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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Typography is a crucial component of great designs involving text, so knowing as much as you can about it is an important step to becoming a great designer. This roundup of infographics will help you discover new and interesting things (as well as reinforce and reiterate stuff you already know) about typography.
Landing pages are web pages that primarily serve to convince site visitors to take an action (such as signing up for an account, buying a product, etc.) For inspiration, have a look at these 30 beautiful and well-designed landing pages. The landing pages featured in this showcase provide potential users with compelling information and calls-to-action about the featured product or service.
Recently, we hosted a giveaway of 3 VIP memberships to SnackTools which will be valid for 1 year and are worth $168 each. In this post, I’d like to let you know who the 3 lucky winners are.
Creativity is a rare beast. It’s a blessing if you’re born with it, a feat of accomplishment if you can learn it, and an act of kindness if you teach it. Right now, the pool of great designers is stocked with those just getting started in their careers and those who are looking to move on to more interesting opportunities. No matter what your reason is for seeking a creative career, or how great your work is, I’d like to share some tips and tricks that can help you ace your job interviews.
Using a big photo for a website’s background has become a popular trend. When used effectively, photos can bring a captivating design component to your site. The following are 30 excellent examples of websites that creatively use large photos as a background.