Nataly Birch

  • The Right Mood #2: 25+ Free Christmas Cards, Flyers, Tags and Printables 2014

    Last Christmas I said that all I want is you in this winter wonderland. But, you all know how that story went. The very next day she gave my love away. This year, to save me from tears, I will give free Christmas resources to all of you instead of only to that someone special. So, if you don’t want a lot for Christmas and there are just a few things you need. Let’s not care about the presents underneath the Christmas tree. Let’s care for these fabulous Christmas resources I dug up from the depths and widths of the world wide winter web…



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  • The Right Mood #1: Free Christmas Icons, Patterns and Mockups 2014

    “Ho, Ho, Ho”,  Xmas is looming and Santa is coming to town. It is time to fetch the Christmas toys from the closet, buy the Christmas tree, and equip oneself with pleasant things that are capable of turning a simple room into a fairy-tale charged with a cheerful and festive mood. The, relax and enjoy the end of the year. Taking care of creating a proper atmosphere these days is of particular importance. The air of Christmas should be prevailing whether you intend to prettify the house, or you want to add a joyful and merry touch to your website, or you are up to creating a complementary celebratory artworks. Just everything looks more solemn, inspiring and uplifting when placed in a proper emotional environment. Today we begin with free instruments for designers and artists, who plan to create festive artworks, cards and invitations from scratch. We hope our list of themed icons, festive patterns and vector graphics come in handy.



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  • 27 Free Texture Packs for Your Next Design Project

    Sometimes in order to take your website design from blah to bling, you do not have to put a great deal of additional effort into it. If the project fits, a texture can make a big difference. Thanks to a pretty rich assortment, textures are able to provide projects with absolutely different aesthetics. For example, if you adopt a more rough and grainy texture such as wood or paper then you are going to receive a strong rustic vibe that is well-suited for restaurant-related projects. If you opt for vibrant semi-transparent watercolor-esque textures you will be able to get a subtle appeal and stately elegance that is necessary on fashion-themed or womanish websites. Each project demands its matching texture.



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  • 25 Free Hero Images and Mock-ups: The First Impression Counts

    The use of giant, so-called Hero images is a trend of the younger years. Some say it was Apple who brought it forth, some say gigantic images have been there forever, but couldn’t be used due to poor bandwidths. The latter is becoming less and less of a problem, so why not start using hero imagery today? It will make for a solid first impression and be kept remembered. So if your brand or product fits the use of giant imagery, you should give it a try. Today we have put together 25 free hero image mock-ups from around the web. Some add extra PSD layers to the canvas; others are plain great photos. Everything is tied together through coloring, logotype or some specific decorative elements. Here is what we compiled for you…



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  • Double Tap, Check, Swipe: 25 Free Gesture Icons Packs for Your Mobile App

    Finally, you are ready to put a new mobile app on the market. Surely you expect it to take the audience by storm. As we all know, people buy not only the product but also its packaging. So without a well-thought-out presentation, chances are, it simply won’t do. Presentations of old won’t do either, neither will lengthy feature lists or plain screenshots. Why not jump on an upcoming trend? Present your new app in a vibrant, lively way by showing someone actually use it. This can be done with GIF or HTML5, where GIF seems to be the preferred path these days. We have compiled a set of 25 free gesture icons packs in different formats, such as vectors, sketches, PSDs and more to help you get that presentation straight. Furthermore the GIFs you are about to create are very useful in tutorials too. You should definitely give it a try…



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  • World of Design No. 2: New Zealand

    We are accustomed to believe that web design trends as well as their ardent supporters and followers tend to accumulate in the northern hemisphere: Europe, UK, America traditionally are the center of all that is happening. But what about others, extremely remote, pristine, almost unspoiled parts of the world, such as New Zealand. Is it an active and equal participant of the mainstreams? As it turns out, yes it is. In the days of high technology in the Internet era, the geographical location has lost its relevance, allowing to bridge the gap between semi spheres and unite everyone in one virtual space.



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  • Sass-based Grid Systems: How to Split Columns, not Hairs

    When it comes to website development there is not a lot better than a semantic, flexible, professionally crafted grid system, forming a “safe and sound” structure. It is the most viable and reliable solution that skillfully and effectively deals with all the dirty issues of today’s designs. For the past decade, the diversity of this kind of instruments has been considerably increased and constantly improved. There are pure CSS grids and mixed ones, simple style sheet files and complex pre-made frameworks, responsive and fixed, well-formatted and poorly formatted, some includes gutters others not – you are confronted with a plethora of choices. However, as you delve more deeply into this concept, it becomes obvious that each project requires its own solution and not every underlying system meets every project’s requirements and personal preferences. As always, the choice will depend on what you want to achieve in the end.



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  • Quick, Not Dirty: 30 Free Wireframe Style UIs, Mockups and Templates

    Attention to detail is important in any kind of design. Web design means no exception. Yet before we get into that detail we should always scribble up a quick mockup of what we want the project to look and feel like. Some put detail even into that mockup, some stay minimalist. Whatever your approach is, we have curated a nice collection of recent mockup templates for all purposes. Have fun…



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  • Intelligent Wearable Devices: 24 Free Apple Watch Templates for Your Perfect Mockup

    While some manufacturers opt in favor of huger devices and bigger screens, others vice versa prefer going for a more minimalist approach, slimmer gadgets and smaller screens. High technologies do not stand still. They always evolve, progress and improve, endowing masses with top-notch pioneering devices as well as surprising them with really unexpected solutions. The perfect examples for the latter are intelligent accessories that are on everyone’s radars these days.



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  • World of Design No. 1: Ukraine

    From Sevastopol to Kiev, from Lviv to Donetsk – the Ukraine is a huge country with a long, rich history as well as dramatic landscapes and seascapes. Under its wings live various ethnic groups with a wide and diverse cultural background. The Ukraine or better the Ukrainians definitely have something to show off. It is a motherland of splendid embroidery, lavish traditional costumes, and highly decorative arts and crafts. It is no wonder that it is the home of a great deal of virtuosos who not only are engaged in traditional types of art but also in modern ones including website design, mobile app design, typeface design and others. Sharing common roots with both Eastern European and Western European civilizations, its cultural heritage is a unique blend that bears remarkable and exceptional elements that couldn’t but help to encourage talented folks on eloquently expressing themselves through creating projects that can be hailed as real masterpieces. Ukrainian designers and agencies are active participants of different trendy mainstreams. They work inside the world arena and compete with others on high levels, making their own incomparable contribution as well as blessing the web with matchless high-end projects. Today we are going to shed some light on several Ukraine-based and really talented individuals as well as creative companies that have already managed to leave their mark.



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