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Think Your App Is Beautiful? Not Without User Experience Design

Posted 7 hours ago

Lately, every app is “beautiful”. If you read tech news, you’ve seen this pageant: Beautiful charts and graphs1. Beautiful stories2. Beautiful texting3. Beautiful notebooks4. Beautiful battery information5. Aspiring to beauty in our designs is admirable. But it doesn’t guarantee usability, nor is it a product or marketing strategy. Like “simple” and “easy” before it, “beautiful” says very little about the … [Link]

Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: September 2014

Posted 32 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 six years … [Link]

Designing Badges (And More) For A Conference

Posted 3 days ago

To badge or not to badge? That is the question. Because badges — and a lot of stuff designed for conferences — often look the same. But if you have a little, different conference, you need different kinds of things. Badges included. It all started in 2013 with the first Kerning conference1. I was asked to design the official notebook: … [Link]

PSD : Photoshop Disasters

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. Latest Photoshop fail opens an important conversation. [HuffPost Style] Funniest ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Fails. [Web Humor] Misogyny is alive and well in some industries. [Clients From Hell] #DogBands is the funniest new Twitter hashtag in ages. [Web Humor] 7 Great hairstyles if you want to … [Link]

Spot The Disaster: Shutterstock

Posted 3 days ago

Oh Shutterstock, really? Who else can spot the disaster here? Thanks for sending us this disaster, Loz! The post Spot The Disaster: Shutterstock appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]

Day Stunt: Just Add Cut-Out Kids

Posted 4 days ago

As if the, well, everything wasn’t awful enough… what is the mom sitting on? Found here. Thanks, Gert-Jan! The post Day Stunt: Just Add Cut-Out Kids appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]

Outlaw Design Blog

Beastly Badges Labels by Joey Ellis

Posted 16 months ago

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

Western Youths

Posted 16 months ago

Western Youths. [Link]

Inky Email App

Posted 16 months ago

Inky. [Link]

JUST™ Creative

How to Write a Winning Web Design Proposal

Posted 3 hours ago

This article has been contributed by Mike Hanski. When you embarked on your chosen career path as a designer, your decision was probably driven by your right-brain thinking. You are a creative person, so you are naturally drawn to artistic ways of expressing yourself. But what happens when left-brain activities creep into your day-to-day operations? Do you break into a … [Link]

Awesome Mockup Templates to Show Off Your Work in Style

Posted 4 days ago

As you guys know, I only share things that I know will be incredibly valuable to you. Today’s recommendation should have a real impact upon your design and client work. My friends Tom, Matt and Darren at Design Cuts have managed to bring together hundreds of best-selling mockup templates, into one huge bundle, for a limited time 93% discount. This … [Link]

35 Common Mistakes Web Designers Make & How To Avoid Them

Posted 13 days ago

This article has been contributed by Helga Moreno. “While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior”. – Henry C. Link Even the most experienced professionals make mistakes. We are only human. Below you will find a list of some of the most common mistakes web designers make, as well as some … [Link]


The Importance of Unique Icons in Web Design

Posted 3 days 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 6 days 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]

The Evolution of Code Free, Website Creation

Posted 5 weeks ago

Advertise here with BSA Designers, in general, are very interested in new gadgets, software, and any other shred of technological advancement that has the power to impact the way they perform their work. Today, graphic and web designers can depend on cloud software like Webydo, which does not require any technical coding skills, and helps design professionals create interesting websites using … [Link]

Graphic Design Forums: A friendly forum for UK designers

Hi all

Posted 5 hours ago

Howdy fellow creatives … hello from northwest UK. :icon_smile: [Link]

Label print

Posted 23 hours ago

I need 20 paper stickers 100×130 ASAP. [Link]


Posted 2 days ago

My name is Graeme and I own GJB Designs. I have been designing since 1999 and have completed work for numerous companies of all sizes. I offer an exceptional and speedy service and I will exceed your own expectations by offering superb Web Design and Development, Online Shops, Advertising, Branding and Business and Contact Cards. When you deal with GJB Designs … [Link]

Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and Tutorials

4 Fantastic Years of Themify + Giveaways

Posted 19 days 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 21 days 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]

IconDock is Redesigned

Posted 12 weeks ago

IconDock has been a labour of love for me: thousands of people have purchased and used my icons in all sorts of projects. After so many years of the classic IconDock design, I decided to update the look and feel to reflect the current trends in web design that I follow, and give it a […] [Link]

Fuel Your Creativity

Is Crowdsourcing Crowding the Freelance Graphic Designer?

Posted 11 weeks 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 3 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 3 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

Web Design Isn’t Just About Artistry

Posted 7 days 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 14 days 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]

How to Create a Fixed Navigation Bar

Posted 19 days ago

A fixed navigation bar, also referred to as a "sticky" navigation bar, is a toolbar that stays in place while the user is scrolling the web page. It’s a commonly-used site navigation design pattern for displaying a site’s main navigation menu, as well as other essential interface components such as a search box, social media buttons, and notifications. The design … [Link]

Web Design Ledger

Sharing is Caring: 10 Social Media Plugins for WordPress

Posted 3 days ago

Advertise here with BSASocial networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and more bring tons of traffic to the sites right after search engines. Moreover, these two sources of traffic are connected: the more people like and share your content, the more chances you have to get to the Google’s top by specific keywords. While people would always find a way to … [Link]

Top 10 iPad Apps for Graphic Designers and Creatives

Posted 10 days ago

Advertise here with BSAThe number of technologies available today can blow one’s mind! The iPad, as one of the biggest Apple creations, has been a game changer for Web Designer in more than one way. This small device is a valuable tool for designers, allowing them to get work done on the go. With the help of drawing apps, the iPad … [Link]

20 Website Examples with Hamburger Icon Design You’ll Love

Posted 13 days ago

Advertise here with BSAThe hamburger icon is one of those UI features that are so old you could not even find an author. But after browsing the web for a while, it turned out that the hamburger icon comes from the Xerox Star personal worksection. It’s one of the earliest graphical user interfaces. Its designer, Norm Cox, designed system’s interface including … [Link]

You The Designer

12 Intricate Infographics at the Info•Rama Exhibit

Posted 31 hours ago

Infographic poster designs that are part educational resources and part GREAT works of art. Info•Rama is an exhibit of sophisticated screen-printed infographics crafted by artists Tom Whalen and Kevin Tong at the Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, California. Both artists designed posters that can either function as art or educational references, and could possibly adorned on classroom walls. That … [Link]

Metrico is an Amazing Videogame Inspired by Infographics

Posted 2 days ago

Bar graphs, line charts, and pie charts come alive in the infographic-inspired world of Metrico. Most designers and marketers know that the main idea behind infographics is to simply make complex, and somewhat dull, topics highly interesting, entertaining, and easy to understand. But what if you could explore a video game world built around infographics? Enter Metrico, a new game … [Link]

Fun Miniature Diorama Calendar by Tanaka Tatsuya

Posted 3 days ago

Japanese artist Tanaka Tatsuya never failed to let his imagination run wild. He’s been coming up with new concepts every day for his online calendar project and has been doing so for 4 years. Tatsuya uses everyday items like water bottles, magnets, and even broccoli, and finds ways to incorporate them into his artwork. His diorama of tiny people will … [Link]


This Week in Fonts

Posted 14 days 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 4 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]

This Week in Fonts

Posted 6 weeks ago

A friendly brush script by Nikola Giacintová, a new classic from Jason Vandenberg, a flexible sans by Fatype, fluid & friendly structure from Latinotype, a new sans by Monotype, a multi-colored face from Underware, an elegant serif by FontFont, and a practical sans from Ludwig Type. Nikola Giacintová: Rukola Designed by Nikola Giacintová Rukola is a friendly brush script that … [Link]


Web Design Trend Showcase: Close Up Portrait Photos

Posted 14 hours ago

This web design trend can easily go unnoticed, but if you pay attention you’ll find that it is actually quite popular! We’ve seen all kinds of images spanning our screens thanks to the big photo web design trend, but one type in particular that’s increasing in popularity is the close up portrait. Close-ups easily convey a certain mood or emotion … [Link]

Line25 Sites of the Week for August 29th 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 BarCamp Omaha 2014, EyeKiller, Hatch Collective, Build Films and One Design Company. BarCamp Omaha 2014 View the website EyeKiller View the website Hatch Collective View the website Build … [Link]

30 Web Designs Featuring Looping Video Backgrounds

Posted 8 days ago

Looping video backgrounds is one of the fastest growing trends in web design. Ever since designers were given the ability to render video content in HTML5 we’ve seen motion pictures quickly take the place of static images in website headers and backgrounds. Today’s web design showcase features 30 great examples of sites featuring large looping video backgrounds. See how they … [Link]

Abduzeedo Design Inspiration – Design Inspiration & Tutorials

Nike Swoosh Portraits

Posted 6 hours ago

German designer Andy Gellenberg illustrated some awesome portraits using only the nike swoosh. Check them out and let us know what you think. For more from Andy Gellenberg visit Nike Swoosh Portraits Nike Swoosh Portraits Nike Swoosh Portraits Nike Swoosh Portraits Nike Swoosh Portraits Nike Swoosh PortraitsTags: swooshportraitsillustrationpaul0v2&~ blog [Link]

3D City by Anna Paschenko

Posted 15 hours ago

It’s Labor Day Weekend here in the US so naturally I took a day off to enjoy some outdoor activities. As a result, I've refrained from laboring and therefore the tutorial of this week will be posted tomorrow. Today, we're delighted to share a super cool project created by Anna Paschenko, a freelancer designer and illustrator from Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation. … [Link]

The Perfect Office – Memobottle, Razer Adaro Headphones and Office Ideas

Posted 15 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? This week we've picked some super nice items, like the Wired Coffee Mug for those who need their … [Link] – Web Design & Development

Wall Street Presents The Top 50 Business Themes: WordPress vs Joomla vs The World

Posted 3 days ago

Advertise here with BSAThe point being, when you put WordPress vs Joomla, it’s the world that is winning. And it’s simple, really. A lot of new templates means a lot of new websites that all look different and feel different and please the eye in various ways. Diversity means new ways of thinking. New ways of thinking means new ways of … [Link]

Real Life Examples of the X Theme in Action

Posted 4 days ago

Advertise here with BSAIt’s never easy to decide on a specific theme when making a website for one of your clients. So, unless you’ve already heard about this by now, you may be pleased to know that there is no need to seek any further. A certain release has gone viral over the past months. The genesis of Theme X … [Link]

How To Design Hover Effects for UI Elements in Photoshop

Posted 7 days ago

Advertise here with BSADesigning in Adobe Photoshop is a different experience compared to building websites right in the browser. It requires an understanding of the various tools, effects, and positioning techniques. One major difference is how you would create interactions such as hover and click events. In this tutorial I want to demonstrate how you might go about designing interactive states … [Link]

Vandelay Design

How To Wireframe iOS App Interfaces using Photoshop

Posted 6 days ago

Much like building a website, mobile app design is a very detailed procedure. Although it may not be sociological rocket surgery(some might say otherwise) but even the best app designers will spend… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

29 Best Podcasts for Freelance Graphic Designers

Posted 14 days ago

As a freelancer, I don’t get many opportunities to surround myself with similar creative minds to keep me sharp. While attending meet-ups and co-working can be great ways to engage with others, it… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

40 Sets of Free Social Media Icons

Posted 3 weeks ago

Designers love free icon sets. Having quality icons can help to make a site's design look complete, and can also help with the usability of the site. Social media icons are some of the most commonly… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]


How To Create a Double Exposure Effect in Photoshop

Posted 14 hours ago

Traditionally the double exposure effect is produced by photographers using nothing but their camera to combine two separate photographs to create an abstract and surreal image. However, we can also mimic the effect in Photoshop, which actually gives us more control over the final output with the ability to adjust and preview the effect as we go. Follow this step … [Link]

7 Hip Apple Device Mockup Templates for Members

Posted 4 days ago

Access All Areas members can now get a taste of the awesome goodies available from The Hip Shop—a popular Creative Market store by superstar designer Madebyvadim—thanks to a kind donation of his brand new Hip Apple device mockup templates. These PSDs feature Apple iPads, iPhones and Macbooks set in still life formations with random objects giving a trendy vintage character. … [Link]

5 Free High Resolution Grungy Paper & Card Textures

Posted 5 days ago

I have a special freebie for you to download today courtesy of Design Cuts. They’ve kindly donated a free sample pack from their new collection of Grungy Paper & Card textures for my readers to enjoy. The pack contains 5 high resolution texture images that are great for adding vintage overlays to your photos or providing a cool background for … [Link]

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20 Best WordPress Add-Ons You Should Have

Posted 3 days ago

Add-ons can extend WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine! On the web you’ll find both free and premium add-ons for your WordPress websites. If you want more features or a more complex add-on, then you should opt for buying a premium one. In this article we selected 20 of the best WordPress add-ons you should have. Browse from … [Link]

20 Premium Coded WordPress Forms Plugins

Posted 4 days ago

Is your website in need of a premium-coded WordPress form plugin? We’ve got you covered! We selected 20 of the best WordPress forms plugins with awesome features. Here you’ll find forms plugins with contact, PayPal, anti-spam, feedback, support, generator and membership features! These forms plugins will surely help you create perfect, fully functional forms. Here they are. Paypal for Arforms … [Link]

20 Awesome Android App Templates with Premium Designs

Posted 5 days ago

Mobile devices are very popular these days and many web developers have become interested in the app developing niche. Also, designers are starting to realize what a major trend this is and they also started designing cool app templates. If you’re looking for an app for you, for a client or you just have an idea and don’t want to … [Link]


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

Posted 6 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 6 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

How to use circles in website design

Posted 12 hours ago

Circles are a relatively new development in web design. From the boxy days of web design’s youth, our contemporary works have evolved beyond what many would have imagined in those early days of the www. This current embrace of the circular ways is most likely due to the fact that, until recently, it wasn’t easy to create circular elements without the … [Link]

Our favorite tweets of the week: August 25, 2014 – August 31, 2014

Posted 35 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 #250

Posted 2 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]


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