Website Building Tools You Should Try in 2019

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Website builders are not new. But they have evolved through the years to become more powerful and more flexible. They are more efficient, and better able to meet the demands of new technologies. Today’s website-building tools can help individuals, teams, and businesses. They help to build anything from a simple...

7 Spring Cleaning Essentials for Web Designers

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It’s the first day of Spring! As you look to clean up other parts of your life (e.g. your home, your refrigerator, your yard) make the cleanup of your web design business a priority as well. If you’re anything like me, you set aside time later in the week or...

Copyright Basics for Graphic Designers

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As designers, it is crucial to know and understand some of the copyright laws, design patents, and trademark issues that exist today. Copyright laws exist to protect artwork, illustrations, photographs, and other graphical imagery. This doesn’t apply if you are a painter or if your work is a fixed form...

What’s New For Designers, March 2019

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This month we are all about tools that make life easier. And that’s exactly what you’ll find in this roundup of new things for designers – from color tools to workflow enhancers to code snippets to fonts that will make you smile, everything here can make your design life easier....

Popular Design News of the Week: March 11, 2019 – March 17, 2019

Apps CSS Design Inspiration UX Design WordPress

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out...

11 Best Adobe Illustrator Plugins for Designers

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Adobe Illustrator is a powerful vector based program that lets you create and customize vector-based shapes, text, and artwork. Even though it comes with many built-in features there are areas where it falls short. It doesn’t necessarily work with all programs and sometimes lacks the shapes and elements that designers often...

Thoughts on Designing for the Existence of Children

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Ah, kids…The light of our lives. They bring joy, fulfillment, laughter, and love. Then they start crying, and I hand them right back to their parents. Don’t get me wrong. I like children in the abstract. I believe they are the future, and so they should be protected and nurtured…elsewhere....

Case Study: Killer Marketing Can’t Overcome Poor UX

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In 2014, I was a busy, young software engineer working full-time for a tech company in London. On a quest to be hyper efficient, I was always was on the hunt for user-friendly tools that would streamline my workflows and cut back on paper usage, which proved to be a...

14 Best Isometric Mock Up Templates

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As designers, you are always looking for new ways to present your work to your clients. Isometric templates can help showcase your work in a realistic way. As a creative professional, you know that your work is only done after the presentation. With the help of isometric mockup templates, you...

Enhancing Website Design with UX Writing

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As a UX writer, it’s my job to know how to create web copy that convinces readers to take action. That said, it doesn’t matter how engaging of a story I craft for my clients’ web pages or blog posts. If what I’ve written looks terrible on the page, no...

10 Best Corporate Website WordPress Themes and Templates

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If you are looking to download a versatile corporate theme, you would want to check out the multipurpose and beautiful themes featured in this roundup. In this article, we have gathered some handy tips and features that come with each theme (or a template) to help you find the best...

20 Best New Portfolios, March 2019

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It’s March, dear Readers, and here in Monterrey, the weather can’t seem to make up its darned mind. Is it Spring? Early Summer? Are we getting a plague of groundhogs? None can tell. On the whole, it would be best to stay inside, grab a nice beverage that could be...

Popular Design News of the Week: March 4, 2019 – March 10, 2019

Apps CSS Design Fonts Inspiration UX Design

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out...

The Hidden Costs of Minimalism in Design

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Minimalism often comes with a hidden cost to users Minimalism is a trend that has largely defined the best part of the last decade. Its rise to prominence came as a reaction to the abundance of heavy styling which preceded it. It offered a simpler and cleaner design direction for...

Best Practices for Combining Typefaces / Fonts

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Combining typefaces is an art. The best part about art and design is that once you give shape to a form, you are free to explore different styles, techniques, and combinations to communicate a message. That being said, you have to understand the basics of typographic design to be able to...

6 Things To Discuss With Your Web Developer Before Kickoff

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So you’re designing a new website or online store, and you need a web developer. You might need them to develop a site from scratch. Or maybe you just need them to work through some tweaks, changes, issues, or extra functionality. Either way, your relationship with your web developer can...

25 Effective Design Portfolio Websites

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The portfolio websites of designers are often excellent sources of inspiration. Portfolio sites frequently demonstrate exceptional creativity and attention to detail, and they often showcase creativity and take some risks that may not be possible with other types of websites. In this post we’ll take a look at what makes...

7 Best Photoshop Actions for Web Designers

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Photoshop is a powerful tool that can help you create great work. Designers usually use this tool to create custom graphics, web layouts, sometimes even to sketch prototype ideas for clients. One of the best aspects of Photoshop is its action feature. If you are looking for ways to automate...

Is Social Media Hurting Your Web Design Business?

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Social media is an interesting thing. As web design professionals, it can be a great opportunity to share your work and get in front of prospects who might otherwise never find you online. But for as much good as social media can do to propel your marketing efforts, it has...

17 Plugins, Tutorials, and Resources for Gutenberg

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The WordPress community officially has Gutenberg fever. While there has been some grumbling (and not without some cause), the blocky little editor that could, has gone mainstream. People have been building, writing, collating, and generally just adapting to the changes, and I’m here to show you some of what they’ve...

Popular Design News of the Week: February 25, 2019 – March 3, 2019

Adobe Apps CSS Design Inspiration Photoshop UX Design WordPress

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out...

Web Design Mega Menu Examples for Design Inspiration

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Mega menus are often used on large sites that have the considerable number of pages for users to navigate. Rather than just using a dropdown, the mega menu opens offering more options. While mega menus can make it easier for users to get deeper into a site with fewer clicks,...

What is a web design proposal? How do you write one?

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Writing a web design proposal is a time-consuming and monotonous task – when done right, it can be a successful business foundation for your design business. Knowing and building your copy around important aspects of the work will help you craft an effective proposal that will match the complexity of...

How to Make Gamification Work on the Web

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The somewhat controversial topic of the usefulness of gamification in business has been sparking debates recently. One claim is that it’s a great business tool that helps engage and retain clients, as well as lead them in the right direction. The opposite view holds that there are few real successes...

10 Real-World Reasons Designers Should Know SEO

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For web designers today, creating a website can mean a whole lot than just functionality, usability and aesthetic appeal. Today, every new-born website requires a thorough integration of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) protocols to become crawlable and get indexed by search engines such as Google. A good website can attract...

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