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Brutalism: A New Trend in Web Design

Graphics / 23 May 2022

Brutalism: A New Trend in Web Design

Some designs aren’t polished and clean. They are rough, jarring and ragged. Yet they still work and communicate effectively. This class of websites makes up the raw trend called brutalism.

While it is somewhat new to web concepts, it’s been around for decades as a popular technique for posters and art in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Today’s brutalism is starkly different from what you are used to seeing … and that’s why it’s likely to catch your attention. Let’s take a look at what it is (and I’ll share why I’m already over it!)

What Is a Lookbook? (+ 15 Stunning Examples)

Business / 18 May 2022

What Is a Lookbook? (+ 15 Stunning Examples)

Whether you’re a designer wanting to show off work or have a request to create one for a client, a lookbook can be an effective way to showcase a variety of elements in a single design.

A lookbook is a portfolio of sorts and has wide application in a number of fields, including website design, graphic design, and development.

Here’s a guide to what a lookbook is, what to include in one when you start designing it, and some examples that are sure to help you find a little lookbook inspiration.

60+ iPhone PSD Mockups (Free + Premium) 2022

iPhone Mockups / 4 May 2022

60+ iPhone PSD Mockups (Free + Premium) 2022

An iPhone mockup graphic is the perfect way to demonstrate your app, website, or user interface. We’ve collected dozens of the best iPhone mockup PSDs and vectors, in all shapes and sizes, for your next project.

A well-designed mockup can make your app or website interface stand out from the crowd, and it’s the perfect way to present your design to a client. Our iPhone mockup picks vary between photograph-based PSDs, or vectors that can scale to any size. Some are free, some cost a few dollars, but all of them are a great way to showcase your app.

We’ve also collected a mix of iPhone mockups for different versions of the phone — from the iPhone 7, to the iPhone XS, covering every type of device.

How to Design an Awesome Presentation (Even if You’re Not a Designer)

Business / 18 Apr 2022

How to Design an Awesome Presentation (Even if You’re Not a Designer)

There’s nothing worse than sitting through a presentation filled with poor visuals. This is especially true when you are pitching to a client. If your presentation looks bad, how will your design look?

The problem with presentation design is often more about time than actual design. But you must take time in crafting stellar presentations. This might include building a template that you use for presentations or honing in your public speaking skills. Here, we’ll walk through a few ways to design a great presentation that will engage your audience. (While most of these tips are structured around creating a digital presentation, using software such as PowerPoint, the concepts can also be applied to posterboard style presentations as well.)

Want to jumpstart your presentations? All of the examples here are templates that you can download and use.

How to Install & Apply a Lightroom Preset

Lightroom Presets / 15 Apr 2022

How to Install & Apply a Lightroom Preset

Whether you are a photographer or designer with a need to edit photos, Adobe Lightroom can be a great tool. Designed for photo editing, it allows batch work that can be cumbersome in programs such as Photoshop.

One of the most popular elements of Lightroom are the number of presets available. These tools within the tool are super filters that allow you to enhance photos, add creative effects and add functionality to your design workflow. If you’ve used any Adobe product, the feel of Lightroom is familiar and easy to learn. Get started by installing and using a few cool presets. Here’s how to do it.

5 Logos We’d Love to See Redesigned in 2022 (And Why)

How to Design a Logo / 28 Mar 2022

5 Logos We’d Love to See Redesigned in 2022 (And Why)

Sometimes a logo just doesn’t work. It happens to everyone from startups to major brands. (You’ll definitely know when you see these logos.) Maybe it’s too complex. Maybe it’s too generic and similar to other logos. Or maybe it’s just not dating in a timeless way.

So, we collected five logos from established brands that we think are in need of a redesign this year!

See if you agree with our takes on these marks. Logos are famously subjective—you might have a completely different opinion!

10 Websites We’d Love to See Redesigned in 2022 (And Why)

Graphics / 16 Feb 2022

10 Websites We’d Love to See Redesigned in 2022 (And Why)

Different designers have different takes on what makes a great website. But, one thing we can all agree on is popularity never makes a website design great. We have proof.

Today we take a look at a few popular websites owned by well-known companies and brands. These websites receive millions of visitors every month. And they are well-known around the world. All these websites have one thing in common—they could all use a bit of a visual refresh!

Even though web design has come so far as an industry and has evolved with amazing new technologies, there are companies that still use outdated website designs.

We’re unsure whether these brands are afraid of change or simply don’t prioritise design as highly. Either way, we believe these websites need to be revamped for the better of their users. Keep reading to find out why.

Forms for the Win: 8 Types of Forms You Should Know How to Design

Graphics / 15 Feb 2022

Forms for the Win: 8 Types of Forms You Should Know How to Design

Form design can often be one of the most overlooked elements of a website. And it can be a fatal flaw.

Forms are the foundation for communicating with your audience, generating leads, making sales, creating great user interactions, and expanding your marketing reach.

Every designer should have a good idea of how to design these eight form types to help create the most meaningful experiences possible for your online audience.

8 Rules for Creating Effective Typography

Graphics / 28 Jan 2022

8 Rules for Creating Effective Typography

Today we’re going to discuss something that is both a hot trend and timeless art: typography. The basic rules outlined below will help you become more aware of how you structure and use typography in your designs.

Being conscious of these rules can improve nearly everything you create that contains a headline or major typographic element. Let’s get started!

Do You Need a Hero Image? Maybe Typography Is Enough

Graphics / 24 Jan 2022

Do You Need a Hero Image? Maybe Typography Is Enough

The go-to concept when it comes to the hero area of a website design is an image or video with text and a call to action. But not every design has high-quality visual elements to make this style of hero image work.

It begs the question: Do you even really need a hero image?

For some website projects, the answer is no. You can design a stellar hero area for a website with great typography and a few small details. Let’s take a look at how to do it and some examples that we simply love.

7 Tips for Using Background Textures in Web Design

Background Textures / 21 Jan 2022

7 Tips for Using Background Textures in Web Design

This is not your typical roundup of textures to use for website backgrounds. If you are looking for a specific texture, we have those here. But what if you want to create your own? Or find a way to customize a texture to fit your project? That’s what we’ll focus on today.

While there are many ways to use textures in web design, you’ll get a lot more mileage out of those backgrounds if you take a modern approach, and follow a few simple rules.

Here are seven tips to help you use background textures in web design well (all of which are in-line with the latest and greatest 2019 design patterns and trends).

10 T-Shirt Design Tips (For Shirts People Will Wear)

Graphics / 17 Dec 2021

10 T-Shirt Design Tips (For Shirts People Will Wear)

Designing a t-shirt that people will actually wear can be a design challenge of epic proportions. Let’s take a look at some tips for creating a t-shirt that won’t just get left in a drawer!

You have to create something that people connect with and want to wear. You have to deal with issues such as color and sizing (which aren’t really a concern for many other design projects). And even the style of apparel or brand can impact someone’s desire to wear your design.

Today, we’re breaking it all down with tips for creating a shirt design that people will want to wear (and maybe even buy in your e-commerce store!)