Do you have a design idea, but don’t know where to start? There is a plethora of resources out there for anyone to learn practically anything. Maybe you want to create some of your own designs, but just don’t really know the first thing about what makes something aesthetically pleasing? Here, we have put together a list of beginner tutorials that will help you with some of the basic foundations you’ve been lacking.
Design Lab - Learn design principles by completing interactive lessons and hands-on projects. Their mission is to “empower our community of creators through design” by creating an online environment for learning.
Intro to Web Design: Friendly Design for Startups and Small Business. This class is great for co-founders, small business owners, developers, designers, illustrators, or anyone eager to learn! It will cover the basics of web design, as well as how to coordinate a color palette.
The Design of Everyday Things is an online course offered by Udacity. It will be starting soon (no exact date given), so sign up now if you’re looking for an informative introduction to design. It’s meant to help you understand what good design is as well as the challenges that many designers face.
Udemy is another great resource that has a ton of options to help you learn design. If you’re looking to create something specific, this is probably the place for you. They have a wide range of topics to browse through ranging from user experiences to beginner photoshop tutorials.
Design Foundations on Treehouse you get an introduction to design foundations, an understanding of aesthetics, and learn how to become a problem solver.
Canva is a site that I can’t wait to try out. It’s a tool that promises to make design simple for everyone by giving you everything you need to turn ideas into stunning designs. It boosts a tagline of “A Simple New Way to design”. You can reserve your username today and will be notified as soon as it’s ready.
Aside from the tutorials, 7 Tips for Staying Creative is a great post that offers helpful tips of how to unleash your creativity. Following these will surely help to keep you inspired!
Are you ready to start designing something awesome today? Do you still need a little help getting started, or maybe you rather rely on the design of someone more experienced? Check out all of the awesome products available on Creative Market today and design something beautiful! When you’re done, we would love to see the finished product.
In the world of fashion, Pantone has announced the colors to watch out for this coming spring.
"This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium. While this need for stability is reflected in the composition of the palette, the inherent versatility of the individual colors allows for experimentation with new looks and color combinations."
BluChic is an awesome WordPress theme designer offering a variety of feminine themes for women business owners; with matching marketing kits – including everything from business cards to social media designs. You can find all the things needed to give an instant chic look for your online business.
Isabelle is a chic and feminine WordPress Theme for stylish bloggers. The theme comes with auto-slider to highlight your popular posts.
Magdalena, means cupcake in Spanish. This theme is designed for a cupcake, food, and bakery shop. Available in three color skins (pink, blue & mint pink).
Modern chic detail meets subtle pattern. Hailey Theme offers clean organized layout with a lovely slider that highlights your best content. With the color wheel picker feature, you’ll have more flexibility and an easier time to change the theme’s color. It’s a perfect theme for stationery, home & living or any creative niche.
Highlight your authentic self with Geraldine Theme, whether you’re just starting a wedding blog or you’ve been running your event planning business for awhile. Your beautiful images will have a great new home to be shown off in with the large slider on top.
The Chamomile bundle gives you an instant new look across your website, blog, business card, social media and *NEW* newsletter.
Here's another all-in-one package. Grab the Dorothy bundle to update your look for your business, including a new design for your website, blog, business card, social media and newsletter template.
As we begin to feel the chill in the air, we know that fall is officially upon us. Along with the crisp morning air, we begin to see colors all around us begin to change from plush greens to muted yellows and oranges. I love the look of fall! It reminds me of jumping in piles of leaves as a kid and knowing that hot cider will be waiting for me at home. The smell of pumpkin spice fills the air, as baked goods begin to become more abundant as well.
Let's take a look at the beautiful changes in colors throughout the world.
This picture is of a fall in San Francisco, which allows us to see the beautiful red leaves in the Japanese Tea Garden.
Fall in New York City shows us a beautiful backdrop of the skyline against the various colors.
This picture from Central Park displays an amazingly perfect tri-color of leaves.
This photo from a fall in Chicago shows a crisp blue sky allowing the orange leaves to really pop out of the picture.
Paris is just lovely in the fall showing off the subtleties in the change of yellow, to orange, to reds on the trees.
The beautiful morning sun is reflecting on the canal in Amsterdam brightening up the city and giving a bright glow through the trees
Are you ready to start on your own project and infuse it with the colors of fall? Check out these do-it-yourself elements from Creative Market for backgrounds, graphics, and more.
We hope you've enjoyed these beautiful colors of fall and have found some awesome inspiration for your next project! What's your favorite fall activity?
Lucía Otero is a graphic designer, music lover, and bon vivant (aka a person who likes going to parties. I had to look that one up). Her fabulous designs include paisley patterns, to ink splatters, and subtle smoke graphics. She has a great collection of visually stunning designs.
These beautiful smoky backgrounds add that subtle hint of design to your background.
This textured background is perfect to give your project a grungy look to it.
This set of lovely imperfections include a set of 15 background textures. They can give any project a vintage yet trendy look. You'll find film ends, light leaks, scratches, noise, grain and all sorts of analog film related effects in them.
These ink splatters offer a soft gradient texture.
I love these plant and animal patterns. What a great collection of unique backgrounds!
This refreshing set of patterns have been described as 'visually intoxicating' and I couldn't agree more. They are a great addition to any collection.
This set of foliage patterns offers both vibrant and subtle colors to your collection.
Paisley patterns offers a feminine touch to your project. These designs are absolutely beautiful.
We hope you've found some inspiration here and are ready to add some awesomeness to your projects. I personally love the paisley patterns. Which one is your favorite?
Happy Halloween from your friends at COLOURlovers! To celebrate the holiday, we wanted to make sure you had the best collection of spooky, gory, and scary designs that any designer could hope for. So sit back and scroll through the awesomeness you are about to witness.
An awesomely ghoulish and rather pretty set!
A cute vector set that is great for Halloween or any other spooky project.
Cute Halloween characters to add to any design, including invitations, scrapbooking, flyers, and more.
Many elements are included in this great collection of awesome Halloween illustrations.
This Halloween set by Ceebee includes fun and friendly characters.
This Halloween Witch is suitable for any Halloween project, such as poster, icon, invitation, or post card.
This is an awesome Halloween paper pack and offers a grungy feeling to go along with it.
These stunning Halloween designs will be sure to brighten up this normally dark holiday.
This set of backgrounds features witch elements, candy corn, stars, argyle, chevron, candy and polka dots. What fun!
Dance of Death Font by GLC Foundry
This would look great on any Halloween poster!
Bats, Cats, Ghosts and Ghouls, Zombies, Witches and Spiders galore.
Monsters is a broken style font face. Its somewhat-scary style is perfect for book covers, album designs, or movie posters.
Hopefully this collection of awesomely spooky Halloween designs has been helpful. Happy Halloween everyone!
Adding a delicate touch to your project can simply be done by adding elegant flowers. This can be used to emphasize the beauty of your design and give it that warm feeling you need. Whenever I see the delicate petals and soft colors, the first thing I think of is unique ways they can be used in a wedding. Flowers add the classic warmth needed to bring the event or design all together.
These flowers are exquisitely displayed centerpieces.
These flowers have been unique placed in mason jars, which give them a vintage feel. They are elegant and simple at the same time.
Here you can see the same use of a mason jar, but the flowers are decorating the lawn. They don’t always have to be used for weddings. You can easily add this delicacy to your everyday life.
I love this idea! What a cute summer decoration to use fruit, combined with flowers as a centerpiece. This would look fabulous at any picnic or BBQ.
You can add the same delicate effect to digital projects as well. Take a look at some of the creativity you will find with these patterns and illustrations.
This set of golden flowers in a branch is perfect to use as a tileable design.
These vibrant flowers will make you smile. Use the loose leaf, flower, and ferns to make your own floral combination.
This is by far some of my favorite flower illustrations. Use this to in your project to add simple elegance.
Unique clip art blooms and mason jars are perfect for modern wedding invitations, baby showers, announcements, or scrap booking.
This rustic, romantic and colorful hand-drawn clip art mason jar bouquet is perfect to use to create cards, wedding or shower invitations, website designs, or party decorations.
Are you ready to add some beautiful flowers to your next project? Show us your completed project! We would love to hear about it.
Joell Norberg of Summit Avenue is an artist, vintage junk collector & designer of templates & graphics for creative people. You can find her eclectic mix of work on Creative Market, where you'll find gorgeous designs, such as vintage flowers, ribbons, beautiful backgrounds and more. Be sure to check out the vintage holiday digital papers. They are fabulous!
This pretty set of laurel branches, wreaths & divider designs are perfect for using in scrapbooking, invitations, websites/blogs, logo design and lots of other creative applications.
Here you'll find some pretty lace borders to decorate your favorite projects. These are perfect for blog dividers & decorations, page layouts, crafts, albums and photo frames!
This fresh set of organic, hand drawn designs & word art will have you feeling happy spring time thoughts in no time!
A delightful set of hand drawn frames are perfect for any picture.
Make your Timeline stand out and look more professional with custom App Buttons! These are also great to use as social icons on your blog or website.
Add some stylish Social Media to your blog or website with these vintage Typewriter Key design icon buttons.
This pretty set of vintage holiday patterned papers are wonderful for all your holiday photo & craft projects!
I hope you have found these design as inspirational as I have. Let us know what you think.
This guest post was written by Elizabeth Phillips. She is a former web designer who is currently freelance writing. She enjoys reading and writing articles that have anything and everything to do with design. She can be found typing away on her laptop in Philadelphia, PA.
Web design is constantly changing as technology grows. Developments like fiber optics have dramatically improved Internet speeds - and faster speeds have opened up the possibility for high-tech innovations like parallax and 3D animation.
No matter how tech-savvy web design gets, some things never change. Even the most advanced designs still need to wow with the basics - colors, fonts and images. Here are a few tools that will help you balance high-tech with aesthetic and keep your design inspiration fresh.
Have a photograph you want to turn into a color palette - or just need to browse for some creative inspiration? Color Hunter can help you do both. Upload images to create custom color palettes, or search existing palettes by shade and theme. Save the ones you like to your Favorites.
There are tons of font databases that allow you to search for fonts and even find the closest match to an unknown style. But FontStruct allows you to create your own fonts - for free. Use geometrically shaped “bricks” to build your own font in a grid interface. Once you’re done, share your font in the gallery, where you can also see and download others’ creations.
Adobe Kuler is a free web tool that allows you to create your own palettes using a vibrant color wheel. Choose up to five shades on the wheel, and adjust hues on a slider. You can also explore existing color themes, including the most popular and most used. Even cooler? You can use the Adobe Kuler app and your iPhone camera to extract color palettes from your surroundings on the go.
If you have designer’s block and need to check out some finished products to get inspired, try StyleVault. The site showcases web designs from a variety of sources. You can search mobile, commercial, animated and CSS designs. You can also follow the portfolios of individual designers.
SwatchSpot is another great site for color inspiration. It has an incredibly simple interface - all you do is hit “Shuffle Colors” to come up with random palettes of six hues. You can lock in the shades you like and shuffle again until you find the perfect combination. Save your favorite palettes, download them to your computer or grab the color codes.
Like StyleVault, Web Creme features hundreds of pages of web design ideas. The only difference? Web Creme’s examples are organized by upload date, and there’s no real way to search through them. To make the most of this site, you have to be willing to sift through tons of examples to find your inspiration.
LogoPond is the mecca for designers looking for logo ideas. The site contains thousands of logos for a wide variety of brands and themes. You can browse featured, popular and recent logos. Filter results by designer, status and date of upload. LogoPond also features a forum for design discussion, questions and critiques.
Shutterstock is every designer’s best friend, with more than 30 million stock photos, illustrations and videos. But the site got even better in early 2013 when it released Shutterstock Spectrum. The tool allows designers to search stock imagery by color. Just choose your shade on a gradient scale, and refine by theme - like “forest” or “home.”
Designspiration is my favorite site to visit when I need a little creative stimulation. The site houses thousands of images, searchable by tags, categories and colors. Browse images of art, books, fashion, illustration, typography and more. Choose up to 5 colors and find images that incorporate them all. Save your favorites into collections.
TinEye Labs Multicolr Search
TinEye Labs Multicolr Search extracts color from more than 10 million Creative Commons images on Flickr, allowing you to search images by shade. Select up to 5 colors, and then adjust the hues using a color wheel. Easily change the color composition of your search by clicking and dragging.
What are your favorite online tools for design inspiration?
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Prixel Creative is comprised of a husband and wife team (Kendra and Justin Skinner) located in Springfield, MO. Together they share a passion for great design and premium photography. They have a collection of great Lightroom presets to enhance your photos and beautiful hand drawn graphics to add to any design project. All can be found at Creative Market.
These beautiful Lightroom presets help you to add some unique color and highlights to your photographs.
This set of Lightroom presets help add a touch of nature and natural color to any number of photos.
This set of presets offers your photos a sweet finish and a subtle touch of color.
Take your photos back a few years and move your skills forward with this set of vintage Lightroom presets.
This set of doily graphics allows you to mix and match to make lovely shapes and custom combinations.
These gorgeous hand drawn paisleys are great for organic patterns and backgrounds. You can find them both in PSD and Vector formate on Creative Market.
Below you can see a beautiful set of hand drawn and very unique arrows in vector format. The set comes with 30 different styles.
An assortment of machine and clock gear shapes in vector format, which include 35 total gear shapes.
Hand drawn speech bubbles for are great for multiple uses.
So much thought and love went into these beautifully hand drawn borders and frames.
Ornate lines are ideal for bordering or highlighting hand written text.
What do you think of these beautiful creations? You can check them all out (and see more) at Creative Market.