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Super Design Ninja DKemp DesignsEver wonder how to get all the designs done in a day? Have a few great ideas but running short on time? Well, Techsnoop is here to help you boost productivity and have a little fun at the same time. We don’t believe in recreating the wheel, so if you can use some pre-made graphics or alter them for your use, it can greatly speed up production time.

Choosing quality sources can be difficult as many sites that claim to have ‘free’ resources are virus laden or just don’t have the quality needed. Techsnoop has decided to share some affiliate resources with you that have been tried and vetted by top designers.

Creative Market is a wonderful resource to grab graphics, templates and fonts for a great price. And they even give away freebies so you can test out some of the resources. Can’t beat that, so what are you waiting on? Go now and check out the great items.

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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.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Techsnoop Valentine

 

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 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

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!

Techsnoop loves to share free stuff and this week we found a great new font for headlines and other bold use.  But best of all, it comes in both a static .tff file and an animated AE file for motion and video work!

franchise font

Franchise is a collaboration of one type designer and 110 animators who each animated one element.  Every letter, punctuation and numerical character has a unique animation.  The color palette is limited to 4 colors and the animations are 25 frames each.  If you want to get started animating fonts in AE, this is a great download.

All for the low, low cost of a Tweet or FB post!

typogami

While you’re on the site, pick up Typogami, another great font with both animated and static versions for free.  Typogami’s static font is an .otf file.

Free fonts means you have plenty of moolah left over for coffee or Coca-Cola!  So pick up your free fonts, caffeine rush and get to designing.

If you use these in a project, let us know in the comments so we can see!

DKemp DesignsGreat design requires commitment and continuous education on trends and techniques.  Alone, it is an impossible task to keep current and revelant in this business.  Fortunately, the Web Design community is the most generous industry ever.  There is no shortage of professionals and geeks sharing their answers on time saving techniques.  DKemp Designs uses many sites and tools to meet customer needs.

Techsnoop has rounded up some great free resources available;

Give n GoGive ‘n’ Go

A wonderful site with great resources like animated menus, CSS animations, glowing buttons, all reworked from shots on Dribble.com.  Copy the HTML, CSS, javascript and you’re ready to go!

SVGenerator

This site generates SVG background code to create effects without large background images.  There are subtle patterns, stripes, even gradients and a starfield.  So, select one you like and edit the settings and colors.  Then download the code and paste into your site.  Easy just got a new home.

CSS3 Animation Cheat Sheet

Looking to spice up your site with some fast loading animations?  This is the site for you.

Select the animation effect you want, download the code, add to your project and away you go.  There are helpful hints to incorporating the effects into your code and any jQuery needed is posted with instructions.

So now you can concentrate on designing the fun elements and animate away.

Just For Fun

If you have been pondering whether to use parallax in a project, check out Cyclemon a site with a great example of parallax effect being used well, with purpose and not annoying.  The site states you are what you ride and shows each type of cycle in a great graphic with catagories like “Night Rider” and “Hipster” among others.  If the graphics appeal to you, they are available for purchase.

Although a picture is worth a thousand words, most design requires words to convey an accurate message.  No matter how beautiful or compelling your graphics and pictures are, typography drives the message to your customers.  For both print and digital, the proper use of typography can make or break your design work.

Every designer loathes being stuck in a creative rut.  Fresh and creative use of typography and images requires a lot of work, and the frequent changes in the industry make it critical to stay on top of trends.

To keep things interesting, you need a warehouse of fonts.  Nothing says boring faster than using the same fonts on every project.  To help take some of the pain out of designing, Techsnoop is bringing you 3 fresh and modern fonts.  Although the fonts are free, consider donating to some of the creators if you are able.

So here are some great free fonts to keep your designs sharp;

Nexa;

A great headline font.

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Deco Neue;

An Art Deco based font.

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Source Sans Pro;

A clean all purpose open-source font from Adobe.

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Have a blog or website featuring WordPress that needs a refresh?  Here are some great free WordPress themes to spice up your website or blog for FREE.

And because we want you to be up to date with the latest, all of these themes are responsive, meaning they will display beautifully on all devices from PC to tablet to smartphone.

AccentBox-ThemeAccentBox A fully responsive and beautiful layout so that you can view it in different devices without any need of extra plugin.  It has unlimited color schemes.
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Basic.  If you are wanting to get your hands dirty in WordPress code, this may be the theme for you.  The purpose of the Basic theme is to give you a starter theme so you can be your own designer. It only contains the basic layout styling so you can customize the theme with your own perferences using the Themify option panel. The layout is completely responsive and works on any resolution of desktop and mobile devices.

 

 

 

esplanade-full

Esplanade  A modern and stylish theme with a responsive layout and slick, streamlined design with a flexible options page offering lots of features and control.  You can customize the layout, design elements, color schemes and typography along with traditional WordPress functionality like custom menus and post thumbnails.