A visitor will always be judging your website from the first pageload. Sometimes this could be an internal page but most of the time people will land directly onto your homepage. The job of a web designer is to captivate their audience with a stunning homepage layout complete with beautiful graphics, usable navigation links, and plenty of relatable content. The problem is that every homepage looks different so there is no winning formula – but it’s precisely because of these differences that a homepage will stand out from the masses.
In this post I’ve organised a series of homepage website layouts from Dribbble designers. Some layouts have gone live on the Internet while others have been posted simply as design mockups. Either way you can learn a lot from these homepages to determine what you like, what you don’t, and figure out why certain designs make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
I am currently traveling and working as a freelance designer and writer. My job would be much more harder without digital tools that make everything more organised, simpler and more efficient. Whether it is creating a wireframe or presenting a design concept to your client there is a tool for it.
In this post I am sharing 10 cool tools and web apps that will definitely enhance your workflow and make your remote working experience more productive and enjoyable.
Trends seem to ebb and flow much like the ocean tides – and opinions are just as critical. While you might prefer high tide for a little water adventure, old granny might be waiting on low tide to shrivel up and dry out on the sandy beach. Some people might not even like the beach at all! But nevertheless design trends have their place and will always flow where attention goes.
Flat design has risen to popularity in a few short years. Modern operating systems like Win8 have begun switching over to this design style without hesitation. I’ve also seen this effect in modern websites that flatten their colors, icons, even buttons. And I know what you’re saying – but Mr. Jake writer person, wouldn’t flat buttons just look like regular hyperlinks? And how could a flat UI design work for so many different layouts? Also can I flatten my mother-in-law and toss her onto a website?
Well I say we should delve into the world of flat design and see exactly how this trend behaves on the screen. Take a peek at some of these website mockups created with flat UI design. This gallery is perfect if you’re trying to understand how to create your own flat elements and how to match everything nicely on a single webpage.
One of the hottest design styles at the moment is retro/vintage designs. In modern life, retro style never loses its popularity and you can see retro and vintage styles in almost every business. When it comes to web design, retro style is also popular among designers.
In today’s article I collected showcasing modern retro style websites. Hope you like the collection. You may also take a look at our past website collections for inspiration.
Our modern era of technology is fast and efficient. Streaming MP3 music has never been easier with the advancement of countless websites and social networks. Mobile applications also come into the picture with support from many audio streaming services. But how would any of these services function without a clean audio player UI?
This gallery features some creative music players for desktop software and mobile apps. If you plan to design your own interface then these examples are perfect to help with brainstorming. As time goes on music player will surely get cleaner and even simpler to use. See what talented designers have already created and try to push the boundaries even further.
The newer iOS software comes with a redesigned interface for iPhones and iPads. The familiar tab bar icons are now typically replaced by smaller line icons – often very thin yet easy to interpret based on the design style. Line icons have grown to encompass website layouts and other types of interfaces.
This gallery includes a large set of line icon designs created for digital interfaces. Some of these are freebie icon sets that you can download and use in creative projects. Others are just design examples you can use for inspiration and research to further understand this trend.
What good is any eCommerce website without the expected payment & checkout page? This step often gets the most focus from customers who want to ensure their information is correct. The input fields should be easy to use and nothing should be too cluttered or congested.
Reducing confusion during checkout will help to expedite the process so that you get more satisfied customers who feel safe with their transactions. Take a peek at the examples from this gallery to find other ideas related to checkout forms. These designs might even give you the urge to redesign your own checkout process! Not to mention you can learn a lot about online payment systems by putting yourself in the shoes of a customer.
We spend a lot of time daily updating our status on social media apps, taking pictures of things around us and playing games. Surely we could use these smart devices for something smarter and productive.
There are many apps which can help you with daily tasks. Starting with design and photoshop, saving and sharing your documents and also for some inspiration. Smartphones can be biggest distraction and best helper in the same time.
Everything will depend on how you choose to use it. I want to suggest 15 Free apps that can really boost your productivity and inspire you as a designer or even as freelancer. Smartphones and tablets became part of our everyday life.
Adobe Photoshop is incredible software that powers majority of the creative businesses and individuals all around the world. It is being used by designers and developers collaboratively and has many handy functions. However, doing the same job for some time gets a little bit boring and you start looking for ways to optimize your workflow and become more efficient by automating or eliminating tedious tasks.
Photoshop community is very active in sharing tips and tricks, contributing with tutorials and handy Photoshop extensions known as plugins.
In the list you’ll find below I’ve collected most useful and free Photoshop plugins that will help you in the process of optimizing your workflow and making your work more efficient and enjoyable.
Some designers advocate skipping the Photoshop process and moving from wireframes directly into HTML/CSS. This is possible for smaller projects but not always advisable. Adobe Photoshop offers the best tools for testing color schemes, gradients, icons, and detailed page elements before moving the layout into your browser.
If you’re a little rusty in Photoshop then these tutorials should get you back into the groove. I’ve collected 28 web design tutorials centered around Photoshop techniques for designing typical page elements. Most are simple enough that you can follow along without much prior experience in the software. But even the more advanced tutorials can offer insights and help newcomers understand the digital design process.