How to Combine Typefaces

Zolani Stewart  •  Design  •  June 8, 2013
How to Combine Typefaces

I recently finished reading Tim Brown’s new book “Combining Typefaces.” It’s 63 pages. You can buy it for less than $5 on FiveSimpleSteps, as a pdf or epub. Combining Typefaces is a dense book. It goes through a lot of concepts very quickly, but I’m a fan of that. The book may be primarily about combining types, but I think it serves as a great introduction to...

Top Usability Mistakes in Web Design

Christian Vasile  •  Design, UX Design  •  June 7, 2013
Top Usability Mistakes in Web Design

High-quality usability has been the center of discussions in the industry in the past ten years, as it becomes more and more important for users. Good usability can also help build brand awareness and can generally improve a user’s opinion of a website and even a company. There is so much focus on usability today because big and small companies showed how important a good...

Clever and Conspicuous Tagline is a First Step to a Good Acquaintance

Nataly Birch  •  Inspiration  •  June 6, 2013
Clever and Conspicuous Tagline is a First Step to a Good Acquaintance

Landing page is considered to be the most viewed page of any website. It usually serves as an intro section that consists of brief information about your business, including such essential stuff as logo, menu, welcoming photo-based or illustration-driven mascotes and, last but not least, tagline. The latter is mainly associated with opening headline which duty is to: Clarify...

Interview with Designer: Marius Roosendaal

Paula Borowska  •  Design  •  June 5, 2013
Interview with Designer: Marius Roosendaal

I do a lot of things, but I’m guessing you want to know more about my professional life. I mostly keep myself busy designing interactive and digital stuff, and I’ve been doing that for about 6 years. I also like to look over other people’s shoulders and tell them they need to align something or make something or other red. Aside from that I like to do explorations with...

How to Create Color Transition with Blend Tool in Adobe Illustrator

Iaroslav Lazunov  •  Tutorials  •  June 4, 2013
How to Create Color Transition with Blend Tool in Adobe Illustrator

Topic: Adobe Illustrator Difficulty: beginner Estimated completion time: 15 minutes In this tutorial we will take a close look at the technique of creating blend objects that will help us to create smooth color transitions. We’ll also talk about the problems you may encounter and about the technique that will allow you to avoid unpleasant artifacts. Using the Blend Tool...

Spice up your Website with Organic Stuff – Best Practice

Nataly Birch  •  Inspiration  •  June 3, 2013
Spice up your Website with Organic Stuff – Best Practice

Earthy colors, wooden textures, grass photo backgrounds, crocket, flowering trees, pictures of animals and birds, and even regular illustrations and artworks of landscapes – all these instantly determine organic style. Despite of seemingly apparent limitations of color scheme (it’s widely believed that organic style is associated with brown and green colors) designers...

Free Flat Social Media Icons (PNG & PSD)

Adrian  •  Freebies  •  June 2, 2013
Free Flat Social Media Icons (PNG & PSD)

Flat Social Media Icons is a collection of beautiful icons developed in the flat style. As you already know, we have issued several UI kits in the flat design style, namely Square UI (paid and free versions) and Flat UI (paid and free versions), and we’ve decided to create free social flat icons, so that the entire design fits the style. In the pack, you will find 35 icons...

Pocket your music: Good Examples of Music-related Mobile App Designs

Nataly Birch  •  Inspiration  •  May 31, 2013
Pocket your music: Good Examples of Music-related Mobile App Designs

In a world of mobile applications music-related programs occupy one of a leading position. They are definitely one of the most sought after.  One of the main reasons for such popularity is that you not only become a happy owner of tech-savvy extension, but you can also get pleasure of truly advanced and exquisite background for your music satisfaction. Intense competition...

Increasing Usability for E-mail Newsletters

Christian Vasile  •  Design, UX Design  •  May 30, 2013
Increasing Usability for E-mail Newsletters

E-mail marketing has been very popular in the past ten years and it still is, most likely because of its relatively reduced costs, low amount of work required and quite large potential audience. E-mail marketing is a direct way of sending commercial messages to a group of people by using the e-mail as the main and only channel. E-mail newsletters are not always sent because a...

Principles of Flat Design

Carrie Cousins  •  Design  •  May 28, 2013
Principles of Flat Design

Flat design – the design community just can’t stop talking about it. And feelings are strong. Most designers either can’t get enough of this trend, or absolutely hate it. I am somewhere in the middle. Good design is about creating something useful that works. If the answer is designed in the fashion of flatness, so be it. But the trend may not work for all...