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What Is a Design System & Why Use Them + Examples

Graphics / 28 Jul 2020

What Is a Design System & Why Use Them + Examples

Design systems can be found everywhere and in almost everything. They are in the operating system running on your smartphone, the laptop you’re using for work, and even on the websites you visit.

But what is a design system anyway? What goes into a design system? Why use them? We’re going to answer these questions in this article while taking a closer look at design systems and their importance.

Design systems are not something exclusively used by big brands and design agencies. Even if you’re a freelance designer or a small business, a design system can go a long way to improve the quality of your work, designs, and products.

Let’s dive in and see how you can integrate design systems into your own design projects.

40+ Best Social Media Kit Templates & Graphics

Inspiration / 27 Jul 2020

40+ Best Social Media Kit Templates & Graphics

Are you working on crafting a content plan to promote your brand and business on social media? Then these social media kits and templates will help you design amazing graphics for your social media campaigns like a pro.

Preparing content for your social media promotions is a time-consuming process that most social media managers and marketers have to deal with.

But don’t worry. You can use these social media kits and graphics templates designed by professionals to quickly edit and use with your own social media campaigns. The best part is you can easily edit and customize them all by yourself (and we’re sharing some helpful social media template tips to help get you started!)

15+ Most Helpful Affinity Designer Tutorials (+ Reviews) in 2020

Affinity Designer Templates / 27 Jul 2020

15+ Most Helpful Affinity Designer Tutorials (+ Reviews) in 2020

Affinity Designer is a vector or raster app. It’s a competitor to Adobe’s Illustrator and allows you to design various elements for print or digital publication.

It’s part of the Affinity package of design tools made by Serif. Use it to do anything from making a business card to mock up an app. Affinity Designer is made for Mac iOS, Windows, and the iPad.

Here, we’ve collected some of the best for everyone from beginners to more seasoned pros, a mix of video and written tutorials. It’s a great place to start for upskilling with your first steps in Affinity Designer!

40+ Best Number Fonts for Displaying Numbers

Inspiration / 24 Jul 2020

40+ Best Number Fonts for Displaying Numbers

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!

Best Project Management Software for Creatives 2020

Software / 23 Jul 2020

Best Project Management Software for Creatives 2020

It’s sometimes said that creativity is ‘born out of chaos.’ These words conjure up romantic images of wild-hearted creatives, working all hours, breaking all the rules and, from a fog of confusion, conjuring unique work that changes the world.

But while that all have a certain appeal, personally I’ve never really felt it’s all that healthy – or that true.

Actually, I’ve always found the opposite to be the case.

The very best creative work, in my opinion, relies on structure and consistency, much more than wildness and insanity. It’s based on order and organization – rather than chaos and disorder.

If you’re looking to get more structured, more organized in your work, you’re not alone. Luckily, there’s a huge array of project management software tools designed to give you exactly what you need.

But that’s a blessing and a curse: with so many options available, which one do you choose? Which one’s right for you? In this article, we’ve created a rundown of the very BEST project management tools for creatives in 2020.

Let’s get to it!

15+ Best iOS App Templates (IPhone & Mobile Design Templates) 2020

App Templates / 22 Jul 2020

15+ Best iOS App Templates (IPhone & Mobile Design Templates) 2020

Today we’re bringing you a collection of the best iOS app templates with modern and creative designs to help you find complete pre-built app solutions for your projects.

Whether you’re working on iOS app design for a startup, eCommerce store, website, or even making your own app to sell on the App Store, you’ll find plenty of fully coded app designs and concepts in this collection.

The best part is you can download and use each template on this list to quickly get started on your app designs. Some templates can even be used as frameworks to build unique iOS apps. They are fully customizable and comes with affordable price tags.

50 Best Website Color Schemes of 2020

Trends / 22 Jul 2020

50 Best Website Color Schemes of 2020

Does it ever seem like certain website color schemes just get all the attention? As with every other aspect of web design, there are color schemes that tend to trend more than others. Bright colors, stark palettes, and even some mismatching schemes are elements of color that are trending.

Here’s a look at some of the best website color schemes of 2020 (in no particular order). For each, we’re also sharing the color codes that make up the key elements of the design, so it’s easy to play around with these color schemes yourself too!

Userback: Get Immediate and Visual Feedback

Reviews / 22 Jul 2020

Userback: Get Immediate and Visual Feedback

We all know that collecting user feedback can make design projects better. But how many of us are actually using tools to gather and analyze that information to make better decisions?

If your stumbling block is finding the right tool, we have found it. Userback is a tool that helps you gather visual feedback for projects. You can see what users see when they look at a website with fast feedback and a robust set of tools to help you make smarter design choices.

The tool is designed to work with small projects all the way to multiple teams and clients, so it can grow with your business needs. And it works. Nothing beats real-time feedback for improving your website designs and user experiences. Let’s take a look at Userback and how it can work for you.

Final Cut vs. Adobe Premiere Pro (Which to Choose? Pros & Cons)

Premiere Pro Templates / 21 Jul 2020

Final Cut vs. Adobe Premiere Pro (Which to Choose? Pros & Cons)

Almost everyone is shooting video these days. From social media clips to full feature moving images for websites and more. But you have to do more than just take video, to get the right finish requires a solid video editing tool.

Two of the best options available are Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro. These solid video editors are packed with features and can help you polish video clips for a more professional feel.

But which one is right for your projects? Here, we’re taking a look at each tool and key pros and cons to help you choose the video tool that’s best for your daily workflows (and budget).

15+ Best Affinity Designer Brushes

Affinity Designer Templates / 21 Jul 2020

15+ Best Affinity Designer Brushes

Affinity Designer is rapidly growing and winning over the hearts of many designers as one of the best alternatives to Adobe Illustrator. It’s not only affordable but also keeps getting better with new feature updates and community support.

In this post, we wanted to highlight a great feature of Affinity Designer—brushes. Much like Photoshop and Illustrator, Affinity Designer also supports third-party brush packs. If you can find a great brush pack, you can import it in Affinity Designer to create more amazing art.

To show you how easy it is to find great brushes for Affinity Designer, we handpicked some of the best Affinity Designer brushes that you can download right now. Have a look.

25+ Best Free Adobe Illustrator Brushes 2020

Inspiration / 20 Jul 2020

25+ Best Free Adobe Illustrator Brushes 2020

If you’re looking for new and creative Illustrator brushes to expand your collection, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’re sharing a collection of handpicked and free Adobe Illustrator brushes in various categories.

Whether you’re an artist working on a new drawing or a designer enhancing a digital design, this list has all sorts of Illustrator brushes for everyone. Keep scrolling to explore the collection and be sure to download all the brushes. After all, they are free!

We’ve also created a quick guide on how to add brushes to Illustrator to help you out with installing these.

15 Most Useful Affinity Publisher Tutorials (+ Reviews) in 2020

Affinity Publisher Templates / 20 Jul 2020

15 Most Useful Affinity Publisher Tutorials (+ Reviews) in 2020

Affinity Publisher is a powerful design app available for Mac and Windows. It’s a standalone tool that is made for creating printed projects, such as magazines, brochures, posters, and other collateral pieces.

Use it to combine images and other graphic elements to create outstanding layouts for publishing. Whether you are new to Affinity Publisher or not, great tutorials can help you master specific or general skills to help you make the most of the tool. Here, we’ve collected some of the best to help you jumpstart projects.