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Design Trends To Look For In 2016 (In The Form of Gifs!)

Posted 12 hours ago

Design trends are developing in an exceptional speed and will continue to grow into the next year, with the increasing demands of the user. Here are a couple trends to keep in minds for a simple and worthwhile user-experience. Scrolling above clicking: the user today views all but buys selectively. Since the concept using a scroll bar is obsolete, and people … [Link]

Web Designers, Are You Seeking or Setting A Trend?

Posted 16 hours ago

Web design is a process of conceptualizing and planning, using a set of HTML codes and JavaScript, to determine the layout, colours, style of text, images, graphic designs etc. Basically, it is creating the structure of a web page. Current web design trends include: Video backgrounds: major non-banking virtual wallets like PayPal and Squarespace (theirs is seriously great!) are making this … [Link]

Design Inspiration: Data & Dashboard UI Design

Posted 19 hours ago

The increasing popularity of wearable technology like the Apple Watch, and activity trackers, think Fitbit and UP by Jawbone, has us thinking about design in a whole different way. These devices all make data readily available to wearers of the technology and with that comes a whole new opportunity for designing data. This goes beyond numbers and charts. Designing data and … [Link]

Spoon Graphics

Video Tutorial: Sci-Fi Space Scene in Adobe Photoshop

Posted 30 hours ago

Today we’re going to have some fun in Adobe Photoshop creating a cool sci-fi space scene with planets, moons, nebulas and colourful cosmic space dust. We’ll start by making a vast black universe full of tiny stars, then begin building up the scene with a large alien planet and its moon. To give the scene a cool sci-fi vibe, we’ll … [Link]

How To Create a Colorful Vector Landscape Illustration

Posted 3 days ago

In today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial I’ll show you how to create a colorful landscape scene, similar to the style of those trendy illustrated travel posters I recently featured in a showcase. We’ll make the entire illustration out of simple vector shapes, then bring it to life with vibrant gradients to give the scene a tranquil sunset vibe. My example features … [Link]

Jigsaw Puzzle Effect Generator for Access All Areas Members

Posted 6 days ago

Access All Areas members have a unique premium design resource to download this week courtesy of Visual Impact. The Easy Puzzle Generator is a Smart PSD that turns any picture into a realistic jigsaw in seconds. Edit the Photoshop Smart Object to have your own image split into hundreds of individual pieces that join to form an almost completed puzzle … [Link]

Web Design Blog | Magazine for Designers

22 Funny Office Jokes Designers Will Understand

Posted 23 hours ago

Let’s loosen up and take a break from work! Check out these 22 funny office jokes designers will understand! Brighten up your day and have a good laugh by looking at the designer jokes below. Which ones of these funny jokes were your favorite? If you want more, you can get your daily dose of fun from these too: Hilarious … [Link]

25 Extremely Eye-Catching Geometric Website Designs

Posted 45 hours ago

Creating geometric shapes and graphics on websites can be extremely eye-catching for the visitor if you follow some basic design rules. You can redirect the visitor’s attention to particular places on a page, and thus making the whole page stand out. We selected today 25 extremely eye-catching geometric website designs we’re sure you’ll enjoy seeing! These geometric website designs come … [Link]

23 Perfect Themes for Your eCommerce WordPress Website

Posted 3 days ago

Do you want to transform your WordPress website into an online shop? Are you a small business owner or just want to design an eCommerce site for a client? WordPress may be the easiest solution for you! Check out these 23 perfect themes for your eCommerce WordPress website! Whether you want to sell food and beverages, clothes, accessories, or even … [Link]

Smashing Magazine

Technical SEO 2015: Wiring Websites for Organic Search

Posted 21 hours ago

Ask ten people what SEO is, and you’re likely to get ten different answers. Given the industry’s unsavoury past, this is hardly surprising. Keyword stuffing, gateway pages, and comment spam earned the first search engine optimisers a deservedly poor reputation within the web community. Snake oil salesmen continue to peddle these harmful techniques to unsuspecting website owners today, perpetuating the myth … [Link]

No Hard Feelings: The Wait For “Hardboiled Web Design” Is Over

Posted 2 days ago

Some books deserve a spot at your desk. The brand new Hardboiled Web Design by Andrew Clarke is one of them. In its 5th anniversary edition, Andy explains how you can use HTML/CSS efficiently in responsive design — and how to reduce wasted time in the process with developers, designers and clients. No fluff, no theory — just insights into his … [Link]

Sailing With Sails.js: An MVC-style Framework For Node.js

Posted 2 days ago

I had been doing server-side programming with Symfony 2 and PHP for at least three years before I started to see some productivity problems with it. Don’t get me wrong, I like Symfony quite a lot: It’s a mature, elegant and professional framework. But I’ve realized that too much of my precious time is spent not on the business logic of … [Link]

PSD : Photoshop Disasters

Goodbye: A Farewell Message

Posted 8 weeks 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 9 weeks 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 9 weeks 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]

Webdesigner Depot

Building effective web design teams

Posted 13 hours ago

When you are just starting out in a web development business, it can be really tempting to try to handle most (if not all) of the work entirely by yourself. It’s not hard to understand the logic: the more of the work you complete personally, the more of the profits you get to keep, right? But there’s a side to … [Link]

Twitter kills-off social proof

Posted 22 hours ago

You might have noticed in the last few days, that social share buttons on Webdesigner Depot, and across the Web, look a little different. Twitter has finally implemented its planned changes to both update the look of its buttons, and remove the accompanying shares counter. The updated share buttons are white on Twitter-brand blue and modern looking. But they may … [Link]

The secret of web success: figure out what your user wants, then give it to them

Posted 47 hours ago

We all want to give our users an optimal user experience; it has been one of the more recent pillars of web design. Most people equate good user experience with such stuff as great design or a fast-loading website, and it’s great that such attention is being given to optimize these experiences. There is one type of experience though, that … [Link]

Outlaw Design Blog

Beastly Badges Labels by Joey Ellis

Posted 12 months ago

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

Western Youths

Posted 12 months ago

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Inky Email App

Posted 12 months ago

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Fuel Your Creativity

Exclusive DesignCrowd Discount Coupon Code

Posted 12 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 12 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 12 months ago

We know that many businesses will be looking to start this financial year with a kick! Start fresh and jump onboard with DesignCrowd. Perhaps you’re thinking of rebranding or making some visual changes to modernise your business? If so, the good folks over at DesignCrowd, the design crowdsourcing platform are having a MASSIVE DESIGN SALE – For 1 week only, … [Link]

JUST™ Creative

Black Friday + Cyber Monday Deals for Graphic Designers, Developers & Geeks

Posted 12 hours ago

Below I’ve compiled some of the best online Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for graphic designers, web designers and geeks at heart, plus some other great sales too! I personally use / interact with all of these products and companies on a regular basis and can vouch for their awesomeness. I wouldn’t recommend them otherwise. If you have your … [Link]

How to Optimize Your Facebook Posts for Maximum Shareability

Posted 21 hours ago

Below is a practical guide for writing a shareable facebook post, considering algorithms & structure for maximum share-ability. As a business or organization employing Facebook for social reach, the ultimate objective of your efforts is to create shareable posts. Facebook’s newsfeed algorithms have evolved quite rapidly since their birth in 2006. Understanding how these changes affect post visibility, coupled with … [Link]

The 4 Main UX Pitfalls to Avoid When Designing Your Website

Posted 45 hours ago

This article has been contributed by Efrat Ravid. Graphic design, user interface, and user experience are complex fields. Volumes can (and have!) been written about the intricacies of each of these disciplines. Arguments have been debated, tests have been conducted, and winners have been crowned. There are many elements to consider: Characteristics of forms, calls to action, color, layout, design … [Link]


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

Posted 21 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 21 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 21 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

Online Design Competition with a Grand Prize worth £3000

Posted 25 hours ago

吉祥物-012.jpg Attention attention !! Are you the chosen one who win the £3000 Grand Prize We are proud to announce and invite you to participate in the “UK Art Lantern Festival (UKALF) Online design contest”. This contest, which will begin on November 20th and the end of December 31st 2015 UK Art Lantern Festival is the very first event in … [Link]

Advice on an error on large print run

Posted 3 days ago

Hi, I'm after a bit of advice from fellow freelance designers out there please. Background of the story: Designed a brochure A5 portrait.Sent to owner for approval.Approved.He sends to print and gets 15k printed! Cost £3k2 weeks later phones to say that one of the images isn't recognised as the place it's stating. But can't prove either way, as I don't … [Link]

Can wordpres handle large classified ad website

Posted 3 days ago

Hi folks, If here are any wordpress and or maybe not only wordpress masters – can you suggest and show examples if possible? Can it handle large classified add websites? Im thinking of designing a property search website and have a programmer who can write it on wordpress I also have an option of hiring programmer who can write his own … [Link]


76 Fontabulous Fonts Now Available in the November Font Bundle!

Posted 16 days ago

The November Font Bundle from TheHungryJPEG is now available, and it’s jammed-pack with a ton of awesome fonts that I know you’ll love to get your hands on. This month, they’ve really gone above and beyond with their font bundle–it’s one of the largest font bundles we’ve seen around in a while, with 76 super fonts included. Plus all of … [Link]

35 Amazing Fonts Now Available In the October Font Bundle!

Posted 8 weeks 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 9 weeks 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]

Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and Tutorials

FITC Web Unleashed 2015 Ticket Giveaway

Posted 3 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 4 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 6 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]

You The Designer

Selfie Fables — Disney Alternative Art Illustrations by Simona Bonafini

Posted 8 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 8 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 8 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]

I Love Typography

Pure Gold

Posted 7 hours ago

Both the Roman Pliny (ca. 61–113) and the Greek historian, Herodotus (ca. 484–425 BC), mention gilding; the latter writing that the Egyptians gilded wood and metal. It has been used in decorating ceramics, in art, and at least from the fifth century in the production of illuminated manuscripts, reaching its peak in the especially exquisite illuminated Books of Hours produced … [Link]

The First Illustrated Books

Posted 7 hours ago

The early history of illustrated printed books is also the history of woodcut. Woodcut illustrations long predate the mid-fifteenth-century introduction of movable type to Germany. They were used extensively in the printing of textiles many hundreds of years before in Europe and the Far East. Designs were cut in relief in wood, inked, then stamped onto fabric by hand. Woodcuts … [Link]

The First Printed Children’s Books

Posted 7 hours ago

Anyone who has children understands that books are a crucial part of their development. Parents also know that children’s books are likely to have relatively short shelf lives; torn pages, chewed corners, and crazed crayoning conspire toward the book’s inevitable annihilation. Fifteenth-century children were no different, and so it is no surprise that most of the very earliest printed children’s … [Link] – Web Design & Development

29 Best Video Tutorials for Learning InDesign

Posted 11 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 11 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 3 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

How to Choose a WordPress Theme Framework

Posted 8 hours ago

If you design and develop WordPress themes you may have considered using a WordPress theme framework rather than creating themes from scratch. Frameworks offer significant benefits to developers and… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Top 25 Amazing Sketches for Creative Inspiration

Posted 16 hours ago

Browsing the work of other artists and designers can be a great exercise for finding inspiration for your own work. You can find inspiring examples in web design, photography, art, and all different… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Quirky (and Creative) Gifts that Every Designer will Love

Posted 24 hours ago

Holidays are the best times to surprise a friend or loved one with a gift. Designers often enjoy creative tools and little trinkets that can enhance their workflow. So if you wanted to buy something… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]


22 Inspiring Travel Website Designs You’ll Love

Posted 23 hours ago

Are you looking for web design inspiration for a future travel-related project? You’re in the right place! Whether you’re looking for design inspiration for a large, magazine travel website or you want to design a site for a travel agency or a travel blog, this list has it all. We selected 22 inspiring travel website designs we’re sure you’ll love. … [Link]

26 Beautiful Retro / Vintage Website Designs

Posted 45 hours ago

The vintage web design trend is on the rise! It is competing right for the first place along with the flat design and minimalist design trends. Web designers have found a way to add retro / vintage elements to websites, without making them look old and boring. They have incorporated both vintage and modern graphics and the results are pretty … [Link]

Black Friday: Huge Bundle with Amazingly Cool Fonts (51 handcrafted fonts, 26 font families – $28 only)

Posted 3 days ago

Fonts are fashionable. Renew your font resources with this super bundle that includes 51 handcrafted fonts and a total of 26 font families. Buy this font bundle and get: Beautiful font resources to craft awesome graphic design projects (logos, t-shirts, flyers, posters, business cards, bags…and many more!) –$342 in savings – pay only 55 cents/font; – all the fonts you … [Link]

Abduzeedo Design Inspiration – Design Inspiration & Tutorials

Logo Design: The Work of Marcin Inspirado

Posted 10 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. The last time we featured quirky Japanese logos and today we're featuring the work of Marcin Inspirado. These are only a handful of Marcin's work. For more of it, please visit his portfolio … [Link]

Daliy Inspiration #2243

Posted 10 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]

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity turns 100 – Video

Posted 21 hours ago

Today, November 25th, the world celebrates 100 years of Einstein's theory of General Relativity. As a fan of science and having Einstein as one of my personal heroes I couldn't let this date pass in vain. After reading several books, biographies and articles about Einsteins contributions to the understanding of our universe, still today it blows my mind to think what … [Link]

Six Revisions

20 "Coming Soon" Pages for Inspiration

Posted 6 days ago

Even if your site is still months away from being ready for launch, you should put up a "coming soon" page as soon as possible. A "coming soon" page can help you collect user information, like email addresses and feedback/suggestions. It can therefore help you build buzz and a base of early adopters prior to your site’s launch. For ideas … [Link]

6 Free Tools for Creating Your Own Icon Font

Posted 8 days ago

Although there are many icon font sets (such as Font Awesome and Iconic) that you can readily use in your UI designs, there are times when you might want to generate your own custom icon font. For instance, you might have icons that you have designed that you would like to convert into an icon font set, or perhaps you … [Link]

9 Useful Tools for Creating Material Design Color Palettes

Posted 10 days ago

One of the biggest things you’ll notice in material design is the use of bold, vibrant colors. Material design’s color guidelines describe the color style as being "inspired by bold hues juxtaposed with muted environments, deep shadows, and bright highlights." If you need to generate material design color palettes, these online tools will help. 1. material palette In this tool, … [Link]


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