6 Free Wall Textures for Your Designs

6 Free Wall Textures for Your Designs

This wonderful texture pack contains an assorted combination of 6 free wall textures that you can use in website backgrounds, poster designs, text effects, and more. The textures are huge (as much as 3500x2300px) and are shot in high resolution for excellent results. I hope you enjoy these free textures and are able to use them in your design projects!

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Can Card Sorting Improve the Usability of Your Designs?

Can Card Sorting Improve the Usability of Your Designs?

Card sorting is one of the most basic, easy-to-do usability testing techniques available at your disposal. There are already plenty of articles and tutorials that discuss how to conduct card sorting activities (like this one) so I will be skipping the basics. Instead, I will share some of the benefits I have derived from conducting card sorting tests during my experience as a usability analyst.

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30 Beautiful Mobile App Websites for Design Inspiration

30 Beautiful Mobile App Websites for Design Inspiration

Mobile apps often have a dedicated website or landing page for informing site visitors about the app’s features. This site also presents a great opportunity to gain more users and for getting the app seen and recognized by more people. Whether you’re in need of inspiration for your mobile app’s website design or simply want to look at well-designed websites in general, take a peep at the sites featured here.

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The Web Design Trend of Using Large Photos: 30 Examples

The Web Design Trend of Using Large Photos: 30 Examples

Using large photographic images as a prominent design element of a web page continues to be a popular web design trend today. In this showcase, you’ll find a few good examples — 30 to be exact — of websites that use large photos in their design.

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How to Design a Logo: A 5-Step Process

How to Design a Logo: A 5-Step Process

An experienced logo designer knows that designing a great logo requires an equally great design process to ensure that the outcome is outstanding. I have broken down the logo design process into five steps that will create an effective pathway from initial brief to final presentation. Though each designer will have his or her own process, I would like to discuss a process that has worked for me and other logo designers.

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Free Marble Textures

Free Marble Textures

These 5 free high resolution marble textures can be downloaded and used in your personal and commercial projects. The textures are available in JPG format. Each marble texture is over 4900x3200px, making them suitable for a wide variety of situations.

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10 Free Calligraphy Fonts to Download

10 Free Calligraphy Fonts to Download

The art of calligraphy is a centuries-old craft that’s steadfastly becoming a rarity in our digitally dominated world. The featured free calligraphic fonts in this collection are excellent in design projects that want to embody the graceful and endearing imperfections that are intrinsically a part of human handwriting.

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5 Mantras That Will Help You Take Better Photos

5 Mantras That Will Help You Take Better Photos

What’s the best way to improve your photos? In my experience, I’ve found that improving my photographs begins with a good frame of mind and a set of philosophies.

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Amazing Character Illustrations by Christopher Lee

Amazing Character Illustrations by Christopher Lee

Designing characters sounds like a dream job: Who wouldn’t want to illustrate and draw for a living? But it takes a massive amount of talent and skills in order for you to succeed in this highly desirable career path. In this feature article, you’ll discover the excellent character illustrations of California-based designer, illustrator and "action figure connoisseur" Christopher Lee.

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10 Useful Digital Photography Tutorials for Beginners

10 Useful Digital Photography Tutorials for Beginners

Are you a beginner looking for good digital photography tutorials? The great news for you is there’s plenty of free online tutorials and guides to help you get started with digital photography. In this article, I’ve put together 10 of the best beginner-level photography tutorials I could find. I also listed additional websites at the end where you can find even more beginner-level tutorials, guides, and blog posts on digital photography.

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Marketing Yourself as a Designer is All About Making Stuff

Marketing Yourself as a Designer is All About Making Stuff

It seems that too often great designers get lost in the mix simply because they don’t take the time to market themselves well. I mean let’s face it, most designers — especially those of us working independently/freelance — find ourselves continually juggling the roles of accountant, salesperson, and marketer, and rarely do we find the energy or resources to really develop big marketing strategies after all of our other tasks are done. And, while many do just fine with personal web portfolios, growing competition is making getting noticed harder and harder.

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30 Beautiful Examples of Design Agency/Studio Websites

30 Beautiful Examples of Design Agency/Studio Websites

Looking at the company websites of design agencies and studios can give you a quick burst of creative inspiration because they must, as a matter of professional obligation, exhibit good design. Also, you can study their site’s design to uncover cutting edge trends — and recently, these are responsive web design, single-page sites, flat UI, and minimalist designs — to catch up on the latest web design styles and techniques. In this showcase, you’ll find the beautiful websites of some top-notch design agencies/studios.

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