4 new digital design and video tools you need to know about

Earlier this month, creatives from all over Europe gathered for Adobe’s Creative Meetup in London to talk new Creative Cloud innovations and be inspired by some of the UK’s most creative minds.  Creative Cloud Evangelist Rufus Deuchler kicked the evening off, regaling some of the magic of Adobe MAX, the world’s largest creativity conference held earlier this year in LA. In an awe-inspiring talk, Deuchler teased the audience with news of major updates to Adobe’s flagship titles, including Photoshop, InDesign and Premiere Pro.  Get Adobe Creative Cloud here And the innovation didn’t stop there. The atmosphere in the room was electric as Deuchler introduced four next generation Adobe innovations: new video capture and editing app, Premiere Rush CC; all-new painting and drawing tool, Project Gemini; augmented reality app, Project Aero; and Photoshop for iPad.  If the mind-blowing demonstrations of these apps are anything to go by, these are four creative Read the full article…

How To Fix Your Fixed Navigation

You are probably already familiar with fixed navigation, the design mechanic where a navigation bar aka navbar (or some of its elements) remain visible on the screen as the user scrolls. Sometimes referred to as ‘sticky navigation’, this UX design trend has lived up to its name for the first fixed navigation bars began appearing […] The post How To Fix Your Fixed Navigation appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…

Pantone’s Color of The Year is Living Coral, Examples of Use

You’re reading Pantone’s Color of The Year is Living Coral, Examples of Use, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral is the color that will represent 2019. Vibrant and warm, this color sends a powerful message on many levels. Pantone selects a color at the end of each year to represent the following year, and while … Read the full article…

Hand Drawn New Year Postcards (Free PDF)

You’re reading Hand Drawn New Year Postcards (Free PDF), originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! Happy holidays from Designmodo! How long has it been since you sent a postcard? It’s the most magical time of the year and these are the perfect moments to thank your family and friends for being in your life. To celebrate … Read the full article…

The best USB flash storage for creatives

USB storage is a workhorse for anyone whose job involves computers. Pocketable and simple, there’s always a need to carry critical files around. USB storage is the ultimate in digital convenience – whether an affordable flash stick, a fast and powerful solid-state drive (SSD) or a hard disk usually no bigger than a matchbox and without the need for any kind of power supply. The floppy disk of the modern age. The best Black Friday and Cyber Monday laptop deals For creatives, USB storage is a straightforward way to keep all-important project files backed up, carry a portfolio for demonstration or simply a tool to expand on a computer’s limited internal space for media files. With increasing resolution and file sizes of digital photography and video, that space quickly gets eaten up by 4K video and RAW images. But the USB standard is gong through a transition. The traditional USB Read the full article…

The best Christmas gifts for illustrators

Stuck for what to get the illustrator in your life this Christmas? We’ve rounded up some of the best arty gifts around. There are super-cool gifts at under £20/$25, presents over £100/£125 for if you really want to splash out, and everything in-between. Use the jump links opposite to find the section you want. The best Christmas gifts for kids We picked out some great books – including no-nonsense self-help for people who hate self-help, a guide to all the newest and weirdest art terms, and an art history book by one of the greatest artists in history. We’ve got pencils, pencil wraps, and personalised sketchbooks. And we take a look at an advent calendar that replaces chocolate with naked people, for a different kind of treat. Let’s get started! Gifts for illustrators under £20/$25 People are always making up new names for old stuff – especially in art. From Abject Read the full article…

100+ Christmas Mockups, Icons, Graphics & Resources

Christmas is on the way! Whether you’re designing festive party flyers, looking for Christmas mockups, or a holiday icon set, we have a great collection for you today! We’ve pulled together a fantastic collection of Christmas flyers and templates, mock-ups, icons, vectors, and much more. Some of them are completely free, some cost a few dollars, but all of them will get you in the festive spirit. Have fun looking through this selection of resources, and we hope you find a few that help out with your holiday design work! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Banners This is a collection of vector banners you can use to design different types of Christmas and New Year’s creations, promotions, and branding materials. The pack includes 5 gorgeous designs in AI, EPS, PDF, and JPG formats. Price: Envato Elements Subscription Christmas Cards & Graphics Bundle A massive bundle of Christmas vectors. It Read the full article…

40+ Best Condensed & Narrow Fonts of 2019

Contrary to popular belief, condensed and narrow fonts don’t make your text cramped or crowded. You just have to know the appropriate time and place to use the font. Condensed fonts are widely used these days for headlines and portraying bold messages, and when deployed in the right place, they can give stunning impact! It takes a lot of testing and experimenting to find the perfect font for a design. This process can be costly at times. The good news is you can download all the fonts in this list for a single price when you subscribe to Envato Elements. What is a Condensed or Narrow Font? The letters of a condensed font have narrow widths, compared to similar typefaces in the same family. It’s also about the relative height and width of a font. If it’s much taller than it is wide, then it’s likely to fall into the Read the full article…

What Can Be Learned From The Gutenberg Accessibility Situation?

What Can Be Learned From The Gutenberg Accessibility Situation? What Can Be Learned From The Gutenberg Accessibility Situation? Andy Bell 2018-12-07T11:30:08+01:002018-12-07T10:36:51+00:00 So far, Gutenberg has had a very mixed reception from the WordPress community and that reception has become increasingly negative since a hard deadline was set for the 5.0 release, even though many considered it to be incomplete. A hard release deadline in software is usually fine, but there is a glaring issue with this particular one: what will be the main editor for a platform that powers about 32% of the web isn’t fully accessible. This issue has been raised many times by the community, and it’s been effectively brushed under the carpet by Automattic’s leadership — at least it comes across that way. Sounds like a messy situation, right? I’m going to dive into what’s happened and how this sort of situation might be avoided by others Read the full article…

Elements To Ditch Or Repurpose On Mobile

Elements To Ditch Or Repurpose On Mobile Elements To Ditch Or Repurpose On Mobile Suzanne Scacca 2018-12-06T14:00:02+01:002018-12-07T10:36:51+00:00 With the end of the year quickly approaching, everyone is chiming in with predictions for 2019 web design trends. For the most part, I think these predictions look quite similar to the ones made for 2018 — which is surprising. As we move deeper into the mobile-first territory, we can’t adhere to the same predictions that made sense for websites viewed on desktop. We, of course, can’t forget about the desktop experience, but it needs to take a backseat to mobile. This is why I wish 2019 predictions (and beyond) would be more practical in nature. We need to design websites primarily with mobile users in mind, which means having a more efficient system of content delivery. Rather than spend the next year or so adding more design techniques to our repertoire, maybe Read the full article…

The best computer for graphic design in 2018

If you’re looking for a new computer for graphic design, you’ve come to the right place. You could opt for a graphic design laptop, but if you need better ergonomics, a bigger display and more power for less cash, then you’re better off choosing a desktop.  Creating great work is all about having the right skills. But it also helps to have a machine with sufficient specs – making it faster to produce designs that will please your clients and take pride of place in your portfolio. There’s a lot of choice out there, though, which is why we’ve put together this guide.  The best 4K monitors for designers The best mouse for designers Here, we’ve selected what we think are the best computers for graphic design right now. Whether you’re a Mac user or a Windows wizard, you’ll find something in this list that suits your needs.  Generally speaking, Read the full article…

The best tablets with a stylus for drawing and note-taking

We know, creatives love Moleskines. We do too. But a tablet with a stylus offers so much more flexibility. You don’t have to create your notes, designs and drawings again digitally – and really, who has time to do that? Plus, everything can be safely backed up to the cloud.  We’re not saying ditch your traditional notepad and pencil, of course. We love our Field notes notebooks. But a stylus-equipped tablet is a sensible piece of creative gear to have. So what’s the best option? Whether you’re looking for an iOS, Android or Windows tablet with a stylus, we’ve got you covered. Here, we walk through the best tablets with a stylus for drawing and note-taking available right now, so you can make the right decision for your needs.  If you’re after a bargain, you’ll also find the best budget options in our list.  The iPad Pro has received a Read the full article…

Optician Sans: A Font That Your Eye Remembers

You’re reading Optician Sans: A Font That Your Eye Remembers, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! Have you visited the ophthalmologist in a while? Do you remember the letters on the wall you read from a distance? You might not be surprised to learn that this kind of font is available for personal use. Optician Sans … Read the full article…

10 Typography Trends for 2019

Want to give your design a quick facelift? Using new and interesting typography trends might be the answer. Designers are opting for less elaborate typefaces and pairing them with bold color, cutouts, gradients, and even customizations to create lettering that stands out. Changing typefaces or recreating an image or header in a trending style can give a design a fresh look without a full-scale overhaul. Not sure where to start? This list features eight of the biggest typography trends of the year with examples to use as inspiration for how to use them. Here’s a look at the top typography trends for 2019. 1. “Undersized” Hero Type It’s not that text is trending back toward being small overall, but headlines and text in the hero images of websites doesn’t have that same oversized feel that overwhelmed some designs. So-called “undersized” typography in the hero area of websites is actually a Read the full article…

What Is The Role Of Creativity In UX Design?

What Is The Role Of Creativity In UX Design? What Is The Role Of Creativity In UX Design? Susan Weinschenk 2018-12-06T10:00:41+01:002018-12-06T09:34:49+00:00 (This article is kindly sponsored by Adobe.) You are working on a project for your client, designing the interface for a new application. There have been lots of meetings about the new product, and now it’s time for you to start working on sketching and prototyping a design. The screens, pages, and forms you are about to create have to fit within the desires and constraints of several players — the marketing department, the developers, the business owner. Some questions start to form as you work on the interface: “How creative should I be/am I expected to be with this design? Is my role to implement the vision that someone else has come up with? Should I be taking the ideas and constraints and creating my own vision? How Read the full article…

Caching Smartly In The Age Of Gutenberg

Caching Smartly In The Age Of Gutenberg Caching Smartly In The Age Of Gutenberg Leonardo Losoviz 2018-12-05T13:00:15+01:002018-12-06T09:34:49+00:00 Caching is needed for speeding up a site: instead of having the server dynamically create the HTML output for each request, it can create the HTML only after it is requested the first time, cache it, and serve the cached version from then on. Caching delivers a faster response, and frees up resources in the server. When optimizing the speed of our sites from the server side, caching ranks among the most critical tasks to get right. When generating the HTML output for the page, if it contains code with user state, such as printing a welcome message “Hello {{User name}}!” for the logged in user, then the page cannot be cached. Otherwise, if Peter visits the site first, and the HTML output is cached, all users would then be welcomed with “Hello Read the full article…

Last chance to get a Kindle Paperwhite for less than £100

With Christmas fast approaching, there’s no better time to pick up a bargain. We’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for discounts, and this deal on the Kindle Paperwhite is an ideal way to treat yourself or the creative in your life to some downtime. After all, who doesn’t enjoy reading a good graphic design book? For a limited time, UK shoppers can pick up a waterproof Kindle Paperwhite for less than £100. With 17% slashed off its regular list price, this is the perfect time to pick up an e-reader with generous 8GB storage. With adjustable lighting and the ability to run off a single charge for weeks, this is the ideal choice for digital bookworms who like to take their reading with them wherever they go. What’s more, with Audible, you’re ready to start listening to your favourite stories when you plug in some Bluetooth headphones or speakers. If Read the full article…

Get Faber-Castell pens for almost half price!

No matter how invested you may be in your high-end digital workflow, you can’t beat some actual sketching or ink drawing with proper pens and pencils. And right now there’s a great excuse to stock up on art supplies, with Amazon dropping the price of a bunch of Faber-Castell pens, pencils and pastels as part of its last-minute Christmas deals. The best pencils: colouring, drawing and sketching So whether you want to add your own pen collection or get some cheap Christmas gifts for creative chums, there’s bound to be something for you here. We’d recommend buying these lovely pens as a gift and then deciding to keep them for yourself instead What’s particularly caught our eye is a gift box of 48 Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens. Designed to give you all the advantages of India ink in a modern pen, these artist pens feature high-quality brush points that work Read the full article…

Microsoft Redesigns Office App Icons

You’re reading Microsoft Redesigns Office App Icons, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! Changes in the digital world are happening rapidly and every industry is affected. That is why great companies keep up with trends, so they don’t become part of the past. Microsoft revealed new, modern Office App Icons. But did they … Read the full article…