20+ Best Blackletter Fonts

Blackletter is a popular typeface that’s commonly used in vintage and grunge style designs. It’s now also being used in all sorts of modern designs from website design to logo designs, tattoos, and more. As you probably know, Blackletter is a script that dates back to early 12th century. It was commonly used in Western Europe, especially in Germany. This typeface has a strong effect that adds a certain elegance and class to both digital and print designs. Even some of the most popular publications, such as the New York Times, still use Blackletter logo designs. We found a set of Blackletter fonts that will help you add that same upper-class look to your various design projects. You can download all these fonts for just $29 when you subscribe to Envato Elements. There are a few great free fonts as well. Osgard Pro This beautiful font showcases the Blackletter typeface Read the full article…

A Comprehensive Guide To UX Research

(This is a sponsored article.) Before embarking upon the design phase of any project, it’s critical to undertake some research so that the decisions you make are undertaken from an informed position. In this third article of my series for Adobe XD, I’ll be focusing on the importance of undertaking user research. Your job title might not be “design researcher”, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t at the very least inform yourself of your users and their needs by undertaking at least some initial scoping research before you embark upon a project. Read the full article…

How Big Is That Box? Understanding Sizing In CSS Layout

A key feature of Flexbox and Grid Layout is that they can deal with distributing available space between, around and inside grid and flex items. Quite often this just works, and we get the result we were hoping for without trying very hard. This is because the specifications attempt to default to the most likely use cases. Sometimes, however, you might wonder why something ends up the size that it is. Read the full article…

Free Online Event On Building And Maintaining Design Systems

(This is a sponsored article.) Everybody’s talking about design systems, but they are more than just a trend. They are a best practice for design consistency and efficiency between designers and developers. Back in the day, only large companies could afford the effort of building and maintaining a design system. Nowadays, with the growth of new tools and processes, they have become much more feasible for companies of all sizes. Read the full article…

How to paint delightful miniatures

The origin of miniature painting stretches far back to the medieval age, when miniature artists painted exquisite portraits in watercolour on vellum and ivory. They used fine detail and painting techniques such as stippling and hatching to create layers of colour, in paintings measuring no larger than 6 x 4.5 inches. Many miniature artists today are still painting in the traditional way, but now miniatures can be of any subject and in a variety of mediums – oil, watercolours and acrylics, to name but a few. Vellum is still chosen as a painting surface, but now more artists are choosing to use newer products such as ivorine, polymin, smooth card or paper, or board. I’m going to show you how you can paint your own miniature using acrylics. These are versatile and rich in colour. Mistakes can be easily painted over, thus making them ideal for beginners.  Painting a miniature Read the full article…

Trendy Ways of Enhancing Website Homepages

You’re reading Trendy Ways of Enhancing Website Homepages, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! Images and videos are the most popular options when it comes to enhancing website homepages. But are they the only techniques that form strong first impressions and make websites stand out? No one can argue with the fact that these stylistic choices are time-tested and crowd-proven methods. Nevertheless, they are not the only options capable […] Read the full article…

How To Make A Drag-and-Drop File Uploader With Vanilla JavaScript

It’s a known fact that file selection inputs are difficult to style the way developers want to, so many simply hide it and create a button that opens the file selection dialog instead. Nowadays, though, we have an even fancier way of handling file selection: drag and drop. Technically, this was already possible because most (if not all) implementations of the file selection input allowed you to drag files over it to select them, but this requires you to actually show the file element. Read the full article…

How to get your first CG job

When applying for a job, people often say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Well, we call BS on that.  In our industry, talent and creativity are obviously paramount. But that’s a little vague, isn’t it? What are employers in the VFX business really looking for? Production studio Saddington Baynes gives us the breakdown on just what it takes to make it in CG – from preferred career paths, to building a standout portfolio, and fitting in with office culture.  So! Here’s the inside track – how to work your way into a top digital artist position, brought to you by the people in the know at Saddington Baynes: ECD James Digby-Jones, creative director Andrew White and HR manager Poppy Boden. Where do I start? The majority of our artists are, generally speaking, ‘classically trained’. They’ve often got a degree or equivalent in fields ranging from:  Animation Read the full article…

Illustrator’s Survey shows most got more work in 2017

Pursuing a career as an illustrator is the dream of plenty of creative freelancers. More often than not it’s a chance to follow an artistic passion and to produce work that you’re proud of. But what’s life as an illustrator really like? To give you an idea, Ben the Illustrator has taken the industry’s pulse with his Illustrator’s Survey 2017. Having been self-employed in the creative sector for almost 20 years, Ben the Illustrator is in the perfect position to gauge the state of the industry. He’s experienced all the ups and downs that the sector has to offer, so towards the end of 2017 he decided to get feedback from as many fellow illustrators as possible to see how their results tallied. And today he’s announced that the results to the Illustrator’s Survey 2017 are in. Exploring everything from how illustrators got into their line of work to how Read the full article…

Air Lookout Is The Side Project That Changed My Design Process Forever

In February of 2015, I began working on an iOS app called Air Lookout. The goal of the app was to simplify and remove any obfuscation of air quality information. After over a year of working nights and weekends, the total net income since it launched in 2016 has been less than $1,000. Even with those numbers, I would relive every hour of work. The one thing that I can’t place a monetary value on is how the experience of creating Air Lookout has completely changed my mind on the process of design and development for every project I have worked on since. Read the full article…

Understanding Learnability for Web Design: Tips and Best Practices

You’re reading Understanding Learnability for Web Design: Tips and Best Practices, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! Building a learnable website is much tougher than it sounds. The goal should be a clear user experience that visitors can quickly pick up and understand. Mobile app designers can solve this through onboarding which helps users learn the interface. But websites can’t always offer lengthy tutorials. Let’s take a look at learnability and see how you can apply […] Read the full article…

Universal Principles Of User Experience Design

(This is a sponsored article.) As designers working in an ever-changing field, it’s important that we develop an understanding of the timeless design principles that underpin everything we do. In the second article in my series for Adobe XD, I’ll explore the foundations that enable us to establish some universal principles of UX. These principles, which should sit at the heart of everything we design and build, are critical and will stand the test of time: Read the full article…

Learning Elm From A Drum Sequencer (Part 1)

If you’re a front-end developer following the evolution of single page applications (SPA), it’s likely you’ve heard of Elm, the functional language that inspired Redux. If you haven’t, it’s a compile-to-JavaScript language comparable with SPA projects like React, Angular, and Vue. Like those, it manages state changes through its virtual dom aiming to make the code more maintainable and performant. It focuses on developer happiness, high-quality tooling, and simple, repeatable patterns. Read the full article…

10 skills graphic designers need to get ahead in 2018

Graphic design is a fast-paced, ever-evolving industry – and the road to career advancement isn’t always easy. Sometimes it can feel as though you’re producing excellent work but not being rewarded.  That could be because, while you’re strong on core graphic design skills, you might be neglecting other areas employers are focused on. So what skills do graphic designers need to get ahead in 2018? Collaboration is king Before we take a look at the key graphic design skills that will get you ahead in 2018, it’s worth mentioning the importance of developing collaboration skills.  In a post-digital age, the complexity of projects, timelines and pace of innovation means you can only really achieve excellence with a cross-disciplinary team. Being able to collaborate with creatives with different skill sets – while under pressure and potentially in different time zones – is the one skill that will truly future-proof your career.  Read the full article…

30+ Best Keynote Templates of 2018

Even though Apple’s Keynote app gives you plenty of tools and options for creating beautiful presentations, it can be tricky to find the time to build a beautiful, custom design. Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered with this collection of the best Keynote templates! With these templates, you don’t have to spend hours designing presentation slides. You can simply edit the slides that have already been crafted by professional designers, customize charts, change colors, and voila! You have your own beautiful, unique Keynote presentation. We picked out a few of the most professional looking Keynote templates that’ll work perfectly for your next presentation! 24,000 Keynote Templates, Fonts, Mockups + Web Templates for $29/Month Download hundreds of Keynote templates, and many other design elements, with a monthly Envato Elements membership. It costs $29 per month, and gives you unlimited access to a growing library of over 380,000 photos, graphics, templates, Read the full article…

6 SEO Habits That Will Increase Website Traffic

Everyone wants more website traffic, right? But are you doing all the little things that help boost search engine ranking with every new image upload or content update? Creating the right habits from the start will keep your website in tip-top shape and hopefully result in bonus points from the Google algorithm. The good news is that this list is packed with actionable, everyday tips. Start with a solid website framework and then employ these techniques with every update to get on the path to creating great SEO habits that won’t be tough to maintain. 1. Create Quality Content Good search rankings start with quality content. There’s a reason marketers say “content is king.” Quality content includes text, images, video and elements that users want to interact with. It can be fun or informative, a game or e-commerce, short or long-form. There’s no truly magic formula; they key is that Read the full article…

Designing Friction For A Better User Experience

In experience design, friction is anything that prevents users from accomplishing their goals or getting things done. It’s the newsletter signup overlay covering the actual content, the difficult wording on a landing page, or the needless optional questions in a checkout flow. It’s the opposite of intuitive and effortless, the opposite of “Don’t make me think.” Having said that, friction can still be a good thing sometimes. In game design, for example, friction is actually required. Read the full article…

Diet Coke rebrands with slimline cans

It’s been an eventful year for Coca-Cola. Only a few days ago it celebrated its heritage with a bespoke typeface. Now its team of designers are already at it again with this new packaging design and rebrand for Diet Coke. In fact, this is the biggest product and design overhaul undertaken by Diet Coke in 36 years. As well as a redesigned logo, which tweaks some of the famous cursive font elements the brand is known for, Diet Coke has also launched four new flavours. These include: twisted mango, feisty cherry, zesty blood orange and ginger lime. The new flavours will be packaged in regular 12-ounce cans, as well as what Diet Coke refers to as “new sleek cans”. On the shelf, these new cans will appear as tall and thin variants. Leading the rebrand is the ad campaign slogan “Because I can”. It’s an assertive, bold claim that reflects Read the full article…

Ikea print ad uses pee-responsive paper

We’ve seen some weird and wonderful print ads on Creative Bloq over the years, but none of them are quite like this latest offering from Ikea. In an innovative move, the retailer has published a print advert for a crib that doubles up as a pregnancy test thanks to its pee-responsive paper. Seriously. Mum’s-to-be are rewarded for their troubles with a half-price saving on the crib. Appearing in Swedish women’s magazine Amelia, the print ad is the creation of agency Åkestam Holst in partnership with material technology company Mercene Labs. On the surface it looks like any ordinary ad. There’s an image of the crib in question front and centre, with the price listed alongside. It’s the tagline that draws you in though, which reads: “Peeing on this ad may change your life.” That’s because when the pregnancy test strip at the bottom of the page is splashed with… you Read the full article…

Design Trends You Have To Use In 2018

Around this time each year, we like to look back at marketing and design trends that shaped the previous year, as well as what changes we can expect in the future. The year 2017 brought us millennial pink, virtual reality, GIFs, and a step closer towards the possible end of the stock photo. What can […] The post Design Trends You Have To Use In 2018 appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…