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[vc_row full_screen_section_height="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Shutterstock and iStock are undoubtedly excellent sources for stock photography, and probably the most popular among designers. But, there's also a growing number of exceptional free photo resources out there. Although we do subscribe to the big companies, we frequently take advantage of these free resources, too. In fact, in many cases, especially with our magazine and editorial design work, we find photos from the free sites that are more suitable in their artistic beauty. There are many free...

[vc_row full_screen_section_height="no"][vc_column][vc_single_image image="10189" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_empty_space height="80px"][vc_column_text] Thank you all so much for participating! We received a lot of submissions and this was a really hard choice. Because of the volume, we've added a second invite to the pot. We're happy to welcome these two talented new players Mallory Short and Luciana Carvalho to the dribbble community![/vc_column_text][qodef_separator position="center" color="#e8e8e8" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="1" top_margin="50px" bottom_margin="50px"][vc_column_text] Looking for a dribbble invite? We have one dribbble invites to give away. To be considered, post links to both your portfolio...

04/30/14 - Submissions are now closed. Thank you again to all participants. It was a difficult decision, and we only wish we had more invites to give away. Those not selected in this round, please check back as we'll be giving away more invites as we receive them from Dribbble. We've kept a list of all applicants, with the runners-up at the top for selection next time! We're currently awaiting confirmation from the 2 drafts we selected, which will be announced...

Our favorite web design award, AWWWARDS, has launched a new book detailing their favorite 365 websites from around the world. Looks like a great resource for inspiration at a fair price of $39, and it comes with an eBook version and book app for iOS. I did order mine just yesterday, and will provide a review after it arrives. From the site: An inspiring book for art directors, designers, and web developers. A compilation of the 365 best websites and 7 project...

[vc_row full_screen_section_height="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]pixeden.com is a great resource for mockups and whatnot, some free and some premium. This wine bottle mockup is free on pixeden, they only ask that you share this find when you download (although it's not a requirement). And while on the site, you may want to check some of their other awesome downloads.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="40px"][om_cc_vc_gallery layout="masonry" cols_lg="2" zoom_image_on="none" hover_time_animate="0.5" caption_time_animate="0.4" caption_time_delay="0" caption_back_time_animate="0.2" caption_back_time_delay="0" cols_xs="1" images="802,801,800,799" _cc_clearfix_1="" _cc_hr_2="" _cc_clearfix_3="" _cc_clearfix_4="" _cc_clearfix_5="" _cc_clearfix_6="" _cc_clearfix_7="" _cc_clearfix_8="" _cc_clearfix_9="" _cc_hr_10="" _cc_title_11="" _cc_clearfix_12="" _cc_clearfix_13="" _cc_clearfix_14=""...

There are quite a few inspirational galleries and award websites out there today. Most all of them are collections of what the moderator feels are worthy of listing in his/her gallery based on overall design. There are a few, however, that focus on specific elements of the website, such as its platform, color scheme, coding, style, etc. Below I've compiled a list of some of these element-centric galleries that I find especially useful when seeking very specific inspiration. Colorgorize, http://colorgorize.com Categorizes websites based...

Just a bunch of free, useful tools available to make web design a little bit easier: TinyPNG - www.tinypng.org Advanced lossy compression for PNG images that preserves full alpha transparency. Great tool for compressing single or multiple (up to 20 at once) png images. FindMyFacebookID.com - www.findmyfacebookid.com As simple as it gets - just enter the profile url and boom, there's your numeric ID. Good Guy Gareth James of SEO Doctor, www.seo-doctor.co.uk, pointed out to us that the Facebook ID Finder above is a phishing SCAM...

UPDATE: The latest version has been released, and covers Wordpress 3.3 Digging into Wordpress is both a tutorial blog and recently released book, both by Chris Coyier and Jeff Starr. I've been the occasional fan of the site, and decided to give the book a try. I suppose it was mostly the sleek and beautiful design of the book itself that drew my attention, with its aqueous pages and spiral spine. This is definitely not your average reference book, and right...

In light of the growing number of rip off reports and tales of peeved Shopify customers blazing across the internet, we've decided to cut all ties with Shopify, effective immediately. We started offering customized Shopify online stores as an alternative to Miva Merchant because of its appeal to non-techy shop owners. However, Shopify's increasingly negative reputation has us very concerned. Our PSD Design Shop was created with Shopify, but we decided to switch to Wordpress (still under construction). When I cancelled...

In most of my projects, and likely other designers' projects as well, the design concept is completed before any verbiage is provided by client, or written by me. In order to provide a visually complete design concept, placeholder text is often used, in the form of what is known in the industry simply as "Lorem Ipsum". Lorem Ipsum is a set of "dummy text", written in Latin, that has been used since the 1500's as placeholder text in printed works....

I had originally wrote this segment a long time ago, and intended it for our "about" section. I don't know, but it seems more like a seminar speal than a friendly note about us, so I left it out. But, I think it's a good read for potential clients anyway. This is mostly geared towards us in particular, but a lot of the same principles apply to other smaller agencies as well. Why Smaller is Sometimes Better There are many cost and...

Veer is a great example of a company that exercises intelligent and effective marketing practices. Veer really gives designers what they want, not what they want you to have.Instead of forcing their message at you like many big companies, they give you fun, memorable little things that appeal to the designer within. They are consumer-oriented, and as a result their marketing efforts are exciting, and most definitely effective. Lots and lots of Kudos to Veer for their fantastic marketing efforts. Since joining...

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