Free Vector of the Day #611: “Money Talks” Icon

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Today’s freebie is a “Money talks” icon. Feel free to use it in commercial and non-commercial projects, personal websites and printed work, as long as it’s a part of a larger design. Please do not sell it, redistribute it yourself, claim it as your own or give it as a bonus item to boost sales for your own products. Download it now!

How to Create Retro Vector Letters

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Letters and writing are very helpful elements in every designer’s work. They help the designer send a message in the easiest way possible, and also help emphasize the existing message in an illustration. Although the Internet provides very large font resources, sometimes the design needs more than just a font. Vector letters are expanded letters with effects added to them, such as: graphic styles, gradients, 3D effects and others.

How to Remember More of What You Read & Improve Your Memorization Skills

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Whether you are a student or looking for self-improvement, it can be challenging if you struggle to remember what you have already read. Remembering more of what you have read can be important for keeping well informed on current events, researching interests on the internet or even reading fiction and non-fiction books.

6 Tips on How to Manage Your Design Team Effectively

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So now you’re a manager. It doesn’t matter what the job’s called. Be it team leader, project manager, team manager or any other title, it boils down to one thing: there’s a group of people who need managing, and you’re the person to manage them. As people go, designers tend to have a lot more individuality in them and be less willing to work in a team effectively. That’s why managing a design team is even more of a challenge than regular team management.

A Quick Look at Email Marketing – Strategy and Tools

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These days it’s pretty risky to invest much time and effort into direct marketing through e-mails since your carefully crafted content may be seen for no more than a few seconds. As notification and sharing capabilities of other environments have increased through the likes of social media or RSS feeds, if you plan to take on e-mail marketing to promote your small business you should definitely be prepared to think outside the box. Here are a couple of tips on how you should sketch your e-mail marketing strategy.

Design Inspiration: The Egg Art of John Lamouranne

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Design inspiration surrounds this Louisiana-based artist and apparently, so it has been for over 30 years. The characters he creates are truly unique, charming and … very fragile. You’ll find them on more than one continent, because people seem to fall in love with how creatively they’re made out of less than conventional materials. What we’re talking about are egg figurines. All sorts of famous people and sceneries have been subjects to The Egg Man’s depictions, ranging from musicians (The Rolling Stones, Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles) to actors (Jack Nicholson, Brad and Angelina), TV personalities, political figures (Barack Obama, Bill & Hillary Clinton), iconic film and cartoon characters and more.

Design Inspiration: 10 Ecommerce Sites With Beautiful Product Photography

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Product pages are arguably more important to an ecommerce site than even its homepage. And the images of each product are certainly the most important component of these pages. After all, product pages are the gateway to purchases, and high-quality, appealing images give consumers the confidence they need to purchase. If you don’t want your sales to suffer due to subpar imagery, it’s essential that you have the best quality photography that you can possibly get. From the angles, colors, and art direction, to the size, shape, and interactive elements, everything about your product photography needs to be considered.

Freelancer’s Guide: Time Wasters and How to Avoid Them

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You, me your friends, colleagues, your competitors, presidents, even Bill Gates, we all have 24 hours in each day, and the way we chose to use our time is what makes the difference at the end of each day. The relaxed work hours that are the pinnacle of your day as a freelancer can be a double edged sword. Yes, freelancers can create their own schedule to maximize their creativity and productivity, yet many freelancers find themselves procrastinating and wasting precious time. If you are looking to maximize your time and want to improve your workflow, here are some of the most common time draining tasks and tips on how to eliminate them.

DXThemes Giveaway Winners: Win 1 of 5 Freelancer Startup Kits!

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Remember the awesome giveaway from DXThemes we launched last week? Of course you do. You can’t possibly forget such an amazing opportunity to win a bundle that includes 120+ WordPress themes, Joomla templates and responsive Twitter bootstrap themes. Well, the day has finally come when we reveal the 5 lucky winners. Let’s meet them!

Freelancer’s Guide: Find and Get Rid of Limiting Beliefs

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Being creative can be a very stressful requirement to have for a job. Sometimes, your ideas come easy, sometimes they don’t. Have you noticed how for every one or two good relatively newly-formed indie bands, there suddenly appears an entire group of musicians making very similar music? This also goes for web design, for example. Surely you’ve seen that some of the most inventive web design structures have been used as inspiration by many other creative professionals.