Design

Best Practice: 10 Small Businesses with Powerful Brand Designs

July 3rd, 2014
by Tara Hornor
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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...

Design

Virtual Plastic Surgery: 40 Photoshop Beauty Retouch Tutorials for That Perfect Look

July 2nd, 2014
by Dirk Metzmacher
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Virtual Plastic Surgery: 40 Photoshop Beauty Retouch Tutorials for That Perfect Look

Retouching pictures of human beings is one of the most common tasks in image editing. Beauty needs to be perfect these days. We don’t want to see how people actually look, but how we imagine them to look. Only superlatives suffice. If you like that or not, chances are if you are part of our industry, you’ll have to deal with these tasks more...

IMHO

Clients From Hell: The Art of Not Giving Way to Unreasonable Demands

July 1st, 2014
by John Siebert
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Clients From Hell: The Art of Not Giving Way to Unreasonable Demands

“I hate that client”, how often have these words come out of your mouth. Often enough! Don’t worry; most web designers have a list of clients they’ve absolutely hated working with. These are clients who made working with them an agonizing experience, with no redeeming features whatsoever. Collaboration with such clients becomes a torturous exercise, which means you don’t enjoy working on their projects....

Essentials

25 Free HTML Resume Templates for Your Successful Online Job Application

June 30th, 2014
by Nataly Birch
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25 Free HTML Resume Templates for Your Successful Online Job Application

Are you dreaming about drawing attention to your persona, getting your job application noticed and bagging the desired job? Then first of all, you should take care of your resume. Though it helps to overcome only the first step towards building your brilliant career, no one would argue that this small piece of paper or a modern minimal one-page web resume is the one...

Design

Work 3.0: Will Ziptask Disrupt the Outsourcing Market?

June 27th, 2014
by Dieter Petereit
0
Work 3.0: Will Ziptask Disrupt the Outsourcing Market?

The international outsourcing market is giant-sized, hundreds of billions of dollars strong. A numerous amount of web platforms aims to monetize that market. 99designs is one example, oDesk and Elance are others. You have probably tried to find work through one of these platforms yourself and I bet the experience was not exactly a walk in the park. Now look through the lense of...

Design

Ten Golden Rules for Choosing the Right Website Images

June 26th, 2014
by John Siebert
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Ten Golden Rules for Choosing the Right Website Images

Images are the single most critical design element designers implement on their website. Yes, even in a world of web design that swears by design minimalism and flat web design, images still play a very important role in determining the success or failure of a site. To put it simply, you cannot afford to go wrong with them.  A perfect image selection strategy can...

Business Online

InVision: Design Prototyping and Collaboration Made Easy (Free for Three Winners)

June 25th, 2014
by Dieter Petereit
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InVision: Design Prototyping and Collaboration Made Easy (Free for Three Winners)

This tool is able to do wonders to your design process. No longer do you need to shift around versions of your creative work by mail, hoping things won’t get messed up after the fifth back and forth (knowing they definitely will). You can simply create design mockups with your favorite image editor, then make them work interactively using InVision. Discuss the designs online,...

Deals & Giveaways

Crocoblock: Disruptive WordPress Theme Club for the Rest of Us (Giveaway)

June 25th, 2014
by Dieter Petereit
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Crocoblock: Disruptive WordPress Theme Club for the Rest of Us (Giveaway)

The world of WordPress themes is monstrous, if you allow me to stay close to the animal wording the name of this new theme club suggests. Not only the sheer amount of free themes doesn’t allow anybody to stay atop of the development. Also the Premium offers have grown to an extent noone can by any means oversee. There’s quite some discussion going on,...

Essentials

22 Free HTML, PSD and GUI Templates From June 2014

June 24th, 2014
by Juan Pablo Sarmiento
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22 Free HTML, PSD and GUI Templates From June 2014

Summer is approaching fast. I remember Winter still. Time is a fast-paced business. The good thing about it, the next part of any of our series is always near. As a frequent reader you know that, dedicated to the needs of any designer and developer out there, we here at Noupe maintain a handful of monthly series, bringing you the best and freshest template...

Deals & Giveaways

Filter Forge 4: More Than 10,000 Filters for Photoshop Aficionados (Win Your Copy)

June 23rd, 2014
by Dieter Petereit
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Filter Forge 4: More Than 10,000 Filters for Photoshop Aficionados (Win Your Copy)

If you professionally use Photoshop as your favorite image editor, chances are, you’ve heard of Filter Forge more than once during the last few years. Filter Forge is a software and a plugin for Adobe Photoshop and other image editors with the same plugin technology. With Filter Forge you are able to create your own filters visually. This is great, of course, but even...

Business Online

Social Media Marketing: Finding Influencers to Support Your Brand

June 20th, 2014
by Zack Rutherford
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Social Media Marketing: Finding Influencers to Support Your Brand

It doesn’t often enter into our thought process, but every purchase we make is affected by an agent of influence. We’re constantly persuaded, motivated, and moved by media. Our daily choices, preferences, and leanings are all subtly pushed one way or the other, by the random bits of media we digest on the regular. It’s akin to mass hypnosis really. So who’s the man...

Essentials

Solid: 30 Free GUI, Icons and Website PSD Templates Featuring Contour-style Graphics

June 19th, 2014
by Nataly Birch
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Solid: 30 Free GUI, Icons and Website PSD Templates Featuring Contour-style Graphics

Trends in web as well as in mobile design tend to come and go like fashion. Truly devoted UI designers only catch on those that are worth it. Nowadays flat style runs the show. Microsoft’s Metro UI started the trend, while Apple’s iOS7 gave it the real boost.  Designers all over the world give preference to plain shapes, simple graphics, minimal coloring, bold typography and...