Animated SVG Pipes Effect

We recently launched Happy Apps. In considering the design of the Happy Apps website, we aimed to have something uniquely eye-catching, fun and whimsical — we’re supposed to be "happy" after all — but also serious enough that our users feel confident trusting us with their uptime monitoring. One design element of the Happy Apps…

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Free Vector World Maps

This is a pack of 30 different world maps in scalable vector graphics (SVG) format. You can easily edit and customize the world maps using a vector graphics editor like Illustrator, Sketch, or Inkscape. Also, the maps are ready and optimized for Web use. This was done by simplifying country borders to reduce each map’s…

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5 Tips for Making More Money as a Freelance Designer

When I started out, I made about $1,680 a month (after taxes). Now I make that in less than two days. It’s crazy when I think about it. For a lot of us (myself included) it’s never about the money. But what I have inevitably realized is that money brings freedom. The freedom to choose…

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Free UI Kit: Icarus

Icarus is a clean and beautifully simple user interface (UI) kit for web and mobile apps. This UI kit comes to you as a Photoshop PSD file. The Icarus UI kit was designed by Matt Skiles (from DVQ) and commissioned by the team over at Print Express for exclusive publication here on Six Revisions. Other…

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Free Writing Icons

This freebie contains common writing symbols such as pens, pencils, an eraser, and more. There are 97 unique icons in this freebie. The file formats available are PNG, AI, EPS and SVG. This icon pack is by Icons8. Features Easy to customize The icons are vector-drawn. This makes it possible to edit and tweak each…

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Great tips, Great Community at The InDesign Conference 2017

Excerpted from Erica Gamet’s article on CreativePro Week in issue 98 of InDesign Magazine (coming soon). What do you get when you combine four of the best creative conferences into one megaconference? Why, CreativePro Week of course! The inaugural outing of CreativePro Week was held May 22–26 in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. Featuring over…

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9 Useful Tools for Creating Material Design Color Palettes

One of the biggest things you’ll notice in material design is the use of bold, vibrant colors. Material design’s color guidelines describe the color style as being "inspired by bold hues juxtaposed with muted environments, deep shadows, and bright highlights." If you need to generate material design color palettes, these online tools will help. 1…

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5 Prototyping Tips That Will Improve Your Process

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: In the middle of a design presentation, a puzzled audience member raises their hand and asks, Why is all the copy in a foreign language? It’s not a joke — but I can’t help but laugh at the countless times I’ve used lorem ipsum in a prototype, only…

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20 Free UI Kits to Download

Editor’s note: Juan Pablo (JP) Sarmiento is the founder of the ShockFamily (IconShock, DesignShock, and more). He’s also one of the biggest aficionados of design resources I know, curating them in his spare time. In this post, he highlights some fresh UI kits he’s come across recently as well as two free UI kits by…

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Why Sketch is Ideal for Web Designers

At our startup, Typeform, we have just shifted our entire web/UI design process from Photoshop and Fireworks over to Sketch. Based on our collective first-hand experiences, we’d like to discuss some of the app’s features that help us get our design work done more efficiently. It gets CSS At our company, we mainly use visual…

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10 Free Web Design Books Worth Reading

Here’s a list of excellent free web design books. They offer a wealth of valuable tips and insights. These books are in digital format. Also, you might want to head over to my list of free books for coders once you’re done reading this post. The Shape of Design By Frank Chimero. 121 pages. This…

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This Month in InDesign Articles, May 2017

I’ve been crazy-busy with CreativePro Week (which was last week in Atlanta, but there are “Virtual Pass” options to get the video recordings of the conference sessions). But we should never be too busy to learn something new! Here are some links to articles and videos that you might want to check out: Most users don’t think…

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10 Tips for Prototyping Your Designs

Even though there’s a wide variety of prototyping techniques, they all share plenty of common ground. In this article, I’ve distilled years of prototyping tips and best practices from the best specialists in the field, as well as from our own experiences over at UXPin. Tailor the Prototype to Your Audience The type of prototype…

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A Guide to CSS RGBA Colors

RGBA is a type of CSS color value that allows us to set a color and also its opacity/transparency. Here’s an example of using the CSS rgba() notation to specify white with 50% opacity. p { color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.5); } RGBA is an extension of the RGB color model. The acronym stands for…

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How to Create a Mountain Landscape in Flat Style in Adobe Illustrator

What You’ll Be CreatingIn this tutorial I will show you how to create a natural mountain landscape in flat design using the most basic shapes and tools of Adobe Illustrator.If you would like to skip the tutorial, you can just purchase the result as a part of my Camping Travel Landscape package. Find more inspiration for…

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Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 31 May 2017

The day’s best and most important design- and design business-focused articles, tutorials, and resources hand-picked by Pariah Burke. Personality Prediction and the Future of Web Marketing Are 400 and 600 ppi E Ink Screens the Wave of the Future? Loneliness… Keep reading Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 31 May 2017 on Pariah Burke…

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Cheatsheet: Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts

This useful cheatsheet shows the keyboard shortcuts for important Adobe Photoshop CS6 commands. View Larger Version Note: For Photoshop commands that are displayed in blue, such as "Quit", "Close", and "Merge Layer", you must also press Ctrl on Windows or Command on Mac OS. For example, to issue the "Quit" command, press Ctrl + Q…

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Freebie: Touch Gesture Icons

This freebie contains 30 different visuals of common touchscreen gestures used in mobile device interfaces. Gestures in this set of icons include "tap", "pinch", "slide", and more. These icons are useful additions to any mobile user interface. They can be used for visual queues, documentation of the app’s features, or for educating new users about…

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Best of the Design Web: May 2017

Welcome back to Best of the Design Web, where we feature some of the best design tutorials of this past month! Tackle new and exciting projects from across the web, and let us know your favorites in the comments!10 Amazing Tutorials From Across the Web How to Create Lightsaber Vectors in Adobe Illustrator Create intersecting…

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Create an Alluring and Magical Forest Photo Manipulation

This tutorial will show you how to create a dark, mystic photo manipulation. Along the way you will learn some interesting tricks and techniques such as working with tree branches and ivies, advanced blending and coloring techniques. Lets get to it! Preview of Final Results Tutorial Resources Model – by mjranum-stock Forest stock – by…

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