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Everything you need to know about UX sketching and tips to do it well

User experience (UX) designers use UX sketching as a tool for the design thinking process. It’s usually a step early on in the process. And it’s an essential skill and common practice that can help individuals or teams. Though it’s a common practice among user experience (UX) designers, it can be valuable to individuals and teams.

The practice of UX sketching brings creativity and teamwork to the table and inspires motivation for the project at hand. It also creates more purposeful solutions and increases usability which translates to higher engagement and retaining users. In this article, we’re going to go over what UX sketching is, why it’s important and provide some helpful tips to do it well!

Illustration by OrangeCrushWhat is UX sketching?

UX Sketching is simply rough drawing by hand, commonly used for generating, communicating and refining ideas. It can be for your own reference, or to be shared...

20 Amazing Free Monochromatic Images for Backgrounds

Finding interesting images for backgrounds can become difficult for designers, especially with the high saturation of stock images. In addition, the reliance on visual media is increasing as users do not prefer to read long text. Rather they would want the same message to be communicated in a creative visual format. Owing to this, designers now need to put in extra effort to find the perfect image that goes well with what they want to communicate.

The use of monochromatic images as a background is a rising trend. These images offer a good visual background for designers to add text, graphics, or other branding elements to design visually appealing creatives. Monochrome images are basically images that have one dominant color in them. Designers try to match this particular color to that of the brand or its overall branding style. Unfortunately, finding good quality monochromatic images that can be used for...

The ultimate guide to coffee packaging design

With so many people naming coffee as their stimulant of choice, it’s no wonder its consumption reached more than 160 million of 60kg bags in the last year alone. With that comes lots of competition and standing apart from the rest can be a challenge. Your coffee packaging should catch your customer’s attention and tell a compelling brand story, all while keeping your coffee of good quality. In this guide, we’ll break down the anatomy of good coffee packaging, share tips on good designs and share some trends to look out for in coffee packaging.

Illustration by OrangeCrushWhy good coffee packaging matters

Great packaging design helps you raise brand awareness and lets you stand out from the crowd so you can attract new and retain existing customers.

But the most effective coffee packaging achieves much more than just attracting customers. It should protect your coffee on its journey from the roasting...

Fighting Your Corner: Assertive SEO in 2021+

The web industry is beset by competing ideals and goals so that the simplicity of numbers makes sense to us: one is more than zero, two is more than one.

When it comes to any metric, there is an understandable temptation to focus on volume. In some cases, absolute metrics make more sense than others. If your goal is to make money, then $1 is marginally better than $0, and $2 is marginally better than $1.

However, even in ecommerce, some conversions are worth more than others; high-value items or items that open up repeat sales are inherently more valuable in the long term.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) has traditionally been built around a high-traffic numbers game: if enough people visit your site, then sooner or later, someone will convert. But it is far more effective to attract the right type of visitor, the high-value user that will become a customer or even a brand advocate.

The best...

Popular Design News of the Week: October 11, 2021 – October 17, 2021

Every day design fans submit incredible industry stories to our sister-site, Webdesigner News. Our colleagues sift through it, selecting the very best stories from the design, UX, tech, and development worlds and posting them live on the site.

The best way to keep up with the most important stories for web professionals is to subscribe to Webdesigner News or check out the site regularly. However, in case you missed a day this week, here’s a handy compilation of the top curated stories from the last seven days. Enjoy!

Exciting New Tools for Designers, October 2021

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11 Must-Follow Web Design Blogs

12 Modern Logos for Inspiration in 2021

Grafix – A Free Online Image Editor

Huetone: Make Colors Accessible

Doom Rendered Via Checkboxes

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Esbuild – An Extremely...

7 Simple Ways to Boost Your Website’s CX

Many markets are saturated with competition; it’s no surprise that customers are expecting top-of-the-line experiences. Businesses must keep up with these ever-changing demands to remain competitive and drive forward.

One way to ensure customers have positive experiences is to take a look at your website. Your website is like your digital headquarters, where customers can browse through products or services, have frequently asked questions answered, and be able to reach you if they need direct support.

Making a site user-friendly and customer-centric will assist businesses while they work to build a loyal customer base. Customer happiness is more important now than ever and has the potential to make or break your business. We all know that happier customers spend more, and delighted customers will always come back for more.

Let’s explore some ways...

The history of typography: retracing letter forms from hieroglyphs to Helvetica

Over the long history of typography, we have used pretty much everything to make our texts beautiful and legible: swan feathers, brushes, carved woodblocks and even metal. We’ve developed our technology and invented printing presses to make it reproducible. And whilst styles and designs may come and go, modern technology such as the internet and smartphones means that typography is continually and dramatically changing.

We explore the history of typography to provide some context to today’s designs and find out how we got where we are.

The history of typography: where do we begin?
— What is typography? Early typography Signwriting Printing and moveable type Styles and themes Digital typefaces Typography today Illustration by OrangeCrush

What is typography?

Typography is the art of arranging type to make written text readable and aesthetically appealing for the reader. Once we started using...

20 amazing Joomla templates for your unique website

When you’re building a website, you have a lot of platform choices. And for a lot of people, the choice—whether they ultimately go with WordPress, Wix, Joomla, or another platform—is the templates available. Your website’s template determines what it can and can’t do, which extensions you can use and ultimately, how the website looks and feels. If you’re going with Joomla, it’s time to familiarize yourself with Joomla templates.

Illustration by OrangeCrush

Sometimes, finding the perfect template for your website can be overwhelming. To help you out, we’ve rounded up the best Joomla templates in five distinct categories. We looked at each template’s technical features, customization options, compatibility with other Joomla products and key design components to narrow it down to these twenty.

Joomla at a glance

Joomla is an open-source content management system (CMS). With it, you can build a website or a...

14 Best Job Board WordPress Themes of the Year

Setting up a heavy website for complex and multilayered tasks is not an easy job. If you are planning to build a job board WordPress site for your brand, then it may sound very difficult and time-consuming step. But the truth is it’s not! Not with this collection of 14 best job board WordPress themes of the year.

Job portal sites attend heavy traffic and data manipulation on a daily basis; that’s why you need a robust website that can withstand such changes and usage. If you want to save time, money, and effort, then going for a premade template is a great choice. Nowadays, there is a number of quality templates available to make your job easy and provide you an excellent solution.

Therefore, our experts have collected some of the fantastic WordPress templates, especially for job boards. These themes are flexible, modern, and fully equipped with solid features so that you can build your website however you...

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