Every web designer requires right tools to do their job. To create a well crafted original designs you certainly need good tools to help you along the way. Finding good tools can be very time consuming and sometimes be the hardest challenge in the field of web design. To save time and find tools you need I have collected a few websites, tools and apps that are essential for modern web designer.
Check out this list below with incredibly useful tools for digital designers. Then, be sure to let me know your favorites (or if I missed your favorite) mention it in the comments section.
The May edition of the ongoing DesignWoop freebies series features a diverse useful design resources you can use. This month has a strong focus on branding and product mockup templates as I was searching for something make use of on a recent design project. Download & enjoy.
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.
Icons are a requirement for any web-related project or just application project. Creating your own custom icons for each project is rarely practical as it’s so time-consuming. On the other hand, finding those hidden treasures in a pool of tens of thousands of icon packs also takes time especially if we are talking about free icons.
Today I have collected 15 new free icons sets together. When I was selecting these icon sets I was looking for many different styles to be a good fit for mobile and web projects. Some of the icons are flat style which is still very popular.
On a recent search for a new typeface for a project I came across the free font called Anke Sans, I really loved it and added it to my collection. I wanted to also bring you some of the other fonts I came across, some of which are both free and not free to download.
Hopefully some of these fonts are new to you also and may serve you well for your next project, download and enjoy! You can never have enough fonts to play with.
Understanding how to use Photoshop well requires a lot of practice. You can’t be afraid of testing design effects to see what they look like. But when first getting started the whole process of creating a digital interface can be stressful and off-putting. Thankfully designers are oftentimes happy to release their own designs as freebies for others to study and utilize.
This gallery includes a handful of brilliant PSDs for mobile applications and website layouts. Everything here is free to download and play with on your own. You can learn a lot by opening these files to study how other designers create page elements, add color, and organize the interface. Or you can even use these PSDs as generic templates for structuring your own digital mockup.
You do not need to be well versed in WordPress or be a software developer to create your WordPress powered portfolio site. A majority of WordPress powered themes nowadays allow you to quickly build, customise and manage your portfolio and blog items all without needing to touch a line of code.
Today I wanted to get together a great collection of the latest photography focused themes. When selecting these themes I specifically looked for a clear, well structured design with a strong focus on how the images are presented on both web and mobile screens.
The April edition of the ongoing DesignWoop freebies series features a diverse range of really cool design goodies. This month I have found some really nice icons which I already made use of in a project and some pretty cool free PSD’s which are super helpful for a small side project or quick mockup. Download, share & enjoy!
If you’re into Photography or digital effects then you’ll love this collection of tutorials. Each one is geared towards a unique effect or digital concept for retouching photographs. Both digital photos or scanned copies work perfectly and produce very similar results.
Even if you’ve never retouched a photo in your life, these guides can help you get started. By studying from people with experience you can learn plenty of great techniques. All it requires is a bit of patience and perseverance! By following these guides you can learn some amazing effects with just a few weeks of study and practice.
As the saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Your landing page may be the first thing potential customers encounter when they hear about you, your company or your product, and so it’s absolutely critical. This is especially true if you’re a startup or a small business, where often you don’t get a second chance.
Some companies do a truly phenomenal job with their landing pages. A landing page that’s been crafted beautifully, is uncluttered and that helps to show off the product or service well can reflect extremely well on the brand that it’s for. If you put all of your attention and focus into the product, but not into the landing page, then it can be hard to get the sales that you may otherwise deserve.
I wanted to write a post that showcased some of my favourite fresh, interesting and bold landing page designs that I think do a great job at putting the product in the spotlight. All of these examples make use of beautiful, creative design to show off the product, and I hope that this collection gives you some ideas around improvements you could make to your own landing pages. If you know of any other examples of stylish, bold and creative landing page designs, I’d love to hear about them in the comments section below.