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Selfie Fables — Disney Alternative Art Illustrations by Simona Bonafini

Posted 12 weeks 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 12 weeks 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 12 weeks 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

Unusual fifteenth-century fonts: part 2

Posted 18 hours 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 3 days 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]

The Last Word on Helvetica?

Posted 5 days ago

Perhaps this article should have ended at the question mark in its title. And by the end of it, you may well concur. However, in the meantime, and before I get started — and I promise this won’t take long — let me be clear, I am not, I repeat, not (in bold for emphasis) a Helvetica hater.Ostensibly, my only … [Link] – Web Design & Development

32 Detailed Text Effect Tutorials for Photoshop

Posted 2 days ago

Advertise here with BSAThe best way to learn Photoshop is to push the boundaries of your knowledge. If you don’t know the basic tools then it can be difficult to get started. But true learning occurs with practical real-world application of skills by creating unique projects from scratch.Tutorials are simply amazing for beginners since all of the details are laid … [Link]

28 Horizontal Scrolling Parallax Websites

Posted 6 days ago

Advertise here with BSAParallax web design has become a technique for designing single-page interfaces with extra pizzaz. Many of these animated parallax effects are stunning and fit perfectly into a typical portfolio or landing page design.One of the newer trends in parallax design is horizontal scrolling. This has been around for years dating back to flash websites but has since … [Link]

How To Design Magnetic Banner Ads for the Web

Posted 10 days ago

Advertise here with BSAAdvertising is a massive industry with a lot of money and agencies vying for attention. But the purpose of this industry is generally to drive people towards something whether it’s a product or service. Great ads will draw your attention even if you don’t have a need for the product.But poorly-crafted ads will come off as revolting … [Link]

JUST™ Creative

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

Posted 3 days ago

Continuing with our monthly update, the resources in this list are all fresh creations for designers and developers. Inside you’ll find fonts, beautiful mockups, epic mobile templates, characters designs, business cards, jQuery plugins, icons and other useful elements, so go ahead, download them and share the love. View the January, March, April, May free resources here. – 70 Multiple-angle Flat … [Link]

Ultimate Guide To Writing a Blog Post People Will Definitely Share

Posted 9 days ago

This article has been contributed by Cari Bennette. Does it seem as though there’s a secret formula for getting blog posts shared that you don’t know about? Building the blog itself was pretty easy, but… where’s all the traffic? If you’re struggling to build substantial, consistent traffic for greater shareability, look no further. I’ve gleaned through the posts of three … [Link]

How to Optimize Your Single Page Website

Posted 15 days ago

This article was contributed by Preston Pierce. What happens when your client decides to create a single page website and ask you to optimize it rather than going with the usual multiple-page architecture? Well, you find yourself in a predicament! It is because if you are not that well-versed with single-page web optimization, you’re sure to end up plucking your … [Link]

Outlaw Design Blog

Beastly Badges Labels by Joey Ellis

Posted 7 months ago

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

Western Youths

Posted 7 months ago

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Inky Email App

Posted 7 months ago

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40 Mobile Android & iOS Tablet App Interfaces

Posted 3 days ago

Good artists copy; great artists steal. This quote has been tossed around creative circles for decades and does shed light onto a small fragment of truth, especially among visual artists. The way to master digital design is to take ideas and learn how they were constructed. Smartphone & tablet applications are small but detailed. To successfully design mobile apps you … [Link]

How To Create a Baseline Grid Pattern in Photoshop

Posted 8 days ago

The best designers will admit that grids are vital to any project. Whether you’re designing for print or the web, grids offer structure that can either be followed or ignored. Most people think of grid systems like 960GS where you create long columns across the full width of the page. But there is another grid related to typography known as … [Link]

WixStores: The Simplest eCommerce Website Builder for Any Business

Posted 9 days ago

WixStores is a comprehensive eCommerce website builder, and content management system all rolled into one., one of the most popular website builders, launched their online store builder on the same platform. Of course is a free website builder focused on helping you create and develop your online presence. But their latest eCommerce system allows business owners and shops … [Link]

Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and Tutorials

NEW: Themify Flow

Posted 3 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 4 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]

7 Web Design Trends to Watch for in 2015

Posted 5 months ago

As technology changes, so do user habits, and as user habits change, so does web design. Curious what web design trends we'll see in 2015? We see that responsive design is an essential of modern web. Web sites are more interactive with cool navigation and rich media content. Read on to see what to keep […] [Link]

Vandelay Design

30 Trendy Calligraphy & Cursive Fonts

Posted 24 hours ago

Many designers would attest contempt their rather crude handwriting. Unfortunately it's one of those things you really need to practice & develop – otherwise it's chicken scratches all the way… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Web Design Challenges: Hitting the Panic Button too Soon

Posted 3 days ago

Over the years, I've seen freelancers who I never thought would make it, succeed. I've watched other freelancers, who seemed extremely gifted to me, fail. What was the difference? Why did some… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

The After Effects Of The Mobile SEO Update And How To Fix It

Posted 7 days ago

Google has always preferred mobile-friendly web pages, but it has now gone a step ahead and made mobile SEO practices a factor in page ranking. What’s interesting about this update is that… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]


30 Best Web Design Examples Using Parallax

Posted 17 hours ago

Parallax is no longer something new and even before becoming a huge trend in web design, it was used frequently in classic video games. The parallax effect is really cool and you can see it quite often in new website designs when scrolling through the pages. It creates a “3D” effect which adds depth to the website. Because it looks … [Link]

10 Web Design Software Tools You Can’t Miss

Posted 35 hours ago

If you’re a web designer or a web developer, then you’ll definitely want to take a look at these 10 web design software tools. These web design software tools will help you with various tasks in your projects: from choosing the right typography, designing a great user interface and creating wireframes, to even more complex stuff such as designing whole … [Link]

Showcase of 23 Creative and Smart App UI Designs

Posted 3 days ago

Take a look at these creative and smart app UI designs and get your daily dose of design inspiration. We selected some really creative app UI designs in this list, from various niches such as food and drink, fitness and health, ecology, weather, fashion, art and more. These great app UI designs have various styles and follow different app design … [Link]


24 Exceptional Quality Font Families For 98% Off!

Posted 22 hours ago

Today is a good day for font lovers. A brand new fonts bundle has just gone live over at Design Cuts and this one is a whopper! This latest deal is a collection of 24 fonts that have been hand picked for their exceptional quality, then slashed with an unbeatable 98% discount and given the best license terms available anywhere … [Link]

How To Create Complex Mandala Patterns in Illustrator

Posted 3 days ago

There’s a couple of methods for creating complex circular patterns in Adobe Illustrator. One technique uses pattern brushes, but it involves designing multiple patterns that seamlessly repeat, which can be a difficult task in itself. Alternatively, you can make use of Illustrator’s symbol feature to create a pseudo kaleidoscope effect where a segment of your design is duplicated around a … [Link]

FilmTone Photoshop Actions for Premium Members

Posted 6 days ago

FilterGrade is back again this week with another premium design resource for Access All Areas members. There’s already 3 collections of FilterGrade Actions available for members; the Vintage Batch Filters and two complete packs from the Light Leaks Series, but today members are also being treated to the brand new FilmTone product. These high quality Photoshop Actions generate natural film … [Link]

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20 Effective InstaPage Templates for Your Business

Posted 17 hours ago

Instapage lets you quickly build mobile responsive landing pages with their drag and drop editor. Within minutes, you can build complex layouts with our drag and drop interface without touching the code. It also offers seamless integration with email marketing, social, and optimization tools. You can build and publish landing pages that work and are efficient. Also, the A/B testing … [Link]

1000+ New Free Icons with Fresh and Clean Designs

Posted 37 hours ago

You don’t want to miss this huge new free icons roundup! Get over 1000 new free icons for your next web or app design projects. Download them and add them to your freebies collection, or bookmark this link and save it for later when you’ll need it. These great new free icons will save you a lot of time and … [Link]

25 Beautiful Free Banner Vector Downloads

Posted 3 days ago

Looking for some beautiful free banner vectors to add to your website? Look no further. We selected some of the best free vector banners on the web, with various types of designs and styles. You can use these for many purposes, such as advertisement, promotion and more. Black and white, abstract, polygonal, colorful, ribbon, vertical/horizontal, rounded/square, floral, watercolor, and more … [Link]

Abduzeedo Design Inspiration – Design Inspiration & Tutorials

Daily Inspiration #2117

Posted 6 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 Found … [Link]

Package Inspiration: Beautiful Bottles and Labels

Posted 13 hours ago

I love great package design. And lately I've been obsessing with bottles and labels. Every time I go to the supermarket to get beverages, alcoholic or not, I find myself checking out every cool bottle and label I can find. Maybe it is because great package will get your attention or maybe it is just because I like package in general, … [Link]

Typography Mania #295

Posted 14 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]

Six Revisions

Reimagining the Web Design Process

Posted 18 hours ago

Responsive Web Design animation This is a guest article by the InVision team. Gone are days of design projects that have a concrete list of deliverables. As web design and development continues to evolve, static web pages don’t cut it anymore. Now, we’re expected to do a lot more. We’re tasked to design and develop prototypes, design systems, and provisions for future growth and … [Link]

50 Clean Websites for Inspiration

Posted 3 days ago

Here are some well-designed clean websites to check out. These web designs will surely give you ideas and inspiration! Screenshot of a clean website: CerealCereal Screenshot of a clean website: NORM.ARCHITECTSNORM.ARCHITECTS Screenshot of a clean website: CharacterCharacter Screenshot of a clean website: Master & DynamicMaster & Dynamic Screenshot of a clean website: PFDPFD Screenshot of a clean website: WinspearWinspear Screenshot of a clean website: makgoodsmakgoods Screenshot of a clean website: George BadeaGeorge Badea Screenshot of a clean website: Geordy PearsonGeordy Pearson Screenshot of a clean website: MetaLabMetaLab Screenshot of a clean website: SocioDesignSocioDesign Screenshot of a clean website: GridbooksGridbooks Screenshot of a clean website: Helen & HardHelen & Hard Screenshot of a clean website: ParcelParcel Screenshot of a clean website: Made PublishersMade Publishers Screenshot of a clean website: Oak Street BootmakersOak Street Bootmakers Screenshot of a clean website: RGB MEDIARGB MEDIA Screenshot of a clean website: Hedge House FurnitureHedge House Furniture Screenshot of a clean website: Helbak CeramicsHelbak Ceramics Screenshot of a clean website: Howard YountHoward Yount Screenshot of a clean website: DSTLDDSTLD Screenshot of a clean website: Future BüroFuture Büro Screenshot of a clean website: Leen HeyneLeen Heyne Screenshot of a clean website: Ink & SpindleInk & Spindle Screenshot of a clean website: Lars TornøeLars Tornøe INDUSTRY Screenshot of a clean website: UpDroidUpDroid Screenshot of a clean website: Industry StandardIndustry Standard Screenshot of a clean website: R&Co DesignR&Co Design Screenshot of a clean website: Quay RestaurantQuay Restaurant Screenshot of a clean website: TAVOTAVO Screenshot of a clean website: One IotaOne Iota Screenshot of a clean website: Paradox Design StudioParadox Design Studio Screenshot of a clean website: Studio DStudio D Screenshot of a clean website: Living EdgeLiving Edge Screenshot of a clean website: SkargaardenSkargaarden Screenshot of a clean website: Circle 21 CandlesCircle 21 Candles Screenshot of a clean website: Sam DallynSam Dallyn Screenshot of a clean website: HyperquakeHyperquake Screenshot of a clean website: CincoCinco Screenshot of a clean website: OculusOculus Screenshot of a clean website: Simon FosterSimon Foster Screenshot of a clean website: Make Your OdysseyMake Your Odyssey Screenshot of a clean website: HOW arkitekterHOW arkitekter Screenshot of a clean website: Esme WinterEsme Winter Screenshot of a clean website: Noap StudioNoap Studio Screenshot of a clean website: Visual SoldiersVisual Soldiers Screenshot of a clean website: Lab21 Digital BureauLab21 Digital Bureau Screenshot of a clean website: Ed Harrison DesignEd Harrison Design … [Link]

15 Free Books for People Who Code

Posted 6 days ago

This is a collection of free programming books that are in digital/online format. The books in this list provide timeless insights that are universally applicable to all programming languages. Note: Some of the books in this collection might use a specific programming language (such as Python) to illustrate general programming ideas. How to Design Programs By Matthias Felleisen, Robert Bruce … [Link]

Smashing Magazine

Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: July 2015

Posted 45 hours ago

We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork, and as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one — desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for … [Link]

Design Principles: Compositional Balance, Symmetry And Asymmetry

Posted 3 days ago

A balanced composition feels right. It feels stable and aesthetically pleasing. While some of its elements might be focal points and attract your eye, no one area of the composition draws your eye so much that you can’t see the other areas. Balancing a composition1 involves arranging both positive elements and negative space in such a way that no one … [Link]

Rapid Front-End Prototyping With WordPress

Posted 6 days ago

Prototyping is one of the best things that can happen within a project, yet it is extremely underutilized. Prototyping makes a project better suited to users, elevates user experience, increases the quality of your final code, and keeps clients happy. The problem is that developers often see prototyping as a waste of time, since high-quality prototypes take considerable effort to … [Link]

Web Design Ledger

Not for Amateurs – Manage Website Projects Seamlessly with the NEW Webydo

Posted 35 hours ago

Designers have long suffered from a perception problem. Far too often, people assume that a designer’s job is simply to “make things pretty”, whereas the true role of any designer is to find creative solutions to people’s problems. Yes, those solutions may indeed include attractive visuals, but a designer is much more than a decorator and they are concerned with more … [Link]

The Best Design News of the Week

Posted 6 days ago

To help you keep track with what’s going on in the design world, we made a selection of the most interesting news this week. To keep track of all the important designer news, check out, the best place where you can read the newest web designer stories. Switching from Photoshop to Sketch: Day-by-Day Live Blog Discover the Power of SVG … [Link]

“Cornerstone Might Revolutionize Front-end Development as we Know It”

Posted 8 days ago

Most premium Responsive Multipurpose WordPress themes are improved upon over time, as new features are added and existing features are upgraded. When a theme such as X Theme achieves the status of being top best-seller of all the multipurpose WordPress themes on the market, you would expect it to be continually upgraded, but in a more or less incrementally fashion. The … [Link]

PSD : Photoshop Disasters


Posted 3 days ago

The Complete Web Developer Course with Rails can turn you into a full-fledged, professional programmer in just 12 weeks, regardless of experience. And it’s 92% off here. The course offers over 160 videos spanning 22 hours of content across programming languages (HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery, Git, and Ruby on Rails, among others) in addition to an eBook full of training … [Link]

Amazon: Magic Carpet Picnic Blanket

Posted 3 days ago

Aside from the obvious problems with this image… is Dad standing in a hole? Where exactly is his lower half? Thanks for sending us this screen shot, Tom! The post Amazon: Magic Carpet Picnic Blanket appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]

Spot The Photoshop Mistake: Jurassic World

Posted 7 days ago

Jurassic World is one of the biggest blockbusters so far this summer, yet they still made a small mistake on one of their promotional posters. Can you spot it? Thanks to our eagle-eyed reader Martin for spotting this and sending it in. The post Spot The Photoshop Mistake: Jurassic World appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]


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

Posted 16 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 16 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 7 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 7 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 7 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]

Webdesigner Depot

Facebook reveals new logo

Posted 15 hours ago

Yesterday, Christophe Tauziet, a product designer at Facebook, shared a shot of the new Facebook logo. Reportedly designed by Facebook’s in-house team in collaboration with Eric Olson — the designer of Klavika, on which the original Facebook logo was based — the general reaction has so far been negative. Some commenters have suggested that the logo is so bad, that … [Link]

Is it time you opened a design agency?

Posted 42 hours ago

You’ve been busting your ass for years as a freelance designer, taking projects as they come, performing every role required for a successful business: producer, CEO, HR, accounting, marketing, and sales…you’re starting to wonder if there’s a next step. Can you break free of the grind of everyday tasks and get back to what you love, the design work itself? … [Link]

50+ incredible freebies for web designers, June 2015

Posted 3 days ago

New projects are being released all the time that make us excited, curious, inspired and sometimes a little bit jealous. Today we continue our monthly series of the very best free resources for web designers with a collection that includes cool scripts, awesome fonts, great ideas, and must-see experiments. If this month’s collection is anything to go by, the Summer … [Link]

Graphic Design Forums: A friendly forum for UK designers

Help with web icons

Posted 2 days ago

Hi everyone I finally got my first design job having graduated last year and I have been asked by my employer to design a total of 37 icons for a new website that is being put together. I have designed all but 3 of them, but I am stuck for how to communicate the last subjects visually. The icons are for: … [Link]

Looking for a graphic/web design partner

Posted 3 days ago

Hi, I'm looking for a graphic/web design partner who I can collaborate with to discuss ideas, generate leads and to work on projects together. Obviously you can still work on your own individual projects, but I think that the power of two people working together will be largely beneficial to land some clients! If you are interested in working with me … [Link]

Does this exist

Posted 3 days ago

So I want to start selling my illustrations as prints but I don't want to have to spend much on start up. I wondered if anyone knows a print firm who print,store and send to customer limited prints? I do not though want this linked to an online gallery I just want a printers who offer this service. I know this … [Link]


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