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When I launched Vandelay Design in 2007, I had a full-time job and I was looking to find some web design clients as a way of making money on the side. Ultimately, I wanted to be able to take my web design work full-time, but in order to do that, I needed clients. During the […]

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The idea of starting and running a business of your own is exciting yet intimidating to new entrepreneurs. There is no perfect formula for creating a successful business online out there, but there are wise pieces of advice from the “been there, done that” entrepreneurs, that you can follow and skip unnecessary mistakes to stand […]

The post 15 Advanced Tips for Young and Aspiring Entrepreneurs appeared first on Vandelay Design.

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In today’s tutorial, we’re going to take a close look behind the process of creating a text file icon, and see how easy it is to create one from scratch using just a couple of basic geometric shapes. So, assuming you already have Illustrator up and running, let’s jump straight into it! Tutorial Details: Text […]

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Welcome back to another Adobe Illustrator tutorial, in which we’re going to take a close look behind the process of creating a music file icon, and see what it takes to build one from scratch using just a couple of basic geometric shapes. So, assuming you already have the software up and running, let’s jump […]

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In today’s tutorial we’re going to take a close look behind the process of creating an email themed icon pack, and see how easy it is to create each asset using nothing more than a couple of basic geometric shapes that we’re going to adjust here and there. So, assuming you already have Illustrator up […]

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Creating posters with Photoshop can be a lot of fun and there are unlimited opportunities. In these tutorials you'll learn some new ways to enhance your Photoshop skills while creating posters for all kinds of purposes. A lot of different styles of design are represented, and each one takes a different approach to get to the end result. You can follow some of the tutorials step-by-step, or browse them and find parts that you want to use in your own design projects. Either way, you're sure to be able to learn some new skills and techniques if you're interested in improving at Photoshop and poster design.

Design a Gorgeous Geisha Art Poster in Photoshop

This poster has an awesome textured watercolor effect that looks great and is pretty easy to accomplish.

The post 35+ Photoshop Tutorials for Designing Your Own Posters appeared first on Vandelay Design.

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The portfolio websites of designers are often excellent sources of inspiration. Portfolio sites frequently demonstrate exceptional creativity and attention to detail, and they often showcase creativity and take some risks that may not be possible with other types of websites. In this post we'll take a look at what makes a portfolio site successful and we'll feature 25 outstanding portfolio sites that are worth a look. You'll find designs from a variety of styles here, including minimal, illustrated, nature-inspired, textured, brightly colored, and more. Whether you are looking for inspiration to put to use in the design of your own portfolio site, or just want to browse some excellent websites, you'll find something to like in this collection...

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Mega menus are often used on large sites that have the considerable number of pages for users to navigate. Rather than just using a dropdown, the mega menu opens offering more options. While mega menus can make it easier for users to get deeper into a site with fewer clicks, the vast number of links […]

The post Web Design Mega Menu Examples for Design Inspiration appeared first on Vandelay Design.

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The idea of parallax design is simply an awareness of movement. More specifically, the word 'parallax' is used to describe the perception of distance between objects while moving along a line of sight. For example the objects nearest to you in space will seem to move quicker and more dynamically than "background" objects. So parallax is just a measurement of the difference in position between 2 points from the viewer's perspective. Since the objects aren't really moving it's just a type of illusion like 2D animation.

One of the simplest ways to understand design is through example. Let's take a glimpse into specific trends used to create parallax design features in website layouts.

The post The Ultimate Guide to Parallax Scrolling: Best Practices, Examples and Tutorials appeared first on Vandelay Design.

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For many churches the website is an invaluable communications tool. The website can be extremely useful for helping new people to find the church, which can increase the growth of the church. Also, the website can help regular attendees and church members to get information on programs and events of the church.

Despite the enormous possibilities for church websites, many of them are ineffective. With that in mind let's take a detailed look at the subject of church websites, what makes them effective, and showcase some of the best examples.

The post 40 Beautiful Church Website Designs appeared first on Vandelay Design.

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