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10 Free iOS 11 UI Kits, Mockup Templates & Icon Sets

The launch of iOS 11 has resulted in a great selection of resources being designed and released.

These include iPhone X grids, full iOS 11 app designs, beautiful device mockups, app icons, and complete UI kits.

Many of these have been executed to an incredibly high standard and are available for various applications, including Sketch, Photoshop, Adobe XD, and Figma. As well as this, most resources are free for personal and commercial use, meaning you can download and play with as many of them as you like.

They are a perfect aid when building your next app, and also a valuable resource to learn the specifications and features of iOS 11 and the iPhone X.

In this collection we bring together ten of the most beautiful and free iOS 11 resources for you.

Dark & Light iPhone X Minimal

Dark Light iPhone X Minimal Free iOS 11 UI Kits Mockups Icon Sets

These minimal iPhone X mockups for Adobe XD are perfect for showcasing your iOS 11 app designs. They come in both light and dark variants.

iOS 11 GUI

iOS 11 GUI Free iOS 11 UI Kits Mockups Icon Sets

This iOS 11 GUI Template is incredibly useful as a resource and reference when designing an app for iPhone X and/or iOS 11. It has almost every element you could ever need and also comes in handy for copying across visual effects and spacing.

8 iOS 11 Icons Sketch Resource

8 iOS 11 Icons Sketch Resource Free iOS 11 UI Kits Mockups Icon Sets

These 8 icons are a great starting point if you’re designing or redesigning an app icon for iOS 11. The style is much-refined, as are the icon graphics.

Food Dark iOS 11

Food Dark iOS 11 Free iOS 11 UI Kits Mockups Icon Sets

This dark food app resource for iPhone is a stunning example of what can be achieved within iOS 11 guidelines. It has effectively carried through many elements you’ll find in default iOS apps like the app store.

iOS 11 Grid Template Sketch Resource

iOS 11 Grid Template Sketch Resource Free iOS 11 UI Kits Mockups Icon Sets

This grid template is incredibly handy when starting out on a new iPhone app design project. The grids are clear and structured and save a great deal of time and energy when laying out a new user interface.

iPhone X Wireframe with iOS 11 Guides

iPhone X Wireframe with iOS 11 Guides Free iOS 11 UI Kits Mockups Icon Sets

These blue iPhone X wireframe templates are beautifully put together and serve as the perfect base for building mid- to high- fidelity wireframes upon. They would also be great for printing and sketching low fidelity wireframes on.

If you’re looking for more free wireframe templates, take a look at this collection.

Verb App for iOS 11 Sketch Resource

Verb App for iOS 11 Sketch Resource Free iOS 11 UI Kits Mockups Icon Sets

Another great example of an iOS 11 app design is this Verb app kit for Sketch. It’s beautifully presented and incorporates a wide variety of elements and styles from Apple’s user interface guidelines.

iPhone X Clay

iPhone X Clay Free iOS 11 UI Kits Mockups Icon Sets

These clay iPhone X mockups offer a slightly different style to standard mockups. They strip away the intricacies of the actual iPhone design and work perfectly when combined with minimal user interface designs.

iOS 11 App Store Sketch Resource

iOS 11 App Store Sketch Resource Free iOS 11 UI Kits Mockups Icon Sets

This recreation of the redesigned iOS 11 app store is a great resource when examining the new direction of iOS. It includes many of the new elements and styles including buttons, icons, rounded images, and larger input fields.

iPhone X 4K Mockups

iPhone X 4K Mockups Free iOS 11 UI Kits Mockups Icon Sets

This realistic iPhone X mockup, made in Cinema 4D, is extremely close to being mistaken for a photograph. The shadows and highlights are perfectly crafted and present a resource that would look exceptional on any landing page design.

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10 Free Invoice Templates for Creatives

Invoicing is a necessary task for independent and freelance creatives. While default invoices can often be underwhelming in terms of design, there are a number of ways to improve them and bring them up to the high standards we creatives set for ourselves.

One of these is to use a beautiful free invoice template, tailored toward individuals in the creative industry. From there, it’s quick and easy to customise them to fit your personal brand and desired design language. In turn, it should help to further impress upon clients and improve your overall personal brand.

In this article we are going to bring together ten of the most beautiful free invoice templates available for creatives.

Invoice Free Sketch Source

Invoice Free Sketch Source Beautiful Free Invoice Templates for Creatives

This free invoice template for Sketch uses a spacious layout with bold titles and a single primary color. The backside uses an impressive repeating pattern which could easily be customised to fit your personal brand.

Invoice Template

Beautiful Free Invoice Templates for Creatives

This invoice template is one of the more simplistic and minimal template designs. Swapping the logo and brand colors for your own would only take minutes and present you with a wonderfully polished design.

Invoice Template Free Sketch

Free Sketch Beautiful Free Invoice Templates for Creatives

This beautiful free invoice template is another minimal example which uses an abundance of white space and well-chosen typography alongside a splash of color.

Modern Invoice Template

Modern Beautiful Free Invoice Templates for Creatives

This perfectly presented invoice template makes use of the full page width and houses a well-structured and orderly design. The logo and colors are easily editable and allow you to have the invoice customised in minutes.

Invoice Free Template

Beautiful Free Invoice Templates for Creatives

This invoice template is one of the most visually impressive with beautiful header gradients and a bold green highlight color. It wouldn’t make for the most printer-friendly option, but in today’s climate the printing of invoices is fast becoming a rare occurrence.

Free Branding Identity

Free Branding Identity Beautiful Free Invoice Templates for Creatives

Another visually impressive option is formed as part of this branding identity set. It uses well spaced content alongside a single primary color and monochrome footer image.

Diamond Yellow Invoice

Beautiful Free Diamond Yellow Invoice Templates for Creatives

This simple grid-based invoice design is very printer-friendly and may suit best those creatives who need to offer paper copies of their invoices to clients.

Invoice Free Template

Beautiful Free Invoice Templates for Creatives

As one of the finest and most polished examples of an invoice design, this template is all but guaranteed to impress any client.It’s wonderfully presented and uses a unique two-tone design to separate the total due and due by date from the description list.

Free PSD Invoice Template

PSD Beautiful Free Invoice Templates for Creatives

Another simple design with a lot of merit. This free invoice template would be particularly good for printing and may also present the opportunity to code the template into an editable HTML-based invoice.

Elegant Invoice for Sketch

Elegant Sketch Beautiful Free Invoice Templates for Creatives

This free invoice template casts significant focus on the typography. It’s been executed elegantly and is ready to start using from the moment you download. There is great scope for customisation with this template design.

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Costly Freelance Design Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

While being a freelance designer can be an incredibly fun and fulfilling career, it’s not without its downsides. Chief among them is that it can place those of us who aren’t experienced businesspeople into a position of having to make critical decisions. Worse yet, it’s very possible to make the exact wrong choice in any given situation.

Making the wrong choice could be as harmless as ordering the wrong paper stock on your new business cards. Or, it could be serious enough to cost you a small fortune in money, reputation or both.

Truth be told, I have made costly mistakes over my time in business (their depths go far beyond this list). I can tell you from experience that it’s not very fun. But thankfully each mistake has provided me with a learning experience. So now I’m going to pass those lessons on to you. Hopefully, they save you from having to learn the hard way.

Unauthorized Use of a Copyrighted Image

There was a time when the use of images on the web was just a matter of saving one and then doing whatever you wanted with it. It probably wasn’t smart then, but it’s really not a good idea now. With copyright trolls looking for literally the slightest excuse to send you a hefty bill for unauthorized use of an image – you’d better make sure that you have clear rights to use it (including ones that clients provide).

It’s bad enough if this happens with your own website. But it’s a whole other kind of terrible when it happens to a client’s site – and it was you who posted the image. It puts you on the hook financially and makes you look the fool (I won’t comment on any personal involvement on this one).

The Solution
Scrutinize any image you download from the web. If it’s from a stock photo site (free or premium) ensure that the license allows you to use the image for your intended purpose (commercial, for example). Some license agreements even include limits as to the image’s size when used on a website. With free images, look for the CC0 type of license. That allows you the freedom to use the image in both personal and commercial projects.

Failure to Put Agreements in Writing

Knowing that you are running a business, working without at least some form of a contract is an invitation to get stiffed on payment. For your consideration, a personal anecdote:

For a long time, I relied on the goodness of people when starting new projects. Amazingly, it worked out quite well for a number of years. Then I got burned. I started a project without getting the standard deposit – even though I knew better. And when the relationship soured, I lost out on that check. While I could have gone through the legal process to get it straightened out, in this case it was good enough just to be able to walk away from a bad situation.

The Solution
When a new client wants you to work on a project – get the terms agreed to in writing. If you usually require that a client provide a deposit, you’ll want to make sure that they know you won’t start work until you have it in your hands. It doesn’t mean that you’ll never have an issue with payment or other related troubles, but at least you’ll have it down on paper.

Taking Responsibility for Things You Shouldn’t

This one will come back to bite you over and over. And it’s especially difficult because we so often say yes to things (out loud or in our heads) in the early part of our freelancing career. But usually, the pain really starts later – well after you’ve decided that you no longer want to do a specific task.

I can share an example of this from my own experience. Over a decade ago, I had agreed to administer a promotional app on a client’s website. Essentially, it was there to send a birthday coupon out to folks who signed up to their mailing list. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, not the way I did it.

Since I didn’t have anything to tie directly into their email list that would trigger the sending of a message, I instead rigged up this ridiculous system for manually adding users to an app that would send out those coupons. Because of my foolishness, I manually checked the mailing list for new subscribers and added them to a separate coupon app – for years.

This, along with a sprinkling of other short-sighted decisions took up a great deal of time that really could have been better spent. The frustration was compounded by the less-than-ideal setup.

The Solution
Think long and hard about taking on things you really don’t want to do before saying yes. You could be living with the consequences long after. Oh, and automate everything you can!

Failure to do Your Homework

The last costly mistake in our roundup can really cost you – as in tons of time and lost revenue. It’s the failure to do enough research to provide an accurate cost estimate for a project. And the real kicker is that this sin is just as easy to commit when quoting a from-scratch website or a redesign.

So often, we see cases of “scope creep” work their way into our projects. It’s those seemingly little things that turn into a huge mess. But part of that might be because we didn’t ask enough probing questions at the beginning of the process. If we’re not on the same page with our client, we might be in for a surprise.

When it comes to redesigns, we might do a cursory scan of an old site thinking that there’s nothing major lurking underneath (especially so if a prospective client hasn’t mentioned it). So, instead of clicking through a bunch of content – we assume it’s all the same. Only when we begin working on the project do we find that key element we missed. At this point, it’s probably too late (or at least too awkward) to go back to the client and ask for more money.

The Solution
The key here is to be as thorough as possible when reviewing an existing website or going over project requirements with your client. Reviewing a website should be simple enough. It’s a matter of clicking through each and every link to see what’s there. If there’s something you don’t quite understand – ask questions. And, when going over project requirements, it’s not enough to just know what functionality the client needs. It’s also important to find out how they expect the whole process to work and any data portability needs they may have. The more information you collect, the more accurate your estimate will be.

Learning as You Go

If you’ve never been in business before and all-of-the-sudden find yourself running one, you’re bound to have some missteps. That’s a natural part of the process. As a designer or developer, we’re often focused on what we do best. Sometimes the other job requirements aren’t as apparent until something goes wrong.

The good news is that most mistakes are correctable – if not outright preventable. The best way to avoid these situations is to really think things through. Take time and review the pros and cons. Think about how a decision may impact you a year or two down the road. Over time, you may find that doing things this way will become easier. And both your bank account and sanity will be the better for it.

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10 Creative Interpretations of the iOS Interface Guidelines

Compared to Google’s Material Design, iOS is considerably more lax in defining styles and design direction. This leaves it much more open in terms of interpretation.

In their Human Interface Guidelines, Apple do not go into the same level of detail as Material Design when outlining their design system. This has a negative impact on consistency, but does open the door for some interesting and creative applications of the guidelines.

In this gllery we are going to take a look at and analyse ten of the most creative interpretations of the iOS Human Interface Guidelines.

Shop Exploration III

Shop Exploration Creative Interpretations iOS

This first example implements a beautiful card-based user interface. The icons are minimal and the two-tone primary color scheme of black and white offers great contrast.

Checkout Flow

Checkout Flow Creative Interpretations iOS

This card-based checkout flow is highly visual and incorporates a beautiful header section. It uses a well-selected color palette of purple and green, and the gradients combine perfectly with the patterned shapes.

Application for Riders

Application for Riders Creative Interpretations iOS

This app for jobs implements a unique approach to navigation and primary actions. The buttons are constrained to the corners, offering a potential iOS version of the floating action button.

Below App

Below App Creative Interpretations iOS

Using plenty of colorful and minimal imagery, Below App offers a take on iOS which incorporates elements of brutalism. The colors are stark and the typography is bold and impactful.

Business Calendar

Business Calendar Creative Interpretations iOS

The business calendar is another app to offer its own take on Android’s floating action button. It uses a clean solution which is very much appropriate for iOS’s design language.

Aia

Aia Creative Interpretations iOS

Aia’s chat bot user interface is exceptionally minimal. It displays beautiful crimson graphics underneath the status bar and uses large, clean typography throughout.

Crowdfunding Campaign

Crowdfunding Campaign Creative Interpretations iOS

This crowdfunding campaign app uses an abundance of white. It’s contrasted with minimal imagery which appears to fall off the edge of the screen. It’s seemingly aiming for a similar effect to that achieved on Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Music App

Music App Creative Interpretations iOS

This visually impactful iOS design is incredibly creative in its use of color and imagery. The purple background spans almost half the screen and the primary actions use some rarely-seen button designs.

Map on iPhone X

Map on iPhone X Creative Interpretations iOS

This map app uses all the real estate available on the iPhone X. The maps span edge to edge and the card-based navigation contrasts beautifully against the green/blue gradient background.

Who’s Hungry?

Whos Hungry Creative Interpretations iOS

Though it’s missing the necessary bottom bar which replaces the home button, this design offers a beautiful take on card-based design elements. These elements are becoming more popular as they can be displayed over existing content with excellent contrast.

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10 Free WordPress Theme Collections You Need to See

There is no doubt that WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems. It’s used for blogs but also for small business websites, large corporate sites, personal portfolios, and so much more.

One of the reasons WordPress is so popular is because of the sheer number of themes that you can choose from. No matter what niche your website or blog is in, you are guaranteed to find a theme that will align with the topic of your blog. And the best part? You can find a great looking theme for free.

However, finding the right free theme is not an easy task. The number of results you get when you search for a free WordPress theme is quite overwhelming:

That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you and gathered the best free theme collections in this post. You’ll find themes suitable for bloggers, business owners, designers, and more.

30+ Free High-Quality WordPress Themes for 2017

This roundup features the best free themes listed in the official WordPress theme repository. You’ll find themes that are suitable for small business websites but also themes that can be used for personal blogs, online stores, and even portfolios.

The themes don’t lack in features either: they can all be customized using the native WordPress Live Customizer, and some even feature plenty of widgets for the homepage so you can easily rearrange elements and add different content.

21 Free WordPress Magazine Themes for 2017

This collection is perfect if you’re looking to start an online magazine or a news site. It features nothing but the best magazine themes that can be used no matter what category your magazine belongs to.

The themes range from having a traditional magazine layout with large images and bold typography, but you’ll also find themes that make use of the grid layout. All of the themes also have plenty of ad space so you can monetize your magazine right from the start.

10 Free WordPress Video Themes for Self-Hosted and Embedded Videos 2017

Video is the latest and hottest marketing method right now so if you want to take advantage of it, browse through this theme roundup. Although it doesn’t boast a high number of themes, you can be sure that the themes have been hand-picked to ensure they have the right features.

You’ll find themes that allow you to use videos as a creative background on your pages as well as themes that make it easy to embed or upload a video directly to your post.

30+ Best FREE Business WordPress Themes and Templates 2017

If you need a theme for your business site or if you’re about to launch a business website, don’t skip this theme roundup. The themes in this collection come with all the necessary features that allow you to share what your company does, present your services or share examples of your work as well as showcase your products.

The themes also come with the ability to insert multiple calls to action, newsletter integration and social media integration, as well as customization options.

15+ Best Free Responsive Personal Blog WordPress Themes 2017

Starting your own personal blog is a great way to establish yourself as an authority, share your day to day life, keep your friends and family up to date with what’s going on in your life and connect with like-minded people. But, it can also be an excellent way to share your skills and knowledge in the form of a personal resume.

Regardless of the reasons, there is a theme to suit your blogging needs. This collection features themes that can be used by lifestyle bloggers, fashion blogs, travel bloggers, writers, and more.

10+ Best Free Portfolio WordPress Themes

Showcasing your portfolio is the best way to impress potential clients and find more work as a freelancer. Whether you’re a graphic designer, web designer, photographer or writer, the themes on this list will help you feature your work in style.

Clean design, beautiful featured images, elegant typography, and grid-based layouts are sure to make your past work stand out. Most of the themes on this list also integrate with some of the most popular WordPress plugins and are easy to customize through the built-in Live Customizer.

41 Best Free WordPress Photography Themes (Expert Pick)

If you’re a skilled photographer, this roundup is for you. Creating a website to feature your photography is a must, especially if you’d like to sell your prints, offer exclusive stock photos as downloads or simply promote your photography services.

The themes featured in this roundup will allow you to do just that. Features like large and beautiful sliders and galleries paired with minimal design and clean typography will make your photos come to life while still allowing your visitors to get a better preview with Lightbox.

35+ Best Free WooCommerce WordPress Themes to create Awesome looking Responsive eCommerce sites 2017

Launching your online store has never been easier thanks to WordPress and plugins like WooCommerce. With this collection, you’ll be able to get your store up and running quickly without sacrificing the aesthetics or functionality.

The themes featured in this roundup put a high focus on showcasing products right on the homepage along with custom widgets, plenty of customization options, detailed setup instructions, and SEO-friendly code that will help your store rank even better in search engines.

10 Free Education WordPress Themes 2017

If you run a daycare or plan to launch an online course site, then WordPress themes geared for the education industry are the perfect choice. With the help of one of these themes, you’ll be able to share what your school or program covers, introduce your instructors, and share the preview of different modules.

All of the themes are responsive, and they also come with the ability to accept student registrations, calendar and booking integrations, customization options, and more.

Free Parallax WordPress Themes & Templates 2017

The last collection on our list features stunning parallax themes. The parallax trend has been dominating the design industry for a while now and there are plenty of free WordPress themes that make creative use of parallax backgrounds.

These themes can be used for almost any purpose; from business sites to creative portfolios as well as blogs and e-commerce stores. You can choose between one page and multipage themes, although do keep in mind that parallax works best with one-page sites for those of you who want to have a simple yet effective online presence.

Final Thoughts

Back in the day, free WordPress themes had a bad reputation for lacking in features and having a design geared primarily for bloggers. But, as you can see from the theme roundups above, a lot has changed in the recent years.

Nowadays, free themes are almost on par with the premium themes, offering attractive design and plenty of features to help you get your site up and running quickly without hurting your bank account. Check out the theme collections featured in this post to find the perfect theme for your WordPress site.

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10 Beautiful Examples of iOS 11 App Design

With iOS 11 having now been officially rolled out across Apple devices, we are beginning to see some beautiful examples of what can be achieved using the revised design language.

Aspects such as the larger title text, heavily rounded corners, subtle shadows, and refined buttons and icons, are all inspiring designers and developers to put forward their own take on iOS 11.

Last month’s announcement of the iPhone X has also lead to some beautiful app designs, with designers all pushing for their own unique take on elements such as the status bar and increased screen real estate.

In this article we are going to review some of the finest iOS 11 app designs and concepts that we have seen so far.

iPhone X Todo App

iPhone X Todo App iOS 11 App Design

This beautiful iOS 11 design for iPhone X uses a visually clear and colorful design language with well-refined interactions to match.

Shopping Cards

Shopping Cards iOS 11 App Design

This shopping app uses the beautiful shadowed card designs that have now become an integral part of the iOS 11 design language. The cards are featured prominently in the podcasts and app store apps.

Kids Event App

Kids Event App iOS 11 App Design

Using an abundance of color, this kids event app is a really well-executed example of iOS 11. It uses the emphatic title type and plenty of rounded imagery with white space around.

User Profile

User Profile iOS 11 App Design

Dark apps like this user profile are particularly impressive when displayed within an iPhone X mockup. The dark background blends seamlessly with the bezel and camera notch.

Sales Dashboard

Sales Dashboard iOS 11 App Design

This sales dashboard concept shows how beautiful colors and gradients can look in both day and night modes on iOS 11. The graphs span edge-to-edge and make excellent use of the expanded real estate.

Property Developer Finder Mobile App

Property Developer Finder Mobile App iOS 11 App Design

This property developer finder app for iOS uses simple, yet effective icons, as well as shadowed cards and a large title. It’s been executed perfectly and makes tremendous use of gradients and depth.

News & Account

News Account iOS 11 App Design

While a more ‘default’ implementation of iOS 11, this news and account app is nevertheless a stunning example of how to work within Apple’s guidelines. The spacing, iconography, and typography have been designed with exactitude.

Newbank Today

Newbank Today iOS 11 App Design

Another more ‘default’ implementation, Newbank utilises a limited color scheme with precision, and makes excellent use of depth elements and a card-based layout.

Text Vote

Text Vote iOS 11 App Design

Text Vote showcases one of the more minimal approaches to iOS 11 app design. It keeps both the iconography and typography very simple with a focus on written content.

Photography Product

Photography Product iOS 11 App Design

This photography app is an example of a more visual iOS 11 design. It’s something more akin to a fashion app where visuals are of great importance and shows off the edge-to-edge display of the iPhone X in all its glory.

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Create the WordPress Site of Your Dreams with Composer

There are literally tens of thousands of WordPress themes for all types of specific uses. Most often, they provide you with a decent set of features and a handful of layout options. Composer, on the other hand, is the WordPress theme that takes it to a whole other level.

With over 1,500 copies sold, Composer is one of the top-selling themes on ThemeForest. Not only that, it’s also the highest rated theme and item as well, with over 100 5-star reviews. This is the WordPress theme that both offers and delivers the complete package.

Composer WordPress Theme is a Great Foundation for Any Type of Website

A Great Foundation for Any Type of Website

Composer includes over 80 demos that cover a wide array of industries and niches. You’re sure to find a multipage, one-page or landing page demo that will get the process of building your site off to a running start.

You’ll also find over 200 page templates ready to tackle a variety of content types. About pages, service listings, blog, online shop (WooCommerce compatible), team members, portfolios and more are there to make quick work of content creation. There is an extensive collection of page layouts to help you get just the right look.

Composer offers over 80 demo layouts

With Unlimited Headers you’ll be able to create virtually any style of header and navigation you can imagine. The included mega menus are there to help you easily arrange even the most complex types of navigation that will work perfectly on both desktop and mobile screens.

Plus, dozens of included shortcodes and design elements will give your website the high end look and functionality you desire. Choose from advanced features like accordions, timelines, carousels and even animation. Also in the mix are buttons, icons, dividers, galleries and flip boxes.

There really is a feature for every need. Check out the demo to see it in action.

Composer offers over 80 demo layouts

Advanced Layouts and Functionality Made Simple

Blocks are a new feature in Composer that allows you to build compelling content sections or entire pages with ease. With just a few clicks add callout sections, client listings, contacts, animated counters, service and feature listings, hero headers, maps, blog post listings, video popups and social sharing icons. Each Block has multiple options so that you can customize everything to meet your exact needs. In all, there are over 300 blocks included!

If you’re looking to create your own layouts, you’ll love the included copies of Visual Composer ($34 value) and VC Ultimate Addons ($18 value). Combined, they make it easy to create even the most complex of page layouts. They also offer an incredible selection of functionality as well. Responsive sliders are a piece of cake with Revolution Slider ($19 value).

Composer has also made the previously-difficult task of using icon fonts much easier with their Icon Fonts Manager. For example, you’ll no longer have to scroll through hundreds or even thousands of icons you’ll never use. Instead, create your own ‘shortlist’ of favorite icons from a variety of providers. You’ll also be able to perform a real time search to make finding the perfect icon a snap.

Those who really want a high level of control will appreciate the robust options panel. Colors, fonts and a whole host of other tweaks are available right at your fingertips. Composer is also child theme ready.

Composer Gives You More

Composer Gives You More

If you’re looking for an incredibly versatile WordPress theme, Composer is the one you want. But theme author Innwithemes (an Envato Elite Author) brings you more than just a great theme.

They are constantly working to improve Composer and frequently release new features and demos. Plus, they offer top-notch support.

Grab a copy of Composer today and start building the WordPress site you’ve always dreamed of.

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Beautiful Examples of Motion Design in Web Design

Motion design has seen a substantial rise to prominence within the web design industry over the last few years. Most landing pages and award-winning website designs incorporate some aspect of motion, whether that be through illustrations, video, animated GIFs, or even subtle custom emotes.

Some websites even use motion design with their products, for example Apple who use vertical scrolling as a trigger for applying motion to their product mockups.

There are some remarkable examples which show just what can be achieved when applying elements of motion design to a website. In this article we are going to round up a selection of the very best.

Pipefy

Pipefy Motion Design in Web Design

Pipefy uses motion design in the hero section of its website. It displays a user interface demo of their product with a hypothetical user interacting with and showcasing the platform.

Figma

Figma Motion Design in Web Design

Figma’s main selling point is design collaboration. As such, it demos this using effective screen capture video footage in the hero section.

ZenDesk

ZenDesk Motion Design in Web Design

ZenDesk’s Answer Bot is demoed on their website using a minimal and simple example of motion design.

Museum of Science + Industry

Museum of Science + Industry Motion Design in Web Design

The Museum of Science + Industry uses motion graphics and video in the hero section of their website to illustrate each active exhibition. It adds a great deal of visual interest and effect.

Adidas

Adidas Motion Design in Web Design

Adidas Climazone’s landing page uses motion design via user scrolling as the trigger. As the the user makes their way down the page the graphics and images morph and change.

Stripe Sigma

Stripe Sigma Motion Design in Web Design

In possibly the most impressive example of all, Stripe uses motion design in multiple instances. The hero section uses a video to illustrate the product in action, while below a scrolling ticker of FAQ cards makes its way from right to left, changing color over time.

Snappd

Snappd Motion Design in Web Design

Snappd’s homepage scrolls through a selection of video stories. When one lines up with the iPhone mockup, it triggers the video to play.

ZKIPSTER

ZKIPSTER Motion Design in Web Design

ZKIPSTER uses one of the more traditional implementations of motion design: a full size background video. It does so with great effect, applying a filter on top for greater contrast and subtlety.

Shopify

Shopify Motion Design in Web Design

Shopify uses motion through its product imagery. In this instance, the user’s scroll location is used as a trigger to expand the product mockup and reveal its complexity within the simple design.

An Interesting Day

An Interesting Day Motion Design in Web Design

The ‘An interesting Day’ website applies motion by implementing a parallax effect which tracks the point of the user’s cursor to produce a depth effect. It’s subtle but highly effective and satisfying to experience.

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How to Create an Agile UX Workflow

Agile used in sports means athletic, energetic, and limber. It is applied to gymnasts and Olympic athletes at the top of their game. It can be used to describe mental processes that are fast, flexible, and acute.

In the world of user experience design, agile refers to a number of processes that start with minimal overhead and combines teams of collaborators to complete a fluid sequence of tasks. The agile approach values interactions and individuals, customer collaboration, and a quick response to change.

Scrum Methodology

An agile workflow based on the Scrum model started out in software design. It starts with a team planning meeting in which all members break down processes and decide how many each member can commit to. They create a list of tasks that can be completed in a specified length of time, usually between two weeks and a month.

The scrum team codes and tests features for functionality during the first agile sprint, a brief time frame for intense work. They attend brief, daily scrum meetings facilitated by the ScrumMaster, who is like a coach. Team members share progress and brainstorm solutions to problems. Daily meetings keep the team synchronized throughout the sprint.

Image via prosoftnearshore.com.

At the end of the sprint, they review what they’ve created with stakeholders, receive feedback, and plan the next sprint. Feedback suggests revisions or changes that drive the next phase of development.

An agile workflow helps teams complete projects quickly, so industries like law and marketing have adopted similar methodologies. A UX workflow diagrams the steps from research and gathering user data, through usability testing just ahead of development.

Currently an estimated 69 percent of UX practitioners use an Agile UX workflow. Google’s methodology allows professionals to move from designing to testing in as little as a week, but each organization can modify stages to fit the best time frame for their project.

Transitioning to Agile UX Workflows

Teamwork speeds the process. Designers, developers, and managers create cross-functional teams so everyone is working on different aspects of the same problem concurrently. As a group and as individuals, each segment focuses on user activities, needs, and interactions, and studies every aspect through that lens.

The process is seen as a series of stages or increments. At each stage, development can loop back to correct problems or misconceptions, or move forward to the next stage.

Chunk UX Design for Agile Planning

When teams move quickly to see a project from start to finish in a very brief period, it’s tempting to shift focus from meeting the user’s needs to completing the task. A finished product is worthless if doesn’t accomplish the goals for which it was designed.

Chunk design work into smaller tasks so you can continually refocus on user research. First, define your intent, then plan UX activities that will support that intent. Break activities into smaller tasks, then use agile software or sticky notes to create user stories.

Decide in what order requirements should be accomplished and who will be responsible for each. Every decision must be directly related to a user story.

Sprint Like Google

Strong design processes follow a systematic plan, but there’s always room for iteration. If an idea doesn’t go as expected, take a step back to re-iterate before moving forward. Google’s Design Sprint involves five phases, but designers are free to loop at any point.

Let’s look at the steps, each of which is designed to take one day. Organizations that don’t follow Google’s timeline can still use the same sequence to make their UX workflow agile.

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Unpack the Project. Google’s Design Sprint starts with a team meeting that includes all relevant individuals from throughout the organization. Designers, sales staff, customer service representatives, marketers, and senior management should all provide input from the beginning.

Because so many people and levels of responsibility are involved, it’s helpful to invite a facilitator to keep discussions on track. Here are some things to cover as you unpack:

  • Present an outline for how a solution will benefit your company.
  • Provide reviews of what competitors are currently offering.
  • Demonstrate both the problem and any partial solutions that already exist.
  • Furnish user personas and analytical data
  • Summarize the proposed solution.
  • Deliver business metrics that support success.

If you aren’t using Google’s process, an agile workflow still starts by setting a vision. Designers provide the team with a starting vision, whether through customer journey mapping or sketches of page-flow.

Sketch Solutions. Everyone who was involved in the unpacking meeting separates to create a pencil and paper sketch of possible solutions. If the problem is complex, participants can break it into pieces and indicate the order in which they should be addressed. Start with a simple framework. Details will be developed as you iterate over time.

Make Decisions. List important factors like your budget, technology constraints, and user input, and then review possible solutions to narrow them down to a limited number. Create storyboards for the top solutions. Use a design wall to display solutions. Reevaluate whether each solution is focused on the user.

Create Prototypes. Groups each take one of the top solutions and get to work. Google suggests building prototypes quickly using Keynote templates or any other tool that allows models to be developed in a day. Develop a testing process for use the next day or the next stage. Invite and incorporate stakeholder contributions at every step.

Test designs. Invite users to interact with your prototype. As they do, record feedback and note what didn’t go as planned. User experience drives the next iteration. UX designers can note friction points and lags in user experience from either back-end performance issues or design flaws.

In the beginning, organizations may need longer than intended to complete some phases. Just like athletes improve with practice, design teams will develop faster sprints with repeated practice.

Whether you model your Agile UX workflow on Google’s model or develop a different pace for your organization, time management is part of what makes the agile process so productive.

Time Tracking and Time Boxing

Just like a runner has a rough estimate of how long it will take them to complete a distance, and uses regular checkpoints to monitor progress, Agile sets estimates and tracks progress through time.

Estimates help teams project how long it will take to deliver a product. At first, it can be difficult to calculate how long a sprint will take, but with practice, the work will develop a predictable rhythm. Track how long it takes to complete individual tasks during a sprint, then combine them to begin developing an average sprint time.

Time boxing involves setting a limited amount of time during which an activity must be completed. Time box UX research, and review meetings and sprints, to maximize efficiency. This forces each team member to immediately reject ideas that won’t work and focus on the ones that show the most promise.

Teamwork Drives Workflow

Just like the design process has many distinct parts that flow together, each team member has a role within the iterative cycle. Designers instinctively picture pages as a whole and set about addressing design tasks as necessary to create the whole, but that means working independently.

Instead, write tasks as individual user stories and involve the team in creating content toward individual goals. Allow the whole to evolve through input from the team.

Designers have the most input during backlog, analysis, development, and testing. When the developer is working through details, that’s a good time to collaborate. Project management tools like Basecamp< and design platforms like UXPin and Invision App can aid communication between web designers and developers.

The iterative design cycle involves designing for individual stories. Each organization goes through a unique process when transitioning to an Agile UX workflow. Be willing to compromise and adjust until your team and your product come together into something even greater than you first envisioned.

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10 Pure CSS Call-To-Action Button Sets

Every website and landing page should have a clear call-to-action button. This encourages the user to click and perform an action, whether to make a purchase, start a trial, or sign up for an account.

There is no single best way to design a CTA and you can use many different styles, from large gradients to ghost buttons, and everything inbetween. But other factors like color, size, and position also have an affect on usability.

I’ve hand-picked 10 of my favorite CTA designs, all built with pure CSS. If you’re looking for CTA inspiration, then you’re bound to find something in this collection.

1. Floating Button

Here’s one of the most unique styles I’ve seen and it’s certainly not common on the web. This floating button could become a staple for landing pages that mesh nicely with the design.

It uses a CSS3 drop shadow along with a repeating animation to create the floating effect. This all runs through CSS which makes it even easier to replicate for your own project.

Granted, the hover effect is a bit dull, although the actual button design itself more than makes up for this. Plus you can always expand the hover effect to include other CSS3 animations if you’re willing to push the envelope.

2. Green Circled CTA

You’ll find plenty of CTAs like this on landing pages promoting offers or ebooks. They often use the red hand-drawn circle effect to make it blend into the page and seem more natural to click.

What’s cool about this green CTA button is the hover effect animation. It works on both the button and the red squiggles in the background. Certainly not the effect you’d assume at first glance!

But for a real easy CTA, that’s sure to grab attention, you should try this out. And since the button uses pure CSS you can easily change the color scheme to match any layout.

3. Material Button

If you like working with Google’s material design then you’ll love this unique button set. It’s built in one single style but offers two different triggers: mouse hover and click.

The button snippet uses SCSS/Sass for CSS code, but you can compile it down into CSS right from CodePen. This makes it easier to copy/paste the code for personal use if you’re not a big Sass fan.

The animation effects mimic Google’s design guidelines, so this set is brilliant for any material web project you might be creating.

4. Colorful CTAs

Super small and easy-to-use best describes this button set created by developer Rohan Nair.

The color choices are made to match but you can always change the scheme in CSS. The real eye-catching effect here is the click animation that moves the button “down” into the page.

This gives the illusion of depth and helps each button stand out from other elements on the page.

Again this all uses pure CSS, so it’s a pretty easy button set to copy and customize.

5. Micro Interaction Button

If you want even greater button animation effects take a peek at these microinteraction buttons designed by Phil Hoyt.

They use Font Awesome for the arrow icons mixed with custom CSS animations. While hovering any button, the text label animates out of view and instead displays the icon font prominently.

Depending on your CTA design this may not work as well, especially if you can’t find an icon to represent the button behavior. clearly

Although if you can work this into your site, the hover effect is bound to grab attention.

6. Bordered Buttons

I found these bordered buttons while skimming CodePen and they immediately stood out from the herd.

They don’t inherently feel like CTAs, but with larger text or a larger button size these little designs could dominate a header with ease.

Each button uses the CSS translate() method along with custom background colors to create the border effect. It’s a fairly complicated technique but it’s also the best method considering a plain CSS border wouldn’t animate the same way.

If you like these designs and want to give them a shot, they should run smoothly in every modern web browser.

7. Gradient Styles

Classic gradient buttons will never go out of style and they’re used prominently in larger frameworks like Bootstrap.

With these gradient buttons you can easily update the hover & click animations all while keeping true to the color format. It uses LESS CSS which makes it easier to darken gradient colors using percentages rather than hex codes.

I always like gradient buttons so long as they blend with a layout. And these certainly aren’t the only gradient styles you’ll find so check CodePen if you’re looking for more.

8. YouTube Call to Action

Here’s a rather unique CTA that leads to a YouTube video. It’s a fixed badge in the lower-right corner of the screen and while hovering you can see the video CTA appear on top.

It’s a pretty simple design but it’s not going to be useful on every web page. It can be used to promote deals, new releases, and of course links to other sites like YouTube.

But if you’re looking for a prominent CTA button for your page header, this template won’t help much. Still a very unique idea and certainly worth saving if you could ever use something like this in the future.

9. Flip-Down Buttons

3D animations for the web are easy to create if you know what you’re doing. But even if you don’t understand CSS it’s just as easy to copy 3D code snippets like these flip-down buttons made by Arnie McKinnis.

They’re built on LESS, but you can turn that into plain CSS right inside CodePen. The buttons rely on CSS transforms to create the 3D effect which only appears on mouse hover.

It’s a pretty unique design because the CTA itself is technically “under” the button. Hovering only displays the clickable link underneath making the colorful button more of a fancy shell to grab attention.

But if you like the 3D animated effect, definitely give this a try on your own site.

10. Pure CSS Hovers

Rather than focusing on a unique design or color scheme these pure CSS buttons offer custom hover animations.

They all look similar to typical ghost buttons where you have a border color and no internal color. But while hovering you’ll notice each button’s border style animates into something new.

It’s a tricky effect to get right, and it’s not something you can just pick up and customize without some effort. Although if you know your way around CSS, you should figure it out pretty quickly.

11. Pulsing CTA

If you’re looking to consistently grab attention from visitors then try this pulsing CTA design. It uses a delay via CSS to create a repeating pulse animation with an outer glow.

But if you dive into the CSS code, you can change the pulse animation to be anything you like. It’s pretty versatile, and of course, it should blend in nicely with any design.

Also if you click the “X” icon in the corner you’ll get to see the full animation effect all over again. This loads the button into view along with the window so it even has a cool animation for the first pageload.

Most websites use pure CSS buttons these days so it’s not all that difficult to find one you like and clone the code for a kick-ass CTA.

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