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Graphic Design


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

Posted 3 days ago

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

Can’t Miss! The August Font Bundle is Here!

Posted 3 weeks ago

The new bundle from is definitely our favourite so far! With an incredible collection of over 50 fonts for the crazy price of $29, what’s not to like? This month, they have combined the right amount of curly, swirly, girly fonts and hard, rough, manly fonts so that there really is something for every project you are working on. … [Link]

Illustrator Quick Tip: How to Make Custom Swooshes, Swirls, and Curls

Posted 5 weeks ago

I’ve gotten a lot of responses to this post about how I made the intricate designs in those headers. Swirls, and swooshes, or whatever you want to call them, are pretty hard to come by as a freebie (except here on BittBox), and they are even more rare in vector format. Part of the reason is that most people, even … [Link]

Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and Tutorials

FITC Web Unleashed 2015 Ticket Giveaway

Posted 19 days 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 5 weeks ago

There are many Javascript fixes for the viewport height units bug in iOS 7 (iPhone & iPad), this article will cover how to resolve this bug with CSS. This particular bug affects the rendering of viewport height units, for example: if you try to make a full viewport height container with height:100vh, it will display […] [Link]

NEW: Themify Flow

Posted 12 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]

You The Designer

Selfie Fables — Disney Alternative Art Illustrations by Simona Bonafini

Posted 5 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 5 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 5 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

This Month in Typography

Posted 4 weeks ago

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

What are Optotypes? Eye Charts in Focus

Posted 8 weeks ago

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

Unusual fifteenth-century fonts: part 2

Posted 9 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]

Vandelay Design

Design Inspiration: Brochure Design Showcase

Posted 2 days ago

Brochures are an important marketing material for many companies. A well-designed and professional-looking brochure can go along way towards an effective marketing campaign. In this post we'll… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

The Ultimate Roundup of Resources, Tools, and Print Design Tutorials

Posted 5 days ago

It may seem like the design world is all digital but there's still a tremendous demand for print work. Graphic designers commonly jump around to various print jobs or even shift into digital… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

20 Handy Online Presentation Tools

Posted 10 days ago

There may be times when you need to present ideas to clients or co-workers and could benefit from one of the many resources for creating online presentations. In this post we'll introduce plenty of… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link] – Web Design & Development

Insights, Tips, and Recommended Themes to Create an Excellent eCommerce Experience

Posted 16 days 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]

August Bundle of 50 Fonts by The Hungry JPEG

Posted 3 weeks ago

Last month you may recall we featured a creative design bundle by a new company called Well they are back, this time with over 50 amazing fonts for just $29. Whats even better is that you can tweet about their deal, and save a further 10%. August 2015 bundle fonts All fonts included come with a commercial license, meaning a single purchase will … [Link]

Freebie PSD: iOS 8 Dark App Settings View

Posted 4 weeks ago

Social apps usually include a page for updating user settings. Profile info can be changed along with photos, connections, and updates on site news. I took this UI archteype and recreated a layout for iPhone 6 designers. This iOS 8 settings app includes scalable icons and vector UI elements. It’s 100% free to download and customize for any design work. … [Link]


21 Best Free Shopify Themes

Posted 28 hours ago

In today’s article, we are going to round up the best free Shopify themes available in the Shopify theme store. Shopify allows you to quickly and easily create an eCommerce website or online store. Both premium and free Shopify themes come built in with all the features you need, such as credit card processing and a very powerful back-end. While … [Link]

25 Flat Design Freebies You Should Download

Posted 2 days ago

The flat design trend is super popular and can be seen on websites, apps and even illustrations! That is why we selected 25 flat design freebies for you, which you can download with just a few clicks and use in your designs. These flat design freebies have awesome flat color palettes and can be used as icons, on infographics, digital … [Link]

20 Creative Designers You Should Follow On Behance

Posted 3 days ago

If you liked our female web designers to follow list and popular graphic designers on Instagram, then you will like this post too! We selected 20 creative designers you should follow on Behance. Follow their work and be inspired! These talented designers have some really nice Behance profiles worth checking out. Take a look and let us know who do … [Link]


Magazine Looks Photoshop Action Bundle for Members

Posted 33 hours ago

I have a brand new premium design resource to share with Access All Areas members today courtesy of Beto Alanís. This bundle of Magazine Looks Photoshop Actions instantly add glamourous high fashion photo effects to your images with the click of a button. There’s a total of 22 effects that replicate the kinds of elegant photography styles found on magazine … [Link]

Video Tutorial: How To Create a Fun Vector Illustration

Posted 3 days ago

In today’s Adobe Illustrator video tutorial I’ll take you through the process of creating vector artwork with just a handful of basic tools, simple shapes and flat colours to build up a fun composition. Abstract vector illustrations like this can be applied to anything, it could be printed on the back of a business card, applied as a skateboard deck … [Link]

How To Create a 3D Chrome Badge in Photoshop

Posted 5 days ago

I’ve been getting really into Photoshop’s 3D tools recently. They’re fantastic for creating simple 3D models with ultra realistic lighting and materials like metals, plastic and wood. Chrome is one effect that is often mimicked in Photoshop with various gradients and layer styles, but the 3D feature in versions CS6 and CC allow you to achieve results that surpass the … [Link]

Web Design Blog | Magazine for Designers

20 Entrepreneur Quotes That Should Become Your Motto

Posted 27 hours ago

Web design is a business – a wonderful artistic business, but still, a business. If you want to be successful you must have an entrepreneur mindset and think professionally. To get you inspired, we selected 20 entrepreneur quotes that should become your motto. Which ones of these quotes do you resonate the most with? If you’re looking for more inspirational … [Link]

26 New Popular WordPress Plugins Worth Checking Out

Posted 2 days ago

Design WordPress websites faster and better with these new popular WordPress plugins! These great plugins will help you create awesome sliders in minutes, set up event calendars and even showcase digital ebooks! In this list of 26 new popular WordPress plugins worth checking out, you will also find awesome plugins which will help you create beautiful forms, admin themes, woocommerce … [Link]

How to Make Your WordPress Site Hack-Proof

Posted 3 days ago

It’s never been easier to set up and create your own WordPress blog, site or online shop. Indeed, one only need look at WordPress providers like this to see how comprehensive and simple the process has become for the average user. But in light of recent news regarding vulnerabilities identified in several WordPress plugins, the question has to be asked: … [Link]

Webdesigner Depot

Comics of the week #303

Posted 7 hours ago

Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD. The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers. These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world today. So for a few … [Link]

Font Flame aims to be the Tinder for typefaces

Posted 29 hours ago

This week, the Web’s been falling in love with Font Flame. Billed as the ‘Tinder’ for typefaces, it’s an addictive little site that asks you to judge font pairings. You can love or hate the combinations that are randomly presented, all drawn from Google’s free font library. If you love a combination, it will be saved for you under My … [Link]

Embracing the latest web trend: card-based design

Posted 2 days ago

There are always new webdesign trends gaining momentum. Who could forget parallax scrolling from a few years ago, which is still popular today? As of late, long-scrolling pages are getting more attention from site visitors. One trend that’s not gotten as much recognition as many others, and has been around for a little while already, is card-based design. The most … [Link]

Abduzeedo Design Inspiration – Design Inspiration & Tutorials

Daily Inspiration #2173

Posted 13 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]

Beautiful Houses: 112 Belleville Loft

Posted 25 hours ago

Today we will show you an inspiring loft in Paris, a project by Multiarchi. This loft is really charming and stylish. A beautiful wood structure, open plan and lots of natural light give the place an unique and cozy look. Just the idea of a loft inside an old warehouse above a bakery in Paris is already amazing. Add to that … [Link]

Friday Fresh Free Fonts – Ikra Slab, Cormorant

Posted 26 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]

Six Revisions

50 Restaurant Websites for Inspiration

Posted 4 days ago

Are you designing a website for a restaurant? Check out these beautiful restaurant website designs for ideas and inspiration! Image of a restaurant website: Ruxbin ChicagoRuxbin Chicago Image of a restaurant website: Risotteria MelottiRisotteria Melotti Image of a restaurant website: The Eddy NYCThe Eddy NYC Image of a restaurant website: BrassBrass Image of a restaurant website: Quay RestaurantQuay Restaurant Image of a restaurant website: Junction MoamaJunction Moama Image of a restaurant website: Marianne RestaurantMarianne Restaurant Image of a restaurant website: Arbor RestaurantArbor Restaurant Image of a restaurant website: BaobabBaobab Image of a restaurant website: Mercer TavernMercer Tavern Image of a restaurant website: WhitmansWhitmans Image of a restaurant website: Brindisa Tapas KitchensBrindisa Tapas Kitchens Image of a restaurant website: Cow&Co CafeCow&Co Cafe Image of a restaurant website: The Monocle CaféThe Monocle Café Image of a restaurant website: Drury BuildingsDrury Buildings Image of a restaurant website: Fino ParFino Par Image of a restaurant website: Colonia VerdeColonia Verde Image of a restaurant website: Bay Street BiergartenBay Street Biergarten Image of a restaurant website: LemonadeLemonade Image of a restaurant website: Fuel CafeFuel Cafe Image of a restaurant website: OLÉ SOIREEOLÉ SOIREE Image of a restaurant website: Big Apple Hot DogsBig Apple Hot Dogs Image of a restaurant website: Restaurant Can JubanyRestaurant Can Jubany Image of a restaurant website: giraffegiraffe Image of a restaurant website: Benito's HatBenito’s Hat Image of a restaurant website: Cafe SydneyCafe Sydney Image of a restaurant website: BraeBrae Image of a restaurant website: Shizuku RamenShizuku Ramen – Contemporary Japanese Restaurant Image of a restaurant website: Jaffle JaffleJaffle Jaffle Image of a restaurant website: FifteenJamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant London Image of a restaurant website: CARAVANCARAVAN Restaurant, Bar & … [Link]

Zero UI — The Future of Interfaces

Posted 8 days ago

Are we in the era of Zero UI? Not quite, but we’re getting close. Zero UI is the concept of removing the barrier between user and device, and having a more seamless interaction with technology. Industry advancements are moving towards not only more intuitive and integrated pieces of tech, but also an environment that creates less disconnect from our world, … [Link]

50 Beautiful Websites with Big Background Images

Posted 10 days ago

Using a big background image can help you create an impressive and memorable experience for your site visitors. For ideas and inspiration, see how these sites use beautifully big background images. Thierry AmbraisseThierry Ambraisse Molly & Me PecansMolly & Me Pecans Mancini MadeMancini Made Julia GavrilovaJulia Gavrilova Tom Cole ArchitectureTom Cole Architecture Another EscapeAnother Escape Protest SportswearProtest Sportswear Junction MoamaJunction Moama IslandIsland The Eddy NYCThe Eddy NYC Purgo TeaPurgo Tea dnlsptzkdnlsptzk Eight ArmsEight Arms Peter ManningPeter Manning FolchFolch AnchourAnchour Designer TrekDesigner Trek Eye Heart WorldEye Heart World Ariel BenincaAriel Beninca Martina SperlMartina Sperl Lunet EyewearLunet Eyewear Your MajestyYour Majesty The TriBeCa PenthouseThe TriBeCa Penthouse Final CutFinal Cut Jürg LehniJürg Lehni FoundedFounded Steven Holl Architects … [Link]

Smashing Magazine

Extending Advanced Custom Fields With Your Own Controls

Posted 6 hours ago

Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) is a free WordPress plugin that replaces the regular custom fields interface in WordPress with something far more powerful, offering a user-friendly interface for complex fields like location maps, date pickers and more. Extending Advanced Custom Fields With Your Own Controls In this article I'll show you how you can extend ACF by adding your own controls to tailor the experience to your needs.The post … [Link]

Web Development Reading List #102

Posted 25 hours ago

What’s happening in the industry? What important techniques have emerged recently? What about new case studies, insights, techniques and tools? Our dear friend Anselm Hannemann is keeping track of everything in the web development reading list so you don't have to. The result is a carefully collected list of articles that popped up over the last week and which might interest … [Link]

Principles Of HTML5 Game Design

Posted 42 hours ago

Visual effects in games define their overall look and feel, and gameplay. Players are attracted to high visual quality, which generate more traffic and reach. It’s key for creating successful games and providing a lot of fun for players. Principles Of HTML5 Game Design In this article I want to present a few ideas of how to implement different visual effects in <canvas>-based HTML5 games. These … [Link]

PSD : Photoshop Disasters

Thurrock Gazette: Maybe A White Background Instead?

Posted 2 days ago

“See, doggy? This is what a puppy without a weird glowing white outline would look like.” Found here. Thanks for sending this in, Leeanne! The post Thurrock Gazette: Maybe A White Background Instead? appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]

InteRose Underwear: That’s Not How Thighs Work

Posted 4 days ago

You’ve got to love how they made the front and the back views consistently awful. Whoa, now that’s a thigh gap! Thanks, Raquel, for spotting this hilarious disaster on her new package of undies. The post InteRose Underwear: That’s Not How Thighs Work appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]

Mikael Wardhana: Now That’s A Long Foot

Posted 9 days ago

Either this model is an alien or she’s made out of some sort of stretchy plastic material. Thanks to Samantha for sending this in with the note, “When your foot is as long as your calf….” Featured online here. The post Mikael Wardhana: Now That’s A Long Foot appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]

Fuel Your Creativity

Exclusive DesignCrowd Discount Coupon Code

Posted 9 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 9 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 9 months ago

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


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

Posted 18 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 19 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 19 months ago

Advertise here with BSAA growing trend for people in the digital age is to provide an online destination to feature their wedding. In doing so, you can provide your loved ones with a card that cannot be lost, and a scrapbook that can last a lifetime. In this post, I’ll share with you 17 wedding themes that will make your big … [Link]

Outlaw Design Blog

Beastly Badges Labels by Joey Ellis

Posted 9 months ago

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

Western Youths

Posted 9 months ago

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Inky Email App

Posted 9 months ago

Inky. [Link]

JUST™ Creative

Amazing Tools for Optimizing Your Headlines and Content

Posted 48 hours ago

This article has been contributed by Robert Morris. If you want to be a great blogger or any other type of writer who publishes content online, you have to pay attention to every single aspect of the text. If you don’t make the post perfect, it won’t attract the number of people you aim for. As you already know, certain … [Link]

How To Travel & Freelance – Secrets for Successfully Freelancing Abroad

Posted 3 days ago

This article has been contributed by Laura Callisen. A huge chunk of society is just not “programmed” for a traditional work life. The thought of adapting to the routine and stress of structured work environments, in fact, is so distasteful, that these individuals will do whatever necessary to avoid the 9-5 work and typical urban/suburban lifestyle that we have dubbed … [Link]

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

Posted 5 days ago

Website designers and developers are always looking for new and inspiring content, that’s why in this monthly resources round up you’ll find all sorts of FREE design resources like templates, articles, development tools, code plugins, icons, design tools, and fonts. Majesti Banner: Elegant Rounded-Edged Typeface for Titles Majesti Banner is a very elegant typeface with 5 different weights and quite … [Link]

Graphic Design Forums: A friendly forum for UK designers

First attempt at vector image?

Posted 2 days ago

11947904_1629792773976312_7587475399932717100_o.jpg I am not expecting a fanfare, but considering I am clueless, I am a wee bit happy with it, but I can take my cracks so all critique is most welcome…..I will continue to practice Attached Images File Type: jpg 11947904_1629792773976312_758747539~ (76.7 KB) [Link]

Adobe Masterclass

Posted 2 days ago

Got an email about an online event happening if it interests people https://masterclass150923bst.creati~ google_ad_section_end –> [Link]

Tokyo Olympics Logo

Posted 3 days ago

So they have withdrawn the Tokyo Olympics Logo after claims that it was plagiarised from the logo of the Theatre of Liege. Tokyo 2020 Olympics logo scrapped after allegations of plagiarism | World news | The Guardian I'm interested to know what people think. Was it plagerism? Did two people simply go through the design process and end up with a … [Link]

Web Design Ledger

Frontend to Backend: Tips & Tools for Learning Web Development

Posted 7 weeks 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 7 weeks 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 7 weeks 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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