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Search for any design-related term and you'll be greeted by a wall of competition. From invasive AdWords pitches to aggressively marketed websites, online competition in the web design world is rapidly approaching its breaking point. Small...
Cash flow is crucial for any business, but especially important for small businesses and freelancers. When you think back to when you first started your freelance design career, you probably didn’t expect to spend so much time chasing down...
Good typography is paramount to any good design. An otherwise-beautiful design can really suffer if the typography choices are wrong. But combining fonts beyond the basic serif/sans-serif pairing can be tricky and confusing to a lot of designers....
Many online resources exist for designers to explore, tweak and download great color combinations. Playing with complementary, analogous, monochromatic and other combinations opens us to exciting possibilities, and there’s no shortage...
The vintage and retro style is becoming more and more popular in today's digital artwork. The use of retro and vintage themes in design is probably one of the most pervasive trends since the industry went almost completely digital. In today's...
If an organization’s goal is for people to inquire, then its website’s contact page is among its most critical assets. No matter what the organization promotes, the contact (or sign-up) page is the last step in the sales pitch. This is what...
Photoshop is probably one of the most indispensable pieces of software in a designer's toolbox. It can be used for everything from retouching photos to creating entire web layouts or original artwork. And specific design tutorials are a great...
In this post, we'll discuss how a thoughtful, well-designed business card can help your company give a good first impression and send the right message. We'll look at elements to include in your design and the different approaches to take....
Bad stock photography is a cliché, there's nothing worse than going to an "about us" page and seeing a bunch of people in suits with telephone headsets who all look really happy. Good stock photography on the other hand has a lot of value, the...
Do you want a simpler design for your blog? One that’s lean, elegant and attractive? Well, there are five easy steps to making your blog look better and to attracting more subscribers, customers and members. And you don’t have to be a design...
Usually the subject of contrast is reserved for beginners. Books will say "black and white have contrast, red and orange do not" - but there's so much more to it. Beginners books usually only touch on color contrast, but what about size and shape...
On screen, the colors of pixels are a mix of red, green and blue values. A fourth value, opacity, controls how pixels blend with pixels laid over them. In image-editing programs such as Photoshop, changing the opacity of a layer is easy but not...
Sometimes, web stores get too artsy with their designs. Some use flash animations that can slow down the shopper’s browser, while others use color schemes that send the wrong signals to shoppers. There are many cases where experienced web...
Let's face it, we designers love to start from scratch. For example: How may times do we revamp our own portfolios? Staying simple is crucial when starting from scratch. We hear this “staying simple” phrase a lot these days. Is it just a bunch...