4 brilliant personal logos – and why they work

As a designer, you ultimately live or die by the quality of your work – but some careful self-branding can do wonders to make you more memorable. Crafting your own identity is often the first step in setting up a design agency, but it can be a useful exercise for freelancers too. Self-branding can add personality to your services, or authority to your work, by positioning you as an expert in your field. As a freelancer, branding yourself can also make you appear bigger and more versatile. If you work in branding, it will also show what you’re capable of, and it’s good to practice what you preach. It’s not essential by any means, but if you’re going to do it, make sure you do it right. Read on to discover four freelance creatives who have nailed their personal branding, and what you can learn from them to create your Read the full article…

5 types of font and what to use them for

Picking the right font can be crucial for the success of a design project, whether it’s a tagline on a poster or an expanse of long-form copy for a piece of editorial design. Type shapes personality, determines legibility, and achieves impact. When you need to pick the right typeface for a brand, the importance of type is magnified as a few characters need to convey the values and personality of a brand, as well as helping to achieve standout from the competition. So how do you make that all-important choice? There are many factors involved, from the emotional features you need, to the types of application, to the technical, linguistic and logistic requirements.  One key step is choosing what class of typeface you need, so read on for our guide to how five distinctive varieties can have an impact on a brand… 01. Traditional serif North’s rebrand of Southbank Centre Read the full article…

70+ Corporate & Creative Business Card PSD Mockup Templates

The design of your business cards is vital if you’re looking to make a good first impression. In this post, we’ve collected over 70 of the best free and premium business card mockups that you can use for your next client meeting or design project. We’re not only covering corporate professional designs, but also profession-specific business cards like those designed for photographers, doctors or even writers. All the mockups are designed to perfection, and come in a variety of easily editable formats! Elegant Business Card Mockup This bundle of business card mockups comes with 5 different templates and 8 stunning backgrounds. The clean and minimal look of these mockups will surely help you present yourself and your designs as a professional. Price: Envato Elements Subscription Vertical Business Card Mockup A beautiful business card mockup template with a vertical layout. These templates come with 6 different designs, including ones with solid Read the full article…

20+ Laptop Mockup Templates (PSD & PNG)

When it comes to presenting website and graphic designs to clients, using a laptop mockup can substantially boost its appeal. Do you have the right laptop mockup to take your work to the next level? There are many different ways you can use laptop mockup templates. You can use them to showcase your designs in your portfolio, website design, social media posts, client presentations, and more. We’ve found a set of professional laptop mockups that you can use on all those occasions. In this post, we’re featuring some of the best laptop mockup templates for designers, both MacBook and Windows laptops. The collection includes templates from Envato Elements, where you get unlimited access to over 650,000 design elements for a single price. Have a look and start downloading. Laptop Screen Mockup This unique MacBook laptop mockup is perfect for designing an attractive website header to showcase an app or a Read the full article…

Photography Business Cards: 20 Templates & Ideas

Business cards play a key role in a photographer’s career. They are an important element, helping you represent yourself and your work to potential clients. When you’re covering an event or a photoshoot, you can hand out your photography business card to others—and ask them to keep you in mind for their own special occasion. Of course, boring black and white business cards won’t cut it for photographers. You need a business card with an attractive, vibrant design to impress people with your creative abilities. And to showcase your photography! This collection includes some of the best business card templates for photographers that are easy to edit and customize. Best of luck on your journey as a photographer, and we hope one of these business card designs helps you land your next gig. Discover Photography Business Card This amazing business card template comes with a mixed modern and creative design that Read the full article…

Monthly Web Development Update 7/2018: Practical Accessibility, Design Mistakes, And Feature Control

Monthly Web Development Update 7/2018: Practical Accessibility, Design Mistakes, And Feature Control Monthly Web Development Update 7/2018: Practical Accessibility, Design Mistakes, And Feature Control Anselm Hannemann 2018-07-13T14:20:17+02:002018-07-13T12:33:42+00:00 The web continues to amaze me. With all its variety and different changes to the platform, it’s hard to see a straight pattern — if there even is (just) one. But it’s wonderful to see what is being changed, which features are added to the platform, which ones get deprecated, and how browsers implement more and more technology to protect the user from malicious website attacks. It’s interesting to see that these security features nowadays are getting as much attention as a feature for developers; this shows the importance of privacy and security and how unstable and insecure the web was in the past. But the best thing about all of this is that it shows how important it is to stick to Read the full article…

How To Create A Flat Vector Illustration In Affinity Designer

How To Create A Flat Vector Illustration In Affinity Designer How To Create A Flat Vector Illustration In Affinity Designer Isabel Aracama 2018-07-11T20:00:02+02:002018-07-12T22:15:16+00:00 (This is a sponsored post.) If you are in the design world, chances are that you’ve already heard about Affinity Designer, a vector graphics editor for Apple’s macOS and Microsoft Windows. It was July 2015 when Serif Europe launched the amazing software that many designers and illustrators like me are using now as their main tool for professional work. Unlike some other packages, its price is really affordable, there’s no subscription model and, as mentioned already, it’s available for both Macs and PCs. In this article, I would like to walk you through just some of its very user-friendly main tools and features as an introduction to the software and to show you how we can create a nice flat vector illustration of a Volkswagen Beetle. The Read the full article…

The best computers for video editing in 2018 – Amazon Prime Day edition

You might have captured the footage of a lifetime, but if you don’t have a decent computer for video editing, you won’t be able to make your footage sing. Fortunately, that’s where we can help. In this guide, you’ll find our picks of the best video-editing computers, at a range of different price points to suit your needs.  Luckily, finding an affordable video-editing computer shouldn’t be difficult at the moment, thanks to Amazon Prime Day on the 16th and 17th July. Our price comparison tool will show you all the best Prime Day deals on our favourite desktops in the guide below – or you can peruse more computer deals on Amazon: See more Amazon Prime Day desktop deals: US | UK | Australia | India Why choose a desktop computer instead of one of our best laptops for video editing? Well, assuming you have a permanent base for it, Read the full article…

Learning To Code By Writing Code Poems

Learning To Code By Writing Code Poems Learning To Code By Writing Code Poems Murat Kemaldar 2018-07-11T14:00:32+02:002018-07-12T11:08:58+00:00 Back in 2008, I started studying design and clearly remember how the sheer sight of code just intimidated me. I had some coding classes, and without any prior coding experience, I had a tough time understanding the code I first got in touch with. Suddenly, the words that I was used to in the English language (such as “new,” “return” and “throw/catch”) took on a whole new meaning; the cryptic syntax, semicolons, brackets and completely new rules didn’t make things any easier for me. If you are new to JavaScript and/or have struggles adding it to your skillset, I may have an approach for you to overcome those barriers. You are definitely not alone, and you have every right to think that learning to code is a tough nut to crack. Why Is Read the full article…

Better Collaboration By Bringing Designers Into The Code Review Process

Better Collaboration By Bringing Designers Into The Code Review Process Better Collaboration By Bringing Designers Into The Code Review Process Ida Aalen 2018-07-10T13:50:26+02:002018-07-12T11:08:58+00:00 Smooth collaboration between developers and designers is something everyone aspires to, but it’s notoriously difficult. But with today’s advanced web, it’s difficult — if not impossible — to build a truly great product without collaborating across disciplines. Because of the range of technologies required to build a product, the product can only truly succeed when all disciplines — developers and designers, content creators, and user experience strategists — are deeply involved from the early stages of the project. When this happens, all ends of what it takes to build a product come naturally together into a unified whole, and a thus great product. Because of this, no one is really promoting waterfall processes anymore. Nevertheless, involving other people early on, especially people from other disciplines, can feel Read the full article…

The ultimate guide to all Amazon devices

Amazon isn’t just an online retailer. The company also makes a huge range of products that can streamline your daily tasks and make you more productive, both at home and at work.  There are now dozens of Amazon devices, ranging from voice assistants and media tablets to security cameras, e-book readers and more. But each Amazon product comes with a number of different versions, and knowing which one you want (or even what it does) can sometimes be a little confusing.  So just in time for Amazon Prime Day 2018 – when thousands of deals and offers will be available to Prime members around the world – we’ve put together this special guide to Amazon’s own products.  From Echo smart speakers to Kindle readers, Fire tablets to Deals Buttons, we’ll help you decide which Amazon device is right for your needs – and show you the best deals on each Read the full article…

3D Scenes in Web Design and How To Master the Technique

You’re reading 3D Scenes in Web Design and How To Master the Technique, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! Videos, images, illustrations, minimalistic canvases, WebGL-powered animations, panoramas and 3D scenes are popular choices for creating memorable hero sections. While the first four are standard methods that are getting a bit old, the last three are modern solutions that ooze … Read the full article…

40+ Best Photoshop Actions of 2018

Adobe Photoshop Actions are a great feature of the app, allowing you to create a process or workflow, record how it worked, and then easily repeat the process again for other photographs or design elements. Today we’ve collected some of the best Photoshop actions out there, for photographers and graphic designers alike. They cost just a few dollars but give you an incredibly powerful toolkit to easily repeat complex and intricate processes. Vector Art Photoshop Action This unique Photoshop action will instantly turn your photographs into scalable vector art and illustrations. The PS action literally turns your images into vector graphics that you can scale and use with various print designs. It comes with 15 different variations of the action along with 10 backgrounds and 10 color presets. Price: Envato Elements Subscription Comic Oil Paint Photoshop Actions If you’re a fan of oil paintings, this Photoshop action will come in Read the full article…

80s Fonts: A Retro Typographic Trend (+ Examples)

Everything about my childhood seems to be cool again. The Netflix hit Stranger Things seriously evokes feelings of the 1980s, people are buying classic Nintendo game consoles again, and everything 80s is totally rad, even when it comes to design projects. And what makes that 80s connection quickly? It’s typography. This decade definitely had a pretty distinct feel. We’re taking a look at the 80s retro font trend with plenty of great typographic options for your projects. Iconic 80s Fonts & Typography There are some typefaces that just scream the 1980s. The type treatment for Stranger Things is reminiscent of popular Stephen King book covers from the era. But that’s not the only style that feels very 80s. Block style-lettering with elaborate details is also a common visual type treatment of the era. Stranger Things Ruben Thinking Miami (Vice) Many of the popular styles of the 1980s are derived from Read the full article…

5 legal terms every designer needs to know

Whether your thing is graphic design, web design or 3D art , you need to protect yourself. To prevent your work from triggering legal action, artists of all types (and freelancers in particular) need to get their heads around some pretty tricky legal jargon. This can feel overwhelming, so we’ve broken it down into the five key terms every artist should look out for. 01. Innocent infringement Innocent Infringement is when someone copying your work can claim they did not know they were infringing. This means they had no idea that the work was copyrighted, or had no means of contacting the owner of the work (An orphan work, in legalese). You can try to avoid this by adding ‘Copyright © [year of first publication of the work] [copyright owner’s name]. All rights reserved.’ to your print or render. 02. Derivative work A derivative work is work based on an existing Read the full article…

5 free Star Wars fonts

When it comes to making an impact with fonts, Star Wars knows what it’s doing. Before we even see spaceships and lightsabers, we’re treated to multiple fonts that set the scene and build up excitement. For devotees of the sci-fi films, the hunt for free fonts of the styles used in these opening shots has driven them to distraction. What is the Star Wars font? This question isn’t a simple as you might think. Over the years, the styles have been tweaked and polished by directors, much to the indignation of fans. Every Star Wars film opens with the familiar line ‘A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…’ written in a cool blue typeface. (Or purple or turquoise – your nostalgia mileage may vary.) The lettering for this outer space ‘once upon a time’ was originally created by hand, so short of tracing a screenshot, you’re not Read the full article…

What is a Design System, Why It is Important and What to Include

You’re reading What is a Design System, Why It is Important and What to Include, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! What is a design system, why is it important and what do you include in one? Over the last few years, design systems have become a popular, hot topic among designers. If you’re just joining this awesome bandwagon, welcome! Many … Read the full article…