WordPress is the #1 blogging solution worldwide. With its help you can not only keep all content organized, but also showcase photo galleries, team members and portfolios effectively. Do you want your site to be simple or complex? Do you want it to feature a one-column layout, tile- or grid-based list? Today the possibilities of this CMS are literally endless. However, because of its flexibility and complexity, it’s easy to make some common mistakes while using it. Here is a list of the most popular errors that you should avoid in order for your online business to be a success.
The trend of polygonal shapes is not new, but it has manages to win the hearts of millions of users all over the world. Web designers, in their turn, do their best to impress the audience with sleek and stylish shapes that will remain in users’ memory for long, and low poly effect is one of such time-proven approaches. You do not need to be a Photoshop guru to create polygonal backgrounds on your own. There are so many apps that serve the purpose. For this post, we have picked 8 low poly generators that are available for free.
Below you will find both online tools that you can run in your favorite browser as well as mobile apps that are compatible with iOS and Android devices. So, let’s get straight to the chart and start with online apps.
With the help of Trianglify you can create simple low poly backgrounds and download them as SVG files for free. Colors are selected randomly, however you can control the size of shapes and their distribution.
The web offers thousands if not millions of creative patterns, with more cool designs being released every day. The choice is so broad that you can even get lost in their rich variety. However, a pattern that works good for one business may not bring the desired effect for a different one. Let’s now find out how to choose UI design patterns that will enhance your web presence.
Here are the 4 basic questions that you should ask yourself to narrow down the choice:
- What are your site’s problems?
- What patterns do your competitors choose to solve the problem?
- How do they use those patterns?
- How to choose the right UI design patterns for your site?
As designers, we always need inspiration. UI design pattern libraries can be that proven source of the creativity, which will make your online works more impressive and appealing to the audience. To get your creative juices flow, we offer for your consideration a compilation of the 10 most popular UI design pattern libraries. Some of them provide the pattern designs solely, whereas others provide explanation on how and when to use a certain pattern.
COLOURlovers is a huge online community of creative designers from all around the world, who share patterns, color palettes, discuss web trends, and explore the mysterious world of the web design. The site is very user-friendly and intuitive, so you should have no difficulty with applying the right filters in search of the design inspiration.
In less than two months after its official launch, TemplateMonster’s Monstroid multi-purpose theme has hit the record of 1500 downloads, and that’s not the limit. As per the user testimonials, there are many reasons to adore this theme. Free 24/7 support, lifetime updates, a set of user- and developer-oriented features, premium plugins that were included in the pack, and unlimited access to the child themes.
If you follow TemplateMonster’s updates, you should have already heard about the series of their recent product updates. Today we are back with great news for all Joomla fans. Not so long ago TemplateMonster updated its inventory with a stunning Joomla template for business websites – Wegy. It gained such a high demand among web users that the developers decided to make the theme even more powerful, and released the first update back in summer.
The song says ‘Wake me up when September ends’, but for web designers it’s absolutely not applicable. Why? Because designers cannot be even sleepy in their business – they have to keep finger on the pulse to be in the know of the tiniest changes in web design trends.
Since autumn has come, it’s in your hands to change a color trends destination – use the autumn colors in your designs.
We offer you a piece of autumn web design inspiration – an ultimate set of websites which use the autumn colors (yellow, orange and red) in their looks.
Here are several facts about red color scheme.
First of all, it grabs attention. Web design with red color will always be the first to notice, regardless of its shade.
Secondly, red evokes appetite. Not surprisingly, it’s widely used in food-related business web design as main or complementory color.
Thirdly, having chosen the right shade of red color, you can convey passion, feminity, warmth, coziness or professionalism.
The biggest companies like Coca-Cola, Google, Pinterest, Lego and Virgin use red color as their primary, and the result of the logo impact speaks for itself.
Red varies in shades, but the influence it has – stays.
And speaking of big brands, we’ll actually start with one of them. Check out the first one, KFC website:
Can you imagine a city without outdoor advertising? All those billboards, bus stop posters and posters placed in the subway which we simply cannot avoid while waiting for the next train.
Probably a city without all this stuffing would go plain and dull.
If you think why it became an inevitable part of our big-city life, the answer will pop up in your head immediately: outer advertising is one of the most efficient ones.
There is nothing more influential than an image when a viewer doesn’t choose to see or not to see it. And even if a person gets irritated by what he sees, the subconsciousness will imprint the image of the product and afterwards, he’ll forget the emotions, but remember the brand.
However, even simulating outdoor advertising is still very powerful: people are used to seeing design works in the streets, and the fact that a man’s eye is trained to connect a street billboard with a powerful brand, can play for your good.
If you choose to present your graphic design work (whether you want to showcase your ready work or you need to show your client how his product may look like), one of the best ways to do that is to use mockups.
Here we suggest you to take a look at 15+ free outdoor advertising mockups which you can apply in your work.
Have you been waiting for the most powerful and richest WordPress theme Monstroid as much as all the others?
The WordPress rocket, the biggest WP theme by TemplateMonster, which already promises to be a smash hit was launched several hours ago, gaining hight every minute. Those who have pre-ordered the theme are already in front of their screens at this moment, investigating the possibilities of Monstroid. Those who haven’t are catching up as well: they purchase the theme and join an already big and growing Monstroid community.
If you’ve been waiting for something that would hit the web design market and create a furore – this is it. The nearest years of web design are quite predefined – according to the statistics, 24% of all websites on the Web are powered by WordPress.
And since the percentage is only growing, it’s high time for a large-scale WordPress theme.
TemplateMonster produced Monstroid – the biggest and the most powerful WordPress theme so far.
Thanks to the Installation Wizard Plugin which does all the work for you, you can install a theme in several seconds. If you ever faced a problem of loosing your content after updates – this won’t happen again since all the updates will be run in Cherry Framework (the framework which powers Monstroid). And if you are a developer, you can create absolutely any website using Monstroid, making it as unique as far your skills and imagination let you.
If you had to advertise an event in a very short time with a limited budget – what would you choose? What is one of the easiest ways to get people to know about your good or service? Flyers. Easy to spread, glossy and unavoidable. Something that gets lost in a woman’s purse and something gets a man interested right away, especially if an event runner offers great beer. The history of it as a concept dates back to the 18the century – back then people understood it’s a great way of quick and effective way of spreading information.
Right now a concept of flyer somewhat changed, however, it still didn’t lose its popularity. A flyer turned into a glossy card which is low-cost to produce and incredibly effective for the purpose of having people talk about you and visit a spot.
Dozens and dozens of clients like hairstylists, fancy restaurants, cozy pizza-houses, new clubs, big home-parties, new flower shops, even churches – they may come to you and ask for help of creating a beautiful memorable flyer.
And if lack great free flyer PSD files for it, you’ve come to the right place.
Choose any of the mentioned below, download them and enjoy your work.
Designer is not a job, it’s a state of mind. Right? 😉