Would you like to make a short journey right now? Come on, it won’t take too much time, however, strong emotions are guaranteed! You don’t even need to pack your bags and spend money for the tickets as some of the places we want to show you can hardly exist. They were created by the imaginative mind of designers to give rise to initial public interest towards the movies they promote.

All those movie posters got into our today’s collection not by chance; on the contrary, they were thoroughly handpicked because of the beautiful real and futuristic environments. They depict fairy forests, contemporary cityscapes, boundless grassy plains, wild jungle, unknown planets, queer streets, ancient castles, stormy water and many other things…The posters take us away to the obscure places on Earth and in the outer space. Peering at their colors, effects and compositions, you understand that every minor detail is important for conveying the mood and plot. All of them tell us part of the story and if it seems interesting, we go to watch the movie and get to know the rest of it.

So, it’s time to start! We are sure that you will find the trip rather inspiring and who knows, maybe some new design ideas are lying in wait for you somewhere “on stranger tides”.

Oz: The Great and Powerful

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

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It’s time for an interesting review with catchy examples. What can it be this Wednesday? Best Designed eCommerce Sites are on the newsstand today along with highlighting the tips for making these designs sell.

There are no secrets, just the rules, observing which, you can create a good eCommerce design that will drive more visitors and turn them into your customers. But before you raise a profit, you should set up a solid basis for the future success. What is it? A profitable online store starts with a good design, and such good designs you’ll see in the examples of existing sites below. Looking at them and analyzing, you can find out certain points that are aimed at gaining the maximum eCommerce performance. Let’s enumerate them.

  • Cool sliders in the header for presenting the featured items. There is a variety of choices for sliders that offers you to choose the one that will certainly focus visitor’s attention on the products.
  • Good visibility of products. Usually, they are placed against the neutral background for the better visibility.
  • Easy-to-perceive content structure . It can be presented in the grid style or tiles, but some creative solutions are also very welcome.
  • Catchy design elements can bring the desired attractiveness and complement the whole design idea.
  • Typography also plays its role. Well chosen, it will contribute to the style and business direction of the online store.
  • Creative price notifications. You can just place the price near the item, show it in pop-up window, highlight it when hovering its area, and do much more for making it noticeable.

Still, there are three key features from the mentioned above that are of the previous importance for eCommerce sites: descriptive product pages, decent navigation, well done layout.

And now let’s find out how all these points are realized in the following examples.

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Unit Portables

 

This one is really cool. Here is the way to make your customers interested and even say “wow!”. It’s the example of tile-based layout with the content part divided into colored sections. This design uses bright colors to set up an optimistic tone and engage the viewers. The upper tiles present a slider with the best-selling products, in the tiles below there is an embedded video and other content.

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Help Remedies

 

What do we find here? The layout is presented in grid style ( 5 columns). Some of the cells have underlining images that may be animated. Clicking them, you can see the pop-up window with the hidden information revealed. At a first look, it’s minimal layout, but it is nicely spiced-up with animated elements.


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Meet the fresh goodie from the team of skillful designers who know a thing about the new trends on the web. Free WordPress Business Theme from TemplateMonster is a ready-made design that you’re welcome to use for starting up your website.

A good theme is more that just an attractive design. Each element plays its role and complements to the whole idea of the theme. And what’s the goal of the business design? To communicate your ideas effectively. This one will do it in the best possible way. The contrasting color scheme is ok for creating a warm welcome to your visitors. It’s also great for setting the positive tone to the design. Wise arrangement of the content part with the features blocks, jQuery slider in the header and widgetized sidebar is a good idea for content heavy sites. Using this theme you may be sure that all your business ideas will have an impact on the customers.

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WordPress themes are a terrific solution for clients with smaller budgets. They give these clients the ability to make ongoing changes to their site using the #1 CMS in the world. They give you, the developer, the ability to deliver a website that looks great and has a quality user experience at a budget price point. Everybody wins. But what if you could deliver even more value to these clients? You can by doing some simple SEO optimization of the theme you customize and develop for your client. Here are 5 simple steps you can take to optimize any WordPress theme template.

Do Some Keyword Research

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Once you have the sitemap from the client and the goals have been agreed to, help the client by doing some basic keyword research using the free Google AdWords keyword tool. Ask the client for input in defining their market. Then use the tool to find keywords that are highly relevant and deliver decent amounts of search volume. Next, you’ll want to evaluate whether your client has a realistic chance of gaining high levels of organic search exposure for that keyword. If the competition on the first page for a keyword looks low, you can probably assume that your client has a chance to get to the first page as well. If the competition looks fierce, consider a more “long tail” keyword strategy. If you don’t know what “long tail” means, click here. In short, the long tail is the large number of occurrences far from the “head” or central part of a distribution of probabilities. Keywords with lower search volumes are part of the long tail.
Important tip: when using the Google AdWords keyword tool, make sure you have selected “exact match” for search volume data to get the most accurate view of how many searches a given keyword generates per month.
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Good design is a thoroughly-done one. To contribute to the nice look of your works, try this nice Free Vector Illustration of the week picturing a notebook with furniture sketches on the pages. It can serve as the attractive decorative element of your design, adding the desired visual appeal to its concept. Feel free to download it following the links below, and add the cool look to your works with its help. Don’t forget to check out this series next week for the fresh freebie.

We offer you to download this illustration in two formats (.PNG, .AI) and three resolutions: 1054 x 771, 2197 x 1606, 4394 x 3212. As a vector image, this item keeps its high quality while being printed in different formats. Downloading is affordable and easy. It is possible after the registration at Templates.com. This registration is completely free.

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Do you like retro designs? You’re mistaken if you consider them being dull and not interesting. They call reminiscences of the gone away century that was rich for great people and events that changed the world.

Let’s go retro today! Old stuff can gain a new look and popularity in a period of time, and it’s always cool when it goes about designs. Vintage web design is an interesting topic, and today I’m going to highlight the cool examples of 5 Best Vintage Style Website Designs. Why 5? Because they are really nice, show the retro aspects of design in the effective way and are worth seeing. Besides, it seems to me that you can get tired of reading more info. What makes all the vintage sites similar (and these are not an exception)? Let’s see their key features in the list below:

  • Textured backgrounds (wooden, ornamental).
  • Old paper textures (mostly in the content part).
  • Vintage typography. Here is a good source to find nice retro types.
  • Old-fashioned images.
  • Décor elements inherent to old newspapers.
  • Faded colors.

If you’re not a fan of retro style, you can easily become the one after viewing these appealing designs. Stunning and easy on the eye, they can turn the viewers in their devotees. Is it really true? Let’s see!

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Mom & Popcorn

 

This eye-candy example is my favorite one from the whole compilation. The multicolored grunge background, the nice burned texture in the content part, a lot of postcards all over the page and, of course, cool images in pin-up style make this design not only a vintage, but a striking one. You’ll certainly like the 1957 Chevrolet in the footer of this nice site.

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All Star Lanes

 

How do you like this design in rock’n’roll style? It is the large typography in a bit faded colors and dark wooden background that create such an association. The designer puts emphasis on the visual presentation of the content, and places a lot of images on the first page. It makes the visitors enjoy the nice pics and learn more about this bowling club. Great vintage concept for such a site!


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Skeuo.. What?

Making design elements almost 100% look like objects from real life is called skeuomorphism. Skeuomorphic design imitates real-world objects, materials and textures, generates the real-life emotions of the visitors and invites them to touch, turn, push its elements. This design can be visual (various textures emulating things from reality) and audio (imitating the familiar sounds). It is widely used in iOS devices.

Is It a Mocking Bird?

Of course, not. The idea of skeuomorphism is natural and intuitive design that is interesting and engaging for the viewers. It doesn’t turn around the real life, it just creates the look alike elements aimed at captivating visitor’s attention.

Is It the Web Product?

You can also find it in the real life. These are: artificial leather that looks like the real one, electric chandeliers with fake candles, nonfunctional pockets in clothing, etc.

Pros

Skeuomorphic design looks familiar for the users, engages them and sells well.

Cons

It’s anti-innovation, sometimes confuses users, not good for all types of sites.

It’s only the general information about this interesting design trend, the following Interactive Infographic about Skeuomorphic Design from TemplateMonster will tell you about it in details, highlighting its key points:

  • History of Skeuomorphism
  • Types in Web Design
  • Pros and Cons
  • List of Free Skeuomorphic Textures
  • Examples of First Skeuomorphic UI’s
  • Real life examples of Skeuomorphism

This journey will be a captivating one. The interactive design offers you to play with it, follow your own way of checking it out. Click the parts of this infographic in any sequence you like, and the information will be revealed on the TV screen in the center.

Enjoy this nice infographic and spread it via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon and other popular networks if you like it. To publish it on your page feel free to copy the code of a .jpg version by using the Copy button in the bottom of the infographic.

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Creativity is a thing, which doesn’t have a permanent definition. That’s why I dare to represent my own: it’s a trait to distinguish extraordinary in habitual things and phenomena. And more usual a thing is, more creative a person, which saw something unusual in it.

What is more usual than a progress bar? In most cases we don’t even pay attention, because it’s just a simple scale showing the progress of loading: we are concentrated on how much we need to wait, not on the essence of a progress bar. However, creative persons could see something special in this graphic element and use it as a sterling component of a design. I’d like to demonstrate you some examples of the most interesting and creative progress bars. Maybe, someone would consider them strange just because of unfamiliar approach – it’s up to them. Anyway, I see nothing bad in strangeness and agree with William James: “Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way”.

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This stylish theme is quite appealing due to its contrasting look, caused by optimal color combination of blue elements and dark background. This trending design in two colors speaks to the point and is good for presenting your business in the right way. Let your company get more attention with a website based on Free Joomla Business Theme from TemplateMonster.

This modern looking design is perfect for those who want to start business online. It speaks for the reliability of your company, and makes your clients trust in it. Its wide content area is enough for presenting all the information to the customers in clean and clear way. The animated featured blocks are placed above it and offer to learn more about certain services. The widgetized sidebar also features the set of social icons that can be linked to certain profiles for further communication with the target audience on the web. The theme goes with the responsive layouts for more comfortable usability. It is compatible with 2.5.0-2.5.6, 2.5.7 Joomla versions.

Feel free to use this template for business-to-business companies that deal with management, marketing, etc.

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Cooking… Delicious and yummy, it makes our life tastier, and adds some spicy notes to the everyday routine. It’s not surprising that various food sites are immensely interesting for the viewers. With all that sappy images of tasty dishes they turn out to be so mouthwatering that it’s impossible to miss them.

If you have one of such sites, have a look at this nice Free Vector Illustration of the week that can nicely decorate it. It is perfectly tailored for brightening such sites, and making the designs attractive. Being created in easy on the eye colors, it will not interfere with the original color scheme of your project, but will serve as a catchy element. Feel free to download this goodie following the links in this post.

.PNG, .AI are the formats of this illustration. Its resolutions are 991 x 994, 2066 x 2072, 4131 x 4144. Being a vector image, it can be printed in different formats without losing its high quality. Downloading is affordable and easy. It is possible after the registration at Templates.com. This registration is completely free.

Please note: This free vector illustration is free only for one week (starting from today). You can download the particular free illustration only during one week, the next week it will be changed for another one.
! You can use this free vector illustration only for your personal or educational purposes. Do not use it for commercial purposes, it is forbidden.

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