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5May

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.

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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.

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4May

We are often asked – what are the best WordPress plugins for blogs? What tools are better than the other? What functionality should we better pay attention to when choosing the best option for a blog? In an attempt to answer these and other questions, TemplateMonster’s team has decided to reach out the top WordPress blogs and requested them for the lists of plugins they have installed in their dashboards.

As a result, they have made up a compilation of 98 best WordPress plugins 2016 that 15 top WordPress blogs use. Some tools turned out to be more popular than the others, some of them were installed only on 1 or 2 of the blogs that the team has reached. So, in an attempt to create a more detailed categorization of the most handy tools for bloggers, TemplateMonster’s team has organized them into two groups – the first one contains plugins that are more popular than the others, whereas another group includes plugins that are installed on individual blogs only. Each of the aforementioned groups, in its turn, features categorization of plugins by their purpose of use (like navigation, social media, security, site performance, email, comments, etc.), so you can easily navigate to any section that is of the greatest interest to you with a click.

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3May

When it comes to choosing the best ready-made website template for your site, it’s easy to get lost in the abundance of solutions to choose from. What CMS should you better choose? What functionality to include? What style to choose? How to optimize it for search engines? These are only some of the questions that come to our mind when looking for the best option.

With the purpose to narrow down your search, TemplateMonster has made up a compilation of the 24 of its most trending WordPress eCommerce templates and shared it at MonsterPost. Here you can find themes for travel, fashion, car tuning, food and drink, sport, electronics, and other purposes.

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Just go ahead, browse the list and pick a solution that comes to your liking the most.

29Apr

Web design trends come and go, so it’s highly important to keep track of the latest web design tendencies in order to remain competitive on the market. The team standing behind MonsterPost made an in-depth research of the latest website design trends, carefully examined 70 resources on the matter and made up a compilation of 65 top website design trends covering all aspects of the contemporary web design.

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Thus, the chart includes multiple examples and clear explanations of web design trends dealing with the layout structure, images, animation, scrolling, website usability, loading, coding and other. In addition to the clear, concise explanation, each trend is illustrated with a live example of how it was achieved on web resources.

The compilation is truly informative and helpful, so is worthy of being bookmarked for further references.

27Apr

Gone are the days when you needed to spend thousands of bucks on a custom-made logo design. Today, even a web design newbie can create a unique, impressive logo design without any extra help. How is that possible?

MonsterPost has decided to run a research in an attempt to make a compilation of the best tools from which you can choose the most relevant free logo creator.

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When working on you logo design, make sure that is look creative yet simple and easy-to-remember. Your logo shouldn’t contain more than two colors and texts written in more than two fonts. Another thing to consider is making your logo versatile, avoiding any stereotypes.

Getting back to the compilation, TemplateMonster’s team analyzed 8 free and 8 paid online tools that are available on the market and compared all of them based on the following criteria: custom symbols, industry categorization, styling options and mockup preview. So, if you are in search of the best free logo creator, go ahead and look though the comparison chart, which was made rather informative and easy-to-follow.

5Feb
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7 Great Web Design Games

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.

1.The Bezier Game

The Bezier Game

26Jan

Have you seen these Pinterest boards about typography? Because they are breathtaking! Awesome fonts for designers amaze everyone who knows the ropes of a typography trade. Every time you think there’s nothing new left to be invented, a new typography masterpiece takes your breath away. Or else, you are a typography maniac and you simply can’t stop searching for new inspiration. You are in a constant search of new resources, and what a great feeling it is when you find something worthy, right?

Besides, typography is one of the key factors of good conversion. If you want to kill 2 birds with one shot, and I mean both satisfy your inner aesthete and get profit, you know what to do.

Speaking of inspiration stuff, the more you get – the more you want. So I’ve made a list of Pinterst boards for you to add to your type collection & to inspire.

Anyway, let’s go straight to the most delicious part of this post – the boards themselves. Follow them and enjoy.

1. Typography

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26Nov

When you decide to bring your business on the web, developing a stunning logo design is a must. It’s no secret the more appealing and remarkable it looks, the more likely you will stick in users’ memory. There are so many tips, recommendations, and inspirational posts available on the net that one can easily get lost in their rich variety. Today, we have decided to narrow down the list of possible logo designs and have a closer look at how pen and pencil logos can fit business websites.

If you want to increase brand recognition, this will be a win-win solution. Generally speaking, a logo design is a graphic element used as trademark for brand recognition. Custom made logos are the best option for representing the beliefs, values and morals of your company. A logo containing a pen or pencil image accompanied by some easy yet sparkling headline is not that easy to forget. Pens and pencils are used to depict intelligence, education and learning. So, these will be the perfect choice for writing and designs firms, translation agencies, educational institutes and businesses. Though some may find these boring, people may change their opinion once casting a glance at logos designed with pen and pencil.

Designers have a constant craving for fresh logo ideas. Below you may have a look at some of the most creative examples of pencil logo design developed by logo artists from around the world. Have a look at this showcase to get some ideas that you can find helpful for you r own logo design. Take your time and enjoy!

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30Aug

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!

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23Aug

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.

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