What is your main reason for visiting web design blogs and other sites offering design related content? Are you looking for inspiration, how-to tips, tutorials or an expert’s advice? All this is very important, but have you ever had a feeling that you need to relax? And you need it urgently? If you have had, here […]
I never get tired of playing with new, cool, functional gadgets that add a little playful joy to my days or bring powerful features to help me be all I can be in my work as I write articles or work up some code for a new website for a client. Always on the lookout […]
After once glance at this website I could tell it’s something special. DesignFaves is meant to be an inspirational website focused on a broad spectrum of topics. Digital artwork is a big factor including web design, graphics design, even videos. There are so many categories that it’s practically a resource for any type of creative […]
Album covers are a great source of fresh inspiration for your graphic design work. Not only are well-designed album covers artistic, but they’re effective at marketing as well.
The best designed album covers:
- Give you a clear representation of what the content will be
- Sell you on the content by looking great itself
In other words, what a great visual design should be.
Think about it: how many times were you intrigued by fantastic artwork, and when you put the music on, it was how you’d imagine it would be like? That was a well-designed album cover at work.
So next time you need a fresh source of inspiration for your design work, take a look at well-designed album covers. And the following list of the 20 best designed album covers will get you started.
Minimalist design is one of the most significant design movements of the 20th century and early 21st century. It isn’t the flashiest, or the most popular, but it arguably penetrated more fields than almost any other art or design trend. Everything from user interfaces, to hardware designs, to cars, to films and games, to the web and visual designs of today – all those fields and more were influenced by minimalism.
Your friends might not know what minimalism is, but chances are they’re currently using or viewing a minimalist design: a modern phone, a clean web or application interface, looking at a slick brochure or other graphically-presented information, sitting in a simple living space on a sleek sofa, and so forth.
The languages, aesthetics, and calligraphy of other cultures can open up new avenues for typography lovers and graphic artists, who can use a script like Arabic as a new framework within which to express their creativity.
By finding innovative ways in which to present Arabic letter shapes and markings, while also striving to incorporate the culture’s handwriting techniques and themes, designers are given a new area of inspiration and challenge.
Most of the sets featured in this post are of high-enough quality that they can be used for both web and print projects. I hope you enjoy the collection.
Want to be a better designer? Silly question – of course you would. Who wouldn’t, right? There are plenty of obvious ways to improve: practice and design relentlessly, try different styles, get outside of your comfort zone and thus force yourself to learn new techniques, and so forth.
But did you know that by doing other art forms – music, film and video, painting, writing, developing – you can actually improve your designs?
Creating your own Photoshop brushes is fun, and those brushes can be used in a variety of designs, from web to print. It can be quite time-consuming to create your own brushes though. Fortunately for us there’s a lot of free Photoshop brushes sets out there!
Today we’ve collected over 450 abstract and fractal brushes. I hope you enjoy the collection. Feel free to share your thoughts and leave a comment at the end of the post.
Are you not your true self? Most designers aren’t. After all, it’s not that easy! We create designs we’re not 100% into or best at. Instead, we withhold our unique design contribution to the world. What we do is simply good enough designs. Good—maybe even great—but not uniquely and insanely amazing.
Do you want to be one of the countless me-too designers, or do you want to add your unique and remarkable contribution to the design world? If you answered yes to the first one, you can stop reading the rest of this article. It’s not for you. That’s okay – some people enjoy the activity of designing and don’t mind stopping at simply paying the bills with it. That’s perfectly fine.