30 Trendy Calligraphy & Cursive Fonts

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Many designers would attest contempt their rather crude handwriting. Unfortunately it’s one of those things you really need to practice & develop – otherwise it’s chicken scratches all the way to the grave. Calligraphers are people who not only love handwriting, but love it so much they turn it into a career.

Hand-drawn calligraphy is incredibly beautiful and ripe for digital reproduction. I’ve scoured the net in search of the most dazzling calligraphy and cursive fonts to use in graphic & web design projects. This collection features 30 of the most outstanding free and premium font families.

Each calligraphic style is unique with varying intricacies including ligatures, x-heights, and typographic variants. The vast majority of these fonts also come as a webfont to be used in website layouts. If you need a trendy calligraphic font to spruce up your design work these suggestions will get you on the right track…

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Web Design Challenges: Hitting the Panic Button too Soon

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Over the years, I’ve seen freelancers who I never thought would make it, succeed. I’ve watched other freelancers, who seemed extremely gifted to me, fail.

What was the difference? Why did some freelancers succeed while other, more talented freelancers failed?

Was my judgment of talent that bad? I don’t think so.

I’m convinced the real reason that some freelancers succeed while others fail is because many failed freelancers panic and give up on their freelancing business too soon. In other words, they panic…

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45 Photoshop Editing Tutorials

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Photoshop allows designers and photographers to improve photos in countless ways. Some photos are edited in a subtle way that the viewer may not even notice unless it is side-by-side with the original photo, and others are edited in more drastic ways. There are countless possibilities and multiple different ways to accomplish many things, which can make the process of learning a little bit intimidating.

The good news is that there is a tutorial for just about anything you would want to do in Photoshop, with just by following along with these tutorials you can learn some awesome techniques that will take your photography and photo editing to another level. Here you’ll find a collection of 45 Photoshop editing tutorials that will help teach the art of photo editing…

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Is Reading About Web Design Just a Waste of Time?

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“How is that even possible?!” – asks you.

What I mean here is quite straightforward. Reading every web design article, gallery, tutorial, blog post, and etc. can be very enticing, but does it really make you better at your craft?

And this is not necessarily about the quality of that content, but more about your ability to take action on it.

In other words, the problem of wasting time when reading about web design is the problem of information overload, and it has a weird tendency to strike you whenever you’re trying to get some actual design work done…

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Fantastic Examples of a Fullscreen Video Background in Web Design

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One way to make a larger than life impression with your web design is with a fullscreen video background. I’m not sure if it’s the same for anyone else, but when I visit a website with a high quality fullscreen video right there above the fold, I am mesmerized. And suddenly, I justify the time to explore around the site to find out more about this wonderful organization that stated its message so artfully and gave me such a powerful feeling.

Now, notice I said “high quality” in my statement above. I’m sure most of you have come across websites with a video background that caused your opinion to drop several bars. So have I, and it’s less than disappointing. Usually my experience with these slow loading, poor quality fullscreen video designs ends up with me frustratingly exiting the website as quickly as possible. Fullscreen video backgrounds only work if they have the following components…

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How I Started as a Web Designer and Built a 250 Person Company

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I run a company called Envato. There are two hundred and fifty people who work here, and every month our sites notch up thirty five million visits. It’s a pretty successful business and one I’m very proud of. When we started, I never dreamed we’d get to this level.

In fact, I used to imagine that successful companies were started by people in suits. People who reviewed spreadsheets of business opportunities, had been trained in what to do, and then, perhaps while smoking a cigar, selected one to dominate. But that’s not how we looked when we started Envato at all, and fortunately we didn’t let that stop us from giving it a go…

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Elements of Design: How to Find the Right Composition for Your Web Design

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All elements of design – from typography to iconography – relate to the overall composition. Each full webpage offers an intimate feeling to visitors before they even notice smaller details. In this way, compositional design techniques are some of the most important things to learn regarding web design. To internalize composition, you’ll need to practice. A […]

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