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15 Terrifying Horror Movie Posters Designs

We’ve prepared a neat list of some of the most bizarre and brilliant horror movie posters that have been created throughout the years .

Horror Movie Posters: An Emotion-Driven Design That Sells

The holiday’s uncanny nature has also created the ideal conditions for the development of an entertainment industry focused deeply on the horrors and nightmares that keep people awake in bed.Horror movies posters are a classic example of the power of emotion-driven design. No matter how silly or utterly frightening the movie is, it’s “horror” tag always sells. The evolving TV and cinema productions have resulted in an endless list of terror movies, each with a scarier and more revolting poster than its predecessors.

Horror movies posters are a classic example of the power of emotion-driven design. No matter how silly or utterly frightening the movie is, it’s “horror” tag always sells. The evolving TV and cinema productions have resulted in an endless list of terror movies, each with a scarier and more revolting poster than its predecessors.

Tighten your belts and prepare for a bumpy ride, because today’s horror movie poster roundup is just about to begin.

Horror Movie Poster Designs

Stranger Things

Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/379076493618001851/

Movie: Stranger Things

This gorgeous poster is one of the many amazing fanart designs you can spot. A classical actors-in-the-center design with a spooky red title are all a horror movie needs to get your attention.

Cabin Fever

Source: http://www.impawards.com/2016/cabin_fever_ver3.html

Movie: Cabin Fever

The thick mist and the blood-stained water can make anyone shiver in fear.

The Thing

Source: http://www.coroflot.com/chadhake/just-for-fun

Movie: The Thing

An inverted skull head crossed with an eight-legged creature is definitely not the type of pet you’d bring home.


Source: http://www.complex.com/style/2011/10/the-25-best-horror-movie-posters-of-the-80s/5

Movie: Pimpkinhead

You’ll think twice before calling your little one “pumpkin” after watching this terror-filled movie.


Source: http://www.complex.com/style/2011/10/the-25-best-horror-movie-posters-of-the-80s/5

Movie: Pimpkinhead

This mind-boggling poster features a creepy set of hands lurking over an innocent soul, trapped in an endless swirl of stairs.


Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/355221489341909471/

Movie: The Amityville Horror

This poster shows a scary man figure holding an unidentified object, standing in front of a big house in a dark and terrifying setting.

The Remains

Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/452893306261348319/

Movie: The Remains

A little innocent girl playing with a dollhouse in a haunted house. Will the evil get her? Or maybe she’s the evil herself? The one and true recipe for a terrifying movie plot.


Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/84442561742999962/

Movie: Piranha

A sexy bikini girl peacefully enjoying her Summer vacation while the bottom of the ocean is crawling with blood-thirsty piranhas. This poster embraces the terrors of every tourist.

The Birds

Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/349169777343855426/

Movie: The Birds

Birds are a symbol of freedom, hope, and healing. Yet, it may strike you as a true surprise that some people are utterly terrified by them. This Hitchcock movie poster is all about Ornithophobia ( the fear of birds ).

The Hills Have Eyes

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Movie: The Hills Have Eyes

If these deformed faces don’t make you shiver enough, don’t judge this book by its cover. The Hills Have Eyes will leave a cold and dark trace in your memories, making for a truly terrifying horror experience.

Scream and Scream Again

Source: http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2011/10/the-50-sickest-horror-movie-posters-of-all-time/38

Movie: Scream And Scream Again

A truly nasty movie poster that shows a helpless woman being sunk into a tank of triple distilled acid. Not everyone’s favorite type of bubble bath I guess.

One Missed Call

Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/570549846512548550/

Movie: One Missed Call

Missed calls sure are terrifying when they are from your mom, but with eyes of screaming terror and an enlarged, creepily smiling mouth, you’d better hope this prank caller doesn’t dial your number.


Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AVGgLckWJr-OsfsoTIMlqJFbGS-JnbiXeMUQSpESTvV5BKd43LdHybE/

Movie: Halloween

Do you sometimes find yourself wondering what crawls out of the dark shadows while your little ones are roaming the neighborhood for candy and treats?

Dead Silence

Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/268104984046202131/

Movie: Dead Silence

No one likes creepy dolls. Especially when they tend to wake up at night and scare the Hell out of you. And when you’re not even permitted to scream your lungs out things get particularly complicated.


Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/377176537520610350/

Movie: Dracula

We’re finishing with this vintage Dracula movie poster that in comparison with other productions seems like a fun joyride. Nonetheless, this doesn’t make the movie any less scary.

If you’re hungry for more Halloween design ideas, don’t forget to check these out:

Clever Halloween Ad Designs

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Top 10 Free UI Kits of 2016

Isn’t it true that designers love UI kits? Sure! And do you know why is that? I’ll tell you. Because thise User Interface kits inspire us,  help us get some fresh ideas and also give us some good references on color palette, shapes, elements disposition and a bunch of other details.

When we need to create mobile layouts or even desktop layouts we face a wide range of UI and UX Design aspects of the projects. User Interface and User Experience are key elements to achieve success with some app and website. To learn the best practices is essential for those who want to develop successful interfaces and have the best interaction between user and app/website and finally convert more.

Inside UI Design we have the common king: Flat Design that took over the web becoming extremely popular in a matter of few years. Two years ago, people were talking about the Metro interface and the Microsoft strategy that few people considered as a successful tool. But, bringing this interface to the web and naming it by Flat Design was a nice move and we can see the results now. Flat designs are still a trend and influence many companies to rebrand their websites and brand identity.

But let’s say we are glad that this is not the only trend and options among the inspirations. That’s why I have selected 10 Free UI Kits that will help you with references and ideas for your next projects, be flat or not, these UI kits are really awesome and easy to edit and use.

Top 10 Free UI Kits 2016

UI Kit: Flat UI

Free UI Kits 2016

As I mentioned Flat Design and Microsoft history, I’ll start the list with this Flat UI Kit – Framework and Bootstrap Theme Design from Designmodo. Its simplicity and design is very elegant and by impressing a lot of viewers this kit was downloaded a lot of times.  That’s why people notice that there are flat Designmodo elements all over the internet. Its originality (keep in mind it was one of the first flat kits on the web) and also his quality, of course, calls everyone’s attention.  

You will find in this package buttons and icons, glyphs, color samples and typography examples. This is all for free. However, if you would like to upgrade to a Pro Kit, Designmodo has an offer for you too.

UI Kit: EventPro

Free UI Kits 2016

A UI Kit with an elegant and clean look on the elements, this kit is related to events and organization. Simple – yet powerful – user controls, EventPro allows users to Pin content, manage items, track balances, gather statistics and makes it easy to keep track of your ticket sales, your users and their interactions with your upcoming event.

UI Kit: Basiliq

Free UI Kits 2016

With over 300 exclusive prototyping elements, this is a Freehand UI Kit that is very complete. There are high-quality icons, that everybody loves and a set of hand-crafted icons for mockups as well.

UI Kit: Nerdial

ui kits free

Nerdial App UI was projected with the current trends like thin lines and big pictures, flat colors, transparent shapes and defined icons. This 8-screen kit comes with a Photoshop and Sketch version.

UI Kit: Ecommerce

ui kits free

This app is for personal use, commercial and non-commercial organization, to sell and/or share your accessories and wardrobe. It’s very simple and minimalist for the end user.  

UI Kit: Personal Dashboard

best ui kits

This Kit is very diverse. Colored flat and simple UI Kit released on Dribbble. In the PSD file, you will find common elements such as video player, buttons, graphics and statistics, social and text elements.

UI Kit: iOS Components

best ui kits

Components of the User interface where the concept of apps was based on the iOS design. All the elements are vectorial shapes totally editable included in a unique PSD file which is very well organized. UI components based on iOS 7 visual guidelines. All elements are completely editable vector shapes, included in a single PSD file.

UI Kit: Retro Jam

top free ui kits 2016

Retro style is still a strong trend in graphic design and Retro Jam inspires follows this trend. There are two versions, the smaller that is free and the paid one.

UI Kit: UI Components

top free ui kits 2016

This kit is all about 3D charts and graphics but there are other UI components. All the components are vectors and fully editable. You can easily plug them into your dashboards or mobile app designs.

UI Kit: Colorful Tiles

free ui kits 2016

This kit has a modern style and its main focus is on color and vivacity in graphs, buttons, icons and other components.

Also read: Best Resources To Find UI/UX Design Inspiration

This post was written Luanna Hedler, a writer who is passionate about design, marketing, and the Web. She is a content writer who loves to spread the power of Freebies.

Find her: Website, Blog, Twitter

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Clever Halloween Ad Designs

Halloween comes with some of the most clever and funny advertisement designs you can see during the year.

Just like the Superbowl, the Halloween festivals bring lots of entertaining ads that get creative marketing and graphic design to a whole new level.We’ve prepared a neat list of some of the most bizarre and brilliant ads around. But before we jump in, let’s see what Halloween is really about.

It’s popularity also makes the Halloween week an ideal time for advertising. In the spirit of the holiday, each Halloween ad is perfectly matched with the spooky theme. The uncanny symbols, like cobwebs, ghosts, witches, and skeletons, unlock many paths for creative designing.

The Halloween ad designs intertwine various features that make for some unusual, spooky, and pun-filled concepts. This collection reveals some of the wittiest and most peculiar ad designs ever created for Halloween.

#1: McDonalds “Happy Halloween”

Advertising Agency: Lopito Ileana & Howie, Puerto Rico

McDonalds definitely stepped up its game in the food corporation battles. This ad is as clever as it is risky. Not only does it place the Burger King brand in a central position on the canvas but it also shows a fun way that kids can upcycle their paper bags. Then again, this humor is targeted towards adult customers so it most probably worked out the way it was intended to.

Yet another masterpiece ad design that puts McDonalds in the spotlight. This ad shows how with the right amount of melted cheese and a bit of ketchup on the side, even a tasty hamburger can make you look twice before having a bite.

Thanks to: Daniela Stenzenberger

Agency: CCP,Heye / DDB Tribal

The idea is in place, the product looks delicious, the brand is well-positioned and there’s nothing that can take away this ad design from the top place. And those crispy fries are definitely hard to resist.

#2: Guinness

Now, here’s a clever one. At first, you’ll see what appears to be the mouth of a vampire. Under closer examination, you’ll notice the overall layout resembles the Guinness signature look – thick foam gently covering a perfect glass of dark ale.

This ad uses the same concept with the glass edges standing for the teeth of an imaginary vampire. The ad has a cleaner and more cartoonish feel.

#3: Ariel “Bite”

Advertising Agency: The Marketing Store, Canada

Yet another vampire concept that’s creatively translated into the real world in the form of an elegant collar spot. If you had the displeasure of cleaning off blood stains from show white clothing you’ll definitely feel connected with the idea behind the Ariel Halloween ad.

#4: Snickers

This creepy Halloween ad has a special place in the heart of every Snickers fan. It’s witty, it’s hilarious and somewhat disturbing, but it’s also utterly brilliant. The Snickers ad campaign for Halloween features several posters which show different homeowners welcoming themselves on the Halloween eve – of course, with a bowl of their favorite snack, Snickers. The campaign goes under the motto “It’s what you would want”.

Another poster from the same campaign showing an ordinary bald guy giving treats and mini Snickers to his miniature self.

#5: Heineken

Heineken has some great ads overall yet the brand’s Halloween campaigns never fail to amaze us with a cleverly developed concept. As an affirmation that Heineken is the top preferred choice of everyone, even on Halloween, this spooky poster features a headless man, mesmerised by the heavenly taste of the German ale. This particular ad campaign has several posters that feature a wolverine, a mummy, a vampire, the death reaper, and Frankenstein.

A more recent Halloween ad by Heineken revolves around the ghostly appearance of a cold bottle of one of the world’s favourite beers. The bottle seems almost like a mirage that quickly slips away from the grip of a thirsty customer.

#6: Pizza Hut

Heineken deserves an Oscar for it’s fresh and entertaining approach towards advertisement but this Pizza Hut ad is what really makes my stomach rumble. The perfectly melted cheese form a particularly creepy silhouette that despite its spooky appearance seems undeniably delicious.

In the mood for more creepy design stories? Then, you’ll definitely love this one:

5 Game Apps With The Creepiest Art Direction


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3 Tips to Overcoming Banner Blindness

Display advertising is crap.

It’s hard work, and consumers don’t even appreciate it. Sixty percent of internet users can’t remember what the product or company was from the last banner ad they saw, and less than three percent thought it was relevant to them. Ad blocking has grown by over 50 percent in the last few years. One third of all users find display ads of any kind absolutely unacceptable.

But can you blame them? The average internet user in this country is bombarded with literally hundreds of ads every day.

But advertise, we must. There’s no question. Advertising is the bridge between businesses and their customers. So what can we do?

Cheer up. The fact is, display advertising is NOT crap. You just need to overcome banner blindness.

Readers are Turning a Blind Eye

Banner blindness is the number one killer of effective banner advertising. With 86 percent of readers turning a blind eye to those banner ads headlining their pages, more focus needs to be paid to the creativity and location of those ads for maximum impact.

If you buy banner media placement, you know how impactful those banners COULD be. After all, they’re right in front of the readers’ eyes. Why aren’t they getting the attention they deserve?

The answer is in the art of filtration. Consumers have become numb to the many blinking, colorful, in-your-face ads that decorate every page they land on. With so much information coming at them, they naturally filter out what is unnecessary and they focus on their task at hand.

A banner ad is simply seen as an interruption in their online journey, taking their focus away from the main goal which is to seek immediate information. This filtering of relevant information all happens subconsciously in many cases…and sometimes it’s intentional.

Consumers have bad experiences clicking on a banner ads all the time. Perhaps the page they’re taken to doesn’t come close to matching the promise of the banner. Maybe the page takes a lifetime to load, leading to frustration on the part of the user. Or maybe the link is a scam, hardly worth the time to click on it. When the consumer knows in their mind that 9 out of 10 times when they click on a banner ad, it won’t be useful, the chances of changing their minds can be fairly impossible.

That being said—when done right, banner ads are a very serious money maker. If you can overcome banner blindness, you can overcome any obstacle to the sale.

Tips to avoid banner blindness

And you can overcome banner blindness. Here’s how:

Be Surprising, Engaging, and Relevant.

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This is the holy trinity of great creative ads. Marketers spend so much time trying to capture the attention of readers with a lot of flash and dash but little relevancy, or with too much text and not enough visual pop. Or, when they get the click but the landing page doesn’t deliver on the promise, users leave with a bad taste about the brand.

Without all three of these elements—surprise, engagement, and relevance—your banners will just pour money down a well.

You have to find your way to that sweet spot at the intersection of surprising, engaging, and relevant. To do that, you have to know exactly what will bring an interested customer to a relevant landing page. Then you have to present it in a way that they haven’t seen before.

The marriage of business messaging and great design has to be solid, and it has to make sense. And it has to be creative.

Use applicable visual messaging—communicate through images first, then add text for clarity and specific offers. Readers are inherently selfish; they want to know how you can help them overcome a problem or how to help them save money. When you address a core value with something they recognize, you get their attention.

But keep it simple. Rather than loud, jarring ads that quickly become a nuisance, go with:

  • Uncluttered images
  • Simple offerings with bold copy
  • Ads that offer obvious value with no confusion
  • A clear call to action
  • Images that enhance your brand

Offering a way for the consumer to engage with the content builds instant trust. Motion helps your ads tell a story; following a story is engagement. Asking a question gets them thinking about your offer; thinking about your offer is engagement.

Use simple, uncomplicated ideas. Stick to exactly one message per banner ad, and get creative with it.

Think outside the box…and avoid clichés.

Surprise them with something unusual; engage them with something they’re interested in; be relevant to them with a specific offer you know they want.

Location, Location, Location.

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Real estate agents use the “location” mantra like it’s the first two rules of Fight Club: unbreakable and unalterable. Where a home or business is located will make or break how well a property sells.

The same is true in online advertising: where you place your banner can mean the difference between getting a passing glance from the user or earning a click from that same user.

Many marketers assume the top of the page is the best place for a banner since it stands to reason it would capture readers’ attention first. Not always so. According to a recent study, ads appearing next to the right scroll bar in the lower right-hand corner of the first page experienced a 228% higher click-through rate than ads placed at the top of the page. In addition, ads that appeared 1/3 down page, rather than the top, generated 77% higher click-through rates.

The shape and size of your banners are your ticket to placement. The 728×90-pixel “widescreen” banner is perhaps the most popular, but typically the top of the page, where they are likelier to be ignored, or beneath the content, after the user’s interest window is closed, is where you’ll find placement for that size.

The 160×600 “skyscraper” is better suited to sidebars, and the nice, pleasing 300×250 can go all over the place.

So instead of only hoping to be in the right place at the right time, create multiple sizes and shapes of your banner…and be everywhere at the right time.

Test and Be Proactive

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Even if you come up with a killer idea for your banner ad, with the perfect imagery and perfect location, there’s really no definitive way to tell if it will be a success without taking a proactive approach and testing the results.

Measure your impressions, clicks, and more importantly, your click through rate (CTR). Your CTR will tell you how engaging and surprising your ads are.

But most importantly of all: measure your conversion rate. Your conversion rate will tell you how relevant your ads are.

Studying the facts is crucial, so get comfortable with numbers. Which ads are reaching your heavy users? Which ones are being virtually ignored? Which banner ads are converting visitors into customers?

Remember: you won’t know for sure which ads overcome banner blindness until they actually do it. So keep an eye on those analytics, and make adjustments accordingly.

To Sum Up…

Remember these three things: creativity, location, and testing. Those are the things you need most when advertising with banner ads.

But also, above all else, remember to keep at it. You can overcome banner blindness. It might not happen right away, but that’s okay. Michael Jordan didn’t sink every throw, Mickey Mantle didn’t hit every pitch, and your display ads won’t get the click every single time. Advertising, like any aspect of anything that was ever successful, demands persistence.

Also read: How To use Large Hero Images in Web Design

This post was written by Custom Creatives, who’s been in the industry since 2004

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How to Go Viral with Trending News Topics on Top Media Sites

How do you increase your readership and create content that will go viral?

When building your content, have you ever thought of posting on top media sites to increase your engagement levels? Maybe you think that you couldn’t get these top sites to let you post your content with them.

If you own a website and want to increase your visibility on top media sites, there are some things you can do to accomplish this.

What does it mean to “go viral?

Going Viral is a term referring to creating content that gets the attention of up to one million or more views, and that increases the level of engagement and interaction.

The goal of this can be to get your site more targeted traffic, increase conversions and sales, or focus on your leads generation. It’s probably a good idea to know what your goals are before you start marketing the content.

Once you have an idea of what you wish to do, you can start to locate trending news topics that will increase your engagement and views.

Viral Marketing

How to Make Your Content Go Viral

There are a number ways to increase your level of popularity with your content. We have researched some of these and posted them below so that you can test out some of these methods and see which ones work for you.

Empower people

One way that you can increase your level of engagement is to empower people. By creating content that will help them build their reputation, you may get them to post and share it more often to make themselves look good.

This is sometimes referred to as “social currency.” It is a great technique that allows you to maximize your impact. The way to create content that people will want to share more often is to think of the topics they care about the most. Just remember that when you post on other sites, you must always fit your content in their readers’ preferences, so you need to spend some time researching the site before you try to post.

A great example of this can be seen in this Slate article from Foundation for Defense of Democracies on Israel and Iran — two hot topics that are always in the news. What you will notice when you look at the article, is that not only does the article have 1.7k Facebook shares, it also has 450+ comments to go along with it.

A hot button topic like world economics, religion and politics are sure to grab at the emotions of your audience and get them to engage like never before.


You could research topics such as trending news stories by going to Google to see what is trending or just by looking at what is being talked about most on social media.

Keep it short

Content does not have to be long to be valuable to your readers. Simply focus on the points or content that you think is most valuable and post that information. News sources such as Reuters are a good place to go to find out what people want to read about. There’s no need to make your content extremely long as long as it is interesting to your readers.

Include kids and animals

People love photos and videos of kids and animals. You can post photos along with interesting news stories that compel people to watch and read your content. Fuzzy animals like cats and dogs and even birds can make people sit up and take notice. But even if you don’t plan to post pictures with your content, you can create a lot of hype for your site simply by just posting content about how to care for pets or other similar topics.

Let readers comment

Another way to draw attention to your content is to allow comments below the narrative. Start with a question that brings people into the discussion and makes them feel motivated to take action. The more engagement and interaction you get on your articles and content, the more you’ll be able to create a massive amount of interest in your content.

Be sure to check out this powerful resource guide from Neil Patel on how to increase comment activity on your own site.


Use relevant news that is on topic

Think about the content of your site and match the news topics to your on-site content. This will help you create your niche and increase views. Also, you can create a type of native advertising if you wish to do so by incorporating news items that get more views within your content. Watch what people are responding to and how you can create content that will further your goals while also helping them gain views and shares as well.

Do surveys first

You could use surveys or polls to increase the interest of your target audience either on your website or a top media site that you are guest posting on. Alternately, create surveys to ask your readers what kinds of material they would like to see ahead of time then post relevant content on the blog in response to their preferences.

Include video and infographics

Including video or photos, infographics, and other media around your text, you will be able to create a greater sense of interest around your content and get people to share it more often. Video and animations draw their eye to your content and make them want to share while infographics can tell a story in just a few words while focusing on the message.

Not only are infographics a great way to bring your content to life, they are also one of the best ways to improve your overall engagement and marketing plan as well. InfographicDesignTeam recently interviewed 57 online experts from around the world. One of the most common answers was using online video and infographics to bring their level of content and engagement to a higher level, versus just offering text content to their audiences.


How to Post on Major Media Sites

If you want to increase your readership, get more leads and target your audience, you need to reach out to the larger media sites and ask them to let you guest post. Forbes Magazine, Huffington Post, and Tech Crunch are all examples of major media sites that you could appeal to. There is a strategy to getting them to let you post, and we have highlighted a few ideas below.

  • Study the major media’s online publication and create content that would engage their readers.– Just like any real-world magazine, you need to know what type of material the major publication wants. This will show you how your content can be successful on their site. Remember when you guest post, both Google and the site that you are posting on will want relevant content. So make sure that the content you add is relevant and similar to their topics and niche.
  • Watch their blog often and consider topics that are similar.– Look at the topics the blog already talks about and also observe the level of social media posts and engagement.
  • Think about what your business niche has to do with their site.– Consider what your business can offer the site you want to post on and find a way to interest the readers with your style and information.

Keep ads in mind

Online publications usually make a lot of their revenue by way of Google ads. So if you help companies increase their clicks on Google Adsense ads, you will be able to help the site you are on, as well as your own.
Even if you do not have Google Ads runs on the guest site, you will need to remember that your host site may have them. Be aware that one of the goals of your

Some Final Thoughts

Posting on your blogs and sites is important. But you also need to locate top media sites that are considered highly authoritative and that are relevant to your niche area. Once you locate these sites, study their content, post articles and news stories that engage readers and increase your traffic.

Also, even if you are not able to guest post on these high traffic media sites, consider linking to them instead or join a native ad program that allows you to include their content within your website. Either way, even if you don’t go “viral,” you should still see a rise in targeted traffic.

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5 Features Every Website Design Should Provide

Website design comprises a variety of different elements that all together form a single product focused on providing a quality user experience. The list of features that your website design can include is quite extensive. Yet, there are a few main characteristics that set the foundation of every good website design. Here are the top five ingredients that will help you design a great website that actually works.

Target Landing Page

The landing page is the first place your targeted audience will visit on your website. Therefore, it needs to be optimized to provide users with the information they seek.

You can choose between various layouts for your landing page. Each one serves a different purpose. Depending on the CTA placement, visual elements and copy of your website, the landing page can be focused on a variety of goals. A long-form copy accompanied with user reviews and call-to-action is an ideal choice for service websites. On the other hand, a landing page may contain only little text and plenty of visual content or a featured freebie, like an e-book, guide or different online resources. This type of landing page is great for newsletter subscription and can aid future e-mail marketing campaigns.

No matter their purpose, landing pages should always have their key information placed above the fold. The brand name should be clearly visible and the CTA must not obstruct the user’s general experience.

Responsive Website Design

Long gone are the days of static website design. The evolution of technology has enforced a new process of website development that’s concentrate on both desktop and mobile devices. Thus, it has created the need of a system that works well on all screen sizes. Its name is Responsive design.

The first step towards optimizing the web for mobile devices started with the use of mobile website versions. Shrunken menus and toggled content were an inseparable part of mobile web design. Today, websites are designed to fit all screen effortlessly.


27 Responsive Website Designs for Mobile Safari


Optimized Website Header

Headers have evolved thought the past few years. Starting from a simple graphic image, headers have adopted a variety of layouts. A lot of examples in the small business website design feature a complex set of animated sliders and CTA-optimized HERO images. Most modern websites apply the use of video backgrounds as a mean to grab their viewers’ attention. Truth is, following current trends is not always the best choice for all websites. Video headers often provide an awkward user experience that distracts visitors from the main website section. If not optimized well, they tend to slow down the website’s performance and downgrade the overall quality of the site. No matter what type of header you choose for your website, you should always make sure it helps you successfully carry out your main goal. Sometimes, even a short, but strong heading and a catchy CTA are enough to make a great first impression to your users.

Interactive Product Displays

Most company websites, online magazines, and even personal blogs now have their own integrated online shops. Monetizing traffic through the distribution of various products and services in an essential part of the development of every website. Product displays need to provide as much information as possible to help users make the right choice. While close-up photos and detailed product descriptions may be enough for some industries, the owners of service and app websites need to make an extra effort when it comes to presenting their product in the best possible way. This is where interactive product displays come in.Product displays can be optimized in various ways. Adding a short video that guides the users through the basic steps of use is one way to aid potential buyers for online tools and different software. As an addition, product displays can be developed into an interactive experience that leads users through the product usability. Canva’s design tool tutorials are a great example of how interactive user guides can be both entertaining and educational.

Product displays can be optimized in various ways. Adding a short video that guides the users through the basic steps of use is one way to aid potential buyers for online tools and different software. As an addition, product displays can be developed into an interactive experience that leads users through the product usability. Canva’s design tool tutorials are a great example of how interactive user guides can be both entertaining and educational.

Personalized User Experience

Last but not least, you should not forget that website design is all about providing a quality user experience. There are lots of universal Dos and Don’ts that can help you build a great website. Yet, these rules don’t apply to all websites. High-definition photography might work well for portfolio websites and fashion companies but they might hinder the UX of a website that’s focused on literature. Always make sure your website is optimized for the specific audience you have targeted. Create a target persona and design to meet the needs of your customers. This way you’ll always know you’re headed the right way.

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Attract the Right Audience With Seductive Typography

Ever wondered what type can best be matched to your target audience? This article will guide you through the different font styles and teach you how to pick a font that will speak to the viewers.

Serif Fonts

The Serif fonts have the ability to entangle many characteristics in one. This font type is composed of thin lines with embellished ends. The serifs are known to give content a touch of classical traditionalism and a dash of adventure.

Serif font types and audiences that match this style

  • Old Serif types are a derivative of the first Roman type. They can be distinguished with an elegant slant and bracketed letter structure. The Old Serif sometimes have a special diagonal cross stroke on lowercase that’s inspired by the old Venetian style. It’s often used in magazines and classical literature.
  • The Transitional Serif has a straight posture and a slightly increased weight contrast. This font style is created by the English typographer John Baskerville and creates a style transition between the Old type and the Neoclassical type. Just like the Old Serif, the Transitional Serif is convenient for print magazines and websites that go for an elegant and traditional look.
  • Neoclassicals have little or no bracketing and curved ends. They add a touch of playfulness to the otherwise heavily traditional look of the serif type. Can be matched perfectly with a sans serif font and be used for woman magazines and headings of everything home and lifestyle related.
  • Slab Serifs have an edgy feel that’s ideal for headings and can be easily matched with sans serif paragraph. It’s convenient for the tech-savvy audience. The geometric bracketing can easily give your heavily technical content some swag.
  • Glyphic Serifs are the best choice for web and print content that targets adventure seekers. At its core, it has a traditional feel. Yet, the elegant flaring of the character ends gives the Glyphic serif type a modern finish. This makes it one of the top preferred fonts in the gaming industry.

Sans Serif Fonts

The Sans Serif fonts have a clean and legible structure. Their contemporary style makes them ideal for tech and marketing content, sports, news, architecture magazines and more.

Sans serif fonts and what type of content it matches

  • The Grotesque Sans Serif is a modern type style that delicately combines circular and square geometric shapes. This font style family is best known for Helvetica. The Grotesque Sans Serif fonts are universal and can be flawlessly combined with almost any other font style. They are liberally used in modern print and web graphic productions and give every content a contemporary look.
  • Square Sans Serifs are similar to the Grotesque Sans Serif font with the only difference being it’s clearly squared structure. This font type is frequently used for sports news, men magazines. The square shape gives the font a stiff look while the curved ends make it more elegant and relaxed.
  • The Geometric fonts can be easily distinguished by the almost perfectly rounded “o” letter. In fact, this font type uses a combination of straight lines and circular strokes that give it a modern appearance. When bolded up, this font type works great for headings. The Geometric fonts are great for presentation headings, marketing, and tech content.
  • Humanistic Sans Serifs are based on the structure of the Roman inscriptional letters. This font style is claimed to be one of the most easy-to-read. The Humanistic Sans Serif is a combination of sans serif and serif features. It’s also often inspired by calligraphic fonts. This font style is a definite winner when it comes to ancient literature, traditional and historical writing.

Script Fonts

Script fonts are divided into five separate categories: Formal, Calligraphic, Blackletter, Casual, and Decorative. They can vary from heavily ornamented and classical to childish, playful and decorated.

Script fonts

  • Formal script fonts are mostly used in official letters or documents. They are not easy to read so they are usually used for a short snippet of text.
  • Calligraphy is well-known among designers for its beautiful and stylish appearance. This font type goes well for quotes, short headings, and accent words.
  • Blackletter fonts are heavily detailed and ornamented. They have a strong classical feel but are extremely hard. This is why they are mostly used for initials.
  • Casual script fonts are what’s also called freestyle writing. They are natural and playful and can be used for products and copy that targets kings and youngsters.
  • The Decorative script fonts have many forms and often have little or no similarities between each other. They are unique and feature detailed decoration that can represent different textures and themes. This font style can be successfully used for child animations, comics, teen magazines, gaming content and everything else that can tolerate a playful and decorated appearance.


Always think of your audience’s prospect response to a given font or design style before applying it in your project. Try making a target persona and match the fonts and design materials you have with the interests and views of your viewers.

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10 Best Online Resources for Web Designers Today

Let’s face it, no matter how brilliant and outside the box your designs are you can’t possibly create a stand-out web design if you don’t have the right tools and resources. You need the hardware, design software, current e-books, and a few subscriptions to top-notch educational resources in order to make a website and stay current. And let’s not forget stock images, vectors, premium fonts, icons, brushes, and so on.

That can get really expensive, right? The costs for designers to keep the lights on can be staggering and discouraging too.

Well don’t throw in the towel just yet. We’re here to share a handful of the very best free online resources that can make your life easier without breaking the bank or compromising on quality.

1. The Pixel Perfect Precision Handbook The Pixel Perfect Precision Handbook was created by ustwo, a digital design agency. The popular e-book was first published in 2010 and has been updated every year since then. It teaches you all the nitty gritty details of how to use Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as covers pixel perfect design principles, including Users, Motion, and Prototyping.


2. EnvatoTuts+ Envato is a hugely popular educational website for web developers and designers. And for good reason too. You can find everything from video footage to plugins to WordPress themes. They even have a hiring platform for freelance designers. Need a design tutorial? They have more than 21,000 from which to choose!

3. InVision Need a prototyping and collaboration tool? InVision has your back with a powerful commenting system that allows team members, stakeholders, or clients to collaborate more easily using notifications and most importantly, version control.

4. Adobe Edge Web Fonts We are not going to tell you how important good typography is to web designers. That would be preaching to the choir. What we will say is Adobe Edge Web Fonts should be high up on the list of where to get free fonts on the web. With 503 pages of fonts, you are sure to find the one that has just the right mix of personality, alignment, kerning, tracking, size, and more.


5. Pexels In a perfect world every designer would use unique, custom-made images on all their projects. Imagery so stunning that visitors wouldn’t be able to look away. Sadly, we live in the real world where there simply is not always time (or money) to create those images. Enter Pexels, a free stock image site which offers high-quality images with different attribution categories.

6. Unsplash This Montreal-based company started off as a side project that was put together using a cheap Tumblr theme and some extra shots from a photoshoot. However, it quickly grew to becoming one of the most popular sources for high quality, open source photographs available on the web.


7. DryIcons Need to add a unique touch to your call to action or list? You’re going to want to bookmark DryIcons for use on your next project. You will find that it is very easy to use.

8. Brusheezy Before you leave that bookmark menu, don’t forget to add Brusheezy to your list for free Photoshop brushes and PSDs!

9. Awwwards Every designer feels a little creatively tapped out now and again. The best cure for that is to have a place to go for inspiration. You know, to get those creative juices flowing again before your deadline approaches. Awwards regularly showcase some of the most unique and interesting design work you will ever see. They also score highly for creativity, usability, and overall content.

10. Behance No list would be complete without Behance. They have been showcasing creative designers of all fields since 2006. Just like Awwwards, you can share your work with other awesome creative folks, as well as get yourself hired by any number of companies that come there looking for the very best in design. If you want to stand out in the crowd of designers fighting for jobs,

Behance is the place to go to find inspiration.

Not enough for you?

The fine folks at Elegant Themes has compiled a list of the 55 Web Design Blogs to Follow in 2016, which you should totally bookmark if you are looking for a giant list of exquisite design sources to follow. We highly recommend keeping the resource pinned in your bookmarks for easy referencing.


After you have invested in the very best software and hardware, you need to work your creative magic (like Photoshop). There’s no need to spend your hard earned cash on expensive design resources when there are so many free places to choose from.Not all free online resources for designers are worth your time, but these 10 should be an excellent start as you’re building a list of places to mine for good design elements.

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TARS: Free, Ready-To-Use Markup Builder

Front End is really huge nowadays. We have to draw sprites, transpile ES to js, less/sass/stylus to CSS and so on. And it is only becoming more and more complex over time. A lot of routine processes, which developers had to perform manually 2-3 years ago get fully automated today. But for an every old routine, there emerge two new ones, which often slow down the rate of our work, and kill all the pleasurable experience we get from the very process of front end development.

That is why I always advise to learn and implement new automating tools and techniques, which help you get rid of the boring manual routine and concentrate on the creative effort.

One of such tools that I’ve stumbled upon recently was TARS. TARS is a markup builder for front end, based on Gulp. Basically, it’s a framework with a set of gulp-tasks, which allows creating new tasks and modifying existing ones easily. You don’t need to have any experience with Gulp to work in TARS, since it provides its own UI architecture for storing tasks and watchers of your projects.


Here are some features that TARS comes packed with:

  • Jade or Handlebars as HTML templater.
  • Webpack (with Hot Module Replacing) or simple JavaScript-code concatenation in one bundle.
  • The command line interface (TARS-CLI), which auto-updates your version of the software.
  • ES6 (and some experimental features from ES7) integrated.
  • SCSS (SASS), LESS or Stylus as a preprocessor for CSS. Also includes a small set of mixins. Sourcemaps are integrated.
  • No external libraries and plugins (except html5shiv). Yes, this is a feature because you can choose any library you like and use it. Sourcemaps for JavaScript are included.
  • Uses Chokidar module for file watching.
  • Smart image processing, primarily, the SVG vector graphics. No more struggle with markup for screens with high pixel density. TARS supports two workflows of working with SVG: SVG-sprites and SVG-symbols.


This is not the complete list of features – new ones add up with every global update. You can check out all of the current features on the project’s official GitHub page. The full list of documentation is also available there.


There are two ways to set up TARS on your system:

  • by installing the TARS-CLI (recommended method), or
  • by installing the TARS package, and then manually installing the required dependencies.

Let us go through the TARS-CLI installation process. To the ones who like to setup everything manually, please check out this list of instructions.

TARS-CLI is an interface of the main builder, which enables the user to:

  • Initialize the project;
  • Start the dev-command with browser reloading and opening the tunnel connection;
  • Start the build-command with the minified files or in release mode;
  • Add components to different sets of files;
  • Add an empty page or copy an existing page.

The prerequisites for running TARS are Node.js version 4.x.x or higher, and NPM version 3.3.10 or higher.

In order to install the TARS-CLI:

  • For Unix-based systems

From your terminal, run the following command:

npm i -g tars-cli

If you get a ‘Permission denied’ or an ‘Error: EACCES’ , try running the command again with sudo.

  • For Windows

From the command line or any other terminal, navigate to the Node.js installation folder (typically it’s C:Program Files (x86)nodejs). Then, execute the command:

npm install npm@latest

After that, run the TARS-CLI installation command, as in Linux.

To initialize your first project, type the following command into the line:

tars init


The TARS builder will have the following structure:


And this is how the structure of your typical build is organized:


The file structure is generated automatically, so you don’t have to create anything manually. For the sub-structures of each particular components or builds, please refer to the Structure FAQ section.


From the command line interface, an array of commands is available. All commands have a similar executing template: tars + command-name + flags

You can run the tars –help without additional commands and flags at any moment. This command displays information about all available commands and flags. Also you can add the –help key to any command to get full description of this command.

The tars –version command will display the current version of TARS-CLI installed on your computer and the version of TARS in your current project. Also, you will be informed whether updates are available.

Almost all commands run in the interactive mode, so you can communicate with CLI like it has its own GUI. If you are using interactive mode you don’t need to bother remembering which the flags are responsible for what. The interactive mode is easy to disable if you use automatic testing or something else that doesn’t require the human presence.

Here are the basic TARS commands:

Other custom commands are described in the relevant FAQ section of the project.

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TARS was first released in late 2015, and by now it has updated to the version 1.8.3. Run by a team of only 3 people, this tool is becoming popular especially in the web development industry. TARS is distributed on a free-to-use basis, has an open source code, and is welcoming any side contributions.

For me and my colleagues, TARS has been a real time saver and organizer, which helped to reduce the amount of routine manual coding, and focus on doing what we love doing – designing fresh and innovative front end solutions.

You might also want to read “Development Trends that Will Shape the Web in 2016

Bogdan Voydevich is the Lead Front End Developer at Vintage Web Production – one of the most awarded web studios in Eastern Europe. An inspiring artist and graphic novelist, Bogdan likes to create visually appealing and innovative front end solutions for the web. You can reach out to Bogdan via Facebook or Instagram.

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5 Lessons to Learn From Microsoft’s Metro UI Design

Throughout the years, we’ve grown to love the Metro UI for its fluidity, intuitiveness, and usability. Today, we are going to explore the principles of the Metro design and learn valuable lessons on building a futuristic interface.

The Metro user interface design was first introduced in 2006 by the Microsoft Corporation. The company decided to change the UI style of its support software Zune. It switched to a cleaner, more typography-focused design that targets simplicity and usability instead of complex appearance styles.  Later on, the design concept of the new Zune desktop client was transferred to the Windows operating system. This resulted in the creation of the modern Metro design as we know it today.

The Key Principles of Metro UI Design And 5 Lessons You Can Learn From Them

#1: Content Before Chrome

Metro UI

Tile-based design of the Verge homepage that focuses on content

The signature look of the Metro UI differs with an elegant and fluid style that naturally translates between devices. The Metro UI is easily recognizable and acts as a branding look for the software and applications of the Microsoft Corporation. What makes this user interface different from iOS and Android is its plain authentic look. For the Metro UI, content is the king. Be it textual or visual, content is presented in it’s purest form. Every additional element only acts as an enhancement of the user experience.

Takeaway: The Metro design improves the UX by focusing more on content and cutting down the unnecessary graphic elements.

#2: Employ an Improved Information Architecture

The Metro design has strict rules when it comes to information architecture. Unlike other user interfaces, which present content on scrollable portrait pages, the Metro UI has a landscape layout. The metro UI for both mobile and desktop devices has implemented side-scrolling as a universal way of switching between content categories. While other OS interfaces have a dedicated menu on each page, the Metro layout uses a typographic menu which is stretched to the width of the whole UI layout.The innovations in the UI design also call for an improved information architecture.

The innovations in the UI design also call for an improved information architecture. The screen hierarchy of the Microsoft UI is limited to three structure levels: section pages, detail pages, and hub pages.  The hub pages offer an overview of the content, section pages display different categories, and detail pages showcase textual and visual content.

Takeaway: Strict content hierarchy allows users to orientate easily in a new UI environment.

#3: Create a Digital Design Authenticity

Microsoft’s user interface is all about simplicity. From the smallest details to the main content, Metro design adopts a clean look that’s focused on necessity. This contemporary design reflects the current trends and answers the demands of the modern user.

The Metro UI cuts all unnecessary elements in favor of improved usability. This design style has a futuristic approach towards user experience. It’s focused on creating a genuine digital look, thus, it has cut out all realistic elements. It lacks heavy graphic elements, like shadows and textures, which results in a swift and highly responsive design.

Takeaway: Welcome an authentic digital approach and create a clean user interface that’s inspired by the modern lifestyle.

#4: Ditch Icons and Embrace Typography

If you’re paying close attention to the current web and print design trends you’ve probably noticed the overly increased interest towards minimalism. This design style reflects the modern understandings for high usability. It employs the use of easily readable typefaces, solid colors, and simple geometric shapes to display content.

The Metro UI has implemented many of the features of the minimalist style but with a few exceptions. The decreased amount of icons in the layout is a signature look for the Microsoft products. The menu takes all the virtual space of the combined width of the app screens which allows the display of the full page names.

Takeaway: The large headlines and sharp fonts of the Metro interface are inspired by public transportation signs. By ditching icons in favor of text, the Metro design aims at creating a universal look that’s easy to read.

#5: Create a Fluid Interface With Improved Motion Design

One of the key features of Metro design, according to the Microsoft Corporation, is its fluidity. The page layouts are combined into a single, coherent page that’s conveniently separated into different sections. The universal textual menu covers the whole set of screens which encourages sidescrolling as a leading interaction movement. The different pages often share a uniform background and extend certain elements as guiding lines between screens. Yet, what makes the pages transitions truly fluid and intuitive is the optimized motion design. Motion is what makes the Metro style a consistent and intuitive interface.

Takeaway: Use motion to create a fluid and coherent design.

More on modern UI design:

Best Resources To Find UI/UX Design Inspiration

5 UI Animation Trends That Will Shape UX in 2016



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