Tara Hornor

  • Opposites Attract: Tips for Designing a Clean Yet Colorful Website

    A clean website design does not have to be boring, and a colorful website design does not have to be obnoxious and overwhelming. Interestingly, usually all a clean site needs to jazz it up are a few bright or bold colors, and an obnoxious site needs a clean redesign to go from overwhelming to simply colorful. For these reasons, a clean yet colorful website is the perfect marriage. Together, these aspects create a stand out design that creates a lasting impression and keeps visitors coming back for more. May I even be so bold as to say that a clean yet colorful website is what every designer should strive to accomplish in their web designs?



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  • Best of SVG 2014: Icons, Tools and Resources

    With mobile devices taking over the world, so to speak, new technology for making websites and apps look pretty on mobile devices continues to emerge and evolve. One of those awesome mobile technologies to arrive on the scene in recent years is that of SVG or Scalable Vector Graphics. SVG takes vectors a step further beyond just a scalable image. In fact, an SVG is actually XML-based, meaning that an SVG and its behaviors are definable for interaction and animation using CSS and/or Javascript.



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  • Top Tools and Resources for Hybrid App Development

    Do you remember when apps first appeared for smart phones? The TV commercial for the iPhone 3G’s tag-line, “There’s an app for that,” made it seem like there was an app for anything you’d ever want. It may not have been true at the time, but it certainly is now, especially with the emergence of hybrid app development in the past few years.



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  • 15 Beautiful Art Projects, Created to Raise Awareness for a Cause

    Beautiful art can be both awe-inspiring and intriguing. Some of it simply awakens the creativity or beauty inside of us all, and other stunning works of art makes us really think about deeper issues. No matter the level of intensity of the piece, great artworks cause most people to stop, if even for just a moment, to have an emotional experience. And this experience, these emotions, will be re-lived every time the viewer encounters that piece of art again.



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  • 24+ Best Apps for Graphic Design Freelancers

    One of the best ways to improve your workflow and time management as a graphic design freelancer is to use apps. Not just any app will do, however. You need ones that won’t waste your time by crashing and that help you both on the go and when around your computer. Our collection of the best apps for graphic design freelancers below are divided into design and photography apps and business management apps. As a graphic designer, you never know when inspiration might hit, which is why you want something in place to record your idea before you lose it. And we all hate the annoying business tasks, especially when they take too much time away from designing. The apps below should help solve both of these problems that can occur for graphic design freelancers.



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  • WTF? Quirky and Unusual Packaging and Advertorial Designs

    For both packaging and advertisements, one of the most important elements is that the design stands out from its surroundings, whether this is on a shelf or in a magazine. The catch is that it shouldn’t just stand out, however. A good marketing design is one that will also capture attention long enough to leave a lasting impression on the consumer. And also just as important is that the lasting impression is one that accurately portrays the brand along with the product’s unique features and, more importantly, benefits.



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  • Noteworthy: 8 New Incredible Illustrators of the Future

    Whether you are an admirer and lover of illustration or in need of a fantastic illustrator who has a fresh look, you may find exactly what you need in one of the following eight illustrators of the future. All are fairly new to the online scene, and most of them are still students. A few have already built up somewhat of a following, even on the small portfolio they currently have. Some even have a couple of mentions on inspirational blogs.



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  • Best Practice: 10 Small Businesses with Powerful Brand Designs

    As a small business, it can be difficult to devote the amount of funds needed to hire a designer who can create a stand out brand for your business. Yet, having a powerful and impressive brand look is arguably THE most important element of a small business, next to customer service and smooth operations, that is. When most small businesses use unoriginal fonts, a boring logo, unimpressive color scheme, a common WordPress website layout, and stock images, the one small business that chooses the unique route is that one that will get noticed, and more importantly, be remembered long after the initial encounter.



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  • Get Prepared: 40+ Top Free Vectors for Spring Holidays

    Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Thanksgiving (in the US) are such big holidays in the winter that it can be easy to forget the smaller holiday that occur at the end of winter and into spring. Valentine’s Day is today, so we are little late for that, but we still have St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and even Memorial Day at the end of spring.



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  • Mouth-watering: 50 Stunning Commercial-free Photos for Food Industry Designs

    Professional photos of food and food-related scenes can be hard to come by when you have to stick to a thrifty budget. Yet, sometimes you have a startup business client who needs to keep costs low, which means that cheap – or even free – photos are necessary. Or maybe you need stock photos to make your theme demo look too incredible to pass up. Food photos are also an excellent idea for unique textures for your design project.



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