The Problem with RFPs is That They’re Like Dating Sites

The Problem with RFPs is That They’re Like Dating Sites

I used to have a profile on Match.com. I met a lot of nice people though online dating. But ultimately, it never work out for me. I found that online dating was a limiting and awkward way to start a relationship. Requests for proposals (RFPs) are just as bad.

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5 Free High-Resolution Wood Textures

5 Free High-Resolution Wood Textures

This free pack of wood textures can be used in your design and digital art projects. The textures are each sized at 1356x2048px, which gives you the chance to use them in a big variety of ways. I shot these textures using a Nikon D700 DSLR camera to ensure high-resolution results for you. Enjoy!

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Have Fun with Photoshop: 10 Amusing Tutorials to Try

Have Fun with Photoshop: 10 Amusing Tutorials to Try

Though Photoshop is a serious and powerful industry-standard graphics editor used by creative professionals throughout the world, sometimes you just want to have a bit of fun with your photos. If you’d like to learn how to apply surreal effects to your own photos to impress your friends on Facebook and Instagram, read these Photoshop tutorials.

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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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