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Mistakes to Avoid When Designing a Website

The real challenge of designing a website is making it usable. Your customers and donors should be able to interact with you through your website. The website is your face to the world so get the web design done right. I literally cannot overemphasize the importance of quality web design. Most people will build websites that are very visually attractive but which lack focus. Let us look at a number of things that you should avoid when designing a website.…

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Photoshop tips: next-level lighting advice

Lighting is one of those things that can make or break an illustration. It can set the mood, establish a sense of photorealism, tell a story, and even guide the viewer towards certain areas in your work. To fully understand how light works, you have to study it in detail, and a great way of doing this is by creating your own lighting reference. Because I tend to paint a lot of warriors, both for clients and personal work, I…

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Cliche: New group show in New York explores the betrayal of originality and overuse

Sally SAUL, Dog With Bone, 2018 Clay and glaze 13 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches 34,3 x 16,5 x 36,8 cm Opening this week at the Almine Rech gallery in New York, Cliche is a group show that looks at those trite, stereotyped expressions, sentences or phrases, usually expressing a popular or common thought or idea, that have lost originality and impact through overuse. Inspired by Norbert Weiner’s quote: “The more probable the message, the less information…

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9 Ways That E-Tailers Can Increase Their Customer Lifetime Value

Oftentimes, the world of eCommerce feels like a never-ending pursuit for new customers, doesn’t it? And so we launch new products. We roll out fresh campaigns on a regular basis. Oh, and we meticulously test and optimize those campaigns for the best ROI possible. But what if the key to growing your bottom line wasn’t rooted in “the next big thing” at all? What if, instead of chasing more customers, you created more valuable customers? Think about it, for a…

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Part III · An A List Apart Article

Sometimes we have the luxury of large budgets and deluxe research facilities, and sometimes we’ve got nothing but a research question and the determination to answer it. Throughout the “Discovery on a Budget” series we have discussed strategies for conducting discovery research with very few resources but lots of creativity. In part 1 we discussed the importance of a clearly defined problem hypothesis and started our affordable research with user interviews. Then, in part 2, we discussed competing hypotheses and…

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The Fonts that Rock: Collection of 44 Astonishing Free Rock Band Fonts [Updated]

Finding the perfect rock band font for the band’s website is a hard-rock task. If the font is used for a logo it becomes even harder. The logo is a hallmark of the band, thus it should be unique and recognizable among all fans. Free rock band fonts that you can find here are perfect for website layout, logotype, album cover design and overall merchandise. Many rock bands use their own unique fonts crafted specifically for the musicians. They inspired…

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The 10 best YouTube art channels

No matter how experienced or talented you are as an artist, there’s always room to improve your skills, push yourself forward creatively, and get inspired by new perspectives. There are many excellent how to draw and art tutorials on this very site. But if you’re looking for ‘show’ rather than ‘tell’, then YouTube videos by artists are a great way to reboot your mojo. With so much varying quality on YouTube, though, it can be difficult to know where to…

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20+ Best Lightroom Presets for Portraits

You don’t have to be a pro photographer or a graphic designer to optimize and enhance your portrait photos. With the right Adobe Lightroom preset for portraits, you can apply stunning effects, all by yourself. In this collection, we feature the best Lightroom presets available for quickly optimizing your portrait photos, selfies, wedding photos, and family photos. Using these Lightroom presets for portraits, you can enhance your photos like a pro by applying effects instantly (and even customize them to…

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PDF Expert is Apple’s go-to PDF software — find out why for over half off

With loads of apps and other productivity software promising to handle all of your various Mac needs, it’s tough to tell which ones actually have the goods to back up all that talk. So, when you see an app with credentials like Top Paid App, 2015 App of the Year, an Editors’ Choice honor and a stellar 4.6 out of 5 stars from over 1,100 reviews in the Mac App Store, you should probably pay attention. That app is PDF…

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This Extraordinary Close-Up Photos Turns Mundane Insects Into Terrifying Beasts From Another World – Design You Trust

This extraordinary series of close-up photos turns mundane insects into terrifying beasts from another world. The bugs are captured in intricate detail by photographer Javier Ruperez, using a special lens, revealing just how complex the tiny creatures are. Using macro photography, Mr Ruperez was able to capture extreme close-up shots of flies, mosquitoes, and jumping spiders near his home in Almáchar, Spain. The 57-year-old said he has to “hold his breath” while shooting so not to disturb the creatures. More:…

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