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8 Rules for Creating an Effective Responsive Website or App
Layouts / 5 Nov 2018

8 Rules for Creating an Effective Responsive Website or App

Users are spending a lot of time interacting with websites on mobile devices, rather than desktops. And that number seems to be growing daily. According to eMarketer, adults in the U.S. spend an average of 3 hours and 35 minutes on their phones, and the amount of time engaging on these devices is expected to pass TV viewing next year.

That has significant implications for all web designers and developers. You must be creating effective responsive websites or apps to meet this need. Today, we’re exploring eight rules to make sure you follow whenever you’re designing a responsive experience (whether for a website or an app).

Codester: Web Design at Your Fingertips
Reviews / 5 Nov 2018

Codester: Web Design at Your Fingertips

A design marketplace can be a total lifesaver. From code snippets to graphic design elements, to themes and plugins, a good marketplace has all the little tools that you need in a pinch.

Codester is a marketplace that’s packed with everything you need to keep design projects moving forward. You can buy premium PHP scripts, app templates, theme and plugins to use for website and app design. Plus, they have some pretty awesome freebies and allow designers to sell their own items.

Want to know more? Here’s a look at what Codester is all about.

20+ Simple PowerPoint Templates (With Clutter-Free Design)
Inspiration / 2 Nov 2018

20+ Simple PowerPoint Templates (With Clutter-Free Design)

When it comes to creating PowerPoint slideshows, using a simple PowerPoint template can be a key approach. It may seem like a good idea to throw the kitchen sink: data, stats, charts, and shapes into every slide, but you’ll never be able to win over your audience with a cluttered slideshow design.

That’s why professionals always use simple slide designs to highlight only the most important parts of a presentation. Of course, you don’t have to be an expert designer to create these professional slideshows. There are pre-made templates you can download and customize with a few clicks.

To help you get started, we handpicked a collection of simple PowerPoint templates with clean and clutter-free designs for creating professional looking PowerPoint slideshow presentations.

70+ Christmas Mockups, Icons, Graphics & Resources
Inspiration / 2 Nov 2018

70+ Christmas Mockups, Icons, Graphics & Resources

Christmas is on the way! Whether you’re designing festive party flyers, looking for Christmas mockups, or a holiday icon set, we have a great collection for you today!

We’ve pulled together a fantastic collection of Christmas flyers and templates, mockups, icons, vectors, and much more. Some of them are completely free, some cost a few dollars, but all of them will get you in the festive spirit. Have fun looking through this selection of resources, and we hope you find a few that help out with your holiday design work!

SVG vs PNG vs JPG: Image Format Pros & Cons
Graphics / 1 Nov 2018

SVG vs PNG vs JPG: Image Format Pros & Cons

When it comes to creating images for the web and other digital purposes, what file formats will give you the best result? You have to think about speed versus image quality and scale. So what should you use: SVG vs PNG vs JPG?

There was a time when you just used a JPG sized to fit the space at 72 dpi and moved on. Not anymore. High-resolution screens, multiple viewports and a need to have a snappy website have made it a much more complex process. Let’s dive into the pros and cons of each of these formats!

How to Get Web Design Clients: 10 Ideas to Try Today
Business / 31 Oct 2018

How to Get Web Design Clients: 10 Ideas to Try Today

Who was it that said working as a freelance web designer was easy? While the work might not be a problem, the business of finding new web design clients is another issue. It can be tough to keep a steady number of clients coming through so that you stay busy and maintain the right income level.

It can be challenging for new and seasoned freelancers. (Everyone has experienced at least one dry spell.) So what can you do? We’re sharing ten tips for how you can get new web design clients. Today!

20+ Best Website PSD Mockups & Tools 2018
Inspiration / 30 Oct 2018

20+ Best Website PSD Mockups & Tools 2018

A great website mockup design can help to present your web design in a beautiful, unique way. This collection of website mockup PSDs is perfect for doing just that, and we’ll also share our favorite website mockup tools, and tips for creating your website mockup!

Proper presentation is the key to delighting your clients. Whether you’re working on a website design or a logo design, the way you present your designs to your client determines your level of professionalism. When choosing a mockup template to showcase your design, you ideally want to choose a mockup design that looks out of the ordinary. Something that helps you display your website design uniquely and attractively that renders your clients speechless.

Perspective website mockups let you showcase your layouts from different angles, making your designs look more like real products instead of just a static mockup.

We’ve collected some of the best free and premium website mockups you can use to present your next website design to your clients.

100+ Best Modern Serif Fonts
Inspiration / 30 Oct 2018

100+ Best Modern Serif Fonts

It’s time to delve into a collection of the best beautiful, premium serif fonts. Serif fonts are ideal for printed literature, more detailed typography, or for creating a more formal effect. And these typefaces really stand out from the crowd.

Today, we have gathered more than 100 of the best serif fonts that you can quickly start using in your work. You’ll be amazed at what a difference they can make to your design project, compared to the more generic system fonts that get all too commonly used. There’s nothing like a distinct serif typeface to really set your layout apart, and create something beautiful.

20+ Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Graphic Designers
Inspiration / 29 Oct 2018

20+ Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Graphic Designers

The spookiest day of the year is right around the corner. Take your Halloween pumpkin game up a notch by showing off your graphic design skills with a custom carving, and get inspired with these Halloween pumpkin ideas!

It’s not too late to find the perfect pumpkin at a local patch and spend some quality time (along or with your family) crafting a carving that no one else on your street will have. Not sure where to start? Here’s we’ve collected 20 creative Halloween pumpkin carving ideas, from simple scenes to iconic graphic design elements to a few customized spooks.

20+ Best Spooky Halloween Fonts
Inspiration / 29 Oct 2018

20+ Best Spooky Halloween Fonts

Halloween is a busy time. Not just for the kids, but also for professional designers. It’s that time of the year you start looking for Halloween-themed fonts, templates, vectors, and icons for designing all those spooky posters and greeting cards.

Well, this year you won’t have to spend hours searching for creative fonts for your Halloween designs. Because we already did the work for you and picked out the best spooky Halloween fonts that will make your work stand out from the crowd.

In this collection, we feature a collection of the best Halloween fonts that are suitable for all kinds of designs from posters, greeting cards, social media designs, and other Halloween and horror-themed designs. Have a look.

30+ Best Event Flyer Templates
Inspiration / 26 Oct 2018

30+ Best Event Flyer Templates

Designing an amazing flyer is an effective way to get everyone excited about a party or an event. You can find a great flyer design to promote your next event from this collection of party and club flyer templates.

You don’t have to be a designer to make a professional looking party flyer (we’ve written about how to design your own flyer before). But for an even quicker solution, these pre-made templates come with attractive designs made by professionals. All you have to do is open the template with Photoshop or Illustrator and edit them.

Whether you’re planning a summer beach party, a birthday party, or a club night, this collection has a template for every fun occasion.

20+ Best Gothic Fonts
Inspiration / 25 Oct 2018

20+ Best Gothic Fonts

There’s something unusually attractive about a gothic font design. It can make any typographical layout look magnificent and majestic, and it’s probably why gothic fonts are widely used in branding and logo design.

If you’ve been looking for a unique gothic font for a new project, you’re in luck. We’ve handpicked the best gothic fonts for this collection, with various design styles that you can use to design logos, book covers, posters, website headers, t-shirt designs, and much more. Explore the collection and start downloading!