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UX Design / 19 Apr 2016

How to Create a UI That Users Can Trust

What does trust have to do with web design? Quite simply, everything. In a world where people hear about digital security breaches almost daily, designing and creating a user interface that users can trust is imperative.

Establishing this trust will help create a solid foundation between you and the user, it can contribute to sales and product loyalty, it establishes a sense of quality and success and sets the stage for a long-term and valuable user relationship. So how do you do it? Today, we have ten things you can do to create a UI that users can trust (with trustworthy examples, of course).

Inspiration / 18 Apr 2016

Number Fonts: 10 Stylish Examples

The style of numbers and digits is particularly important in graphic design, and no less so when designing a typeface. Although every font has a unique look-and-feel, very few stand out specifically when it comes to the design of their numbers and digits.

After scouring the web, we’ve tracked down a few great examples of number fonts, and typefaces that do something particularly unique with their numbers. Some of these fonts are directed only towards digits, while others are complete packs of alphabets and numbers. Hopefully they’ll help you in your search for a great number font for your next project!

Inspiration / 14 Apr 2016

20+ Annual Report Templates

Getting that annual report right is important. Whether it’s summarising how the previous year went, or planning what’s to come, having a professional and stylish template to start with can be a huge help.

Today we’ve collected over twenty different annual report templates, with which you can create yearly reports, business brochures, corporate folders or any other business related documents. It’s a great way to streamline your workflow, and quickly get your document or brochure set up in no time. Here’s to the best annual report yet!

Reviews / 13 Apr 2016

How to Create a Website With Simbla

With so many different website builders out there, it can be tough to find the right one. Simbla helps you create a professional, responsive website without any code. (It’s a win-win.)

That’s what makes a website building tool so great. They can help you save time, create a website that functions without a lot of backend know-how and get your site off the ground quickly and easily. Today, we’re going to look at how to create a website with Simbla – one of these website builders – and how you can make it work for you.

Layouts / 12 Apr 2016

Designing Interesting Websites With Space & Asymmetry

When an element uses asymmetrical space, it stands out against other surrounding elements. It will appear more vibrant, which is particularly helpful if you’re designing areas of a page where one link/button demands more attention than others.

Today we’re going to take a closer look at asymmetry expressed through contrast, spacing, and layout. We’re thinking about observable contrast, and how space drives attention.

UX Design / 11 Apr 2016

5 Tips for Designing Personalization

Are you delighted when your favorite online shop makes a wonderful suggestion for an item you didn’t know about? How about when your cart is stored even if you log off for a while?

If so, you are just like many other users that like and have come to expect personalized web experiences. Personalization extends to all of our devices – from those virtual shopping carts, to voice activated calling on a mobile phone, to a game that knows exactly where you left off. But how do you design something so particularly individual? Let’s take a look.

Typography / 6 Apr 2016

What Does That Say? How Typefaces Add Meaning to the Design

Can something as simple as a typeface change the meaning of words and an entire design. Of course! A typeface can add a new level of emphasis or meaning to your message.

It can help you connect with users, establish brand, and set the tone for your entire project. The wrong typeface can leave a design feeling flat, disjointed or even give users the wrong impression about your brand. Now let’s take that knowledge and add a little practical application. (And look at a few examples of beautiful typography from the Design Shack gallery.)

Layouts / 5 Apr 2016

Web Design Best Practices: Minimalism & Typography

When talking about design we need to consider text from a designer’s perspective. Text must be legible and readable while fitting nicely with the website’s style. But it also must relate to a hierarchy of content.

Building hierarchies is the “big picture” of a website’s composition. But as you move into typography, you also must create hierarchies related to specific text on the page. In this piece, we’ll explain creating relationships with your headers and how to use white space to make lengthy paragraphs visually digestible.

Inspiration / 4 Apr 2016

20+ T-Shirt and Apparel Mockups

Creating a mockup of a t-shirt or clothing design from scratch can be a real pain — folds, creases, and crumples galore! Fortunately, there are some fantastic, professional mockups and templates already out there onto which you can simply drop your own design.

This approach can be perfect, whether you’re wanting to create a product advertisement, fashion design, or just simply showcase your work to your clients in a much more effective manner. Today, we have gathered 20 really impressive t-shirt and apparel mockups that will make your work stand out, and save you a whole bunch of time in the process!

Accessibility / 30 Mar 2016

Designing for the Web: Are There Colors You Should Avoid?

The web is a rainbow of color options. Color is a great tool for grabbing the attention of users, providing visual interest and impact and creating contrast for readability. Color is also at the center of many design trends, including flat and material styles.

But can you go wrong with color? Are there hues or combinations that you should shy away from? In a word … yes! Today we’re looking at colors or color combinations that you should avoid when designing websites and apps. (And on the chance that you’ve already made one of these mistakes, we offer alternative suggestions as well.)

Inspiration / 29 Mar 2016

50+ Best Portfolio WordPress Themes

Every designer, artist and creative person needs a platform to showcase their work.  WordPress is the ultimate platform for making an effective portfolio website, giving you complete control. Today, we have gathered an outstanding collection of top notch portfolio WordPress themes for designers, photographers, artists, creative professionals, creative business and anyone else looking to showcase their work.

All these are responsive premium quality WordPress themes with advanced theme options, dozens of shortcodes, various portfolio pages and much more to build your own unique and professional website. You can get your hands on all of these wonderful themes in no time and showcase the best you’ve got to your clients and audience!

Deals / 28 Mar 2016

Save 93% on 11 eBooks for Creatives and Freelancers

Today, we’re excited to tell you about another great package of eBooks from ReadBundle. It’s a great new collection of eBooks for designers, freelancers, and entrepreneurs, with savings of 93% on the normal price!

Usually $395, you can download all 11 eBooks in the March bundle for just $29! There’s something for everyone, whether you want to perfect your pricing, write better emails, or learn about designing for a startup. Read on to find out more about which books are included in the bundle, and how it can help you in your work!