7 Creative Ideas for Custom Die Cutting

7 Creative Ideas for Custom Die Cutting

You could take a bunch of ordinary business cards, run your thumb across the stack, and never be able to tell the difference between any of them. Meanwhile, a business card that uses custom die cutting is unmistakable in both look and feel; you can’t help but notice it.

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10 Infographics for Learning About Responsive Web Design

10 Infographics for Learning About Responsive Web Design

Responsive web design, a technique that allows web designers to create flexible web page layouts that change depending on the screen size of the site visitor, allows us to optimize user experiences for the increasingly variable ways people are accessing the Web. If you’d like to learn a bit about this new web design technique, or if you need some basic educational resources to present to your clients, check out these responsive web design infographics.

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How to Make a Beautiful Landing Page with Photoshop

How to Make a Beautiful Landing Page with Photoshop

In this web design tutorial we will be creating a captivating landing page with Adobe Photoshop. There is nothing complicated with this design. This landing page layout can be used for many types of websites, so feel free to modify the text, navigation menu, imagery, icons, and so forth to match your own particular needs. Some example use cases of this landing page design: a downloadable product (such as an e-book), a design agency landing page, a web app landing page, or a mobile app landing page.

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Hand Lettered Typographic Illustrations By Sean McCabe

Hand Lettered Typographic Illustrations By Sean McCabe

With the conveniences you can find in digital graphics and illustration software like Photoshop and Illustrator, it’s getting harder and harder to find artists who choose to create their work using the tried-and-true medium of pen and paper. In this feature article, we explore the inspiring hand lettered work of 24-year-old San Antonio, Texas hand lettering artist, Sean McCabe.

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How to Make a Knob/Dial UI with Photoshop

How to Make a Knob/Dial UI with Photoshop

Using a knob (or dial) user interface is currently prevalent in mobile device and touchscreen app interfaces. You’re probably wondering how to make one. In this Photoshop tutorial, I’ll show you a quick and easy way to make a knob/dial user interface that you can build on and modify to suit your needs.

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What to Ask Your Client Before Creating Their Design Brief

What to Ask Your Client Before Creating Their Design Brief

Without an accurate, clear and concise design brief, you might as well be designing in the dark. Without good direction, you’ll find it almost impossible to create designs that are on brand, on budget, and tailored to your client’s target market. In this article, I’d like to suggest and discuss 10 questions to ask your clients that will help you produce good design briefs.

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6 Simple Tips for Becoming an Awesome Creative Director

6 Simple Tips for Becoming an Awesome Creative Director

You are already immersed in your industry’s magazines. You’ve been reading the top blogs on design for years. You’ve had multiple mentors tell you when you’re dead on and when you’re way off. And now you’ve been called up to the big leagues: You’re now a creative director — one of the highest positions you can attain in a career in the Design industry.

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10 Free E-Commerce WordPress Themes for Online Stores

10 Free E-Commerce WordPress Themes for Online Stores

If you’re on a shoestring budget and in need of an online store, consider downloading and installing one of these free e-commerce WordPress themes. WordPress’s ease of use, popularity, and huge collection of plugins make it a viable alternative to dedicated e-commerce software like Magento and OsCommerce.

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10 Websites Where You Can Get Free Stock Photos

10 Websites Where You Can Get Free Stock Photos

This list of free stock photo websites offers you a wide variety of options for finding stock photography images you can use in your design projects, blogs and other situations requiring graphics. An important note: Always read the licensing terms of the image you wish to use to determine how to use it appropriately.

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How to Give Your Photos a Retro Effect with Photoshop

How to Give Your Photos a Retro Effect with Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to apply a retro effect to your photos. We’ll use adjustment layers, Photoshop brushes, the Gradient Tool, the Brush Tool, Photoshop filters, etc. to mimic the colors, light leaks, film edge burns, overexposure and other characteristics of an old, retro photograph.

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Pinterest Boards for Designers to Follow

Pinterest Boards for Designers to Follow

There are thousands of Pinterest boards, and in this roundup, I’d like to share just a few of the finest in some central design-related categories like typography, logos, infographics, and more. Whether you’re new to Pinterest or already a seasoned veteran, these 24 design-related boards are definitely worth following.

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10 Free Sans Serif Fonts to Download

10 Free Sans Serif Fonts to Download

Sans serif fonts can help you create a modern and professional theme in your design projects. If you’re looking for some fonts to add to your collection, take a look at these free sans serif fonts.

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