Common Dilemmas Designers and Start-ups Face

Stelian Subotin  •  Design  •  January 6, 2013
Common Dilemmas Designers and Start-ups Face

Whether you’re an entrepreneur or a designer with a little bit of experience, it is very likely that you have run into troubles with the designer/start-up you decided to work with. It has been told by many that designers should make their site/product design a priority  and since the number of designers between entrepreneurs is not so high, I’d rather say low, most of...

Six Great Alternatives to Helvetica

Zolani Stewart  •  Design  •  January 4, 2013
Six Great Alternatives to Helvetica

You’re probably aware that Helvetica is one of the most popular typefaces being used today. We live in an era of sans-serif in flat design and grotesque revivals, and the font seems to fit just fine in the spectrum of modern design. At the same time, Helvetica has important faults that any designer who takes typography seriously should be aware of, and could even warrant...

Create Objects’ Shapes Using the Pen Tool in Adobe Illustrator

Iaroslav Lazunov  •  Adobe Illustrator, Tutorials  •  January 3, 2013
Create Objects’ Shapes Using the Pen Tool in Adobe Illustrator

Topic: Adobe Illustrator Difficulty: beginner Estimated completion time: 30 minutes Today we begin a series of quick tips for beginners. They will be describing work with vector objects in Adobe Illustrator. The creation of any project can be divided into typical stages. The performance of each of them requires specific tools and techniques. You will get to know them in this...

What is @font-face and How to Use It in CSS

Paula Borowska  •  CSS3, Tutorials  •  January 2, 2013
What is @font-face and How to Use It in CSS

@font-face is a CSS rule that allows you to input your own font to appear on a website even when the particular font is not installed on the visitor’s computer. The most important thing about this rule is that it opened a whole new world for designers. You are welcome to use just about any font you like and as many as you like. However, in the nature of design principles I...

Vivid and Modern Typography in Web Design

Adrian  •  Inspiration, Websites Examples  •  December 26, 2012
Vivid and Modern Typography in Web Design

Beautiful and modern typography used in web design can be surely considered a trend. Under modern typography we mean fonts, created specifically for the website. Sometimes, not even the fonts, but only single letters needed to write the main or secondary labels. Websites with vivid, non-standard fonts look much more effective than texts on the sites of the competitors. This is...

How to Customize Keyboard Shortcuts in Photoshop

Eugeniu Zaitev  •  Adobe Photoshop, Tutorials  •  December 21, 2012
How to Customize Keyboard Shortcuts in Photoshop

Each of us who work in Adobe Photoshop use different tools from drop down menus, which can be costly in terms of time. Why click through menus when you can create keyboard shortcuts for a variety of tools and actions? With simple keystrokes, you can save precious seconds. Adobe Photoshop also offers the super-useful solution of allowing users to create custom keystrokes. To...

User Interface Elements: 2012 UI Kits Collection

Adrian  •  Graphics, Resources  •  December 20, 2012
User Interface Elements: 2012 UI Kits Collection

This year was very productive in terms of UI Kits. There hasn’t been such amount of User Interface Elements published any year, as this year, a kind of a boom of different styles and shapes. I would like to point out our support to the creation of completely new packages of ui elements, let’s say directly: it was a breakthrough in the creation of such interfaces. To be...

Understanding and Using Hooks and Filters in WordPress

Abbas Suterwala  •  Tutorials, WordPress  •  December 19, 2012
Understanding and Using Hooks and Filters in WordPress

WordPress is a very popular blogging engine. It has also become very popular as a platform for various types of site which range from blogs to CMS to ecommerce sites. The success of WordPress majorly depends on the flexible and easily extendible architecture of WordPress. This lets the plugins and themes add functionality to WordPress without changing the core WordPress...

Working with Color: Create a Monotone Design Scheme

Carrie Cousins  •  Design  •  December 18, 2012
Working with Color: Create a Monotone Design Scheme

Creating a dark color scheme can result in a beautiful, elegant design. There are a variety of ways to do it, from creating pop with sharp contrast or working with a more monotone color palette, which we will focus on here. The No. 1 thing to keep in mind when working with a palette of dark colors is readability. Dark color schemes can sometimes overwhelm the rest of the page,...

New Updates for our Products: Unicons, Dark Amber UI and The Bricks

Adrian  •  Resources  •  December 17, 2012
New Updates for our Products: Unicons, Dark Amber UI and The Bricks

Today, we have updated some of our products. All those who have purchased these products before get updates absolutely for free. We kindly ask you to check your e-mails, as we have sent links for downloading updates to all our clients. The following products have been updated: Unicons – Webfont library (HTML/CSS) for Unicons added. Dark Amber UI – new PSD files...