Notes From The Deep End : a graphic & web design blog

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10 Beautiful Landing Page Designs

By: David Edwards | October 20th, 2014 | no comments

I spend a lot of time designing things like landing pages and user interfaces, and so I come across lots of different homepage and landing page designs. There’s been a steady trend over the last few years of richer, more elegant and beautiful landing pages, particularly amongst startups and for web apps. I wanted to bring together a collect...

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Breaking Bad Photoshop habits: follow these steps every time you design to be as efficient and organized as possible.

By: Wes McDowell | October 15th, 2014 | 1 comment

The words ‘Breaking Bad’ depress me after watching the last episodes of the show on Netflix. I watched those episodes with the kind of attention a bomb-diffuser uses. Savoring each moment, pausing for any interruption. I wanted the high of the show to last as long as possible. While binge-watching Netflix and using meth may be bad habits to ...

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Non-profit graphic design: how to design beautiful work on a tight budget

By: Wes McDowell | October 8th, 2014 | no comments

Working for a non-profit can be an exciting venture that can provide you with experience and also help build your marketing repertoire. On the other hand, many non-profits (especially smaller ones) don’t have the budget to afford fancy images or hours and hours of billable time. If these barriers exist, don’t let them stop you from helping out ...

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HELP! A few tricks to get a stubborn client to like your design

By: Wes McDowell | October 1st, 2014 | 2 comments

We have all had them at one time or another, and no, I’m not talking about chicken pox. Just as annoying however, is a stubborn client that doesn’t like anything you do. Yes, it’s hard to hear, but some clients will just not like your design. While you may feel like saying, “thanks but no thanks,” and cutting your losses, try these ...

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A Collection of Beautiful, Free UI Kits

By: David Edwards | May 6th, 2014 | 4 comments

Over the last few years I’ve started to get into web app design and development, and one of the things that I’ve found most important is the elements that make up the user interface. Getting the UI right is absolutely crucial, as a poor interface can result in users becoming frustrated and ultimately abandoning the app. The opposite, of ...

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How to Strengthen the Design of Your Landing Pages

By: Rob Toledo | March 19th, 2014 | 6 comments

There are a lot of ideas floating around the web on how best to approach landing page design, but the best landing pages are those that put a premium on how every element on the page speaks to the viewer and interacts with the rest of the design. In essence, a landing page is a finely tuned sales pitch. That pitch can be almost anything, ...

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Creating Compelling Video Content for YouTube

By: Jenny Beswick | February 12th, 2014 | 2 comments

As the world’s second largest search engine, YouTube is a great source of awareness for businesses, charities and non-profit organizations; increasing an organization’s ability to share their expertise and knowledge, and to connect with viewers. Video is radically more effective in imparting messages to your audience than simple text. Text ...

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Infographic: Consumer Psychology & E-Commerce Checkout

By: Wes McDowell | February 5th, 2014 | 3 comments

It is certainly no secret that e-commerce is big business. It is quite difficult to find a business these days which doesn’t have some sort of online presence to represent them. Most e-commerce entrepreneurs are only too aware of how fundamental strong website design can be. A website represents a brand, invokes consumer trust, and presents ...

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How I Use Pinterest to Read My Client’s Mind

By: Wes McDowell | January 28th, 2014 | 6 comments

Whenever I take on a new design client, the first step in the process is the “kickoff meeting.” It is here where I get to ask all of my questions that I need to know the answers to before I can dig into the project. I have a list of about 10-20 questions, depending on the type of project, and they are all helpful when it comes to getting ...

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The Psychology of Branding

By: John Maguire | January 21st, 2014 | 4 comments

As a designer, it’s important that you have an understanding of the psychology behind branding. Establishing a brand is one of the most important elements of business, and clients will always want memorable designs which reinforce their message. Cognitive scientists, designers and marketers often work hand-in-hand to find new ways to tap into ...

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