10 Web Design Commandments for Every Project

Do you have a rulebook when it comes to website design? There are some rules that apply to pretty much every web design project—let’s call them the “web design commandments”.

No matter how large or small the website, these rules are the foundation for good design. If you follow along with these basic guidelines, and make them part of your thinking for every project you start, you’ll avoid many of the pitfalls that designers can stumble into!

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Inspiration / 20 Mar 2018

20+ Best Portrait Photoshop Actions

Retouching and enhancing portrait photos is a time-consuming task, and starting from scratch with every photo can be frustrating. Using a portrait Photoshop Action can save time, and give you a beautiful result with a few clicks. Let’s dive into some of the best portrait Photoshop Actions available today.

These Photoshop Actions help you save time and improve your workflow when editing a portrait photo. You can use them to instantly retouch photos, add makeup, enhance colors, add effects, adjust toning, and much more with just a single click. Say hello to a faster, simpler workflow (and some impressive end results!). And if you’re looking for more advice and guidance on using these, our Photoshop Actions series is a great place to start!

Inspiration / 19 Mar 2018

30+ Best Minimal & Creative Keynote Templates

If you’re in the process of creating a Keynote slideshow presentation for your next business meeting, we have a solution that will help you craft minimal, creative slides with beautiful designs.

There’s no need to spend hours perfecting the design of your slides or hire freelance designers. You can simply use Keynote templates designed by professionals to create the perfect slideshow presentation in a few minutes.

Minimalism is the key to capturing an audience and showing off professionalism. In this collection, we handpicked a set of creative and minimalist Keynote presentation templates for creating slideshows for business meetings, project proposals, pitch decks, and much more.

Inspiration / 19 Mar 2018

25 Incredible Designers to Follow on Instagram

Curating your Instagram feed with designers creating beautiful work can be a great source of visual inspiration. From designers who create for print, web, packaging or almost anything—to creatives that share their process/side projects—the social media platform can be a great place to jumpstart your creative thought process.

And we’re here to help. We’ve gathered a list of 25 incredible designers to follow on Instagram to provide gems of visual gold each time you log in. What’s exceptionally fun about following this collection of designers is that many provide a glimpse into their professional projects as well as real life.

Layouts / 15 Mar 2018

10 Tips for Designing Landing Pages That Don’t Suck

A landing page is the first experience your customer (or potential customer) will have with your brand. It has to convey information, encourage a call-to-action, and reflect your personality. It’s difficult! Today we’re sharing ten landing page design tips to help.

If you just stick your logo and product image on a template, it’ll be obvious. The page won’t provide the experience or information your customer expected when getting there. Whether it is hard to navigate, difficult to read, or a mess of visuals, designing a landing page that doesn’t suck takes planning and precision. Let’s take a look at ten tips on how to do it better.

Reviews / 15 Mar 2018

Build a Website for Any Business With Wix

Different business niches have completely different requirements when it comes to their website. Restaurants need a booking and menu system, musicians need support for playing their tracks, photographers need a beautiful gallery.

No matter what business area you’re currently working on a project for, it’s worth taking a look at what Wix has to offer. They have a range of professional designs and functionality to use a range of businesses—large and small.

Today we’re taking a quick look at the features and templates on offer, whether it’s for your business, portfolio – or for a client.

Inspiration / 14 Mar 2018

30+ Best Modern & Futuristic Fonts

If you’re looking for a way to future-proof your designs, there’s no better way to start than finding a modern, futuristic font for your projects. And this collection of the best modern and futuristic fonts is a great place to start!

We’ve picked out some of the best futuristic fonts you can use with your website designs, T-shirt designs, posters, and branding work. Whatever your project, they’ll be something that fits the bill.

All the fonts in this collection are from Envato Elements. You can download them all and more design elements for a single price when you join the platform.

Graphics / 14 Mar 2018

10 Tips for Perfect Brochure Design

Designing a brochure can be a rewarding project. There’s nothing like creating something that you can hold, touch, and read. Plus, the design is more than just an arrangement of parts—it includes texture and feel in a way that digital projects can’t convey.

Designing the perfect brochure can be intimidating. In addition to all the design considerations you normally think about, there are some things that are specific to printed projects. Today we’re taking a look at ten useful tips for improving your next brochure design!

Inspiration / 13 Mar 2018

20+ Best Condensed & Narrow Fonts of 2018

Contrary to popular belief, condensed and narrow fonts don’t make your text cramped or crowded. You just have to know the appropriate time and place to use the font. Condensed fonts are widely used these days for headlines and portraying bold messages, and when deployed in the right place, they can give stunning impact!

It takes a lot of testing and experimenting to find the perfect font for a design. This process can be costly at times. The good news is you can download all the fonts in this list for a single price when you subscribe for Envato Elements. It’s only $19 per month, and gives you access to hundreds of beautiful typefaces.

Software / 12 Mar 2018

10 Best Safari Extensions for Web Designers & Developers

Apple’s Safari web browser is beloved by many Apple and Mac enthusiasts. It’s a solid alternative to Chrome (and often does a great job on the privacy and security front). There are some great Safari extensions that can help designers increase their productivity, and create a better browsing experience.

You can find all of these extensions in Apple’s extensions gallery, but we’ve curated some of our favorites below. Whether you’re wanting to improve your typeface recognition, understand what’s powering a website behind the scenes, or better check your grammar—we’ve got you covered!

Inspiration / 8 Mar 2018

20+ Best Space Fonts

Are you looking for a space-themed font to add a futuristic and sci-fi vibe to your designs? Then this collection of space fonts is the best place to start!

Space fonts line up with a popular trend that’s taking over the design world, especially in website headers, social media, posters, and print design.

In this collection, we handpicked the best space and sci-fi fonts to cover all your design needs.

Business / 7 Mar 2018

8 Ideas for Creating Evergreen Website Content

Developing evergreen content for your website is an important element in your overall strategy. Evergreen content is information – pages or blog content – that remain relevant and don’t get old. It’s a practical approach to making your investment in content pay off long-term.

The best evergreen content is directly related to the core information on your website. It complements more timely news and information and can help boost search rankings over time as well. But you can’t just post and forget about it; even evergreen content will need the occasional update to ensure that it remains relevant over time.

Here are eight ways to create evergreen website content (with examples of websites that are doing it well).

Business / 6 Mar 2018

15+ Quick Tips to Improve Your Design Portfolio

If you’re like many designers, you’ve had every intention of updating your design portfolio — for the last two years at least. But procrastinating on your portfolio is a mistake. You never know what opportunities you could be missing out on because someone landed on your tired, old portfolio.

As the co-founder of Semplice, a portfolio system for designers, I’ve learned how crucial a portfolio is to getting new work. And the only thing worse than not having a design portfolio is having one that’s poorly made or out of date. Here are some quick tips to refresh your portfolio and start getting more of the work you want to do.