Design Inspiration: Brochure Design Showcase


Brochures are an important marketing material for many companies. A well-designed and professional-looking brochure can go along way towards an effective marketing campaign. In this post we’ll showcase brochures from various designers. If you see something you like, click on the image and you will be led to the source. At the source, in many cases, you will see multiple images of the brochure…

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The Ultimate Roundup of Resources, Tools, and Print Design Tutorials


It may seem like the design world is all digital but there’s still a tremendous demand for print work. Graphic designers commonly jump around to various print jobs or even shift into digital interface design. But it’s slightly less common to see an interface designer move into print design – however this doesn’t mean print work is any less desirable or less valuable.

In fact, you can earn a good living by juggling print work at an agency or running your own freelance studio. But if you’re a general web/graphic designer who hasn’t really looked into print design, this can be a confusing area to learn.

I’d like to share a collection of helpful resources, tools and print design tutorials for designers who want to make the leap into print design. You may not brand yourself solely as a “print designer” but these skills will give you more leverage to adorn your resume & portfolio with a few print work samples…

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20 Handy Online Presentation Tools


There may be times when you need to present ideas to clients or co-workers and could benefit from one of the many resources for creating online presentations. In this post we’ll introduce plenty of different presentation tools to get the job done. Some are free to use while others will come with a cost…

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Classic and Dreamy Hand Drawn Fonts


There’s just something authentic, nostalgic, and beautiful about hand painted signs. It’s one of those artsy designs that get me into a creative mood quite easily. I’ve even had to create a few of my own hand drawn or hand painted signs before and found out very quickly that my handwriting is atrocious when it comes to signage. This got me to thinking: what if there are hand drawn fonts out there that can easily fool people into thinking a sign was handwritten?

Sure enough, I found plenty of hand drawn fonts for reproducing hand painted signs, without using your hands. You just need a font or two with characters that look a bit scrawled, possibly wobbly, and – even better – ones that include alternates to really give each letter a more unique look. After all, when I write by hand, none of my A’s look exactly alike.

In the list below, I included both free and premium fonts so that you can find one within your or your client’s budget. And I tried to include a wide variety of styles while remaining within the hand painted signs look. Most are somewhat new, but I couldn’t resist throwing in a couple oldies but goodies because, well, a classic is a classic no matter how old it is…

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9 Leading Options for Managed WordPress Hosting

As WordPress has continued to increase in popularity, a number of companies have found ways to meet the hosting needs of WordPress users by offering managed WordPress hosting. While most web hosts offer an easy WordPress installation, they don’t usually provide support for WordPress, themes, and plugins. This new breed of hosts that specifically target WordPress users often provide support for WordPress related issues. Additionally, and equally important, their servers are configured for the best WordPress performance.

This article will provide some basic information on 9 of the leading providers of managed WordPress hosting, and at the end I’ll share some of my own thoughts.


Synthesis is the hosting division of Copyblogger Media, the parent company of Copyblogger and leading WordPress theme shop StudioPress. The hosting division started after they had great success and better performance hosting their own websites. With thousands of customers using the StudioPress themes and their Genesis framework, offering hosting makes sense.

The primary selling features of Synthesis are performance and security, which are concerns of just about every website owner using WordPress. They offer migration services (for a fee) for customers who want to move to Synthesis. The $90 migration fee also includes things like file cleanup and permissions lockdown. You will get the best performance if you’re using their Genesis framework.

Pricing starts at $27 per month for a single-website plan that is intended to serve 2,500 daily unique visitors. Other plans are priced at $97, $147, and $300 per month, intended to support from 20,000 to 300,000 daily unique visitors.

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25+ Excellent Business Card Templates for Your Own Use


Business cards are a great resource for anyone looking to market or promote their business. While social media, blogging, and online marketing get most of the attention these days, some old-school in-person networking can also do wonders, and business cards are an essential resource for effective networking.

If you need to save some time or don’t have the experience to design your own cards, these free business card templates can be a great option. Many printing companies offer templates to choose from (although the quality will vary greatly), and you can also find others available from different sources. In this post we’ll feature both free and premium business card templates. The premium templates generally cost less than $10 and can be well worth the expense…

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6 Pillars of Engaging Mobile UX


A mobile phone is an intensely personal device and possession. We use them to make calls, send messages and share content that we like, all very intimate actions that are also highly user-centric. Naturally, mobile users expect a personalized browsing experience as well.

Engaging users and retaining their attention is not an easy job in today’s world. It takes more than compelling content to get your mobile users interested and enthused about your site. Advanced analytics on mobile platforms have made it possible for you to gauge user interaction and involvement, thereby tweaking your site till it achieves the desired results.

Below are a few tips for you to keep in mind as you perfect your mobile ux strategy. Also, you can consider these tips for successful mobile user engagement…

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The Double Opt-in: Can it Save Your Email List?


Email marketing: The crown jewel of selling content online.

The only thing better in terms of delivery rates is a text message straight to a reader or customer’s phone.

Businesses and online marketers collect email addresses using various tactics, including giving out free content, revealing popup boxes when users land on sites and posting killer blog posts that visitors want to hear about without having to type in a domain name every day.

The point is to accumulate as many valuable email addresses as you can, with a well-designed, well-placed email opt-in form.

With that, you have a choice to make. Are you more interested in using the single or double opt-in email acquisition technique? If you keep reading below, we’re going to explain how these two methods differ, why the single opt-in has seen better days and even some stats on how a double opt-in strategy can save your website…

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When Highly Interactive Websites Work


Every website today should have an interactive design on some level. Why? In simple terms, interactive design makes a connection between the digital world and humans. Basically, interactive websites are designed for easy use. And who doesn’t want a website that users navigate confidently?

Interactive designs provide quite a few more benefits than just user confidence. They help with organization of a large amount of content. Interactions also increase time on site, meaning that people spend more time learning about a service or product. This in turn increases the chances that they will use the services or products.

Now, a great many websites probably only need anywhere from a small to a medium amount of interaction to create that connection between a website and a human, for instance, clickable buttons that change color or animate when hovered on. Only a few need the high level of interaction such as the examples I discuss below…

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Ultimate Round Up of Free Photoshop Patterns

photoshop patterns

Photoshop users can save a lot of time and create beautiful designs by using patterns. Photoshop’s presets (like brushes, styles, patterns, custom shapes, and gradients) are highly-powerful tools when used effectively.

Whether you are creating your own custom patterns or using pre-made patterns that you have downloaded for free or purchased, having an arsenal of patterns at your disposal will allow you to quickly create high-quality work. Patterns can be extremely useful for a variety of different types of design including websites, business cards, flyers, posters, and much more.

Patterns are often used as backgrounds. Sometimes more subtle patterns are used to give a background some texture or character as opposed to just using a flat, solid color. This is especially common in web design.

In this post we’ll showcase over 50 sets of free Photoshop patterns for your own use. I think you will find them to be highly useful for quickly giving great effects to your designs in Photoshop…

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