Real design thinking: learning to be more mindful can benefit your practice

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Reflections on a one-year road test of mindfulness meditation Murrumbidgee river, NSW, Australia. The cynical marketing of mindfulness as a panacea for a world of corporate ills have made many of us sceptical about its proclaimed benefits. Mindfulness as a tool for overworked executives. Mindfulness as a relief valve for… Continue reading Real design thinking: learning to be more mindful can benefit your practice

How to Parse JSON in PHP

JSON, short for JavaScript Object Notation, is a common lightweight format for storing and exchanging information. As the name suggests, it was initially derived from JavaScript but it is a language-independent format for storing information. A lot of languages like PHP now implement functions to read and create JSON data. This tutorial will teach you… Continue reading How to Parse JSON in PHP

Top 5 Best Vinyl Records With Beautiful Design

There is no debate: vinyl is da shizz again. Well, it’s always been but now more and more music aficionados are buying the OG music format. Vinyl sales increased dramatically last year, finally beating CD after 35 years. And this year, it’s just January and many vinyl pressing plants are fully booked till the end… Continue reading Top 5 Best Vinyl Records With Beautiful Design

The evolution of style guides to AI writing assistants

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Style guides have a long history in the writing process. They’ve always affected more than what counts as good content. They affected our writing process and behaviors, our sense of community, even our egos. As AI pushes the style guide another step, how will it push us along too? Stacking style manuals… Continue reading The evolution of style guides to AI writing assistants

All About Avenir & Fonts Similar to Avenir

Created by legendary type designer Adrian Frutiger and released in 1988, Avenir is one of the most widely used typefaces in corporate branding. Repeatedly voted by designers as one of the most beautifully designed typefaces, the Avenir font family was Frutiger’s masterwork and continues to be popular in logo design and brand identities today.   Read more… Continue reading All About Avenir & Fonts Similar to Avenir

10 Popular Design Trends It’s Time to Let Die

If you’ve ever moved from one home to another, you know how difficult it can be to get rid of things you’ve owned for years. While digging through your closet, you find an old pair of pants you used to wear all the time despite the growing holes in the knees. But you tell yourself,… Continue reading 10 Popular Design Trends It’s Time to Let Die

5 Essentials For Your First Business Website

Websites are essential for entrepreneurs looking to promote their brand. It creates a space for customers to learn about your product or services and can even be used to lure potential investors to grow your seed money. However, you can’t just create any website and hope to attract customers and investors. Your website needs to… Continue reading 5 Essentials For Your First Business Website

Chart.js A Simple yet flexible JavaScript charting for designers & developers

Chart.js was first introduced in year 2013, for 3 years of intensive development by many contributors, it has became quite a powerful open source Javascript charting plugin. It’s designed for both developers and designers. It supports 8 types of charts – Line, Bar, Radar, Polar Area, Pie & Doughnut, Scales charts. With version 2.0, you… Continue reading Chart.js A Simple yet flexible JavaScript charting for designers & developers

How Welcoming are WordCamps to Women?

This month it’s International Women’s Day, a worldwide event designed to raise the under-representation of women in many walks of life and encourage us all to open up more opportunities to women and girls. I thought it would be a good opportunity to take a look at gender diversity at WordCamps, and compare these with… Continue reading How Welcoming are WordCamps to Women?

The Best Freebies for Designers (February 2016)

Here are the best freebies for designers from September 2013. We have free GUI templates, icon sets, fonts, Photoshop brushes, PSD templates, PS actions… and everything else in between.   Free Icon Sets Circular Icon Set (12 Icons, PSD) Dripicons (PSD, AI, EPS, PDF, SVG & Icon Font) Flat Icons (48 Icons, PSD) Line Icon… Continue reading The Best Freebies for Designers (February 2016)

An Overview of Recent WordPress Theme Design Trends: 2013 to 2014

A common trait among most successful web designers – they’re very passionate about their work. If they don’t like something, they won’t spend another second on that train of thought. To keep their creative juices alive and afresh, they seek inspiration from various things, random things – a calendar picture, a random collage of colours,… Continue reading An Overview of Recent WordPress Theme Design Trends: 2013 to 2014

24 Award Winning Portfolio Designs That Follow Current Trends

The current trends that have really changed the whole concept of website design during the last few years seem to be set to stay at least for the coming year. We have seen the rise of trends such as vertical scrolling, flat design, retro or minimal color schemes, slideshows including animation or video and, of… Continue reading 24 Award Winning Portfolio Designs That Follow Current Trends

The Top 100 Email Marketing Campaigns of 2013

Email marketing has been roaming the Internet for a while. One of the traditional and popular methods most companies to reach out to theirs customers. With the slight improvements of how email being rendered with current technologies, though still limited but we finally able to design something pretty awesome. Previously, I shared a few tips… Continue reading The Top 100 Email Marketing Campaigns of 2013

Freebies Pack – 200 Vector Icons

FreeVector has released 200 Vector Icons, the set below includes 200 vector shapes, meaning you can blow them up as much as you like and they’ll stay sharp. Each file includes AI, EPS, PSD and JPG files. This lovingly honed set, of 200 vector icons is fantastic for use on all manner of sites. With… Continue reading Freebies Pack – 200 Vector Icons

Free Premium Files For September 2013

Each month the Envato marketplace brings you free premium standard files. Envato is a web marketplace where you can get premium files for different areas of your website. My favourite marketplaces is the script marketplace CodeCanyon and the theme marketplace ThemeForest. Here are the files which you can get for free for September 2013. Showcase… Continue reading Free Premium Files For September 2013

15 Cool Infographics For Web Designers and Developers 2013

Today the use of infographic is popular to convert any large and in-depth information and data into graphic visual representations that are easy to understand and much interesting to read. The use of infographics is common today in newspapers, magazines, business presentations, studying statistics, understanding maps, educational fields, etc. to interpret data. But it has… Continue reading 15 Cool Infographics For Web Designers and Developers 2013

20 Latest Retina Responsive WordPress Theme for 2013

Check out these latest 20 retina responsive wordpress themes from 2013.  The responsive trend has been ongoing since 2012. It is now a pretty standard fare for any themes developed after 2012 to be have a responsive template. At the same time, iPad users have been growing exponentially, which requires wordpress themes to be retina… Continue reading 20 Latest Retina Responsive WordPress Theme for 2013

My Top Links of the Week for August 2nd 2013

I regularly post links to interesting design tutorials and articles over on my Twitter and Facebook accounts, but in case you missed them here’s a roundup of my top pickings from my recent browsing of the web. This week we have some great content from Vectips, PSDFan, Vectortuts+ and Codrops.   The Fundamentals of Shape… Continue reading My Top Links of the Week for August 2nd 2013

15+ Creative WordPress Themes For Photographers Released June 2013

In this article, we are going to show you more than 15 new WordPress themes for photographers that were released in June 2013. I have written about fresh WordPress themes earlier and in this post I decided to focus on theme designs for photography websites. If you are a photographer, artist or a creative person… Continue reading 15+ Creative WordPress Themes For Photographers Released June 2013

29 New Black & White Website Designs for 2013

It is difficult to locate websites which are designed following a strict black-and-white theme. Remember that colorful tones and imagery will catch the eye when it contrasts off a colorless canvas. It offers a unique sensation in websites and very few designers venture into this area. For this gallery I have rummaged through the Internet… Continue reading 29 New Black & White Website Designs for 2013

The Future of Minimalist Web Design

Minimalism is the hype not just on posters and billboards but in the web as well. More and more people are finally coming to realize that “less is more”. In retrospect, the popularity of minimalist design had something to do with the onset popularity of internet capable devices. When Apple mashed a music player, phone,… Continue reading The Future of Minimalist Web Design