Why the Flat Design Trend is Hurting Usability

The flat design trend has taken over the graphic design world in a very short amount of time. One of the first big interfaces to go flat was Windows 8. However, it wasn’t until the release of Apple’s iOS 7 last summer, June 10, 2013 that we really saw a huge increase in the many interfaces, websites, apps, and more that adopted a flat design. Before then, most designs were skeuomorphic with lots of 3D effects, gradients, and texture.

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Ultimate Collection of Free Photoshop Styles

Photoshop users can save time during the design process by making use of layer styles. Whether you are saving your own custom style to be used multiple times throughout your design, or using pre-made styles created by other designers, taking advantage of this feature in Photoshop can greatly speed up your workflow.

In this post we’ll link out to hundreds of useful Photoshop layer styles that can be downloaded for free. Many of them have been created especially for text, others for buttons, and some are more general. Download the styles and apply them to your layers for instant results.

8-Bit Photoshop Styles

8-Bit Photoshop Styles

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4 Ways to Wow Your Clients And Make Them Addicted To Your Services

Getting a return client can seem somewhat like finding the Fountain of Youth for most freelancers. Every freelancer wants to have them, but most freelancers have trouble getting them.

Freelance web design clients are particularly fickle. Once you’ve finished your web design work, many clients see no further need for your services. If you don’t do anything about it, they promptly forget you. When it comes time to hire a web designer again, they’ll probably use someone else.

Fortunately, It doesn’t have to be this way. You can take some steps to improve your chances of getting repeat business.

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In this post, I’ll share four steps that will keep your name in front of your clients and help them to remember you for their next web design project.

If you liked this post, you may also like 6 Very Effective Principles to Improve Your Customer Service & Make Your Clients Happy.

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25 Beautiful Calligraphy Fonts for Designers

Having the right fonts is critical to successful graphic design. Fortunately, there are a lot of quality free fonts that are available for use. In this post we’ll feature 25 calligraphy fonts for download. When you’re in need of a script or calligraphy font, the choices showcased here will provide plenty of variety. Although they are all calligraphy-style fonts there are different styles represented.

Be sure to check the restrictions and license details before using any free font to be sure that you are using it according to the terms.

Champignon

Champignon

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44 Point Checklist to Use Before Quitting Your Day Job to Become a Freelance Web Designer

Are you thinking about quitting your job to become a freelance web designer?

Freelancers are in the news a lot lately. It’s tempting to think that freelancing is an easy way to make money. However, that’s not always the case.

Some people are just not ready to become freelancers. They may not have the right skills. They may be at a stage in their life where they would be better off doing something else. Or, they might not have the determination to succeed at freelancing.

It’s important to do some serious self-examination and soul-searching before you make the move to freelance web design. In this post I share a checklist of 44 questions to ask yourself before you decide to quit your day job.

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Image Source: quit your job by leasean CC by 2.0

If you liked this post, you may also like 10 Signs That You Are Ready for Full-Time Freelancing.

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All About Contract Templates

This week in the Shop we’re all about contract agreements. We know as designers, you hardly have enough time to finish your work before the all-approaching-deadline, much less have time enough to write up a contract for each job. Enter these new contract templates! Outsourcing Agreement Contract Template All too often we take on multiple […]

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50+ Business and Corporate WordPress Themes

As WordPress has improved and evolved over the past several years it has become a more viable option as a CMS for corporate websites. It’s no longer just an option for bloggers, as it is capable of doing everything that is needed by most business websites.

Part of the reason that WordPress has become a more popular option for powering corporate websites is the quantity and quality of available themes that have been created specifically for corporate websites. In this article we’ll showcase more than 50 themes that present great options for businesses that want to quickly have a professional-looking website at an affordable price.

Ultra Responsive Multipurpose Theme – $45

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Programming Skills Most Desired by Employers in 2014

It’s no myth that programmers are a highly sought after group in companies all over the globe. In her Forbes article on the Top Jobs for 2014, Jacquelin Smith analyzes an EMSI job study, which found that software developer (applications and systems software) is "the higher-paying occupation that has produced the most jobs post-recession". She also points out that the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 30% increase in software developers between 2010 and 2020.

Joseph Mapua also points out in his article in SkilledUp that, according to the BLS, businesses are looking to hire IT and computer workers due to the high demand for implementing new technologies. Developing software, enhancing security, upgrading outdated systems are all areas for which organizations have a need for computer professionals.

US News Today came out with their list of top 100 jobs of 2014 recently as well. Software developer and computer systems analyst were the top two in the entire list! Within the list of tech jobs, the top 5 careers include these two plus web developer, information security analyst, and database administrator.

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60 Photoshop Tutorials for Photo Touch-Ups

Photoshop has tons of potential for improving photos in one way or another. Even subtle improvements can make a big difference in the end result. Whether you are interested in touching up your own photos or doing professional photo editing for clients, Photoshop can allow you to get the job done.

This is a categorized collection of tutorials that will show you some new tricks for photo touch-ups. You’ll find tutorials for working with skin, eyes, teeth, nose, hair, body, colors, lighting, and more.

How to Touch Up Skin in Photoshop:

Really Cool Digital Make Up in Photoshop in 10 Minutes

Photoshop Touch-Up Tutorials

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