Archive for August, 2014
Traditionally, the first Monday in September is a great holiday in the US. This year we commemorate the social and economic achievements of American workers on September 1st. The three-day long weekend can be a great opportunity to recharge batteries before autumn and enjoy last warm summer days.
Over the last years the way we celebrate Labor Day has changed to a great extent. Instead of attending parades and listening to speeches, the majority of American workers prefer spending their day off with families and friends in the open air. As the Labor Day celebration is less than a week away, we have decided to share a compilation of great posters related to this occasion. The designs we list below were taken from different resources. By clicking any of them you’ll be taken to the page where these were initially shared. Do you want to download one to congratulate your friends on this occasion? Not a problem at all. The modern & vintage Labor Day posters come in free and premium versions, so you can choose any to your liking.
How are you planning to spend Labor Day this year? Will you through a party or participate in Labor Day parades? Enjoy celebration and let these great designs cheer you up!
Your website is your online business. In most cases, people simply cannot reach your physical location. However, things get absolutely different when it comes to online presentation. Thanks to the ongoing computerization of the modern society, more people are shifting online. So, the presentation of your business in the internet, its ease of use and attractiveness highly matter. Today we are glad to introduce you to another HTML5 freebie by TemplateMonster team that can serve as a solid basis for setting up design, architecture, CV or any other web resource.
If you want your business to succeed, then you should pay special attention to the way it will be presented online. Here every detail matters, so trusting its development to novice designers is not a good idea. Ivy Green, skilled designer from TemplateMonster, has developed a well-coded HTML5 freebie with a thoroughly selected color palette. Perfect in every detail, this theme demonstrates how easily functionality can be combined with refined aesthetics.
Starting working on this design, Ivy got inspired by the masterfully crafted websites showcased on Awwwards, CSSWinner, TheBestDesigns. As a result, we can now enjoy a stylish look of this theme, which features all the latest web design trends like ghost buttons, full-width background photo, hipster logo, and photo-rich gallery.
The one page navigation allows introducing users to your company story in an interesting and intriguing way. We have decided to start with a catching image in the header, then organize the services of the promoted business in a creative manner, move to the portfolio based on Owl Carousel, the list of staff, and sum it all up with contact details. Navigation has been made simple thanks to the fixed header, which provides users with constant access to menu and site name.
Make sure you can make an impact by watching the theme in action.
We often underestimate the value of 404 error pages. However, have you ever thought this can be another great way of communicating with the audience? 404 error pages can open the way for improvements in your work. For instance, you can provide them with helpful links or simply share your contact details in order to make it easier for everyone who came up with it to reach you to report an error, learn what went wrong, etc. By ‘contact details’ we assume your email address, phone number, or direct link to the areas where people can find help.
In case you discover that a lot of people come up with your 404 error page, try to provide them with some helpful information instead of directing then back to your homepage. Even the error page can work for your benefit. The following tips will help you achieve this with ease.
- Clearly explain the reason why they have reached this, either because of the broken link, deleted post, etc.
- Let users report the error.
- Share contact details in case someone needs to inform you about anything or ask for additional information.
- Link to popular posts on your website.
- Capture your audience with an image/video.
- Provide users with suggestions on how to find the content they were looking for.
- Embed a search bar in order to make it easier for people to come up with the necessary data.
- Entertain the audience with interactive games, texts, jokes.
- Instead of a boring background, add illustrations.
With all these recommendations in mind, let’s have a look at the stunning examples of well-designed, captivating 404 error pages. Each of them has something to grab your attention with. Have a look at our compilation and get inspired for your own unique designs.
Date: August 23-24
Credit: Big Brother Big Sisters
WordPress community from all over the world is anticipating this weekend. This is the fifth time Boston will host the event. With all the tickets sold out and the full list of sponsors and speakers announced, we are expecting to have two action-packed summer days. If you missed this for any reason, make sure to check out the schedule of this year’s event. Alongside with two amazing days of talks followed by food, drinks and socializing, we are expected to learn plenty of new aspects of WordPress.
There is always something to learn about, especially when it comes to the ever-growing field of web development. From year to year, WordCamp Boston hosts thousands of smart tech-savvy people who invest millions of hours per year in WordPress development. So, it will be a great opportunity to listen to their reports and learn fine things from them.
Soon after WordCamp Boston, there will be another much-talked-of event all of us are impatiently waiting – WordCamp Europe scheduled to be held on September 27-29 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The final list of organizers has not been revealed as of yet since new volunteers enrolls daily. Last year’s event was fabulous and we can’t wait to see what the dedicated group of volunteer organizers will impress us with this time.
We’ll keep you updated on this. So, stay tuned!
No business can go without good presentation. Alongside with creating breathtaking web designs and memorable commercials, you should never forget about developing business cards. The latter have always been one of the most effective ways of business promotion. Though some consider this a somewhat outdated and low-tech marketing approach, business cards (or calling cards) can easily compete with other cool promotional methods, like websites, audio/video ads, etc.
Ideally, a business card should be custom-made. Don’t be lazy to find a specialist who will be able to create an impressive design or develop it on your own. Every detail of such designs matters, so one should think twice and use space effectively. However, not all businesses have enough money and resources to develop cards. In such cases, free PSD business card templates may come in handy. While there are thousands of such offers available on the web, not all of them can boast of breathtaking, remarkable presentation. In our today’s compilation we are going to introduce you to 30 amazing designs that really work. Picking these for promoting your business you will only benefit. All of the templates we list below are available in PSD format. So, you may feel free to download any of them and customize to your liking. In such a way, you can turn any design into a unique artwork that will help you stick into your clients’ mind.
Why Use Business Cards
Business cards have a long history. Everything started back in the 17th century, when English businessmen started using early forms of business cards to advertise their trade, provide a map and information about any business, as well as share contact details in order to get in touch with one person or another with ease. Nowadays, business cards are being used for the same purpose. When you need to find new clients or partners, provide them with information on how to reach you, etc. business cards come in handy. Among other benefits of using business cards one can highlight:
- Convenience of use. Business cards are small in size. Measuring 3.5 inches by 2 inches only, these don’t require much space to be stored in your wallet, so you can always keep them handy any time you need to establish cooperation with new partners.
- Business cards help in saving time when you need to write down important information. In order to free your prospective customers from unnecessary fuss, just give them a card with all contact info they might need, which can be easily placed in the pocket without being obtrusive.
- These are a true way of building credibility. Putting your company name, contact details and other information on a business card you will be able to represent credibility, trustworthiness and reliability of your company.
- In addition, business cards can be used as an effective promotional tool. Creating a cutting-edge design, you will not only stun people with your creative approach to doing business, but also build customer loyalty.
30 Free PSD Business Card Templates to Save your Time
If you are only starting your business or just lack time to create a card to promote your brand, then the following compilation of 30 free PSD business card templates should be of use to you. These come in different styles, which will help you find the one that would perfectly communicate your business ideas. As we’ve already mentioned above, all of them are toll free and come in PSD format, which allows editing any of these templates the way you wish. Click the image and you’ll be directed to the download page.
What brings glory to professional photographers and designers? How to make your works win world recognition and boost client base? One of the proven ways to make people talk is to bring your business online. The catchier your website looks the more likely it will stick in user mind. The free website template from TemplateMonster we are going to talk about today will be the perfect match for showcasing artworks online.
The designer has added elegant touch to each element of this design. Though it is content rich, the theme doesn’t look cluttered. Thanks to the usage of flat colors, catchy visuals, blurred background and ghost buttons, it looks neither formal nor austere. “What effect such choice may produce?” you will ask. The user mind will be captured with the stylish and effective way of showcasing your projects online.
Combining dark gray header and footer with light central part, the theme makes use of contrast and helps in drawing user eye to the things that matter. The easy to reach, vibrant photo gallery placed in the middle of the home page can’t be left unmarked. Sharing photos or designs from your recent projects is the proven way to better introduce people to your field of work. Website navigation has been made simple and intuitive, with easy-to-reach horizontal menu and handy back-to-top button provided to help you reach the necessary information in a few clicks.
You can have a look at the live demo below to enjoy all benefits of the given freebie on your own.
It seems TemplateMonster team will never stop surprising its fans with new releases. This time is no exception. Get ready to meet their next big project – Adobe Muse CC Templates.
I believe you’ve already heard about this product. For those of you who are not familiar with it, let us introduce this novelty to you. Initially, Adobe Muse was released back in 2011. From the very first days of its existence, the product impressed web designers all over the globe due to its simplicity of use. Even if you are not tech-savvy and have little to no coding skills, you will be able to create awesome designs with amazing interfaces better than skilled web masters. This may sound like a miracle, but this miracle can happen to you. Adobe Muse will do all the coding for you. The only thing required is some basic knowledge of Photoshop and that’s it.
Why Choose Adobe Muse CC Templates
Alongside with being easy to use and allowing you to create unique designs without a line of code, Adobe Muse has a number of other benefits, like:
- With Adobe Muse templates, you are free to bring your design ideas to life without having to worry about coding HTML.
- You can easily customize every element of such templates.
- Even enthusiasts can develop breathtaking designs with minimal Photoshop knowledge.
Many men, many minds. While some consider Adobe Muse as a fast and effective way of making stunning designs on the go, others claim this is a step backwards since a professional web developers should build website with clear understanding of coding.
Anyway, it’s up to you to decide how to build your website. To simplify your decision-making, we offer you to consider several freshly released Adobe Muse CC templates by TemplateMonster. Look though these custom-made designs, check out their demos, and don’t hesitate to pick the template which can become a solid base for setting up your one-of-a-kind project.
No design agency can go without online presentation. Built with the perfect understanding of landing page requirements, this theme can be the great solution for setting up your site.
Adobe Photoshop is an essential tool for photographers, graphic designers and game artists who earn their leaving creating stunning designs. However, doing the same simultaneous job from day to day can be a tiresome and dull process. To save your time and achieve the desired results without spending much time applying similar effects to your artworks, we offer you to consider our today’s compilation of cool Photoshop actions.
The solutions we’ll offer you in this post come in either free or premium versions. We’ll illustrate what results each of the actions on the list can achieve, so you are free to choose any that meets your requirements the most. To simplify decision-making we’ll organize the best Photoshop actions in two groups – free and premium, so that you can go directly to any group you wish. But before we move to the chart, let’s find out what PS actions are and how these can be used.
What Are Photoshop Actions and How to Use Them
If you ask any professional designer about the benefits of using Adobe Photoshop actions, he or she will tell you without hesitation that these help to become more productive. While there is no exact definition of what Photoshop action is, I’ll try to define it in a couple of ways.
- This is a set of steps recorded by the designer to help photographers achieve the desired look in a click.
- These are shortcuts for photographers and graphic designers, which help to speed up their work in PS.
You can either download Photoshop actions from the web or record your own ones thanks to the powerful PS programming language. Using actions you can avoid spending time on each step in the photo editor by recording them once, saving and using as many times as you want. It will automate your work and help you reproduce each editing step absolutely the same way you did it while recording actions.
The next logical question should be “How to use actions?” It is very simple and can be managed even by a kid. All you need to do is to open Photoshop, find the Window menu in the top bar, pick the action you’d like to use and click the start button.
In case you’d like to record your own actions for further use, here’s how this can be done:
- Select a New Action icon.
- Double click on the icon and type the name.
- Once you decide to start editing the photo, hit the record button.
- When you are done with editing, click the Stop Recording button. That’s it.
So, to expand your collection of Photoshop essentials, we offer two groups of free and premium PS actions that are easy to download and install. Pick the solutions to your liking, follow the links, and start enjoying fast and smooth photo editing on your own.
Free Photoshop Actions
Can you recollect how many times you had to make a screenshot or record a video from your browser asap but didn’t have the right tool at your disposal? I believe all of us have once faced this. You can no doubt press the Print Screen button on your keyboard and then paste the image into Photoshop or any other app that supports image editing. However, once coming up with a cool video, which you can further use in your personal or professional purposes, it’s not always possible to download or simply share it. I don’t know what about you, but I get really pissed off because of this.
We have decided to make an attempt to gather several initiatives for capturing videos and screenshots right from your browser, which you can use both on mobile and desktop devices. Have a look at what we have come up with. Maybe you’ll find the tool you can add to your favorites.