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5 Ways to Learn Web Design: Which Is Right for You?

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:00:02 +0000

The web design education industry has exploded from a small niche to a powerful, continually expanding force. Countless people all over the planet are interested in learning about how to build and design websites, and tons of companies are cropping up promising the ultimate solution. The good news for you is that increased competition in...

6 Professional Monospaced Fonts for Designers

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:00:31 +0000

It’s easy to underestimate the potential of monospaced fonts, labelling them as a simplistic and uninspired. But that’s often far from the case. You might be missing out on an opportunity to add more originality to your work. When used properly, a monospaced font can add more value to your design than many other creative...

Design Trend: Waves and ‘Soft’ Lines

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:00:48 +0000

There’s a softer design trend taking over website projects – waves and soft lines. Where backgrounds have been dominated by single “flat” color, we’re seeing a shift toward curved lines and waves. The elements are lighter, softer and evoke a different overall feel for the design. What’s especially nice is that waves and softer lines...

10 Awful Client Cliches That Make Every Designer Cringe

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:00:18 +0000

This is the third part in our series all about making fun of design related clichés that drive us all crazy. We put out the word on Twitter and asked for some of the worst things that you hear again and again from clients. The following are some of our favorites! We’ve already picked on...

100+ iPhone PSD & Vector Mockups

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:00:35 +0000

A gorgeous iPhone mockup graphic is the perfect way to demonstrate your app, website, or user interface. We’ve collected over a hundred of the best iPhone mockups, in all shapes and sizes, for your next project. A well-designed mockup can make your app or website interface stand out from the crowd, and it’s the perfect...

5 Cliche Logo Design Trends to Avoid

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:00:19 +0000

Logos are one of the trickiest things to get right in the graphic design world. It takes almost zero talent to make a logo — virtually anyone can do it. However, making a good logo requires a lot of insight, artistic skill and patience. Too often we see designers falling into the trap of rushing...

30+ Best Music & Band Flyer Templates

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:00:14 +0000

Whether you’re working on a flyer design for your band’s next gig, or planning a big music festival, you’re going to need an awesome music or band flyer template. We’ve tracked down some of the best modern, stylish music flyer templates to help you start designing a flyer for your band’s next event. It doesn’t...

7 Ways to Save Time as a Designer

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:00:28 +0000

“If only I had more time!” Do you hear yourself saying this about projects from time to time? (I know I’m guilty.) Time can be one of the biggest obstacles to getting more done as a freelance designer. But you can find more time and get more done — and that’s good for your bottom line....

5 Former Design Trends That Aren’t Cool Anymore (So Stop Using Them)

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:00:27 +0000

If you’re like me, looking at your own design work from a few years ago can often result in some laughable or even cringe-worthy moments. Design styles have been steadily evolving and most of us can’t help but be affected by these changes. Who among us hasn’t piled on the cheesy Photoshop layer effects, all...

Flat Design: An Evolving Trend

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:53:42 +0000

Is the flat design trend finished? We don’t think so. It’s not dead yet. But the trend has evolved to be less stark and more engaging for users. The early days of flat design were marked by a complete lack of design elements such as shadows, gradients, or realistic elements with texture. Many of those...

30 Food & Drink Menu Templates

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:00:29 +0000

Food and restaurant menu templates can streamline the branding process for you if you’re a restaurant owner or a designer working for the food industry. These menu templates are readily available, easy to customise, and can be a life saver in situations where you have to meet a tight deadline. In this article, we’ve gathered...

What Is Anticipatory Design, and How Do You Use It?

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:00:19 +0000

Do you ever get overwhelmed by the number of choices you have to make in a day? It’s a pretty common phenomenon. The same can happen when a user visits a website. Too many choices can fatigue the user and totally overwhelm the senses. The solution is up to the designer – to create a...

Design an Ambigram Logo With Your Name

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 14:00:28 +0000

Ambigrams are a particularly complex type of typographical art that can be read identically in different orientations. They typically take the form of a word that reads the same way upside down as it does right side up. Today we’re going to see what’s involved in creating ambigrams and walk through creating a basic one...

Are You Mentally Overwhelming Users? (And How to Stop Doing It)

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 14:00:47 +0000

The internet is a tangled mess that’s visually overloaded. There’s so much to look at… and read… and comprehend, that it can be difficult to find focus and figure out what is important. If your design is visually overloaded, chances are that you are overwhelming users and they are leaving your website or app. So...

40+ Best Big, Poster Fonts of 2017

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:33:56 +0000

When it comes to designing posters and banners, there’s one thing that matters the most: the font. A poster without a great, attention-grabbing title is simply not an effective poster. A great poster font has the power to turn even the simplest layout into a powerful design. As Irene Etzkorn once said, “There is no...