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Best Examples of Watercolor in Web Design

By / Jul 13, 2009 / Inspiration

Last week we posted a big collection of photoshop brushes for creating watercolor and other painted effects. These brushes will make your life easier when applying a watercolor style to a design, but you probably want to start by getting some inspiration and seeing how this particular style should be done.

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A Showcase of Super Clean Web Designs

By / Jul 3, 2009 / Inspiration

So what is clean web design? Some may say that clean and minimal are one and the same. They are right to some extent, but I believe a site can still be considered clean while making use of color and design elements. To me, a clean design is one that has an uncluttered layout, makes…

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25 Excellent Examples of Using Texture in Web Design

By / Jun 25, 2009 / Inspiration

Here on WDL, I’ve shown you where to find plenty of amazing free textures, and we’ve given you some exclusive textures as well. Now that you have access to all these resources, I want to give you some inspiration for how you might use them in web design. You’ll notice that some of the designs…

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15 Creatively Cut Business Cards

By / Jun 12, 2009 / Inspiration

In business card design, there are several things you can do to make a card stand out and be memorable. One of them is having the card cut in a unique way. Here are 15 business cards from Card Observer that all share this quality. You’ll notice that some have been cut to give the…

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New Site Launch: Five Niche Galleries

By / Jun 9, 2009 / Inspiration

Steven Snell of Vandelay Design and DesignM.ag announced the launch of five new galleries that focus on specific niches. We all know the value of gallery sites for the design community. They give us inspiration and allow our work to be seen by thousands, but sometimes typical web design galleries can be overwhelming when looking…

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13 Beautifully Designed Mac and iPhone App Websites

By / Jun 2, 2009 / Inspiration

The Apple brand is synonymous with good design. It also seems that a lot of applications made for Macs and the iPhone seem to possess a little something extra when it comes to aesthetics. The designers of these apps do a great job in carrying over that same high level of quality in branding. This…

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15 Boldly Colored Business Cards

By / May 15, 2009 / Inspiration

Running Card Observer allows me to see lots of business cards, and many of them are absolutely stunning. That’s why I like to share them here as well. I’ve already shown you letterpress cards and minimal cards, but now lets look at some that sport bold colors. The designers of these cards took a chance…

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15 Impressive and Beautiful Uses of WordPress

By / Apr 29, 2009 / Inspiration

WordPress is no longer just used to power blogs. It has become the CMS of choice for many web designers. It’s always interesting to see how it’s flexibility provides web designers with the freedom to design sites with no limitations. Here are 15 beautiful web sites all powered by WordPress.

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15 Beautifully Minimal Business Cards

By / Apr 16, 2009 / Inspiration

Following yesterday’s business card giveaway kick-off, I thought it would be appropriate to show some more beautiful cards from Card Observer. This time we’re going to look at those cards that are both minimal in color scheme and design elements. This minimalism in design is what makes these business cards so beautiful and effective. But…

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Business Cards Produced Using Unusual Materials

By / Apr 6, 2009 / Inspiration

As many of you know, I also run Card Observer, which is a site that showcases beautiful business cards. A few weeks ago, I showed you some of the best Letterpress cards that have been featured on the site, but lately I have been noticing