Jan 30

Best Of Web And Design In January 2014

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 03:00 — julie


The first month of the year has been a great to the year, with a ton of new design blogs emerging. A great collection of some certainly outstanding web and design articles certainly worth reading through.

Photoshop Tutorials

Create a 3D Sports Graphics Illustrationbaseball thumb Best Of Web And Design In January 2014

In this tutorial, It will show you how to create a 3D sports graphics illustration using Adobe Illustrator to create and export basic paths, Cinema 4D to build the 3D, and Photoshop for the post-production.

How to create a colorful fluro duotone photo effectcolourful halftone thumb Best Of Web And Design In January 2014

In today’s Photoshop tutorial we’re heading straight back to the 80s to play with vibrant fluoro colours. It has become a popular trend to convert the colours of modern day photographs into oversaturated fluorescent style hues to create intense sensual images. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to quickly recreate this duotone effect, then we’ll take the design to the next level with some additional tweaks to give it a modern pop art twist.

How To Create an Easy Abstract Blur Pattern Designabstract pattern thumb Best Of Web And Design In January 2014

Follow this step by step guide to create your own abstract gradient pattern art using a mix of Photoshop and Illustrator techniques.

Stylise photos using colourful shapesphoto illustration thumb Best Of Web And Design In January 2014

These techniques can be adapted to a wide range of styles – so after completing this tutorial, repeat it and see how far you can push it beyond what you see here.

Illustrator Tutorials

Create lush, glossy vector imagesrainbow Best Of Web And Design In January 2014

Along the way, you’ll also learn how to bring simple shapes to life, and how to create charming characters and elements, using only basic Illustrator and Photoshop.

Create an Alphabetti Spaghetti Text Effect in Adobe Illustratorspagti food thumb Best Of Web And Design In January 2014

In the following steps you will learn how to create an alphabetti spaghetti text effect in Adobe Illustrator. For starters you will learn how to create a simple rectangle and a piece of text and how to easily place them in the center of your artboard.

Draw realistic liquids in vector artwater thumb Best Of Web And Design In January 2014

Creating convincing liquid effects in vector illustration can be a tricky business. Luckily, Jing Zhang has provided us with this tutorial that shows you how to make a real splash with your art. You’ll learn numerous Illustrator techniques to create vector liquid, by playing around with Illustrator’s Mesh tool, Warp tool and layer blending properties.

How to Create a Neon, Stylized, 60′s Inspired Portrait in Illustratorneon illustration thumb Best Of Web And Design In January 2014

Turn out the lights and turn on the black light where neon shapes pop from fuzzy posters and the psychedelic fashion scene of the 1960′s is alive once more. Join me in Adobe Illustrator, where we’ll use the Gradient Tool, Pucker & Bloat Effects, and manipulate shapes to indicate a fuller composition within our picture plane. It’ll be bright, fun, and down right retro.

Web and Design articles

Want to Improve User Experience? Ask These 6 Questionssix building thumb Best Of Web And Design In January 2014

During a recent visit to HubSpot’s headquarters, members of the Build team got to see the remnants of one of the inbound marketing firm’s capture sessions, a strategy we wrote about earlier this year. Scribbled in blue ink on a whiteboard wall near the desk of user-experience director Joshua Porter was a list of “Good UX Questions.”

Dealing With Workaholism On Web Teamsworkaholic thumb Best Of Web And Design In January 2014

Workaholism is often confused with hard work. Some people who work on the Web seem not only to disregard its dangers, but to actively promote it. They see it as a badge of honor—but is it really? On the contrary, it’s a serious issue that can damage Web teams.

Sony’s explosive site may be the best parallax scroller you’ve yet seenparrellex thumb Best Of Web And Design In January 2014

We love parallax scrolling. It can be an overused technique, of course. But when teamed with impeccable photography and inspiring typography, it can truly enhance the user experience.

Ecommerce load time hazardsecom thumb Best Of Web And Design In January 2014

Over the past few years, the web has gotten faster, partly because more people have broadband Internet now, and partly because users’ expectations of how websites should perform have grown. (Even Google uses site speed as a ranking factor now.)

Six things every designer should know about copyrightscopyright thumb Best Of Web And Design In January 2014

The art & design world has been abuzz lately with copyright issues and, since we’ve been talking a lot here about original and authentic design, I thought it would be helpful to gather some good information about copyright straight from the people who know it best: the lawyers. Here are some helpful tips to read through before you even put pen to paper (or “pencil” to iPad).


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