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Oct 01

Best of the Web And Design In September 2015

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 02:00 — julie

The pace of web can be like a whirl wind at times, and is so easy to get lost amongst all the great tutorials and articles across the web. The monthly roundup is composed of new photoshop and illustrator tutorials. We have included in the roundup some great web articles about branding guidelines, and the rebirth of web design which seems to be a hot topic among the web design community.

I hope you enjoy the monthly roundup. Please feel free to share any cool articles or tutorials you have came across this month on the web in the comments section below.


Sep 30

Mockplus Review – Prototyping tool for Designers

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 18:45 — julie

Today, we will be reviewing Mockplus, an innovative new prototyping tool created specifically for designers. Mockplus is a tool that allows to quickly and easily create an application prototype for all types of applications, whether it is a mobile app, web app or desktop app. Let’s look at some of its features to see why Mockplus is an excellent choice for designers.

Code-Free Prototyping

Mockplus allows you to create prototypes without writing a single line of code. If you are a true designer, then you are probably not really a great coder – so you need a tool like Mockplus to help you save time on your prototyping. Mockplus has a drag and drop design that allows you to place components where you need them. Moreover, you can link pages using the drag and drop functionality.


Sep 30

An Introduction to Using Sketch for UI Design

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 02:12 — julie

If you’re a UI designer, and you still haven’t hopped aboard the Sketch express, you are truly missing out on an app that has taken the design world by storm in the past few years, and deservedly so.

Read on, to find out why it has become my app of choice, improving my skills as a designer in the process, and why you should really look at implementing Sketch into your UI design arsenal.


Sep 17

Quick tip: How to create a wood background effect using Photoshop

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 02:00 — julie

This is a superb Photoshop tutorial, which is incredibly easy to follow the screencast tutorial is on how you can use purely Photoshop to create a authentic realistic wooden effect. This is a great little design effect worth having within your inventory. The tutorial is incredibly easy to follow, and takes less than a few minutes to achieve the final outcome.

I hope you enjoy this little quick, but fun Photoshop tutorial. Don’t forget to scribble down your thoughts on the quick tip we love receiving feedback.


Sep 11

How to Create a Custom Login Page in WordPress

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 02:00 — julie

You probably haven’t given much thought to the default WordPress login page. After all, it’s simple, functional, and it works – what more needs to be said?

Because it does its intended job, for the casual WordPress user, there is no pressing reason to change it. If, however, you want to create a login page for a client’s website or your members, the boring, default option just doesn’t cut it.

A custom login page is an excellent way to create a great first impression, plus it reinforces your branding. It’s also relatively easy to redesign, but your clients will love you for going the extra mile.


Sep 10

Why Using Wedding Invitation Templates Just Makes Sense

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 02:00 — julie

Planning a wedding is stressful. There are so many things to account for, from hiring a DJ to picking the perfect dress to ordering flowers. Another aspect you must consider is the invitations.

They are typically the first thing people see related to your wedding, so you want them to make a positive impression, of course. But as with all things “wedding,” invitations can be expensive, especially if you have them custom ordered and printed.


Sep 02

How to Ride the Next eCommerce Boom – 10 Shop Niches Catching on Right Now

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 09:06 — julie

When you try to start an eCommerce business online, you have several options. First you have your physical goods. Things like books, gadgets, furniture, and appliances are popular choices. Then, there’s the digital goods like software, e-books, music files, images, and so forth. Finally, there are the service-based eCommerce businesses that offer things like insurance, event tickets, writing, or web design.

You could follow a well-worn path in any of these areas. Those who opt to sell physical goods often use drop-shipping, so they don’t have to house any tangible items. Within this category, shop owners can sell everything from cookware to candles; books to Blu-rays. And the business model is a pretty well-worn path. But what’s interesting is how more and more businesses are cutting their own roads through the backwoods of eCommerce possibilities.


Aug 31

Best Of The Web And Design In August 2015

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 02:00 — julie

The end of summer months unfortutely drawing to an end, but we have some great tutorials and web articles you can read through as its get colder. This month we have compiled some great Photoshop and illustrator tutorials certainly worth trying out. There’s some really good articles we have included about understanding critical CSS, and some really good tips for creating a portfolio website.

I hope you like this months roundup, if we have missed anything from this months roundup please do share in the comments below.


Aug 30

The Current Portfolio Trends of Creative Designers

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 02:12 — julie

Working as a creative artist in any field is tough. To succeed it’s imperative that you have a unique voice coupled with a portfolio demonstrating your skills.

These skills could range from websites, print design, icons, mobile apps, vectors, animation… the list is as bottomless as an all-you-can-eat buffet. And much like visiting a buffet, your clients want to work with someone who’s going to deliver above and beyond their expectations.

The best way to prove yourself to a suspecting client is through your portfolio. Back before the Internet was super radical and cool, most portfolios were shown as physical pieces of work.


Aug 27

How to Create Online Documentation for Your Products with WordPress

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 18:42 — julie

When you’re in business, time can seem like a finite resource. Getting things done requires a lot of your undivided attention. That said, fielding calls and emails from current and prospective customers who have questions can take up a lot of that precious time.

That’s why having online documentation is so important. A well-organized collection of articles to help people learn about your products and services can greatly cut down on the number of support and pre-sales questions you receive.

Today, we’ll take a look at the Online Product Documentation WordPress Plugin, from PressApps. It allows website anyone to easily create a documentation section.


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