Category: Design Tools


Small business owners and Freelancers need all the design resources they can get at affordable pricing. Here are some graphic design resources that can boost your business and present your brand professionally at budget prices.

Fonts

You can never have too many fonts and vintage is really hot right now. Countdownville is a beautiful and versatile font with extra frames and glyphs.

 

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Florals

Beautiful floral designs help everything from Instagram posts to flyers pop. These can be used in a variety of ways.  

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Promotion

Promotion and marketing are crucial for small business and freelancers. This complete kit allows you to have your branding look professional across all platforms.

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Like these? Let us know in the comments what your business needs. Techsnoop will scout them out!

For freelancers, Friday the 13th is just another day. But this collection of Free design resources makes it a lucky day for small business owners and freelancers who act quickly. Some specials expire Saturday or Sunday. Techsnoop has rounded up some great free design resources. And be sure to subscribe to get notified of future bargains.

Script Font

 

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Solar System Graphic

 

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Watercolor Florals

 

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Here are some recommended assets to speed your creativity on it’s way.

You can never have too many fonts!

Looking for a sweet, modern script font? Look no further, this is a great multi-purpose script font. It is great for blogs, social media content and branding.

In addition, you get all these extras;

  • Magnolia Merchant Script (OTF & TTF) – A flirty, causal semi-script, complete with a FULL set of both uppercase and lowercase alternates and ligatures (Including over 80 additional characters).
  • Magnolia Merchant Italic (OTF & TTF) – An italic version for your creative pleasure.
  • Magnolia Merchant Sans (OTF & TTF) – An adorable sans serif to compliment Magnolia Merchant Script.
  • Magnolia Merchant Extras (OTF & TTF) – More than 50 extra decorative elements and catch words to make your work stand out!
  • A Handy PSD file for Legacy Photoshop Versions. Just open the file and cut & paste!
  • Plus a BONUS set of: 4 Magnolia Styled Stock Photos.

 

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Fall Graphics

Watercolor Succulents are great all purpose graphics that add a touch of handcrafted elegance to any graphic. The colors are right on time for fall!

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Create Amazing Fantasy Art

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The recent slew of hero and fantasy movies has inspired Techsnoop to work on fantasy painting. Thankfully, the great people at Tuts+ are offering a wonderful tutorial on how to create fantasy city from photos. Check out some of these techniques and incorporate them into your design workflow. Post your results in the comments.

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Techsnoop Designs UI or UX

UI and UX are hot buzzwords in the design industry today. Businesses large and small are scrambling to hire experts in these two fields often without understanding the differences. Techsnoop is here to give you a brief understanding of what each is and why they are important.

UI

UI stands for user interaction. This covers the various ways an end user (read ‘potential customer’) interacts with your site or application. This includes finding and clicking links, watching videos and completing forms.

UX

UX is user experience and refers to the experience the user has on your site or application. Cumbersome forms that ask for unnecessary information and hard to find contact data are items that cause negative user experiences.

What is Good UI/UX?

Good UI and UX are seamless and elegant. Customers know intuitively where to click or look when accessing information on your site. Contact information is located in several convenient places and prominent. Finding information takes 3 clicks or less. Users contact you or purchase without frustration. These are all indicators of good UI and UX.

How to Choose?

Actually, businesses should not choose between UI and UX and need to incorporate the best practices in each. Small businesses may not have the budget to hire separate UI and UX staff with a Webdesigner. Instead, try to hire a webdesigner who has some experience with UI and UX.

If funds for a professionally designed website are low, try a good template site. Remember these are just to get you started and do not directly meet the needs of your customer base, but are designed according to general principals. Once your business is generating income, consider a custom designed site that targets your market base more strategically. There are many companies to consider so have a consultation first. DKemp Designs offers a free 30 minute phone consultation for all.

During a consultation, discuss market goals, functionality, branding and of course, cost. These factors need to be comfortable for you and your business.

Let us know in the comments if you have found an elegant web solution for your customers.

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DKemp Designs MobilegeddonSo Mobilegeddon has arrived and you are not ready.

The full swing of mobile internet usage has arrived. More users use mobile devices than desktop for search, entertainment and social media. Websites and applications that are not mobile optimized take a hit in search rankings and bounce rate.

So, what is a web designer to do? First, decide what area you want to specialize in. Not next week, now. The Internet of Things will require custom user interfaces for endless screens. Pick a few types to focus on. Next, check out online and off line courses that can get you up to speed with the latest technology, watches, home appliances, vehicles or other.

Next, change your mindset from simple laptop/tablet/phone sizing. Know that consumers will be moving seamlessly from watch to tablet to giant TV screens for information and entertainment. With the Internet of Things, this mix includes home appliances and cars. Icons and content have to scale accordingly with many non-standard view ratios. Also know that voice interaction is prominent and poised to scale even larger. Learn the intuitive ways users interact using voice and have fall back designs for accessibility.

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And most of all change your design approach from ‘responsive’ to ‘mobile first’. Instead of designing for specific devices and breakpoints, have designs scale gracefully from the smallest to the largest screen with appropriate assets.

Need more help? Contact DKemp Designs for a free consultation. Get mobile now.

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In the video tools review, next up is Slidely. The name pretty much says it all.

Slidely is very easy to use, has a free version and makes beautiful slider-like presentations.

But, this is no video export. You can post to social media or embed on websites, but there is no download option in the free version. If you are assembling or repurposing some graphics that are already complete, Slidely can accomplish some beautiful effects for posting.

If you need actual footage or editing, Slidely has a Promo section complete with footage and music. The Promo has a unique price structure. You put your video together and then decide if you want to purchase. You can share the preview for free (check out ours here) or choose from the plans available.

The best feature of Slidely Promo is the ability to add custom captions to the footage.

Slidely Comic preview by Slidely Slideshow

Check out Slidely and let us know in the comments what you think.

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Freebie Friday lives.

Welcome back friends of Techsnoop. If you’re looking to create a feminine brand style for your website or social media, here are some great resources.

First is a pack of glamourous textures and brushes in super trending rose gold. These textures and colors are modern and clean without being overly girly. So if you need some subtle but memorable accents, these can be used on fonts, shapes and backgrounds to spice up your branding.

 

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Need some great pre-styled stock images? Following our theme of feminine branding products, these grey and pink images are perfectly styled for summer posts and Instagram. There are even some with smart objects to allow easy adding your own works. A beautiful way to present.  

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Oh, yeah, here are the FREE resources to help you get started;

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Happy Creating!