Fresh Resources for Web Designers and Developers (April 2021)

A great product these days relies on the ecosystem. Imagine iPhone without the apps or WordPress without the plugins. They won’t be as useful as they are now.

In this round of the series, let’s take a look at some of the resources that support popular tools or libraries. Here we have quite a handful of React.js libraries, a couple of WordPress plugins, some VSCode extensions, and a lot more. Let’s jump in for the full list.

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Fresh Resources for Web Designers and Developers (March 2021)

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Mesh Gradient

A Figma plugin that allows you to generate a beautiful Mesh Gradient. It allows you to edit the gradient axis to achieve a perfect gradient. Having Mesh Gradient can easily make your product design stands out from the crowd.


A WordPress plugin to notify actions that happen on a WordPress site. This plugin provides quite extensive APIs where you can do customization like sending notifications to selected recipients, call services, subscribing to particular actions, and whitelabeling. It’s a great plugin to keep you updated with your site activity.


Spatie Ray

A plugin that connects your WordPress site to, Spatie Ray is a desktop application that makes debugging and measuring code performance on your website more convenient. It is also available for some frameworks and CMS such Craft and Laravel.

Spatie Ray


Webhint is an initiative from OpenJS Foundation to help developers build a better web by advocating and creating tools such as this VSCode extension and the browser extension to enforce some best practices.

This tool scans your code or your website and reports if the HTML is lacking in proper attributes, or if the site has some accessibility and performance issues.



A desktop application for macOS that allows you to register a script to automate your tasks such as opening a browser and reading news, opening particular files or directories from a project, search for a book from particular sites, and much more.

It provides several pre-made scripts and will soon also provide collective scripts shared from its users. Script is written in Node.js or JavaScript, so if you’re familiar with the language you can create a custom script that suits your needs.


Laravel Octane

A Laravel library that greatly improves the performance of a Laravel application by leveraging high-performance PHP server environment Swoole or RoadRunner that enables concurrent requests. This allows Laravel to run blazing fast at 6000 req/s from the initial test.

Laravel Octane


PHPMon is a macOS utility application to monitor the PHP service that runs on your machine. It adds a menu on the menu bar where you can see the PHP version that’s running, the extensions, and where the location configuration is. Pretty handy!



A collection of a beautiful hand-crafted collection of more than 200 icons. They come in two variants, Solid and Outline, and are available in SVG and JSX format so you can easily reuse them in your website or digital products.



Focalboard is an open-source application to manage and organises tasks similar to apps like Trello and Notion. You can install FocalBoard on your own server or computers that give you more freedom and flexibility. A great alternative for those who prefer control over convenience.


Gutenberg Icons

A collection of icons used by Gutenberg, the new WordPress editor. This site shows all the icons where you can generate the snippet to reuse it in Gutenberg block or simply download the SVG.

Gutenberg Icons


A collection of tools to generate shapes, backgrounds, and patterns to use in your design. It features a number of tools including one to generate a Blob, a Wave, Layer Waves, gradients, and a few more to come.


Design Patterns

A collection of design patterns to structure your PHP codes. It covers various patterns and is recommended source if you intend to deep dive and improve your PHP development skills.


Accessibility Path

A collection of learning materials to know about web accessibility and inclusive design. You can find books, videos, articles from blogs, and tools. A great source to help you get started with the topics.


Code Tour

A VSCode extension to add a guided tour to help users walk through the codebase in a project. This is a great tool to help new developer to get familiar with the code quickly.


React Hook Form

An award-winning React.js library to create form. It is easy to use, lightweight, performant and renders proper markup with native HTML validation. On top of that, this library is also nicely integrated with tools like TypeScript for type validation, ReactNative for building form in a mobile app, and Validation library like yup for those who need go more advanced.



A framework to build desktop applications with web technicalogies. Tauri focuses on performance, smaller app output, and provides a whole experience for developers to create an app. It provides CLI, API, Testing and CI framework. An example of an app built with Tauri can be just 600KB.


React Admin

A React.js library to develop a web application to manage any kind of data. It’s built on top of modern stack which includes REST and GraphQL APIs, ES6, React, and Material Design. This library is a great starting point to build an admin interface using React.js.

React Admin


A JavaScript library to build an interactive text editor for modern browsers. It looks modern and clean than the usual WYSIWYG editor and is extensible with Plugins. It also generates a well-structured data that you can use anywhere on the website, mobile app, AMP, Instant Articles, and speech readers.



A good resource that show you code snippets and tips to interact with DOM with just native API from the browser. These days you no longer need to use jQuery or Zepto.


Awesome Compose

This is where you can find an awesome list of tools, apps, that can help to boost your productivity when working with Docker and Docker Composer.

Awesome Compose

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Brand Identity Lessons You Can Learn from Marvel Studios

(Guest writer: Manas Chowdhury)

From publishing an artist’s resignation letter on the internet, trademarking the word “zombies”, and now giving a whole new meaning to terms such as Captain, Iron, Thunderbolt, and many others — there is nothing this Studios would step back from. Yes, I am a Marvel fan, and it seems obvious.

However, its amazing graphics, storytelling, and an interesting sense of how regular superheroes can be, are not the only aspects that pull us into the Marvel Universe. In fact, it is more about how they combined it all together to connect with the audience like none of the others in the industry.

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Branding Formulas to Live By

Marvel Studios have not only impressed the world with their independent movies but also showed how an ongoing narrative is done in the right manner. Through this ongoing narrative, a brand like never before has taken its place in the cinema industry.

Read more: How Marvel Went to Bankruptcy to Billions

“Just because something works, doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.” — Shuri, Black Panther

Up until the year 2019, Marvel Studios had enjoyed a commercial success worth $14 billion through 21 consecutive, top-ranking movies in the course of 11 years. Starting with ‘Batman and Robin,’ the entire Marvel universe has been disrupting the industry which was presumed extinct as per some of their competitors.

Speaking of competitors, I understand that many of the cinematography enthusiasts have a question: with DC’s characters being more recognizable as compared to the Marvel characters, why does MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) hold 1st place commercially and in overall success? The answer is its branding approaches.

Taking (Calculated) Risks

We have come across this phenomenon a lot of times in our lives, but to understand it a bit deeper — and inaction — let us see what Marvel Cinematic Universe has to portray. Here are some calculated risks which were taken by Marvel Studios:

  • Even with the ‘The Incredible Hulk’ leading MCU to the bench, the company did not change its course from highlighting Avengers.
  • Some viewers may not understand — and do not — understand the Marvel universe if they step in at a random movie without knowing the backstory of characters and plots. However, that did not stop MCU from creating storylines from the very beginning.
  • Attempting to bring change through a genre exploration and bringing action comedies, ‘Ant-Man’ and ‘Guardians,’ into the universe.

Having said that, Marvel Cinematic Universe made sure that these risks were not an impulse or a hunch, but a calculated path towards exploration. Take it from MCU, taking risks does not have to be a hasty decision.

Instead, a careful and well-researched risk can take the brand places you would not imagine.

Read in detail: What You Can Learn from the Marvel Cinematic Universe About Taking Risks

Being the First

Okay, be it the first one to ask a question in a class or the first one to build the Wright Flyer, it will always have its pros and cons. For instance, Apple did not act promptly on launching mp3 players, but the iPod was certainly worth the wait. On the contrary, Samsung amused us all by being the first one to launch flip phones but did not see success at its best.

Having said that, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has managed to do it all. Not only is Marvel Studios the first one to create interconnected movies, but it has managed to do it right in all manners.

Following the MCU, Warner Bros’ DC Comic Studios and Universal Pictures have also given their shot at creating a universe out of their movies and series. While DC did it effectively, Universal Pictures tried to force-feed the viewers with sequels at a lighting speed, giving them no time to get invested in a character or plot.

All in all, Marvel Studios is a brand you look up to when you want to combine promptness with effective storytelling and patience and create a brand up to similar standards.

Understanding the Importance of People

importance of people

With time, entrepreneurs, hiring managers, and brand managers understand that products, increasing sales, and customers are not all the ingredients when it comes to brand fruition. However, you can be a brand that understands the importance of people but undervalues them all the same.

If we zoom in on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we will notice that their key is not to simply hire talented people, but also to keep them and enrich their talent for the greater good of everyone: the people as well as the brand.

The universe did not only lock in some on-screen actors but also does the same with the off-screen people involved in the entertainment industry. On the other hand, Warner Brothers face struggles in engaging the viewers with the same artist for more than 3-4 years.

I understand, to this approach, many hiring managers might come across a concern that this can lead to missing out on fresh talent and create a monotonous environment, especially in the entertainment industry. However, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has successfully proven that it is not true.

You can work with the same employees and achieve growth at the same or higher rate without having to go through the hiring trouble every 2 years. All you have to do is align your teams’ goals with your brand and ensure that it benefits every member of the company.

Working on Brand Consistency

Beating its competitors at Brand Linkage score, Marvel Cinematic Universe indicates more consistency than any other brand. For instance, even with a better character arc(s), DC’s inconsistent character connections led to a decrease in audience engagement.

The company takes brand consistency under its to-do lists and has not removed it for more than 10 years; including promotions, designs, characters, and trailers.

Related: Marvel Brand Identity Spotlight — Step by Step Design process

I would like to highlight that you need not be a well-established brand such as Marvel Studios to give attention to consistency. Even as a budding brand or startup — especially as a budding brand or startup — you need to make sure that your brand is memorable and recognizable, which cannot be achieved without being consistent with your marketing, product packaging, designs, and other aspects of branding.

Becoming a Brand Like Marvel

Firstly, no, it will not be easy; but no, it is neither impossible. The key is to understand that with the world having access to almost everything through the internet — what your brand does, what it stands for, who works for it, what others have to say about it — every tiny detail matters.

Read also: 5 Steps to Building a Strong Brand Identity When the Game is Constantly Changing

Even with Marvel Studios, if something as impactful as backstory needs attention, so do the silly jokes and callbacks of the same jokes. In fact, this is what helped MCU build a web of characters that is interesting and relatable, all while being a superhero. For instance, Captain America was an orphan, insecure kid who had an urge to prove himself.

Similarly, Black Panther turned out to become an orphan in adulthood, overcoming his demons to become a better man. Both these leaders are adored because the audience sees themselves in those capes.

Similarly, your brand needs to be relatable, inspiring, and consistent to reach its fullest potential. You may not have superheroes doing it for you, but being authentic, transparent, approachable, motivated, and innovative are some powers you and your brand will always have, and fly using the same to reach the peak.

(This guest post is written by Manas Chowdhury for Manas is a Digital marketing enthusiast with a PG in Economics and a specialization in Finance. He is an entrepreneur who has a keen interest in stocks, bullions, gaming, and blockchain technology. While he runs his own startup, he also enjoys writing on a variety of topics and being a philanthropist; he is also involved in various activities contributing to the betterment of the environment and society. You can connect with Manas on LinkedIn.)

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How Does Logo Design Affect Your Online Brand Perception?

(Guest writer: Amtul Rafay)

Logos are one of the core parts of a company’s branding strategy. These company symbols are the first thing that a consumer is exposed to. If it does not portray your brand message effectively, it will fail to attract and drive leads to the company.

Although there are many other components to a business’s branding plan, the logo occupies a special place of importance. As a visual medium of communication, it’s the logo’s job to convey your brand values and message to a possible lead, attracting them into wanting to learn more.

Moreover, it helps people remember your brand more easily. Statistically, people find it easier to absorb information visually than through any other medium. And if the logo design itself is simple, it makes it even easier for a consumer to remember and associate that symbol with your brand.

According to RenderForest, logos are the most recognizable brand identifiers at 75% in 2021. Therefore, let’s look at how the design of your logo can affect consumers’ perceptions of your brand.

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Simple Design Equals Highly Memorable

If you look at a few of the most famous symbols depicting a business or personal brand, you will notice that they all have one thing in common. They all sport a simple yet distinct design.

Suppose we take the example of the McDonald’s logo. The simple golden arches of the symbol have become so iconic that even a child as young as four years of age can recognize it by design alone. However, it is so distinct that it is hard to mistake the logo for anyone else’s.

Similarly, logos for brands like Twitter, Facebook, and Nike are simple in design yet sufficiently unique. Consumers do not find it hard to associate with the brand. All these examples point to one fact – the simpler the design, the easier it is for a consumer to remember it.

But it takes a fine line between making a logo unique and straightforward and turning it into a generic design. Moreover, your logo needs to be able to embody and portray your brand message effectively. Let’s look at a few symbols to understand how to keep your design simple yet effective.

Minimalist Logos That Effectively Portray Their Brand

In branding, we have many examples that successfully portray simplistic logo design effects on brand perception. From many fictional superhero logos to real-life company logos that have made their intended mark, minimalist designs have shown effectiveness.

Let’s take a look.

Batman Logo

Batman’s iconic logo has changed many times over the years. The underlying concept has always been the same. But over the years, changing notions of how specific comic characters should be perceived, his logo has taken on a darker color palette.

The initial design featured a simple silhouette of a bat with flared wings, thrown in shadow due to bright light behind it. The plan depicted the character’s predisposition to be a vigilante at night and be as stealthy as a bat. The design was predominantly created for print on paper. Therefore the choice of a brighter color combination was made.

Over the years, with TV and film eclipsing the popularity of print comics, the logo has taken on a darker color to portray the character and their personality better. Now sporting a deep black over dark grey, the new design suits Gotham’s vigilante aesthetic far better than any previous logo.

Captain America Logo
Captain America Logo

Next up, we have Captain America’s logo. Unlike Batman, Cap is a character that acts in the open. Moreover, he is meant to be a role model and a rallying symbol for the entire United States of America.

That is why the symbol and his popular color palette contain bright shades and a distinct design meant to stand out rather than blend in.

Sporting the colors of the US flag, Captain America’s logo features a big and bright white star in the middle of the shield. Encircling the star are four alternating colorful blue and red bands, signifying America’s trademark “stars and stripes.”

The entire theme of this simple logo effectively portrays the character as a bright, shining beacon of hope, strength, and trustworthiness. That makes it one of the best examples of how logo design can affect a brand’s perception.

Punisher Logo

Punisher is another character that uses its logo design to affect how viewers perceive the brand. In the comics, the antihero is usually working against established villains, making a reader assume that the character is a hero. Yet, the actions of the Punisher are often quite similar to those used by the villains themselves.

Now, this might have confused comic fans who were not aware of the character’s fictional history. However, the logo for the Punisher makes it assume that he is anything but a superhero.

Utilizing an elongated white skull over a black background, the logo can be easily considered a symbol representing one of the bad guys. Now you might be thinking, doesn’t that cause mixed signals in the minds of the readers?

Surprisingly, no. The entire premise of the character is that the Punisher doesn’t want normals or other good guys thinking that he is a hero. Yet, he doesn’t care what his foes feel about him. That is why the symbol is the perfect identification for the Punisher and gives the accurate perception that the character hopes to portray.

Twitter Logo
Twitter Logo

Now let’s come to a real-life brand that has used a simple logo design to affect consumer perception.

The name, logo, and operating concept of Twitter have always been unique. Taking inspiration from the short and shrill sound a bird makes, the social media platform developed a way to communicate via short messages.

The logo is straightforward, featuring a simplified outline of a small bird’s body, effectively portraying the name. And when taken as part of a larger branding strategy, it is pretty ingenious. The logo brings to mind the name of the brand, which makes us remember the platform USP.

The bright blue color palette also signifies freedom of expression that is the platform’s hallmark.

Logo Design and Social Media

An essential aspect of logo design for your brand is that it should look and be perceived the same, whether for a digital medium or a physical one.

That is where social media comes in. As one of the most popular and vital marketing tools nowadays, your brand logo must be perfectly legible and compelling.

Featuring on various social media platforms on different screen sizes, such as Instagram, which allows a maximum resolution of 180 x180 pixels, your logo needs to be distinct to instill the desired perception.

That is how a logo’s design can affect its brand’s perception in the eyes of its consumers.

(This guest post is written by Amtul Rafay for Amtul is a content marketer at leading graphic design agency – Logo Poppin ( She loves to explore futuristic trends in the tech industry while believing in the influential power of research-backed opinions. Being passionate about blogging, she writes on a variety of topics including digital marketing, graphic designing, branding, and social media. Besides that, she is also fond of traveling & an avid reader by heart.)

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Fresh Resources for Web Designers and Developers (October 2021)

We’ve been running this series for several years now and feels like we are never running out of great new resources for designers and developers. In this round of the series, we have tools, articles and tutorials that both backend PHP developers and front-end developers.

We have got a resource to get dummy logo, a tool to generate image mockups, a GUI tool to scaffold your next cool application with Laravel, and a lot more.

Let’s jump in to get the full list.

Fresh Resources for Web Designers and Developers (September 2021)

Fresh Resources for Web Designers and Developers (September 2021)

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A web application to generate nicely prsent your code with image. You can customize the background color, the code editor frame, and the size. It supports many programming language such as PHP, JavaScript, as well as templating language like Twig. A handy tool to share code beatifully.


With PHP8, PHP got a boost of improvements including Fiber that’s coming to PHP8.1. This addition allows PHP manage concurrency operation natively, and developer to build framework on top of it such as to build “Event Loop”. Event Loop is a mecanism that will allow PHP to perform non-blocking I/O process. Not many reference for Event Loop on PHP, at the moment, but you can look into the same concept from the Node.js reference.


Laravel Storybook

This library integrates Storybook, a popular application to manage UI and design system, to Laravel. it allows that you can render unit of your Larvel components using the Blade templating and Storybook Server right within your Laravel app.

Laravel Storybook

VSCode WebView UI

A UI and design library for Visual Studio Code (VSCode) editor. It contains of common interface for the editor like the button, select, textarea and input. A great resource if you plan to build an extension for VSCode and maintain consistency of your extension with the editor.

VSCode WebView UI

Laravel Initializer

A web application to generate a scaffold with Laravel. The app supports on generating the bare Laravel framework, “Breeze” that already bundled with some utitlies (e.g. user authentication, UI framework), and “Jetstream” which is a more advanced upgraded version of Breeze. On top of that, you can also set the stack such as the database — whether you’d like to choose MySQL or PosgreSQL, Authentication method, Storage, Cache, and even the Payment system.

Laravel Initializer

PHP Flasher

A framework to manage a notification system with PHP. It allows you to show various type of notifications simultaneously, render notification from JSON, and even send notification to the OS system. If you’re a developer who is very comfortable with PHP, you will definitely will appreciate this framework.

PHP Flasher


A collection of free dummy logo you can display on your mockup, template, or dummy website and application. It has quite a handful of collection that’s designed to fit in any UI or graphic styles. You can customize the styles, color, and download each logo as SVG.



MJML is a markup that aims to make it easier when composing layout for email template. It’s abstracting the complexity of email template with its own HTML custom element. You can start adding the component. The doc is pretty comprehensive if you’ve just get started. And then you can compile the markup with the yarn build to get the real output you can send to emails.


Learn CSS

An initiaive from Google Developer to provide a comprehensive resource to learn CSS. It covers the very fundamental of CSS such as Box Model, Selectors, Cascade, and Inheritance and Specificity that gives a solid foundation of how CSS works. Whether you just got started or an advanced front-end developers will certainly level-up your CSS skills.

Learn CSS


ViteBook aims to provide a alternative to Storybook — a popular open-source tool to manage UI and design system. ViteBook key focus is performance with it being built on top of Vite.js. ViteBook is currently in early WIP. I’m looking forward to how it will evolve.



Encute is a PHP library to load and manage scripts and styles on WordPress with Object-oriented Programming (OOP) pattern. So we get a nicer syntax plus it adds some additional features. For example, you can enqueu script with “defer” or “async” load, and load it as a “module”


Bootstrap Icons

Bootstrap used to include FontAwesome icon in its bundle. It’s now created its own official set of icons. The set contains more than 1.300 icons. Each icon comes in two different styles, outline and filled style, and comes with two format font icon, and SVG. Like Bootstrap, these icons are free forever.

Bootstrap Icons


An initiative and collaborative effort from web developers and engineers to create standard user interface with an open specification that developer can adopt and implment regardless of the platform used on the website. It’s currently still in a work in progress. I’m looking forward how this will affect the web development in the future.



An algortihm to generate a “blur” representation of an image. This gives you a small beautiful image that you can use as a placeholder while the real image is loaded fully. No more ugly empty boxes.



Have you encountered CORS error on your website? Are you wondering how that happens and how to fix it properly? This article provides all the answer with detailed in-depth explanation.



Mo is a handy CLI utility that allows you to find unused Node.js modules from, your computer system. It will also examine memory usage and provide you an option if you want to remove it from your computer. It’s great way to free up some disk space in your computer.


Bundlers Tooling Report

“Bundlers Tooling Report” provides a detailed report of features of a bundler. There are several on the list such as Webpack, Browserify, Rollup, and Parcel. If you’re not sure which one is would be fit in your application, this report should help you.

Bundlers Tooling Report


A set of more than 120 components to build modern web and application with React. Aside of components, it also provides a list of custom React Hooks that can be handy in a lot of situation such as to accessing the DOM reference, perform “debounced” function, state management, etc.



An open-source Node.js based Headless CMS. It helps developer build appliation or site with custom datamodel faster. You simply need to describe the schema, It will automatically provide you the UI as well as GraphQL API to access the data on the front-end.



A handy tool to generate dummy image or mockup. Instead of generating random image, it allows you to choose the theme of the image. Such as the “movie” will generate the list image movie poster image, “album” to generate music album cover, and “game” to generate game cover image. You can select that would fit in the theme of your website.


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Weekly News for Designers № 615

DOOM Rendered via Checkboxes – Check out this playable version of the classic game recreated with checkboxes.
Example from DOOM Rendered via Checkboxes

In Web Design, Easier Doesn’t Always Mean Better – Why products that promise an easier experience may not be the best option.
Example from In Web Design, Easier Doesn’t Always Mean Better

WebVitalsRobot – Analyze your website and be alerted when its Core Web Vitals scores go down.
Example from WebVitalsRobot

CSS is Going Gosh-Darned Hog Wild, I Tell Ya What – A look at new CSS features that are examples of progress and innovation.
Example from CSS is Going Gosh-Darned Hog Wild, I Tell Ya What

Redesigning PowerToys for Windows 11 – How the PowerToys project adapted to Microsoft’s latest OS.
Example from Redesigning PowerToys for Windows 11

Building a multi-select component – How to build a responsive, adaptive, and accessible, multiselect component for sort and filter user experiences.
Example from Building a multi-select component

8 ASCII Artwork Snippets That Utilize CSS & JavaScript – How old-school ASCII artwork is being super-charged by the latest web technologies.
Example from 8 ASCII Artwork Snippets That Utilize CSS & JavaScript

futurecoder – This free tool will help you learn Python from scratch.
Example from futurecoder

replace-jquery – A library that locates jQuery methods in your project and provides vanilla JS alternatives.
Example from replace-jquery

25 Quirky & Highly Creative Free Fonts for Designers – These free fonts may not be for everyone, but they will undoubtedly help get your creative juices flowing.
Example from 25 Quirky & Highly Creative Free Fonts for Designers

Free iPhone 13 Mockup – Download this collection of 30 high-quality mockups for Apple’s flagship phone.
Example from Free iPhone 13 Mockup

The Types of Freelance Design Clients You Should Avoid – Why it will always cost you more to maintain a bad client than it’s worth.
Example from The Types of Freelance Design Clients You Should Avoid

iconsax – A collection of 1,000 icons, featuring six different style variations.
Example from iconsax

Smart CSS Solutions For Common UI Challenges – Learn how to solve common problems with modern CSS.
Example from Smart CSS Solutions For Common UI Challenges

20 Beautifully Designed Coming Soon Pages for Inspiration – Get inspired and create anticipation for your projects with these outstanding coming soon pages.
Example from 20 Beautifully Designed Coming Soon Pages for Inspiration

CSS background patterns – Find your new favorite background with this free CSS generator.
Example from CSS background patterns

CSS Nesting, specificity and you – How native CSS nesting will impact your workflow.
Example from CSS Nesting, specificity and you

Focus – A collaboration platform for designers, developers and product teams, directly within Adobe XD.
Example from Focus

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30 Fantastic Branding Identity Mockup Templates for Photoshop

Branding isn’t just what you do. It’s also how you present yourself. So when you’re creating your next branding strategy for your own products or clients, it’s important to take visuals into account.

Yes, you could create a few versions of the branding materials and call it a day, letting your client pick the ones they like the most. But let’s be real: it’s one thing to see your design on a computer screen, and it’s another to see it in real life.

What would your design look like on stationery? Would the logo fit on the pen your clients are planning on giving away to their own customers? Does the business card carry the weight of expertise, backed by professional design and structured information?

If you’re a designer, you know how much a single branding identity material can say. It’s a game-changer. So the next time you prepare branding identity materials, look into mockups.

Realistic representations of what your designs would look like in 3D and when placed in various settings, branding identity mockups help you assess your own designs and convince your clients.

From business cards and coffee cups to stationery and contextual mockups, there’s something for every project you’re passionate about in this beautiful collection of branding identity mockup templates for Photoshop.

You might also like our inspiring collection of beautifully designed brand presentations.

Craft Branding Mockup Templates (Photoshop PSD)

Natural and versatile, this craft branding mockup template set lends itself perfectly to your artistic vision. You’ll get 10 different mockups to create a professional stationery branding kit in Photoshop; from envelopes, to business cards. You can completely adjust colors, backgrounds, and shadows to get beautiful, photo-realistic results.

Corporate Identity / Branding Mockup Templates (Photoshop PSD)

Simple and professional, these branding identity mockup templates are perfect for companies and corporations. You can pick from 3 different styles for phone, envelope, business card, and other mockups. You can hide the ones you don’t want, and easily win over your audience with a photo realistic presentation!

Corporate Identity Branding Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Corporate Identity Branding Mockup Templates (Photoshop PSD)

Minimalist and incredibly professional, these isometric corporate branding identity mockups for Photoshop are perfect for B2B audiences! Composed of crucial mockups such as stationery, business cards, small boxes, and envelopes, this set offers a simple way to showcase your design. Add it to your branding toolkit, and wow your clients!

Corporate Identity Branding Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Coffee Cup & Business Cards Mockup Templates (Photoshop PSD)

There’s nothing like the smell of coffee in the morning. Evoke that feeling in your clients with this beautiful coffee cup and business cards mockup template set! It’s easy to customize both the colors and designs of business cards, coffee cups and bags, and sugar packets.

Coffee Cup Business Cards Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Colorful Stationery Branding Mockup Templates (Photoshop PSD)

Elegant and sophisticated, this stationary branding mockup template set is perfect for your next presentation. Pick from various elements; from standard branding mockups such as business cards and letterheads, to leather files and CDs. You’ll also get 5 different PSD scenes – there really is something for everyone!

Colorful Stationery Branding Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Stylish Stationery Branding Mockup Templates (Photoshop PSD)

Feminine and elegant, this set of branding identity mockups is perfect for highlighting your stationery designs. Choose from 3 PSD scenes featuring elements such as: envelopes, jewel cases, CDs, brochures, and more. You can easily customize the mockups and change the background in Photoshop to get beautiful and photo-realistic results.

Stylish Stationery Branding Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Blank Corporate Identity Set Mockup Templates (Photoshop PSD)

If you want your branding identity to shine, choose this corporate identity mockup set. With plenty of elements (which also include lanyard straps, flash drives, lighters, and more), you can make sure that your design fits your clients’ needs. Easily add your work in Photoshop, and delight your audience!

Blank Corporate Identity Set Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Coffee Cup Mockup Featuring Sugar Packets & Business Cards (Photoshop PSD)

Pull your audience into the atmosphere of your designs with this adorable branding identity mockup template set. Featuring two paper cups, sugar bags, and business cards, you’ll get everything you need for simple branding presentation! And the professionally-lit and set scene promises beautiful, photo-realistic results for your presentation.

Coffee Cup Featuring Sugar Packets Business Cards Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Minimal Stationery Branding Mock-Up (Photoshop PSD)

Photo-realistic and elegant, this minimal stationery branding mockup template comes with everything you need to share your vision with the world. From flash drives and business cards, to letterheads, and pens, you’ll get plenty of options to showcase your design. You can even edit background textures and colors!

Minimal Stationery Branding Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Corporate Branding Identity Mock-ups (Photoshop PSD)

Perfect for tech brands, this corporate branding identity mockup set for Photoshop has everything you need: 8 photo-realistic PSD scenes, elements such as business cards and letterheads, as well as shopping bags and diaries with decorative elements. Mix and match to get beautiful results that seamlessly combine professional and practical!

Corporate Branding Identity Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Black & Yellow Corporate Identity Set Mockup Templates (Photoshop PSD)

Make your branding stand out with this corporate branding identity set! It’s a perfect fit if you’re working on a corporate project, and want to showcase bold logos in colors complementary to black and yellow. Add your branding to mugs, lanyards, envelopes, flash drives, and more!

Black Yellow Corporate Identity Set Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Sketchbook Mockup Featuring Watercolor Paints & Brushes (Photoshop PSD)

Perfect for showcasing your art, this sketchbook mockup with decorative watercolors and brushes will delight you! It’s really easy to customize; in just a few clicks, you’ll add two designs, your logo, and even customize the notebook color. Let the world see how talented you are!

Sketchbook Mockup Featuring Watercolor Paints Brushes Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Multiple Blank Branding & Stationery Mockup Templates (Photoshop PSD)

Photo-realistic and effective, these branding and stationary mockup templates for Photoshop are perfect for putting your designs in the spotlight. Featuring elements such as business cards, pencils, and tablets, this branding identity set offers incredibly photo-realistic results. You’ll get 7 distinct mockups and replaceable backgrounds for beautiful presentations!

Multiple Blank Branding Stationery Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Branding / Stationery Mock-Up (Photoshop PSD)

Fun, yet professional, these branding stationery mockup templates offer everything you need to amaze your clients! With 7 PSD files, and plenty of elements such as: papers, folders, envelopes, badges, tubes, and pencils, you’ll love showcasing your designs. You can easily change the color of backgrounds and elements!

Branding Stationery Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Stationery Set Scene Creator Mockup Templates (Photoshop PSD)

With an already set scene and endless combinations, these branding identity mockup templates are easy to customize in Photoshop. Pick from a plethora of elements such as coffee cups, letterheads, tubes, and flash drives. Then, combine them as you see fit, replace the background texture, and have fun while presenting!

Stationery Set Scene Creator Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Stationery Branding Mockup Creator (Photoshop PSD)

With photo-realistic scenes and over 60 elements, this versatile stationary branding identity mockup creator is an absolute dreamboat. Add your designs, change the background textures and colors, add layer styles (unlimited foil stamp colors), and more! Add this set to your kit – you can use it for every project!

Stationery Branding Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Office Stationery Branding Mockup Templates (Photoshop PSD)

Realistic and personable, these office stationary branding mockup templates are perfect for friendly, down-to-Earth brands that want to emphasize their personality. With elements like letterheads and CDs, and 5 different scenes, you can easily bring your designs closer to your audience. All it takes is a few clicks in Photoshop!

Office Stationery Branding Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Business Stationery Set Mockup 1 (Photoshop PSD)

A professional flat-lay business stationery mockup set, this asset is perfect for presenting your branding identity designs in a simple and straightforward manner. You’ll get a few key elements set against a blue backdrop, such as letterheads, business cards, and envelopes, all easily customizable with Photoshop smart objects.

Business Stationery Set Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Coffee Branding Mockup Templates (Photoshop PSD)

Coffee branding and merchandising has never looked this good! This gorgeous set of photo-realistic coffee branding mockups comes with all the elements you need: coffee and sugar bags, cups, shopping bags, brochures, and more! And with 5 beautiful PSD scenes, your audience will really wake up and smell the coffee!

Coffee Branding Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Branding Mockup Essentials Vol. 1 (Photoshop PSD)

You’ve never seen a set of branding identity essentials as comprehensive as this one! With five different PSD mockups, and every element under the sun (from lanyards and tubes, to professional business cards and journals), you’ll get everything you need for a perfect corporate branding presentation!

Branding Mockup Essentials Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Mugs at a Table with Beer Bottles Mockup Templates (Photoshop PSD)

If you’re working with a beer brand, it’s time to display your designs in an informal setting. And nothing works better than this mockup template featuring two people clinking beer mugs. You can customize the tablet illustration, as well as the beer bottle labels. Have fun!

Mugs Table Beer Bottles Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Athena Branding Mockup Templates (Photoshop PSD)

Elegant and depicted in earthy tones, Athena branding identity mockup templates are a perfect fit for fashion, beauty, and other aesthetically-conscious brands. You can completely customize the 11 branding mockups: adjust colors, replace the background, and add foil stamping. Make your designs shine with these stunning, photo-realistic branding identity templates!

Athena Branding Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Corporate Identity Mockup Templates (Photoshop PSD)

A pristine 2D and 3D corporate identity mockup templates for Photoshop, this set comes with all the essentials (tablet, phone, letterhead, business cards, envelopes, and more). You can easily customize these branding identity mockup templates with Photoshop smart objects to create professional and photo-realistic presentations your corporate clients will adore.

Corporate Identity Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Luxury Branding Mockup Templates (Photoshop PSD)

Nothing says luxury more than this branding identity mockup set! With 6 high-quality background textures, and 11 Photoshop elements, you can paint an atmospheric picture with your designs depicted on leather file covers, crisp envelopes, and business cards that send a clear message: this is a brand you can trust.

Luxury Branding Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Branding & Identity Mock-up (Photoshop PSD)

This simple, photo-realistic branding identity mockup template set will help you create a convincing presentation! Pick from 9 incredible mockups, change the background color, and add your designs to: lanyards, envelopes, business cards, and other corporate identity essentials. Save time, and showcase your work with these phenomenal corporate identity mockups!

Branding Identity Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Blck Branding Mockup Kit (Photoshop PSD)

Let your audience get up close and personal with your design through this atmospheric branding mockup kit. The scene is staged – and it’s time for your designs to shine! Change colors and backgrounds, experiment with foil stamping, and make this mockup work for you and your brand.

Blck Branding Kit Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Corporate Identity Set on Desk Mockup Templates (Photoshop PSD)

Envision your designs in their true environment: a desk. This corporate branding mockup allows you to add your logos and other graphics to elements such as: screens (laptop, tablet, phone, and Mac), letterheads and envelopes, coffee cups, tubes, and more! Add designs in Photoshop, and your clients will love you!

Corporate Identity Set Desk Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Branding & Identity Mockup Templates (Photoshop PSD)

Dynamic and interesting, these branding identity mockup templates are a perfect fit for engaging brands! Easily add your designs to letterheads, tri-fold brochures, calendars, hangers, and more! You’ll definitely get plenty of options, including 2 photo-realistic scenes. Not even the sky is the limit with these branding mockups!

Branding Identity Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Copperstone Branding Mockup Vol. 3 (Photoshop PSD)

Create a stunning brand presentation with these beautiful branding identity mockups. Copperstone branding templates for Photoshop contain 10 PSD files, as well as plenty of options such as selective foil stamping, customizable backgrounds and colors, and more! Professionally lit, these mockups offer incredibly photo-realistic results that your clients will love.

Copperstone Branding Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Coffee Branding Mockup Templates (Photoshop PSD)

Working with a coffee brand, or just designing visual identity for coffee lovers? These coffee branding mockup templates are the perfect choice! With plenty of elements (including coffee bags, shopping bags, and labels), and customization options for shadows, backgrounds, and colors, you’ll love creating your next branding presentation!

Coffee Branding Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Back to School Office Supplies Mockup Templates (Photoshop PSD)

Can school actually be cool? You bet! These back-to-school and office supplies mockups prove that everything is possible with a design as gorgeous as yours. Pick from plenty of elements (notebooks, screens, envelopes, erasers, glue, and more), adjust the background and colors, and get ready to amaze with your presentation!

Back to School Office Supplies Photoshop PSD Mockup Template

Show your brand’s personality! Your design is the first gateway to your brand. And when you’re creating branding identity materials, you have to make sure that they’re enticing and keep the prospect interested in your products.

Fortunately, you no longer have to rely on your hunch. Instead, pick one of these beautiful mockups, and show your clients how they’ll win over their customers. From coffee cups to stationery mockups, you’ll get plenty of incredible options.

More Mockup Templates: Banners, Books, Booklets, Bottles, Box Packaging, Dresses, Flyers, Frames, Hoodies, iPads, iPhones, Laptops, Logos, MacBooks, Magazines, Mobile Apps, Mobile Devices, Mugs, Packaging, Sweatshirts, T-Shirts, Tote Bags.

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Fresh Resources for Web Designers and Developers (August 2021)

There are new tools and techniques coming up every day in the field of web development. And sometimes, it gets pretty difficult to keep up with all the new advancements.

Therefore, in this post, we’ve put together some of the most exciting resources to help our fellow web developers to stay up to date. In this round of the series, we have tools and frameworks, a couple of learning materials, and some design resources. Without further ado, let’s jump to the full list.

Fresh Resources for Web Designers and Developers (July 2021)

Fresh Resources for Web Designers and Developers (July 2021)

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A test framework for JavaScript with some interesting takes. First, it includes a nice-looking UI where you can run and monitor the tests of each file.

Secondly, it supports modern JavaScript out-of-the-box, including Aysnc/Promise, TypeScript, and many more to come. All these I think make it stands out from the rest of similar frameworks.

Awesome Guidelines

Awesome Guidelines contains guidelines for code standard and best practices for many programming languages, frameworks, and development environments.

So, if you’re managing a team of developers, this would be a great reference for you to formulate guidelines for your team. You need to have it in your bookmark.


IDB KeyVal

Did you know that browser has a built-in database? It’s called IndexedDB. It works similar to SQL where you can add a database and the columns except that it lives right in the browser.

This library makes it easy to deal with IndexedDB. It addresses all the quirks and compatibility across the different browsers and versions.


Github Open Graph Image

Github has made an interesting update to their platform. Before this update, it used to looked weird when shared a repository URL from Github as it shows the repository author.

Now with the update, Github shows a more relevant image to the repository which includes the repository name, languages, author, etc. In this blog post, Github shared how it works behind the scene.


Absurd Design

A collection of abstract illustrations that look absurd. If you ever need to design a website with a unique persona, you can try to use these illustrations in your design. The illustration comes in two formats: PNG and SVG.



A custom VSCode theme. It comes in a light and dark color scheme and looks great in Retina and in HTML, CSS, and JS codes. Another nice looking theme, you should install to give your code editor a fresh look.


Schema API

A tool where you can parse a website to get structured meta data of the website defined in A pretty handy tool to spy on what your competitors are doing with their metadata. Also, it’s free.



A collection of icons designed for web designers and developers. The collection contains more than 1500 icons from various categories. Here you can find some regular icons to build websites and apps as well as logos of popular tech and services.



A lightweight JavaScript library to highlight code syntax with the proper color. It’s fast and supports 100 languages out-of-the-box including one written in traditional Chinese. It also includes some popular themes such as Monokai, Dracula, Github both dark and the light versions.

Bulletproof React

A pre-defined architecture that covers almost everything you need to build a robust application using React.js. It sets the directory structure and configuration, styled components, state management, authentication, testing, etc.

It’s a great time saver and allows you to start developing immediately. If you ever need to build an application with React.js, this is a great starting point.



A library to render code syntax with a proper color that requires no JavaScript. Yes! unlike similar libraries for the purpose, Torchlight runs on the server-end and outputs a fully rendered HTML with the syntax colors. It supports many lanuages and provides several themes out-of-the-box.


Laravel Zero

A framework to create a command-line (CLI) using Laravel. It comes with some different takes than one built-in Laravel. For example, it adds support for an interactive menu where you can select options right in Terminal, and the ability to send a desktop notification to name a few. It’s a framework to build a robust CLI application.


WP-CLI Fixtures

A WP-CLI extension to generate dummy content. You can generate not only posts but other types of content in WordPress such as Menu, Taxonomy, and Users. This comes in handy for performing automated testing.



Starship is a tool that extends the Shell environment. It adds command completion, extra information of your current projects such as the current Git branch, Git metrics, and version of the current programming language.

It also provides many options that make Shell environment more joyful to use and boost productivity.



A modern command-line application to perform HTTP requests. Unlike some of the existing apps, HTTPie provides a more intuitive syntax. It also has JSON support built-in with more readable output. It’s an all-around HTTP client that helps you be more productive when dealing with HTTP requests.


Learn Anything

Interested in learning something new but not sure where to get started? Head over to this unique search engine that will provide you with guidelines and resources for learning materials. You can search anything – from web design to mobile applications, etc.


VSCode JS Debug

The new and improved JavaScript debugger for Visual Studio Code. It works across different platforms, not only in the browser like Chrome and Edge but also Node.js environment and a VSCode extension.


Lint Staged

Keep your source in compliance with the code standard with this extension. It allows you to check code upon staging it in Git and would prevent it to push before it passes the check. It’s pretty handy if you manage a project in a team or open-source with multiple contributors.



This PHP library allows you to orchestrate a Chrome-headless through PHP. You can use this library to run some automation testing in the browser. I’m sure PHP developers would appreciate this library as they can maintain most of their projects that are using a single language: PHP.


Vitesse WebExt

A boilerplate and development environment to get you up quickly on developing browser extensions built on top of Vue.js and its supporting components.

It also has taken care of the prerequisite configurations such as with the WebExtension polyfills, WindiCSS for styling, ESLint for code lint, TypeScript, etc.


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10 Free Plugins to Supercharge WordPress Comments

Commenting is built right into WordPress – which is great. But utilizing the default setup is an invitation to a big old mess.

Annoyances such as spam and the potential for abuse can make a blogger seriously consider closing off comments altogether. It’s understandable but far from hopeless.

There are several quality plugins out there to help take the pain out of utilizing comments on your WordPress website. Here are 10 worth considering when you’re looking to improve an otherwise unruly situation.

Lazy Load for Comments

A long thread of comments can be a drag on site performance. Lazy Load for Comments helps by deferring this content until it’s actually in view.

Choose between loading comments on scroll or via a button click. Either way, it should speed up your website.

Disable Comments – Remove Comments & Stop Spam

Perhaps there are certain areas of your website where you’d like to turn off commenting. Disable Comments can help. The plugin lets you remove commenting from any WordPress post type.

If you’re using multisite, it will also let you turn off comments for individual network sites as well. And, if you no longer use comments, you can disable them completely.

Disable Comments – Remove Comments & Stop Spam

WP Social Comments

Facebook has billions of users. Therefore, it’s likely that your site’s readers also have an account with the social media behemoth. WP Social Comments lets you take advantage by integrating Facebook-based comments onto your website.

The pro version of the plugin offers more customization and the ability to moderate comments directly from the Facebook app.

WP Social Comments

DCO Comment Attachment

Community-based websites may find DCO Comment Attachment quite handy. As the name suggests, it allows file attachments to be uploaded in the WordPress comments area.

Administrators can restrict the feature to logged-in users, specific file types, and choose how those files are displayed. It even works in conjunction with various lightbox plugins.

DCO Comment Attachment

Subscribe To Comments Reloaded

Subscribe To Comments Reloaded provides your readers an opportunity to receive new comment notifications via email.

Admins will love that the emails can be fully customized (HTML is allowed) and that subscriptions can be disabled for specific posts.

Subscribe To Comments Reloaded

Akismet Anti-Spam

Sure, everybody knows about this one. But if you haven’t used it, you’re missing out. There’s a reason why Akismet is included by default with every WordPress install – it works. Spam is reduced to rubble as the plugin scans incoming comments.

You can even choose to automatically discard comments marked as spam – a real timesaver. The plugin is free to use for personal blogs, but commercial use requires a subscription.

Akismet Anti-Spam


The biggest problem when it comes to comment spam is those pesky bots. They hammer away at any post with open comments. Trying to squash it on your own will drive you crazy. Anti-Spam is there to do away with spam that comes from bots.

Just install the plugin, and it will start detecting and removing the junk. Their pro version will also help you take care of spam from human sources as well.



wpDiscuz provides a boost to the native WordPress comment system. It uses Ajax, so everything loads super-fast. You can also create your own custom comment form fields to gather more extensive user info.

Plus, it’s compatible with other popular plugins such as Akismet and BuddyPress (commercial add-ons are available for more integrations). Overall, it’s a completely modern facelift for commenting.


WP Ajaxify Comments

So maybe your comments area doesn’t need a total facelift – just some more efficiency. WP Ajaxify Comments will do that in the form of adding in some common-sense Ajax.

That means comments will be validated and loaded in without the need to refresh your entire post. It takes some load off of your server and generally makes for a better user experience.

WP Ajaxify Comments

Decent Comments

Decent Comments provides a highly-configurable widget, shortcode and API that enables you to display recent comments on your site.

Author avatars, excerpts, links and more can be included. Just about every aspect of the plugin is configurable to fit your needs.

Decent Comments

A Few Worthy Comments

A well-managed commenting system can be of great benefit to a WordPress blog. While you can’t necessarily make everyone behave themselves, you certainly can provide readers with a place to voice their opinions and ask questions. Above all, it’s about making a connection.

The tools above can help get you by making the experience more pleasant for everybody.

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Defining a Vision for Your Web Design Business

One of the great aspects of starting your own web design business is that you can tailor it to fit your vision. Work with who you want, when you want, and set your own pricing. Sounds pretty ideal, right?

But what if you don’t have a clear vision of what your business should be? If that sounds like your situation, you’re not alone.

Figuring out what you want often takes time. In my case, it took several years of freelancing before I realized the path I wanted to take. And even then, things shift as the industry continues to evolve. Nothing is set in stone.

If you’ve yet to find that vision, you’re in the right place. Let’s look at some ways to better understand who you are and what you want out of web design.

Work with a Variety of Clients and Project Types

Not everyone starts out with a niche. But in an industry teeming with specialization, it’s easy to feel left behind without one.

However, there’s no reason to despair. In reality, you’re in an enviable position. It’s an opportunity to explore what’s out there, build your portfolio, and acquire valuable experience.

Since you’re not weighed down by a particular path, use this time wisely. Commit to working with a variety of different clients and types of projects.

This is often an effective way to get to know yourself. By covering the gamut of projects, you’ll find out which tools and technologies you enjoy working with. And it’s also a chance to learn which industries and price ranges work best with your business.

You should still have some basic guidelines, of course. For instance, it’s important to work with reputable clients who will compensate you fairly. A healthy screening process is always recommended.

The goal is to put yourself out there and absorb knowledge like a sponge. That’s the first critical step in building a vision.

Take Stock of Previous Projects

Each project is a learning experience. Therefore, the more you have under your belt, the better! Take some time to periodically revisit what you’ve learned.

When you look back, you’ll likely see that not every experience will have been a positive one. But those negative projects tend to be some of the most valuable. You can recognize missteps and figure out how to avoid them the next time around.

In addition, you’ll have a great idea of the things you don’t like. Whether it’s a finicky content management system (CMS) or a client who’s constantly changing their mind, these are important things to know.

Next, think about the positive experiences. What did they have in common? Perhaps they brought out your creativity or offered some exciting challenges.

This is when you can start to steer your business towards the places you want to go. Even if you don’t have a definitive vision just yet, you’ll be well on your way.

A person writing in a notebook.

Embrace Flexibility

Web design changes year-by-year, day-by-day. Design trends come and go, as do the techniques we use for building websites. Just as important, client needs and expectations evolve.

That likely means your business will need to keep pace. After all, it can be nearly impossible to keep doing the same old thing while continuing to thrive.

As such, don’t be afraid to redefine your vision. Maybe you’ve settled on a particular type of project or technology you want to work with. That’s great – but don’t let it prevent you from branching out into other areas of interest.

Back when I started out as a web designer, I hand-coded HTML and created page layouts with tables. We may get a good laugh out of that now, because so much has changed. However, it’s unlikely that I’d still be in this profession without having kept up with the times.

Being steadfast in your vision is one thing. Being unable or unwilling to make the necessary adjustments is another. Sometimes, the writing is on the wall. Be attentive enough to read it.

A sign that reads Live, Work, Create

Your Business, Your Way

Defining a vision for your web design business can bring about an entirely new level of focus. Instead of taking whatever comes along, you can look for projects with specific goals in mind.

This allows you to avoid the things you don’t want to do. Even better, it will help to establish you as an expert within your niche. You’ll have a detailed understanding of how to get things done. This is a huge benefit of specialization.

If you haven’t reached that point just yet – don’t worry. The journey takes time and will be filled with peaks and valleys. Besides, figuring it all out is part of the fun!

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20 Beautifully Designed Coming Soon Pages for Inspiration

If you are working on a new website, service, or app, you should consider getting a jump start on your marketing campaigns by having a presence online that you can show to potential users or buyers, so that when you do launch, you can hit the ground running.

Coming soon pages are the first step in that process. You certainly aren’t showing the finished product – but it’s enough to start building up a social media following, gauge product interest, or even to get users to register for beta testing when ready.

But just because it’s only a temporary landing page, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be thoughtfully designed. The quality of the coming soon page you create can greatly impact the success of your product.

As it’s so important to have a thoughtfully designed coming soon page, we have a collection of some of our favorites. The coming soon pages are all fairly recent examples of pages that we think do a great job of explaining the product and building hype and excitement for those people who would be the service’s target audience.

If you are working on a startup or are looking to create your own prelaunch landing page, we hope this collection gives you plenty of inspiration and ideas.

Coming Soon Page Concept by Oksana Zenicheva

Coming Soon Website Template for Figma & Photoshop by Peter Draw

Website Template Figma Photoshop coming soon page web design inspiration

The Oleos Coming Soon Page by Designesia

The Oleos coming soon page web design inspiration

Minimal Coming Soon Concept by Hijin Nam

Minimal coming soon page web design inspiration

Under Construction Figma & Photoshop Website Template by Peter Draw

Under Construction Figma Photoshop Website Template coming soon page web design inspiration

Flow UI Coming Soon Design by Ildiko Gaspar

Flow UI coming soon page web design inspiration

OceanSide Coming Soon HTML Template by WpWay

OceanSide HTML Template coming soon page web design inspiration

Coders at Work Coming Soon Page Design by Abhinav Khare

Coders at Work coming soon page web design inspiration

Iosoon Coming Soon HTML Template by Brandio

Iosoon coming soon page web design inspiration

We Are Coding Coming Soon Page Idea by Eddie Enkhtuya

We Are Coding Idea coming soon page web design inspiration

Base Apparel Coming Soon Page by Gary Byrne

Base Apparel coming soon page web design inspiration

VYPO Coming Soon Page by Jorge Toloza

VYPO coming soon page web design inspiration

Innovo Coming Soon HTML Template by ThemeStarz

Innovo HTML Template coming soon page web design inspiration

Raftel Coming Soon Illustration by Nugraha Jati Utama

Raftel Coming Soon Illustration page web design inspiration

Khronos 2.0 Coming Soon Page by Styleshout

Khronos 2.0 coming soon page web design inspiration

Flight Coming Soon Concept by Nathalie Tran

Flight coming soon page web design inspiration

Coming Soon & Error Page Ideas by Huyền Nguyễn

Error Page Ideas coming soon page web design inspiration

Hermes Grau Personal Coming Soon Page by Hermes Grau

Hermes Grau Personal coming soon page web design inspiration

Zoon Coming Soon Template by Styleshout

Zoon coming soon page web design inspiration

Riot & Rebel Minimal Holding Page by Alex Dixon

Riot Rebel Minimal Holding coming soon page web design inspiration

Hero Section Coming Soon Concept by Irshad Meer

Hero Section coming soon page web design inspiration

Generally, the best pre-launch or coming soon pages all do three things well:

  1. They build excitement by giving a quick, short insight into what the product will do, and what problems it solves.
  2. They give some finer details about the features and benefits that it will have.
  3. And finally, and perhaps most importantly, they give visitors the ability to sign up and register interest.

That last step is fundamentally crucial, as it means that – come launch time – you have a (hopefully large) list of potential users or buyers that you can contact to let them know your new product has launched. Good luck!

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