Posts by Jake Rocheleau

Freebie PSD: iOS 8 Instant Messaging Chat iPhone App UI

by Jake Rocheleau

March 22, 2015 in Freebies

Do you love building mobile apps and working with pretty pixels? Are you an Apple fan who also enjoys free design resources? Assuming you answered yes to these rhetorical questions, you’re gonna love this new freebie released exclusively on DesignMag. This free iOS 8 IM/Chat Application follows the iPhone 6 screen dimensions and design guidelines. The PSD is completely free to download and edit for any project, personal or otherwise.

digimag - freebie psd iphone 6 ios8 chat app ui

All of the icons are vector-based which means they’re scalable to any size. Plus you can edit the vector paths to reshape everything! The fonts are all typical Apple fonts along with the Google Webfont Montserrat. Everything in this PSD is flexible and really easy to customize. Scroll down to check out the fullsize preview(750×1334 retina).

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Introduction to Grid-Based Typography in Web Design

by Jake Rocheleau

March 16, 2015 in Typography

What do math teachers and city planners have in common aside from indispensable yet low-compensating jobs? A love for grids, of course! This is one of those special topics that seems really important because it is really important but still doesn’t get enough attention. It’s on par with balancing a checkbook and learning to properly mimic funny accents.

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Thankfully grids can be useful to many career paths outside of mathematics and architecture. I want to focus on the benefits of grid structure when it comes to designing web typography. A typical layout often uses many small blocks of text which are crucial to a good user experience. This post should offer some introductory ideas for designers who want to create better websites focusing on organized typography.

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Popular Web Design Trends for 2015

by Jake Rocheleau

March 9, 2015 in Web Design

Although many designers have written on this topic, I want to share my thoughts on the future of web design as we forge ahead into 2015. The new year is always an exciting time and I love to contemplate the potential for young new web designers just entering the field.

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I do think these trends will resonate with most web designers who have kept their pulse on the changing tides of digital interface design. But although these trends are quite noticeably gaining momentum, it’s impossible to tell with absolute certainty what the future will hold. Looking onward into 2015 I expect to see lots of growth and ingenuity from older trends, along with some newer ideas finally coming into the spotlight.

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35 Inspiring Website Designs for Zoos and Aquariums

by Jake Rocheleau

March 5, 2015 in Web Design

It feels natural that every type of website deserves an inspiration gallery. Modern designers are working on hundreds of different projects each year and so many of them are dedicated to niche subjects. Zoos and aquariums serve a very similar purpose as an attraction to see a wide variety of nature.

Interestingly enough these two distinct facilities follow very distinct design styles. For this gallery I’ve put together 35 inspirational examples of zoos and aquariums. While there are plenty of examples online not all of them incorporate modern design ideas. I hope this gallery can offer a glimpse of the best each category has to offer – both for personal and commercial design work.

Aquarium of the Pacific

aquarium of the pacific ocean website

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