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Fantasy Photoshop Techniques

Create Amazing Fantasy Art

Phoenix Rising Splash Orange

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.






UI and UX Explained

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 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 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.



Techsnoop Friday Freebies

Welcome to Friday. Today we have a couple of great free resources from Creative Market. Who doesn’t love getting something for free?

This beautiful brush script font is perfect for social media, blog posts and websites.


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And this vector cherry blossom design can be used in endless ways, from Instagram posts to website headers.

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These great free resources are only free through Sunday, July 23 at 11:59 pm, so hurry and don’t miss out. As always, be sure to check the license for any restrictions on usage.

Design Better Infographics

Infographics are a great way to present content to your audience. They combine graphics and text in an engaging way and can drive traffic to your site. If you want or need to create smashing infographics for your audience, or are confused about what makes a good infographic Vertical Measures has some great tips to get you started.

Use these guidelines to edit your content for maximum results! Happy designing.



What Makes an Infographic Bad and How to Make it Better #infographic

50 Ways Design Changed Our Lives

The website BerArt posted an infographic showing 50 of the things we don’t do that used to be daily habits. Many of these innovations came not just from the technology that made it possible, but from the design of devices that made it convenient.

Design affects so many of our activities and choices it should not be taken for granted. So if you are a business owner, be sure you utilize a solid designer like DKemp Designs, for marketing and web design. Stand out from the pack and get your customers in the door with design that reflects your business and goals. Make sure all your marketing is mobile ready and check out the infographic below and see how many of these things you still do on a regular basis.


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Credit: BerArt

Valentine’s Day Love

A Special Valentine

Techsnoop knows that not everyone has a “Plus One” for the Valentine’s Day festivities. So here is a special animated shout out to everyone still looking for that special person who understands design is a lifestyle not a job. And if you want regular design news, updates and freebies, sign up for our bi-monthly newsletter. Techsnoop does not share, sell or promote your email to anyone. Our newsletter is just for news and free goodies. In March we will have a random drawing for a design package.

And feel free to share this Valentine on Pinterest and other platforms, just please credit DKemp Designs.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Techsnoop Valentine


Dark Side of Design

Design is the most wonderful job on the planet. The process of creatively solving client challenges with elegance is satisfying on many levels. Unfortunately, the down side is that many clients do not understand the process or the end product. This makes the process way more difficult than it should be. Techsnoop is sharing a cute video courtesy of Go Media that highlights the dark side of design.

Comment below if you enjoy this and can relate.


Free and Fancy Fonts

Free Fonts

Happy Freebie Friday everyone.  Techsnoop has rounded up some great looking script fonts to spice up your website, print projects or headlines.  They all have open, rounded shapes and are easy to read at all sizes.  Best of all, they are free.  A big thank you to the creators for providing excellent design resources.


Windsong font

Simply Glamorous

Simply Glamorous font

Jenna Sue

Jenna Sue font


As with all free resources, be sure to read the license information.  These fonts are all free for personal use, but some may charge for commercial use.  Let us know in the comments how you used these fonts.  And come back next week for a great tutorial.

Happy Designing!