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Flat designs are taking over quite quickly it seems. I doubt anyone could argue against it being the latest and greatest for (fairly) new trends on the web, in mobile devices, and even in print. The simple description for a flat style of design is one that lacks 3D effects, such as bevels or drop shadows.
The stylistic details of a flat design can vary somewhat, just as with most design styles. Usually, though, a flat design is quite minimalist with primary-ish colors and lots of “white space”. The font is usually thin without too much flare. Boxes and buttons are, of course, without strokes or 3D effects. Some flat designs do contain shadows, but these are usually flat-ish as well.
Whether you are new to flat design or simply need some fresh, new resources for your next project, most should be able to find a few items below to help. The list below is divided into 5 categories: UI kits, icons, templates, WordPress themes, and tutorials. The best part? All are free. The ones that specifically mention “free for commercial use” are noted as well. Have fun browsing and be sure to let us know of any other amazingly free flat resources.
A UI kit is a user interface collection that comes with all the parts and pieces you need to design your own website. Usually they are PSD but sometimes will come with other components as well. While you can use the color scheme in the file, you can create your own color scheme. They also come with patterns, brushes, and much more. Hence, UI kits save a web designer a lot of time, improving workflow and decreasing time spent on projects.
This post was originally published a few years ago, and many of the actions originally featured are no longer available. The post has been edited to remove the dead links and to improve the quality of the actions featured. Some of the actions originally included still remain, but you’ll now find a better selection and better quality.
Photoshop actions allow designers and photographers to automate common sequences for increased efficiency. If you do much work with photo editing you can certainly benefit from the time saved by having a good library of Photoshop actions. There are so many different types of actions that you can use from vintage effects, to black and white, to HDR and much more.
There are countless actions available that can be downloaded for free, and in this post we’ll feature 45 of them. Some of these are individual actions and others are sets that include multiple actions. These actions have been created by various designers and photographers and have been made available for free download.
Keep in mind that while Photoshop actions can be extremely useful and helpful, the results will vary from one photo to the next. Not every photo will look great with every action. Experiment with them and you’ll get a good feel for which actions work best with certain types of photos.
Drag-and-drop WYSIWYG website builders have always been a topic of mixed opinions, and strong feelings, in the web design and development industry. While WYSIWYG editors and builders have been popular for quite some time, in recent years new options have emerged and in some cases the quality of code produced has improved. With the massive numbers of users that industry leaders like Wix have been able to amass, it’s not a wise decision for most designers and developers to simply ignore WYSIWYG website builders.
If you’re a designer or developer that focuses on larger, more costly projects it is highly unlikely that your clients will decide to build their own website with a drag-and-drop editor. However, the vast majority of freelance designers and small studios work with many clients on small projects with very tight budgets. In these situations the clients may be looking at do-it-yourself options as real alternatives to hiring a designer/developer to create the site for them.
The potential of losing clients to do-it-yourself alternatives isn’t the only way that these website builders can impact designers. Some of the options are created specifically with designers in mind, with the goal of allowing designers to be able to create websites for clients in a more efficient way that will lead to better profitability for the designer. Because the quality of these options, for example Squarespace, have improved in recent years, a growing number of designers are using these drag-and-drop builders to create websites for clients rather than coding everything from scratch. With small projects and limited budgets, these options may allow a designer to turn a profit on a project that would otherwise not be worth their time.
Additionally, other website builders exist specifically to allow designers to create their own portfolio website and show off their work. These options can be great for designers that don’t code, for students who want to show their work to help land a job, and for designers who need to get a portfolio online quickly.
In this article we’ll take a detailed look at the topic of website builders. We’ll look at 13 of the leading options, along with pros and cons of using a website builder. This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of every website builder that is available. There are literally hundreds of options out there. In this article we’ll look at some of the most popular options, and we’ll also look at some that are created and marketed more towards designers. Of these options 3 of them work with WordPress and 2 of them are specifically for creating portfolio websites.
Leading Website Builder Options:
Did you ever finish a day of hard work and feel like you got nothing done?
Believe me, you’re not the only one. Time management is a challenge for many professionals, and web designers are no exception.
If you’re also a freelancer, how well you manage your time may also affect how much you earn. So, it’s important maximize your productivity whenever you can.
Unfortunately, we all have many demands on our time. Often, it’s the little things that slow us down the most–things we might not even think about.
In this post, I’ll show you how to increase your productivity by identifying three common problems that keep us from being as productive as we should be. I’ll also share 11 productivity tools to help you get better control of your time.
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
Testing is a critical part of the responsive web design process. The purpose of using a responsive layout is to make the website useful on any type of device, but without extensive testing it’s not possible to know for sure how the site is behaving in different situations. Fortunately, there are a number of different tools and resources available that can help you to test your responsive designs. In this article we’ll take a look at 10 helpful tools that you may want to try for yourself.
Respondr is a simple, but helpful, tool. You’ll just enter the URL of the site/page that you want to test, and then select the device of your choice. You can select an iPhone, iPad, or desktop. It then previews the page at the appropriate width.
Twitter’s Bootstrap has rapidly grown into one of the most popular frameworks for web designers and developers. Bootstrap aims to make web development faster and easier, and a growing number of designers and developers are working with Bootstrap.
There are a lot of benefits to using a framework like Bootstrap, most of them focusing on the increased efficiency for building modern and responsive websites. If you’re a Bootstrap user, or if you are interested in giving it a shot, there are several resources that can help with the visual design aspect of working with Bootstrap, and we’ll look at them in this article. There are far more resources that useful for working with Bootstrap in one way or another, but in this collection we are focusing on those resources that help with creating a visual design.
Bootstrap 2.0 Photoshop Template
This free PSD file includes loads of elements that can be used to create your own Bootstrap-based designs in Photoshop. It come with things like buttons, form elements, typography, navigation elements, tables, and much more. It’s also available for Fireworks.
So you’re a great designer, right? You create amazing sites that your clients fall in love with. But let me ask you something…what’s the conversion rate of the last website you created? I’m sure not many designers would be able to answer that question.
“We’re designers. That’s not a part of our job,” some of you might be thinking. Okay. But you do understand that people do not make websites just for the heck of it. Right? I mean, except for the reputation management clients who care no more than aesthetic appeal of the site, almost every website has a purpose. They want profits.
This purpose or conversion goal of the website can be anything from lead generation through form-filling, free-trial signups, and download brochure to direct sales from a website, like in the case of eCommerce websites.
The point is – if your design is in any way not doing a good job of helping people accomplish this conversion goal, no matter how beautifully designed your website might be, its value to your client decreases.
A common challenge during a web design project involves finding a way to display the relevant content in an attractive and usable manner. Carousels are often used for displaying images, text, and sometimes videos. If you’d prefer to save some time during the coding of the site you can use an existing jQuery plugin to create your carousel.
There are a lot of good scripts and plugins available, and in this article we’ll highlight 15 of them. Most of them are available for free download, but some of them are premium and must be purchased. Each comes with different features and options for customization. Hopefully you will find one that will be right for your next project.
iCarousel is a premium option (cost is $8 for a regular license) that supports touch gestures. It is highly flexible and customizable to allow you to create something unique. Both 2D and 3D options are available.
Hi everyone. We know it’s always better to keep your attention focused on doing a good job than losing time looking out for resources. That’s why we bring you a handy list of tools and plug-ins to save you time and keep your work going. Enjoy.