20+ Best Background Templates

Designing the header section of a website is one of the most difficult parts of the entire website design process. You have to think about your content arrangement, the font size of the headline, product image placements, menu design, and much more to get it just right. But, background templates can help to give you a great head start! Background templates are customizable background designs crafted by professional designers with the proper content layouts for you to use with your own projects. The templates are available in vector format to let you easily edit the text, colors, and everything else to make a unique design for your own website or print design. Creative Landing Page Background Template Creativity is a big part of website design. This colorful and attractive background template will help you design a creative and modern landing page header or a banner. The template is available in Read the full article…

30+ Best Poster Mockup Templates 2019

Without the right poster mockup to showcase your work professionally, your poster design doesn’t have the chance to stand out from the crowd. It’s often easy to overlook the way you present and showcase your designs! That’s why it’s worth investing in a set of useful mockup templates. If you’re working on a poster design right now, you’re in luck. Because we’ve picked out a collection of beautiful poster mockups just for you from Envato Elements, which you can use for presenting your work. Have a look! Hands Holding Poster Mockup Template If you’re looking for a unique mockup template to showcase a creative poster design, this template is the perfect choice for you. It features a mockup layout to show your poster being held by two hands. The template features organized layers and smart objects for easier editing as well. Works With: Adobe Photoshop Dimensions: 4288 x 4500 Minimal Read the full article…

Designing For Users Across Cultures: An Interview With Jenny Shen

Designing For Users Across Cultures: An Interview With Jenny Shen Designing For Users Across Cultures: An Interview With Jenny Shen Rachel Andrew 2019-05-20T13:30:59+02:002019-05-21T10:34:26+00:00 In this video, we are pleased to feature Jenny Shen who is a UX Consultant and has worked with numerous startups and brands including Neiman Marcus, Crate&Barrel, eBuddy, IBM, TravelBird and Randstad. Her current focus is helping businesses innovate and designing inclusive product experiences for global users. She is interviewed by Jason Pamental, who has already spoken at our San Francisco conference. Jason is a strategist, designer, technologist, and author of Responsive Typography from O’Reilly. In their conversation, we discover how we can approach localizing and internationalizing our websites, over and above simply offering a translation of the material. This is something that Jenny will also focus on in her talk at our Toronto SmashingConf. Vitaly: Okay, hello everyone. I’m looking forward to having a wonderful conversation Read the full article…

Oculus Quest and Rift S now shipping

Facebook -owned Oculus is shipping its latest VR headgear from today. Preorders for the PC-free Oculus Quest and the higher end Oculus Rift S opened up three weeks ago. In a launch blog Oculus touts the new hardware’s “all-in-one, fully immersive 6DOF VR” — writing: “We’re bringing the magic of presence to more people than ever before — and we’re doing it with the freedom of fully untethered movement”. For a less varnished view on what it’s like to stick a face-computer on your head you can check out our reviews by clicking on the links below… Oculus Quest Review: Oculus Quest could be the Nintendo Switch of VR TC: “The headset may not be the most powerful, but it is doubtlessly the new flagship VR product from Facebook” Oculus Rift S Review: Facebook’s Oculus Rift S is barely an upgrade TC: “It still doesn’t feel like a proper upgrade Read the full article…

Xbox chief lays out gaming inclusivity commitment, calls on industry to adopt ‘fierce urgency for safety’

Phil Spencer, head of Xbox at Microsoft. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy) Microsoft wants to stamp out toxicity, harassment and abuse in gaming, and it called on fellow tech giants to help out. Xbox chief Phil Spencer outlined Microsoft’s commitment to make gaming a more welcoming environment for the more than 2.6 billion gamers around the world in a blog post Monday. Spencer mentioned tech giants Apple and Google and urged them to follow suit as the companies prepare to release cloud game streaming services. Microsoft’s new Project xCloud service, as well as new offerings from Apple and Google figure to increase the gaming population. “The gaming community continues to grow rapidly, and the imminent roll-out of new game services such as Apple Arcade, Google Stadia and Microsoft’s Project xCloud, will make gaming available to even more people worldwide,” Spencer wrote. “Our industry must now answer the fierce urgency to Read the full article…

Sony demonstrates fast PlayStation 5 load times, hints at cloud gaming future

Sony isn’t holding its usual E3 press conference this year, but the company has been gradually revealing parts of its next-generation PlayStation console. The PlayStation 5 will support 8K graphics, 3D audio, SSD storage, and backwards compatibility with existing PlayStation 4 titles. That SSD storage should boost load times significantly, and Sony offered up some clear demonstrations of exactly that today. During a Sony investor relations meeting (PDF), the company demonstrated PlayStation 5 load times using Spider-Man to load cities and rapidly navigate throughout them. While the PS4 takes around eight seconds to load a Spider-Man level, the PS5 (identified simply as next-generation) does the same in less than a second. The PS5 can… Read the full article…

Faze Clan and Tfue’s legal dispute could reshape e-sports and YouTube contracts forever

A new lawsuit filed against Faze Clan, a popular e-sports organization and YouTube network, by one of the internet’s most popular personalities is shaping up to be a milestone moment for online content creators. Turner “Tfue” Tenney is one of the most prominent Twitch streamers in the world, having catapulted to the upper echelon of online creators thanks to his prolific Fortnite playing and consistent performance in the game’s competitive circuit. But a new lawsuit filed by Tenney’s lawyers today alleges that his employer, Faze Clan, has taken financial advantage of him by way of an exploitative contract and unlawful behavior on behalf of Faze’s management. The lawsuit states that Faze has deprived Tenney of certain business… Read the full article…

Xbox chief Phil Spencer outlines plans for fighting toxicity in gaming

Microsoft’s Xbox chief Phil Spencer says he’s acutely aware of the problems the gaming industry faces from a cultural perspective — issues like toxicity, abuse and harassment, and exclusionary attitudes that can keep gaming’s benefits from spreading beyond its most hardcore, traditional demographic. So today, Spencer says Microsoft is launching an industry-wide initiative to combat these issues by sharing solutions and technology and committing itself to aggressive enforcement. “First, gaming is for everyone. No one group ‘owns’ gaming. Instead, whether you’re new to gaming or are a diehard e-sports fan, you are welcome to play and welcome to all the fun and skill-building that comes with gaming. In this way, when everyone can play,… Read the full article…

The Psychology Behind A Successful Live Chat

Having excellent customer service is a crucial part of trying to build and nurture lasting relationships with customers. Many companies focus on providing efficient communication channels in this regard while overlooking one critical aspect: psychology. There are times when customers have experiences that are either beyond your control or leave with no other choice but […] The post The Psychology Behind A Successful Live Chat appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…

9 Tips for Design Job Applicants to Get that Interview

You’re reading 9 Tips for Design Job Applicants to Get that Interview, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook! Applying for a design job, like any job, can be stressful. Whether it’s your first role or your fifth one, it’s always a good idea to read up on the best tips and advice out there to make sure your … Read the full article…

PS5 Loading Time Demo Reportedly Revealed

A new video posted by Wall Street Journal’s Takashi Mochizuki may have given us our first look at the potential power of the PlayStation 5. Mochizuki Tweeted out the video, saying this was “Sony’s official video comparing performance of PS4 Pro vs next-gen PlayStation.” The video compares the loading times and performance of Marvel’s Spider-Man between a PS4 Pro and the potentially named PS5, and it is nearly identical to the description given in Wired’s interview with PS5 lead architect Mark Cerny that revealed the first details of the next-generation PlayStation. Read the full article…

Making Sense of Call of Duty’s Development Drama

On this week’s Xbox show, Sony and Microsoft announced a partnership. Yes, you read that right! We talk about their mutual cloud-gaming initiative. Plus: Call of Duty’s development gets thrown into turmoil for next year, so we examine what effect it will have on the future of the franchise. And did Ubisoft just announce Splinter Cell or were they just “joking”? All that and more on this week’s Unlocked! Subscribe on any of your favorite podcast feeds, or click here to grab an MP3 download of this week’s episode. For more awesome content, check out this month’s episode of IGN Unfiltered, featuring a rare, in-depth interview with Too Human, Eternal Darkness, and Legacy of Kain developer Denis Dyack: Read the full article…