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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.

Show Real Time Weather Data With Weatherstack

Reviews / 16 Sep 2019

Show Real Time Weather Data With Weatherstack

What’s the forecast? Answer the question on your website, or in your app, with weatherstack, a freemium API that gives you access to real-time and historical weather information.

Weather information can be beneficial for several different website types and applications, but all weather data isn’t equal. weatherstack goes into a greater level of depth than many other options and surfaces the data in a super easy-to-use way.

Here’s a look at how to use this tool and how to make it work for you.

Snag the Perfect URL With Instant Domains

Reviews / 28 Aug 2019

Snag the Perfect URL With Instant Domains

Almost everyone knows the value of a great domain name. It can be the thing that helps people find you online and drive traffic to your business, blog, or portfolio.

Many people own multiple domain names with different extensions to help make their websites easy to find. This might include having mybusiness.com, mybusiness.net, mybusiness.co, and so on.

InstantDomains is a tool that can help you find a great domain name, generate a name if you don’t have one in mind, and even find and secure that name across multiple extensions.

Here, we’re going to take a look at the tool and how it can work for you.

UX Designers Will Love Phrase

Reviews / 19 Aug 2019

UX Designers Will Love Phrase

Have you ever struggled with translation management across languages for a website project? It can be a complicated task to navigate. Phrase is designed to make it a lot easier, saving UX designers time and effort during website builds.

Phrase is a translation management solution for software products. It’s built with designers in mind, and their recently released Sketch Plugin can be incredibly helpful for anyone designing with multiple languages in mind.

We’re taking a look at the broad tool, as well as the new Sketch Plugin, and explaining how it works.

How to Create a Brand and Social Graphics With Placeit

Reviews / 2 Jul 2019

How to Create a Brand and Social Graphics With Placeit

One of the biggest challenges in today’s online and digital landscape is getting your presence or business online fast. You need a brand, logo, and social media profiles that shine to help get your efforts off the ground.

Design tools can help. Even for those with little design experience, a good tool can help you create a logo and brand as well as create elements to share on social media.

Best of all, you can get started in just a few minutes. That’s where Placeit comes in.

Jumpstart Your Career With This UX Design Bootcamp

Reviews / 12 Jun 2019

Jumpstart Your Career With This UX Design Bootcamp

The next level of your career starts now. If you’ve been looking to enhance your skills or break into UX design, formalized training might be the next logical step.

Springboard, an online school designed for skills that today’s workers need, is accepting applications for the next UX Design Bootcamp. This is more than an online class, it’s an intensive course that includes a design project in the industry, one-on-one mentoring, and even a guarantee that you’ll find a job in the field.

Here’s how the program works.

Core: Jump Start Your Website Design

Reviews / 27 May 2019

Core: Jump Start Your Website Design

Have you ever started building a project with a user interface kit and wished there were more to it? Core might be the fix to that common problem.

Core is a front-end feature kit packed with essential project building blocks, and you can get it free from Mason. Usability is the key feature of this kit. So many UI kits look great but fail in the actual use department. Not Core. It’s beautiful and usable.

Here’s a look at Core and what it can do for you.

FilmHERO: Stock Video Made Easy

Reviews / 23 May 2019

FilmHERO: Stock Video Made Easy

Do you find yourself asking where other websites find such amazing video clips?

You don’t need a monster budget to get high-quality video for your website. With the right stock video, you can create a custom website experience that uses one of the trendiest and most engaging elements out there.

FilmHERO is a good place to start. The video provider has a huge collection of video clips that you can download and use in any number of projects. Here’s how it works.

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.