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Business / 7 Nov 2016

Content Strategy & Web Design: Connecting the Dots

What comes first? The chicken or the egg? The website or the content? Developing a cohesive content strategy during the web design process can present quite the conundrum.

Designers want content to start work on the design, while many copywriters want a preview of the visuals to develop content. So how do you come to a resolution? With a solid content strategy that involves the whole team.

Graphics / 2 Nov 2016

5 Tips for Mixing Photos & Illustrations in a Single Design

Ready to take a design risk? Try mixing photos and illustrations in the same design project. A hand drawn element can add whimsy and interest to a design that includes photography. Conversely, a photo can make a more lighthearted illustrated design seem more real or important.

This technique can be a little difficult to imagine until you see a few examples of how it can work beautifully. Today’s we’re looking at this trend and providing tips and examples to help you develop creative ways to come up with a design of your own.

Inspiration / 1 Nov 2016

20+ Corporate & Business HTML Templates

How much are you willing to spend on developing a business website for your new company? $10,000? $5,000? What if we told you that you could get started for less than twenty dollars?

No, that’s not a typo. You can actually build a stunning corporate or a business website for less than $20 dollars. Will it be a completely custom design? No. But the solution for a budget-friendly starting point is simple: grab a HTML template! No need to hire expensive design agencies. No need to spend thousands of dollars on web developers. Simply grab an HTML template, edit the files to add your company information, and get your business website up and running in no time.

To help you find the perfect design for your business website, we handpicked a set of impressive HTML templates you could use to build a stunning website.

Graphics / 31 Oct 2016

Choosing the Right Display Typeface: 5 Tips for Success

One of the biggest trends in web design is a large hero image or video at the top of a page with a few words to guide users into the site. This kind of aesthetic puts a lot of pressure on the designer to come up with just the right display typeface to pull the design together.

With so many typefaces to choose from, this can be a bit of a daunting task. But you can find a great typeface with a little planning and luck. Here are five tips to get started with a few beautiful examples of display typography.

Inspiration / 26 Oct 2016

20+ Realistic Lightroom Presets

Would you like to supercharge your workflow in Adobe Lightroom and be able to enhance your photographs with just one click?

If you answered yes, then you’re in for a treat. Today, we’ve collected a selection of wonderful Lightroom presets you can use to achieve realistic effects with just a simple mouse click.

Photographers and graphic designers are already well aware of how powerful Lightroom presets can be when it comes to making the necessary adjustments and enhancements to their photos. It’s the easiest way to improve photos while saving a ton of time.

We’ve previously taken a look at the best Lightroom presets of the year, but today’s collection is all about realism and simple effects. Have a look at our hand-picked Lightroom presets collection and see if you could find something useful to add to your own editing workflow.

Business / 25 Oct 2016

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Graphics / 24 Oct 2016

How to Make Color Overlays Work in Your Design

Color is an important part of almost any design. Whether you are a fan of bright, bold hues or prefer a more minimalist black and white, how you use color can have a great impact on the overall design.

One way to use color to make a statement is with a design that incorporates a color overlay. This means that you cover an image or video with a semi-transparent colored box. The effect can add meaning to an image, bring attention to a design and help you make most of limited art choices.

Today, we’re going to look at a variety of color overlays to serve as a bit of inspiration for creating your own.

Graphics / 19 Oct 2016

A Beginner’s Guide to Emotive UI

We talk about designing something that connects to a user emotionally. That connection can be a key component in establishing trust and relatability. It’s a lot harder than it sounds. There are so many things to consider. Emotions are broad, complicated, and often very difficult to influence or change.

That’s what we will think about today. What is emotive (or emotional) UI? How can you create a user interface that actually evokes that emotional connection? And is that something that you should consider more carefully in your next design project?

Inspiration / 18 Oct 2016

25+ Best Minimal, Abstract Logos

Logo design is a massive industry, especially among freelancers. In fact, some of the biggest freelancing platforms such as Fiverr became widely popular for their massive number of logo designers on the platform.

There’s lots of mixed opinion about the quality and standard you’ll see when using a marketplace like this though. You’re often better off choosing a high quality logo template, and customising it for your own needs. Today we’re looking at just that — a collection of minimal, abstract logo templates that could provide a great starting point for your brand.

Graphics / 17 Oct 2016

Button Design Tips: Simple, Small and Vitally Important

We talk about details a lot in design. It’s for good reason. Paying attention to even the smallest of details can make or break a design.

Today’s we’re going to dive deeper into one of those details and look at ways to design buttons that users want to click (or tap). Even though buttons might be one of the smallest elements in your design, they are one of the most important. How else would you communicate actions to a user? How else would they provide information in that feedback loop?

Think back for a moment to one of the big complaints about flat design in the early stages: Users did not know what was and what was not interactive in the design. Hence, the importance of great button design.

Business / 12 Oct 2016

How to Break Up With a Client: Tips & Advice

You’ve got a bad client. Make that a really bad client. They weren’t always that way, but things changed. You grew apart. You need to break up. But how do you do it?

You can gracefully end a client relationship. It might not be easy, but if you have thought about cutting ties with someone who contributes to your income, it is likely time to part ways.

Inspiration / 11 Oct 2016

20+ Action-Packed Photoshop Actions

Actions are one of the most overlooked features in Photoshop that most designers don’t often pay attention to. Yet, they are also one of the features that could help save you hours of your time.

Another great thing about Photoshop actions is that you don’t even have to spend time creating and perfecting them. You can simply grab one of the thousands of Photoshop actions already made by professional graphic designers and start applying them to your photos to create instant effects.

So, whether you’re a pro looking to save time or just want to quickly experiment with several advanced effects, here are a few of the coolest Photoshop Actions you can use to add magical effects to your designs and supercharge your workflow.