Designing Custom iOS App Interface Elements using Photoshop

by Jake Rocheleau
on September 15, 2014

in Tutorials

Free iPhone GUI PSD kits include a lot of the primary elements needed for app design. But sometimes it’s necessary to build your own custom interface elements. I always preferred the older iOS 5-6 UI above the more flat-looking iOS7. Specifically I fell in love with this Microsoft Word app for iPhone created by the very talented Victor Erixon.

In this tutorial I want to demonstrate how to recreate a couple of these same MS Word interface elements from scratch. Building with shapes and paths will allow for an easier process of scaling the graphics to larger sizes. You don’t even need to know a whole lot about Photoshop to follow along with this tutorial. Plus you can download a copy of my PSD file to check out the final result.

dark photoshop ios buttons and select menu preview

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5 Tips for Beating the Cycle of Perfectionism

by Sara Duane-Gladden
on September 9, 2014

in Graphic Design

Have you ever met a designer or developer who wasn’t a perfectionist to some degree or another? It’s understandable that there are probably few of them, as the aim for perfection often differentiates the good designs from the great ones. Making sure that every element is “just so” can keep designers up at night, toiling away.

Being a perfectionist has its advantages. It can help you produce amazing works and dazzle clients. It can help you seal the deal with new customers. It can push you to new challenges and new creative heights.

Of course, perfectionism also has its drawbacks. While it’s a good thing to be somewhat of a perfectionist, too much of anything can be bad for you. Striving for perfection means you value quality, but the stress and fear of failing can be paralyzing, reducing your productivity and arresting your creative flow. Perfectionism is a time steeler, as hours can fly by while you’re immersed in the task at hand without even stopping to take a break. You can also feel frustrated, anxious or sad when you can’t reach the satisfaction that comes with a job well done – because you’re never done! Spending too much time in “perfectionist mode” can lead to depression, burnout and even illness, any one of which can cause you to make mistakes. Your productivity can also drop and you could miss deadlines, as you spend too much time on one project before you move on to the next.

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40 Examples of White Portfolio Web Designs for Inspiration

by Jake Rocheleau
on September 8, 2014

in Web Design

Clean minimalist portfolios have been popular for years. Since the goal is to get people focused on your work, minimalism can remove distractions and keep attention where it belongs. Granted more aesthetic features can prove you to be a more competent designer – but they need to be elegant and complementary to the layout.

I’ve put together a series of white-colored portfolio websites ranging in theme from minimalist to fanciful. You can find dozens of examples in this post which elucidate the critical features of a great portfolio. Some examples are personal websites for a single designer while others are made for companies and creative studios. Overall you’re bound to find a few designs which catch your eye and provide some inspiration for future website projects.

Vadim Sherbakov

personal white portfolio made by vadim sherbakov

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15 Web Apps That Top Web Designers Are Using

by iulian
on September 4, 2014

in design

How well does your small web design business or freelance fare? Being part of a fiercely competitive business world poses many challenges, and you need all the help you can get. Hence, you may want to turn your attention to a set of web apps that are engineered to help companies like yours. This is a list of 15 extremely useful apps that vouch to improve your overall project and time management, file sharing, data collection, prototype presentations, and e-mail marketing.

Invoicing and Financial Apps

Nutcache

nutcache

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