John Gordon Ross

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Graphic Design

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How to Learn Angular

Posted 6 months ago

AngularJS (commonly known as Angular) is an exceptionally powerful front-end development framework for building sophisticated JavaScript apps. Though learning Angular will be immensely rewarding, I’m certain many prospective initiates to Angular have had their desires of Angular mastery nipped in the bud due to the terrifyingly intimidating and complicated Angular documentation. That’s a shame, because Angular has so much to … [Link]

The Excuses for Not Having a Website (Infographic)

Posted 6 months ago

With 84% of American adults using the Internet, it’s surprising to think that many organizations today, particularly small businesses, still choose not to invest a bit of time and resources towards building their own website. The following infographic reveals common excuses why 46% of small businesses still don’t have a website, with counter-arguments for each excuse. If you need to … [Link]

How to Build an Award-Winning Web Design Team

Posted 6 months ago

As Art Director over at Vintage, I have had the opportunity to build and grow an outstanding web design team. Together, our team has managed to work on plenty of innovative, award-winning projects. I would like to share some of my tips and techniques for hiring, helping cultivate the skills of team members, and creating a productive team culture. Hiring … [Link]

You The Designer


Posted 7 months ago

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Selfie Fables — Disney Alternative Art Illustrations by Simona Bonafini

Posted 22 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 23 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]

Webdesigner Depot

How to design the perfect infographic

Posted 4 hours ago

Thanks largely due to the fact that more information is at our fingertips now than at any point in human history, we’ve entered into an age where both of the following statements are true: People are consuming more content online than ever before; Fewer and fewer people are actually willing to spend time reading that content. According to a study … [Link]

4 simple steps for perfect web navigation

Posted 28 hours ago

From checking movie times, to reading a Photoshop tip, to reviewing the daily news, we can find almost any information we are looking for on the Internet. One part of a website that is especially important in helping us find what we are looking for is its navigation. When we engage with a website we use its navigation to help … [Link]

Opera completely redesigns its desktop browser

Posted 2 days ago

Opera has recently unveiled a brand-new refresh of its user interface in the developer stream. Really part of a bigger project named Reborn—appropriately so—this new build offers a totally new look and some new features that are sure to pique the interest of many designers. According to the blog entry on Opera’s official website, the browser’s design gets an entirely … [Link]

I Love Typography


Posted 4 weeks ago

The concept behind Thesaurus goes back to 2014, when I was finishing my bachelor’s degree in visual communications at the Haute École d’Art et Design, Geneva. My final project, ‘Genèva’, was to be a type family inspired by the city of Geneva itself, an attempt to answer the question ‘If Geneva were a typeface, what would it look like?’ My … [Link]

The Prints and the Pauper

Posted 6 months ago

In 1450, Johannes Gutenberg entered into an agreement with one Johann Fust, a Mainzer goldsmith and guildsman, to borrow a staggering 800 Rheingulden at 6 percent interest. Gutenberg’s sales pitch must have been convincing, for Fust would later testify that he himself had borrowed money in order to fund the loan. Gutenberg sank the money into his workshop and promptly … [Link]

Making Fonts: Proza Libre

Posted 7 months ago

When I started the development of Proza, I didn’t want to deal with the limitations of a low-resolution rasterizer. As a result, Proza is completely stuffed with diagonal and curved lines, and tiny details that help to bring the texture alive in print, but that are something of a nightmare for a low-resolution rasterizer. As soon as Proza was done, … [Link] – Web Design & Development

29 Best Video Tutorials for Learning InDesign

Posted 17 months 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 18 months 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 18 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

Shopify Guide For Beginners: Features, Pricing, And Getting Started With Your Online Shop

Posted 7 days ago

There’s no better way to sell online than Shopify. It’s one of the safest online selling platforms and it comes with an easy-to-use administration panel. Over 400,000 merchants use Shopify for their… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Shopify Toolbox: Resources for Shopify Users and Designers

Posted 10 days ago

Shopify is one of the leading e-commerce options for companies and individuals who want to be able to quickly set up a feature-rich online shop. All Shopify users have access to free templates that… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Designing Magnetic Email Opt-In Forms That Encourage Signups

Posted 14 days ago

How can I encourage people to subscribe to my email list? Your signup form should be above the fold and in plain view Incorporate a lead magnet Brand your signup forms Keep UX in mind when using… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]


20 Popular Company Logos Every Designer Can Learn From

Posted 4 hours ago

Want to discover what big brands’ logos have in common? What makes them special and why are they so catchy and popular? In this article, you will find various company logos with special designs, belonging to popular businesses. These logo designs show a high level of craftsmanship and a lot of creativity from the designers who created them. Use these … [Link]

20 Image Hover CSS Snippets: Designer Cheat List

Posted 32 hours ago

The trends are always changing and keeping your website up to date with the latest features is a never ending task. CSS formatting helps you rapidly customize your website, allowing you to instantly add certain features to multiple code lines. This is a real time-saver and it will improve your site’s performance. Even though, CSS may be a breeze once … [Link]

20 Traditional Drawing Tutorials to Learn Drawing Techniques

Posted 2 days ago

Hand-drawn sketches are not what they used to be. Nowadays, the digital design is more used than traditional drawing techniques. However, the sketched designs tend to have more appeal to the public, thanks to their unique character. If you want to develop your traditional drawing skills, this collection of useful tutorials will guide you through all the steps necessary for … [Link]

JUST™ Creative

$10 Online Courses from Udemy [5 Days Only]

Posted 7 hours ago

Udemy’s famous $10 online course sale is back! For 5 full days you can get any online course from Udemy for just $10 (usually $100-$200), meaning you can literally save hundreds while leveling up your skills! » Find a Course Now What makes Udemy different is that they offer “master courses” allowing you to gradually build your skills up and … [Link]

Going Freelance: Building & Branding Your Own Success [Free Class]

Posted 4 days ago

In this free 50 minute class from Justin Gignac and Claire Wasserman, learn everything you need to know to go out freelancing on your own. There are stories, examples, and tips to spark your thinking about ways to seek out the work you want — and bring the work to you. > Take this FREE class and/or get 3 months … [Link]

3 Proven A/B Testing Tactics to Skyrocket Your Conversion Rate

Posted 4 days ago

This article was contributed by Shahzad Saeed. Everyone wants to create an appealing design for their website. No matter how aesthetically pleasing your website is, unless it turns your visitors into customers, your business will not generate revenue. When it comes to generating more revenue, marketers often focus heavily on acquiring new customers. Though there is nothing wrong with focusing … [Link]

Spoon Graphics

Video Tutorial: Airbrushed Film Poster Photo Effect

Posted 37 hours ago

In today’s Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you a mix of filters and adjustments we can apply to a photograph to mimic the retro style airbrushed painted look associated with classic film posters. Imagine the poster art for original Star Wars trilogy, the Indiana Jones movies, and pretty much any action/adventure film from the 80s! They all feature incredibly … [Link]

10 Free Retro Text Effect Graphic Styles for Adobe Illustrator

Posted 4 days ago

Last week I shared a tutorial showing how to create a retro text style using Adobe Illustrator. I had lots of fun producing that effect, so I’ve been busy crafting a number of additional colour combinations to create a collection of 10 free retro text styles for you to download. Apply them to your text elements with just a single … [Link]

RetroSupply Vector Brush Pack for Access All Areas Members

Posted 7 days ago

Access All Areas members are being treated to more exclusive goods from RetroSupply today. The Irvington High vector brush pack is one of the latest additions to the lineup of RetroSupply products and has already received a great early response. It’s a mixed bag of 20 weird and useful Illustrator brushes with high school nostalgia. They’re great for adding textured … [Link]

Web Design Blog | Magazine for Designers

20 Best Selling Sketch Templates

Posted 3 hours ago

Sketch offers lots of useful tools for designers to create excellent UI/UX kits for websites and web apps. Because Sketch is such a popular tool designers use, we decided to gather here some of the best selling Sketch app templates you’ll definitely want to have in your collection! These wonderful Sketch app templates will save you a lot of time … [Link]

20 Best WordPress Plugins For Every Website Owner

Posted 27 hours ago

WordPress gives you all the tools that you need to create powerful websites with stunning designs and features. However, if you wish to add more functionalities to an existing WordPress theme, you can always use a plugin! In this article, we gathered 20 best WordPress plugins for every website owner. These plugins cover a large variety of uses, all meant … [Link]

20 Medical Website Themes & Templates for Health Websites

Posted 2 days ago

Looking for medical website themes that you can use to create remarkable healthcare websites with professional designs? Get your business online with these wonderful, well-designed templates. These templates can be customized very fast and easy and there is no coding knowledge required. Also, they can be used on various CMSs, such as Prestashop and WordPress. These themes can be rapidly … [Link]

Fuel Your Creativity

Exclusive DesignCrowd Discount Coupon Code

Posted 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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]

Abduzeedo – Design Inspiration and Tutorials

Game Design: Narita Boy -The retro futuristic pixel game

Posted 3 hours ago

Game Design: Narita Boy -The retro futuristic pixel game abduzeedo Feb 23, 2017 Narita Boy -The retro futuristic pixel game is a Kickstarter project for a pixel art game created by Studio Koba. I found out about this game design project while visiting the Behance profile of Eduardo "edujante" Fornieles, a freelance concept artist and founder of studio Koba currently … [Link]

Interaction Design: Wine-Searcher Application

Posted 3 hours ago

Interaction Design: Wine-Searcher Application abduzeedo Feb 23, 2017 Wine-Searcher Application is an interaction design and UI/UX project shared by Olena Mostepan and MEAT Studies on their Behance profiles. In a nutshell, the whole idea was create an mobile app that could help you search and understand a bit more about wine, with the ultimate goal of making you love wine. … [Link]

Daily Design Inspiration

Posted 17 hours ago

Daily Design Inspiration AoiroStudio Feb 23, 2017 Part of the Daily Design Inspiration series that started it all on Abduzeedo. This is where you'll find the most interesting things/finds/work curated by one of us to simply inspire your day. Furthermore, it's an opportunity to feature work from more designers, photographers, and artists in general that we haven't had the chance … [Link]


Best Website Locations to Place Your Brand’s Logo

Posted 6 weeks ago

Are you a web owner or a business owner trying to decide where to place the logo on your website? If so, you’re not alone. Many business owners and site managers grapple with the idea of logo placement for optimal effect. The Need to Innovate Business owners want to be different. We get that. But in this case, you won’t … [Link]

100+ Minimal and Typographic Package Designs

Posted 8 weeks ago

Time for a little inspiration. Package design can be tricky, but as you can see here, sometimes it can be relatively simple and still come across as being elegant. Sometimes, less is more….. Here are over 100 examples of package design that either has a minimal style, or a typographic based solution. If you like these and you’d like to … [Link]

How To: Create a Seamless Diagonal Pattern in Illustrator

Posted 3 months ago

Over the years, I’ve gotten plenty of emails about how to create a seamless diagonal pattern in Illustrator, so here we go! Illustrator comes with some default pattern brushes, but no diagonal love. Diagonal patterns are a bit more tricky to make than a simple horizontal, or vertical pattern, but with some rock solid alignment, and some manual input into … [Link]

Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and Tutorials

Themify Shoppe – The Ultimate WooCommerce WordPress Theme

Posted 8 days ago

I’m excited to announce that Themify has released another awesome theme – Themify Shoppe. Designed by Liam McKay and coded by Themify team, Shoppe works hand-in-hand with WooCommerce, making it the ultimate multi-purposed eCommerce theme. It features the popular drag and drop Themify Builder that can help you design and build your online store to […] The post Themify Shoppe … [Link]

Best Email Marketing Tips to Increase Engagement & Subscribers

Posted 14 days ago

Email is your post powerful marketing channel when used well. Your visitor’s inbox is a perfect opportunity for you to capture attention, communicate important updates and invite readers back to your site for increased visibility. The stats on email marketing effectiveness say it all – top marketing specialists and service providers tell us that email […] The post Best Email … [Link]

Four Elements of Truly Mobile-Friendly Responsive Menus

Posted 3 weeks ago

There are hundreds of ways to create responsive navigation, limited only by your creativity and the boundaries of what CSS can accomplish. Good responsive navigation is a little harder – a responsive menu must become a mobile menu, adhering to the needs and rules of touch-driven devices. Mobile design is rapidly changing, and so the […] The post Four Elements … [Link]


Premium Black Business Cards: A Whole New Echelon

Posted 4 months ago

Premium Black Business Cards at Jukebox Print produce many different feelings, even with their entire absence of light. The black color is an iconic hue, both pure and bold, both sophisticated and elegant that makes your corporate identity stand out. The unique aspect about the color black is its ability to produce many different sensations from its own scarcity of … [Link]

Milky Way Mirrored on Salt Flats

Posted 7 months ago

Via MyModernMet via The post Milky Way Mirrored on Salt Flats appeared first on Inspiredology. [Link]

Graphic Design Through the Decades: The ’90s

Posted 9 months ago

Compiling graphic design for the 1950s, the ’60s, the ’70s and the ’80s was easy. Just mention any of those decades, and iconic images pop into your head: cartoon-style housewives, bell bottoms, blocky, disco typography and neon lettering. But when it came to coming up with graphic design representative of the 1990’s, I was at a loss – nothing came … [Link]

Web Design Ledger

Create Dots Along Spiral Path in Illustrator

Posted 6 months ago

In this tutorial, we’re going to learn how to create progressively larger dots along a spiral path in Adobe Illustrator. The Steps (1-9) 1. Create a new document 800×800 pixels. 2. Left-click and Hold on the Line Segment Tool to reveal the dropdown menu and select the Spiral Tool. 3. Left-click anywhere on the artboard to draw a spiral shape, using … [Link]

eCommerce Themes That Are Perfect For Building a Shop

Posted 6 months ago

You can choose a multipurpose theme that has all the features you need to build an online store, or you can select a theme that is specifically oriented toward the eCommerce genre. You’ll find both types here, and all are premium themes. No matter which theme you may choose, you can’t just sit back and let it do all of the … [Link]

Data-Driven Web Design

Posted 6 months ago

The vast majority of websites are designed in the hopes that visitors will complete an action. Buying, subscribing, commenting… from massive social media juggernauts like Facebook, to small artisan websites selling local, hand-made crafts, this is true. Marketing has always been about understanding the subtle ways which presentation, repetition, and other visual or sensory artifacts can influence the decision-making patterns of … [Link]

Smashing Magazine

Useful Tips To Get Started With WordPress Hooks

Posted 14 months ago

Even though hooks in WordPress are amazing and everyone uses them knowingly or unknowingly, I get the impression that some advanced users and especially front-end developers still seem to avoid them. If you feel like you’ve been holding back on hooks, too, then this article will get you started. I am also going to reveal some interesting details to anyone who … [Link]

Designing The Most Desirable Product: Exploration of Banknotes Design

Posted 14 months ago

As digital technologies are implanted deeper in the world, making more and more aspects of life intangible, it’s hard to imagine the world without any kind of banknotes, or paper money. In the dramatic history of our world, money became not just generic objects of payment, but also symbols of societies. Designing The Most Desirable Product Of All Time: Paper Money Combining utility and exclusivity, money is one of the challenging … [Link]

Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: January 2016

Posted 14 months ago

The new year is an occasion to start things fresh, to rethink current practices and habits. So why not start small? Clean up your desktop and give it an inspiring new background. We might have something for you: desktop wallpapers created by artists and designers from across the globe as a part of our monthly desktop wallpapers challenge. This post features … [Link]

Outlaw Design Blog

Beastly Badges Labels by Joey Ellis

Posted 2 years ago

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

Western Youths

Posted 2 years ago

Western Youths. [Link]

Inky Email App

Posted 2 years ago

Inky. [Link]

PSD : Photoshop Disasters

Goodbye: A Farewell Message

Posted 17 months 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 17 months 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 17 months 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]

Graphic Design Forums: A friendly forum for UK designers

Junior designer – 16 page magazine design quote? Please help!

Posted 15 months ago

Hi everyone! I'm brand new to this forum and I wanted some help/advice. I have just started working freelance and have been asked to design a 16 page full colour A5 magazine, including front cover (no advertising). They will then send my work off to the printers. I have never done freelance work before so i have no idea on what … [Link]

Junior designer – 16 page magazine design quote? Please help!

Posted 15 months ago

Hi everyone! I'm brand new to this forum and I wanted some help/advice. I have just started working freelance and have been asked to design a 16 page full colour A5 magazine, including front cover (no advertising). They will then send my work off to the printers. I have never done freelance work before so i have no idea on what … [Link]

Monitor help please!

Posted 15 months ago

Hi all, I did look for a hardware forum and did a search for "monitor" but didn't find much. I'm coming from a Samsung 2343nw (tn panel) which was about £130 some years ago so it's definitely time to upgrade. Naturally I'm looking for an IPS 1440 panel at 27". I'm liking this Asus Asus PA279Q 27-inch IPS Professional Monitor (2560 … [Link]


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