The online design community is simply overflowing with inspiration. Every day countless blog posts are being published showcasing 30-100 amazing examples of “insert item here.” Further, CSS galleries like our own contain hundreds or even thousands of great site designs.
With all this inspiration being tossed at you all the time, you need a way to catalogue and store it. Today we’ll look at a few tools out there that do exceptionally well at this very thing.June 4th, 2010 Posted in Graphics, Inspiration
This article will briefly examine 5 physical notebooks that are perfectly suited for a number of designer workflows.
Before we get started, let’s take a brief look at some reasons you should be using a notebook as an integral part of your design process.May 25th, 2010 Posted in Graphics, Inspiration
In a recent post on things that web designers can learn from print designers, I pointed out that professional web design seems awkwardly void of comedy while other forms of marketing seem to embrace it. I decided to explore this area further and make it into full-fledged post.
So today we’re going to look at the world of funny marketing and why you should add it to your arsenal of design tools.May 22nd, 2010 Posted in Graphics, Inspiration
Today we are going to examine 15 bits of user interface and experience design that really heighten the experience of using a site or application.
Use these website, iPhone and desktop application examples as inspiration for creating your own uniquely addicting user experiences.May 7th, 2010 Posted in Graphics, Inspiration, Layouts, Software
Looking outside of your area of focus is an excellent way to learn a thing or two about design. Today we’ll see what value thinking like a print designer can bring to your website building skills.
Whether you’ve ever engaged in print design or not, these tips will provide you with some great ideas, ready to be applied to your next design.April 27th, 2010 Posted in Inspiration, Layouts
The web is a veritable wonderland of free design resources that can enrich and improve your designs. This post contains forty sites to bookmark and keep an eye on for a continual stream of amazingly useful resources.April 22nd, 2010 Posted in Graphics, Inspiration
Design ruts are the commercial artist’s equivalent of writer’s block. Sometimes you just seem to reach the end of your creative rope and can’t imagine thinking of any more good ideas.
Fortunately, all hope is not lost in these situations as there is plenty that you can do to both prevent and/or recover from a design rut. Today we’ll look at some different ways your creativity could potentially become stagnant and what to do in response.April 13th, 2010 Posted in Graphics, Inspiration
“No other design discipline requires so much learning and training as fontography, and by no other aspect can amateurs be so easily distinguished from professionals.” – Dmitry Kirsanov
To follow up our recent article, 8 Rules for Creating Effective Typography, this post contains over 30 sites either dedicated to or designed with beautiful typography.April 4th, 2010 Posted in Inspiration, Typography
Minimalism is a trend that will never die.
No matter how many times we are left in awe by impressively intricate designs, there will always be something about simplicity that leaves us just as captured. Today we’ll look at some of the key aspects of minimalism in web design along with some examples from designers who got it right.March 30th, 2010 Posted in Graphics, Inspiration, Layouts
If you’ve never been to a big design conference, you’re missing out. Aside from being a blast, they’re a great way to boost you out of professional stagnation or a design rut. Below we’ll take a look at seven reasons you should attend the occasional design conference. Along the way I’ll post a few images and links for upcoming conferences that you might find interesting.March 28th, 2010 Posted in Business, Inspiration