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Hibernation Time Is Over! Inspiring Desktop Wallpapers To Fuel Your Creativity (March 2017)

Sometimes all we need is a little inspiration kick to get our creative juices flowing. Maybe your secret is to go for a short walk, have a little chat with a colleague, or scroll through your favorite eye candy resources. Whatever it might be that helps you get new ideas, we, too, have something for you that could work just as good: desktop wallpapers.

Hibernation Time Is Over! Inspiring Desktop Wallpapers To Fuel Your Creativity

To bring you a regular dose of unique and inspiring wallpapers, we embarked on our monthly wallpapers mission eight years ago. Each month, artists and designers from across the globe diligently contribute their works to it. And well, it wasn’t any different this time around. This post features their artwork for March 2017. The wallpapers all come in versions with and without a calendar. Time to freshen up your desktop!

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How To Create A Realistic Clock In Sketch

Creating a clock in Sketch might not sound exciting at first, but we’ll discover how easy it is to recreate real-world objects in a very accurate way. You’ll learn how to apply multiple layers of borders and shadows, you’ll take a deeper look at gradients and you will see how objects can be rotated and duplicated in special ways. To help you along the way you can also download the Sketch editable file (139 KB).

How To Create A Realistic Clock In Sketch

This is a rather advanced tutorial, so if you are not that savvy with Sketch yet and need some help, I would recommend to first read “Design a Responsive Music Player in Sketch” (Part OnePart Two) that cover a few key aspects in detail when working with Sketch. You can also have a look at my personal project sketchtips.info where I regularly provide tips and tricks about Sketch.

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More Than Just Pretty: How Imagery Drives User Experience

As the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Human beings are highly visual creatures who are able to process visual information almost instantly; 90 percent of all information that we perceive and that gets transmitted to our brains is visual. Images can be a powerful way to capture users’ attention and differentiate your product. A single image can convey more to the observer than an elaborate block of text.

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Designing A Responsive Music Player In Sketch (Part 1)

Sketch is known for its tricky, advanced facets, but it’s not rocket science. We’ve got you covered with The Sketch Handbook which is filled with practical examples and tutorials that will help you get the most out of this mighty tool. In today’s article, Christian Krammer gives us a little taste of all the impressive designs Sketch is capable of bringing to life. — Ed.

Music plays a big role in my life. For the most part, I listen to music when I’m commuting, but also when I’m exercising or doing some housework. It makes the time fly, and I couldn’t imagine living without it.

Designing A Responsive Music Player In Sketch (Part 1)

However, one thing that has always bothered me is that the controls of music apps can be quite small and hard to catch. This can be a major issue, especially in the car, where every distraction matters. Another issue, in particular with the recent redesign of iOS’ Music app, is that you can’t directly like tracks anymore and instead need to open a separate dialog. And I do that a lot — which means one needless tap for me.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: October 2016

A new month means new wallpapers! This journey has been going on for eight years now, and each time anew artists and designers from across the globe challenge their artistic skills to cater for some fresh inspiration on your desktop. And, well, it wasn’t any different this time around.

Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: October 2016

This post features their designs for October 2016. The collection is a mix of ideas and styles, of wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. All wallpapers come in versions with and without a calendar and can be downloaded for free — just choose your favorite. A big thank-you to everyone who shared their ideas with us! Happy October!

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9 Design Resources to Improve Your Campaigns (And Your Relationship with Your Designer)

Much like peanut butter and jelly, copywriting and design are key elements in crafting the perfect marketing campaign. One without the other just isn’t quite the same — you’ve either got a sad sandwich on your hands or a boring campaign. I’ll have neither, thank you very much.

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Don’t let mediocre design (or angry geese) make a sad sandwich out of your marketing campaign. Image via Giphy.

As a professional marketer, you likely have the copywriting part on lockdown.

And while you may have some design fundamentals under your belt, amping up your knowledge will not only help your campaigns, it will also help you to communicate with your team of designers in order to achieve the results you want.

Now, we know you’re busy and may not be able to carve out the time to teach yourself design, let alone take a course (ugh, school), so we’ve curated our top nine design resources from our fave blogs. Read them all at once, or bookmark them for later.

Have we forgotten one of your favorite posts or resources? Tell us in the comments — the more the merrier!

1. 7 Rules of Conversion-Friendly Content Marketing Design [SlideShare] via Uberflip

You may be able to woo your visitors with compelling content, but if your page isn’t visually optimized for conversion, you may be missing out on leads. Uberflip does a bang-up job of identifying seven rules for effective content marketing design — all wrapped up in a beautifully designed SlideShare.

Two such rules include keeping the design consistent throughout (a.k.a. visual message match) and showing more (i.e., using videos and images to demonstrate the product rather than using wordy descriptions).

2. Stock Photos That Don’t Suck by Dustin Senos via Medium

It’s not a stretch to say you can spot a stock photo from a mile away. Often they’re cheesy, posed and make you wonder, WTF? Thankfully, Dustin Senos, former head of design at Medium, put together an invaluable list of stock photo hubs brimming with beautiful, candid, modern shots that don’t suck — like, not even a little.

Adorable puppy stock photo
Just one of the many non-sucky stock photos. Image via Unsplash.

3. 23 Principles of Attention-Driven Design as Demonstrated by Album Covers by Mark John Hiemstra via Unbounce

Getting your visitor’s attention in today’s crazed digital age is about as easy as getting your toddler to put down the iPad and come to dinner.

If you can’t even get your visitor’s attention, how will you ever get them to convert? Well, Oli Gardner of Unbounce has shared 23 principles of attention-driven design to help remedy this modern problem.

You can read about the 23 attention-grabbing principles in the 68-page book — or you can read the abbreviated version in the post above by Mark John Hiemstra, which uses record covers to highlight key attention-driven design principles.

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4. How to Design Graphics that Convert via HubSpot + Canva

Not all marketers have the privilege of working closely with a designer. There are times when you need to pull up your sleeves and open up that intimidating image-editing software.

If you’re worried about creating something that looks right (let alone converts), Canva and HubSpot have teamed up to bring you an ultimate guide on creating assets for a variety of channels: from email to social and paid advertising. It’s filled to the brim with advice on information hierarchy, typography, color, grids, landing pages, CTAs and so, so much more.

5. Designing Your Website Flow To Meet Your Conversion Needs by Marie Polli via ConversionXL

Good landing page and website design isn’t just about choosing palettes and pretty pictures. This post by Marie Polli for ConversionXL explains that it’s also about information hierarchy. ‘Cause if your page doesn’t flow then neither will those dollar bills.

Marie explains how the good ol’ AIDA model (image below) can help you order your page elements in a way that feels natural (and pushes prospects toward the goal).

AIDA model

6. The Psychology Behind Successful Web Design by Ivana McConnell via The Next Web

Design can be super subjective. Some people like what you’re throwing down — others maybe not so much. But like and dislike are difficult things to measure.

What can be measured, though (through research and thorough usability testing) is what happens in the brain when a customer interacts with either a good or bad web experience.

Ivana McConnell has taken these insights and translated them into a thoughtful piece on pattern recognition, and how to leverage it for better web design.

7. 3 Design Best Practices That Web Designers And Conversion Optimizers Can Agree Upon by Jeremy Smith via Marketing Land

Bridging the gap between conversion marketer and designer can seem like a challenge: both have their own ideas about what works and what doesn’t.

Conversion consultant Jeremy Smith discusses how CROs and designers can find common ground by leaning on three key best practices to create beautiful and effective marketing experiences. My fave tip? “Make Your Main Thing As In-Your-Face As Possible.” I mean, how could it not be?

8. Why Ugly Website Design Often Converts (Better) by Dale Cudmore via Crazy Egg

Is beauty only skin deep? This post by Crazy Egg explores whether the cliché is true for website and landing page design. When you give into flashy and trendy web design trends, do you sacrifice delightful user experience? Dale Cudmore attempts to answer that and shares his take on what all high-converting pages have in common (regardless of their looks).

9. Crappy Design thread via Reddit

As much as it’s great to read about design best practices, it’s also beneficial (and probably more fun) to hear about what not to do. If you need a breather from all these design tips, check out the subreddit /r/CrappyDesign — it’s filled with user-submitted examples of hilariously bad design choices.

Bad design example
Suffice to say, Thomson Reuters missed the mark with this Venn diagram-esque image.

At the very least, it’ll provide some comic relief… and general relief that you weren’t the one who came up with these stinky designs.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: January 2016


The new year is an occasion to start things fresh, to rethink current practices and habits. So why not start small? Clean up your desktop and give it an inspiring new background. We might have something for you: desktop wallpapers created by artists and designers from across the globe as a part of our monthly desktop wallpapers challenge.

Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: January 2016

This post features their artwork for January 2016. Each wallpaper is available with and without a calendar and can be downloaded for free. Thanks to everyone who contributed their designs! And a happy 2016 to all!

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Freebie: Christmas Icons Set (110 Icons, AI, PSD, EPS)


It’s Christmas time, and we’re happy to release a brand-new freebie today, just for you! A set of 110 Christmas icons and illustrations that you can you use for sending your Christmas greetings and for any commercial projects.

The complete Christmas icons set

The set has been designed by Anastasia Kolisnichenko, from Minsk, Belarus, and released for free for Smashing Magazine’s readers. Feel free to use all these elements and others for your projects. Grab what you need for a poster or website. You can customize everything you want: stroke width, size, color, shape — everything.

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Switching From Adobe Fireworks To Sketch: Ten Tips And Tricks


Transitions can be painful. It is in our nature to resist change, even when the possibility of doing something new and different may be exciting. Changing your workflow can be a real challenge if you don’t know where to start or understand how to embark on the change.

Switching From Adobe Fireworks To Sketch: 10 Tips And Tricks

I’ve met with many designers (graphic, interaction, UI, etc.) who stick to old software because they are familiar and in their comfort zone, or because they are too scared to take the “leap of faith” and try something new (even when they know their old software does not allow them to work efficiently and effectively enough).

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: September 2015


As designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration, but, well, sometimes the best inspiration lies right in front of us. With that in mind, we embarked on a special creativity mission seven years ago: to provide you with inspiring and unique desktop wallpapers every month. Wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd and that are bound to fuel your ideas.

Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: September 2015

We are very thankful to all artists and designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing to this mission, who challenge their artistic abilities each month anew to keep the steady stream of wallpapers flowing. This post features their artwork for September 2015. Both versions with and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your desktop!

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