Archive for February, 2015
It’s a hard work running a cafe & restaurant business. Here everything should be perfect – from the dishes on menu and interior design to the online presentation. To make things easier for you, TemplateMonster has released a new template from their weekly series of freebies that perfectly fits for purpose. Though the template is primarily intended for cafe & restaurant websites, it can be easily adjusted to fit many other purposes. For instance, food & drink, brewery, gifts, hobbies & crafts and many other websites can also benefit from it.
When you cast a glance at the main page you will notice the design is mainly focused on images. Full-width header slider, galleries and photo backgrounds have been implemented to create a more appealing presentation of your business on the web. The template is well-structured and looks balanced. Catchy visuals opposed to fair background really stand out. Navigation has been made intuitive and uncommon at the same time. The standard menu bar has been replaced with a hamburger menu that helps to save on space and provides your visitor with quick access to other pages of your site. In order to better introduce the audience to your business, the home page has separate blocks for telling the company story, introducing the kitchen staff, as well as contact details for making a reservation.
Like any other theme from TemplateMonster, the freebie comes packed with rich functionality and PSD files that facilitate customization. To boost your site’s viewability and accessibility, the template has been made fully responsive, cross-browser compatible and SEO-friendly. Just give it a try and see how premium quality features have been masterfully adopted by a freemium design.
There are 3 things your logo has to do. It needs to attract attention, to convey the idea of what the brand offers and last but not least it needs to be memorable.
If you have to create a food-related business logo, then requirements somewhat raise.
Remember any good bakery shop logo. If the first thing which comes to your mind is crunchy buns and oh-my-God-what-a-delicious-smell – the logo design is performed right. Now remember a well-known Coca-cola logo. When you see it, you simply can’t help feeling the fresh taste of the drink and… exactly, you want to drink it that. very. moment. The wish to visit the place or to try the product has to never dissapear – no matter if a client sees a logo for the first or for the seventh time. The logo has to appeal to a client’s subconscious, and that is a pretty difficult task.
Luckily, you don’t have to design a logo this time: no more time-consuming routine, now you have a list of free vector PSD templates for restaurant logos. The logos below are fully customizable.
Check them out and save your time.
Vintage is something appreciated in different areas. In winemaking it’s a long awaited process of picking grapes and making wine, in music vintage instruments are the most valuable since they’ve gained a unique sound, in interior design vintage items always bring a very special tint to the whole image.
If you are running an interior & furniture business, then you may want to build a fantastic web presence for it. There are thousands of premium solutions that fit the purpose on the web. However, why should you pay a pretty penny for a custom-made theme when you can create a stunning business website at no cost? If you think the same, TemplateMonster has released a well-coded and professionally designed Free Joomla Template for Interior & Furniture websites.
Though it’s available for free download, the template doesn’t lag behind its premium equivalents. The functionality is really awesome. The theme is built in accordance with the latest web design standards. Modern and sleek look will win the heart of every visitor. Just view live demo. Parallax scrolling and lazy load effects will make your site more interactive and viewable, respectively. Ghost buttons, neat icons, perfect balance of bright and neutral colors, quality imagery, and full-width slider make it look very appealing. The though-out structure helps to highlight the key points onsite. Portfolio block is in the focus of attention, so your works will be hardly left unspotted.
For better ranking in search engines, this theme has been made SEO-friendly. In addition, the fully responsive layout will smoothly run on devices of different sizes. No matter what browser your visitors use to access the site, all content will be properly displayed. Just like any other theme from TemplateMonster, this deign can be easily adjusted to perfectly fit your business. Use the default settings or completely change the look and feel of this theme and get your website live on the web.
2014 was a big year in different areas. Canva.com, which is one of the favorite design tools of so many of you, made several improvement leaps. Statistically, over 460,000 designs are created every week and the number is growing as Canva team is constantly improving the tool. Having started the project in July 2012, they’ve made several main competitive points: Canva is simple to use, it’s a free design software and one can easily collaborate with someone else. For example, designers can collaborate with their clients via Canva and avoid all those difficulties which usually occur.
There are 42 team members in Canva, and they do a great job making our life easier and more pleasant. Now a great way to create beautiful designs with an online tool is even more efficient. Let’s sum up what they’ve made for us in 2014.
1. Photo filters
Amazing editing tools so you can edit your picture right away after you’ve uploaded it to canva. Now you can have a beautiful image with amazing writings on it easily with these 10 photo filters: Drama, Whimsical, Street, Goldeb, Rosie, Grasale, Retro, Selfie. Epic and Festive. Besides, you can change parameters like brightness, contrast, saturation, blur etc. manually.
TemplateMonster is happy to offer you one more freshly-tailored template of their weekly series of free web design stuff. During the last couple of weeks we saw the release of WordPress and OpenCart ready-made designs, this time let’s have a look at what Free PrestaShop Theme brings. It is primarily intended for developing wheels & tires, car & bike parts, industrial, architecture, interior & furniture, software and other online stores. However, by applying some adjustments you can easily make its layout fit your business.
When you cast a glance at the home page, you will not see any heavy web design elements. Everything is clear and simple, just the way an e-Commerce website should look like. The main focus is put on the visual side. On reaching a website based on this theme, users will see a full-width header slider showcasing your products and services, several banners organized in a separate block, Popular/New Arrivals/Best Sellers categories, featured products organized in a grid list. Stylish and informative footer adds to the overall usability of the theme.
The navigation bar stays visible in a fixed position when scrolling down the page. By implementing this technique, you will make your site content more accessible. First-time visitors can gauge the type of content on your site quickly and easily. Parallax scrolling and hover effect give pleasant user experience and make the design more interactive. Live chat can be always found in the lower right corner, in case someone needs professional assistance.
You will be able to keep up with endless new resolutions and devices thanks to the cross-browser compatible and fully responsive layout of this template. Delve deeper into the functionality of this sleek and modern template by viewing live demo.
Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity. (Kay Redfield Jamison)
If I say there are 7 free games for you, you probably will think that you don’t have time for play.
If I say there are 7 free games for you as a designer, you’ll get interested.
And that is why.
The web design games I offer below belong to 2 groups: some of them aim to educate, some aim to entertain. But all of them are fun, exciting and designer-oriented.
What do you get as a result? Mastered skills, great time and, which is more, profound conclusions. Who knows, maybe one of these games will push you towards your new designer ideas.
Enjoy the games, get new experience & find your new horizons.
Cosmetics industry is gaining popularity worldwide. If you work in this niche and run a cosmetics store, maybe it’s high time to think about its presentation on the web? Provide customers with an opportunity to purchase beauty stuff to feel more confident without ever stepping their foot outside the home. TemplateMonster continues releasing free website templates from their new series, and now it’s high time for the next awesome design to see the light of day. Please welcome Free OpenCart Cosmetics Store Theme.
By setting up cosmetics ecommerce website based on this feature-rich theme you’ll be able to put your company in front of more shoppers, and therefore increase sales and grow brand recognition. The new release is a perfect blend of style and functionality. Users will be impressed with smooth navigation and balanced layout structure. Though the theme looks rather simple at first glance, such web design elements as video backgrounds, parallax effect and lazy load images add special charm to the layout.
The template has been designed in a way to put your products to the forefront. And it’s clear why. When reaching a website selling something, we are mainly focused on the stuff on offer rather than heavy design elements. Keeping this in mind, TemplateMonster’s team offers to make use of negative space and oppose vivid calls-to-action and bright banners to fair background. Thanks to the implementation of rich animation, star rating and thumbnails with hover effect, the theme has an interactive look. Taking into consideration its pleasant to the eye visual presentation and simple customization, this Free OpenCart Cosmetics Store Theme can be easily adjusted to suit beauty, fashion, wedding, gifts, hobbies & crafts, books stores or any other niche.