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What Is IconShock? (& Get a Free Icon Set!)

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:00:15 +0000

IconShock has provided a great collection of unique virtual and augmented reality icons. Perfect for use in projects that relate to this new and growing industry, so we’re excited to bring you this exclusive, free icon set for you to download today, courtesy of their design team. Join us as we take a look at...



Design Trend: Using Authentic Imagery and Photos

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:20:46 +0000

The virtual world has to be authentic to captivate users. Childish imagery or clip-art just won’t cut it. But there are still so many websites out there that use over-the-top stock photos, or images that don’t resonate with readers. It’s a problem. To connect, you have to feel realistic and use authentic imagery and photos,...



20+ Best Facebook Cover & Post Mockups

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:00:15 +0000

If you’re a social media manager or a small business owner looking to supercharge your Facebook content strategy, then you’ve come to the right place. Developing high-quality content for Facebook can be tough when you’re managing everything by yourself. It’s easy for big corporations with big budgets to design unique and beautiful content to grow...



8 Rules for Creating Effective Typography

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:30:48 +0000

Today we’re going to discuss something that is both a hot trend and timeless art: typography. The basic rules outlined below will help you become more aware of how you structure and use typography in your designs. Being conscious of these rules can improve nearly everything you create that contains a headline or major typographic...



100+ MacBook PSD & Vector Mockups

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:00:55 +0000

Whether you’re looking for a mockup of the MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro, we have you covered today. We’re featuring a mix of photo mockups, realistic illustrations, and flat/stylised versions of these Apple notebooks. Totalling over a hundred different MacBook mockups, in all shapes and sizes, these are great for dropping in your own...



What’s Your Website’s Rage Grade? (Find Out Right Now)

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 10:01:33 +0000

Do you ever find yourself frustratedly clicking around a website, unable to find what you’re looking for? It happens to all of us sometimes. User frustration from website errors, dead clicks, abandoned forms and mouse-thrashing movement all contribute to your “Rage Grade” — a new metric available from FullStory’s platform. Today, we’re going to help you...



Simbla Website Builder: What’s Changed in 2017

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 14:00:17 +0000

With so many website builders on the market, it can be tough to decide what to use. Not anymore. Simbla is making the decision easy with a full-featured website builder and complete business suite and database. The tool includes everything you need to run pretty much any type of website or online store you can...



8 Ways to Use Hand Drawn Icons & Elements

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 13:01:23 +0000

While there’s often a focus on pixel-perfect design elements, they aren’t suitable for everything. Sometimes you want something with a little more… whimsy. Something a little more authentic! Hand drawn icons or elements can be just the right design technique to add something special to a project. While most designers won’t go crazy with elements...



15 Must-Ask Questions When Taking on a Website Project

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 14:00:15 +0000

The beginning of any new website design project can be a little nerve-wracking. Trying to determine if your style will match the client’s demands is often a challenge. Add on trying to decide what to charge, and taking on a new client can be a freelance web designer’s biggest nightmare. When you do it right,...



20+ Best Vinyl Mockups

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 14:00:43 +0000

Are you working on a vinyl cover design? Then we have a set of vinyl mockups that are perfect for showcasing your design to your client! People are now falling in love with vinyl records all over again. If you’re working on a vinyl design, you should consider treating your presentation with the same enthusiasm....



7 Tips for Creating a Website Header That Wows

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:00:34 +0000

A website header is often the first thing that a user sees. It can make or break the user experience, your branding, and much more! To help retain users and keep them moving through the design, you need to create a website header that wows. And not just on the homepage. On every single page...



7 Ways to Adapt Content for Better Mobile UX

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:00:50 +0000

The beginning of a great design starts with content. To make the most of a stellar mobile UX, the content might need to undergo a few tweaks and changes. But where do you start? How should content be adapted to work seamlessly on mobile devices? It starts with thinking about the way users interact with...



10 Awesome Places to Download Free Vector Art

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:00:40 +0000

Despite what many would think, the term web designer does not always imply artist. There are many very capable web developers and designers that are lucky to pull off a quality stick figure on most days. For those that are able to create complicated artwork, there are plenty of times when you’re up against a...



Tiny Text: 6 Ways to Use It Effectively in Web Design

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:00:03 +0000

One of the biggest trends in web design right now is super small. “Tiny” text elements have become a popular idea, but it’s a design trend that has spurred some debate. There’s no doubt that small text sizes can cause some readability concerns. But when done well, a small block of tiny text can actually...



50 Free & Premium Tumblr Themes

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:30:29 +0000

Tumblr has been the go to place for bloggers, inspiration finders, and creatives for years as a way of posting to the web. With that popularity came a whole culmination of themes. Themes varying from grid-based, portfolio style, and even ones specifically made for type. Today we’ve rounded up a collection of over 50 of...