35 Photoshop Tutorials for Website Layouts

Design a Textured Outdoors Website in Photoshop


Most web designers use Photoshop to create the visual design before moving on to coding the site. There is an excellent selection of tutorials available that show the process of designing sites/pages in Photoshop, and if you are looking to learn more or improve your skills in this area, these tutorials can be very helpful. In this post we’ll link to 35 quality tutorials for creating layouts in Photoshop.


Big question: what’s the key factor affecting web design today?


The field of web design and development has developed so much in the last couple of years that we’ve really become masters of the domain. We’ve become experts at everything from understanding the needs of the user and planning out complicated sites, through to managing intricate development processes and learning how to build sites that scale. We understand the importance of accessibility and have mastered new frontend technologies and techniques like HTML5 and responsive design. This means that we’re now able to build fully rounded applications in the browser that were hitherto impossible. As such I think the biggest single most important factor affecting the state of web design today comes from the client.

A Collection of Inspiring Blog Designs

Illustrators Lounge blog design


Since their inception, blogs have often had some of the most innovative, beautiful and creative designs in the web design community. This is perhaps because bloggers are naturally expressive individuals who enjoy visual and written expression.

Whatever the reason, blogs are always a great source of inspiration if you’re working on a new website design. But what exactly makes a blog design successful? Personally I believe that truly great blog design lies in balance. Successful blog designs must balance the various elements such as typography, color, graphics and layout in unison. No one element should damage another, and where relevant these elements should come together in order to promote the content and user experience.

Today we bring you 30 incredibly inspiring blog designs. These blogs are quite simply examples of great design. We haven’t filled this list with blogs promoting overly flashy graphics or distracting visual elements. Rather, these sites each show great visual balance, poise and unique style. I encourage you to read the descriptions for each design and go and explore some of the awesome features and subtle details discussed yourself.

The Value of Education in Design

Education In Design


We have software! Who needs skills?

Unfortunately, far too many aspiring designers get caught up in the dreamy ideals ofdo-it-yourself career building and try to throw themselves into the design world. They spend thousands of dollars on high-end design software and equipment, thinking that only these tools and their determination (and perhaps a little help from blogs and other internet educational resources) will allow them to stand toe to toe with the design giants of the internet.

Free Download: Cheat Sheet For Designing Web Forms

Form Design


Forms, forms, forms: so often overlooked in design. In this post, we are pleased to release the Form Design Cheat Sheet, created by Joe Leech and released for Smashing Magazine and its readers. This crib sheet contains an Omnigraffle template, as well as Photoshop (PSD) and PDF examples for you to download and use as you wish. Print out the sheet, stick it to your wall, send it to clients, and just generally help make everyone’s forms a bit better.

Tribute to Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011)

RIP Steve Jobs…we’ll miss you!


7 Crazy Tips That Will Help You Become a Better Coder


I’ve never really enjoyed coding but have total respect for the trade…not to say that I don’t try and improve where I can. Anyway here’s something I think will help.