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In-depth reviews of different online services, website builders, themes, and tools that can help you in your work as a designer.

IP Geolocation API: Better Understand Website Visitors

Reviews / 15 May 2019

IP Geolocation API: Better Understand Website Visitors

Where are your website users coming from? That’s a common question that many website owners don’t always know the answer to. Understanding where users come from—and information about their location—can be important to the functionality of your website.

Just think, you could push notifications at time zone appropriate times, or adjust language, design, or layout based on the location of a website visit.

Geolocation data can help you create a more valuable experience for website visitors. And the free IP Geolocation API is a tool that can help. Here’s a look at it and how it works.

3 Ways to Boost Your Resume With Parsons at Open Campus

Reviews / 29 Apr 2019

3 Ways to Boost Your Resume With Parsons at Open Campus

Spend your summer days building on your professional foundation, and emerge this fall poised to take on new challenges. Whether you have your eye on that promotion, a new side hustle, or a career shift, boost your resume by pursuing industry-recognized credentials through Parsons at Open Campus.

Designed with working professionals in mind, Open Campus is The New School’s destination for continuing and professional education, drawing upon the vast resources of the top-ranked Parsons School of Design.

At Parsons at Open Campus, students learn from leading experts at the top of their field, develop professional portfolios for further career advancement, and expand their networks. Courses are available on campus in New York City and online to help you gain future-facing skills while providing flexible study options to fit into your busy schedule.

How do you get started? Here are three certificates offering key skills to make your resume stand out.

Videvo: Free, High-Quality Visuals for Your Website

Reviews / 8 Apr 2019

Videvo: Free, High-Quality Visuals for Your Website

Looking to create more engagement or interaction on your website? Video might be the answer.

According to some of the latest data, using video can increase engagement, is a favorite among website visitors and customers, and actually increases overall return on investment. The takeaway? You need to be using video content.

If you aren’t sure where to start, look no further than Videvo. It’s packed with stock videos that you can download and use in projects. Here’s how it works.

Freepik: More Than Just Stock Photos

Reviews / 1 Apr 2019

Freepik: More Than Just Stock Photos

If you are anything like me, design goodies can make your day. And free design goodies can have me doing a little dance around the office for a minute before getting back to work.

Freepik is one of those tools that might get you on your feet. Their website is packed with highly usable design tools and resources.

We’re going to take a look at what Freepik is, what you can find, and how you can use these tools in your design projects.

How to Find the Right Name for Your Small Business

Reviews / 12 Mar 2019

How to Find the Right Name for Your Small Business

One of the toughest challenges for a startup can be actually coming up with a great name – and website domain – for the business.

While the brainstorming process can be a lot of fun for some, it can also get taxing. Using a tool to facilitate the process can help. That’s where a tool like Business Name Generator can come in.

Here’s a look at the tool and how it could help your small business or startup.

Create Banner Ads Online With Bannersnack

Reviews / 1 Mar 2019

Create Banner Ads Online With Bannersnack

Building banner ads doesn’t have to be a chore. From static ads to animated HTML5 banner ads, Bannersnack is a tool that allows you to create quick and visually appealing ads for any application.

Here, we’re going to look at this tool and how you can make the most of creating stunning banner ads in just a few minutes with Bannersnack.

Forget firing up Photoshop, figuring out ad dimensions, and starting from scratch. This is a new way of approaching the whole process.

How to Create Your Own Stock Photos With Photo Creator

Reviews / 1 Mar 2019

How to Create Your Own Stock Photos With Photo Creator

The problem with stock photos has always been that they are never quite what you envision. The new Photo Creator tool from Icons8 solves that dilemma.

This neat tool actually allows you to create stock photos with elements that you can choose, move, and place inside a basic scene.

The result is a “semi-stock” photo that does exactly what you need to tell a story in your design project. Here’s how it works, and how to use it to create a stock photo that perfectly fits your needs.

Need a Logo Fast? Try Logobee

Reviews / 25 Feb 2019

Need a Logo Fast? Try Logobee

Rush jobs. We all know how they can sneak up on us as designers. The real pickle is one of those rush jobs includes a logo. Logobee provides a quick tool to help designers – and even beginners – create a quick, simple logo in just a few minutes.

Here’s a look at the tool so you can decide if it will work for you.

We’ll walk you through the features, how to use it, and explain where and when it can be helpful for designers and non-designers alike.

Userstack: Detect Browsers and Devices in Real-Time

Reviews / 30 Jan 2019

Userstack: Detect Browsers and Devices in Real-Time

Behind every good website is a set of powerful data and tools that ensure that you are connecting with users in a way that creates targeted experiences and conversions.

One of the best ways that you can ensure these user experiences are the best they can be is to tailor content to the users’ device type. You probably know that already, but do you know how to get that information and use it well?

Userstack is an instant, secure user-agent string lookup JSON API that detects any browser, device and operating system in real-time so you can deliver optimum content to users. Here’s a look at this tool and how it works.

10 Professional PowerPoint Templates (And How to Use Them)

Business / 24 Jan 2019

10 Professional PowerPoint Templates (And How to Use Them)

Let’s face it, not everyone has the time or energy to design a pixel-perfect PowerPoint slideshow for every presentation they make. This is where professional PowerPoint templates can be a live-saver!

Whether you’re in charge of designing a slideshow for the weekly team meeting, or a freelancer pitching to clients, designing unique and attractive PowerPoint presentations for each meeting can be a painful task—even for a pro.

Well, let’s change that, shall we? In this post, we’re going to show you a very simple way you can make stunning presentations using professional PowerPoint templates that will knock your client’s socks off.

Indigo.Design: One Tool for Design, Prototyping & App Development

Reviews / 4 Jan 2019

Indigo.Design: One Tool for Design, Prototyping & App Development

Designers, rejoice! There’s now one tool that can help you create a visual design, do the UX prototyping, generate code and develop apps. And it all happens in one environment.

Indigo.Design, from Infragistics, is made so that you can take designs from Sketch and get Angular apps to create modern and fast mobile experiences. Here’s a look at the tool to help you decide if it is right for your projects.

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.