Articles by Nataly Birch

Inspiration

20 Animated Interfaces: New Ways to Present a Concept

July 11th, 2016
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weather app

There are numerous ways to represent the prototype of an upcoming project to the client. You can stick to the traditional path and overwhelm the client with a bulk of paper material and digital sketches accompanied by extensive descriptions. Or you could go for modern tools such as Adobe After Effects, Framer.js or MarvelApp that will make the future interface look pretty realistic, alive,...

Design

Level Up: 20 Useful Sketch Tutorials

July 4th, 2016
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design an ecommerce portfolio

Although SketchApp was created with graphic designers in mind. And one can’t argue that with its outstanding support for multiple pages and artboards and a bulk of features such as shared styles, it offers a pretty comfortable and fertile environment for creativity. However, it still requires some skills to master it.  If you want to get a grasp of basics, to say nothing about...

Inspiration

Particles Animation: 20 Solutions from Codepen

June 27th, 2016
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vibrating circles

Experiments with canvas, a basic HTML5 element that is used to produce graphics of various kinds and scale on a web page, are gaining more and more popularity nowadays. It seems that web developers have pinned their faith in this technology, even despite the fact that it suffers from the lack of proper browser compatibility. Intending to unlock various possibilities of this potent element the...

Design

Mastering Skills: 30 Best Illustrator Tutorials of 2016

June 9th, 2016
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Mastering Skills: 30 Best Illustrator Tutorials of 2016

Recently, we have compiled a list of 30 of the best tutorials for Photoshop that were aimed to help practice your skills and extend your knowledge. Today is the turn of Illustrator, the most popular software for crafting vector artworks and designs. Traditionally, this advanced graphics program has a vector-related environment that most digital artists find comfortable. It is applicable for projects that need to be scaled to any...

Inspiration

Best of 2016: 30 Tutorials for Photoshop Fans

May 31st, 2016
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Photoshop

What do you need to acquire proper skills to create outstanding artworks? The answer is trivial – studying and staying tuned all the time. While there are traditional ways to gain knowledge in graphic design such as schools and universities, there is also an alternative option that perfectly blends into our fast-moving society. Maybe it is not so deep and profound, yet it is still...

Themes

Best of 2015: 100+ Free WordPress Themes

May 12th, 2016
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Best of 2015: 100+ Free WordPress Themes

Among numerous content management systems, WordPress is the one that grabs the biggest piece of pie. It is a favorite choice whether you need to create a simple personal portfolio or a sophisticated online magazine. Even eCommerce projects can be built based on it. Its massive regularly updated repository of plugins, modules and themes is one of its main advantage over others. There is...

Essentials

Best of 2015: 100 Free Resources for Mobile Designers

April 18th, 2016
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100 Free Resources for Mobile Designers

With the constant updates in a range of iPhones, Android-powered devices, and other smartphones, it is not surprising that mobile user interfaces take up a huge market share. Material design, a brand new Google’s visual language, adds fuel to the fire, strengthening this field and placing it in the dominant position. Good graphical material that can assist in this matter such as profiles, slide-out...

Essentials

Best of 2015: 100 Free Resources for Sketch App

April 14th, 2016
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100 Free Resources for Sketch App

Lightweight, handy, cost-effective and powerful – Sketch App was a dark horse that took the web by storm not so many years ago and became an alternative to goliaths such as Photoshop or Illustrator. Although it is available just for aficionados and lucky owners of Macs, this does not stop it from conquering the creative offices around the world. The majority of the premium...

Essentials

Best of 2015: 100 Best Free HTML and CSS Themes

March 16th, 2016
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Best of 2015: 100 Best Free HTML and CSS Themes

Creating a website from scratch is a challenging task. You have to combine the skills of a designer and a developer to build something worthy; something that will meet trends as well as comply with requirements. The workflow is time-consuming and requires remarkable effort. However, in some cases, this can turn out to be an unjustified expenditure of resources. Sometimes, all you need is a working HTML/CSS...

Design

Best of 2015: 100+ Free Photorealistic Mockups to Make Headers and Presentations Rock

March 7th, 2016
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100+ Free Photorealistic Mockups to Make Headers and Presentations Rock

For us, it is always about the first impression. We trust our instincts, so why not use this knowledge to achieve our goals. If you want to sell a product or increase conversion rates on your website, it is a really good idea to take care of the ‘wrap’. Any service or digital merchandise requires a proper environment to draw the readers’ attention. If...

(Free) Services

Best of 2015: 100 Resources for Web Developers

February 18th, 2016
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100 Resources for Web Developers

While we were primarily focusing on the graphical material, having provided you with all the sorts of stuff, including GUIs, icons, fonts, website layouts, the time has come to pay attention to another fundamental side of the development workflow. This routine is challenging, tricky and time-consuming. Thus it is not surprising that developers are eager to employ third-party resources that help to sort out issues...

Design

Best of 2015: 100 Free Fonts for Designers

February 11th, 2016
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Best of 2015: 100 Free Fonts

When it comes to adding visual variety to the design, there is no simpler way than to use a couple of typefaces, which on the one hand, should match each other and, on the other hand, should have some distinguishing traits. Whether you need to craft a print design or create a website interface, there is always a typeface that meets the requirements of the...

Essentials

Best of 2015: 100 Free PSD Website Templates

February 9th, 2016
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Best of 2015: 100 Free PSD Website Templates

Regarding website design, 2015 has passed under the auspices of flat style. However there were also other factors that shaped the Web the previous year, such as asymmetrical arrangement, which helped projects to break away from traditional boxy structures, a ton of multimedia, which was huge, lavish and overwhelming, nifty and intriguing two-column homepages, enthralling long landing pages, and of course, one of the freshest...

Essentials

Best of 2015: 100 Great Free Icon Packs

February 1st, 2016
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Best of 2015: 100 Great Free Icon Packs

Icons, although the tiniest constituents of the interface, can make the whole difference. They improve projects in terms of intuitive and handy exploration, enrich the user experience, give zest to aesthetics, finish off the theme and create a specific visual language. Much like UI kits that are quite popular among the designers, collections of free icons are also the stuff that creatives constantly chase...