Design

  • Affinity Photo Beta: The First REAL Alternative to Photoshop?

    On February 10 this year a new creative design software was unveiled: Affinity Photo by Serif debuted in beta and is currently available for free, exclusively for Mac OS X. The app claims to be a pro-level challenger to Adobe Photoshop, the undisputable top dog and standard in the publishing industry. After the beta phase, Affinity Photo will be available at the Mac App Store, at an estimated price tag of £39.99 (€49.99/$49.99). So let´s have a look under the hood of this new software and check it against its overwhelming rival, Adobe Photoshop.



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  • Logo Design According to Zeitgeist: Not Only the Times are Changing

    Logos, be it wordmarks or symbols, are rarely „timeless“. Instead, they are regularly adapted over time – sometimes tentatively, sometimes more radical. Apart from taking on style details such as gloss, 3D, and shadow effects which disappear with the fading of those design trends, there seems to be an underlying general direction in logo design: shapes get more simple, proportions more harmonious, and details disappear. When a company is founded, logos are often not created by professional designers, but rather quickly jotted down. Frequently, those logos do not correspond with the core principles needed for creating a distinct logo. Simplicity always plays an important part here. Wordmarks and symbols need to be quickly recognized and embraced.



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  • The Hunger Games: Are Designers Cannibals?

    Sure, many designers scream that speculative work is bad. The major creative and design organizations have written articles out the whazoo about how bad it is for the industry and even have white papers, books and entire conference programs dedicated to the “NoSpec!” movement. Still, it’s increasing and guess who’s to blame? The very people it hurts!



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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 a great web design. But what about other corporate identity items? Business cards, stationery or what if you are perfectly equipped but got no job? In this case our resume templates might just be what you are looking for. That’s what today’s collection is all about. Again, we searched thoroughly and came up with the 100+ best business card mockups, resume templates and other corporate identity necessities.



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  • Web Design Takeaway: 40 CSS Buttons, Tutorials and Code Snippets

    Pure CSS buttons and menus do not need graphics anymore but create themselves from the beauty of the written code. Generating this can be difficult in regard to broad browser compatibility. Thankfully, there are tutorials, ready-made code snippets, and numerous examples to choose from. And it gets even better, as we present you the best examples in this article. What you don’t get in the following article is some Photoshop. All the following buttons are available for private as well as commercial use. As the terms of service are susceptible of change, you should review them again before using the buttons. Have fun…



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  • Adobe Lightroom Mobile: Image Processing on the Go (including Android)

    Last month, Adobe released a new version of its Lightroom app for mobile devices. For the first time this app is not only available for iPhones and iPads, but for Android devices as well. But how efficient can image processing on tablet or smartphone actually be?



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  • 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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  • 22 Fresh Free Templates in HTML/CSS and PSD: February 2015 Edition

    Welcome to the future. In our second collection of free HTML, CSS and PSD templates of 2015 you’ll find all the major trends of the year represented. We have hero areas, we have ghost buttons, we have Material Design, we have cards, we have everything. As always the templates are created in HTML, CSS or PSD or a combination of all formats. Use them as an inspiration or fill them with your content directly. It’s all up to you…



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  • Design Trend Hero Images: The Bold Way of Using Images

    Currently there are two seemingly contrary trends in web design. On the one hand, websites become more minimalistic – less colors, clear fonts and simple shapes. On the other hand, large-sized, full page images – so called hero images – are becoming more and more popular. Sounds strange, but in the end only appears to be contradictory. At second glance, both trends complement each other very well. Of course, this only applies when they are used both in a sensible way and even more importantly with an expressive image.



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  • Design Professionals – Go for the Green this St. Patrick’s Day and Take the Challenge

    You don’t have to be Irish to design a great St. Patrick’s Day themed email template. If you can think creatively and design unique artwork that captures the spirit and revelry that is the St. Patrick’s Day celebration, then it’s time to enter the Mega Colossal Email Template Design Challenge brought to you by PSD2HTML, 99designs, Depositphotos, Designmodo and Noupe.



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