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Broaden your horizons by reading articles from our authors – web and graphic designers just like you – who share their thoughts, opinions and knowledge on almost all areas of design.

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Leveraging the Power of Sushi to Improve Your Designs

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…

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Is It Really Worthwhile Having a Personal Portfolio?

We all know blogging and personal portfolio sites have been very important for designers looking to increase their visibility to clients and others who admire their work. But there are…

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12 Free Smoke Brush Packs for Adobe Photoshop

Check out our collection of high-resolution and free smoke brush packs for Adobe Photoshop, and download and use them on your next project.

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When It Comes to Design Ideas, It’s All About Presentation

When I was a student in design school, I once did an assignment for a teacher who made us stand up and present our projects to the entire class. Now…

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As a Designer, What Is Your Unique Selling Point?

Let me start off by asking you a question. How many of you have switched toothpaste brands over the course of your lives? How about deodorant, shampoo, or motor oil…

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How to Find and Use Your Own Design Voice

Your design voice – or design style, if you will – is how you choose to relay information to your audience. That sounds simple, but for the uninitiated, it can…

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Simplifying Your Designs for the Smartest User

You probably know that putting too much food on your plate is usually a bad idea. Since research indicates that you’re more likely to overeat if you fill your plate,…

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Are Design Trends Superficial?

Designers love to complain about ‘superficial’ design trends that they don’t feel have any staying power or contribute anything meaningful to the industry. But are they right? I happen to…

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How To Avoid Design By Committee

Here’s a scenario for you: a woman has three young children, each armed with a handful of crayons. They’re happily drawing on a large sheet of paper, cooperating and sharing…

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How to Do Away With Bad Design Ideas, and Moving on to the Good Ones

There’s a common saying in the fiction writing world: kill your darlings. No, this isn’t some morbid encouragement to do bodily harm to your loved ones. Killing your darlings means…

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How a Designer Might Create Timeless Designs

We’ve all seen examples of classic design – work that gets talked about for months, years, and even decades after it has served its initial purpose. Even people who have…

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Carving out a Niche as a Designer Isn’t Just an Overused Cliché