John Gordon Ross

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Graphic Design


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

Posted 17 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 17 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 17 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]

Fuel Your Creativity

Exclusive DesignCrowd Discount Coupon Code

Posted 8 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 8 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 8 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]

Graphic Design Forums: A friendly forum for UK designers

Suppliers of coloured card

Posted 3 hours ago

Hi all, I am looking to purchase some coloured card suitable to use for greeting cards. I need to keep costs down to a very minimum, so it was suggested I look for businesses that are closing and need to get rid of any left over stock they may have, but I am unsure how to go about finding such companies. … [Link]

New business?

Posted 12 hours ago

Hi, I currently work as a graphic designer in a studio. I am 28 and graduated last year. Since graduating I have worked in house for 6 months and in a studio for now 9 months. I have had previous life/work experience in admin/project management roles that have helped serve as a good foundation for any client contact I have had … [Link]

Latest blog post – Acrobat DC bug

Posted 29 hours ago

Hi Guys Wrote a piece for the Blog portion of the forums – if you call it that :) It's about a bug in Acrobat DC when editing PDFs – it's not 100% verified but I've sent it to a few people including Adobe staff who confirm it is buggy behaviour. Acrobat DC Bug: Beware of rasterising your vectors! | Printing … [Link]

Webdesigner Depot

Grab 90% off stock images from Depositphotos

Posted 8 hours ago

We all need stock photos from time to time. Even when a client’s budget stretches to original photography, sometimes it’s impossible to capture that perfect shot; luckily the chances are someone has already taken it. We’re delighted that our sister-site,, has managed to bring back one of its most popular deals ever: an incredible 90% off Depositphotos library of … [Link]

Sub-branding vs. brand fragmentation, which should you choose?

Posted 27 hours ago

Designers commonly offer numerous services and products, from straight design consultation, to side-projects, and apps. But are you one organization or many? How similar should your offerings look? What brand strategy will lead to the most success for you? What’s the difference between a Volkswagen, an Audi, and a Porsche? They are all made by the same company with shared … [Link]

The quick guide to speeding up your websites

Posted 2 days ago

Speed is usability. To say it more accurately, website speed is a major part of usability. The most intuitive interface ever created by the mind of man will do you no good if the user is pee’d off by the time it loads. That’s it. The article’s done… Ok, so there’s actually a lot more to it, but that first … [Link]

Outlaw Design Blog

Beastly Badges Labels by Joey Ellis

Posted 8 months ago

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

Western Youths

Posted 8 months ago

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Inky Email App

Posted 8 months ago

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JUST™ Creative

Massive 50 Fonts Bundle + Extras

Posted 4 hours ago

I’ve recommended a few font bundles here on JustCreative, but nothing quite as massive as this bundle of 50 awesome fonts + extras from Alien Valley. You can get 50 quality fonts for less than the price of 2, saving you 95%! You will also find bonus extra items like icons, textures, badges and decorative elements inside too. This bundle … [Link]

Top Free Tools for Creating Stylish & Effective Infographics

Posted 2 days ago

This article has been contributed by Charlie. In today’s digital world, marketers are multiplying their web site visitor numbers by posting inspiring infographics. Now any marketer can create a unique and stylish infographic in a short space of time with numerous online free tools as outlined below. Piktochart Piktochart is probably the most popular free infographic creation tool. In just … [Link]

23 Awesome Online Resources for Design Inspiration

Posted 10 days ago

This article has been contributed by Julie Petersen. By deriving inspiration from different people and different sources, one can learn quite a lot. So whether you are a guru or an aspiring designer, these online resources should inspire you to improve on your craft. Enjoy! 1) Designspiration Designspiration works more or less like Pinterest, the only difference is that Designspiration … [Link]


30 Illustrated Logos & Branding Designs

Posted 9 hours ago

Company branding affects every area of design including print and digital work. Hand-drawn illustration is a magnificent tool for building recognizable branding within a particular business. Although it is more of a complicated skillset, your design work will improve dramatically if you just keep practicing. This gallery includes 30 outstanding illustrated branding concepts you can study and utilize for your … [Link]

How To Recreate Icons using Photoshop Paths

Posted 6 days ago

There’s a lot to learn when first making icons in Photoshop. The Pen tool is a necessity but it comes with so many alternative tools and techniques that it can take months to really understand. I wrote a brief guide to the PS pen tool as an introduction but never went into pragmatic detail. featured ps icon vectors For this guide I want to … [Link]

25 Useful Free Resources for Web Designers

Posted 10 days ago

Web Designing is an art and the more time you will spend on polishing your skills, the more you can think out of the box. Because, Spending a dedicated time and effort in the same field is what makes you perfect. Web designing is the most trending topic at the present time, where a lot of beginners as well as … [Link]

Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and Tutorials

CSS Fix for iOS vh-unit Bug

Posted 13 hours 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 7 weeks 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]

Landing Pages Inspiration

Posted 5 months ago

While I was working with the Themify team on the Landing theme, we looked at over a hundred landing pages for inspiration. We reviewed how people designed their landing pages, laid out key information of their content, and designed their call to action box – these are important factors when designing a converting landing page. […] [Link]

You The Designer

Selfie Fables — Disney Alternative Art Illustrations by Simona Bonafini

Posted 4 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 4 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 4 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

What are Optotypes? Eye Charts in Focus

Posted 17 days 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 4 weeks 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]

ILT 2015

Posted 4 weeks ago

Way back in 2007, while living in rural Japan, I created ILT. I remember its birth with supreme clarity. It began simply as a way to share what I found typographically interesting, and I never foresaw its popularity. Almost eight years on, more than 500 posts, eight moves, and four cats later, and ILT’s design had barely changed. I had … [Link] – Web Design & Development

Freebie PSD: iOS 8 Cloud File Storage iPhone App UI

Posted 11 hours ago

Cloud storage is one of the fastest growing markets for new web applications. Smartphones like the iPhone allow users to take their cloud storage on the go with ease. Following all this popularity I’ve created an exclusive DesignMag PSD freebie for a cloud storage iPhone application named CloudyApp. This PSD is completely free to download and customize for your own … [Link]

Background Hero Image Trends in Modern Web Design

Posted 35 hours ago

The common use of website hero images should come as no surprise. Faster Internet speeds and larger monitors allow for a pristine viewing experience. Hero images can be found in layouts as banners, slideshows, or even fullscreen backgrounds. But these background images don’t always need to be fixed designs. github aws hero image background Going beyond just static hero images there are some wonderful effects … [Link]

Are you a web designer? Tools, Resources and Services To Use

Posted 6 days ago

There are many WordPress themes, page building tools, design element sources, and related services on the market today. With each having its unique features. Some of these products and services are for general use, while others serve a more dedicated purpose, or are intended for use in a specialized niche. We have compiled a listing of several of the top-quality … [Link]

Vandelay Design

Awesome Sites for Finding Web Design Jobs

Posted 14 hours ago

In our economy there are a lot of designers and developers looking for work, whether it is full-time employment, contract work, or freelance opportunities. Fortunately, there are a number of great… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

The Ultimate Guide on How to Create a Font

Posted 3 days ago

Every digital typeface from free to a $1,000 font pack goes through a similar design process. It's rigorous for a beginner and does require an understanding of foundational typographic principles…. Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

45 of the Best Responsive WordPress Portfolio Themes

Posted 7 days ago

If you're looking for a portfolio template to showcase your art, photography, or design work, the wide selection of quality themes makes WordPress a great option. While there have been many… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]


How to Choose the Right Featured Image For Your Website

Posted 7 hours ago

Images are important. In fact, having the right featured image on your website, or a website you are a designing for a client, can be the difference between an “ehh” design, and a “wow” design. In today’s article, we are going to discuss how to choose the right featured image for your website, which you can find in Bigstock’s image … [Link]

Showcase of Best Website Designs Using Flat Styles

Posted 32 hours ago

Here is a brand new showcase of some really great website designs using flat styles! These beautiful website designs with flat graphics will surely inspire you to create bright, fresh, clean web designs yourself. They also come in various colors and layouts and belong to different types of niches, from food and drink, fashion, art, to technology, online shops and … [Link]

CSS Hero Review: Customize WordPress Themes Live

Posted 2 days ago

In today’s article, we want to let all designers know about CSS Hero – a brand new WordPress plugin that lets designers (and anyone else for that matter) customize WordPress Themes live. What exactly is CSS Hero? CSS Hero a WordPress plugin that integrates seamlessly with any WordPress site you are working on that has a Hero-ready WordPress theme, and … [Link]

Web Design Blog | Magazine for Designers

29 Really Amazing App Designs You Must See

Posted 5 hours ago

Are you an app designer? Take a look at these app designs that will be of great help for your next app design project. These are some really amazing app designs which are suitable for various types of projects: music, banking, messaging, social apps, fitness and more. These great app designs will surely inspire you to create awesome app UI … [Link]

31 Free Shopify Templates For Awesome Online Shops

Posted 32 hours ago

Did you know that you can easily build your online store with Shopify’s ecommerce software? Shopify’s core features include the ability to manage products, inventory, customers, orders, discounts and more! You can easily manage your online store with no help needed and no coding skills required. With an available free 14 day trial (no credit card required), Shopify is a … [Link]

27 Fun and Inspirational Designer Quotes

Posted 2 days ago

Need some inspiration? Check out these 27 fun and inspirational designer quotes! These quotes are not only inspirational through their meaning, but also the posters represent a great source of inspiration for all print designers. These inspirational designer quotes were transformed into quote posters by some very talented designers. Some of these quotes belong to very famous people! Which quote … [Link]


Own the Tools to Create These Design Styles for 91% Off

Posted 5 hours ago

Watercolour, grunge and retro are three hot design styles that result in stunning artwork. If you’ve ever admired these kinds of effects and wished you could create them yourself, today I have the perfect collection of resources to show you. This Inspirational Artistic Design Bundle contains the best-selling products from the top creative resource sellers. These are the same tools … [Link]

A History of Typeface Styles & Type Classification

Posted 3 days ago

Typography is a complicated subject to learn, but starting with the history of type styles is a great way to gain an understanding of why there’s so many fonts, and why they look so different! Typefaces are divided up into classifications based on the era or characteristics of their design, which helps narrow down your options when choosing a font … [Link]

10 Victorian Style Ornamental Frames for Members

Posted 6 days ago

I’m pleased to welcome a brand new supplier of awesome resources for Access All Areas members this week. Peter from Cruzine Design has kindly donated a collection of 10 detailed vector frames in a Victorian style, available for both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. They’re great for achieving a sophisticated vintage theme by mixing them with images or typographic designs. Peter … [Link]

Abduzeedo Design Inspiration – Design Inspiration & Tutorials

Typography Mania #299

Posted 5 hours ago

Typography Mania is a weekly post series that comes around once a week with the best of Typography design submitted by our users at, from type videos to images everything is full of great design and typography inspiration. Submit your typography designs too and be part of this post. Click here to check out all the previous Typography Mania Submit … [Link]

Unique Package Design

Posted 6 hours ago

It’s always awesome to see a very well designed package! There are a lot of talented designers out there doing some super sweet pieces, so today we've selected mainly liquid containers, like bottles, flasks, pots and more. Here you can see some fantastic examples of unique package design! For more information on these works, please click each image! If you got … [Link]

Thoughtful Residential Design: Sea Ranch, California

Posted 13 hours ago

For those looking for a unique spot on the Northern Coast of California to spend a few days of peaceful reflection, Sea Ranch, a thoughtfully designed community located on the Sonoma Coast is the answer. An iconic story in the world of architecture, Sea Ranch is a distinctively unique space of homes along one of the most pristine stretches of California's … [Link]

Six Revisions

Animated SVG Pipes Effect

Posted 9 hours ago

We recently launched Happy Apps. In considering the design of the Happy Apps website, we aimed to have something uniquely eye-catching, fun and whimsical — we’re supposed to be "happy" after all — but also serious enough that our users feel confident trusting us with their uptime monitoring. One design element of the Happy Apps site that has received many … [Link]

Launching Your First App

Posted 2 days ago

App development is difficult. Successful app launching is nearly impossible, especially given the millions of apps competing for your users’ attention. I don’t claim to be an expert on the topic of launching apps. But I’m glad for the opportunity to share a few of the tips and tricks I learned while launching my first few applications for iOS and … [Link]

What Are You Working On?

Posted 3 days ago

We all have something going on. Perhaps it’s a web development project. Maybe you’re teaching yourself PHP/Sass/React or how to design with Sketch. Are you working on launching your blog or ebook? Job-hunting? It might even be a self-improvement project like fitness, learning a new hobby or being a better spouse/significant other/parent. In this open thread, let’s talk about the … [Link]

Smashing Magazine

Constructing CSS Quantity Queries On The Fly

Posted 5 hours ago

Often within a project, the presentation of our content changes based on certain needs. We see this when we use media queries to change our styles based on the user device. CSS quantity queries follow the same concept of changing the styles based on a condition: the condition within a quantity query being the number of sibling elements. An example would … [Link]

Designing Flexible, Maintainable Pie Charts With CSS and SVG

Posted 30 hours ago

When it comes to CSS techniques, nobody is more stubborn and smart enough to find solutions to any problems than Lea Verou. Recently, Lea has written, designed and published CSS Secrets, a truly fantastic book on the little CSS tricks and techniques for solving everyday problems. If you thought that you know CSS fairly well, think again: you will be surprised. … [Link]

How Copywriting Can Benefit From User Research

Posted 2 days ago

I’ve often heard there are four stages along the road to competence: unconscious incompetence, conscious incompetence, conscious competence, and unconscious competence. Most of us begin our careers “unconsciously incompetent,” or unaware of how much we don’t know. I’ll never forget the first time I moved from unconscious to conscious incompetence. I was working as an office manager at a small software … [Link]

PSD : Photoshop Disasters

Amazon Germany: What A Piece Of Shirt

Posted 2 days ago

We’re not sure that shirt is really a good fit for him. It seems to be squashing down his shoulders and biceps, for instance…. Ouch! Thanks for submitting this image to our Facebook page, Claudia! The post Amazon Germany: What A Piece Of Shirt appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]

Exuviance: Longest Neck Ever

Posted 7 days ago

You’re going to need a lot of whatever-this-is to cover that neck! I don’t speak Swedish, but I do know when somebody’s neck has reached giraffe proportions. This image was spotted in the April edition of Damernas Värld magazine. Thanks for sending it in, Asa! The post Exuviance: Longest Neck Ever appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]


Posted 9 days ago

Depositphotos offers one of the largest stock photo libraries on the Web. For a limited time, you can nab 100 or 200 of your favourite images for up to 92% off the regular price thanks to Mighty Deals. There are over 30 million high-quality vector images and photos to choose from, and you can pick your image’s size, including the … [Link]

Web Design Ledger

Frontend to Backend: Tips & Tools for Learning Web Development

Posted 9 days ago

UI design is a relatively straightforward skillset compared to development. If you know how to make textures and style typography then you can do it for websites, mobile apps, even software. But development is a different subject broken down into many unique areas of study. Web development in particular is quite large but also rewarding as you learn to build interesting … [Link]

How To Locate & Fix Usability Problems

Posted 10 days ago

Website performance is measured via user-related metrics. Load times, access to information, page behavior, all these things affect the user experience. When it comes time to improve these features you’ll get the most benefit from drafting a strategic plan. Problem solving for usability is a deep topic. But you don’t need to be an expert to gain value from this process. … [Link]

11 JavaScript Code Snippets for Dynamic Web Projects

Posted 11 days ago

The practice of frontend web development has grown into an enormous topic of discussion. User interface designers have been working up to this point for years, and our modern era of web design has finally adopted a set of tools which are accepted universally. You can build very impressive websites using just plain HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript. featured image - JavaScript coding web development snippets Recently I had put together a … [Link]


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