My experience with the latest theme from 8theme, Royal, was more than satisfactory. I was quite impressed about this premium, multi-purpose theme, and wish to pass it on to the rest of you. Every designer would enjoy creating WordPress websites through with the help of this theme.
A Majestic Difference
Royal is a responsive, rock-solid theme based on Twitter Bootstrap. An advanced theme panel is ready to appease even the fussiest creative who happens to chance upon it, and all users are entitled to free updates for the entire duration of their lifetime.
Royal has a stellar documentation, plus video tutorials, in order to help you get a full understanding of everything that Royal can do. My favorite part was finding out that a cluster of premium add-ons – which, taken together, add up to $119 – are wrapped up with this theme at no extra cost.
What kind of website are you up to, next? Royal Theme can handle anything you throw at it! For E-commerce sites, you can choose from a selection of shop page layouts, and display the desired number of products in a row. Furthermore, you are able to customize the product page layout, as well as the tab on it. The images of your products can also be customized to various dimensions, zoom in, and react in a certain way upon hovering: be masked with information, swap, or the images slider kicks in.
This is but a glimpse of Royal Theme’s true potential. I wouldn’t expect you to take my words of praise at face value, so feel free to check out Royal Demos, as shown below. You’ll find it as good as I did.
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.
Designing in Adobe Photoshop is a different experience compared to building websites right in the browser. It requires an understanding of the various tools, effects, and positioning techniques. One major difference is how you would create interactions such as hover and click events.
In this tutorial I want to demonstrate how you might go about designing interactive states with Photoshop Layer Comps. These behave like document states where you can rearrange elements and save a snapshot of each particular style. I’ve also released my PSD file for free which you can download and modify for your own needs.
Deciding when to launch your first portfolio online can be a challenge. It’s tough to know exactly when your work quality is good enough to share with others. Plus how should you get it out on the Internet? There are numerous methods and building your own custom website layout isn’t always the best choice.
I’d like to share a few ideas for creatives about building your first online portfolio. The process is much simpler than you might think, and the toughest part is making exemplary work to demonstrate your skillset. But how people find your work is also very important. I hope to shed a bit of light on this topic and help designers make the right choice for their online showcase.
Many trends in general web design can also be applied to single page layouts. But there are some unique features to the lone webpage which can add more flavor into a design. Like most of the web design field, common sense and user experience always trumps inessential creative ideas.
But that doesn’t mean anybody can just understand the best techniques for creating a single page design. In this post I’d like to share a few ideas on how to create usable, tactile portfolios with content featured on a single page. Mobile users are growing rapidly so you have to be thinking about clickable and swipeable interfaces at all times.
A portfolio is used to showcase your creative work to anyone with Internet access. The goal is to present your talent front & center making it easy to navigate. Responsive layouts will look stunning on any device allowing visitors to can check out your work from their laptop, tablet, or even smartphone.
It’s tough to build a naturally responsive layout without a bit of practice. You want to understand which traits work best and how people normally interact with your website. This gallery includes 35 outstanding examples of fully-responsive portfolio website designs. Take a look over this collection and see if you notice any repeating trends. UI Patterns may help you identify solutions when designing your own portfolio.
The web design industry is advancing at dizzying speed. What used to work just fine two years ago is decidedly obsolete today, and the website creation public adapts to these changes.
Websites are brought to life by three categories of creators: pros (who often turn to WordPress), non-pros (who use website builders such as IM Creator), and enterprises (who make their own highly customized systems).
Most web designers are keen on delivering pixel-perfect client projects. They put in a lot of work, and would rarely shy away from the long-drawn out task of coding, given the choice. However, time is of the essence, especially for freelancers.
Storytelling is a medium we all find throughout day-to-day life. Sharing experiences from your trip to Cancún is a form of storytelling. In fact, much of life can be seen as the raw material for great storytelling. We like stories because they demonstrate ideas in new ways that we might have never thought about.
I feel that the rules of storytelling can be applied to digital interfaces and web design. The precepts of good storytelling are universal across all genres. You must understand how to capture interest and bring people along for the ride. Web design is more fluid because it’s not an archetypal story – but the general structure is the same. In this post I want to look at various similarities between good storytelling and good web design.