Emojis in Email Newsletters: What You Need to Know

You’re reading Emojis in Email Newsletters: What You Need to Know, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook! Emojis have a long history. It began in the 1980s when Scott Fahlman, leader of Common Lisp, introduced to the world the first emoticons. We know them as happy and sad face. There was nothing fancy: just a combination of colon … Read the full article…

20+ Best Vintage Fonts

Vintage fonts add a certain timeless look to a design that can’t be achieved with any other font. It’s one of the reasons popular brands such as Harley Davidson and Dollar Shave Club still use vintage fonts in their branding designs. In this collection, we’re featuring some of the best vintage fonts you can use to add that same classic elegant look to your own designs. These fonts are particularly suitable for various luxury branding designs, product labels, packaging, logo designs, and much more. This is a mixed fonts collection of both minimal and decorative designs. Have a look and see if you can find a vintage font for your design project (and remember, you can download them all with an Envato Elements subscription! Rumble Brave – Vintage Fonts Rumble brave is an elegant vintage font with a touch of Victorian-era looks and style. Whether you’re working on a poster, Read the full article…

Optimizing Performance With Resource Hints

Optimizing Performance With Resource Hints Optimizing Performance With Resource Hints Drew McLellan 2019-04-17T12:30:16+02:002019-04-18T11:04:53+00:00 Modern web browsers use all sorts of techniques to help improve page load performance by guessing what the user may be likely to do next. The browser doesn’t know much about our site or application as a whole, though, and often the best insights about what a user may be likely to do come from us, the developer. Take the example of paginated content, like a photo album. We know that if the user is looking at a photo in an album, the chance of them clicking the ‘next’ link to view the following image in the album is pretty high. The browser, however, doesn’t really know that of all the links on the page, that’s the one the user is most likely to click. To a browser, all those links carry equal weight. What if the Read the full article…

How AI Can Improve The UX Of Websites and Landing Pages

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer a vision for the future – it is already here and is having a significant impact on how businesses can improve their practices. One big way that AI is helping businesses is in user experience and design. With AI, businesses can seamlessly adapt their website design to comply with […] The post How AI Can Improve The UX Of Websites and Landing Pages appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…

10 Video Marketing Trends for 2019

Almost every marketing prediction, resource or how-to guide for 2019 includes the same advice: video needs to be part of your strategy. But how should you get started? And what type of video marketing is most important, right now? From super-short (micro) video clips, to live streaming on social media, to full-production ads and stories, we’re going to look at some of the top video marketing trends for the year and how you can incorporate them into your design and marketing plans. Let’s dive in, and embrace video as the new marketing channel you need to get right! 1. Soundless Optimization Captioning and on-screen instructions or information are vital to ensure that video content fully reaches the audience. Social media has changed the game when it comes to video marketing. A significant number of users are watching without sound. There are plenty of reasons for this from not wanting co-workers Read the full article…

The User’s Perspective: Using Story Structure To Stand In Your User’s Shoes

The User’s Perspective: Using Story Structure To Stand In Your User’s Shoes The User’s Perspective: Using Story Structure To Stand In Your User’s Shoes John Rhea 2019-04-16T16:00:16+02:002019-04-17T11:06:19+00:00 Every user interaction with your website is part of a story. The user—the hero—finds themselves on a journey through your website on the way to their goal. If you can see this journey from their perspective, you can better understand what they need at each step, and align your goals with theirs. My first article on websites and story structure, Once Upon a Time: Using Story Structure for Better Engagement, goes into more depth on story structure (the frame around which we build the house of a story) and how it works. But here’s a quick refresher before we jump into implications: The Hero’s Journey Most stories follow a simple structure that Joseph Campbell in his seminal work, Hero with a Thousand Faces, Read the full article…

20+ Business & Marketing PowerPoint Templates

Using the default PowerPoint layout to design a business presentation isn’t usually a great idea. You need a business PowerPoint template that’s going to stand out, make an impression, and look professional. A complete redesign for the heavily outdated default PowerPoint templates is long overdue. But, there’s no need to wait for Microsoft to fix it. Instead, you can easily grab a premium PowerPoint template to give yourself a head start. Created by professional designers, these business and marketing PowerPoint templates will help you design more professional presentation slideshows that win over your clients and customers. We’ve hand-picked the best in this collection. Digital Marketing Strategy PowerPoint Template Using a creative and bold design in your PowerPoint slideshow is a great way to capture attention and make your presentation stand out. This beautifully designed PowerPoint template will help you achieve that goal. It comes with more than 40 slides that Read the full article…

Design At Scale: One Year With Figma

Design At Scale: One Year With Figma Design At Scale: One Year With Figma Paul Hanaoka 2019-04-15T13:30:48+02:002019-04-16T11:17:07+00:00 This article will be about how large teams can benefit from using more open, collaborative tooling and how to make adoption and migration feasible and pleasant. Also, in case you didn’t guess from the title of the article just yet, a lot of it will be about Figma and how we succeeded at adopting this design tool in our team. The intended audience is experienced designers working in larger teams with design systems, developers or product managers looking to improve the way cross-functional teams work in their organization. I’ve been using design tools in a professional setting for over ten years and am always trying to make teams I’m serving work more efficiently and more effectively. From scripting and actions in Photoshop, to widget libraries in Axure, to Sketch plugins, and now with Read the full article…

You Are Creating For A Human: Here Is Some Advice

You should know whom you are creating for. Your user is not an abstract substance. Think of a person. Explore your customer persona as you would like to explore the mind of your loved one. Discover their wants and habits. It is the only way to make your product win the audience it is aimed […] The post You Are Creating For A Human: Here Is Some Advice appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…

10 Top WordPress Plugins You Can Use to Improve Your Websites

You’re reading 10 Top WordPress Plugins You Can Use to Improve Your Websites, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook! WordPress plugins are very important. They are to your website designs what cheese, sour cream, and bacon bits are to a baked potato. They can turn the so-so into the extraordinary. They can produce features for your website that might … Read the full article…

Monthly Web Development Update 4/2019: Design Ethics And Clarity Over Style

Monthly Web Development Update 4/2019: Design Ethics And Clarity Over Style Monthly Web Development Update 4/2019: Design Ethics And Clarity Over Style Anselm Hannemann 2019-04-12T14:44:48+02:002019-04-13T11:05:41+00:00 “‘Ethics’ and Ethics” is more than a typical article. It’s a detailed essay exploring what the term ‘ethics’ really means, how its meaning changed in recent times, and how diffusion of responsibility makes it hard to address and fix problems in big organizations. Implementing design ethics, tech ethics, or business ethics as individual responsibilities might seem like a quick and easy solution, however, it’s not a very effective one as they all lack context when they don’t have support from other people who provide the foundation for their work. Only if a company’s business analysts, bookkeepers, investors, PR, marketing and sales people, as well as the CEO themself all contribute to building an ethical product, it will become successful. And because such an undertaking requires Read the full article…

20+ Professional Lightroom Presets

Minimizing the time you spend on processing and enhancing photos is one of the things most photographers and graphic designers often struggle with. Adobe Lightroom, coupled with a set of professional Lightroom presets, makes this whole process much easier. What if we told you that you can make Lightroom even more powerful to process images, add beautiful effects, enhance tone, adjust contrast, and much more with just one-click? All of this is possible thanks to premade Lightroom presets. In this collection, we’re featuring some of the best professional Lightroom presets you can use to supercharge your workflow and manage your time more effectively. These presets are also customizable, allowing you to adjust their settings to match any kind of photo you have. Film Effect – Mobile & Desktop Lightroom Presets Want to make your photos look like a still from a Marvel movie? Then these Lightroom presets are perfect for Read the full article…

30+ Best Free Photoshop Actions 2019

Photoshop actions are quite useful when optimizing photos, applying effects, and editing graphics. For this collection, we’ve handpicked some of the best free Photoshop actions you can download and use with no price to pay! Whether you’re a professional designer or a complete beginner, Photoshop actions can help you save a lot of time. Simply put, Photoshop actions pack hours worth of design work into a single-click so that you can achieve professional-level effects without an effort. In this post, we’re featuring several different types of free Photoshop actions. You’ll find them categorized into different effects and styles below. Have a look and start downloading. Unlimited Downloads of 1 Million+ Photoshop Actions, Lightroom Presets, Graphics, Templates & More If you’re looking for high-end results with your photos and images, it’s a good idea to choose from one of the many affordable premium Photoshop actions available through Envato Elements. Here are Read the full article…

20+ Best InDesign Templates 2019 (For Brochures, Flyers, Books & More)

InDesign is a piece of software that can be used for all manner of design and publishing. With the help of pre-made InDesign templates, you can take full advantage of this software to supercharge your workflow and complete projects in record time. Whether you’re working on a brochure design, flyer design, book, or magazine design, you can easily get a head start in your design process when using an InDesign template that’s already been designed and formatted by professionals. In this post, we’re featuring a hand-picked selection of various InDesign templates you can use with all kinds of projects. If you’re looking for inspiration, these designs will help you get a few new ideas as well. Beqsa – Multipurpose Magazine InDesign Template Working on a magazine design? Then these templates will come in handy. This bundle includes 3 different cover design styles with each template featuring 40 page layouts with Read the full article…

Art Direction For The Web Using CSS Shapes

Art Direction For The Web Using CSS Shapes Art Direction For The Web Using CSS Shapes Andrew Clarke 2019-04-11T13:30:16+02:002019-04-12T11:05:19+00:00 Last year, Rachel Andrew wrote an article that took a new look at CSS Shapes in which she reintroduced readers to the basics of using CSS Shapes. For anyone keen to understand how to use properties like shape-outside, shape-margin, and shape-image-threshold, Rachel’s is the ideal primer. I’ve seen many examples of using the properties, but very few go beyond Basic Shapes, including circle(), ellipse(), inset(). Even examples using polygon() shapes rarely go far beyond them. Considering the creative opportunities CSS Shapes offer, this is disappointing. But, I’m sure that with a little inspiration and imagination, we can make more distinctive and engaging designs. So, I’m going to show you how to use CSS Shapes to create the following five different types of layout: V-shapes Z-patterns Curved shapes Diagonal shapes Rotated shapes Read the full article…

Privacy UX: Better Cookie Consent Experiences

Privacy UX: Better Cookie Consent Experiences Privacy UX: Better Cookie Consent Experiences Vitaly Friedman 2019-04-10T15:00:49+02:002019-04-11T11:06:08+00:00 Part 1: Common Concerns And Privacy In Web Forms Part 2: Better Cookie Consent Experiences Part 3: Designing Better Notifications Part 4: Privacy-Aware Design Framework With the advent of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, the web has turned into a vast exhibition of consent pop-ups, notifications, toolbars, and modals. While the intent of most cookie-related prompts is the same — to get a user’s consent to keep collecting and evaluating their behavior the same ol’ way they’ve been doing for years — implementations differ significantly, often making it ridiculously difficult or simply impossible for customers to opt out from tracking. On top of that, many implementations don’t even respect users’ decisions anyway and set cookies despite their choices, assuming that most people will grant consent regardless. Admittedly, they aren’t entirely Read the full article…

Understanding Subresource Integrity

Understanding Subresource Integrity Understanding Subresource Integrity Drew McLellan 2019-04-09T12:30:59+02:002019-04-10T11:05:32+00:00 If you’ve ever used a CDN-hosted version of a JavaScript library, you may have noticed a strange looking integrity attribute on the script tag. This attribute contains seemingly endless alphanumeric junk that you may be tempted to strip out in the quest for cleaner code. All that junk is actually a really useful security feature called Subresource Integrity (SRI) that can help to defend your site against certain types of hacks and compromises. In this article, we’ll take a look at what SRI is, how it can help protect you, and how you can start using it in your own projects, not just for files hosted on CDNs. A Bit Of History Way back in the days when JavaScript was very much the poorer cousin to HTML and CSS, we didn’t need to think too much about how our scripts could Read the full article…

The Research Is in: Data-Backed Marketing Trends of 2019

You have read them before – probably in December and January while you were half-full of holiday food and less-than-half-focused on marketing trends. Still, you plugged through, skimming articles about 2019 marketing predictions like they were going out of style. Unfortunately, some of them may have – gone out of style, that is. Why? Well, […] The post The Research Is in: Data-Backed Marketing Trends of 2019 appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…

Static Pages – Upload Static HTML Pages to WordPress

You’re reading Static Pages – Upload Static HTML Pages to WordPress, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook! Static Pages allows you to publish any static page on a WordPress website with any URL in a matter of seconds. And it is perfect for SEO. Do you want to improve sales by adding a beautiful landing page for … Read the full article…

Free File Uploader Scripts for Websites

You’re reading Free File Uploader Scripts for Websites, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook! Do you know that each second almost 1,000 photos are uploaded to Instagram? It means that when you finish reading this article, Instagram will become richer by nearly 200,000 pictures. And that is just one platform. With this passion for … Read the full article…