Freebies for designers is a series where we regularly post some great, super useful freebies on a weekly basis. In our weekly collection we will be sharing all types of stuff including mockups, templates, icons and much more. Here is a collection of 15 freebies for this week.
Learning to develop pretty handwriting can be compared very closely with learning to draw. Both skills require time and patience, and I also believe that anybody can learn these skills with enough practice. Handwriting is something we all need to use and sloppy handwriting can turn into hieroglyphics when trying to decipher notes from a few months or years in the past.
To improve your own handwriting all it takes is practice and somewhere to start. This gallery includes 36 brilliant samples of hand-drawn lettering, logos, and typefaces. See if anything catches your interest and have some fun redrawing these letters. Most creative people like to structure their own unique style of handwriting – and we all tend to develop this style based off different lettering written by others.
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.
Sass is the most mature, stable, and powerful professional grade CSS extension language in the world. I’ve been using Sass for quite sometime and found out that mixins are something any front-end developer would enjoy and take advantage of saving time and being more efficient.
A mixin lets you make groups of CSS declarations that you want to reuse throughout your site. You can even pass in values to make your mixin more flexible.
It save quite a lot of time and helps developers ensuring that the code is not redundant and organized nicely.
I recommend using Compass as they have many built in mixins that simplify developers work.
Digital mp3 players are much more common nowadays on more devices containing tremendous amounts of storage space. Aside from the typical iPod-style music device there are many websites and 3rd party mobile apps which offer a unique audio player experience. Designers and developers are constantly working to make better interfaces which are easy and fun to use.
To get started with your own audio player it may help to check out some designs already available online. This gallery contains 30 free music player interfaces as PSD graphics. You can download and play around with any of these freebies and even customize them for your own ideas. This is an excellent way to learn more about Photoshop and the general concepts behind GUI design.
The Mac operating system is used by millions on laptops and iMacs around the world. Each program for OS X uses an app icon which can be resized in the dock(among other locations). This means icon designers need to create multiple icon sizes for each OS X application. The level of detail is often exquisite and these icons are nothing short of a masterpiece.
This gallery contains 35 Mac OS X app icons created by designers on Dribbble. Many of these apps have gotten published onto the App Store, while others were just created for practice. A few icons even include a free PSD download if you’re into that kinda thing. But regardless of your operating system these icons are truly exceptional and easy to appreciate from a designer’s point of view.
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.
Sometimes designers make better redesigns of the product than the original products are. Let’s talk about apps. In the internet we can found thousands of great examples when redesigned icon, logo or the whole design looks much better than original one. Some of designers just like to test their skills, others are creating designs and expecting for new job opportunity.
In this collection you will find some amazing redesigns of your favorite apps like Facebook, Viber, Instagram and others. All of the redesigns was taken from most crowded home of designers Dribbble.
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.