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.
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.
Sketchbooks are where ideas and great work often begin. A sketchbook is a journal of the creative process, giving you absolute freedom to explore, express and discover your concepts. If you’re looking for sketchbook ideas — whether you’re just starting to sketch or need inspiration for your existing sketchbooks — take a peep at these remarkable examples of sketchbook drawings by talented individuals.
While in the real world split-flap displays are becoming obsolete in favor of digital displays in places like airports, train stations, bus stations, and so forth, they still live on as a symbol of travel. Whether you use them in app interfaces or a vintage-inspired design, I’m sure that you’ll find this tutorial interesting and useful. In this tutorial, we will use Photoshop to create a split-flap display.
Whether you’re a hobbyist photographer or a full-on professional, there’s no doubt that keeping your photos organized is a task in and of itself. Thankfully, with just a little forethought and some patience, you’ll be working better and more efficiently in the Library module in Lightroom. Just keep these quick tips in mind.
In the increasingly competitive mobile app market, everything you can do to set your app apart is important. Spanish designer and illustrator Román Jusdado is known in the industry as someone who creates remarkably detailed, realistic and eye-grabbing iOS app icons that make such a memorable impression on the people that see them. In this feature article, I’ll present to you the work of this talented designer.
Are you looking for some fabric textures to use in your digital design and art projects? Here’s an assortment of 6 free fabric textures you can download and use in your personal and commercial projects.
Using textures in a website’s design gives it an interesting and organic-like element. Do you like using textures in your web design projects? If so, have a look at these excellent web designs that have textured elements.
In this Photoshop tutorial, we’re going to create a simple set of square push buttons that can be useful in your user interface (UI) designs. The aesthetic of these buttons is inspired by Braun industrial products made during the 60’s, which were designed by the legendary designer, Dieter Rams.
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.
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.
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.