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Jul 04

A Week in Review N.45

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 11:30 — julie

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Jul 03

Diversity in Stock Photos

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 09:08 — julie

Whether we create it, use it, or consume it, most of us have a love-hate relationship with stock photography.

It’s an indispensable asset for businesses who want to create a visual identity that communicates who they are and what they do in the world. But the reality is that many stock photos don’t look much like real life, particularly when it comes to things like race and sexuality.

If you’re searching for white men or heterosexual couples, you won’t come up short.

Need an image everyone else can see themselves reflected in? Grab a coffee, you’ll be here awhile.

We expect the people in stock images to be appealing and well photographed. But increasingly, we’re demanding that they also reflect our authentic selves, which means portraying the kind of diverse relationships, families and situations we see around us every day in life.


Jul 02

Best Of The Web And Design In June 2015

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 00:55 — julie

Another fun packed month in the online design and web community. We have managed to compile a list of the very best photoshop and illustrator tutorials created through out the month of June. We have also rounded up some great web articles we highly recommend reading two stand outs from this months roundup “8 homepage design myths debunked” and “The future generation of CSS selectors:level 4″.

Have you stumbled across any great web articles or tutorials this month ? we would love if you could share those in the comments section below.


Jun 30

Understanding CSS3 Flexbox for Responsive Design

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 13:15 — julie

Most developers are familiar with CSS floats and clearfix hacks to get proper multi-column layouts. These are still in use today because they work and have great support among a variety of browsers. However in 2009 a new display style named flex appeared on the map.

Since then flex has undergone a few changes to reach its current iteration. The flex value is an alternative to block elements floated and manipulated using media queries.

Instead developers can build a flexible container, flexbox for short. It’s great for mobile screens and responsive content for dynamic layouts and webapps. This guide will cover the fundamentals of CSS flexbox usage and some helpful resources for digging deeper into the topic.


Jun 29

Announcing the Winners of Our Recent API Contest

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 17:14 — julie

We asked you to develop a brand new tool/app using our brand new API. We had $1,750-worth of prizes to give away and here are the winners!

Grand Prize WinnerDesertFox by junglist

Desert Fox is an extraordinary tool that can help you find beautiful photos for your blog post or web site and give you an instant preview of how they would look within your text.


Jun 28

How to Create Manageable Web Project Cost Estimates

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 13:03 — julie

Landing a new client is one of the great joys of being a freelance designer. It means finally taking on an exciting paid project and also putting food on the table. That said, figuring out what the new project entails and just how much food will be on your table can be a frustrating mess.

Yes, I’m talking about creating cost estimates for your prospective clients. It’s a vitally important task. On one hand, you’ll want to make sure that the estimate will cover everything the client needs. On the other, you will need to protect yourself against any unforeseen challenges in the project.

So, how do you create an estimate that will satisfy all parties?


Jun 27

A Week in Review N.44

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 12:17 — julie

Envato News


Jun 25

What Does The Future Hold For Adobe Fireworks?

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 14:19 — julie

Back in May 2013, Adobe announced that it has had enough of Fireworks, and decided to feature-freeze its popular design software. While this clearly upset loyal Fireworks users, and the Envato Market community, the fact remains that Adobe Fireworks is no longer under active maintenance and for all practical purposes, its time to shine is over.

So, what does the future hold for Adobe Fireworks? Is it really dead? Or is it still good enough to be considered as a worthy design tool?


Jun 22

Taking Learning Global: the Tuts+ Translation Project

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 20:53 — julie

The hunger to learn knows no race or geography. Yet until early 2014, Envato’s educational platform Tuts+ was 100% English language.

As of this month, we’ve chalked up over 1000 tutorials in 37 different languages – and we’re adding five more each day.

The driving force behind this project is Ian Yates, editor of Web Design content at Tuts+, who decided our tutorials needed to do a better job of reflecting Envato’s global values and community.

Read the rest of this entry: Taking Learning Global: the Tuts+ Translation Project

The post Taking Learning Global: the Tuts+ Translation Project appeared first on Envato Market Blog.


Jun 22

Checklist of Skills & Tools Every Designer Should Learn

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 12:22 — julie

Diving into the pool of graphic and UI design can be stressful. Your work won’t be great to start. But you can get better faster by setting fixed goals.

Most goals have a fixed end point where you can state “I’ve done it!”. Since design is more fluid and difficult to pinpoint growth, it’ll help if you target specific skills and work on those areas persistently.

But where should you focus?

Here’s my top tips for the catch-all skills every designer should understand. Whether you create posters, books, websites or mobile apps, you’ll notice improvements in your work by practicing these different areas of study. To get started find the areas in which you feel the weakest and practice until you’ve built up confidence.


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