If you’re a WDL Premium Member, we’ve got something very nice for you, today. TabletFolio, from WeGraphics, is a single page portfolio with a unique design, an awesome illustration of a graphic tablet. This HTML/CSS template is very easy to customize. You’ll find comments inside the code and a separate psd to put in your own logo, polaroid and title. If you’re not a WDL Premium Member, sign up to download this and tons of other resources. (more…)
For those of you who haven’t picked up a copy of The Smashing Book 2, this is a brief overview and some of my initial thoughts about the book. I received my copy last week, and I’ve been reading it for the past couple of days. So far, I’m impressed. Just like everything the team at Smashing Magazine does, the emphasis here is on quality – from the content to the actual printing of the book.
The production quality was the first thing I noticed after unboxing it. Unlike the first book, this one has a hard cover, stitched binding, and even a “Smashing” orange bookmark. Not that the original Smashing Book was bad, but It’s evident that much more emphasis and care was put into the production of this one.
Last year we showcased 55 Examples of Huge Typography in Web Design and since typography is always an important aspect of web design, we decided to gather a new list of websites that use big typography. From tag lines, to headers to whole texts, there are plenty of great examples to show. Check it out, and start thinking about going big on your next project. (more…)
We talk about negative space quite a bit here on WDL. It can be a very important element in a design, especially in logos. Clever designers can create shapes around and inside the main elements to help reinforce the meaning or message of the logo. When done well, it’s a thing of beauty. I can’t get enough of logos like these. When I come across good ones, I have to share them. So here are some more clever examples of negatives space in logo design. (more…)
Here’s a set of high-quality Photoshop brushes for our WDL Premium Members. This set from Azigos is called Hard Grunge. It contains 25 high resolution brushes (size between 2221-2500px) that you can use for all your grungy effects. Suitable for print projects and web projects, some of the brushes have been made with paint, while others are made with grunge textures. (more…)
In case you missed the launch last week, BundleHunt 3 is now on sale, but there’s only one week left to grab it. This bundle features 20 popular design resources and applications normally valued at over $1287, and it’s priced at only $49. The idea for this release is to put together a complete design resource pack for web developers across the board for the smallest price in history.
BundleHunt 3 comes with a number of new premium applications included such as CodeCollector Pro, Relationship 2, 6 outstanding WordPress themes by Press75 and ThemeTrust and SmashingMagazine’s newest e-book. In all, there are 20 applications and products included in the bundle, all for an amazing price: $49. (more…)
Being organized is not something creative types are necessarily known for. However, in managing your freelance design business, it’s a must. In fact, with the exception of one or two, every successful freelancer I know (design or otherwise) has this one thing in common. Organization. Of course there are a lot of different ways to organize your projects, clients, potentials, leads, invoices, etc. And none of them is the definitive, “correct way.” However, I’ve found that having a few select tools can go a long way in making the process a lot easier and even enjoyable. So I’ve rounded up a short, but what I hope is a very helpful, list of tools for managing your freelance design business.
Back in October of last year, I launched Theme Trust, a shop for premium WordPress themes. Five months later, I couldn’t be more excited about where it’s at. Sales have consistently increased each month, and the amount of positive feedback from customers has been overwhelming.
Moving forward, the plan is to keep providing fast and friendly support and to release more amazing themes – which brings me to the topic of this post. I’ve recently released a new theme called Filtered. It’s a portfolio theme that has a clean and minimal style along with some nifty jQuery features. Since many of you are obviously web designers, this might be perfect as a foundation for your own portfolio or your next client project. (more…)
Slideshows or sliders are obviously a popular trend right now in the web design world – and for good reason. It’s an effective way to highlight something important and create some visual interest. And from a technology standpoint, the popularity of jQuery has made it almost too easy to implement a slideshow. It seems like there is a new jQuery slider plugin released every week. If you’re thinking about incorporating a slideshow in your next web project, we’ve got some inspiration for you. Here are 30 Inspiring Examples of Slideshows in Web Design. (more…)
Dribbble is a network of very talented graphic designers and digital artists from all around the world. Here the community is able to share small photos (or shots) onto their profile and critique others’ work. The list features icons, UI elements, buttons, vectors, and so much more!
For your inspiration, here are 35 stunning Dribbble shots. These are a mixed variety of artists offering some seriously amazing talent in the field of digital graphics. Aspiring artists are able to absorb a lot from the talents of each member and the community at large.