Amazon Prime Day 2019: The best Prime Day deals for designers

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is nearly here! The Creative Bloq team is poised and ready to bring you all the best Prime Day deals as soon as they go live, wherever you are in the world.  This year’s event runs for 48 hours, from 15-16 July. In order to get all the best Prime Day deals, you need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber. If you’re not a member, sign up for a 30-day free trial now, and you can always cancel if it’s not for you.   For what we’ve seen so far, there will be a lot of incredible Prime Day deals for designers and artists in this year’s event. If you have been waiting for the moment to shell out for a new laptop or graphics tablet, there’s likely to be an Amazon Prime deal that will make the investment a little easier on the wallet. In Read the full article…

Dogs curate London art show

London’s Southwark Park Galleries has really let its creativity off the leash for an upcoming contemporary art show all about dogs. That’s because it’s enlisted the help of our four-legged friends to curate the dog-related artwork, which will be on display in the Lake and Dilston galleries. The exhibition, called Dog Show, is part of the celebrations for Southwark Park Galleries 35th birthday. A group of 15 cultured canines were used to help select the artworks, which include a print by Lucian Freud (below), paintings by Ryan Brown, and an animation by David Shrigley (above). If you like the sound of this show and you’re inspired to create your own canine-themed masterpiece, don’t forget that you can find tips on our how to draw page, which is packed with plenty of illustration tutorials. As for Dog Show, we can expect to see a variety of mediums. “With a little help Read the full article…

Improve Your JavaScript Knowledge By Reading Source Code

Improve Your JavaScript Knowledge By Reading Source Code Improve Your JavaScript Knowledge By Reading Source Code Carl Mungazi 2019-07-12T12:30:59+02:002019-07-12T11:06:35+00:00 Do you remember the first time you dug deep into the source code of a library or framework you use frequently? For me, that moment came during my first job as a frontend developer three years ago. We had just finished rewriting an internal legacy framework we used to create e-learning courses. At the beginning of the rewrite, we had spent time investigating a number of different solutions including Mithril, Inferno, Angular, React, Aurelia, Vue, and Polymer. As I was very much a beginner (I had just switched from journalism to web development), I remember feeling intimidated by the complexity of each framework and not understanding how each one worked. My understanding grew when I began investigating our chosen framework, Mithril, in greater depth. Since then, my knowledge of JavaScript — Read the full article…

That Was SmashingConf Toronto 2019

That Was SmashingConf Toronto 2019 That Was SmashingConf Toronto 2019 Rachel Andrew 2019-07-11T15:00:59+02:002019-07-12T11:06:35+00:00 We all enjoyed returning to Toronto for the second Smashing conference, and in this post, I am sharing some of the things that took place as well as the resources that were shared over the course of the two conference and two workshop days. Look out for the videos of all the presentations which will be released very soon. The Presentations Day 1 Day 2 Workshops Side Activities Morning Run Jam Session Graffiti and Photo Walks Conference Party Focus On The Local Community The team worked hard to create a friendly welcoming space for everyone at the conference. We all know how it can be a little overwhelming to walk into a room of a few hundred strangers, knowing that you would love to make friends and have interesting discussions, but finding it hard to get started. Read the full article…

Inspired Design Decisions: Pressing Matters

Inspired Design Decisions: Pressing Matters Inspired Design Decisions: Pressing Matters Andrew Clarke 2019-07-11T12:30:59+02:002019-07-11T11:07:54+00:00 As I’d always been at the top of my class during high school, I headed to art college full of confidence that one day I’d be an accomplished painter. This over-confidence didn’t last long though, because when I arrived, I found myself surrounded by conceptual artists, filmmakers, painters, performance artists, printmakers, and sculptors, who all seemed much more talented than I was. This was especially true of my friend Ben, a gifted painter who went to his studio late every night to work on several large canvases. Ben’s paintings had incredible depth because he built up hundreds of subtle layers of paint over several months. I didn’t have any of Ben’s patience. I needed to see results quickly, so my paintings were anything but deep or subtle. Compared to Ben’s, mine looked like paintings by numbers. It Read the full article…

UX Improvements For Keyboard Accessibility

UX Improvements For Keyboard Accessibility UX Improvements For Keyboard Accessibility Vitaly Friedman 2019-07-10T16:00:59+02:002019-07-11T11:07:54+00:00 How can we provide an accessible user experience for keyboard-only and assistive technology users without affecting the experience for any other users? We’ve kindly asked Aaron Pearlman, Principal UX Designer at Deque Systems, to share some practical tools and techniques to ensure that we’re all providing an inclusive and accessible experience for our users. As a part of our Smashing Membership, we run Smashing TV, a series of live webinars, every week. No fluff — just practical, actionable webinars with a live Q&A, run by well-respected practitioners from the industry. Indeed, the Smashing TV schedule looks pretty dense already, and it’s free for Smashing Members, along with recordings — obviously. We hope you’ll enjoy the webinar as much as we did! “UX Optimizations For Keyboard-Only And Assistive Technology Users” with Aaron Pearlman (Watch video on YouTube) Aaron Read the full article…

30+ Best 3D Logo Mockup Templates

Choosing the right mockup template to showcase your logo design is a key way to impress your client. Choosing a logo template with depth, texture, and realism can really help set your design apart. Clients want to see how your logo design will look on a finished product. Whether you’re working on a logo design for a coffee shop, corporate business, or for product packaging, you should try to find a suitable logo mockup to make your design concept more realistic. We’ve handpicked some of the best logo mockups with realistic 3D designs for giving your presentation an extra special look. If you’re in the middle of a logo design project, don’t forget to check out our in-depth guide on how to design a logo! What is a 3D Logo Mockup? Professional designers always use creative mockup templates to showcase their work on websites, portfolios, and presenting designs to clients. Read the full article…

Find free vector art online: the 20 best sites

Finding the perfect free vector art can be a lifesaver for any designer. But it isn’t always easy to find the vector art you need when searching amidst confusing, cluttered pages, making the whole process more stressful than it needs to be. To free up your time, and keep your stress levels at a minimum, we’ve done the hard work for you and put together a hand-selected guide to the best free vector art websites out there. We’ve included various useful designs you can download for future of current projects but please do check the terms carefully for each piece, and make sure you respect the Creative Commons licensing if applicable. If the vector art created by other talented creatives has inspired you, then you can also find out how to create your own artwork with our vector art tutorials. And if you get a feel for freebies and decide Read the full article…

Startup – 40 New Ecommerce Designs

You’re reading Startup – 40 New Ecommerce Designs, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook! One of the most asked-for feature requests is e-commerce predesigned blocks, so we immediately started work. Here we have 40 absolutely new designed blocks that are ready to use in the Startup app! We tried to create every type of … Read the full article…

CSS Lists, Markers, And Counters

CSS Lists, Markers, And Counters CSS Lists, Markers, And Counters Rachel Andrew 2019-07-09T12:30:59+02:002019-07-09T11:06:16+00:00 Lists in CSS have particular properties which give us the standard list styling we expect. An unordered list gains a list bullet, of the type disc, and ordered lists are numbered. My interest in exploring lists in more detail came from some work I did to document the ::marker pseudo-element for MDN. This pseudo-element ships in Firefox 68 and is being released today. With the ::marker pseudo element available to us, we can start to do some interesting things with lists, and in this article, I’ll explain more. Deconstructing A List You may not have thought much about lists, although we use them frequently in our markup. Many things can be marked up quite logically as a list. While step-by-step instructions or ranked elements may naturally be described by an ordered list , many things in a Read the full article…

How To Build A Sketch Plugin With JavaScript, HTML And CSS (Part 2)

How To Build A Sketch Plugin With JavaScript, HTML And CSS (Part 2) How To Build A Sketch Plugin With JavaScript, HTML And CSS (Part 2) Matt Curtis 2019-07-08T12:30:59+02:002019-07-09T11:06:16+00:00 As mentioned in part 1, this tutorial is intended for people who know and use the Sketch app and are not afraid of dabbling with code as well. To profit from it the most, you will need to have at least some basic experience writing JavaScript (and, optionally, HTML/CSS). In the previous part of this tutorial, we learned about the basic files that make up a plugin, and how to create the plugin’s user interface. In this second and final part, we’ll learn how to connect the user interface to the core plugin code and how to implement the plugin’s main features. Last but not least, we’ll also learn how to optimize the code and the way the plugin works. Building Read the full article…

7 Ways to Create a Website on a Budget

A great website doesn’t have to cost a fortune. You can get a professional-looking design with a few pages – that’s enough to get started – with a small budget. Here’s how. The good news is that you can create and design a website yourself using a tool such as an online site builder, or work with a professional while maximizing your budget. The key is to be realistic. A website is not free. Even if you do it yourself, you’ll need a domain, hosting, and other tools (many site builders have a monthly fee) depending on how you plan to create the website. The best practice is to start with a little research, then set a budget. That way you know what you can afford and how to have conversations about planning the website design. Here’s how you do it! 1. Set Goals What do you want your website Read the full article…

Billboard advertising: 42 traffic-stopping examples

Done well, billboard advertising campaigns can be incredibly powerful. All of the billboard ads in this article go beyond the obvious to promote their products in clever, witty and innovative ways.  Large and prominently placed, billboards offer a huge canvas to target the public. But cutting through the surrounding visual noise is truly an art form. There are a range of ways billboard advertising campaigns can shake things up; whether it’s by using different materials, creating designs that interact with the surrounding environment, or just introducing some super-clever copy. Read on for our pick of the most brilliantly creative billboard advertising campaigns. Which is your favourite? For some inspiring ads on a smaller scale, take a look at our pick of the best print adverts around. 01. IKEA Steps An eco-friendly route to IKEA’s most sustainable store This intriguing approach to billboard advertising was created by Mother. To promote IKEA’s Read the full article…

How To Build A Sketch Plugin With JavaScript, HTML And CSS (Part 1)

How To Build A Sketch Plugin With JavaScript, HTML And CSS (Part 1) How To Build A Sketch Plugin With JavaScript, HTML And CSS (Part 1) Matt Curtis 2019-07-05T12:30:59+02:002019-07-06T11:06:39+00:00 This tutorial is intended for people who know and use the Sketch app and are not afraid of dabbling with code. To profit from it the most, you will need to have at least some basic experience writing JavaScript (and, optionally, HTML/CSS). The plugin we’ll be creating is called “Mosaic”. In part one, we’ll learn about the basic files that make up a Sketch plugin; we’ll write some JavaScript and create a user interface for our plugin with the help of some HTML and CSS. The next article will be about how to connect the user interface to the core plugin code, how to implement the plugin’s main features, and at the end of it, you will also learn how to Read the full article…

The best computer for graphic design in 2019

This guide is here to help you find the best computer for graphic design. Computers are now daily parts of our work lives and if you’re working in design, it is more than crucial to have a powerful computer. That’s where this guide to the best computers for graphic design comes in. While talent and hard work are the key factors behind all good graphic design, a decked out computer behind the artist makes it even better. Make brilliant designs at speed, use new features you may not have had before and excel as a designer with one of the best computers for graphic design.  While laptops are more powerful than ever, with the best laptops for graphic design offering no compromise in computing performance to run even the most demanding software, a desktop can’t be beaten for ergonomics, a bigger display and better all-round value for money. If you Read the full article…

How To Integrate Social Media Into Mobile Web Design

How To Integrate Social Media Into Mobile Web Design How To Integrate Social Media Into Mobile Web Design Suzanne Scacca 2019-07-04T13:00:59+02:002019-07-05T11:05:05+00:00 There are a number of reasons why social media is a popular form of socialization and communication today. For starters, it gives us a chance to connect with exponentially more people than in-person communities allow for (which is fantastic for both consumer and business). It’s also encouraged a new style of communication where brevity and visual storytelling rules. So, why aren’t we using more social media-like features in mobile web design? To be clear, I’m not referring to the kinds of social media elements we already see on websites, like: Social logins Social follow icons Social share icons Social feeds YouTube embeds Pinnable images. I’m talking about drawing inspiration from the abbreviated way in which we talk to others there. After all, mobile websites, PWAs, and native apps give Read the full article…

Comodo Antivirus for Windows 10 review

Comodo Antivirus for Windows 10 is a free antivirus suite built around multiple security layers, making it some of the best antivirus software for maintaining your PC’s safety.  Comodo Antivirus for Windows 10 provides real-time protection that can identify and shut down known malware before it inflicts any damage. Upon encountering some potential malware, Comodo will wall it off in a sandbox, thereby keeping the system safe from an infection. This sandbox also has other uses, such as running web browsers or other software in an isolated environment. It can even be used to create a virtual desktop, which will totally isolate the rest of the system from any potential threats, including attempts to hijack online data and activities.  Expert users will also appreciate Comodo’s Host Intrusion Protection System, which provides complete control over what software can do on your system. One noticeable omission is web filtering, which means Comodo Read the full article…

How to Be a Freelance Graphic Designer in 2019: A 10 Step Plan

Do you have dreams of ditching your day job and becoming a full-time freelance graphic designer? Start putting your plan in motion. Most freelancers start with graphic design as a side hustle, but with determination, business planning, and a solid work ethic, you can build as much business as you want to create a sustainable career. Here are 10 steps to help you get started. Trust me, I’ve tested them all in my decade as a freelancer! Step 1: Start Building a Portfolio A strong portfolio is a must if you plan to bring in clients on your own. While it can be tempting to dump everything you’ve done recently into a portfolio, be selective. Only include projects and examples that are stellar examples of the kind of freelance work you want to do. (If you plan to focus on print, don’t pack your portfolio with digital projects.) Use your Read the full article…

Using Slots In Vue.js

Using Slots In Vue.js Using Slots In Vue.js Joseph Zimmerman 2019-07-03T12:30:59+02:002019-07-03T11:03:07+00:00 With the recent release of Vue 2.6, the syntax for using slots has been made more succinct. This change to slots has gotten me re-interested in discovering the potential power of slots to provide reusability, new features, and clearer readability to our Vue-based projects. What are slots truly capable of? If you’re new to Vue or haven’t seen the changes from version 2.6, read on. Probably the best resource for learning about slots is Vue’s own documentation, but I’ll try to give a rundown here. What Are Slots? Slots are a mechanism for Vue components that allows you to compose your components in a way other than the strict parent-child relationship. Slots give you an outlet to place content in new places or make components more generic. The best way to understand them is to see them in action. Read the full article…

All the best free Photoshop brushes

Image credit: Adobe Create Magazine For creatives, Photoshop brushes are a dream. They save bucket-loads of time, by enabling you to create rich artwork quickly, without having to draw all the individual design elements each time. Get Adobe Creative Cloud now If you’re just starting out, it may feel overwhelming as there’s a huge spectrum of Photoshop brushes available. Brushes range from grunge and watercolour brushes to leaf designs and fabric textures, and cloud patterns to glass shatters. While Photoshop CC does ship with a set of brushes pre-installed, they only scratch the surface of what’s possible with the brush engine. To make things a bit clearer, we’ve split our selection into four categories to help you find the perfect Photoshop brush:  Photoshop brushes for painting – for mimicking a traditional art effect Natural brushes – everything from hair to clouds, trees, fire and water effects Grunge Photoshop brushes – Read the full article…