Creativity, as you well know, is not just a passive trait. Creativity requires effort, practice and dedication. In many ways, creativity is the actual job, with design, writing, painting or any other artistic outlet just being a task you have to perform during the job. But lets not nit-pick. Unlike other jobs, at the end of the day you can look at your work and say you created something.
This is a great market to branch out to, as a designer. Smartphones have completely exploded and, setting aside the Android vs. iOS vs. Windows debate, you can be sure there’s a lot of work to be done in mobile app design and the design of all the mobile-app related paraphernalia, be they website or something else entirely. That’s why we’ve selected 25 of our favorite iPhone and Android app designs to inspire you.
What is it about babies that makes them so disarmingly beautiful? Is it the promise of new life and progress that comes with them? The endless possibilities that small being presents means something unbelievable. In the words of Don Draper, protagonist of the popular series Mad Men, “We don’t know who he is yet, or what he’s gonna be. And that is a wonderful thing.”
Regardless of the reason why we find babies so unbelievably amazing to look at, we know simply adorable and very pleasing to the eye.
Metro is a very modern and clean design language which was initially created by Microsoft to be used on the Windows phone. The main principle is that content focuses on typography rather than graphics.
This style’s application in vector art results in very clean and modern illustrations, called flat vector illustrations. Whether they’re used to create icons, backgrounds, ornaments, charts, design entire user interfaces, or just to experiment, flat vector images are found in designs all over the web and they are becoming increasingly popular.
A/B testing, split testing, randomized controlled experiments, online controlled experiments – what do all these word combinations tell you? UX designers are surely aware that all of the enumerated terms have the same meaning; nevertheless, let’s clear up the matter for the rest of the readers. Actually, the explanation is rather simple: split testing is a specialized method of marketing research, which uses random experiments offering a limited choice of two A and B options. In web development, marketing and user experience design, the test is mainly aimed on highlighting the amendments that should be inserted into web pages (banners, advertisements, newsletters and so on) to augment the traffic, click-through or conversion rates.
Have you ever felt the need to escape this world and its rules? Have you ever imagined how it would it be like if your dreams came true? Literally speaking. How would it be like if you’d live in a universe where you’d swim through the clouds, and fly above the ocean? Well, I’d really like to know that too, but I can’t seem to find the secret magic formula.
But there’s there’s also some good news: being a creative individual you can use your imagination to create a different world, your own wonderful world where you step in through your graphic design artworks. Whenever you want to escape from reality, let your work become the window to your universe where there isn’t any restriction or limit.
There is a new free tool for designers and developers made by Freepik’s team (remember they also developed by Joaquin Cuenca the free CSS3 free tool CSSMatic), called Flat Icon. In Flat Icon you can find nearly 3,000 free icons you can download as webfont, so you can use them in all your projects, SVG and PNG. All of them are scalable and accessible to each screen reader. In Freepik they are looking for gives you the best performance of the icon whatever device you use.
Since Microsoft launched the unique Metro UI, the market has been flooded with design resources created in this particular style, meant to help designers adapt to this emerging trend. Our friends from Freepik wanted to do just that, so they created this amazing flat user interface kit and are giving it away for free, through the Inky Deals website.
Designers once believed that more equaled better. More options, more graphics and more words meant a more qualified and impressive portfolio. Providing your audience with this type of sensory overload can still have its place with the right company or product, but designers are now discovering that going the opposite direction can make an even bigger impact.
‘An Englishman’s home is his castle’ so the saying goes – but these days we’re more likely to set up home in a modest semi-detached than a full-blown castle, whether we’re English or not. So what alternatives are there if you’re looking to be a bit more architecturally adventurous? Let’s take a look at some of the best examples across the globe – all of which put the ‘oh’ in ‘home’!