Personas should be living and breathing

Too often, designers create a persona at the start of a project, then put it up on a wall like a graduation picture and simply leave it there to be looked at and referenced occasionally…pulling out interesting stories when the situation demands. But your persona should be alive. It should live, grow, evolve and adapt.… Continue reading Personas should be living and breathing

Digital humans are here. They sound and look just like us.

Now digital humans are here. They sound and look just like us. Digital humans, AI-powered digital counterparts, are going to change how we interact with the world around us. https://medium.com/media/5d057cb8920f355e7fa126d3cedcac2c/href In 2016 Miquela Sousa, or @lilmiquela, quickly grew to be one of Instagram's top influencers. At a first glance, there is little wrong with the 19-year-old Brazilian-American… Continue reading Digital humans are here. They sound and look just like us.

How to kick off strategic research if you are NOT Spotify?

First steps of strategic product research at Glovo by UXR & Data ✏️ Illustrations credits to Ivan Mesaroš / Available on Blush From Spotify, all the way to Microsoft, Booking.com and many more, the leveraging of multidisciplinary teams to conduct product research seems THE WAY to achieve more actionable, comprehensive insights providing a higher likelihood of making… Continue reading How to kick off strategic research if you are NOT Spotify?

3 Essential Design Trends, June 2022

Are you bored with some of your current design projects? This month’s collection of website design trends can help break you out of that rut with some fun and funky alternatives. And all of these options are anything but boring. From visual display to technique, these trends present a different set of challenges. Here’s what’s… Continue reading 3 Essential Design Trends, June 2022

How to Make the Background Transparent in Photoshop

There are several different ways to make a background transparent in Photoshop. And when multiple different tools do the same thing, it can be a pain to figure out which to use and when. Follow along as we go through four of the easiest ways you can quickly remove a background in Photoshop.  In a… Continue reading How to Make the Background Transparent in Photoshop

Decolonizing typography: creating a font for Afrikan writing systems

The driving force behind my relentless mission to create digital fonts for Afrikan writing systems, one letter at a time. In this case study I’ll walk you through the process of designing a font for the Bassa Vah Alphabet. The name ‘Bassa’ and a Bassa proverb. Background Bassa language is spoken by about 600 000 Bassa… Continue reading Decolonizing typography: creating a font for Afrikan writing systems

20 Best eCommerce Plugins for WordPress

WordPress does not come with built-in eCommerce capabilities. But it allows you to add eCommerce functionality so you can sell tangible products, digital products, or any kind of services and receive money for them on your website. To make this possible, there are a huge number of eCommerce plugins, both free and premium, that you… Continue reading 20 Best eCommerce Plugins for WordPress

How to Make a Y2K Art Collage in Photoshop

Today we’ll be recreating the Y2K art style using 3D assets and vibrant color grades! We’ll be learning how to create a collage in Photoshop that focuses more on using Y2K-inspired graphics, as opposed to photo-realistic realism. We want the Y2K aesthetic pink trees to look fake and the environment to pop! In a hurry?… Continue reading How to Make a Y2K Art Collage in Photoshop

10 Best Cross-Browser Testing Tools for Testing Websites in 2022

* { box-sizing: border-box; } body {margin: 0;}*{box-sizing:border-box;}body{margin-top:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:0px;margin-left:0px;} If you’ve recently designed or redesigned your website, you’re probably planning for a big launch. But before you launch or relaunch your website, it’s important to test your website across various browsers.  Now, this may sound intimidating, given how many browsers there are on the market. The… Continue reading 10 Best Cross-Browser Testing Tools for Testing Websites in 2022

WooCommerce vs Shopify: Which One is Right for You?

In one of our previous posts, we compared WordPress and Shopify to help you figure out which might be better choice for you to set up your own online store. We separately covered different factors like cost, extensibility, support and customization etc. to see how both these platforms stacked against each other. WordPress Shopify vs.… Continue reading WooCommerce vs Shopify: Which One is Right for You?

7 UX Principles to Boost SERPs

User experience is one of the most important principles of web design. There’s no doubt that you focus on UX with every page you design on the web, whether it’s a portfolio, a profile page, or an entire website.  Unfortunately, what many experts forget is that UX doesn’t just apply to digital pages. That means that… Continue reading 7 UX Principles to Boost SERPs

Exciting New Tools for Designers, September 2021

Since school is back in session, this month’s roundup has a learning focus. In addition to tools, many of the resources include guides, tutorials, and cheat sheets to help make design work easier. Here’s what’s new for designers this month. ScrollingMockup.io ScrollingMockup.io generates high-definition, animated scrolling mockups in minutes. All you have to do is… Continue reading Exciting New Tools for Designers, September 2021

Drawing a stunning landscape in Figma

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Figma is my tool of choice for designing user interfaces. Extremely simple to use, the learning curve is a fraction of what’s required for any given Adobe Creative Cloud software. But, that simplicity comes at a price: Figma’s primary focus is not illustration or graphic design, and many designers still… Continue reading Drawing a stunning landscape in Figma

3D worlds and the future of UX: A review of “spatial interfaces”

[unable to retrieve full-text content] “Games and entertainment have pointed us toward a new way of thinking about interacting with software: spatial interfaces.” — John Palmer, Spatial Interfaces Spatial Interfaces presents a vision for the future of UX, in which “lots of the software we already use can be augmented by spatial interfaces”. Palmer envisions “spatial environments,… Continue reading 3D worlds and the future of UX: A review of “spatial interfaces”

30+ Best Procreate Brushes For Illustration (Free & Premium)

94 Shares The best Procreate brushes can add beautiful details to your illustrations and graphic design pieces with a set of hand-picked best procreate brushes. Perfect for drawing, shading, adding textures, halftones effects, and many more illustration art they can be your go-to Procreate brushes for many projects! Download Free and Paid Procreate Brushes and enjoy… Continue reading 30+ Best Procreate Brushes For Illustration (Free & Premium)

Building micro-interactions in Adobe XD

[unable to retrieve full-text content] The beauty about micro-interactions is that it’s a digital conversation users can initiate with the system or the system can initiate with the user. Let’s start with what they are Micro-Interactions are a heuristic approach to meaningful feedback responses that let users know when an action is performed. Simply put, the user… Continue reading Building micro-interactions in Adobe XD

3 Essential Design Trends, July 2021

This month, you will either love or hate the featured design trends. The common theme among them is a strong design element that can create distinct emotional connections. They range from interesting monotone color choices to brutalist examples to AI-inspired faces and design elements. Here’s what’s trending in design this month. 1. Interesting Monotone Color… Continue reading 3 Essential Design Trends, July 2021

20 Best New Sites, June 2021

Ever since online stores first emerged they’ve faced one big challenge compared to their real world rivals; yes, it’s convenient to shop wherever, whenever you want, and delivery options permitting, buy from anyone anywhere in the world. But it’s a minimal experience compared to the fuller sensory experience of shopping in the real world. Online… Continue reading 20 Best New Sites, June 2021

DIY Hacks to Make Your House Automated

3 Shares Have you always been dreaming about an automated home? Until recently, automation was pretty expensive, and the majority of people simply couldn`t afford it. What about nowadays though? Now, you can either purchase any automated item you might need or you can even build one, with the needed actuators. We have collected for… Continue reading DIY Hacks to Make Your House Automated

Human Anatomy Fundamentals: Basic Body Proportions

In this human body drawing tutorial, you’ll learn basic human body outline drawing techniques. If you’ve practiced capturing energy in the previous tutorial, you’ll have acquired a good feel for loose sketching of people. We’re going to start giving structure to that feeling-based groundwork by studying the body with a more scientific eye. Let me… Continue reading Human Anatomy Fundamentals: Basic Body Proportions

Is It Time to Reset HTML?

HTML is one of the foundational building blocks of the Web. But just as web design best practices and techniques change over time, so does the code we use. As HTML evolves, some of its older markup has been deprecated while other parts have been repurposed. Does that create more problems for us, though? Would… Continue reading Is It Time to Reset HTML?

6 Ways Parallax Still Works in 2021 

Parallax is a term that is applied loosely and frequently in the world of web design. As a trend, it has been popular and unpopular in equal measures for some time. However, it’s still one of the most valuable tools for animation in the digital world. Parallax creates an illusion of depth when scrolling, a… Continue reading 6 Ways Parallax Still Works in 2021