Clients Make Too Many UX Decisions. Here’s How to Stop Them.

The boundaries between a web designer and their client can often become blurred. Designers, in an effort to please paying customers, put client feedback into action – even if it leads the project in the wrong direction. A client may be pleased with themselves and happy to get their own way. But at what cost?…

The Power Of Pen And Paper Sketching

Need to design something? It can be tempting to start with a computer-based tool, e.g. wireframing software like Balsamiq, or design tools like Photoshop or Figma. These have their place, but I would recommend stepping back and starting with the humble pen and paper. Sketching by hand can feel unfamiliar and uncomfortable to those who…

The 20 Best Free Personal Blog Themes for WordPress

A personal blog can go a long way towards establishing your thought leadership and authority in a certain niche. It can also be a great place to showcase your skills and promote your services. However, you will need a personal blogging theme packed with the right features and attractive design that will help you stand…

Web Design Done Well: Excellent Editorial

A lot of web design talk concerns itself with what goes on around content. Page speed, design systems, search engine optimization, frameworks, accessibility — the list goes on and on. This gives us at Smashing Magazine plenty to write about, which is great, though it’s worth reminding ourselves what it’s all in service of. In…

25+ Postcard Mockup Templates (Free & Pro)

Regardless of whether you’re designing a postcard for travel and tourism or business and marketing, there’s no denying that everyone loves receiving one of those small colored cards in the mail – as long as it looks good, of course! But how to make sure your design will look as good in someone’s mailbox as…

25+ Desktop Computer Mockup Templates

Looking for a high-quality desktop computer mockup to showcase your design? Look no further. In this post, we’re featuring the best desktop mockup templates for both Mac and Windows desktop devices. Microsoft’s new Surface Studio workstations are widely popular among creative professionals. This makes the device a great choice for showcasing your creative designs to…