … [Link]

Web Design Ledger

15 Must Have WordPress Plugins for 2014

Posted 40 hours ago

Advertise here with BSAEvery WordPress site owner has their toolkit of plugins they can not live without. Usually it includes solutions for SEO, caching, security, and other improvements. It’s an awesome thing about WordPress that in its Plugin Directory there are more than 32,000 different plugins, allowing you do almost whatever you want with your WordPress-based site. It’s a challenge to … [Link]

21 Light & Ultra-Thin Fonts for Your New Designs

Posted 5 days ago

Advertise here with BSAHave you ever thought that 90% of the information on the web is text? That’s why designers should have a great basis of fonts while formatting a look of written content of the websites they design. Moreover, there are plenty of typography-based project where fonts are the key element. We have previously published a showcase of capital fonts … [Link]

20 Fantastic Website Designs Using Pastel Color Schemes

Posted 11 days ago

Advertise here with BSAWhen it comes to the color scheme a designer chooses, it’s critically important not to slip up. Lately we have seen tons of websites with flat and vivid colors, or minimalistic websites made in black and white, but what about pastel colors? Pastel colors have low saturation and high value. Paste color websites are relaxing and calming by … [Link]


This Week in Fonts

Posted 15 days ago

An Erik Spiekermann exclusive from Hamilton Wood Type, a sturdy slab by Rene Bieder, a high-class display from Avondale Type Co, a brush script by Mika Melvas, a modest slab serif from Type Me Fonts, a monospaced family by Matthew Butterick, a contemporary script from Petra Dočekalová, and a super family by Playtype. Hamilton Wood Type: HWT Artz Designed by … [Link]

This Week in Fonts

Posted 5 weeks ago

A versatile sans from TipoType, a dynamic script by Sudtipos, an extreme display face from Hoefler & Co, a quirky hand-drawn family by Thinkdust, a geometric sans from Mint Type, a pair of playful stencils by Font Bureau, a multi-sources-inspired titling family from Kyle Wayne Benson, and a robust stencil by House Industries. TipoType: Libertad Designed by Fernando Díaz Libertad … [Link]

This Week in Fonts

Posted 6 weeks ago

A graceful sans from Typotheque, a modern grotesk by Suitcase Type, a contemporary serif from Bold Monday, a letterpress family by Yellow Design, a versatile sans from Milieu Grotesque, a brush script by Doubletwo, a bold display face from Monokrom, and a modern sign painter family by Kyle Wayne Benson. Typotheque: Valter Designed by Nikola Djurek Valter is a graceful … [Link]


Line25 Sites of the Week for July 11th 2014

Posted 21 hours ago

Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Travis Gertz, Geckoboard, Vessyl, Media599 and HybridConf. Travis Gertz View the website Geckoboard View the website Vessyl View the website Media599 View the website HybridConf View the website … [Link]

30 Blocky Website Designs Based on a Square Grid

Posted 5 days ago

Grids give a website design structure and balance, but some grid layouts are more obvious than others. The most basic of grids is the square block, where the page is divided up horizontally and vertical with equally spaced gridlines. The content then fills the grid like a chequerboard pattern, or elements can span multiple blocks to form larger content areas. … [Link]

30 Web Designs that Fully Embrace the Hero Image

Posted 19 days ago

The Hero image trend in the web design industry has developed so much over the past few years that the vast majority of new designs feature some kind of large introductory photograph. These huge background images have been dubbed hero images, a term that has been adopted from the print industry where page filling images are commonly seen in magazines. … [Link]


5 FlyerHeroes Templates for Access All Areas Members

Posted 21 hours ago

Access All Areas members can get their hands on some fantastic new resources this week. 5 editable flyer templates have been kindly donated by FlyerHeroes especially for members. Each flyer is composed in an easy to use layered PSD file perfectly set up for print in CMYK 300dpi format, allowing you to easily edit the text and customise the design … [Link]

Free Wilderness Vector Graphics & Logo Template Kit

Posted 5 days ago

I’ve been busy drawing and tracing various vector graphics in order to create a comprehensive logo & icon kit for my latest free design resource. The Wilderness Survival Kit is a collection of 60+ vector graphics and 7+ ready made editable logo templates based on the popular theme of the great outdoors. Easily build logos, emblems, badges and t-shirt designs … [Link]

This is by Far the Best Fonts Bundle I’ve Ever Seen!

Posted 12 days ago

I’ve seen some enticing deals recently but this Artistic Fonts Bundle is by far the best collection I’ve ever seen! $400 worth of absolutely gorgeous fonts discounted by a whopping 93% makes this the best $29 you’ll ever spend. This bundle features 14 hand crafted fonts, all of which are competing as my favourite! There isn’t one typeface that I’m … [Link]

Webdesigner Depot

The secret to designing website layouts without CSS floats

Posted 20 hours ago

If you have been designing for the Web at all over the past decade you are undoubtedly familiar with the CSS float property. Since the industry (thankfully) adopted the principle of tableless layouts, floats have been the weapon of choice most of us use to lay out our web pages, but is it the best choice? Despite the popularity of this … [Link]

Deal of the week: Creative edge design bundle (worth $1,000)

Posted 35 hours ago

It turns out, that sometimes, size really does matter. And never more than when you’re download a super-sized bundle of web design goodness. So we’re extremely excited to announce that our sister-site,, has managed to arrange an amazing 95% discount on a huge bundle of creative assets that, in any other circumstances, would set your wallet back over $1000. The … [Link]

What’s new for designers, July 2014

Posted 44 hours ago

what's new for designers june 2014The July edition of what’s new for web designers includes new web apps, frameworks, grid systems, game platforms, inspirational resources, Photoshop plugins, text editors, and some really great new fonts. Many of the resources below are free or very low cost, and are sure to be useful to a lot of designers and developers out there. As always, if we’ve missed … [Link]

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How to Create HDR Pictures in Photoshop – Tutorial

Posted 9 hours ago

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. HDR is a technique of post processing multiple images that are combined/adjusted so that the contrast ratios are as a high quality image, which is usually impossible with a single aperture and shutter speed. HDR images record a greater range of details (tonal) than any camera could capture in a single frame/photo. Follow the … [Link]

How to Fix a Blurred Picture in Photoshop

Posted 40 hours ago

Don’t you hate when you take that perfect shot, just to find out later that the picture is just a bit blurry? Today we have a solution to fix blurry pictures using Photoshop. Of course this solution won’t fix a completely blurry picture, but we can fix the blurriness in the picture to some extent. In this tutorial, we are … [Link]

How to Install Photoshop Brushes

Posted 2 days ago

The Brush tool is an imitation of real life brushes. Photoshop has a set of default brushes, but in addition to that, you can add more brushes to draw specific shapes like stars, grass, etc. To install Photoshop brushes follow the steps provided in this tutorial. Steps to install Photoshop brushes 1. First of all, we will have to download … [Link]

Abduzeedo Design Inspiration – Design Inspiration & Tutorials

Daily Inspiration #1810

Posted 3 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 7think … [Link]

Friday Fresh Free Fonts – Anders, FFAD Matro, Zona Pro

Posted 13 hours ago

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

Mesmerizing Ballpoint Pen Artworks by Rebecca Yanovskaya

Posted 13 hours ago

Once in a while we find an artist that really shines brightly with state-of-the-art quality. Recently I've come to know the work of Canadian artist Rebecca Yanovskaya, who is a master in ballpoint pen illustrations. Her work is simply outstanding! Here you can see some of her best pieces. Besides being super talented, she actually uses pieces of gold in her … [Link] – All Inclusive-Feed

Top 20 WordPress Theme Creators From 2014

Posted 48 hours ago

Advertise here with BSALooking for a great design for your website? Do you also want it to work smoothly and to be easy for you to use and customize? And since you’re at it, with everyone using tablets and mobile phones now, it should also be responsive. Well, lucky for you, there are many great WordPress themes you can find that … [Link]

Different Audiences Seeking Different Alternatives to Website Creation

Posted 2 days ago

Advertise here with BSAThe web design industry is advancing at dizzying speed. What used to work just fine two years ago is decidedly obsolete today, and the website creation public adapts to these changes. Websites are brought to life by three categories of creators: pros (who often turn to WordPress), non-pros (who use website builders such as IM Creator), and enterprises … [Link]

Introduction to Responsive HTML Newsletters with Zurb Ink Framework

Posted 5 days ago

Advertise here with BSAThe learning process to create an efficacious newsletter is often tiring and difficult. But as you get more comfortable with newsletter design these ideas become simpler and easier. You’ll always need a solid understanding of design principles when creating e-mail notices or newsletters. But you also need to know how to code newsletters in a manner that’s best … [Link]

Vandelay Design

When Great Sites Get Penalized: The Eventual Comeback Story

Posted 4 days ago

Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Joe Sinkwitz (@CygnusSEO), a veteran SEO and Chief of Revenue for Though I don’t have all the details, I’m pretty sure when Panda 4.0 rolled… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

43 Brilliant Free jQuery Image Gallery/Slider Plugins (And 14 Tutorials to Make Your Own)

Posted 4 days ago

jQuery image galleries (also known as homepage sliders, slideshows or image carousels) have become more and more common on websites since the inception of jQuery in 2006. Designers and Photographers… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Win a Free One Month Membership from CrocoBlock

Posted 4 days ago

*Sponsored* We have teamed up with the new WordPress theme club, CrocoBlock to offer six lucky winners the chance to win a one-month membership at CrocoBlock worth $55, $75 or $95. The price depends… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]


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

Posted 5 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 5 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 5 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]

Graphic Design Forums: A friendly forum for UK designers

Sharknado 2

Posted 3 hours ago… AWESOME! [Link]

I need help!!

Posted 5 hours ago

so, they way i usually want curved text is by typing onto a path, but when i type on to a circular path it does nothing but type inside and not on the path! Extremely frustrating!! please help [Link]

Business name

Posted 9 hours ago

I’m abit stuck as what to use for my company name. Do I go with my own name – mark facer or something different? I had randomly thought of 'pink thunder' but then a friend of mine pointed out that it sounded like a sex toy:icon_eek: My only thing is I will be expanding the company at some point and it … [Link]

PSD : Photoshop Disasters

Spot The Disaster: Thomas Cook Plane

Posted 15 hours ago

There’s something not quite right about this airplane. Can you spot it? Thanks, Kyle! The post Spot The Disaster: Thomas Cook Plane appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]

Voici: Jennifer Lopez’s Missing Leg

Posted 38 hours ago

Poor J-Lo. First there was that weird necklace disaster, and now this. She just can’t seem to catch a break. Found online here. Thanks, Herbauges! The post Voici: Jennifer Lopez’s Missing Leg appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]

Turkish Movie Poster: Leggy Brunette

Posted 3 days ago

She’s got legs for days. Three days, to be precise. Thanks for sending this in, Adem! The post Turkish Movie Poster: Leggy Brunette appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]

Smashing Magazine

A Roadmap To Becoming An A/B Testing Expert

Posted 13 hours ago

A/B testing, also known as split testing, is the method of pitting two versions of a landing page against each other in a battle of conversion. You test to see which version does a better job of leading visitors to one of your goals, like signing up or subscribing to a newsletter. You can test two entirely different designs for … [Link]

How To Profit From Selling Digital Products (Part 1)

Posted 38 hours ago

At the end of 2012, I was talking with a good friend of mine who runs a small custom woodworking company. We were discussing business over the last year and a few things we learned. While his business did about double the revenue that mine did in 2012, I made considerably more profit. That’s when it sank in how unusual … [Link]

The WAI Forward

Posted 3 days ago

It’s one thing to create a web application and quite another to keep it accessible — independent of the device that the user is using and its capabilities. That’s why Heydon Pickering1, now the accessibility editor on Smashing Magazine, wrote an eBook Apps For All: Coding Accessible Web Applications342, outlining the roadmap for well-designed, accessible applications. This article is an … [Link]


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