What do you like about life? It’s probably the “moments which take your breath away”, right?
What do you like about web design? Wait, let me say this for you: it should be the “design moments which take your breath away”, as well. Otherwise, why do something that doesn’t astonish you, doesn’t get you excited or make you gasp with a pleasant surprise? Ideally, your visitor should think: “This is a devilishly good piece of a web design!” or else, he should silently nod, approving of the way the design is made.
However, web design is not always about loud excitement, but it’s about having something special, a particular web design ingredient which makes your design stand out of its niche website peers. Uniqueness is a dangerous toy to play with in the design, and you must feel the golden middle. Overly unique websites loose in their user experience, because it may confuse a visitor with its unusual layout, make them wonder what to click and make them leave the website as a result.
Of course, there are hundreds of absolutely unique websites on the Web, which were developed from scratch and are totally exclusive. Totally exclusive and quite expensive, because creating a decent one needs a lot of resources. Many agencies and web designers do this – this is a presentation of their work, some kind of a showcasing it. Their websites are beautiful, yes. But isn’t it possible to create a great website without coding skills and a big budget? It is, actually. Even when creating a website based on a ready-made template, you can make your website different from others and make people remember it and come back to it. How to choose a template for your project and create a distinct face for it? We’ll give you a couple of hints.
No developer hiring, no code learning, just picking the right web design.
1. Establish Associations, Use Perfect Coloring
You don’t wear occasion clothing to picnics, and nor do you wear shorts to the weddings. Everything needs its perfect timing and a perfect place. It’s the same with colors – regardless of which one is your favorite, think of the color which would be appropriate on your type of website. They have some kind of an untold etiquette, when you use green for gardening websites, yellow for kids websites and brown for coffee shop websites. It’s all about assosiation matter.
Invest in books, guys. It’s impossible to overestimate the value of a well-written book. Understanding this simple idea and smartly investing in books, you are at risk of becoming successful and full of ideas 😉
So, what are the best books for designers? There is a huge variety of them on the Web, including those for graphic designers, for web designers and for both of them. Most of them may be interesting to non-designers as well, just because they explain the rules of beauty of typography, banners, color combinations, advertisements and other things around us. We’ve gathered a collection of highly-rated books for you which are available in hardcover, paperback and Kindle
Who will they be useful to? As I already said, the list will be of great use to everyone who is related to design professionally or is artistically inclined by nature.
Books for Web Designers
Although the book was first published a long time ago, the concepts can easily be applied elsewhere. It’s seems to belong to light-reading, while actually it brings you a lot of useful info.
Are you a graphic or a web designer? Do you need the-more-the-better of fonts, themes, templates, PSD files, high quality photos, fonts etc? If you would buy all that you need, you probably would jump beyond your budget in a blink of an eye. Which is why, we all love deals so much. They usually run for 2 weeks and more, and if you search for *the name of a product* deal, you are very likely to come across a big discount and to save that money for another product which you could use in your design work.
And what if you are a digital product owner?
Many people underestimate the value of running deals. If you have some digital product which needs promotion, this is actually one of the most effective ways to show your product to a wide audience. The first thing which comes to your mind is that most of the deal websites set a relatively small price for your product. Don’t worry, it will pay off in the long run. Viva voce, which means word of mouth, never hurt anyone. And running a deal on a deal website definitely helps that. Secondly, it gets you traffic. Most of it you get at the very launch of the deal, but, surprisingly, the flow of traffic continues even when the deal is over. Thirdly, running a deal is pretty much like an achievement in your business resume. If you ran a deal, that means that a third-party resource agreed on publishing it (which means the good quality of the product) which is especially beneficial for startups. On top of all, later, when the deal is over, you will start getting emails from other deal websites which will offer you to run a deal on their resource. By that time you will have launched a self-working machine which you only need to support. We haven’t mentioned this, but having a link to your website/digital product on some other resources add you Google value, so make sure your link is present somewhere in the description of your company or the products that you offer.
Anyway, what is the list of the deal websites which you should contact to publish? Where should you go if you are a startup and you are new to this business?
In this regard, we will help you.
Masterbundles is a relatively new deal resource which already offers a bunch of really great design resources. Premium fonts, vector illustrations, WordPress themes – all these ready-made items will save you hours of time. Subscribe to their newsletter to be the first to know about the deals.
This is a great resource for webmasters. Whatever you need, either it’s a plugin or a template (or a dozen of other product names), you’ll find it here.
As you can see in its name, these guys are aimed at running deals about design only. There are many deals websites which run deals on various subjects simultaneously (apart from design deals), so this definitely makes sense.
Being a subsidiary company of the Hummingbird Web Solutions Pvt. Ltd, Dealfuel sells you great packages of corporate brochure templates, apps, email templates, web, HTML and CMS templates etc.
Inkydeals give you a 60 days money back guarantee and a quick and friendly support. Subscribe to their newsletter to be in the know of their offers timely.
You definitely know this resource, so it doesn’t need any presentation. Webdesignerdepot knows how to surprise you.
Mightydeals is another deal resource which should be in your collection. They offer some really great kits and packages for your work with big discounts.
They say they promote great products to help you kick ass at work. Which is true, and you can see that for yourself by checking out the products which they offer.
This is a great resource which allows you to save money not only on design items, but on photography, stationery, shoes, books, toys, furniture etc.
Many deal resources not only run deals, but also offer free high-quality items. This is one of those resources, make sure you bookmark it.
11. Neowin Deals
This is a website which not only offers design deals, but also gear, gadgets, software etc. It’s always great to find an item you’ve been looking for with a great discount.
Every of these deal resources are great, and Dealjumbo is no exception. Find your favorite font collection, a useful graphic mega bundle, an amazing set of icons or whatever else you need for your project.
13. Matthew Woodward
This is more of a deal resource for marketers who work on the Web. This website includes discount for plugins, tools, tutorials and so on. Quite a handy resource.
You don’t have to ready any text about these guys, just check out the video of their team telling about the website.
The Hungryjpeg resource is another great resource for designers. Save your time using the ready-made design items.
What is so great about deal resources, they always have different packages to offer and almost never repeat. Enjoy the diversity of the design products and improve your working process with them!
“Less is more” is their motto, and there you can find deals which are priced with a 50%-100% discount.
Hopefully, you enjoyed these 15 resources! Buy the things you like and enjoy designing!
Guys, this is a hot time for hot discounts!
If you are used to the fact that you can have big discounts only on Christmas sales… You’ll see that you can have them even in the middle of the summer!
Please welcome a limited time offer: 40% OFF ALL TemplateMonster Templates!!
Let’s dive in, what exactly can you buy with this discount, for what types of projects and what skills you need to have to be able to use these products?
First of all, there are templates which are great both for end-users and developers.
If you you are a business owner and you are about to create a website for it, you may enjoy CMS templates offered on TemplateMonster. If it’s an online store you are going to create, you may consider using eCommerce templates. There are several CMS which let you do that, depending on your skill level. If you are a beginner, the easiest option for you is MotoCMS. If you are more of an advanced user, consider using Prestashop, WooCommerce or Magento templates.
If you are about to create your personal blog or portfolio… Well, you’ll be taken aback by the huge amount of clean WordPress templates available for this purpose. The designs are so various, and the options are so diverse, that whichever requirements for the design you have, you’ll find a template which meets all of them.
For developers, the range of items is even wider. You can get any HTML template, any web template, any plugin or asset with a 40% discount. Actually, you could even get several of them to store for later use.
Just check out the latest templates added:
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Anyone who’s dealing with WordPress wouldn’t mind having a special secret which would make their blog or a website better. Secrets are usually sold for money, right? Well, not this time!
Although many resources ask you to pay in order to have access to the rare and unique WordPress tips, in the WordPress hacks section of TemplateMonster blog you will get WordPress hacks (which are written by professional webmasters) for FREE. All you need to do is check it out and subscribe to be able to get updates even when you are off-site.
There’s nothing better than starting your summer with brand new themes! It’s a great investment, regardless of what type of project you are going to make or when you are going to make it. details
The fact that the color is just a feeling we get, seeing a specific wavelength, is not news to us. However, in many ways it’s the color that makes things around us so beautiful. We are not talking about graphic or web design, we are talking in general – remember any nice-colored room you’ve seen, the last cozy cafe you’ve been to or a picturesque mountain green-and-blue scenery, where you’d rather call a divine color palette. They all are pretty amazing and much of this effect happens due to the color palette it has.
In your work, in order to take the burden of picking the right colors off your shoulders, there are color generators which create beautiful color combinations. For even more inspiration, you may check out color palettes from famous movies.
Anyway, a nice color palette is something that you can stare at just because it is beautiful. Just because of that. Which I sometimes do, when I find or make a good color palette.
See the mesmerizing effect of this for yourself!
P.S. For those who are interested in how these color palette generators work, here’s an explanation.
Before we start listing the best color palette generators, take a look at a palette inspired by theme or place.
Coffee takes a special place in our hearts, because with enough coffee nothing is impossible. It very often helps us out when we are short of time before the deadline, or when we simply can’t pull ourselves together in the morning to start effective and inspiring work. Finally, the very smell of it cheers us up!
However, how many coffee websites have you seen? Unless you buy coffee in bulk/you visit your favorite coffee shop website often/you prefer buying coffee online, you may have not seen many. Meanwhile, these websites may be pure web design inspiration to everyone who is somehow related to web design. Unexpected design solutions, beautiful color combinations, sophisticated typography – anything can launch your inspirational design thinking.
Before we start listing the web designs, picture a typical coffee website in your mind. It’s brown, isn’t it? Well, now it’s time to see if you guess is right.
We can easily say that it’s… coffee time!
For best experience brew a cup of coffee before looking through the websites. 🙂
It’s been a while since the release of Magento 2.0 framework. Featuring a new checkout, new file structure, full page cashing, multi-shopping functionality, Visual Design Editor, Magento UI library, Magento performance kit, and so much more, the framework was enhanced and specifically developed to bring your customers’ online shopping experience to a whole new level.
Soon after the release of an updated framework, TemplateMonster has added a fully-featured template to the gallery of Magento 2 free themes that you can use for multiple purposes.
Compared to the default Magento 2 template called Luma, F2 Magento 2 theme is more abundant in various features and design elements providing for a more enjoyable and seamless online shopping experience. Thus, F2 features a trendy card-based design, which allows you to share as many visual and written content as you wish, without making the page look cluttered. Category and product pages also look rather different from the default template, providing the users with total control over the way the products are filtered and presented on the page.
In terms of functionality, F2 doesn’t lag behind the default template. Its pack includes a sticky header, dropdown menu, configurable swatches, sale/new product types, image slider, and so much more. If you want to take a closer look at its functionality and compare F2 to Luma, then welcome to a more detailed review of this newcomer to the Magento 2 free themes gallery.
Everyone working in the web design and web development industry needs to have a set of free website design tools at their disposal for work or just for inspiration. In this blog post you can find literally everything that a web designer might need to keep in handy.
53 websites with professionally taken artistic photos, 37 best web design galleries, 40 powerful web design tools, and other handy web design stuff can be found in a compilation.
On top of that, the chart includes legal docs, invoice generators, domain name generators and other practical online tools that you will need to run your IT business. SEO and analytical tools, e-mail services, A/B testing and other solutions were all cleverly categorized and presented in a user-friendly manner. The best part about this compilation is that it features only free web design tools and resources, which can help businesses of any size and specification.