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19Oct

It’s no secret that a cleverly designed website predetermines the success of any business. Online presentation has become an indispensable part of any marketing strategy that targets to stand above competitors. However, if a website is poorly organized, looks cluttered and not so easy to follow, people will hardly stay on it. The success of any web project hinges on one basic thing – how comfortable users feel browsing it. So, in order to help you develop a resource that would be pleasant to use and bring its visitors some value, we offer you to consider 10 must read books for designers who want to get started and succeed in UX.

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UX Crash Course: 31 Fundamentals

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This is a quick overview of UX design fundamentals. As the name suggests, it’s an online course that contains 31 lessons on how to go from zero to hero as soon as possible. On following the link, you will be redirected to the table of contents where you can find the entire list of lessons you can learn. Start with the introductory ones, proceed to design psychology, visual and functional design principles, and complete test in the end of the course to check your knowledge.

14May

Cloud storage has become an indispensable part of our hectic lives. More and more often we browse the web from our handheld devices and having 24/7 access to the data from our desktops or other Internet-connected devices is a must. This is when online backup services come in handy. Allowing to store unlimited amounts of data in the cloud, such services let us access all valuable content anywhere, anytime.

If you still don’t have a service for storing your data, it’s high time to choose one and we are here to help you in decision-making. With so many various backup solutions available on the web, you need to choose a server that would safely store your data and provide you with constant access to it. The best cloud storage providers offer more than just storage. Selecting such solutions as Dropbox and Google Drive you’ll be able to enjoy multi-platform support, security, app integration, and much more. Consider our chart of the top 10 cloud storage providers and choose the one to your liking.

1. Dropbox

Dropbox is an amazing cross-platform solution, compatible with so many apps. In addition, this is one of the mosts popular cloud storage solution preferred by millions of users worldwide. This is a cloud-based, automatic service that comes with support for any OS you’re using, both desktop and mobile. Though you’ll get only 2GB free to start, this can be further expanded for extra fee. If you’re going to back up some documents, 2GB will be more than enough, though if you’re planning to store any kind of media, then you may upgrade to the 100GB plan for around £6 a month.

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1Apr

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HTML5 is the latest hyper text markup language for websites released back in 2011 and supported by all major browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, IE, and Opera. Today we offer you a set of the best HTML5 tutorials to learn about the latest of its features and see how to use HTML5 on your website.

What is HTML5?

HTML5 is the successor of HTML 4.01 launched back in 1999. The Internet has changed a lot since then and the release of HTML5 was a clear need. The latest markup was first made public in 2008, though the final version was released to the audience in 2011 when people could finally try it out on their own.

Being the latest version of hypertext markup language, HTML5 is one of the three main codes that describe web pages. While HTML provides the structure, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is responsible for presentation and JavaScript makes all this come true. HTML5 can do almost everything – from music to movies, animation to apps, as well as build apps to run in your browser.

HTMl5 public release didn’t rule out the possibility of packing it with new functions and more impressive features. Keep reading to find out what’s new.

28Mar

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Adobe Illustrator is the first program that comes to our mind when thinking about creating outline art. This is the best solution for making a cool company logo, a technical drawing, and the customized drawing of any commercial product. We often use its most recent and enhanced features, like new panels, enhanced edit appearances, etc. forgetting about some basic tools that can do magic as well. Today we’re going to talk about one of such Adobe Illustrator tools – brushes. Using Adobe Illustrator Brushes you can create a multitude of things – drawing and stylizing the appearance of paths, applying brush strokes to the existing paths, mimicking real-life calligraphy, sketching out, etc.

Adobe Illustrator Brushes Types

The first thing we should mention when we start talking about Adobe Illustrator brushes is that we may choose between 5 brush types or use them simultaneously – calligraphic, scatter, art, pattern, and bristle.

Adobe Illustrator Brushes

  • As the name suggests, calligraphic brush in Adobe Illustrator imitates the look and feel of a calligraphy pen nib (a)
  • Scatter brushes disperse copies of objects (flowers, hearts, leaves, etc.) along the path (b)
  • When using art brushes, the shape of the brush or shape of the selected object is evenly stretched along the path (c)
  • If you want to create strokes with the appearance of a natural brush with bristles, then select a bristle brush (d)
  • Pattern brushes feature up to five individual tiles (for the begging and end of the pattern as well as the inner/outer corner and the sides) that repeat along the path (e)

As you may see, calligraphic, art and bristle brushes resemble each other, though they differ slightly, while scatter and pattern brushes always make the same effect. The only difference is that unlike Pattern brushes that follow the path precisely, Scatter brushes don’t. Let’s now find out how to take everything you can from all these brush types.

3Feb

Calligraphy – it’s all about art and writing. Beautiful writing – this is how it is also called. Traditional way of doing it is using a pen, brush or a feather. Today, when it has become a part of digital art, it can be nicely done with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Calligraphy fonts are widely used by designers for their visual aesthetics. Implementing them in layout, it’s possible to add a nice stylish touch to the work.

Digital calligraphy is an interesting topic to discover, but today’s post focuses on handwritten one. It’s a great source of inspiration. These nicely done examples enchant with elegant hand drawn letters, gestural strokes against white paper. Actually, paper is not the only material used in magic process of creating calligraphy masterpieces. Glass, wood, walls (you can notice graffiti almost everywhere in the cities) – whatever surfaces can be used.

Creating nice calligraphy requires constant practicing. Day after day, hour after hour, with diligence and patience – this is the only way to get perfect results.

Mastering this art is not easy and will be a long process, but it’s highly rewarding. This list of calligraphy tutorials for beginners that will give you wise tips on how to start and go on in this creative work.

How To Start Writing Calligraphy

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Italic Calligraphy Online Class

3Oct

This post will give you a clear picture of what your blog design needs to be in the list of top ones. Read this article to see the examples of great blog designs and a list of must-have points of such good designs.

Sharing information – this is the main goal of a blog. People who are interested in its subject area are its target audience. Making people interested in what the blog publishes and welcoming more viewers in means increasing its popularity. In the following post I’d like to consider the design principles of blogs as important elements of their success on the web.

Design sets the tone, it is the first impression the viewers get from the site. Attracting people visually, it makes them eager to perceive all the information the blog publishes. Let’s enumerate the main principles that make blog designs effective and welcome viewers in.

29Aug

Today, in the age of intelligent apps, the design undergoes certain changes. It becomes more light, intuitive, interactive. A good design seamlessly guides its viewers through all the points, makes everything explicit without reading all that heavy instructions. Clean, clear, simple, focused on content, user-oriented – it is all about the modern design.

User interface elements, as a part of design keep up with the latest trends. UI Design Trends show the pulse of the modern web. The web strives for simplicity, and UI design goes in the same direction.

What Are The Latest UI Design Trends?

Try not to oversee them, and keep pace with times.

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Less Skeuomorphism

UI Design Trends

Purity is a king – this is the main idea of the following paragraph. Skeuomorphism has been really popular not long ago, but flat trend has gained its forth, and now more and more developers agree with the power of the latter.

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Simple Shape and Structure

UI Design Trends

UI designs show the emphasis on words and colors instead of cluttering the page with animations or things of that kind. The content is in the focus of attention, the colors help to make it more readable and easy-to-perceive. Bold colors and shapes are also widely used, still they are not glossy and look quite clean.

8Aug

Email marketing is one of the ways you can reach your customers. It is not cost-effective, but you should spend enough time and use all your knowledge to make it work. The key question is how to start it in the right way not be look like spammers. There are several tips that will help you in this. Send only:

informative information
• the latest information
• topics interesting for the viewers

Keeping this in mind, you can be sure that a number of your subscribers will not decrease.

When it goes about starting the email campaign, you should think about how to invite people in. Do it with attractive design of a form that offers them to subscribe for newsletters. As soon as they become your subscribers, you should think over each step not to loose them. Studying email marketing tips, you can find out a lot of tricks that work for good.

Email marketing tips are shown in the list below. Hope, you’ll make use of these best practices and engage more customers with a wise email campaign.

Email Marketing Tips

13Jun

What can assist you in design creation better than a good tutorial with the detailed description of a process? Here is a bunch of great ones both for those with advanced and moderate Photoshop skills. What can they help you with? After browsing them carefully, you’ll be able to master the process of cool text effect creation in Photoshop. They discover a variety of options for creating text effects of different styles. Just a bit of your time and at least some Photoshop experience, and you’ll see what cool stuff you can create. You can experiment, and see what happens.

You can ask what are these effects for. The idea is simple – they affect the whole design, making it effecting and drawing the viewers’ attention to it. Even minor text effects can bring the spectacular changes to the overall look.

Check out the Text Effect Photoshop Tutorials below, play with the chosen effects and unleash your creativity, making the works of your own undoubtedly impressive.

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How to Create Colorful Wooden 3D Text

How to Create Colorful Wooden 3D Text

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Vintage Tiles Text Effect

Vintage Tiles Text Effect

6Jun

Content is a King, and you know it. What are the 3 rules of a good content? It should be:
- well-timed
- informative
- laconic

When it meets these key points, it can convey the purpose of the business, its philosophy and ideas, and make the readers interested in services and products it offers. It should be readable for the visitors, and well-structured for search engines.

- readable
- fast loading
- easy to navigate – these are the must-have point of text presentation on the site.

And what are the requirements for the content that can make it a professional and selling one? Undoubtedly, it’s a great job to write it, but it’s quite possible when you follow certain advices.

Choose the topics visitors are interested in.
• Offer the unique and valuable content.
• Stay relevant to the title.
• Write frequently on your source.
• Develop your own style.
• Engage visitors in leaving comments.
• Leave an impression on the readers.

After reading all this, you should think over and review your own works. The analysis will show you what is good, and what should be improved. Where to draw inspiration from? You can visit various communities for great ideas and new topics, and how to write great passages you’ll learn from this post.

The list above covers only the main points of content writing. To learn more, please check out the following useful articles on How to Write Content for Your Website. Here you’ll find SEO and blogger tips from professionals that will certainly make a good contribution to the quality of your content.

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How To Write Content For Your Company People Actually Want To Read

How To Write Content For Your Company People Actually Want To Read

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How to Write a Successful Blog That also Promotes Your Business

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