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6 ways to prepare your eCommerce site for the holidays

If your eCommerce site doesn’t run smoothly over the holidays, it's sure to spell trouble for your sales & reputation

Adobe shares its design system and UI/UX assets

Adobe shares the components that make up its design system, comprising of over 100 tools.

Yahoo reminds us they still exist by redesigning their logo

The redesign signals a strategic change for the company as it prepares to introduce other products and services.

7 web design trends that could shape 2019

2019 web design trends are expected to see aesthetics and technology come together like never before.

Email phrases that seem polite, but have different meanings

We receive plenty of work #emails the begin with phrases that sound polite, but they often have a passive-aggressive tone.

Pantone’s new colour finder helps you find the right hues

Pantone has been a colour leader for a while now, but as designers, there are great many advantages of using Pantone as a colour guide. Designers routinely undergo multiple handovers each time they work on a project, and earlier this year, the company promised to simplify work processes for…

Most frequently used typefaces of hundreds of brands

It’s true that people don’t look like their Instagram shots, or they’re not as happy as their Facebook profiles try to convince us. It’s also true that designers don’t use all those trendy font combinations you might think.

Millennial parents are naming their kids based on available domains

Forget the baby books, there’s a new way to get baby name inspiration. According to a new study, Millennial parents are naming their kids based on available domain names.

Google marketing overhaul could put marketers out of business

This year is set to be an important one for advertisers currently using Google’s digital marketing services. On June 27 Google turned the digital marketing world on its head when it announced a complete rebrand of its advertising products.

Blue, the most popular colour on the internet

The web is a very blue place, and not metaphorically, either. The Internet’s most heavily trafficked websites are literally coloured with nearly twice as many shades of blues as that of yellows and reds, and three times as much greens. But is the colour blue enriching…

11 design elements to build a perfect landing page

As a technique that helps boost conversion rate, the use of landing pages is at an all-time high. A landing page can help you achieve your marketing goals be it increasing email subscribers list or generating better leads for specific products.

The Met releases 500+ free art books for download

Over 5000 years of art history has just been made available online for free by New York’s biggest museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As well as releasing more than 400,000 artworks for personal and commercial use, the Met has made over 500 free art books available for your…

Website generates random briefs for you to practice logo design

What’s so difficult about creating a good logo? They’re usually simple, sometimes complex, but mostly something you should be able to do lickety-split. So, no problem, right? When you only see the result of a designer’s efforts, logo design can look like it was a…

Instagram trial lets users see who takes screenshots of their stories

Instagram recently began testing a new feature that Snapchat helped make famous: notifying users when other people take screenshots of photos and videos in Instagram Stories.

Learn about the 7 eCommerce design trends for 2018

Last year, global eCommerce reached US$2.3 trillion and is expected to double by 2021. In the United States alone, eCommerce represents almost 10 percent of retail sales. Even as the general public is increasingly coming to prefer online shopping, many websites still face unique challenges to their success.

Google algorithm erases watermarks from stock images

As designers, when mocking up concepts for our projects, we tend to use plenty of stock images. Instead of buying images the client might not like, we use watermarked images to try before we buy. However, showing watermarks on our concepts look ugly and we…

How to start marketing with little to no budget

Unfortunately, starting out really isn’t as easy as becoming an overnight sensation. As much as we think and hope that our product or service will be an instant hit, that doesn’t happen. When it comes to getting your name out there, startup marketing is a…

Doodles become neat line drawings instantly with Google’s AutoDraw

If you’re like me, you probably remember doodling away on the computer using Microsoft Paint, or even Corel Draw. So it’s ironic with all of the amazing things we can do on our smartphones and tablets these days, that creating a decent drawing is still difficult. However, Google’s…

Burger King’s new ad tries to force Google Home to advertise the Whopper

Burger King recently unveiled a genius, yet a little infuriating video ad that’s designed to intentionally set off Google Home; the voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. 

The top 5 free infographic makers available online

When you have over a billion websites to choose from, along with the distractions of day-to-day life, getting consumers attention, and keeping it, is hard. With a staggering amount of information generated daily, people don’t have time to read an endless page of online content. In fact, most users will leave…

Where do you fall in the 7 circles of developer Hell?

Unfortunately, like most jobs, the work of a developer isn’t all sunshine and lollipops. It’s filled with unique frustrations that only other developers would be able to relate to.

Top 10 websites to get free images

Images and photography has always been an integral part of design. Unfortunately, we’ve grown accustomed to seeing unrealistic stock images of people smiling at the camera while performing a task. Not only that, but it can get rather expensive if you’re constantly purchasing images from…

Website design and UX trends for 2017

Trends are known to change in all creative fields, with website design being no different. More than ever before, everything in web design, from imagery to navigation, to content, must serve a purpose.

What web designers can learn from the fashion industry

Buying clothes online is a risky venture, since much of shopping is knowing how the apparel feels and fits your body. One of the best ways to persuade people to buy clothes online is by being very meticulous. That’s why fashion industry websites are on top of…

Unique GIFs distract users while page loads

These days everyone is in a rush. We’re so used to getting everything instantly at the click of a mouse that we’ve become impatient. Unless you’re over 30, you probably don’t remember the days of dial-up internet. We’d have to wait patiently for a few minutes…

How to increase conversions on ecommerce sites

Are you running an ecommerce website or business? If you are, you might want to take a look at the following infographic by Bargin Fox.

Blind artist creates hypnotizing GIFs from famous images

George Redhawk was a professional radiology technician studying medicine who began losing his vision 12 years ago. After becoming legally blind, he began to explore the realm of photo manipulation. His desire was to show the world as he sees it from his damaged sight.

Hipster Sound creates ambient noise to stay productive

Sometimes all it takes to be productive is the right kind of background noise.

An offensive website blocker to stop your procrastinating

Need a shocking, expletive reminder to stop your idle web browsing during work? This Chrome extension will help.

Funny CSS puns that web designers can relate to

Inspired by a thread on Reddit comes a list of funny CSS puns.

2015’s fading graphic and web design trends to note

In 2015, new design trends were introduced that were quickly incorporated by many websites and graphic designers. See what's on the in and out:

The rise of silent storytelling from Facebook’s autoplay videos

When you’re on the computer, either at work or later at night, visiting websites that blast loud autoplay videos when you forget your volume setting can prove to be quite annoying.

Typography tips for better web design and sales

We’re a visual society. And with our fast-paced lives and the amount of information we’re constantly barraged with, it takes a striking visual to get our attention. But you also need smart copy presented with good typography to back it up.

Creating better blog graphics, even if you’re not a designer

Humans rely on visual cues for nearly everything. In fact, 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and our brains can process images 60,000 times faster than text. That means for a bloggers and content marketers, blog graphics are an important part of…

How to make your portfolio website stand out from the crowd

If you want to be discovered for your creative abilities, the quickest and easiest way is online. A portfolio website—with assistance from social media—is the best way to show the world what you can do. In fact, it can even help attract the attention of…

10 key elements to create a high quality website

With Google’s ever-changing algorithm, constant waves of new technology and shifting design trends, it can be difficult to figure out what your website needs and what it doesn’t. And because your website is the online face of your business and brand, it needs to reflect…

Get over 200 Windows icons for free

When Microsoft released Windows 10, it also released the icon font Segoe UI Symbol. This icon font is recommended for use by developers when designing apps on Windows 10 devices. But one design company argues that Segoe UI Symbol adds visual noise because the icons…

Is your website design following this year’s colour trends?

Trends come and go in all aspects of the design industry, as do the colour trends that go along with them. So far, this year has been all about vibrant colours. Hues like red, orange, pink and bright green, blue and purple have become a focal point and…

How to become a UI designer or UX designer

If you’re looking to start a career as a designer, you”ll quickly be overwhelmed by the number of titles thrown around. There are user experience (UX) designers, user interface (UI) designers, motion designers, product designers, graphic designers and so on. 

Responsive design explained with animated GIFs

Do you know the difference between responsive design and adaptive design? There’s some argument over whether responsive or adaptive designs are better. Regardless, responsive design is the solution most chosen for multi-screen problems. That means designers need to become familiar with the concepts and basic principles for responsive…

26 crazy facts about Google you probably never knew

Google is changing the world. I bet you have a hard time remembering what it was like before you could Google something? Chances are now that you use it everyday for work and play. But do you know the crazy facts around Google’s history or its various secrets?

WTF are you doing with your life: This website doles out life advice

Feeling lost and unsure of what to do in life? Then check out this website that doles out useful life advice to get you back on track.

Infographic: When to use JPEG, GIF and PNG when saving images

Whether you’re saving images for print or web, it can be tough to know exactly which filetype is the best to use. That’s especially true if you’re trying to save space with file size. 

Discover the top 5 web trends expected in 2015

More and more, a company’s website is ever becoming its public face. Web trends show that consumers are doing more research online than ever before when looking to buy. So, if a business has a poorly designed website, that doesn’t work on a mobile device—or worse—they don’t have a…

A website that helps you match typefaces

There are multiple resources that can be helpful when learning to match typefaces effectively. Google Fonts, for example, has their own system that shows four or five web font pairings. However, for designers looking to match typefaces and seeing how they would appear on a page…

Internet censorship: Where in the world can you see this?

Most people consider access to the internet to be a right, not a privilege. In fact, Canada has declared high-speed broadband internet access a “basic telecommunications service” that every citizen should be able to access. However, for many across the world, internet censorship means they are unable to fully communicate…

Infographic: Famous firsts on the Internet

Email is just one example of the kind of explosive growth experienced by the Internet—making sending a letter almost obsolete. Since the inception of the Internet in the late 20th century, it has quickly evolved into a necessity for our daily lives; providing may famous firsts.

Get 750 free icons released by Google

Here’s a freebie for all you designers out there. The Google Design team have released open-sourced icons as part of the Material Design system icons pack.