20 Free Design Assets to Download

Design, Fonts, free, illustrations, textures, vectors

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:15:52 +0000

When designing a website it is at times necessary to go to an outside source to find the design elements you need to make your end product as attractive and professional looking as possible. While you have the option of creating your own, putting together a custom design element from scratch can be a time-consuming process. If you know where to look, so you won’t waste time searching, having access to an outside resource can be a real time saver. There is no shortage of free, downloadable photos, vectors, and fonts and the like, but the quality in the selections available to you can vary considerably. Choose from your myriad sources of freebies and you can save yourself the time and trouble of having to sift through mediocre elements to find the gem you are looking for. The quality is outstanding and the selections are large, with fonts being a good example. Fonts – Style can make a Difference Fonts tend to play a minor role in most website designs. They are all too often not given a second thought, which is acceptable if a reasonable style is chosen. A poor choice on the other hand can make a web page, or even an entire website, look dull and uninspiring, or worse yet, feature text that is difficult to read. There can be a great deal to gain by making fonts an integral part of your design. Take in to account the background color or texture, decide if your choice of font is to serve as an attention grabber or give your website a personal touch and support the overall theme. Your choice of a font style can, and should, make a difference. Nova -2 Altera Code 2-2 Birds of Paradise   Have Fun with Icons Icons are sometimes looked upon as purely functional elements, and not as design elements at all. As is often the case with fonts, how icons might be displayed does not always receive a great deal of attention since they are simply there to do a job. If you look at the examples shown below, you will see how much they can contribute to the look and feel of your websites. Icons can be animated, amusing, colorful, and even playful. As you browse through any selection of icons, look for those that in some way reflect the theme of your website. Icons that do so can make a website design appear more solid. If you need a button to download information from The Cloud, select an icon that shows a cloud. Several selections of free, high-quality icons offer limitless possibilities as to this valuable design element’s use. Barker Icon Set Lulu Icons Set 1 Home Icons Don’t be Afraid to Use Patterns Admittedly, a poor choice of patterns can wreak havoc with a website’s appearance, or at the very least prove to be a distraction. Patterns need to be carefully selected, but that is true with almost any design element. Choose a pattern that compliments the information being presented, or is supportive of a website’s theme, and see the difference it can make. By experimenting a bit, you can avoid getting into trouble. Patterns are usually easy to work with, and easy to change should the need arise. Browse our selections of free patterns and you will more than likely come across a few you would like to use. Pixel Art Patterns 2 Stripe – 1 Patterns No Design Toolbox should be without Brushes If it were not for brushes, textures, and patterns, most websites would tend to be rather dull. Even when used sparingly, brushes can make a website page more pleasing to the eye. Brushes are significant time savers. If you should attempt to manually replicate one of the examples shown here, you will quickly see the truth in that statement. Photoshop has an excellent selection of brushes, and we have added to them. Browse our offerings and add a few to your design toolbox. You will find they have much to contribute. Cherry Flower Corners Smoke Brushes Textures can turn a Bland Web Page into a Work of Art Textures can do more to emphasize a website’s theme and purpose than any other type of design element, with the possible exception of photos. When used sparingly, and in the right locations, textures can even play an important role in websites where the design is not of paramount importance.Textures can of course become distractions if improperly used, but if you treat them as the design elements they are you will avoid getting into trouble. Textures can definitely make your presentations more appealing. Adding a high-quality source of free textures to your design library is well worth considering. Concrete Distressed Texture 6 Blue Stone Texture 7 Vectors can give a Boost to your Websites and to Your Reputation To call a vector a poor man’s photo would be an injustice to what these design elements have to offer when designing a website. A carefully chosen vector can often convey the same information a photo does, and in doing so it can also add character to a web page. A vector can in fact be a life saver if you are facing a deadline and you are unable to find a suitable photo. Vectors can give a website a fresh, innovative look. They can convey a great deal of useful information, and their use can make you appear to be the innovative genius you would like your clients to think you are. The more vectors you have at your disposal, the greater will be the number of design options that are open to you. The examples shown here should give you more than a few ideas. Vector City Illustation 3 Laptop Icons Set Sportsmens Table with Tools Vector Illustration Geometric Illustration 43 Photos are Magnets A professional looking photo can cause a visitor to pause and take a second look at a website page, which is exactly what you want visitors to do. Choosing a photo in line with a website’s theme is important, but if it appears amateurish it can reflect on the impression a visitor receives of the website as a whole. There are times when it is necessary to pay to get a photo you want to use, but there is an abundance of free photos to choose among. The quality of the freebies can vary considerably, but if you select a source that offers quality design elements only, you can save yourself time and trouble, and find what you want. Bridge to the City by Night 2 Vintage Ship in Port View over the City 2 Quality design elements can be yours for the asking if you know where to look. There are many sources you can go to, but the quality of the elements can vary significantly, adding the time it takes to find something you can use.

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Igor Ovsyannykov
Igor Ovsyannykov
Igor Ovsyannykov is a 23 year old geek, blogger, and designer. He mostly spends his time working here and sharing resourceful knowledge with others. He also enjoys weight lifting, hanging out with friends, and losing his mind to progressive house music. If you would like to reach him, send him an email to inspirationfeed@yahoo.com

 

Freebie Friday: 10 Hand Drawn Patterns

Freebies, design, download, free, hand-drawn, patterns

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:24:58 +0000

This weeks freebie comes to us from Julia Dreams. Julia is a freelance designer and illustrator from Berlin, Germany. This freebie contains 10 hand drawn seamless patterns. She drew each pattern by hand and then transferred it into a vector format. You can easily customize the size and the color. These patterns are ideal for logos, invitations, postcards, posters, scrapbooking, etc. We would like to thank Julia again for giving away this great resource. Julia has hundreds of outstanding patterns in her shop on Creativemarket. Be sure to visit her shop and check out some of her other products. You can easily tell she puts alot of sweat and tear into her work. Enjoy! Download

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Igor Ovsyannykov
Igor Ovsyannykov
Igor Ovsyannykov is a 23 year old geek, blogger, and designer. He mostly spends his time working here and sharing resourceful knowledge with others. He also enjoys weight lifting, hanging out with friends, and losing his mind to progressive house music. If you would like to reach him, send him an email to inspirationfeed@yahoo.com

 

20 Free Credit Card Icon Sets

Freebies, credit card, download, free, icons, set

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:06:07 +0000

For a lot of you who have gotten used to shopping online, you probably couldn’t even imagine how you survived without ecommerce. It’s not just about being lazy or not wanting to get out of the house to get something that you really need. It’s a whole lot more than that, and the ability to pay online has changed the way that people bought what they need. For businesses, ecommerce has also become life-changing. Now, there isn’t even a need to have physical stores. Sometimes, you can run a profitable business and build an empire without having to meet any of your customers face to face. It’s not about creating a beautiful store anymore and hiring the best people at the counter. Now, it’s about creating an ecommerce site that would give every possible bit of convenience to every visitor who pops in for a visit. Designing Your Ecommerce Site Of course, considering the huge impact that your ecommerce site would have for your business, this is not exactly something that you can just breeze through. If you spend so much time thinking about colors to use, materials for your countertops, or shelving designs for your product displays in an actual physical store, just imagine the endless possibilities that you have when it comes to a virtual online store. Every small aspect affects the whole, from the way the colors blend in together, to the way each customer is directed from one page to the next. And if there is one most important thing that you would definitely have to streamline, it’s the entire payment process. Streamlining the Payment Process People have to know that their chosen mode of payment is secure when they use your website. The payment process should also be as quick as possible; let your potential customers wait for a couple of seconds, and it would be so easy for them to just leave your page and shop somewhere else. This is why it’s important to let your customers know what their payment options are as early as possible. Displaying their options the moment they land on your page is a great idea, as it helps the customer find out if you would be able to accommodate them early on. If you’re thinking that displaying credit card and other payment options’ logos on your pages could kill your design, then you probably haven’t shopped around for options just yet. Because with these credit card icons on the list below, you know that these icons would even contribute to making your ecommerce site more interesting than ever. 32 Free Credit Card Icons Download 1 Color Credit Icons by Chad Pugh Download Payment credit cards icons Download Credit Cards by Carl DeCaire Download Payment Icons by Vitaliy Petrushenko Download 40 Free E-Commerce Icons Download Card/Payment Icons by Visual Idiot Download Credit Card Icon pack by Louis Harboe Download 50 Free Payment system icons Download Credit Card Icons by Wassim Awadallah Download Free Gray Credit Card Icons Download Credit Cards by Joshua Sortino Download Payment Method Icons Set by Pixeden Download 32px Credit Card Icons from Medialoot Download SVG Credit Cards by The Honest Ape Download Credit Cards by Tim Parker Download Credit Cards Icons by Kreativa Studio Download Small Credit Cards by Christopher Downer Download Payment Card Icons by Shaun Cronin Download Flat Credit Cards by Ian Silber Download

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Igor Ovsyannykov
Igor Ovsyannykov
Igor Ovsyannykov is a 23 year old geek, blogger, and designer. He mostly spends his time working here and sharing resourceful knowledge with others. He also enjoys weight lifting, hanging out with friends, and losing his mind to progressive house music. If you would like to reach him, send him an email to inspirationfeed@yahoo.com

 

20 Beautiful Resume WordPress Themes

Themes, CV, premium, resume, Theme, website, Wordpress

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:11:03 +0000

Efficient. Creative. Innovative. These are just some of the words that people use just a little bit too often in creating resumes. Of course, nothing is wrong with these traits. They’re qualities that any employer would want to see in their own people. When you look at all other applications stacking up on those recruitment specialists’ desks however, it wouldn’t be surprising to find that everyone else is putting the same characteristics into their own resumes. This is why it’s more important not just to type it in and print it out on a piece of paper, but to illustrate and demonstrate, especially if you’re in the creative field. Online versus Traditional Let’s face it. A traditional resume or CV doesn’t really allow you to showcase your work properly, nor does it allow you to prove how great you truly are. Pitted against other great minds in the industry, it wouldn’t be a reliable gauge with everyone saying the same things about themselves. It’s all about the numbers? Of course it is. But it’s easy to type numbers in. What’s hard is proving it. By using a more modern online resume or CV, you do not only get to showcase what you can do in a more appealing manner, you also get to prove how truly exceptional your creative mind is. It’s All in the Design Online resumes are perfect in showing your personality, especially when it come to your choice of design. Any potential employer, partner, or investor would be able to look at your website and assume what kind of a person you are. Are you modern, or traditional? Are you the outgoing type, or would you rather work in a quiet corner? Would you prefer coming out with a sudden bang, or would you like your work to be displayed in a gradually progressing manner? All these anybody can see with an online resume. Beautiful WordPress Themes for Your Resume or CV Delight your senses with how creatively these designs were made. Some choose to feature an explosion of details, while some of them are minimalistic in design. Some have details that are more intricate than the others, while some of the designs are appealing because of their basic simplicity. Think about how you want to present yourself as a professional, and figure out which of these portrays that character the most. Here are 20 beautiful WordPress themes that are perfect for your online resume, portfolio, or CV: TsingYi – Personal CV / Portfolio $49 TsingYi is a multipage personal CV / portfolio WordPress theme built on Bootstrap 3. It allows graduate students to quickly create a resume, manage publications and display their schedule, and enables freelancers to build their portfolio easily. Demo/Download Personage $38 Personage is a beautiful resume theme, it’s a combination of latest web technologies with modern and clean design. Almost all the elements are professionally animated, so it gives your website a live feeling and your visitors will enjoy browsing your website even more. Live animation + your motivated resume will change your future! Demo/Download Cascade $33 Cascade is a minimalistic personal vCard WordPress Theme based on colorful vertical menu tabs. The theme comes loaded with dark and light skin, possibility to add unlimited number of tabs, 8 predefined tab colors and 10 predefined tab icons to choose from, 20 predefined page backgrounds and 10 predefined social icons. There is also possibility to define custom tab background image. The Theme is fully customizable with build-in lightbox, google map shortcode, working contact form, latest tweets widget etc. Demo/Download Zwin $33 Zwin is an impressive and professional online vcard, a beautiful portfolio with sliding effect, resume and contact information with Google Maps. It’s simple! Just download and install in a few minutes, you can show your online card to your friend, customer or employer in an interview by phone or tablet. Because Zwin is a responsive wordpress theme, you can view your website on pc as well as handheld devices. You can also link to your social profiles, display your portfolio in many media format such as image, youtube video, flash…. From the back-end, you can choose skin for your website. Zwin supports 5 unique color skins (Yellow, Red, Green, Blue and Purple). Demo/Download Sility $43 Demo/Download Promotion $43 Promotion is a beautiful resume theme, it’s a combination of latest web technologies with modern and clean design. Almost all the elements are professionally animated, so it gives your website a live feeling and your visitors will enjoy browsing your website even more. Demo/Download Vertica $38 Vertica is a clean, multipurpose and well crafted wp theme. It’s a cv / resume / vCard focused on digital professionals, whether designers, programmers or photographers. It is perfect to promote your work! Demo/Download CeeVee $43 CeeVee is a professional WordPress theme for all those who love to stand out. Let your online Resume be unique and eye-catching. Be brave and use cool effects and warm colors. Your portfolio does not have to be black and white! Demo/Download Robert Smith $43 This is a responsive and retina-ready WordPress website with a grid system layout. Almost all the elements are professionally animated, so it gives your website a live feeling and your visitors will enjoy browsing your website even more. Demo/Download Squareroot $43 Squareroot is a perfect one page parallax WordPress theme for vCard, Resume (CV) application, or a freelancer. This theme has a fully responsive layout, which ensures that your website will run smoothly and look amazing on different types of mobile devices. This WordPress CV theme works with all mainstream browsers, guaranteeing that you will not encounter any compatibility issue. Demo/Download Intima $43 Intima is a minimalist, elegant and responsive resume WordPress theme for any kind of professionals to show their Resume (Education, Work Experience, Awards etc.) and Portfolio in a wonderful way. Demo/Download Miresume $35 MiResume is a modern, responsive and minimalistic WordPress theme that is perfect for creating a digital personal resume or website and is sure to help you boost your business and build a long list of potential clients. Demo/Download Chulan $43 Chulan is perfect theme to build your top-notch portfolios. Easy to install and customize, this WordPress theme promotes the responsive, minimalist, professional and multipurpose. No matter you are designers, photographers, illustrators, video producers or any professional want to show potential clients your creativeness and cuting-edge skills, Chulan could help you nail it. Demo/Download Hireme $43 Hireme WordPress Theme is a clean, responsive HTML5/CSS3 theme with modern layout. It’s packed with cool features & awesome javascript transitions. Your website will look great on big & small screens, desktop, tablet or mobile phone. This theme contains a CSS file with 10 color schemes, so you can easily switch colors & use the most suitable one for your website. Demo/Download CVX $43 CVX is a multipurpose, elegant and well crafted one page portfolio for creative professionals. Anyone can showcase their personal resume, work history, projects and other personal information beautifully using CVX. Though CVX is primarily developed for showcasing portfolio elements, however it can be creatively used to display other essential information for SME business and artistic people. If you want your personal site to be noticeable among others, CVX can be your ultimate choice. Demo/Download The Person $43 The Person is a multipurpose WordPress theme created for a personal resume website, business CV, personal blog or an artist’s portfolio. Not only can The Person be a personal website, you can also turn it into a multi user VCard or a full-fledged corporate community. You will be stunned with the theme’s customization capabilities and the unique layout and you’ll never regret buying it. Demo/Download ResumeX $43 ResumeX is a multipurpose, elegant and well crafted one page portfolio for creative professionals. Anyone can showcase their personal resume, work history, projects and other personal information beautifully using ResumeX. Though ResumeX is primarily developed for showcasing portfolio elements, however it can be creatively used to display other essential information for SME business and artistic people. Powerful admin panel, intricate development and a pack of essential features really makes ResumeX to stand out in it’s category. If you want your personal site to be noticeable among others, ResumeX can be your ultimate choice. Demo/Download Who I Am $43 Who I Am is a retina ready personal resume and portfolio WordPress theme built with HTML5 & CSS3. It is perfect for a creative, personal or portfolio, a personal website. Demo/Download Lagit $38 This one pager theme designed for you to list your experiences or showcasing your work. Set the color with your liking or hide the “Color block” based on your needs. Go get hired more! Demo/Download Katya $38 Built using Bootstrap 3.2, this theme is suitable for showing your portfolio and blog interactively. Demo/Download

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Igor Ovsyannykov
Igor Ovsyannykov
Igor Ovsyannykov is a 23 year old geek, blogger, and designer. He mostly spends his time working here and sharing resourceful knowledge with others. He also enjoys weight lifting, hanging out with friends, and losing his mind to progressive house music. If you would like to reach him, send him an email to inspirationfeed@yahoo.com

 

3 C’s To Help You Find The Best Version Of You

Self Development, concentration, courage, excellence, perfection, self confidence, skills, talent

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 05:19:17 +0000

Do you strive for excellence?  It can’t be denied that most of us strive for excellence. With our desire to be the best, we tried hard enough to juggle work, family and our own life. It is not uncommon to see people wrestle with every aspects of life just to get the most out of it. As human being, it is in our nature to believe that to be the best we have to deal with everything about life. We believe that we have to excel and be perfect in all fields of life. We are driven by the thought of perfectionism and because of that we failed to see the true meaning of being the best. Striving For Excellence vs. Striving For Perfection Excellence is far too different from perfectionism and yet many people believe that striving to be perfect means striving to be the best. To strive to be perfect is like doing everything and yet not achieving anything. On the other hand, striving for excellence is focusing your skills and talents into something which can help you achieve your goals. Perfectionism is unattainable while “to be the best” is just within your reach. Excellence is simply to be THE BEST THAT YOU CAN and not to be the best in everything. Here are the three C’s that will help you achieve the best version of yourself. Confidence These days, it seems that confidence is running out of supply. A lot of people don’t believe in themselves. According to researches, 62% of girls feel insecure about themselves and 51% thought that boys have lower self-confidence when it comes to their body image. When it come to trying things out it seems that most people lack confidence with themselves which hold them back to do their best. Confidence plays an important role in building one’s personality. In our society, we have to be well-aware that self-confidence affects the way others see us as a person and more importantly how we see ourselves. We cannot exude our inner strength unless we learn to build self-confidence. But what really is self-confidence and how can we develop it within ourselves? Self-confidence is defined as one’s belief that he can do the things he is supposed to do. A person with self-confidence knows what and where he is good at and knows his value. It is often confused as arrogance although these two are distinctively different. A self-confident person knows what he can do based on his ability, skills and past experiences while an arrogant person has high-beliefs that he can do certain things even if he lacks abilities, skills and experiences. Over-assessment of self means arrogance while self-assessment based or closed to reality is self-confidence. Boosting self-confidence is not as complicated as most people think. By simply living healthy you can boost your confidence. Additionally, positive outlook can fuel confidence; you also have to learn how to handle pressure and stress well that it will not affect your capacity to think well and decide smarter. Concentration One way to fully harness your skills and talents is to find the balance between life and work. But you can never be successful in finding work-life balance unless you know how to stay focus towards what you truly want to achieve that is why your concentration on things that really matters is very important. But how can you find focus in your life? Here’s a fact: Life is full of distractions. Wherever you go, whatever you do, distractions will always be present and it might pose a challenge on how you maintain focus on what really matters. Focus is very difficult to attain for a person whose mind wanders in so many things. You can never make use of your ability to their best if you are distracted. The primary step you need to do to develop a focus mind is to determine your priorities. Sure, there might be so many things to worry about, so many things you need to do and 24-hours a day, 7-days a week is not enough to cover it all. But the question is; do you really have to do it all? Weigh things out. Assess what are the things that matters which needs your attention. Once you have sort things out, you can put your concentration to one task at a time. If it is possible you can delegate less important things to other people are willing to help you. When you improve your focusing ability, you have greater chance in achieving balance in your life which can motivate you to be a better person. Courage Change is constant. Cliché as it is but true and this can post a challenge to most of us. We fear change, we fear to do something new and we fear to go out of our comfort zone. But in this world, we only got two options; adapt or die. Thus, we have to summon the courage within us to face the changes that comes along the way. Courage is considered to be one of the greatest foundations that build a person’s personality. When you have courage, it means you have the attitude to never back down whatever the adversity and challenges are. The journey “to be the best that you can be” is never easy. For sure, there would be road blocks and hurdles but you can never surpass the challenges if you don’t have enough courage to face it. Remember, overcoming your fear can shape you to become a better person in the future. Wrapping Up Let’s face it; seeking for the best version of ourselves takes a lot of effort. However, we must understand that it is not about getting the most of everything. It is about making use of what we have to be the best. And once we have learned how to leverage the skills and talents we have to make us a better person, it can be a rewarding feeling that will fuel us to do more.

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Key Acanto
Key Acanto
As a success-seeker herself, Key Acanto also desires to inspire and motivate other people by sharing her insights and knowledge about self-development. She is a Scoopfed editor and as one, she always faces challenges with an open-mind. You can connect to her through her LinkedIn account.

 

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