How Developers can Take Advantage of Social Media

Working in the field of web development has a much different feel than graphics design. The work is more task-oriented and requires a higher level of concentration and detail. Not to mention bug fixes, maintenance, or getting sites running live on a web server. It seems the job of a designer is more creative and freeform. This holds true for…

[Expired] We Have 5 Elegant Themes Memberships to Giveaway – Comment to Enter

We have yet another fantastic competition for you this week, all courtesy of our friends from Elegant Themes. They have kindly allowed us to giveaway 5 full memberships to our readers. The full membership gives you full access to all of the 76(!) expertly coded and beautifully designed themes that they currently have in their extensive library. All you will…

10 Evergreen Website Layouts (that will never go out of style)

Few professions demand greater talent, experience and flexibility than web-design. Not only do you have to deal with constantly evolving customer demands, you have to deal with constantly evolving aesthetic norms and design standards. What was popular six months back may already be falling out of favor. Website layouts, once standardized and scarcely trifled with, are now the focus of…

6 Essential Design Lessons From Sushi

Sushi has been popular in the Western world since the 1970s, when it was introduced to diners in the U.S. You probably have a strong opinion about it – either you love it and are always looking for ‘the best’ sushi in your neighborhood, or you absolutely hate it and can’t understand how anyone could go near it, much less…

10 Tips for Better iPhonography

As cliché as it sounds, the best camera is the one you have with you. Fret not if you don’t have an expensive DSLR. When you have your iPhone cam ready, under the right conditions, it can take some amazing images! With the help of these 10 tips, you’ll be able to your iPhone shooting images that look as great…

5 Biggest Freelance Mistakes You Can Make

As a freelancer, you know how challenging it can be to juggle your time between marketing your services, managing your budget, and tracking invoices – not to mention actually working on client projects. Being a freelancer means being every department in one, and many freelancers fail to reach their potential because they make crucial mistakes that consistently hold them back….

Removing PHP out of WordPress Template Files and Placing it in Dynamic Pages and Posts

One of the things which characterizes WordPress is its broad use of PHP and “PHP-like” variables throughout its template files. These variables have remained unchanged for the better part of a decade since WordPress was developed, and so too has their placement. Since the very first WordPress release, PHP code could only be used in a raw template file which…

Four Design Lessons From Shopping Carts

You see them every time you go to the supermarket. Chances are, you’ve used one recently. Shopping carts have been a matter of course for supermarkets, grocery stores, and many retail outlets for decades, but did you know that Sylvan Goldman, their inventor, struggled with some of the exact same problems you yourself face as a designer? Today we’re going…

Learning From Hackathons and How Not to Fail at One

Collaboration and education are two key words intrinsically associated with hackathons (the third being ‘free pizza’!). Hackathons promise a chance to meet other coders or designers, network with influencers and industry experts, and even find recruitment opportunities. It isn’t surprising that, with the spread of startup culture across geographic boundaries, hackathons too have started mushrooming in the likeliest – and…

The Secrets Of Successful Food Packaging Design

We all see it every day. That box, that wrapper, those bottles, jars, and cans. Food packaging is something that permeates our lives, and yet most people don’t ever stop to consider how it actually affects the decisions we make when we purchase our food. From the moment you make a selection in the store to the moment you get…