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50 Creative and Inspiring Thumbnail Galleries

50 Creative and Inspiring Thumbnail Galleries

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Thumbnail galleries are one of the most common solutions on the web for showcasing multiple images. The efficiency of this tool can’t be beat, it allows for quick browsing and closer inspection when desired.

Whenever I build a thumbnail gallery, I like to look around the web to see what other designers are doing to make theirs unique. Today we’re collected fifty great galleries for you to check out. Along the way, we’ll also discuss some ideas that you can use in your own galleries.

May 26th, 2011 Posted in Inspiration
50 Awesome Portfolios From Female Designers and Illustrators

50 Awesome Portfolios From Female Designers and Illustrators

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Think that design is a man’s world? Think again. Today we’ve got over 50 stunning portfolios from extremely talented female designers hailing from all over the planet.

May 16th, 2011 Posted in Inspiration
Surviving on a Creative Assembly Line

Surviving on a Creative Assembly Line

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Do you ever feel like you do the same thing all day every day? Do you wonder how you can possibly be expected to come up with original and creative ideas almost ceaselessly?

Join the club. Today we’re going to talk about how and why designers struggle with creativity, some tips for avoiding burn out and whether or not you should tough it out or get out while you still can.

May 10th, 2011 Posted in Inspiration
50 Awesome Designers to Follow on Zootool

50 Awesome Designers to Follow on Zootool

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Zootool is a fast-growing visual bookmarking service that has become the standard place for thousands of designers to archive digital inspiration, links, tools and more.

Today we’ll help you get the most out of Zootool by introducing you to fifty users who share quality design-related resources.

April 22nd, 2011 Posted in Inspiration
Trends of Blue in Icon Graphics and Web Design

Trends of Blue in Icon Graphics and Web Design

Graphics designers often must choose between a wide palette of color schemes. Blue is by far one of the strongest, boldest colors to choose from. It has been prominently sponsored in websites, blogs, corporate entities, logos, and so many other digital arts throughout the 21st century.

April 12th, 2011 Posted in Inspiration
20 Great Sign Up Form Examples to Learn From

20 Great Sign Up Form Examples to Learn From

Sign up forms come in many different shapes and sizes. Some are a single field, others are a multi-step process that stretch over several screens.

Today we’ll take a look at 20 attractive and functional forms to see if we can find any useful ideas that you can apply the next time you’re building a sign up form.

April 1st, 2011 Posted in Inspiration
Building a Constructive 404 Error Page (With Examples)

Building a Constructive 404 Error Page (With Examples)

The error page is a common facet in web design often overlooked by the mainstream crowd. Generally when a user finds themselves on an error page it constitutes as a failure on their part. Something about their actions have caused an error on the site, and all hope seems lost.

As generations are advancing we’re seeing the youth of today much more applicable to deal with technological errors and trace the routes to one source issue. When dealing with the majority it’s important to understand user experience is everything. This goes double for new-age web applications and distracting mobile games. While constructing these pages always keep the end user in mind – and remember there’s a vast difference from person to person!

March 15th, 2011 Posted in Inspiration
Tackling Online Menus: Tips and Examples

Tackling Online Menus: Tips and Examples

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Restaurant websites are quite frequently disasters of both design and usability. Even good designers can go very wrong on this particularly tricky task.

Before you attempt your next restaurant website design, check out this article. We’ll go over some super practical tips for success in addition to a few pitfalls to avoid.

March 3rd, 2011 Posted in Inspiration
Weekly Freebies: 30 Beautiful Bokeh Textures

Weekly Freebies: 30 Beautiful Bokeh Textures

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On a technical level, the term “bokeh” refers to the aesthetic quality of the blur in a photograph. Photos and even lenses are often judged by this factor and points of light in the distance are one of the most commonly seen tests and experiments in this area.

The images that result from these experimentations are quite beautiful and have really captured the attention of designers in recent years. Today we’ve rounded up thirty of our favorite free bokeh textures for you to use in your designs. Enjoy!

February 15th, 2011 Posted in Inspiration
10 Website Background Ideas for Your Next Project

10 Website Background Ideas for Your Next Project

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is a variant of what kind of background someone should use for their site. These designers have the basic content and the layout pretty much nailed down, but the background is either too boring or too busy and they don’t know how to fix it.

Today we’re going to take a look at a few live sites to grab some inspiration on how to effectively add interesting backgrounds to a web page. Bookmark this article and come back to it the next time you’re stuck on a background decision.

January 21st, 2011 Posted in Inspiration
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