Flat design is trending these days in web design industry. In case you are not familiar with the concept, I am here to discuss – Flat design is the website design which do not includes drop shadows, textures, gradients, bevels and other patterns that are common in web designing. It is a straightforward design with no extra effects used to create depth and dimension. This design focuses on solid colors, typography and simple UI elements. Many designers have inspired from metro style interface, but we call it to the extreme of flat design. It is simple, designed with high contrast colors, square corners and straight lines giving a metro-like look and feel.
To help you get an idea about how flat design looks like, I have collected a few examples of flat website design to inspire you get it done for your website as well. Hope you like them and share the same with your friends and people you work with.
Bagels are a donut-shaped type of bread made with flour. They look absolutely amazing when well baked and shiny!
This tutorial will show you how to use the powerful Layer Styles’ capabilities in Photoshop, along with a couple of brushes and filters to create some delicious-looking bagels.
This was suggested by Luca. Thank you for the great suggestion, Luca : )
The Final Result:
* the software used in this tutorial is Adobe Photoshop CS6, but you can use CS3+ versions as well.
* you might want to check the Basix Page to see some useful topics on dealing with Photoshop basics, such as loading palettes and some shortcuts.
In today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial we’re going to create the face of a cool monkey character with stylised vector line work. Illustrator’s crisp vector paths are perfect for the creation of products such as vinyl cut stickers, so we’ll use the theme of urban sticker art for our design and create an iconic graphic that could be seen on windows and signage in busy city areas.
The design we’ll be creating is made of basic shapes and uses a single colour for that stylised appearance. This simple styling not only looks cool, the crisp lines and paths make the design suitable for plotting on a vinyl cutter. So if you fancy decorating your laptop or sticker bombing your home town, let’s take a look at creating an iconic monkey face graphic in Illustrator.
Dutch illustrator Martijn Rijven discusses designing a firey fox for Mozilla and Wolff Olins around a concept of ‘freedom’. At this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) exhibition in Barcelona,Mozilla launched its own mobile phone OS, Firefox OS Branding for the mobile phone system was created by Wolff Olins, who commissioned illustrator Martijn Rijven to design the Firefox OS character. Firefox OS offers interesting app creation possibilties as they’re built in HTML5 code – so can draw on a wider developer pool than Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android. We sat down with Martijn to find out about the character development process for the fox, with Martijn also revealing some of his sketches and roughs for the character.
Infographics have been around for quite some time, and probably made their debut on road signs as a means of showing at-a-glance information for drivers. In more recent years infographics have entered many fields and are especially helpful for educational purposes.
This article is divided into 4 sections: Infographic Tutorials and How Tos, Online Infographic Tools, Free Infographic Kits and finally an Infographic Showcase.
A Complete Infographics Kit: Tutorials, Vector Kits and Examples
Infographic Tutorials and How Tos
The best way to start learning about producing infographics is to use tutorials and how to articles, and there are plenty of them around the internet.
Logos are more than a wise combination of text and graphics. They represent the brand. The three vital attributes of a functional logo are – that it must be easy to interpret, simple in design, and of course attractive. Many times logo designers get caught up in the rush to add many frill elements to build robust logos. Well, in my opinion, you must never do that. Remember the rule – K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Stupid).
One of the techniques you can implement is to wisely make use of ‘negative space’. When done properly, this space adds more depth and perspective to your brand logo. If you are struggling with the design of your logo or want some improvisation just scroll down this list of 25 clever, inspiring and beautiful logos that use negative space.
The mobile responsive website layout has become a very common apparatus for designers. Building a layout is never easy and each website generally requires a unique solution. Responsive design incorporates both desktop and mobile devices to provide a uniform browsing experience. I have seen a lot of fantastic examples showcasing responsive web design trends.
In this article I want to focus particularly on navigation menus. To build a responsive navigation you need a technique for handling the resize down to lower resolutions, or consequentially handling the expansion for wider desktop monitors. Check out these various techniques which are my choices following the most popular ideas for responsive navigation. There are obviously some other solutions out there, but this collection should give you ideas for getting started with your own responsive designs.