650+ Free Photoshop Patterns

The use of repeating patterns in Photoshop can help to produce attractive website backgrounds with very little effort, and of course patterns have other uses as well. In this post we’ll feature some of the best free patterns that are available. You’ll find some individual patterns as well as many packs of multiple patterns.

Hand-Drawn Scrolls (1 pattern)

Hand-Drawn  Scrolls

The Best Icon Sets for Portfolio Sites

Icons are an important part of web design. While there are a lot of quality free icon sets out there, finding the right ones for your portfolio site can be a challenge. In this post we’ll feature the best sets that include icons suitable for portfolio sites. As always when you’re dealing with freebies, be sure to check the license details before using.

Portfolio Icons

Portfolio Icons

Design Inspiration: Smoke

Designers find inspiration just about everywhere. Today we’ll showcase beautiful photos and digital creations of smoke. If you see something you like, click on the image to see the source.


7 Keys to a Successful Design Project

There is a lot that goes into the process of designing and developing a website successfully for a client. In order for the project to be truly successful, it must accomplish much more than simply an attractive design. In this article we’ll take a look at 7 keys that must be present for the designer and client to create a site that achieves the desired results for the business.

1. A Realistic Timeline

Designing and developing an effective website takes time. Most designers understand this, but some clients assume that the process can easily be done faster without considering the impact.

It’s not uncommon for a designer to be contacted by a potential client who has an unrealistic deadline. At this time the designer can either make promises that they may not be able to live up to in order to land the job, or the designer can explain to the client why the deadline is unrealistic, what steps will be rushed with this deadline, and what the consequences may be. In many cases the client will be more flexible with their projected time frame if they understand the long-term ramifications of rushing through the project.

33 Poster Design Tutorials

Poster design is a favorite of many graphic designers, and there are a number of quality tutorials available to teach you more about poster design in Photoshop. In this post we’ll feature 33 of the best. This list includes a variety of different styles of posters, so you should be sure to find something that you like.

How to Create a Retro Boxing Poster in Photoshop

How to Create a Retro Boxing Poster in Photoshop

Win a Free License for the wpSEO Plugin

A large number of DesignM.ag readers are WordPress users and/or developers. We’re happy to have 5 Classic Licenses of the wpSEO plugin to be given away to readers of DesignM.ag!


10 Excellent About Pages from Designer Portfolios

Portfolio sites are primarily intended to showcase the work of the designer, but they also provide an opportunity for potential clients to get to know more about the designer and to feel a personal connection.

Clients generally prefer to work with someone that they like personally, not just someone who has the technical skills to get the job done. Having an About Page that does an effective job of connecting with potential clients can go a long way towards having a steady flow of new work.

In this post we’ll take a look at 10 examples of About Pages from designer portfolio sites.

Mr. Joe Payton
Joe Payton’s About Page includes illustrations to go along with the different stages of his bio.

Mr. Joe Payton

32 Places to Find High-Quality Vectors

Last month we published a post that showcased 35 free vector packs. If you’re in need of quality vectors but those particular packs are not what you’re looking for, we thought it would be helpful to point out some of the best places to find vectors. This post includes 16 of the best sources of free vectors and 17 sources of high-quality, premium vectors.

Best Sources of Free Vectors: