The makers of NotifySnack, a useful tool for adding prominent notifications and messages on your websites, is giving away 3 VIP memberships (good for one year) to the SnackTools suite of web applications (which includes NotifySnack, their newest addition) — a prize worth $168. Read this post to learn how you can win one of these VIP memberships.
I’ve been using an iPhone since the first generation of its kind came out, so as you can probably guess, I’d be naturally drawn to sites that somehow incorporate this ubiquitous smartphone into their design. For fun, I decided to scour the Web for websites that use iPhones as a prominent design component, and in this collection, I’d like to show you what I found.
For this giveaway, we’ve collaborated with one of the oldest themes/template companies on the Web, TemplateMonster, to give out 3 premium Joomla templates of the winners’ choice. These Joomla themes are normally $50 to $85 bucks but it can be yours for free if you win! To participate in the giveaway, read this post.
You’ll be astonished to discover that the 3D typography illustrations you’re about to see are drawn by hand, and not by any 3D graphics software. Uber-talented Brazilian graphic designer and illustrator Marcelo Schultz has mastered the technique of creating eye-grabbing hand-lettered 3D typography, and for this feature article, he shared with us his workflow process and what it’s like to be an artist living in Brazil.
Elegant, sophisticated, and classy are a few adjectives that come to mind when I think of serif fonts. Serif fonts, which have origins as far back as 700 BC, are timeless. Check out my hand-picked collection of free serif fonts that you can download and install in your computer. Make sure to read the licensing terms of the fonts before using them.
Woodworm is any wooden item that’s been infested by wood-eating bugs. These woodworm textures have holes and rotting areas as a result of being feasted on. There are 5 high-resolution textures included in this pack, taken by a professional-grade DSLR camera.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a simple slider user interface (UI) using Photoshop. We’ll use basic (but powerful) Photoshop features — shapes and layer styles — to achieve our goal.
Sharp, blocky surfaces and simple geometric shapes, harmonized with organic textures and superfine environmental details create such a distinctive viewing experience of 3D illustrator and exhibit designer Tim Reynolds’s group of personal projects called "Low-Poly, Isometric Worlds" and "Low-Poly, Non-Isometric Worlds." Get inspired, learn about low-poly, find out about Reynolds’s creative process and see a hand-picked selection of his work in this feature article.
When used properly, photos are effective, information-dense content that can quickly send your intended message to your audience. However, using the wrong photos can degrade your users’ experience on your site. In this article, I’ll go over 8 potential issues your photos can have that will lead to poor website usability.
In this freebie, you’ll be getting an assortment of 6 hand-drawn vector arrows you can use for your illustrations and graphic design work. This free download comes in 3 vector file formats: AI, EPS and PDF.
In this short tutorial, I’ll show you how to create gold text using one of the most powerful features of Photoshop: Layer Styles (read this guide on Layer Styles if you’re not familiar with this feature). Once we’re done, we’ll be able to save our layer style and apply it every time we need gold text in our designs.
Whether it’s just a quick sketch in your notebook or a post-it note, a wireframe made using your favorite graphics software, or a high-fidelity mockup created by a web app — incorporating some form of prototyping within your workflow is a critical step. I’d like to share some reasons why I believe prototyping is an integral part of the design process.