Most designers remember the Teehan+Lax releases that came after every iOS update. Unfortunately that agency closed down and have been scattered across the Internet. This leaves a certain gap to be filled by designers who may want to offer their own GUI kits. One of the largest Internet companies Facebook put out their own iOS […]
A cool iOS app named Assembly is taking the graphic design world by storm. This offers a mobile-friendly way for average folks to create unique icons and symbols from nothing but shapes and effects. The app is only $2.99 in the app store and offers unlimited designs at your disposal. The Assembly library contains a […]
So far today, I have spent one hour perfecting the design of one of my client’s new media packs, and honestly I am very happy with it. To tell you the truth, I am super happy that I managed to get it looking so great, within such a short space of time. What I am […]
Most designers prefer the Adobe suite because it’s popular and easy to learn with sufficient practice. The software is initially complicated but with time and patience you can develop a professional workflow. One such area of professionalism stems from understanding keyboard shortcuts. Every application uses shortcuts but Adobe’s programs are much more complicated and versatile […]
There are many WordPress themes, page building tools, design element sources, and related services on the market today. With each having its unique features. Some of these products and services are for general use, while others serve a more dedicated purpose, or are intended for use in a specialized niche. We have compiled a listing […]
A pre-made layout does not have to have the exact design you have in mind. Its design in fact may not even be close, but it is nevertheless a starting point, and one that can get you off to a quick start and enable you to complete your project in less time.
A pre-made layout also serves as a wonderful idea-generating and brainstorming tool. That is its real intent. You may have already had a good page layout idea in mind, but with the help of one of these layouts, you find you now have an even better one. Better overall results, obtained more quickly, can translate into your ability to take on even more projects, which in turn means greater customer satisfaction and more money in your pocket.
Getting Started with Pre-made Layouts
Browse the layouts illustrated here and you will see how they can help you get a head start on your project. Change an image, change a title, create your own Nav buttons, and you can end up with a unique page that is every bit as elegant and modern as any of those shown below.
Try editing any page, and you will quickly discover the meaning of the word versatility, when it comes to using pre-made layouts as web design tools. As you will soon discover, making these changes most often involves little more than a few clicks and/or drags and drops.
Note: These pre-made layout examples come from Be Theme.
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With such an abundance of free Photoshop tutorials online many UI designers tend to ignore the benefits of Adobe Illustrator. Vector workflow is one of the best methods for creating full-scale website mockups, icons, mobile apps, and really anything related to interface design.
Each of the following tutorials focuses directly on interface design from the perspective of vector shapes. With practice and repetition you’ll be able to master Adobe Illustrator and outperform yourself in just a few months’ time. Check out these examples and see which ones catch your attention. Remember that progress occurs over time so you’ll always want to push yourself into new areas whenever possible.