Designers Rejoice! Microsoft Kills Off Clipart – 15 Free Microsoft Clipart Alternatives

Clipart Is Dead

Well, they’ve finally done it. Microsoft has announced that it is removing its clipart from the Office Suite and replacing it with a Bing Image Search. After years of no one actually using the product, it was definitely time for it to die. In fact, it was probably safe to assume that the Office clipart has been dead to designers and developers since, well, always. And most of you readers already know that much better alternatives abound…

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Limited Time Holiday Special! $30 Off Vandelay Premier

Vandelay-premier-Holiday-Offer

If you’d like design better, design faster and run a more profitable business, a subscription to Vandelay Premier can help! Vandelay Premier gives you access to thousands of graphics and business resources, so instead of worrying about buying resources individually, you get unlimited access to the entire Premier library so you can download as many files as you like each month. With a Vandelay Premier subscription, you’ll spend less time creating designs and business documents from scratch and more time focusing on the bigger picture of your business.

And for a limited time only, you can save $30 off an annual subscription. That means you can enjoy a full year of unlimited access to the entire Vandelay Premier library for as little as $49!

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13 Key E-Commerce Features To Create Exponential Growth

Sell More

Running a successful and profitable e-commerce website involves a lot more than just setting up a website and adding some products. Of course you will need to have products that customers want to buy at prices they are willing to pay, and you’ll need to be able to get your site and products in front of the right audience.

While it is possible to generate revenue with just the basic e-commerce functionality, there are some additional features and functions you should be adding to your site if you really want to cause exponential growth on your website. In this article we’ll take a look at 13 different features that you can add to your e-commerce site to help you grow you site by leaps and bounds. These features will cover all different aspects of your site including marketing and customer service.

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Should You Run Holiday Sales as a Designer?

holiday sale

It’s that time of year again when nearly every business is offering holiday sales and specials as consumer activity increases by leaps and bounds. You may even know of fellow freelancers who offer discounts for the holidays, but is this something that you should do as a freelance designer? Do holiday sales hurt or help graphic design freelancers?

The first thing to realize in order to answer the above questions and ultimately decide whether or not to extend discounts is that every freelancer is different. You have different goals than the freelancer just down the street from you. And not just because you are a graphic or web designer. Discounts may work for the web designer across town but not for you – it all depends on your unique situation…

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Ultimate Guide to Responsive Web Design

Responsive Website Designs

When I think of responsive web design I think of Transformers: Websites in Disguise. With one set of code you can build a website layout that runs flexibly from desktop to mobile. But instead of fighting off Decepticons we’re fighting an even worse antagonist known as bad design.

Responsive web design is still a fairly new concept which has grown in popularity because it fills a void. Back when CRTs were crushing our desks and cryptic dial-up tones connected us to cyberspace it was a pleasure just to access the Internet. Design was important but didn’t have a prodigious overzealous support group…

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25 Beautiful Free Lightroom Presets to Enhance Your Photos

Free Lightroom Presets

Adobe Lightroom has been popular with photographers for several years, and in the past couple of years it has also increased in popularity with designers and hobbyist photographers. While Photoshop offers all kinds of possibilities for photo editing there are a few significant benefits of using Lightroom. Most significantly, Lightroom includes very useful features to help you keep your photos organized through its Library Module.

Professional photographers obviously have a large volume of photographs, so organization is critical. For designers and hobbyist photographers its very easy to build up a large number of photos rather quickly. As you may have found, managing and organizing a growing number of photos can become quite cumbersome. Lightroom helps by allowing you to create catalogs and collections, use keywords, ratings, flags, and color labels to organize and sort your photos. While Lightroom’s Develop Module is where you are likely to spend the majority of your time, the Library Module is really what separates it from Photoshop and other alternatives.

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13 of the Best Hosted CMSs

Best Content Management Systems

Open-source content management systems like WordPress and Drupal get a lot of attention on design blogs, but they are not the only options when it comes to choosing a CMS. There are a number of hosted CMSs available that are popular with designers and their clients.

While the features vary form one hosted CMS to another, several of the primary benefits are common to all or most of them. Things like having the hosting included, the possibility for designing and developing sites very quickly, availability of pre-designed templates, and support tend to be listed among the benefits of choosing a hosted CMS.

Some hosted CMSs allow designers the opportunity for a private label, meaning that designers can brand the CMS as their own. In this case clients will see the designer’s branding rather than that of the company behind the CMS. In many of these cases the designer can also earn a commission on monthly hosting fees, which provides a nice stream of residual income for designers who use the CMS with a number of clients.

Here is a look at some of the best and most popular hosted content management systems…

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Best WordPress Hotel Themes of 2014 (so far)

Best Wordpress Themes for Hotels

If you’re looking for a solution for a quality hotel website the options can sometimes be underwhelming. Whether you are looking for a website for your own business or working on a client project for a hotel, inn, or bed and breakfast, WordPress presents some attractive options. There are an increasing number of quality WordPress themes that are created specifically for hotels. Most of these themes have attractive designs, custom features, and can be purchased at a reasonable price…

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