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6 Myths Preventing Developers from Using Git

Posted 34 hours ago

Nowadays, you’ll have a hard time finding a professional developer who doesn’t use a version control system (VCS) such as Git. But, there are still a few among us who choose not to use a VCS due to preconceived notions they might have about version control. Here are some myths and excuses that dissuade developers from integrating Git — and … [Link]

How Fonts Affect the User Experience

Posted 3 days ago

Several years ago, researchers at MIT confirmed through a study that fonts can impact how we feel: A bad font can make us frown unconsciously, while a good font can make us feel happy. If fonts can influence our emotions, then they can certainly impact the user experience. A few weeks ago, I decided to find out how much of … [Link]

Working with JavaScript Dates Using Moment.js

Posted 6 days ago

Date manipulation is one of those development hurdles that we all must jump at one point in our career, and great tools go a long way in taming the beast. The Moment.js library is that tool for JavaScript developers. Since discovering Moment.js, an open source project, I’ve used it religiously to simplify validation, parsing and manipulation of dates on the … [Link]

Web Design Ledger

25 Web and Graphic Design Studio Websites for Your Inspiration

Posted 16 hours ago

Advertise here with BSAIt’s always interesting to see what design creative studios and agencies crafted for themselves. These people design websites for the whole world and come up with new trends and tendencies to follow. Someone may think they would use the craziest and far-out designs. But you’d be surprised to know that these creative agencies and design studios choose functional, … [Link]

25 Mobile App Designs Featuring Graphs and Charts

Posted 4 days ago

Advertise here with BSATons of information comes to us from all around each day. Sometimes it’s really difficult to grasp it in its primary form. But designers have the talent to turn all this boring data into awesome presentationa using graphs and charts. Charts, graphs and counters don’t take too much space, but have amazing ability to show off a huge … [Link]

20+ Fresh and Free Icon Sets for Web Designers

Posted 9 days ago

Advertise here with BSAAlmost every design project requires icons. Icons can be found everywhere on a website and their primary purpose of guiding and giving out information to visitors is a highly important one. In other words, these tiny graphics within a website tell you how you can move to the next page, checkout the cart, cancel a transaction, and, navigate … [Link]

You The Designer

Redesigned: Airbnb’s New Logo and Its Parodies

Posted 7 hours ago

From pug noses to lewd poses, Airbnb’s new logo sure did it’s job of putting the company to everyone’s mind. The problem is, no one can certainly “unsee” the parodies after seeing the various iterations of the new logo. A couple of days ago, Airbnb an online service that provides it’s users the ability to list their houses for rent … [Link]

Poster Posse: 75 Years of Batman

Posted 7 hours ago

To celebrate Batman’s 75th anniversary, an artist created a poster featuring profile illustrations that represent key points in The Dark Knight’s history. Mexico-based independent graphic designer and illustrator Salvador Anguiano exhibited a beautiful illustration style on his entry for the Poster Posse project celebrating the 75 years of Batman. Inspired by the works of Miguel Camilo, the poster showcases 75 … [Link]

10 Types of Designers You Want to Avoid

Posted 30 hours ago

We are all aware of many client horror stories. In fact, there is even a website called “Clients From Hell” dedicated for it. A place where designers alike share their outrageous client experiences such as font substitution (“Use Comic Sans.”), page layout (“Fill ALL white space! I want my money’s worth.“), and logo enlargement (“Make the logo bigger!“). Those are … [Link]

I LOVE TYPOGRAPHY

This Week in Fonts

Posted 2 days 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]

BundesSans and BundesSerif — truly democratic typefaces

Posted 13 days ago

Three years ago MetaDesign Berlin asked us to design a custom Serif and Sans typeface for the German federal government. They had been assigned to redevelop the government’s corporate design with the typefaces as part of the update. The project was to cover all communication issued by the government and their ministries, online or offline, national or international. It was … [Link]

This Week in Fonts

Posted 4 weeks ago

An Erik Spiekermann exclusive from Hamilton Wood Type, a sturdy slab by Rene Bieder, a high-class display from Avondale Type Co, a brush script by Mika Melvas, a modest slab serif from Type Me Fonts, a monospaced family by Matthew Butterick, a contemporary script from Petra Dočekalová, and a super family by Playtype. Hamilton Wood Type: HWT Artz Designed by … [Link]

Line25

25 Innovative Websites that Buck the Design Trends

Posted 4 days ago

I’ve heard a few remarks on recent posts on Line25 that many of the featured website designs have all looked the same. Certain trends have become so mainstream that the majority of modern web designs all have similarities in their layouts and styles. It’s still possible to find unique web designs though, in today’s post I showcase 25 innovative designs … [Link]

Line25 Sites of the Week for July 18th 2014

Posted 7 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 Louder Than Ten, Mod Notebooks, Format, AitThemes and Mateusz Dembek. Louder Than Ten View the website Mod Notebooks View the website Format View the website AitThemes View the … [Link]

30 Unseen Web Designs Currently Being Developed

Posted 11 days ago

Designers love to share previews of projects they’re working on with their friends and peers on sites like Dribbble, which makes it a great place to browse for web design inspiration. Seeing web design concepts while they’re in development means you get a sneak peek of the latest trends and styles before they go live on the web. In today’s … [Link]

Blog.SpoonGraphics

Every Kind of Vector Element you Could Ever Want!

Posted 31 hours ago

I’m sure we’ve all done a bit of window shopping on stock resources websites, seen some cool items and thought “They’re cool, I’d quite fancy them”, but if you want a lot of resources it soon ends up out of your budget. The value of the latest bundle from Design Cuts is a big enough reason alone to check this … [Link]

How To Create an Origami Style Logomark in Illustrator

Posted 4 days ago

I recently received a great tutorial suggestion from a reader named Brigid who asked if I could create a guide to creating an origami style illustration. We’ll use Adobe Illustrator to tackle this design for its advanced shape editing abilities and make particular use of Smart Guides to perfectly align our vector paths. Once the outline of our origami inspired … [Link]

Photocopy Noise Textures for Access All Areas Members

Posted 7 days ago

The latest resource for Access All Areas members to enjoy is a best selling item from Simon Birky Hartmann’s The Shop. This pack of Photocopy noise textures includes six high res scans from an old laser copier with a faulty drum and toner combo, resulting in some fantastic dust and noise patterns which are perfect for distressing your digital designs. … [Link]

Abduzeedo Design Inspiration – Design Inspiration & Tutorials

Icon Designs by Tim Boelaars

Posted 114 minutes ago

Tim Boelaars is an independent graphic designer and illustrator from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Tim specializes in icon designs and have worked with some major brands creating amazing little icons that you can see on this post. For more from Tim Boelaars visit timboelaars.nl. The New Yorker A set of eight 30 by 30 pixel icons for The New Yorker's new website. … [Link]

Interview with Cusco Rebel

Posted 6 hours ago

After a while we are back with some new interviews with brazilian artists. Today we had the pleasure to interview Alexandre Cravo aka. Cusco Rebel, a artist an art director from Abduzeedo's hometown. You can reach Cusco on the following links: Facebook Flickr Instagram Mundo AG 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's … [Link]

UI Inspiration: Material Design

Posted 12 hours ago

Last month Google introduced their new visual language called Material Design releasing with it, a very detailed style guide. The new design language has the goal to "create a visual language that synthesizes classic principles of good design with the innovation and possibility of technology and science." After a month it's really cool to see designers experimenting with the new design … [Link]

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How to Add a Layer Mask in Photoshop

Posted 3 hours ago

A layer mask is often used to control the transparency of the layer. Usually, it’s used when you want to reveal or even hide certain portions of the layer. Follow the steps provided in this tutorial to add a layer mask in Photoshop. Steps to add a layer mask 1. First of all, open Adobe Photoshop. We are using Adobe … [Link]

How to Place an Image Inside Text Using Clipping Mask

Posted 28 hours ago

With a clipping mask, it’s much easier to place an image inside text. Follow the steps provided in this tutorial to place an image inside text. Please note that this tutorial only works up to Adobe Photoshop CS 6. Steps to place an image inside text using clipping mask 1. First of all, open Adobe Photoshop. We are using Adobe … [Link]

20 Free Clean WordPress Themes with Sleek Designs

Posted 2 days ago

Looking for new, free clean WordPress themes for your portfolio, personal website or blog? Or are you just searching for the coolest free WordPress themes on the web to add them in your freebies collection? In any case, we selected 20 free clean WordPress themes with sleek designs. All of these clean WordPress themes are very high quality free PSDs … [Link]

DesignM.ag – Web Design & Development

Tips for Designing a Beautiful Single-Page Portfolio Website

Posted 2 days ago

Advertise here with BSAMany trends in general web design can also be applied to single page layouts. But there are some unique features to the lone webpage which can add more flavor into a design. Like most of the web design field, common sense and user experience always trumps inessential creative ideas. But that doesn’t mean anybody can just understand the … [Link]

35 Mobile Responsive Portfolio Website Layouts

Posted 8 days ago

Advertise here with BSAA portfolio is used to showcase your creative work to anyone with Internet access. The goal is to present your talent front & center making it easy to navigate. Responsive layouts will look stunning on any device allowing visitors to can check out your work from their laptop, tablet, or even smartphone. It’s tough to build a naturally … [Link]

100 Must Read Freelance Intelligence Tips & Tricks

Posted 10 days ago

Advertise here with BSABad news people – you need to read all these 10 articles in order to become a better freelancer! That’s it, don’t make plans for the weekend! Visit Source. Advertise here with BSA [Link]

Vandelay Design

The Secret to Telling a Memorable Story With Your Brand

Posted 9 days ago

Good stories leave a lasting impression. Even if the audience can't remember exact details, years down the road, they will still remember if it was "awesome," "horrible," "sad," "funny," and even to… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

When Great Sites Get Penalized: The VandelayDesign.com Eventual Comeback Story

Posted 17 days ago

Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Joe Sinkwitz (@CygnusSEO), a veteran SEO and Chief of Revenue for CopyPress.com. Though I don’t have all the details, I’m pretty sure when Panda 4.0 rolled… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

43 Brilliant Free jQuery Image Gallery/Slider Plugins (And 14 Tutorials to Make Your Own)

Posted 17 days ago

jQuery image galleries (also known as homepage sliders, slideshows or image carousels) have become more and more common on websites since the inception of jQuery in 2006. Designers and Photographers… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Webdesigner Depot

Discover the Web’s best design resources with oozled

Posted 12 hours ago

“Curated resources for everything design related.” So? “oozled brings together 586 curated resources in 41 categories.” Gaah! “Subscribe to as many or as few categories as you want and create your own feed based on your interests.” OK. Now you have my attention. Oh, and “Submit a Resource”… I’m in. The story of oozled Inspired by a talk he gave at … [Link]

How to make whitespace work on the Web

Posted 36 hours ago

The term white space is sometimes used interchangeably with negative space, and the concept is the same. Though the term refers to “white” space in particular, the area in question does not have to be white at all. It’s just the empty space around the elements of a webpage layout. Space like this can come in many different forms, such as … [Link]

AddThis Pro introduces new pro tools for website owners

Posted 2 days ago

We all know the importance of social media; content may be king, but it’s a king without a castle if no one is visiting your site. What all website owners need is a way to encourage new traffic, and retain old users. Sure, Google can help a bit, but the real prize is success on social media, and for that you … [Link]

Inspiredology

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

Posted 5 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 5 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 5 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]

Smashing Magazine

“Making It Right”: A New Smashing Book on Product Management For A Startup World

Posted 7 hours ago

You’ve seen this happen a thousand times. An organization struggles with a high level of internal enthusiasm and creative chaos that team leaders don’t know how to handle any more. To bring order into projects, a new product manager is appointed, under huge expectation, and with unclear responsibilities and big goals defined within a very short timeframe. That’s when things … [Link]

You May Be Losing Users If Responsive Web Design Is Your Only Mobile Strategy

Posted 2 days ago

You resize the browser and a smile creeps over your face. You’re happy: You think you are now mobile-friendly, that you have achieved your goals for the website. Let me be a bit forward before getting into the discussion: You are losing users and probably money if responsive web design is your entire goal and your only solution for mobile. … [Link]

How Do You Design Interaction?

Posted 3 days ago

If you have to design an interface it’s almost obvious to think to begin the process by drawing. But is this the best way? I once casually started by writing an imagined human-computer conversation, and only afterwards I continued by drawing. This changed my way of thinking and I never went back to drawing first. This article will explain the … [Link]

Graphic Design Forums: A friendly forum for UK designers

Interactive Coding Website

Posted 6 hours ago

Just come across this brilliant little website for anyone looking to learn – HTML, CSS PHP, JQuery, Javascript, Ruby, Python, PHP and API: Learn to code | Codecademy I have found it great so far. [Link]

Pantones / monitor / printer calibration

Posted 26 hours ago

Are the Pantone swatches worth it? As there's lots of variations and there not cheap! And secondly who has there monitor and software calibrated with there printer? I'm just wondering if its worth spending the money on these things for the business. [Link]

Illustrator CC triangles/paths help!

Posted 30 hours ago

Hi guys… I'd love some help if anyone has a second. I've got the basics down in Illustrator, but I cannot engage my brain to figure out the solution to this! It must be very simple! I am updating my personal branding, and part of my logo is as such: ScreenShot2014-07-23at124116.jpg I need all the individual triangles to be their own … [Link]

PSD : Photoshop Disasters

Privalia: Double Belly Button Fail

Posted 6 hours ago

I suppose she should be happy to have two belly buttons. Some models don’t even get to keep one! Might we suggest a nice high-waisted panty, instead? Thanks for sending this in, Sandra! The post Privalia: Double Belly Button Fail appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]

Unhand That Big Check

Posted 29 hours ago

Now that they’re millionaires, maybe he can have something done about that hand. Either his left arm is a mile long, or that hand is upside down. Thanks, Matt! This image was found in an advertising mailer. The post Unhand That Big Check appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]

Ideeli: No Lip Service

Posted 2 days ago

This model is known in the industry for talking out of both sides of her mouth. Let’s take a closer look: Thanks, Stephen! This image was found online here. The post Ideeli: No Lip Service appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]

JUST™ Creative

Obligation and Choice

Posted 5 days ago

This article has been contributed by Tyler Wentzel, looking at the differences between obligation and choice and the effects it can have on us. All too often people place the majority of their stock into making a living when it comes to choosing a profession. The necessity of earning a living obligates us to find work—any work—that can sustain us … [Link]

Paula Scher on Designing Adaptable Brand Identities

Posted 15 days ago

Pentagram partner, Paula Scher has just released her first online design class on Skillshare focused on designing flexible and adaptable brand identities. The trailer for her class has some real nuggets of wisdom and I highly recommend watching. Brand Identity: Design Adaptable Branding Systems An Online Skillshare Class by Paula Scher Paula Scher is known for her award-winning work designing … [Link]

The Creative Class Video Series

Posted 15 days ago

TheCreativeClass.tv is an ongoing video series that illustrates how some of the most influential people in the creative industries marry technology with their passion and skills across design, music, art, fashion, and beyond. The series gives a look into the contemporary creative process and the influence technology has on this. Here are the five released so far. Enjoy! Blur & … [Link]

Outlaw Design Blog

Beastly Badges Labels by Joey Ellis

Posted 15 months ago

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

Western Youths

Posted 15 months ago

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Inky Email App

Posted 15 months ago

Inky. [Link]

Fuel Your Creativity

Is Crowdsourcing Crowding the Freelance Graphic Designer?

Posted 5 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 8 weeks 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 8 weeks 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]

Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and Tutorials

IconDock is Redesigned

Posted 6 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]

Themify Icons: iOS7 Inspired Icon Set

Posted 9 weeks ago

Are you looking for an alternative for Font Awesome? I have a good news for you! Themify has just released a new icon font called Themify Icons — a complete icon set consisting of 320+ pixel-perfect icons inspired by the iOS7 design. It is 100% free, with the ability to use and distribute for any […] [Link]

Animating Background Colors

Posted 12 weeks ago

As promised in my previous post, I will be sharing some of the scripts used on the Themify redesign. Today I'm going to share the animating background color script as seen on the site. It is a simple jQuery script that animates a series of background colors in a loop. It runs smoothly on desktop, […] [Link]

BittBox

The Benefits of Animated UI/UX GIFs Created with After Effects

Posted 2 days ago

Advertise here with BSAI’ve seen this trend becoming much more popular amongst mobile and web designers. Adobe After Effects is a powerful software suite typically used for adding effects into videos. But it can also create animations for user interfaces in smartphone apps, tablets, and website layouts. It takes a lot of practice but After Effects is quite the interesting program. … [Link]

32 Creative Premium Church Themes for WordPress

Posted 7 days ago

Advertise here with BSAIt’s not always feasible for non-profit organizations to order custom website designs. Churches and other charities would benefit the most from purchasing a premium theme and using this as a framework for a new website layout. And WordPress is definitely one of the easiest systems to use. If you’re working with this type of client or even need … [Link]

Tips for Planning and Structuring a Responsive Website Layout

Posted 10 days ago

Advertise here with BSAThe process of building a naturally responsive layout takes quite a bit of practice. You’ll need to spend time studying other responsive websites to see how they behave. Then with a visual library of responsive elements you can put together a design that best suits your project. Once you’ve built a few responsive websites the entire process melds … [Link]

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