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Jul 29

10 of the Best Creative Portfolio Themes for WordPress

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:47 — julie

Are you a creative individual looking for the perfect portfolio theme to catapult your career into the big time? Look no further, as today I’m sharing 10 of my favorite WordPress portfolio themes available on Envato Market. If you’re an artist, designer, or photographer, you’re in the right place.

The themes featured today come in a variety of styles, but they’re all visually stunning and packed with all the functionality that your customers, fans, and clients will love.


Salient is Envato Market’s best-selling creative portfolio theme of all time. No surprise really, as this theme is stunning – I strongly suggest that you check out the demo for yourself!


Jul 25

A Week in Review N.48

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 13:17 — julie

Envato News


Jul 24

Elon Musk’s Secret Weapon: A Beginner’s Guide to First Principles in Business

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 13:34 — julie

We’ve talked about Elon Musk before, he is the CEO of Tesla Motors (and, of course, SpaceX), an American electric car manufacturing company. The company has been responsible for technical innovations that many thought impossible, like producing battery packs cheaper than ever before.

Musk says these innovations are made possible by “reasoning from first principles,” but what does that mean, and how can we apply it to our own lives, businesses and projects?

In an interview with Kevin Rose from three years ago, Musk said the following:


Jul 23

How to create a stitched text effect using illustrator

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 03:00 — julie

Another illustrator quick tip tutorial in the form of an screencast on how you can create a stitched text effect. This is a very simple illustrator technique, which is really easy to learn. The effect can be applied to text and almost any shape. Sit back and watched the tutorial the final outcome can be achieved in a matter of minuets.


Jul 22

What’s Behind Monstroid, a Multi-Purpose WP Theme From TemplateMonster?

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 18:05 — julie

Every day Google receives thousands of inquiries about the best WordPress theme on the web. Actually, I was also looking for a solution that would have a “wow” effect on me. And you know what? Recently I found one that suits me perfectly. Today I would like to share my experience with you by writing this Monstroid review. Btw, Monstroid is the first truly multi-purpose WordPress theme developed by TemplateMonster, a company with more than 9 years of experience in building WordPress themes.


Jul 22

Effectively Using Systematization in Your Freelance Business

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 17:22 — julie

Freelancers or small business owners in every field face a constant challenge to achieve and maintain a high level of productivity and quality in their work. One of the ways that you can improve your results is by developing systems or routines for various aspects of your work.

Most likely you do some of the same things day-after-day and week-after-week. Having a proven system for getting these things done can bring several positive benefits.

In this post we’ll look at why you would want to develop you own systems and some areas of life that lend themselves to systematization.

Why Use Systems?

Maximum Productivity

The biggest advantage to developing and using systems in your work is the potential for improved efficiency and productivity.


Jul 21

7 Effective Methods for Improving Your Work

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 03:00 — julie

You may think you’re pretty good at what you do. And you may be right. But you’re not the best you can be. None of us are, and we might never be. The most important skill this century is adaptability and the capacity to constantly learn new skills and improve.

It will take you to the top of your game and keep you there. It will get you better assignments and clients, better rates, a better reputation.

So how do you keep refining your skill set and grow your capabilities in our fast moving culture?

Here are seven ideas to help get you started:

1. Set Aside Time for Learning

Whether it’s 30 minutes a day, an hour a week, or even a few minutes, to grow you have to set aside a regular block of time for learning.


Jul 20

25 Snippets That Demonstrate the Power of Canvas & SVG

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 05:09 — julie

Web browsers are still working towards a unified relationship with web standards. This means developers have support for some CSS prefixes but still have to wait patiently for the full benefits of other techniques like SVG animation. While vectors have become much more accepted in recent years, vector animations & effects still languish through the realm of maladapted support.

The more advanced trends appear where rubber meets the road. Where development techniques merge with the possibilities of current web browsers. The following CSS/JS snippets demonstrate some of the amazing effects you can create using SVGs & canvas elements. These techniques often work best in more creative or experimental layouts with a broad range of tech-savvy visitors.


Jul 18

A Week in Review N.47

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:53 — julie

Envato News

New Releases

Market Blog


Jul 16

Modern Trends & Design Ideas for Email Newsletters

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:08 — julie

As UI design trends have evolved, so have the trends of your friendly neighborhood inbox periodical. A poorly-designed newsletter draws less attention and racks up a hefty amount of unsubscribers.

Good design should work with the content and bring together the message with no ambiguity. This means that design styles vary between different newsletters, and for good reason.

If you’re designing a newsletter from scratch it’s important to spend enough time planning the layout. It’ll help if you study modern trends from professional newsletters to see how they affect content. By studying these trends, you’ll see how they work and gain insight for new ideas to add into your own projects.


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