Inky’s Birthday Treat: Get 50% off all deals and an iPhone 5S

by Brant Wilson

September 24, 2014 in Giveaways

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InkyDeals its the place to go if you want to buy premium resources at unbeatable prices, whether youre a graphic or web designer, developer, or business owner looking to improve yourself and your work.

A Big Cheers to Inkys 3rd Anniversary

Today were celebrating Inkys birthday and so are other 300,000 design enthusiasts that joined them in the last 3 years.

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Elegant Themes – Full Collection of WordPress Themes

by Brant Wilson

September 23, 2014 in Wordpress

If you spend much time in the world of web development you are bound to hear about numerous places to purchase themes. I’ve always been a fan of Elegant Themes because of the value you get for the price. They have a membership model where you pay a yearly amount and get access to every one of their themes. As you know if you navigate the other theme shops available on the web you will find that most of them require you to spend $30-$100 to purchase a single theme. With Elegant you receive all 87 themes for as low as $69 per year. It’s very nice flexibility and allows you to keep your site fresh all the time. Another way that I have seen people use Elegant is for their clients. For a one time fee of $249 you can get lifetime access to all their themes. If you have clients looking for several concepts for a new site this gives you a quick way to deliver high quality themes to make sure they keep coming back. We’ve compiled their entire collection below. Enjoy!

Divi

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Designing Custom iOS App Interface Elements using Photoshop

by Jake Rocheleau

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.

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5 Tips for Beating the Cycle of Perfectionism

by Sara Duane-Gladden

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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