Tumblr is a micro blogging service and social network that makes it mega-easy for anyone to set up their own blog. Tumblr blogs can be set up in a matter of minutes - get 7 pro tips for creating a design blog here - and having a Tumblr account also enables you to 'follow' other people via their Tumblr blogs.
The quality of available free fonts has increased dramatically. To be frank, free fonts don’t have a good reputation, and often they are knock-offs of thoroughly crafted, already established typefaces. So is it time for professional designers to take a second look?
Symmetry can really bring a piece of design to life. Whether it's an ambigraph or straightforward symmetrical execution, these illustrations are pretty wonderful when it comes to being a copy-cat. Take a look at the beautiful use of symmetry as part or all of their design for some reflective inspiration.
We've given you a selection of great brochure templates for designers to create a solid design portfolio, but this is not professional enough for the majority of cases - and certainly for client work. So you've learned enough about brochure design that you can design a brochure from scratch - how do you make it really stand out?
Editor’s note: This is a contributed post by Jo Sabin, community manager, and Tara Hornor, freelance editor at DesignCrowd, a leading online graphic design jobs marketplace. The most recent version of Adobe products, called Creative Cloud (CC), was released in summer 2013, but is available only as a monthly subscription. ... Continue reading »
Traditionally business cards tend to be boring, bland, and used as more of a pre-requisite than a chance to impress – but not these creative and innovative business card designs. If you want to build up contacts and stand out of the crowd, you need business cards that can impress like these 20 examples can.
The world of print design can be a confusing one for those coming from other design disciplines, not least because of all the unfamiliar printing terms and concepts that have evolved gradually over the hundreds of years along with the art and science of printing.
Everyone loves a good, clean and simple icon set. Today, we’re honored to present to you a set of 60 vector round icons which was cleverly designed by the creative trio at Roundicons and released exclusively for Smashing Magazine and its readers.
When working in Photoshop, simple tasks can become a hindrance to your workflow. So, instead of becoming frustrated take a look at our list of Photoshop shortcuts right here. They're guaranteed to speed up your workflow once you get the hang of them!
Arabic calligraphy was originally a tool for communication, but with time, it began to be used in architecture, decoration and coin design. Its evolution into these major roles was a reflection of the early Muslims’ need to avoid, as their beliefs required, figures and pictorials that were used as idols before Islam was established in the Arabian Peninsula.
The barcode is one of the most unexplored designs right after QR code, due to the misconception that the design is immutable and just plain boring to look at. Fact of the matter is, not only can their lines be twisted for creative purposes, but when it’s treated equally with ... Continue reading »
As a designer, you’ll often have a great concept for a project, but the cost of commissioning the illustrator will be beyond your or your client's budget. The idea of using stock art might seem off-putting, because there’s always a sense of diluting your creativity by using work not created specifically for the brief.
Packaging is something we're bombarded with on a daily basis. So creating an eye-catching packaging design that can be reproduced for years is a real challenge, especially with many companies now wanting to create biodegradable or renewable packaging. Now more than ever, packaging design matters.
Taking digital designs to the real world can be fraught with gotchas and gremlins along the way. We’re oh-so-used to the world being digital that we’ve mostly forgotten how to prep our work for poster printing.
If you want to know how to design a poster, then you can do no better than turn to the experts. With that in mind, we've quizzed three top illustrators and designers on their poster projects and got them to offer tips on how you can design better posters.
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