Entries Tagged as 'Design'
Fonts and typography are an important part of any web design, and in recent years the possibilities have increased dramatically for web designers. There are a number of great tools and resources out there that can help you in various ways related to web design and typography. In this post we’ll showcase 10 resources that can prove to be useful in your own work. Some of them are free and others are commercial.
Font Squirrel is probably the font resource that I use the most in my own work. It is a site where you can download hundreds of free fonts, and best of all, they focus only on fonts that are licensed for commercial use. While there are plenty of sites out there that offer fonts for free download, if you have ever paid much attention to the licensing details you know that many of them are free for personal use only. Just when you think you’ve found the right font for your project it often turns out to be free for personal use only. You can avoid this frustration by using Font Squirrel.
The fonts at Font Squirrel are categorized by type, with categories like serif, sans serif, slab serif, grunge, handdrawn, and more. You can also download @font-face kits for fonts that are licensed accordingly, and they also offer a webfont generator.
For those designers who master the art of drawing and illustrating in Photoshop, the possibilities are just about endless. With some creativity and the necessary knowledge you can design or create just about anything.
In this post we’ll link to 25 different tutorials that are excellent if you are looking to learn more about drawing or illustrating in Photoshop. Follow a few of these step-by-step tutorials and you’ll pick up some new skills that you can put to good use in your own design projects.
Fact: Smashing Magazine puts out some of the most informative and helpful articles around for Web Designers. They even go 1 step further and collect some of their best articles into a series of printed and electronic books.
And now, thanks to this incredibly rare super deal, you can get full access to the entire eBook library from Smashing Books for 1 year.
Some of your web and web app design/development projects may involve an admin dashboard. Depending on the specifics of the project you may be able to save considerable time and money by using a pre-made template for the admin dashboard rather than creating it from scratch. The admin user interface can be an important part of the project in terms of usability, so you’ll want to be careful to select a quality template that is well suited to the needs of your project.
Here we will showcase 50 different admin dashboard themes/templates that can serve as a starting point in your own work. The templates sell for $10 – $25, so they can be a small investment that will save some precious time.
Crown - $25
Badges are versatile resources that can quickly add a unique yet refined look to your designs. Our friends at Vecteezy have shared not just one–but two packs of badges for our readers to enjoy absolutely free!
Included in this freebie are a set of 10 Wedding Badges PSDs and a set of 10 Outdoors and Nature Badges. So say “I do” to these Save the Date, Wedding, and Reception badges–each fully customizable to fit your unique wedding colors and themes. With such a wide variety of wedding-themed badges, this set is sure to come in handy no matter which stage of the planning process you’re in. Check them out!
Or maybe you’re working on a more rugged type of design. If that’s the case, we have a freebie for you too…
Are you short on time? Does it seem like your day rushes by, and yet again, you were unable to check off as many items on your to-do list as you had hoped?
If this rings true for you, as it does for most designers, you simply don’t have the time to sort through the virtual piles of online designs to find that ‘needle in a haystack’ to fit your latest design. So we’ve done some of the legwork for you. We’ve sorted through our extensive resources at Vandelay Premier to find what’s popular with web designers to bring you this list of Top 10 Vandelay Premier product picks! So sit back and relax, and enjoy these highlights of what other designers think are our most useful resources.
10. Illustrator Brush Stokes
This is a huge set of 55 art brushes that will allow you to easily create vector brush strokes in Illustrator.
Ask any designer and they’ll tell you that masking is painful, tedious work. But it’s necessary. For some images, it’s easy. But what if there are tons of different colors, a busy background, and some real fine details like crazy hair styles?
Yep, masking is painful, tedious work. And lucky for you, Mighty Deals has found a way to not only speed up the process, but make it infinitely easier to do as well. TheFluid Mask tool from Vertus will be the greatest edition to your designer’s toolbox yet and it will really speed up your work.
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Twitter’s Bootstrap framework has become incredibly popular since it was initially released in 2011. If you’re looking for a way to quickly build and deploy responsive websites, Bootstrap is a great option. While using any of the popular frameworks will involve a little bit of a learning curve, once you have adapted your process it can be much quicker for you to complete web design projects with the help of Bootstrap.
Another good thing about using Bootstrap is that there are loads of tools and resources available thanks to a growing community around the open-source project. You can purchase a great-looking template or theme built on Bootstrap for less than $20. Here we’ll take a look at 50 well-designed, and affordable, templates for Bootstrap.
Myway - $13
When it comes to creating beautiful and creative text effects Photoshop is the first choice for many designers. But Illustrator also provides plenty of potential and opportunities in this area.
In this post we’ll showcase 30 tutorials that explain the process to create different types of text effects in Adobe Illustrator. Following a few of these tutorials is a great way to brush up your own skills and learn some new things that you can apply in your own projects at some point in the future.
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It’s frustrating being a web developer. See, it’s tough enough creating an amazingly awesome website, making sure everything looks and functions properly. But once you’re done with that, then comes the real annoying part.
You need to test it on multiple browsers and devices. Not to mention different versions for each browser. Why, it’s a full-time job just making sure all your code is fully browser compatible.
Before you start banging your head against the incompatibility wall, though, you’ll want to see this.
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