Articles by Nataly Birch

Inspiration

Maintain Focus: 20 Website Designs with Centered Layouts

June 29th, 2015
by
focus-webdesign-teaser_EN

Website designs with fixed width centered layouts are like a blast from the past that remind us of those good old days when a majority of web sites were based on the formerly popular 960px grid system – center-aligned and with distinctive borders. With the increasing popularity of wide screens, designers began to opt in favor of full-screen layouts that gave the content more...

Inspiration

30 Best Practices in 3D Typography

June 3rd, 2015
by
3dtypography-teaser_EN

Next in our infrequent series of typography setups is splendid multi-faceted 3d typography. For sculptural type artists opt in favor of Cinema 4D or Zbrush, while for creating an illusion of dimension, designers move heaven and earth resorting to all sorts of tools and material. From rendering in Cinema 4d as a primary instrument for building a simulating environment to manipulations with Illustrator’s toolbox...

Inspiration

Back to the Roots: Hand-Made Typography

May 27th, 2015
by
handmade-typography-teaser_EN

Are you sometimes fed up with everything glossy, glassy, gradient-esque, three-dimensional, abstract, surreal – in one word with everything artificial, virtual? Yes? Me too. Now is the perfect time to turn to natural, real and genuine. Simply set your eyes on something organic, something that you can touch, feel and even eat, something that has vibes and evokes warm feelings. Our today’s collection is...

Design

State of Design: United Arab Emirates

May 10th, 2015
by
State of Design: United Arab Emirates

Being deeply religious people, residents of United Arab Emirates live in a peaceful world hemmed in between the inhospitable desert and the Persian Gulf. Here, religion plays a significant role, affecting not only everyday life but also culture and art. It is not a secret that the UAE sports numerous distinct national characteristics that some may find outdated or obsolete. Although despite such constraints,...

Inspiration

Incredible Typography: 28 Sculptural Fonts (Showcase)

May 5th, 2015
by
Incredible Typography: 28 Sculptural Fonts

Typography is considered to be a fine art that at first place adorns print media. Although it is widely used for its primary purpose, which obviously is displaying text, it is able to not just bring the content to view but also reflect its meaning. It can dish out data in the way you imagined it to, easily conveying a gamut of emotions, setting the...

Design

World of Design No. 3: South Korea

April 29th, 2015
by
Design in South Korea

Driven by high-tech goliaths such as Samsung, LG, and Hyundai-Kia, South Korea is considered to be one of the most innovative countries in the world. However, this impressive fact does not call the tune when it comes to website design. It seems that the Korean-based creatives are trying to stick to the golden mean and maintain the ideology of “haste makes waste” and populate...

Design

100 Free Resources for Sketch App

April 27th, 2015
by
100 Free Resources for Sketch

More and more creatives switch from powerful and universal image editors such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator to simpler, less sophisticated, much handier and just cheaper software for carrying out their tasks. These unidirectional yet feature-rich programs enable talented folks to focus particularly on designing and nothing else, providing a set of instruments exactly for this sphere. Sketch App is one of that kind....

Themes

Blast from the Past #9: 100 Best Free WordPress Themes – Responsive, Huge Images, Flat Style, and More

March 14th, 2015
by
Blast from the Past #9: 100 Best Free WordPress Themes – Responsive, Huge Images, Flat Style, and More

With more than 3,000 themes available in the official repository and hundreds available on third-party websites, to say nothing about plugins for extending functionality, WordPress is the leading content management system that provides power to large parts of the web. It’s almost impossible to keep up with the latest offerings of the eco system. That’s why we focused on free themesfollowing closely along the...

Apps

Blast from the Past #8: 90 Free Resources for Mobile Designers

March 12th, 2015
by
Blast from the Past #8: 90 Free Resources for Mobile Designers

Smart navicons, chic slide out menus, heavily blurred backgrounds, sophisticated control centers, elegant outline graphics, splash screens – these clever solutions were incepted to improve mobile application interfaces in the first place. They also work well when it comes to refining website designs, unintentionally. Smart concepts successfully migrate from one platform to another, reinventing traditional layouts. Last year the integration of principles of mobile...

Essentials

Blast from the Past #7: 100 Free Photorealistic MockUps to Win the Pitch

March 7th, 2015
by
Blast from the Past #7: 100 Free Photorealistic MockUps to Win the Pitch

In a global marketplace with gazillions of website themes, app interfaces and print designs created by gifted artists, it is quite difficult to fight off the competition. Winning customers is becoming harder and harder. Impressing the online audience with a visually stimulating presentation that demonstrates an upcoming product in its natural surrounding displaying it for its intended use, is probably a way out. Here,...