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

Posted 7 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 7 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 7 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]

Webdesigner Depot

19 coffee shop themes for WordPress

Posted 16 hours ago

For many people the day does not start until they have tasted that first sip of coffee. The drink is thought to stimulate the brain and creativity and includes a great caffeinated pick-me-up. (And thankfully, you can find a coffee shop on almost every corner.) Here we look at 25 great options for creating a WordPress website using a theme designed … [Link]

Our favorite tweets of the week: September 15, 2014 – September 21, 2014

Posted 38 hours ago

Every week we tweet a lot of interesting stuff highlighting great content that we find on the web that can be of interest to web designers. The best way to keep track of our tweets is simply to follow us on Twitter, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the best tweets that we sent … [Link]

Comics of the week #253

Posted 3 days 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 moments, … [Link]

Outlaw Design Blog

Beastly Badges Labels by Joey Ellis

Posted 17 months ago

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

Western Youths

Posted 17 months ago

Western Youths. [Link]

Inky Email App

Posted 17 months ago

Inky. [Link]

JUST™ Creative

Winner of the 2014 Newcastle Young Alumni Award

Posted 9 hours ago

I am extremely humbled to announce that I was selected as the winner of the 2014 Newcastle Young Alumni Award which is a true honor, especially considering the calibre of the other nominees and finalists coming from the fields of medicine, engineering, biochemistry and more. There are a few snaps below and more found on Facebook. The University of Newcastle … [Link]

Responsive Email Design Guide: How-To, Examples, Tips & More

Posted 5 days ago

This article has been contributed by Ajeet. With the torrid growth in the usage of mobile devices, it has become quite crucial to accommodate responsive design in your email marketing strategy. That’s because when an email newsletter, which looks look superb on desktop, fails to render properly on a mobile device, respondents either hit delete or unsubscribe. With responsive email … [Link]

The BBA | Best Brand Awards

Posted 12 days ago

I’m excited to be apart of the jury of the BBA | Best Brand Awards for 2014. Below is some information about the initiative including how to enter. The BBA | Best Brand Awards has been founded with the aim of rewarding high quality brands designed worldwide, recognizing excellence in visual communication internationally. Award Categories The BBA has two global … [Link]


PhotoSpin Review: Finally – Quality Photos at an Affordable Price

Posted 10 days ago

Advertise here with BSAPhotoSpin launched the first subscription based services for stock images back in 1999 and has been around ever since. The company was developed by, and continues to be managed by, creative professionals; photographers and graphic designers who believe in offering good quality images for reasonable prices. Their library currently consists of millions of quality photos and illustrations and … [Link]

The Importance of Unique Icons in Web Design

Posted 4 weeks ago

Advertise here with BSACrafting your layout around iconic symbolism offers a method of communication beyond just text. Symbols quickly explain the function of a button or link. Symbols become recognizable logos for companies. And symbols let us know when we’ve meandered our way into the wrong bathroom. Well, symbols and the lamenting screams of horrified women(or men?). Keep in mind that … [Link]

35 Best Premium Shopify Themes for E-commerce Web Shops

Posted 4 weeks ago

Advertise here with BSALooking for a captivating layout to entice potential customers into your webshop? Well look no further than these brilliant Shopify ecommerce themes! Shopify is one of the safest content management systems that you could use to build an online store. Along with a manageable backend panel the entire website is often easy to customize with a unique theme. … [Link]

Smashing Magazine

Design Principles: Connecting And Separating Elements Through Contrast And Similarity

Posted 11 hours ago

Similarity and contrast, connection and separation, grouped and ungrouped are all ways to describe the varying sameness and difference between elements. Based on the information they carry, we’ll want some elements to look similar, to indicate that they are related in some way. We’ll also want to show that some elements are different and belong to different groups. Key to … [Link]

Prototyping For Better Products, Stronger Teams And Happier Clients

Posted 3 days ago

As mobile designers, we have a stark decision to make: do we spend time learning new tools and changing our design processes to create our own transitional interfaces, or are the tools that we’ve been using good enough? There’s an old writing adage that advises writers, whenever possible, to “show, don’t tell” when bringing characters to life. The goal is … [Link]

Efficiently Simplifying Navigation, Part 3: Interaction Design

Posted 4 days ago

Having addressed the information architecture1 and the various systems2 of navigation in the first two articles of this series, the last step is to efficiently simplify the navigation experience — specifically, by carefully designing interaction with the navigation menu. When designing interaction with any type of navigation menu, we have to consider the following six aspects: symbols, target areas, interaction … [Link]

Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and Tutorials Theme Released

Posted 13 hours ago

I'm pleased to announce that the theme has been released as a premium theme — Corporate (see theme demo), available on Themify shop. The Corporate theme is a simple, clean, professional looking theme that is suitable for general business sites. With the drag & drag Builder, it is very easy to design any type […] [Link]

4 Fantastic Years of Themify + Giveaways

Posted 6 weeks ago

Four years ago, Darcy Clarke and I started Themify with a framework coded from scratch along with a few WordPress themes. Today, I'm happy to see Themify grew from a few themes to a large collection of responsive themes such as the Music theme, Fullpane, Event, Flatshop, Parallax, Magazine, Elemin, and the popular Builder plugin. […] [Link]

50 Business Cards That Are Way Too Creative To Ever Throw Away

Posted 6 weeks ago

Business cards used to be nothing more than plain and simple (and quite frankly, boring) pieces of card with a few contact details on. That was before creatives got involved, though, and completely changed the game. People started to realise the fantastic branding potential behind these little cards. We’ve already seen a number of beautiful […] [Link]

PSD : Photoshop Disasters


Posted 9 hours ago

A good (font) family is made up of all sorts of weights, shapes, and mildly amusing icons. For just a few hours more, you can pick up the complete Eveleth Letterpress Font Family. As vintage as your dad’s underwear and as distressed as a single mother, this metaphor for fonts got a little disturbing, so we’re going to jump ship … [Link]

A Very Sordid Chop Job

Posted 9 hours ago

Let’s hope their fundraising campaign earmarks a little cash for some decent promotional materials. Thanks for sending this in, Scott. The post A Very Sordid Chop Job appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]

Photoshop Round-Up: Links We Love

Posted 2 days ago

Here’s a look at what’s been happening in Photoshop and pop culture this week. Beyonce’ is accused of Photoshopping another one of her Instagram pics. [E! Online] A doctored image of a NFL CoverGirl model with a black eye went viral on Twitter. [USA Today Sports] Why didn’t you pick that music the first time? Sheesh. [Clients From Hell] Disgusted … [Link]

Graphic Design Forums: A friendly forum for UK designers

Logo for my freelance company (newbie)

Posted 4 hours ago

Hi there, I am new on here and am currently looking into starting my own business. The name I have chosen is Allincreative (all in creative). I just wanted some opinions on the logo I have come up with. Any criticism welcome as it might help my potential business!! Attached Images File Type: jpg allinFINAL.jpg (63.3 KB) [Link]

Hello, nice to meet you all…

Posted 6 hours ago

Hello Everyone, I'm new here on GDF and I wanted to drop by a say hi you all. [Link]

Illustrations products for clothing brand

Posted 9 hours ago

Hi all, I am setting up a new clothing brand relation to fitness industry. Currently, I do not have enough money to model the products which are intended to be released. Therefore, I have come up with a few ideas which I think can allow me to provide a near enough accurate representation of how the products will look. To use … [Link]

Fuel Your Creativity

Is Crowdsourcing Crowding the Freelance Graphic Designer?

Posted 3 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]

The Traditional Online Logo Design Service Can’t Keep Up! Crowdsourcing Steams Ahead

Posted 4 months ago

By Clancy Clarke The Traditional online logo design service is dead! There are no two ways about it – crowdsourcing design has disrupted the market, both from an agency point of view and for all those logo template sites. In 2014, using a design agency to create a bespoke logo for your company is outrageous! Just think about it, think … [Link]

How To: Create a Logo Contest and Be Amazed by the Results

Posted 4 months ago

By Clancy Clarke Getting a logo designed for your business can be a dauntingg task. There are a million factors to think about: Who do you get to design your logo? How do you want your logo to look and feel? What personality should the logo convey about your brand? Where will the logo be used? However, compared to the … [Link]

Six Revisions

CSS Development at Large-Scale Websites

Posted 14 hours ago

A slew of posts about CSS development at websites like GitHub, Groupon, and CodePen came out recently. They’re interesting to read, and will provide you with many tips and ideas for creating your own CSS development guidelines. Here are links to seven blog posts that give an overview of the tools, philosophies, and techniques being used to develop CSS at … [Link]

Web Design Isn’t Just About Artistry

Posted 4 weeks ago

Remember when web designers used to be total nerds? Back in the early 2000s, web design was a technical skill; just getting a site to function was considered an achievement in and of itself, and things like interface design, usability, and UX largely fell by the wayside. But times have changed. In the past few years, something magical has happened: … [Link]

A List of Free Public CDNs for Web Developers

Posted 5 weeks ago

Website speed is crucial for developing the best user experience possible, because, well, no one likes to wait for web pages to load. One of the simplest ways for improving the performance of a site is by serving page dependencies like JavaScript libraries and CSS frameworks via a public content delivery network (CDN). A public CDN is a web service … [Link]

Abduzeedo Design Inspiration – Design Inspiration & Tutorials

The Perfect Office – Motorola Moto Hint Earbud, Leica X Camera and Office Ideas

Posted 4 hours ago

We’ve seen some great gadgets and equipment for designers. So many cool stuff, that we could actually assemble infinite perfect office spaces! Every week we'll assemble a perfect office, and we'd like you to help us. What equipment would the perfect office have? Some pretty fantastic items for you this week here! For those seeking for the smart house of the … [Link]

36 Days of Type by Adrian Iorga

Posted 7 hours ago

Graphic designer by day and typographer by night. Adrian Iorga is an artist based in Bucharest, Romania. We are showcasing his submissions to 36 Days of Type, a project that invites designers all around the world to give their particular perspective on our alphabet. Challenging ourselves to creativity with no rest for 36 days. This was a chance to experiment and … [Link]

iPhone 6 Mock ups

Posted 8 hours ago

Here are some free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus mock ups that you can use to showcase your new work or for any other means necessary. I selected 3 different download options so you can have it in all angles necessary. Enjoy! iPhone 6 Mock ups Downloads iPhone 6 Angle View MockUp by Graphic Burger iPhone 6 PSD Mock ups by Cloud Castle iPhone … [Link]

Web Design Ledger

Pile Gallery – The Making Of A WordPress Plugin

Posted 5 hours ago

Advertise here with BSAPile Gallery is a WordPress plugin which allows users to quickly build stacked galleries which expand with a great animation. Today I thought I’d walk you through the process of how the free version was created. I also have a great deal for you on the premium licences. Get the personal licence for $3.99 (that’s 33% off) and … [Link]

15 Cool iOS 8 Design Concepts You Should See

Posted 6 days ago

Advertise here with BSAFinally, the long wait is over and the most intriguing event of this fall was held – Last week Apple unwrapped it’s brand new smartphone, the iPhone 6 – the eighth generation of iPhone – at a special event in Cupertino. While waiting for release of new iOS on 17th of September, some creatives have taken the liberty … [Link]

BLOCKS: Easily Create Professional Website Templates – only $22!

Posted 7 days ago

Advertise here with BSA Whipping up new website templates can be a bit daunting and time consuming. Developers could really use a hand in speeding up or even automating the process. That’s where an application like BLOCKS is a life saver. Built on the powerful and popular Bootstrap 3 framework, BLOCKS features a simple Drag-and-Drop Builder to easily create an unlimited … [Link]

You The Designer

Doodles Will Never Die

Posted 8 hours ago

The art of doodling has been around as early as the prehistoric era when cavemen would draw using stones. We’re exposed to doodling as soon as we can grasp any writing material. Even Google is involved with doodles. As early as 2009, some artists have already questioned the death of illustration in online forums due to the sudden influx of … [Link]

9 Fonts Brands Should Avoid in 2014

Posted 4 days ago

Graphic designers use fonts on a daily basis. We have our favorites but we also run away from others. Some fonts have very little recall or have no commercial value, while others have become so popular, they should no longer be used in brand identity. These are some of the fonts that brands should avoid using in their identities and … [Link]

Cool Dragon Ball Z Vector GIF that will make you remember them

Posted 5 days ago

Bangkok based illustrator and graphic designer, Phuwadon Thongnoum, made Dragon Ball Z vector GIFs that will make us remember the show — maybe even watch it again. His ideas for every character vector design are wonderful. Are you a Dragon Ball Z fan? Please feel free to share this Dragon Ball Z gifs and Phuwadon Thongnoum Behance and Facebook for … [Link]


This Week in Fonts

Posted 14 days ago

A highly functional sans by HVD Fonts, a powerful script from Dai Foldes, a hard working slab by Fort Foundry, a charming script from Drew Melton, an energetic script by Laura Worthington, a unique text face from Canada Type, a versatile sans by Stone Type Foundry, and an ambitious slab from Hoftype. HVD Fonts: Brix Sans Designed by Hannes von … [Link]

This Week in Fonts

Posted 5 weeks ago

A fast moving script by Process Type Foundry, a versatile sans from The Northern Block, a decorative serif by Zeune Ink, an energetic script from Sudtipos, a characterful grotesque by Commercial Type, a harmonious slab from Dada Studio, a comfortable sans by Font Bureau, a spirited grotesque from Latinotype, a condensed sans by MCKL, and a neutral face from Type … [Link]

Learning to Love letters!

Posted 7 weeks ago

I love letters. All kinds and types of letters: small, large, drawn, sketched, painted, rough, smooth, serif, sans serif, script, roman, italic, oblique, digitized, old and new, uppercase, lowercase, all materials and media, three dimensional… Yes, I love letters, except for those that are poorly or incorrectly proportioned. For those poor ugly letters, I feel pity and sadness. In the … [Link] – Web Design & Development

Designing Custom iOS App Interface Elements using Photoshop

Posted 7 days ago

Advertise here with BSAFree iPhone GUI PSD kits include a lot of the primary elements needed for app design. But sometimes it’s necessary to build your own custom interface elements. I always preferred the older iOS 5-6 UI above the more flat-looking iOS7. Specifically I fell in love with this Microsoft Word app for iPhone created by the very talented Victor … [Link]

5 Tips for Beating the Cycle of Perfectionism

Posted 13 days ago

Advertise here with BSAHave you ever met a designer or developer who wasn’t a perfectionist to some degree or another? It’s understandable that there are probably few of them, as the aim for perfection often differentiates the good designs from the great ones. Making sure that every element is “just so” can keep designers up at night, toiling away. Being a … [Link]

40 Examples of White Portfolio Web Designs for Inspiration

Posted 14 days ago

Advertise here with BSAClean minimalist portfolios have been popular for years. Since the goal is to get people focused on your work, minimalism can remove distractions and keep attention where it belongs. Granted more aesthetic features can prove you to be a more competent designer – but they need to be elegant and complementary to the layout. I’ve put together a … [Link]

Vandelay Design

23 Interesting Twitter Redesign Concepts

Posted 6 days ago

As one of the top social media networks in the world, Twitter's design has to appeal to millions of users from multiple cultures, languages, and regions. So far, its design has worked well,… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

12 Tips for Designers Using Pinterest to Drive More Traffic and Exposure to Your Website

Posted 13 days ago

There are all kinds of social networks and websites where you can get involved, gain exposure for your work, and even send traffic back to your website or blog. Probably the most difficult part is… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

68 Easy Ways to Promote Your Design Services for a Steady Flow of New Clients

Posted 18 days ago

With the huge amount of freelance designers, small studios, and agencies out there offering web and graphic design services it can be difficult to maintain a steady flow of new clients. While it… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]


Showcase of Web Designs from the Gaming Industry

Posted 18 hours ago

These days video game launches are anticipated as much as blockbuster movies, so it’s important for game developers to produce a stunning website to complement their title and share news, trailers and release information to avid fans. Highly detailed renders are a common feature amongst game sites with full screen image techniques allowing for maximum impact. Today’s showcase features a … [Link]

Line25 Sites of the Week for September 19th 2014

Posted 4 days ago

Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Garrison Footwear, The Fernway, Be Memorable, David Hellmann and APT CB2. Garrison Footwear View the website The Fernway View the website Be Memorable View the website David Hellmann … [Link]

25 Mockup Templates for the New iPhone 6 & Watch

Posted 8 days ago

As the world went crazy over the announcement of the iPhone 6 and Watch, designers went straight to work creating mockup templates so their interface designs could be previewed on these new devices. Many of these templates have been made available for free, allowing you to mock up your websites and apps within PSD, Illustrator and Sketch files. Here’s an … [Link]

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20 Best Newsletter WordPress Plugins with Premium Features

Posted 13 hours ago

Every blog or news website should have a newsletter. Newsletters will not only help a website grow ther audience and readership, but it is also a great marketing tool and will also help in creating a relationship with the readers. WordPress is such a great platform and with just a few clicks you can install a great newsletter plugin for … [Link]

20 Best WooCommerce Themes for Amazing Online Shops

Posted 3 days ago

In case you didn’t know, WooCommerce is a popular WordPress eCommerce plugin and it’s available for free. WooCommerce is packed with many great features and will make e-commerce easy! There are many great themes available, some free and some premium, but if you really want to have an amazing online shop you should choose a premium-designed WooCommerce website template. To … [Link]

20 Best WordPress Themes for Restaurants and Food Businesses

Posted 4 days ago

If you are a restaurant or food business owner, then you know that having a presentation website is crucial! A good website will always attract more customers and make your business look professional. To save both time and money, you can opt for using a pre-made WordPress theme as a base, and customize your website from there on. To make … [Link]


How To Create a Realistic Aged Textured Logo Mockup

Posted 17 hours ago

Last week I shared a free set of rusty logo mockup textures that I collected from an old WW2 era aerodrome. The files included a Smart Object layer which allowed you to paste in your own artwork and have it applied to the surface, with all the fine details of the decay and corrosion also affecting your design to create … [Link]

Vector Infographic Tools for Access All Areas Members

Posted 4 days ago

Need to make an infographic fast? Access All Areas members can get a head start with this collection of vector infographic elements that has been kindly donated from the Infographic Template Shop. This best seller from the range contains a variety of useful vector elements that can be quickly copied and pasted into your own projects, allowing you to easily … [Link]

20 Free Realistic Rusty Metal Logo Mockup Textures

Posted 8 days ago

I had to illegally trespass onto an old disused WW2 era Aerodrome in order to bring you my latest pack of free design resources, so this collection of rusty metal logo mockup textures is as authentically vintage as you can get! They’re perfect for mocking up your logos and designs onto worn surfaces to create realistic aged weathered effects. All … [Link]


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