Articles by Nataly Birch

Themes

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

March 14th, 2015
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The Best Free WordPress Themes of 2014

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 vast areas of the web. It’s almost impossible to keep up with the latest offerings of the ecosystem. That’s why we focused on free themes following closely along the...

Apps

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

March 12th, 2015
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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
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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,...

Design

Blast from the Past #6: 100 Best Free Business Cards, Resume Templates and Other Corporate Identity Packages of 2014

February 22nd, 2015
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Blast from the Past #6: 100 Best Free  Business Cards,  Resume Templates and Other Corporate Identity Packages of 2014

Welcome to part 6 of our series "Blast from the Past". By now, you are already in possession of a vast collection of 90 free carefully executed GUI sets, 100 icon packs, 100+ PSD templates, the same number of HTML templates as well as over a hundred fonts, in flavors desktop, web and icon. Now you are fully equipped to perform the creation of...

Essentials

Blast from the Past #5: 100+ Best Free Fonts of 2014

February 21st, 2015
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Blast from the Past #5: 100+ Best Free Fonts of 2014

Welcome to part 5 of our series “Blast from the Past”. By now, you are already in possession of a vast collection of 90 free carefully executed GUI sets, 100 icon packs, 100+ PSD templates and the same number of HTML templates. So, what’s missing you might wonder. Not much, that’s for sure. But, let’s think about it. Yes, I have an idea. What...

Design

Blast from the Past #4: 100 Best Free HTML/CSS Themes of 2014

February 8th, 2015
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Blast from the Past #4: 100 Best Free HTML/CSS Themes of 2014

Here we are again with part 4 of our series “Blast from the Past”. By now, we have equipped you with a vast collection of 90 free carefully executed GUI sets, 100 icon packs and more than 100 free PSD website templates. With them, building up almost any kind of website, starting from stylish and sought-after one page portfolios and not ending with complex...

Design

Blast from the Past #3: 100+ Best Free PSD Website Templates of 2014

February 7th, 2015
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Blast from the Past #3: 100+ Best Free PSD Website Templates of 2014

Welcome to part 3 of our series “Blast from the Past”. By now, you are already in possession of a vast collection of 90 free carefully executed GUI sets and 100 icon packs. With them, building up almost any kind of website, starting from stylish and sought-after one page portfolios and not ending with complex e-commerce sites becomes a little less challenging. Of course,...

Essentials

Blast from the Past #2: 100 Great Free Icon Packs of 2014

February 1st, 2015
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Blast from the Past #2: 100 Great Free Icon Packs of 2014

While all the design industry collects assumptions about what’s to come or is brainstorming fresh solutions to make predictions about the future of website design, we are going to take a look back, trying to get the most out of the previous year. Although “past is in the past”, however, when it comes to website design, nothing disappears without a trace. As a rule,...

Design

Blast from the Past #1: 90 Best Free User Interface Kits of 2014

January 31st, 2015
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Blast from the Past #1:  90 Best Free User Interface Kits of 2014

While all the design industry collects assumptions about what’s to come or is brainstorming fresh solutions to make predictions about the future of website design, we are going to take a look back, trying to get the most out of the previous year. Although “past is in the past”, however, when it comes to website design, nothing disappears without a trace. As a rule,...

Essentials

Late-breaking: 29 Free Vibrant Flat UI Packs

December 23rd, 2014
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Late-breaking: 29 Free Vibrant Flat UI Packs

Still working? It’s the last day before Christmas and this client keeps demanding a more vibrant look to the UI you designed for him? It needs more pop and sizzle, he told you on the phone. It’s boring like it is. Do something about or he’ll send you the ghosts of Christmas. As chances are, you’re not Ebeneezer Scrooge, who knows how their visits...

Inspiration

Creative Vandalism: Urban Street Art in Czech Republic

December 22nd, 2014
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Creative Vandalism: Urban Street Art in Czech Republic

Considered to be an act of vandalism, defacement and even a despicable crime, Graffiti is a controversial type of art that, as a matter of fact, has already managed to win over numerous artists and spectators and has amassed a large army of minions and fans. While authorities and communities hotly debate about pros and cons of this urban branch of creative activity, being...

Essentials

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

December 17th, 2014
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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...

Essentials

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

December 15th, 2014
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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...

Essentials

27 Free Texture Packs for Your Next Design Project

December 5th, 2014
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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...