July 2015

Jul 31

10 Reasons Travelling is Great for Your Freelance Career

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:00 — julie

It can be easy to get into a rut as a freelancer. Your sofa is well worn; your daily habits well set. As you talk to the bigwigs of XYZ Company on Skype, who knows you’re actually wearing a onesie and bunny slippers?

One of the best things I have ever done to improve myself, as well as my business, is to travel as often as possible.

Here’s the 10 reasons why.

You Never Know Who You’ll Meet

You might end up sitting next to a top CEO on a plane, share a basket of bread with a globe-trotting entrepreneur in India, or strike up a conversation with a small business owner while waiting in line for a Vegas show.

Anyone of these people can become future business contacts for you, and, if nothing else, the short conversation you share with them could make a lasting impression on you and your business.


Jul 30

Best Of The Web And Design In July 2015

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 02:00 — julie

Continuing our monthly tradition of rounding up the end of the month with all the best design tutorials from all around the web, as well some web design articles related worth reading. Including a great debate article article of Google webfonts vs Type kit. Another great featured article was a really good post on  the guide to the interview process for a front end developer. I hope you enjoy this months roundup, and please do leave your thoughts on the post in comments below.


Jul 29

29 Really Amazing App Designs You Must See

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 17:57 — julie

Are you an app designer? Take a look at these app designs that will be of great help for your next app design project.

These are some really amazing app designs which are suitable for various types of projects: music, banking, messaging, social apps, fitness and more.

These great app designs will surely inspire you to create awesome app UI for your next project!


Jul 29

10 of the Best Creative Portfolio Themes for WordPress

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:47 — julie

Are you a creative individual looking for the perfect portfolio theme to catapult your career into the big time? Look no further, as today I’m sharing 10 of my favorite WordPress portfolio themes available on Envato Market. If you’re an artist, designer, or photographer, you’re in the right place.

The themes featured today come in a variety of styles, but they’re all visually stunning and packed with all the functionality that your customers, fans, and clients will love.


Salient is Envato Market’s best-selling creative portfolio theme of all time. No surprise really, as this theme is stunning – I strongly suggest that you check out the demo for yourself!


Jul 25

A Week in Review N.48

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 13:17 — julie

Envato News


Jul 24

Elon Musk’s Secret Weapon: A Beginner’s Guide to First Principles in Business

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 13:34 — julie

We’ve talked about Elon Musk before, he is the CEO of Tesla Motors (and, of course, SpaceX), an American electric car manufacturing company. The company has been responsible for technical innovations that many thought impossible, like producing battery packs cheaper than ever before.

Musk says these innovations are made possible by “reasoning from first principles,” but what does that mean, and how can we apply it to our own lives, businesses and projects?

In an interview with Kevin Rose from three years ago, Musk said the following:


Jul 23

How to create a stitched text effect using illustrator

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 03:00 — julie

Another illustrator quick tip tutorial in the form of an screencast on how you can create a stitched text effect. This is a very simple illustrator technique, which is really easy to learn. The effect can be applied to text and almost any shape. Sit back and watched the tutorial the final outcome can be achieved in a matter of minuets.


Jul 22

What’s Behind Monstroid, a Multi-Purpose WP Theme From TemplateMonster?

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 18:05 — julie

Every day Google receives thousands of inquiries about the best WordPress theme on the web. Actually, I was also looking for a solution that would have a “wow” effect on me. And you know what? Recently I found one that suits me perfectly. Today I would like to share my experience with you by writing this Monstroid review. Btw, Monstroid is the first truly multi-purpose WordPress theme developed by TemplateMonster, a company with more than 9 years of experience in building WordPress themes.


Jul 22

Effectively Using Systematization in Your Freelance Business

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 17:22 — julie

Freelancers or small business owners in every field face a constant challenge to achieve and maintain a high level of productivity and quality in their work. One of the ways that you can improve your results is by developing systems or routines for various aspects of your work.

Most likely you do some of the same things day-after-day and week-after-week. Having a proven system for getting these things done can bring several positive benefits.

In this post we’ll look at why you would want to develop you own systems and some areas of life that lend themselves to systematization.

Why Use Systems?

Maximum Productivity

The biggest advantage to developing and using systems in your work is the potential for improved efficiency and productivity.


Jul 21

7 Effective Methods for Improving Your Work

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 03:00 — julie

You may think you’re pretty good at what you do. And you may be right. But you’re not the best you can be. None of us are, and we might never be. The most important skill this century is adaptability and the capacity to constantly learn new skills and improve.

It will take you to the top of your game and keep you there. It will get you better assignments and clients, better rates, a better reputation.

So how do you keep refining your skill set and grow your capabilities in our fast moving culture?

Here are seven ideas to help get you started:

1. Set Aside Time for Learning

Whether it’s 30 minutes a day, an hour a week, or even a few minutes, to grow you have to set aside a regular block of time for learning.


Jul 20

25 Snippets That Demonstrate the Power of Canvas & SVG

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 05:09 — julie

Web browsers are still working towards a unified relationship with web standards. This means developers have support for some CSS prefixes but still have to wait patiently for the full benefits of other techniques like SVG animation. While vectors have become much more accepted in recent years, vector animations & effects still languish through the realm of maladapted support.

The more advanced trends appear where rubber meets the road. Where development techniques merge with the possibilities of current web browsers. The following CSS/JS snippets demonstrate some of the amazing effects you can create using SVGs & canvas elements. These techniques often work best in more creative or experimental layouts with a broad range of tech-savvy visitors.


Jul 18

A Week in Review N.47

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:53 — julie

Envato News

New Releases

Market Blog


Jul 16

Modern Trends & Design Ideas for Email Newsletters

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:08 — julie

As UI design trends have evolved, so have the trends of your friendly neighborhood inbox periodical. A poorly-designed newsletter draws less attention and racks up a hefty amount of unsubscribers.

Good design should work with the content and bring together the message with no ambiguity. This means that design styles vary between different newsletters, and for good reason.

If you’re designing a newsletter from scratch it’s important to spend enough time planning the layout. It’ll help if you study modern trends from professional newsletters to see how they affect content. By studying these trends, you’ll see how they work and gain insight for new ideas to add into your own projects.


Jul 15

Tuts+ Celebrates Publishing 20,000 Free Tutorials

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 11:28 — julie

The team at Tuts+ are excited to announce that they’ve just published their 20,000th free tutorial! Since launching in 2007, Tuts+ has helped more than a quarter of a billion people learn new skills and improve their lives.

Read the rest of this entry here: Tuts+ Celebrates 20,000 Free Tutorials!

The post Tuts+ Celebrates Publishing 20,000 Free Tutorials appeared first on Market Blog.


Jul 14

8 Reasons Death By PowerPoint is Wrong

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 17:02 — julie

I know what you’re thinking. PowerPoint. Really? Wasn’t that done back in 2005 or so? Well, yes. And no. Actually, “it depends,” is a better answer.

The whole idea of “death by PowerPoint” is actually the result of people using PowerPoint badly. Where obnoxious slide transitions and clipart live, creativity left the building.

The combination of a lack of vision and simply terrible 10-year-old themes have given PowerPoint a worse reputation than it deserves. Basically, this application is just a tool. And like any other tool, it’s all about how you use it. To help lift this app out of the mud, today I’m going to share some of the best reasons PowerPoint is still actually a really great tool.


Jul 11

A Week in Review N.46

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 13:57 — julie

Envato News

Market Blog


Jul 09

How to find the “save for web” tool in Photoshop CC 2015

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 02:00 — julie

I recently downloaded the latest version of Photoshop, which is Photoshop CC and to my astonishment Photoshop had removed one of favourite features the trusty old Save for the web tool. After a bit of digging round I found thankfully it had not been removed, but just hidden away. In this short video screencast we will show you how to access the save for web tool in Photoshop CC 2015. I’m sure a lot of people who like me will be wondering where this feature may have disappeared to.


Jul 08

25 Useful Free Tools & Apps For Web Designers from 2015

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 15:27 — julie

As a web designer, any little tool that helps you accomplish anything that little bit quicker and better are worth their weight in gold. And the great thing about the design community is that there is a multitude of designers that recognize the small resource gaps that we might have and create handy solutions, like the resources I’ve outlined in this post, which fill those learning gaps.

Below you will find apps that will clean up your CSS files, tools that will convert Illustrator files to HTML, guides that will help you visualize CSS3 Flexbox Properties, web apps to quickly browse and select Google fonts, and much, much more. All of the tools are completely free, so get ready to start bookmarking!

CSS Stats

CSS Stats is a simple web-based app that visualizes various stats about your CSS files.


Jul 06

iOS Game Design Guidelines for Beginners

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:38 — julie

Mobile games are a growing marketplace with more kids foregoing the Game Boy in lieu of a modern tablet. Even some adults are drawn into the gaming craze because it’s better than counting the seconds in a solemnly empty waiting room.

Apple’s iOS platform was on the original iPhone which then spawned a fantastic tablet device. The operating system has been around for almost a decade and the marketplace is already renowned across the world.

I’d like to cover some general ideas for game design on iOS platforms. Naturally you do need a great idea, but the implementation of this idea is paramount to success. And while there is a lot of competition there’s always room for a new blockbuster game to go viral, and for the creator to reap pecuniary rewards.


Jul 04

A Week in Review N.45

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 11:30 — julie

Envato News

Latest Releases

Jul 03

Diversity in Stock Photos

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 09:08 — julie

Whether we create it, use it, or consume it, most of us have a love-hate relationship with stock photography.

It’s an indispensable asset for businesses who want to create a visual identity that communicates who they are and what they do in the world. But the reality is that many stock photos don’t look much like real life, particularly when it comes to things like race and sexuality.

If you’re searching for white men or heterosexual couples, you won’t come up short.

Need an image everyone else can see themselves reflected in? Grab a coffee, you’ll be here awhile.

We expect the people in stock images to be appealing and well photographed. But increasingly, we’re demanding that they also reflect our authentic selves, which means portraying the kind of diverse relationships, families and situations we see around us every day in life.


Jul 02

Best Of The Web And Design In June 2015

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 00:55 — julie

Another fun packed month in the online design and web community. We have managed to compile a list of the very best photoshop and illustrator tutorials created through out the month of June. We have also rounded up some great web articles we highly recommend reading two stand outs from this months roundup “8 homepage design myths debunked” and “The future generation of CSS selectors:level 4″.

Have you stumbled across any great web articles or tutorials this month ? we would love if you could share those in the comments section below.


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