Web Design, Programming, and Business

CategoryGraphic Design

Graphic Design Tools for Developers

Graphic Designers

If designing a compelling user interface isn’t in your wheelhouse but actually building that UI is, this article is for you! I’ve listed some resources here that would be useful to graphic designers and web designers too.  What image editor should I use? You’re not a designer so you don’t need Photoshop, Illustrator, or Sketch. These are all fine applications but are a bit overkill if all you...

Google’s Material Design Iconic Font

Google recently updated their Material Design specification with the added bonus of the new Material Design Iconic Font. These are free to use under the Creative Common Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0). This means you can do just about anything you’d like with these icons (Google would enjoy having attribution it isn’t necessary). The icons are available to you in a number of...

Bacon, Glorious Bacon: Perfect for Mockups!

Who doesn’t love bacon? Ok, lots of people but I certainly love it. I’ve been using the bacon filler text for years thanks to Bacon Ipsum. The old standby for wireframes and design mockups is to use “Lorem Ipsum” but I find that Bacon Ipsum is much tastier. You can copy their filler text into your designs but they now have a few additional options that you may not know...

iStock Pricing Change and Stock Image Alternatives

If you hadn’t already noticed, iStock recently updated its pricing structure for all their stock media: photos, illustrations, movies, and audio. A pricing change? As you know, iStock uses credits to purchase stock photography and other stock media. Up until recently  you could purchase credits for about $1.75 each (less if you purchased in bulk). Depending on the size you needed, photos...

Idea and Sketching Tools For the Designer on The Go

You never know when inspiration will hit and having some easily accessible idea and sketching tools always at the ready is nothing short of awesome.  A quick list of iPhone and iPad design tools you can install to ensure you’re always ready when inspiration strikes! Adobe Ideas Adobe Kuler FontBook SketchBook Mobile Evernote Skitch  Design Duet  Credit to Templatelite for the post...

The Search for Free High Quality Stock Images

Stock images: We all know the standard big dogs when it comes to purchasing stock photos for our websites and other creative content. But what about when we’re simply mocking up a document, image asset, or working on a staging site? We always want our work to look its best and we are often in a position where the client has yet to provide image assets, or to even provide a direction...

Flat Design

Do you remember when Microsoft first released their style guides for their mobile and Windows 8 platforms? Personally, I recall reading much internet outrage about the “flat blandness” of the design, and innumerable disparaging remarks regarding the color choices. My how have we come a long way in such a short time. Apple products have tended to rake in the accolades for design aesthetics and can...

Web Design, Programming, and Business

Meet Aaron Day

Professionally building websites since 2002, I've worked at Microsoft, multiple agencies, and a few web design businesses of my own. I've been an owner of Thrive Web Designs since 2015. I've taught classes, run design groups and even ran a benefit auction for 4 years in my free time. I love sharing and giving back to the web/creative community. Read more...

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