How Minimalist Design Almost Killed Skeuomorphism

Some web design experts opine that the growing popularity of the flat design, otherwise known as the modern minimalist movement brought about by the iOS7 and material design, is causing the slow death of the work of designers in the digital world.

Minimalist design has gained more and more fans over the years

Minimalist design has gained more and more fans over the years

If you draw a comparison between web design and architecture, you will see that the modern minimalist design and the tabula rasa pioneered by the European modern architects at the onset of the 20th century are similar in more ways than one. Before that time, the architects used superfluous and intricate ornamentation associated with the beaux arts, art deco styles, and nouveau arts which were popular for quite some time.

The architects during the early 20th century believed that such ornamentation were no longer relevant and appropriate to the modern times so they embraced new building techniques of concrete, steel, glass, and mass production.

The same thing can be said about web design. Prior to the emergence of flat design, most web designers often incorporated skeuomorphic design with ornamental and overrated features that added aesthetic values to the product they were designing.

While it is true that such ornamental additions made their works more visually appealing, many failed in delivering what web users really want: usability of a product.

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Is it really the end for the skeuomorphic design as more and more brands go for the flat and minimalist web design?

When you think of it, the flat or minimalist design is not really new. It is more of a resurrection or re-emergence of modernism utilized in different mediums. In terms of the popularity of minimalist design in UI, it can be said that the shift stemmed from the public expectations years ago.

While it is true that it is important to capture users’ attention with an awesome and detailed design, that shouldn’t be the focus. For many users, the detail should not just be admired, but they also need to be functional.

As expected, not all web designers are ecstatic about the flat and minimalist design. Many are unhappy that the highly detailed and skeuomorphic trend of the past has fallen from its glory. There are even those who looked down on the flat design, stating they cannot fathom how it has gained popularity.

However,  skeuomorphic design is not totally out of the picture. In fact, it still has its share of popularity alongside the flat and minimalist flat design. Perhaps, the most notable change is that skeuomorphic design is used more appropriately these days.

If you look at the skeuomorphic and flat design, it is unfair to put more value on one over the other. To a certain extent, it wouldn’t be fair to compare the two in terms of which style shows more character, skill, and meaning. While it’s true that coming up with an app icon these days, for instance, would only use a fraction of the time used to make one in the past, the arduous mental process of creating it remains the same.

Surely, there are some non-formally trained designers who take shortcut these days, thanks to the various free UI kits, self-building websites, and flat design color palettes. However, if you compare their works to the ones done by professionally trained designers, they will surely pale in comparison.

It is true, however, that the emergence of flat design has taken a toll on the perception of craftsmanship significance by some designers.  On the other hand, it has also led to the explosion of other aspects of the design process like UX and animation.

So, is this a bad thing? Well, not totally. Nonetheless, it’s a bad thing for designers who lost their jobs because the arrival of flat design has, indeed, simplified the processes involved in web design.

White Space and Minimalism

With more and more companies and web designers embracing the minimal or flat design, it can be said that it is here to stay. Therefore, it is not really surprising why the number of designers also using white for their negative space is on the constant rise.

If you compare the white space to a movie, it can be likened to the supporting actors. It may not be the focus, but it certainly helps in bringing out the best in the main character, making him shine further.

If you are the kind of designer who doesn’t think that there is no need for you to have any blank space in your design, then, you should think again. It’s high time you embraced the mindset that using too many objects in your design can leave it a disaster as each competes for attention with one another.

While it is true that white space influences the aesthetics of a design, it is more than that. In fact, it serves 3 other functions that can surely make your design more effective:

1. Improves Comprehension

Built by Buffalo's white space emphasizes its logo and other elements. 

Built by Buffalo’s white space emphasizes its logo and other elements.

It has been proven that white space improves comprehension by as much as 20 %. If your interface is loaded with too much information, how can you expect your user to comprehend everything in it? Therefore, you need to reduce the clutter so that it be easier for your website visitors to comprehend the information that you have placed.

It has been proven that, if you use white space between paragraphs and in the left and right margin, the ability of the user is increased by 20%. This enables you to provide a comprehensible amount of content as the extraneous details are stripped away.

2. Helps in Creating Mental Maps

Apart from improving comprehension, white space also aids your users’ creation of mental maps. Minimal white space is employed between the top navigation and content stream, since both of them have similar functions in leading the user deeper into content.

The right-side navigation is more focused on creating and saving content, so more white space borders it from the content stream. In this case, white space helps users assign various functionalities to different parts of the interface. If users click through to an article, white space helps them focus the content.

3. Attracts Attention

The use of lots of white space in the case of Philip House highlights its image and attracts attention.

The use of lots of white space in the case of Philip House highlights its image and attracts attention.

As mentioned above, the absence of other elements will only make existing elements more noticeable. If you add lots of white space to separate the categories from the search function, for instance, the category icons become much more pronounced.

If you combine it with an animation-like color fill that’s triggered upon hovering, the category section becomes further noticeable and can successfully call users to action.  Nonetheless, you should know when to reduce or alter the spacing between content because users have selective attention.

Four Major Elements of White Space

White space has four elements, namely:

  1. Visual white space –  the space surrounding the graphics, icons, and images
  2. Layout white space – this includes the margins, paddings, and gutters.
  3. Text white space – the spacing between lines and letters
  4. Content white space – the space that separates columns of text.

Medium is one example of an impressively nice balance of all four elements of white space. Users want to access the content that interests them as quickly as possible. Medium’s homepage makes this possible by placing the content in the center and the front, emphasized by lots of white space on both sides.

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Medium has impressively used and balanced all four elements of white space

The visuals and the between lines of copy also abound with white space. The minor issue here is that the padding around the images is not uniform as the space found at the left of each image is not consistent with their space below.

White Space and Human Attention and Memory

Google does not need a lot of aesthetics to make a point

Google does not need a lot of aesthetics to make a point

The power of white space, to a certain extent, is influenced by human attention and memory. If you compare the interfaces of Yahoo and Google, you will notice that Yahoo offers its users many possible actions all at once. On the other hand, Google just knows that the main reason why people use search engines is because they just want to find things that they need or want. It goes without saying that Google’s design is more realistic as it encourages a more interactive interaction.

Taking Advantage of Minimalism in Web Design

A minimalist design does not mean it is easy to make

A minimalist design does not mean it is easy to make

The lightweight layouts and low maintenance of minimalism make it flexible for a responsive design that it is naturally elegant. Hence, it is not surprising why many brands have embraced it.

However, appreciating minimalism and recreating it are not synonymous with each other. Some people think that copying a minimalist style because of its sparse elements is easy. The truth is designing a minimalist site requires a lot of thinking and effort because designers only have a few elements to work with.

So, how do you use minimalism and take full advantage of it?

You need to understand that, popular as it may be these days, minimalist design is not for everybody. You first need to honestly assess if this style is the right thing for your website. While the technique works great for straightforward businesses, like agency sites and creative portfolios, it becomes trickier for more complex sites.

Here are some of the common concerns about the minimalist design:

Too Much Content

This problem is best exemplified by Amazon and eBay. A minimalist interface is not suited for these sites as they need a more detailed one that can support each of their categories. Nonetheless, both Amazon and eBay have adapted some of the principles of minimalism, like hiding the content if a user does not need it. Hence, if your site offers a lot of content, going for a minimalist design may not just be the right thing to do.

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Minimalism may not just be right for Ebay and Amazon because of their numerous elements

Ads Overload

On the whole, paid ads and minimalism don’t go hand in hand. Since minimalism is precise and finicky, the entire design of your website may be ruined by petty things, such as the ads color, especially if you have no control of the things that come from the ads server. How about if the ad is pre-set? There is that danger of the ad not being compatible with your design.

Boring

If your website caters to children or young adults, never ever make a mistake of going for a minimalist design. Bear in mind that children and young adults have a short attention span and a minimalist design will easily bore them. Remember, those who belong to this bracket prefer something more visual to stimulate their senses,

Before going for minimalism design, you need to understand that it works by applying a particular set of criteria that sets it apart from other styles. Hence, you need to contemplate carefully before deciding to go for it.

Valuable Guidelines for Minimalism

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Minimalism will greatly benefit a landing page

  1. Landing Page Only. Since minimalism restricts the use of many elements, content-rich websites are at risk if they adapt this design. The best thing that these sites can do, if they really want to use the minimalist approach, is to apply the minimalist landing page that will eventually lead customers to more detailed pages of the site.
  2. Crisp Copy. Few words, few mistakes. Remember what your writing teacher constantly reminds you about omitting those superfluous words in your elementary writing class? Well, you should apply that reminder even more if you decide to go for a minimalist design.
  3. Heavy at the Top. To sync with the users’ browsing habit, you need to place your high-level content at the top section of the screen. Make sure to provide lots of white space. As the scroll deepens, gradually increase the density of the content.
  4. Keep It Interesting. Holding the interest of your visitors or users is the biggest challenge of going for minimalism. While it is true that simplicity is beauty, not everybody subscribes to this belief. At times, the simplicity of your site because of its minimalist design can bore your visitors or users. One way to address this concern is to change your layout. You can go for alternating layouts that run along the Z-shaped reading pattern.
  5. One Concept Per Page. In order to adhere to the concept of simplicity, make sure that each page of your site should only have one concept, zeroing in on a single visual.
  6. Don’t Go Beyond Five. The content section for a minimalist concept should not go beyond 5. If you have more than 5 sections, make sure to remove the less important ones.
  7. Start simple. This is a very good way for you to identify what’s important and what’s not. Start with a black and white wireframe, then inject other things like color at the latter part

Knowing what to keep and what to throw can be quite a challenge if you are new to applying minimalism. To make things easier for you, here’s the list of the things that you should consider as essentials and throwaways:

Essentials:

  • Logo
  • Navigation options
  • Body content
  • Contact information.

Throwaways:

  • Social media links/icons
  • Footers
  • Widgets

If you can’t let go of those listed on the throwaways, then, maybe you should not go for the minimalist design. On the other hand, if you have no issues with letting go of any of the mentioned, you can expect yourself to get better at knowing what really matters and what doesn’t as you continue to embrace minimalism.  That will not only benefit you as a minimalist designer but your life, in general, too.

Integrating Minimalism in Other Styles

One of the many good things about minimalism is that it can look good when combined with other styles that result in a stronger and better style or technique. This is especially true these days, when mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, are prevalent.

If a minimalist style is used in conjunction with other styles, it can help a design become more fully-responsive, reducing a site’s maintenance without sacrificing its quality.

Here are some of the other styles that are commonly paired with minimalism:

  1. Flat Design.Since both flat design and minimalism have a shared emphasis on simplicity, there is no denying that they are a perfect combination. Both minimalism and flat design have let go of intrinsic designs in order to focus more on the content.Furthermore, the basic style of flat design is already minimalistic, hence, it is often equated to a minimalistic design, just like what is mentioned in the earlier part of this article.
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Flat design and minimalism simply go hand in hand.

  1. Hero Headers and Images. Despite the popularity of flat design, there are some sites that have shifted away from the trend and embraced another, which zeroes in on an image-focused style.Since these large photos and images are already enough to gather attention to them, a page or the site itself no longer needs to be further intricate. Hence, pairing it with a minimalist style is the most sensible thing to do so that competition for the users’ attention can be avoided.
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Minimalism and image-focused design are just a perfect combination

  1. Simple Navigation. This simply means that you can simplify the navigation by using a single button, such as the hamburger icon, which, in turn, only reveals the complete navigation menu if it is hovered over or clicked by a user.Nonetheless, bear in mind that this strategy is not for everybody. If things are oversimplified, they might defeat the purpose of navigation, especially if users fail to recognize the buttons.
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Minimalism has, indeed, made navigation way simple in the case of ETQ

  1. Dramatic Typography. More often than not, words are part of the essentials of a minimalist screen. Hence, typography is taken to a new level of importance in a minimalist design. In fact, typography plays an important role in a minimalist site to define its personality.
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Minimalism can make your typography even more

What a Minimalist Design Can Do to Your Business

If you have a business-related website, should you totally go for a minimalist design or combine it with other styles? There is no reason for you not to do so. In fact, more and more business-related websites have benefitted from a minimalist design because of the following reasons:

1. No room to play loose. With a minimalist design, you don’t have room to play loose. Every element on the page is considered and is there for a good purpose. You can’t afford to be undecided on what to include on it. You have to be short and concise in order to deliver your message well.

With a minimalist design there is no need for you to play loose

With a minimalist design, you can’t afford to play loose as every element matters

2. Faster page loading. One thing about a minimalist website is that you have lesser resources. This means that you don’t really need a big storage space for your server. This averts the overloading of your server with big file videos, flash, or other less relevant content.

It also means that your business website will not be slowed down with hundreds of plugins, resulting in you’re the faster loading of your page. The faster your page loads, the faster your users get what they want and be called to action.

3. Less clutter equals better conversion. Since your page has less clutter, it is a lot easier for your page’s USP (Unique Sales Proposition) to be noticed. The more noticeable it becomes, the higher your conversion rate you have.

Conclusion

While it is true that minimalism has cost some designers their job, it does not really signal the fall of designers. Instead, designers should look at it as their new way, possibility, or technology in this new era of design.

Reduced loading time. Easier responsive design.

These are just some of the advantages of a minimalist design. If your site is qualified to all of the things discussed above, don’t you think it’s high time that you reimagined it? You will find out that letting go of the things that have little importance to your website is actually not that difficult to do.

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40 Kick-Ass Premium WordPress Magazine Themes

The growing popularity of going digital has taken a toll on some careers, especially those in the publishing industry. A lot of writers have lost their jobs because their companies folded because more and more people prefer to read the news from trusted online sources.

Create awesome blogs or start an online magazine with these kick-ass magazine themes

Create awesome blogs or start an online magazine with these kick-ass magazine themes

If you are one of those who lost their jobs from the print media industry, it’s high time to consider starting your own online magazine? With the many affordable premium WordPress magazine themes, you can carry on your mission of delivering relevant news, insights, and entertainment not only to your community but on a global scale.

Here are 40 of the most awesome WordPress magazine themes you can choose from. These themes will not only help you express your talent to play with words; they can help you earn money, too.

1. Agazine ($59)

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Agazine is both retina and widget ready

Agazine a retina ready magazine and blog WordPress theme that looks perfect across different devices. This theme is widget ready and really easy to use. It can be used for online magazines, news sites, or blogs. Additionally, Agazine is compatible with WooCommerce and bbPress, and its shop and forum are customized to match its styling.

Agazine Theme Best Features:

  • More than 500 Google fonts
  • 3 Different blog styles
  • Boxed and full-width layout
  • Social media share buttons
  • WooCommerce support
  • Advanced typography options

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2. Axon – Minimalist Magazine WordPress Theme ($49)

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Axon has been coded to enhance the capability of the WordPresss 4.x features

Despite being minimal, Axon is definitely a unique and bold magazine/blog theme, which is ideal for showcasing your content in an easy and timeless style. Axon makes it possible for you to share your posts in social media sites, such as Twitter and Instagram without any hassle. It boasts of popular features,  such as a full – Post format, pages, and shortcode.

This theme also offers you an abundant post and layout options. Axon has been coded to enhance the capability of the WordPresss 4.x features. Thanks to its content block builder, creating and building your attractive page and content with its many layout variations and modules is a walk in the park.
Axon Theme Best Features:

  • Unlimited Custom Color
  • 9 Pre-defined Color
  • 3 Carousel slider types
  • Unlimited sidebar
  • SEO ready
  • PSD included

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3. BetterMag – News, Blog, Magazine WordPress Theme ($59)

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BetterMag is the ultimate combination of a beautiful and professional design

BetterMag is a powerful WordPress magazine theme that places great attention to details, impressive features, and intuitive user interface,  and many other things you need to create impressive websites. Whether you want to use it for a news website, online magazine, or simply a personal blog, BetterMag is the wiser choice.

It offers endless customization options, layouts, and header, thanks to its easy-to-use Admin Panel. BetterMag is the ultimate combination of a beautiful and professional design that boasts of powerful features.

BetterMag Theme Best Features:

  • More than 650 Google fonts
  • Free Lifetime Updates
  • 20+ Custom Widgets
  • 84 Page Builder Elements
  • 11 Premium Plugin Included

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4. Braxton – Premium WordPress Magazine Theme ($59)

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Braxton has more than 600 Google fonts

Braxton is form and function rolled into one. This sleek, comprehensive, and modern theme is retina-ready and fully-responsive with four different ad units that include a custom wallpaper ad. Braxton is, likewise, compatible with WooCommerce and BBPress, and includes more than 600 Google Fonts.

It also has a featured slider on each category page, a “sticky” menu bar and sidebar, post/page slideshows, and many other features that make it a good choice for your online magazine!

Braxton Theme Best Features:

  • Compatible with WordPress 4.3
  • SEO Optimized
  • HTML5 & CSS3
  • Child Theme ready
  • Comes with XML dummy data

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5. ColorNews – News/Magazine WordPress Theme($59)

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ColorNews is also compatible with Woocommerce, BuddyPress, and bbPress forum

Another WordPress magazine theme that you might want to consider is ColorNews. It comes with a page builder, mega menu, 12-page templates, 4-post formats (post, image, video, and audio), 12 custom widgets, and many more. It is also compatible with Woocommerce, BuddyPress, and bbPress forum.

ColorNews Best Features: 

  • Page Builder
  • Mega Menu
  • Custom Sidebars compatible
  • Woocommerce Shop compatible
  • BuddyPress compatible!
  • bbPress Forum compatible

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6. Domino Responsive WordPress Theme ($49)

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Domino has a complex and sophisticated design

Another WordPress magazine theme that you might just want to consider is Domino. Apart from being ideal for an online magazine, it can be great for a news website, too.  This premium theme boasts of  a complex and sophisticated design that enables you to display several articles and/or other content on the homepage.

The homepage is widgetized and very customizable allowing you to arrange the layout in such a way that appeals to you. Domino’s other important features are its mobile responsiveness and retina readiness, visual customizer, dynamic homepage builder, carousel widget for featured content, great typography, and many more.

Domino Best Features: 

  • Custom theme setting pages
  • Custom page settings for all public post types
  • Includes LayerSlider 3D Responsive WordPress Slider
  • Includes Metaphor Widgets plugin
  • Includes Metaphor Shortcodes and Members plugin

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7. Elazi Magazine WordPress Theme ($59)

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Elazi is so versatile that it can suit any kind of article niche

Elazi Magazine WordPress Theme was designed and developed by Kopa Theme. This theme is so versatile that it can suit any kind of article niche, be it technology, sport, fashion, entertainment, food, travel, and many more. Elazi’s simplicity of style, vibrant colors, comprehensive code, and responsive layout are just some of the reasons why you should seriously go for this theme.

Elazi also boasts of  typical features such as unlimited sidebars, modern technology, support customize color, mega menu, and easy customization that will surely help you come up with  an attractive website.

Elazi Best Features: 

  • Fully Responsive Design
  • HTML5 and CSS3
  • Mega Menu
  • Supports Online Shopping
  • Browser Compatibility
  • SEO Ready

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8. EliteNews – Magazine WordPress theme ($59)

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EliteNews has 9 different posts layout

EliteNews Magazine WordPress theme offers full width boxed layout, different header variants, built-in sticky sidebars, a switchable category with pagination, 16 category layouts with 2 different sliders for each category, and 9 different posts layouts. Your online magazine will surely look great with this theme!

EliteNews Best Features:

  • Page Builder
  • Mega Menu
  • Custom Sidebars compatible
  • Woocommerce Shop compatible
  • BuddyPress compatible
  • bbPress Forum compatible

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9. ElliotClean Blog-Magazine WordPress Theme($49)

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ElliotClean is a Theme Settings, Visual Composer, 48 different blog layouts

Elliot is a clean, responsive, retina ready Blog WordPress theme suitable for personal blogs or small and medium sized magazine websites. It comes with a Theme Settings, Visual Composer, 48 different blog layouts and many other options. Importing demo content with one click gets you going with Elliot in no time.

ElliotClean Best Features:

  • HTML5/CSS3
  • Cross browser compatible
  • Clean and Modern Minimalistic Design
  • Responsive Layout
  • One click site builder
  • Visual Composer
  • Retina Ready: Looks beautiful on smartphones and tablets

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10. Fashionic – Portfolio/Magazine WordPress Theme ($49)

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Fashionic gives premium to user experience

Fashionic is a Tumblr style responsive theme that has beautiful ajax transitions. It can be used as an online magazine website, personal blog or homepage, portfolio, and so on. Its JS coding works make the interaction smoother and polished, detailed, and perfect for user experience.

Fashionic is also retina-ready and fully responsive allowing your posts and articles to display easily on any device.It offers unlimited style and color options, hence, there is no limit to your creativity in presenting your content and articles.

Fashionic Best Features:

  • Unique smooth animation
  • Retina ready
  • Fullscreen Slider
  • Fully responsive layout
  • Portfolio list with 4 thumbnail scale options
  • Unlimited color and style options
  • SEO friendly
  • Manage ADs Plugin AdRotate tested

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11. Gazeta – Responsive Magazine WordPress Theme ($59)

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Gazeta comes with lots of theme options

Gazeta Responsive Magazine WordPress Theme is another theme that you can consider should you want to have your own online magazine. It comes with lots of theme options, 3 homepage templates, 5 post formats, 4 gallery templates, 8 widgets, and many more. It is fully responsive and WooCommerce and video-thumbnails compatible.

Gazeta Best Features:

  • Lots of Theme Options
  • Woo Commerce Compatible
  • 3 Homepage templates
  • Full width and Right/Left Sidebar Page templates
  • 5 video page templates can be built more by using Page Builder
  • 4 gallery templates can be built more by using Page Builder
  • 5 post formats

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12. HermesPress – Magazine / Newspaper WordPress Theme ($59)

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HermesPress is loaded with the latest and most useful functionality

The HermesPress magazine WordPress theme is loaded with the latest and most useful functionality as it combines sensible elegance and powerful features. It is retina-ready and designed primarily for use across a broad array of devices and platforms.

It is so versatile and customizable, making it a perfect choice for a news, newspaper, magazine, blog, publishing or review site. It uses the best and neat SEO practices and has boxed and wide styles, unlimited color schemes, and many other interesting features.

Hermes Best Features:

  • Designed with valid HTML5 + CCS3 code
  • Wide and Boxed Layout Options
  • WooCommerce Fully Integrated
  • WPML Ready
  • SEO Optimized
  • Dark and Light Skins
  • Page Builder with Multiple Blocks Layouts
  • Powerful Administration Panel

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13. Insight – Minimal Magazine & WooCommerce WP Theme ($59)

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Insight frees you from any distractions with its simple design

Insight is a simple and distraction-free WordPressmagazine theme. Thanks to its beautiful slideshow which allows you to build your own featured categories on the homepage. Insight is ideal for magazines, blogs, and photography sites. It is fully responsive and retina-ready, hence, no matter what the resolution or screen size of the device is, you can still offer your readers a professional look in every detail.

Insight Best Features:

  • Draggable & Touch Slideshow
  • Widgetized Homepage
  • Featured Categories
  • Responsive & Retina ready
  • Colors & Fonts Customization
  • Localization Ready
  • Logo Upload
  • Custom Widgets

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14. Interpol – A Clean WordPress Blog Theme ($49)

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Interpol is armed with SEO best practices in mind and optimized microdata

Interpol is, undeniably, a neat WordPress theme that is suitable for personal blogs, magazines, and newspapers. Since it was developed with SEO best practices in mind and optimized microdata, Interpol allows you to write articles and blog posts sans the hassles.

Interpol Best Features:

  • 3 Different Blog Layouts
  • Schema.org Optimized
  • Post Views Count
  • Beautiful Galleries
  • Intelligent Responsive Admin Panel
  • Retina-Ready on Graphics
  • Clean Code
  • Translation Ready

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15. Kubb – Photography & Magazine WordPress Theme ($59)

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Kubb boasts of an attractive gallery

Kubb magazine WordPress theme is ideal for photographers with the simplest gallery creation techniques. You can batch upload all your images directly to a post, and use one of Kubb’s attractive gallery types to showcase them. What makes it further easy is that you can fully drag and drop control an image for proper arrangement and captioning.

Obviously, this theme is perfect for those who have a very large portfolio and multiple projects. It also boasts of feature images, gallery, sound cloud, video, many other things that you need to make your website further exciting!

Kubb Best Features:

  • Revolution Slider Included
  • 100 % Fully Responsive
  • Twitter Bootstrap 3.1.1
  • Parallax effect
  • 4 Homepage layouts
  • Retina-ready graphics and icons
  • SEO-friendly

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16. Lifemag – Simple yet Elegant WordPress Theme for News/Magazine websites ($59)

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Lifemag comes with 6 color presents, smooth navigation, neat typography

Despite its simplicity, Lifemag is truly an elegant WordPress magazine theme. It has adapted the popular flat design and comes with 6 color presents, smooth navigation, neat typography, and a well-presented layout. Lifemag is a perfect choice for any online news or magazine website.

Furthermore, this amazing theme is integrated with many plugins that are loaded with useful features, custom widgets, unlimited color schemes, slider resolution, and many more.

LifeMag Best Features:

  • Compatible with WordPress 3.9.1
  • Compatible with IE9+, Firefox 4+, Netscape, Safari, Opera 9.5 and Chrome
  • Advanced widget options
  • Unlimited colors and over 500 Google web fonts
  • WPML Compatible & RTL Ready
  • Support menu with Mega and dropdown style
  • Support primary menu location, widget sidebars

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17. Maginess – Flexible Magazine WordPress Theme ($49)

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Maginess is one of the most flexible magazine WordPress themes on ThemeForest

Maginess is another premium WordPress theme that is supported by a ton of features that can help you easily publish your news / magazine website in just seconds. Some of its main features are its casual page builder that makes the theme become one of best flexible magazine WordPress theme and support customizer with over 80 Google fonts.

Maginess Best Features: 

  • Casual Page Builder
  • Responsive Ads
  • Support Customizer with More than 80  Google Fonts
  • Translate Ready with Theme Option

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18.Master | Premium Blog & Magazine WordPress Theme ($59)

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Master comes with 5 blog layouts, 3 slider options, and 5 category layouts

Master is a premium blog and magazine WordPress Theme that is perfect for your online publishing needs. With the latest features in an elegant design, installing and running the theme will surely be hassle-free. It comes with 5 blog layouts, 3 slider options, 5 category layouts, and many other awesome features.

Master Best Features:

  • 5 Blog Layouts
  • 3 Slider Options
  • 5 Categories Layouts
  • 1 Click install demo content. Start your new website with the right foot.
  • Complete and Online documentation with screenshots to help you through the installation and customization process.

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19.Max Mag – Responsive WordPress Magazine Theme ($59)

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Max Mag is a very professional magazine theme

Max Mag is a feature-rich, professional media and magazine theme. It is fully-responsive, retina-ready and compatible with WooCommerce and bbPress. Max Mag also comes with a “sticky” menu bar, a slider on each category page, 5 different ad units, a drag-and-drop homepage, 16 custom widgets, secondary feature headlines, and many more.

Max Mag Best Features:

  • Compatible with WordPress 4.3
  • SEO Optimized
  • HTML5 & CSS3
  • Translation-ready (contains .po/.mo files)
  • Easy implementation with Google Adsense ads
  • WordPress Featured Image support
  • WordPress Custom Background support
  • WordPress Custom Menu support
  • No need for any additional plugins

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20. Metro Magazine Responsive WordPress Theme ($49)

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Metro Magazine is a compelling metro-inspired theme

Metro Magazine is a neat and compelling metro inspired responsive magazine WordPress theme designed primarily for magazine, news, and blog sites. This theme is highly flexible and fully responsive, apart from being loaded with awesome features. It is very easy to use and ready to be up and running out of the box.

Metro Mag Best Features:

  • Responsive layout
  • Unlimited color schemes
  • Homepage layout
  • Theme options
  • 21 custom widgets

View Demo and Get Theme Here

21.Mogoze – Responsive Magazine WordPress Theme ($59)

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Metro Magazine is a compelling metro-inspired theme

Mogoze WordPress Theme is so engaging as it was created with love using the latest HTML5 and CSS3 techniques. It also comes with a validity code and is fully responsive. Hence, it looks perfect in both mobile devices and PCs.

Mogoze Best Features:

  • 100% fully responsive
  • 11 custom widgets
  • Fully customizable
  • Contact form 7 plugin review system
  • Google Snippets

View Demo and Get Theme Here

22.New Fashion Magazine WordPress theme ($59)

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New Fashion is fresh and stylish

If you want to give your website a fresher look, then you should go for New Fashion responsive and multi-purpose WordPress theme. It is definitely a perfect choice for you to create a magazine, business, corporate, agency, portfolio or blog website.

New Fashion offers a modern, smart, and elegant design that will surely help you showcase varying kinds of content and capture the attention of those visiting your site for the first time.

New Fashion Best Features: 

  • Fully responsive
  • Retina ready
  • 2 slider styles
  • SEO optimized

View  Demo and Get Theme Here

23.Newspaper ($59)

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Newspaper supports responsive Google Ads and AdSense

Newspaper is a WordPress theme that lets you write articles and blog posts with ease. It is an excellent choice for a news, newspaper, magazine, publishing, or review site. It can support videos from YouTube and comes with a rating system. Likewise, it can be integrated with bbPress forum, BuddyPress, and WooCommerce. Additionally, Newspaper supports responsive Google Ads and AdSense.

Newspaper Theme Best Features:

  • Live search with ajax and up down keys
  • One click demo install
  • Powered by Visual Composer
  • Woocommerce support
  • Custom bbpress styling + custom login system
  • Custom auto scaling content blocks

View Demo and Get Theme Here 

24. Notiz Clean Magazine WordPress Theme ($59)

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Notiz comes with a variety of 4 different custom homepage layouts

Notiz is a neat, responsive news, magazine, and blog WordPress theme. It boasts of a beautiful design style that is very suitable for bloggers, travelers, writers, photographers, illustrators, food or sports lovers, and even fashion shoppers to share important things, hot news, events, or personal insights.

Notiz comes with a variety of 4 different custom homepage layouts that you can choose from and customize the overall look of your website.

Notiz Best Features:

  • Fully translation-ready
  • Slider revolution
  • Visual composer
  • Multi-lingual

View Demo and Get Theme Here

25.Novelty Magazine WordPress theme ($49)

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Novelty Magazine has been created using some of the most popular current design trends

Novelty is another straightforward and feature-rich magazine WordPress theme that you should consider. This theme has been created using some of the most popular current design trends, such as HTML5, CSS 3, jQuery. It is fully responsive and has a  appealing look, regardless of the device used to access a website using it as a template.

Despite its professional layout, it’s still very easy to customize. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced developer or simply an occasional blogger; Novelty theme can be easily set up.

Novelty Theme Best Features:

  • Fully Responsive
  • Unlimited colors options with color picker in back-end
  • Built with Bootstrap and retina ready
  • HTML5 and CSS3 tableless design
  • Custom fonts with 600+ Google fonts
  • Visual shortcode generator
  • Unlimited sidebars
  • A lot of widget elements

View Demo and Get Theme Here

26.Open Times Magazine WordPress theme ($44)

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Open Times Magazine features some of the best open-source technologies

Open Times has been created using some of the most admired current design trends. It features some of the best open-source technologies like HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery. Tweaking the design of your website is also a breeze with this theme. Hence, you can easily achieve the look of your website, thanks to its helpful features, such as an updated logo and Favicon, Google fonts and color.

Open Times Theme Best Features:

  • Responsive design
  • Multiple layout options
  • Unlimited sidebar
  • Support for social links

View Demo and Get Theme Here

27.Paula – Blog & Magazine WordPress Theme ($44)

paula

Paula helps you unleash your creativity

Paula is a creative magazine and blog WordPress theme that is ideal for beginners and advanced developers alike. It comes with six possible blog layouts and four post styles. You can easily select one from the ten different styles/presets or simply create and customize your own style by using its style options.

Paula Best Features:

  • 10 presets
  • 6 blog layouts
  • 4 Posts styles
  • Fix or float background
  • Google fonts
  • Layered PSD files

View Demo and Get Theme Here

28.Pressroom – News and Magazine WordPress Theme ($59)

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Pressroom is equipped with a drag and drop page builder and a visual composer

Pressroom – News and Magazine WordPress Theme is a strongly customizable and responsive WordPress Theme that is ideal for magazine, newspaper, news, blog, publishing or review website. This theme is equipped with a drag and drop page builder and a visual composer for WordPress, hence, creating any page layout is simply a piece of cake.

It also includes wide and boxed website layouts, mobile touch friendly carousels, 15 predefined header styles, sticky menu which is compatible with UberMenu plugin, light, dark and high contrast color skins.

Pressroom also comes with different home page layouts including a wide slider, small slider and block-based featured content and multiple post type formats that include a small featured image, gallery, review, SoundCloud audio or video type.

Pressroom Best Features:

  • Responsive Layout
  • Wide And Boxed Website Layouts
  • jQuery Powered
  • 60+ Page Builder Content Elements to Build Your Unique Layouts
  • 25+ Custom Pressroom Page Builder Components
  • Smart Sticky Sidebar / Columns
  • 15 Predefined Header Styles
  • WooCommerce Integration

View Demo and Purchase Theme Here

29. Revista – Flat Magazine WordPress Theme ($59)

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Revista is completely widgetized

Revista, without question, is the ultimate simple flat magazine WordPress theme. It is suitable for a magazine, blog, fashion, and many other types of blog niche. You can easily customize the homepage depending on what you want as the home page of Revista is completely widgetized.

All you need to do is to drag and drop the widgets, and you can already build the homepage. Since it is also compatible with WooCommerce, you can easily setup an online shop with this theme.

Revista Best Features: 

  • Flat, Minimal and Image-less Design
  • Widget Ready Homepage
  • Different Category/Blog Styles
  • Review System
  • Responsive Layout
  • Custom Colors and Background for Every Category

View Demo and Get Theme Here

30.Sofia – An Elegant Magazine WordPress Theme ($49)

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Sofia’s customizability is limitless

Sofia is a modern minimal but undeniably elegant WordPress theme that is focused on readability and functionality. While, ideally, it’s a fashion blog, its customizability is without limit, thanks to its administration panel which allows you to change practically everything from spacing, colors, and the content features on each page.

Sofia Best Features: 

  • WooCommerce support
  • Contact form 7
  • Multiple layouts
  • Shortcodes included

View Demo and  Get Theme Here 

31.Sparkler – Responsive WordPress Magazine Theme ($49)

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Sparkler lets you build your blog or website as easy as ABC

Sparkler is a neat, very customizable, and flexible WordPress magazine and blog theme that is fully responsive. Its clean and intuitive design are loaded with features and options, such as 3 pagination type, 13 widgetized areas, 16 custom widgets, 7+ home page layouts, custom backgrounds and many more. Sparkler is a simple way to create your magazine or blog even if you have no technical knowledge.

Sparkler Best Features:

  •    Super customizable
  •   Unlimited layouts
  •   16 custom widgets
  •   13 widgetized areas
  •   Font awesome icons
  •   Social sharing integrated
  •   Retina-ready
  • Responsive design
  • SEO-ready

View Demo and Get Theme Here

32.Square Magazine WordPress theme ($49)

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Square Magazine uses some of the most popular current design trends

Square is another straightforward and feature-rich magazine WordPress theme that has been designed and coded by KOPATHEME. It has been created using some of the most popular current design trends, such as HTML5, CSS 3, jQuery. Since it is fully responsive, you can rest assured that your website will look great regardless of the device.

This theme provides everything you’ll need to create a professional-looking and impressive website.
With a small amount of only $49, you can already have Square Magazine WordPress theme that you can use to showcase the writer and artist in you.

Square Best Features: 

  • Fully Responsive
  • Unlimited colors options with color picker in backend
  • Built with Boostrap and retina ready
  • HTML5 and CSS3 tableless design.
  • Custom fonts with 600+ Google fonts
  • Visual shortcode generator

View demo and purchase theme here.

33.StarMag – News & Magazine Theme

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StarMag is highly configurable

StarMag is a a WordPress theme that is great for magazine, review, news and blog sites. It has integrated reviews, video, slideshows, galleries and ADS system in each post.

Since StarMag is highly configurable, you can totally configure the homepage and posts with the help of very easy and powerful theme options. You can also easily create your own homepage the way you want it to be with the use of its 26 custom widgets.

StarMag Best Features:

  • Compatible With WordPress 3.4+ , 3.5+, 3.6+
  • WooCommerce Ready
  • Support for Disqus comments system
  • Integrated schema microdata
  • Drag-and-Drop Homepage
  • Unlimited sidebars
  • 26 custom widgets
  • Unlimited Color Variations

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34. Style-Magazine WordPress Theme ($49)

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Style Magazine can be used as a news, blog, or a magazine website

With its name alone, it is already pretty obvious that Style Magazine is, indeed, a stylish magazine WordPress theme. It has a very appealing style and helps to present your content in the most stylish and neat manner. This theme can be used as a news, blog, or a magazine website. It has been created with the latest technologies like HTML5 & CSS3 and jQuery.

It also boasts of custom widgets that are stylish popular posts, advertisements, recent reviews and other. It also comes with a stylish home page layout, 2 blog layouts, multi-post formats, and several elements and shortcodes. Style-Magazine WordPress theme was designed and coded by KOPATHEME.

Style Best Features:

  • Fully Responsive
  • Unlimited colors options with color picker in back-end
  • Built with Bootstrap and retina ready
  • HTML5 and CSS3 tableless design
  • Custom fonts with 600+ Google fonts
  • Visual shortcode generator

View Demo and Get Theme Here

35.StylishMag – Elegant News & Magazine Theme ($59)

stylish mag

StylishMag is based on solid back-end framework

Stylish Mag is an elegant and stylish blog, news or magazine WordPress theme that has a fully responsive layout. This theme is ideal for all types of content, whether they are heavy or light.

It includes lots of features like drag & drop page builder, unique page builder blocks, support for WooCommerce, and many more. All the functions of StylishMag are based on solid back-end framework.

StylishMag Best Features:

  • Drag & Drop page builder
  • Advanced theme admin panel
  • Modular homepage with unlimited layouts
  • Main menu with dropdowns + extended big menu
  • Unlimited featured blocks

View Demo and Get Theme Here

36.Trend Mag Magazine WordPress theme ($59)

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Trend Mag has limitless functionality and customization options

Despite its simplicity, Trend Mag is an undeniably elegant template with limitless functionality and customization options. Apart from its key features, this beautiful template is also loaded with other theme features that make it stand out.

Bootstrap CSS Framework, 400+ FontAwesome icons, 600+ Google web fonts, Google Map, WooCommerce support, Services, Testimonials, Brand, Mega Menu Managers and a number of shortcodes integrated are just some of the additional notable features that this theme has.

Trend Mag Theme Best Features:

  • Bootstrap CSS Framework
  • 400+ FontAwesome icons
  • 600+ Google web fonts
  • Google Map
  • WooCommerce support
  • Mega Menu Managers

View Demo and Get Theme Here

37.Urban Mag – News & Magazine WordPress Theme

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Urban Mag has GoodLayers importer plugin to import your preferred demo with a mere click

Urban Mag comes with 4 predefined styles. You can use its GoodLayers importer plugin to import your preferred demo with a mere click. Furthermore, Urban Mag also comes with a truly powerful admin panel.

You can replace the header layout by simply switching between boxed and full layout, uploading the site’s background, or changing the elements’ color through the admin panel.With Urban Mag, you can turn your magazine website into anything you want it to be.

Urban Mag Theme Best Features:

  • Social link in header
  • GoodLayers Importer
  • Page Builder Setting Shortcut Button
  • Parallax/Color Section
  • Landing Page Template
  • Customizable skin for each parallax/color section

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38.Vetee Magazine WordPress Theme

vetee

Vetee is neat and professional

Vetee Magazine is a neat and professional WordPress magazine theme that can also be used for business and corporate sites. It is Packed with some awesome features, such as different color schemes and multiple sidebars, and a built-in unbranded theme options panel.

Vetee Best Features:

  • Built-in theme options
  • Multiple templates
  • Detailed documentation
  • Fully layered PSDs

View Demo and Get Theme Here

39.Warwick – Responsive News/Magazine WordPress Theme ($59)

warwick

Warwick comes with unlimited theme colors and eight-page templates

Whether you are planning to use it for a news or magazine website, you can never go wrong with Warwick. It comes with a page builder, mega menu, review system, and events list. It is also BbPress, Woocommerce, and Custom sidebars compatible.

It comes with unlimited theme colors, eight-page templates, four post formats, such as post, image, video, and audio, more than eighty theme options, and eight custom widgets.

Warwick Theme Best Features:

  • Page Builder
  • Mega Menu
  • Review System
  • Events list
  • Bbpress Forum compatible
  • Woocommerce Shop compatible
  • Custom Sidebars compatible
  • Fully responsive

View  Demo and Get Theme Here

40. Ziggy – Professional Blog/Magazine WordPress Theme ($44)

ziggy

Ziggy is trendy, neat, and responsive

Ziggy is a professional WordPress blog/magazine theme which is the most ideal for blogs, newspapers, magazines, or review sites. Since it was developed with SEO best practices in mind and microdata optimized, Ziggy allows you to write articles and blog posts with ease. It is trendy, neat, responsive, and SEO- optimized. You can select from its eight layouts for the homepage. Of course, it has many other enticing features.

Ziggy Theme Best Features:

  • Responsive
  • SEO optimized
  • Powerful reviews
  • 8 layouts for the homepage
  • 2 header layouts

View Demo and Get Theme Here

Conclusion:

Surely, any of the WordPress magazine themes mentioned above can be of great help in your pursuit of having your own online magazine or news website. With your sheer writing talent, you can certainly inform, touch, and inspire more people as you take your skills to a higher and more accessible platform.

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49 Web & UI Style Guides of Famous Online Brands

Brands are very important because they are visual representations of a company’s core values. And no other platform can best showcase that than a company’s website. Therefore, it is very important that your site aligns with the overall identity of your brand. And that’s where the web UI style guide comes in.

Style guides provide consistency of brand design

A UI web style guide, as defined in Wikipedia, ensures consistency and cohesiveness in different web pages as well as enforces best practice in usage. Beyond that, however, style guides can inspire and encourage other creatives and create an enjoyable experience for users.

Check out our list of 49 web & UI style guides of famous online brands and be inspired as you create your own project:

Twitter is more than just 140 characters

Twitter is more than just 140 characters

1.Twitter

Twitter, the micro-blogging and social networking site we have all come to love, takes pride in the tweets composed of not more than 140 characters, @username, and timestamp.

Check out the UI style and web guidelines of Twitter and find out how to properly use its bird trademark logo and other graphic elements in whatever project you are planning to work on.

Adobe has always been strict about how its logo is used

Adobe has always been strict about how its logo is used

2. Adobe Corporate Brand

Adobe Systems Incorporated is an American multinational computer software company that has been reputed for its award-winning products. Based in San Jose, California USA, it has long established its strong brand identity even from the time it was just starting.

Adobe is primarily represented by its logo and colors; thus, they are so strict about how to use them properly.  Check out its brand guidelines and learn more how Adobe integrates every design element in their logo.

Mozilla has one of the best style guides

Mozilla has one of the best style guides

3. Mozilla

Did you know that Mozilla was actually Netscape Communication’s nickname for Navigator, which, incidentally, was the company’s first web browser? Additionally, it was also the name of an open source public collaboration created with Navigator.

The Mozilla Style Guide is simply thorough, having a distinct identity and branding each for Mozilla, Firefox Family, Firefox Browser, Firefox OS, Marketplace, Webmaker, and Thunderbird.

These guidelines include styles for websites, text content, videos, typography, and presentations. Furthermore, they have a complete style guide for Firefox OS. Without question, this is one of the best style guides ever.

lonely planet

Lonely Planet is very particular about its colors, typography, UI colors, design palette, destination colors, and icons

4. Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet is, without question, the biggest travel guide book publisher in the world. Owned by American billionaire Brad Kelley of NC2 Media, he bought it from BBC Worldwide in 2013 for US$77 million although it was valued at US$250 million in 2008.

Lonely Planet’s Style Guide include colors, typography, UI colors, design palette, destination colors, and icons.

facebook

Facebook has some dos and don’ts as well when it comes to their logo design

5. Facebook

Without question, Facebook is the most popular social networking site. It has accomplished its mission to make the people more connected and the world more open. Facebook users have been blessed with the opportunity to be updated about their friends, family, and the world learn about the latest happenings in different societies, and express their thoughts and opinions on issues that matter to them.

Should you want to use the logos, copy blocks, image assets, and many other things about the Facebook brand, know the dos’ and don’ts in their guidelines.

The Behance logo has four variations in their style guide

The Behance logo has four variations in their style guide

6. Behance

Behance is a creative platform where a user can upload his projects. Then, the uploaded work will appear in the Behance galleries, giving the user exposure to millions of visitors who visit Behance to discover creative work.You can download the 4 variations of the Behance logo in their style guide should you wish to use it in the application or website that you are creating.

The Android logo is based on the Linux kernel

The Android logo is based on the Linux kernel

7. Android

Android is a mobile operating system (OS) by Google. It is based on the Linux kernel and designed basically for touchscreen mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets.If you are creating an app for an Android phone, check out its style guides on the Android robot, Android logo, and Google Play in Text and Badges.

Check the Skype guideline to properly use the typeface, cloud, color, etc.

Check the Skype guideline to properly use the typeface, cloud, color, etc.

8. Skype

Gone are the days when one has to cough up with their high telephone bills due to the long distance calls they make. With Skype, registered users can easily communicate through instant messaging, voice calls, and video calls for free of charge wherever they may be in the world.

If you check Skype’s brand guidelines, you will be in the know on how to use its logo, typeface, colors, strapline, clouds, illustrations, rainbows, photography, photography usage, and many more.

salesforce

The Salesforce guidelines include its colors, icon, and typography

9. Salesforce.com

Salesforce.com is a cloud computing company located in San Francisco, California. Salesforce also attempts to capitalize on commercial applications of social networking through acquisition although its revenue comes from a customer relationship management (CRM) product.

As of 2015, it is one of the most highly esteemed American cloud computing companies, thanks to its market capitalization of $50 billion. Its brand guidelines include its colors, icon, and typography.

The Tuts+ logo covers a lot of things from the abbreviation to the size

The Tuts+ logo covers a lot of things from the abbreviation to the size

10. Tuts +

Tuts + is a part of Envato’s creative ecosystem. It contributes to its mission of helping people learn and earn online. The company wants to empower individuals by learning creative skills and enabling them to earn money as they sell their creative creations to the world.

Its style guidelines cover a lot of things, including abbreviations, ampersand, apostrophes, attribution and citation, bold and italics, emoticons, measurements, spaces, and many other things.

Visual identity, color, downloads, and product screenshots are part of the LinkedIn guideline

Visual identity, color, downloads, and product screenshots are part of the LinkedIn guideline

11. LinkedIn

There is no better way to connect professionals from around the world other than LinkedIn. With LinkedIn, you can establish your own professional profile online, connect with trusted contacts, expand your professional network, and exchange information and ideas.

LinkedIn web and UI style guides include their visual identity, color, downloads, and product screenshots.

pinterest

Pinterest is particular with any word, phrase, image that are identified with its logo

12. Pinterest

Pinterest is a free website where users can upload, save, sort, and manage images (known as pins), and other media content through collections known as pinboards. Pinterest serves as a personalized media platform that enables users to browse the content of others on its main page.

Its style guidelines include the Pinterest name, logos, graphics, and any word, phrase, image that are identified with it.

The Shopify logo tells you exactly what it's meant to do

The Shopify logo tells you exactly what it’s meant to do

13. Shopify

Shopify is a cloud-based, multichannel commerce platform primarily meant for small and medium-sized businesses. Business owners can use the software to design, set up, and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media sites, such as Pinterest and Facebook. Its logo, color, glyph, spacing rules are included in its brand guidelines.

Integrate the WordPress logo into your project properly through its guideline

Integrate the WordPress logo into your project properly through its guideline

14. WordPress

WordPress has become the biggest self-hosted blogging tool in the world. It is used by millions of sites and visited by tens of millions of people every single day. Everything about WordPress was created by and for the community. Since it’s an open-source project, there are hundreds of people all over the world working on it.

Should you want to integrate the WordPress logo and colors in your project, check out its brand guidelines and learn the proper way to do so.

The Dribbble guideline is mostly on the do’s and don’ts on the use of the logo.

The Dribbble guideline is mostly on the do’s and don’ts on the use of the logo.

15. Dribbble

Dribbble is a community of web designers, graphic designers, illustrators, icon artists, typographers, logo designers, and other creative types who share small screenshots showing their work, process, and current projects. Its branding guidelines include the ball and script logo and Dribbble colors. However, the guidelines are mostly on the do’s and don’ts on the use of the logo.

The SoundCloud guideline contains CMYK AI vector files for print purposes

The SoundCloud guideline contains CMYK AI vector files for print purposes

16. SoundCloud

Soundcloud is the leading audio platform that gives its users unique access to the world’s largest community of music & audio creators. SoundCloud makes it possible for everyone to discover original music & audio, connect with one another as they share the sounds they hear.

Additionally, the sound creators can instantly use the platform to record, upload, and share sounds on the Internet. If you download the brand’s guidelines, you will get a bundle that contains CMYK AI vector files for print purposes, RGB PNG files for digital use, and their logo guidelines.

Check out the Spotify guidelines to know about its different logo types

Check out the Spotify guidelines to know about its different logo types

17. Spotify

With Spotify, you definitely have music at your fingertips. And, it’s not just any music, it’s the kind of music that you want. Spotify provides the easiest way for a music lover to access millions of songs that can give him pure listening pleasure.

Are you working on something that makes you need to use the Spotify logo? Check out its guidelines to know about its primary logo type, horizontal logo type, size relationship, alignment, dos’ and don’ts, colors, and many more.

The Tumblr trademark guidelines include 8 variations of the Tumblr logo, size, typeface, colors and other graphic characteristics

The Tumblr trademark guidelines include 8 variations of the Tumblr logo, size, typeface, colors and other graphic characteristics

18. Tumblr

Tumblr is both a social networking site and a microblogging platform owned by Yahoo Inc. Founded by David Karp, the site now boasts of more than 200 million blogs. The site has also an app version allowing you to post anything anytime and anywhere.

The Tumblr trademark guidelines include 8 variations of the Tumblr logo, size, typeface, colors, and other graphic characteristics.

The Vimeo guideline includes the proper use of its logo, icons, colors, and spacing

The Vimeo guideline includes the proper use of its logo, icons, colors, and spacing

19. Vimeo

Vimeo is a video-sharing website that enables users to upload, share and view videos. It was founded in November 2004 by Jake Lodwick and Zach Klein. Its guidelines include the proper use of its logo, icons, colors, and spacing.

Use the YouTube logo, icon, assets, or icon pack by checking out its guidelines

Use the YouTube logo, icon, assets, or icon pack by checking out its guidelines

20. Youtube

Many kids and adult turn to YouTube to check on almost any type of uploaded video, from tutorials on almost everything, movies, movie clips, shows, and many other things. Even ordinary netizens can even upload their own video and have subscribers in their own YouTube channels. YouTube is, indeed, one of the most popular sites on the web these days. If you want to use its logo, icon, assets, or icon pack, simply check out its guidelines.

The BlackBerry logo remains one of the most outstanding logos of all time

The BlackBerry logo remains one of the most outstanding logos of all time

21. Blackberry

BlackBerry is a company known for its line of wireless handheld devices and services. It is designed and marketed by BlackBerry Limited, which was known as Research In Motion Limited (RIM) once upon a time. Are you interested in using the Blackberry logo in a project? Check out its guidelines on application icons, iconography, color, typography, and many more.

Bootstrap functions as the style guide for internal tools development

Bootstrap functions as the style guide for internal tools development

22. Bootstrap

It was in the middle part of 2010 when Bootstrap was created at Twitter by @mdo and @fat. Before being an open-sourced framework, the Bootstrap moniker was Twitter Blueprint. After a few months into its development, Twitter held its first Hack Week, where project exploded as developers of all skill levels jumped in despite without any external guidance.

Since then, Bootstrap functioned as the style guide for internal tools development at the company and continues to be to this very date since its public release. Check its style guides on its mark, logo, name, and colors should you plan to integrate any of which in your project.

campaign monitor

The Campaign Monitor style guide includes its logo, marquee, and colors

23. Campaign Monitor

Campaign Monitor is an online email marketing app that makes it possible for designers to easily create, send, manage, and monitor branded emails for themselves and their clients. Its style guide includes its logo, marquee, and colors.

Codepen - the playground for the front-end side of the web

Codepen – the playground for the front-end side of the web

24. Codepen

People in CodePen.io describe themselves as a “playground for the front-end side of the web.” It is without question that CodePen is great for testing out bugs, collaborating, and finding new inspiration as it allows the users to create “pens”, which are sets of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. To learn how the CodePen logo is made, check its style guide.

The image marketplace is also very particular of its image and logo

The image marketplace is also very particular of its image and logo

25. Creative Market

Creative Market is an online market where one can buy digital design goods to use in his personal or commercial projects. The products it offers are fonts, icons, themes, clipart, UI kits, Photoshop brushes, stock photographs, and many more. If you want to know more about its logo, icon, and colors, check out its style guides.

The Slack marks included in its style guides are the Slack name and logo

The Slack marks included in its style guides are the Slack name and logo

26. Slack

Communication is a lot easier with Slack with its real-time messaging, archiving, and a messaging app. Teams have full access to the messages and archives in one place. Files are also easily uploaded and one can be alerted with a notification once a file or message is received on his desktop or mobile device.

The Slack marks included in its style guides are the Slack name and logo, and any word, phrase, image, or other designation that associate the source or origin of any of its products.

Dropbox enables you to access any folder in your hard drive

Dropbox enables you to access any folder in your hard drive

27. Dropbox

Having Dropbox on your computer is like accessing any folder in your hard drive. The difference is that, with Dropbox, the files that you uploaded automatically sync online and to any other computer or mobile device that is linked to your Dropbox account.

Hence, anywhere you are, as long as you are connected online, you can have easy access to the files that you need. Learn more about the Dropbox logo, colors, and spacing as you check its branding style guide.

drupal

The Drupal logo comes in 3 different colors

28. Drupal

Even those who lack the technical skills can use this open-source software if they want to easily create and manage different types of websites. Drupal is free and comes with a content management platform and a development framework. Download Drupal’s media kit and get the logo in 3 different colors.

evernote

Evernote aims to help you remember everything

29. Evernote

Evernote is a cross-platform app created for note taking, organizing, and archiving. It is created by the Evernote Corporation, a private company based in Redwood City, California. Evernote is designed to help individuals remember everything.

If one wishes to develop products and applications that leverage to Evernote’s platform, and there is a need to refer and link to Evernote, its products, and services. One needs to check its trademark style guide which includes names, logos, words, characters, and colors.

Fancy is a social media app which allows you to share the exciting things you discover

Fancy is a social media app which allows you to share the exciting things you discover

30. Fancy

The Fancy is a way of sharing the exciting things you discover and compiling a collection of things you like. These things are not exactly the things that you’d spend your money on or plan to go, but, definitely, you would if you had the money to burn. Know about the style guides of this app on its logo, colors, and images.

Find out the style guides on GitHub’s logo, icon, and octocat

Find out the style guides on GitHub’s logo, icon, and octocat

31. Github

GitHub is a web-based Git repository hosting service that offers all of the distributed revision control and source code management (SCM) functionality of Git as well as adding its own features.

Unlike Git, though, which is strictly a command-line tool, GitHub offers a web-based graphical interface and desktop in addition to its mobile integration. Find out the style guides on GitHub’s logo, icon, and octocat should you wish to integrate this online brand in your project.

InVision bridges the gap between designers and business stakeholders

InVision bridges the gap between designers and business stakeholders

32. InVision

InVision is a design project management and collaboration platform that every creative team needs. InVision allows agencies, startups and corporations stay design-driven and succeed as it bridges the gap between designers and business stakeholders.

Its style guides on its logos, icons, and brand colors are a must check if you want to use any of which in whatever you are working on.

The Kickstarter guideline includes its logo, colors, and badges

The Kickstarter guideline includes its logo, colors, and badges

33. Kickstarter

Kickstarter is an American worldwide benefit corporation based in Brooklyn, New York. It has built a global crowd-funding platform that focuses on creativity. Kickstarter’s stated mission is to help bring creative projects to life.

Download its assets that include its logo, colors, and badges.

The KISSmetrics style guide includes the 6 variants of its logo

The KISSmetrics style guide includes the 6 variants of its logo

34. KiSSmetrics

KISSmetrics is a perceptive web analytics package that sets your sights on metrics that matter, such as your bottom line. Whether you’re just a small, bootstrapped, start-up, or you’re a part of a larger organization, there is no denying that KISSmetrics is very easy to use. Its style guide includes the 6 variants of the KISSmetrics logo.

The Mailchimp guide includes logo in PNGs and EPSs, Freddie, brand color, and app screenshots

The Mailchimp guide includes logo in PNGs and EPSs, Freddie, brand color, and app screenshots

35. Mailchimp

MailChimp is an email marketing service and the trading name of its operator, which is a United States company. Its service is accessed through a web-based  or mobile-based application. However, some of its features can be accessed even if someone is offline. Its style guides include its logo in PNGs and EPSs, Freddie, brand color, and app screenshots.

PayPal makes money transfer much easier

PayPal makes money transfer much easier

36. PayPal

PayPal is global payment platform used by people in 203 markets. It allows its customers to get paid in more than 100 currencies and withdraw their funds to their bank accounts in 57 currencies. Without question, PayPal provides people better ways to connect to their money and to one another as they help them safely access and move their money while offering a choice of how they would like to pay or be paid.

Read PayPal’s guideline about its logo and learn how to use it properly should you need to use it.

Want to use Reddit's alien? Check it's style guide

Want to use Reddit’s alien? Check it’s style guide

37. Reddit

Reddit is an entertainment, social networking, and news website that enables registered community members to submit content, such as text posts or direct links. Hence, it can be said that it works like bulletin board system, only it’s done online.

Check out Reddit’s guidelines on how to use its distinct alien logo in different files and its color guide.

Foursquare style guide includes its wordmark, logo, and social media icons.

Foursquare style guide includes its wordmark, logo, and social media icons.

38. Foursquare

Foursquare is a social networking service that can be accessed by iPhone, BlackBerry and Android smartphone users. This free app has to be downloaded so that it be used in a device. The app is aimed at helping users discover and share information about attractions and businesses around them. Foursquare style guide includes its wordmark, logo, and social media icons.

Artist or not, there's no mistaking the Deviant Art logo

Artist or not, there’s no mistaking the Deviant Art logo

39. DeviantArt

There is no denying that DeviantArt is the world’s largest online social community for artists and art enthusiasts. It allows visual artists to connect with one another and share their passion for art.

The style guide DeviantArt includes the proper way to use its logo, typography, color palette, and pattern.

Disqus covers its text logo and social icons

Disqus covers its text logo and social icons

40. Disqus

Disqus is a network community platform that is used of thousands of sites all over the web. A website can gain a feature-rich comment system that is complete with social network integration, advanced administration and moderation options, and other things with Disqus. Its style guide covers its text logo and social icons.

airbnb

Airbnb encompasses around 200 countries

41. AirBnB

Airbnb is an online community marketplace that aims at connecting people who are looking for homes to rent or simply looking for an accommodation. Airbnb is most popular to hosts and travelers. The travelers book for accommodations in almost 200 countries worldwide while the hosts list and rent out their unused spaces.

Are you planning to use AirBNB’s logo on your travel website? Download its style guideline now and learn how to use it properly.

Check out Twitch’s guidelines on the proper use of its logo, social media icon, and colors

Check out Twitch’s guidelines on the proper use of its logo, social media icon, and colors

42. Twitch

For gamers out there, there is no more popular social video platform than Twitch. Founded in June 2011, more than 100 million community members who gather to watch and talk about video games with more than 1.7 million broadcasters. Game developers, publishers, media outlets, content creators, and the entire e-sports scene are the die-hard users of Twitch.

Check out Twitch’s guidelines on the proper use of its logo, social media icon, and colors should you want to use them in your project.

logotype, color palette, design system, typography by checking its style guides.

Learn more about Uber’s logotype, color palette, design system, typography by checking its style guides

43. Uber

Uber Technologies Inc. is an American international transportation network company that develops, markets and operates the Uber mobile app. With the Uber mobile app, consumers with smartphones can submit a trip request that is forwarded to Uber drivers.

Learn about this transportation network company’s logotype, color palette, design system, typography by checking its style guides.

 

Myspace has served as the launch pad of the careers of some music artists and actors in the entertainment industry

MySpace is as particular as any brand about its logo and branding

MySpace is as particular as any brand about its logo and branding

44. Myspace

Myspace is a social networking site that enables users to create web pages for interaction with other users. Users are able to create their own blogs, upload videos and photos, and design profiles that showcase not just their interests but their talents, too.  Myspace has provided a venue for users to meet new friends and communicate with people across the world.

It has served as the launch pad of the careers of some music artists and actors in the entertainment industry these days. You can learn more about the logotype, logomark, and colors that represent the Myspace brand if you check out its style guides.

Dailymotion is the French version of YouTube

Dailymotion is the French version of YouTube

45. Dailymotion

Dailymotion is a French video-sharing website where users don’t only watch videos; they can upload, and share their own videos, too. There is no denying that Dailymotion is, indeed, one of the biggest video platforms in the world, thanks to its wide array of content from users, independent creators, and its premium partners.

If you want to use Dailymotion’s wordmark and icon, visit its style guide and download them.

Review businesses and get information about them using Yelp

Review businesses and get information about them using Yelp

46. Yelp

It is pretty obvious that one of the biggest blessings that the Internet has brought is the ease of communication. These days, spreading and knowing vital information about the quality of services of all types of business is definitely a piece of cake. When it comes to reviewing businesses and sharing information about them, Yelp is the choice of many Internet users.

Yelp was founded in 2004, and, since then, it has served like a huge online bulletin board that caters to local business reviews based on experiences of consumers.

Do you need to integrate Yelp in your website? Check out its style guides and see the Yelp logo variations and their approved colors.

Google+ is Google's social community

Google+ is Google’s social community

47. Google Plus

Google+ (also Google Plus) is a social network developed by Google. Some of its tools and features have been derived from current services and platforms, such as the Picasa photo storing and sharing platform. On the other hand, some of its features are comparable to those of other popular social networks and micro-blogging platforms.

The Windows Phone style guide covers its animations, app settings and data, controls and patterns

The Windows Phone style guide covers its animations, app settings and data, controls and patterns

48. Windows Phone

Windows Phone (WP) is a family of mobile operating systems by Microsoft for smartphones. It is the replacement for Windows Mobile and Zune and features a new user interface derived from Metro design language.

Its style guide covers its animations, app settings and data, controls and patterns, custom user interactions, files, data, and connectivity, globalization and localization, help and instructions, identity and security, launch, suspend, and resume, layout and scaling, maps and location, text and input, and tiles and notifications.

Share timeless memories with Instagram

Share timeless memories with Instagram

49. Instagram

Instagram is an online mobile photo and video-sharing social networking service that allows its users to take pictures and videos, upload and share them on a variety of social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter.

Customizing screenshots, glyph and multi-color camera Logo, embedding Instagram content, and using Instagram for marketing are some of the things that you can find in its style guide.

Conclusion

Without question, one can learn a lot by checking out the various style guides of the online brands mentioned above. When the time for you to create your own style guides, you can surely take inspiration from them.

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Creative Market Ultimate November Big Bundle Package – 96% Off

As web professionals, there are many ways and means you can generate income  nowadays. The development of the Internet, as well as the propagation of various tools and technology for the web, has removed any limitations you can imagine.

Creative Market November Big Bundle

November Big Bundle

Gone are the days where you have to struggle how you can market yourself to get more clients. Now, there are various marketplaces to look for gigs. There are even sites where you can sell, not only your services but also your creations and products. And one of these places which support and encourage creatives to make money from what they do is Creative Market.

Creative Market is an online community which boasts of more than a million of creatives who buy and design different kinds of creative assets, such as fonts, graphics, themes, photos, and more. You can even find architectural renderings of buildings and floor plans – name it and you can see almost any design assets on Creative Market. In fact, the community boasts of more than 350,000 resources.

Now, Creative Market is offering 91 of these tools and resources worth $1,100 for only $39 this November.

This is not a joke nor an April Fool’s Day prank….

In case you’re wondering what’s included in this bundle, read on:

The Ultimate Creative Bundle

You might be thinking if the items included in the bundle can really be  useful to you. Here’s the good news:

Take Your Pick

Yes, you heard it right – you can take a pick which item goes into your shopping cart. We have 17 awesome shops who are participating in this great sale event. Visit each one of them and take your time sorting through their various products. You can even compare between what they offer before deciding which you prefer most.

In short, this is a very flexible bundle and you have the freedom to choose!

Get Free Items

Surely you’ve heard this cliche, “When it rains, it pours.” And we’re pouring in more this November  by offering 3 more products FOR FREE. 

That means you don’t just get the ultimate bundle at such a very low price, you also have 3 additional products without paying more.

Getting the free products is very simple – just go to the bundle page and use the share buttons.

That’s it! No sweat!

Our Top Picks

In case, you’re still wondering what items are included, here are our favorites from the bundle.

Lovely is a simple WordPress theme that delivers

Lovely is a simple WordPress theme that delivers

1. Lovely Responsive WordPress Theme

This fully responsive theme works well on all types of devices. Based on the Genesis framework, the theme has 3-page layout options, SEO optimized, a customized drop-down navigational bar, and Simple icons integration. Originally priced at $45, you can get this as part of the Ultimate Bundle package.

Get help with your UX/UI presentation using

Get help with your UX/UI presentation using this documentation kit

2. Ideal Hub Documentation Kit

This documentation template will help you with your presentations in the most professional manner. Add flowcharts and app design specifications, like color, icon information, and fonts to your presentation. With this template, you can also add screenshots as well as the explanations of each feature and function of the device. Whether you are creating an interface design or a wireframe, this is extremely helpful.

Be inspired by these high quality images

Be inspired by these high-quality images

3. Cinema Deluxe Pro Action Volume 2

Get some inspiration  from this awesome action set filled with high-quality photographs. These photographs are specially made for graphic designers and photographers. The images can add some drama and depth to any graphic design project you have.

Smooth calligraphy typeface from MyCandyThemes

Smooth calligraphy typeface from MyCandyThemes

4. Aura Blue Modern Calligraphy Font

Aura Blue is a smooth and delicate typeface developed by MyCandyThemes. The fonts are available in both Bold and Regular version. The pack also includes 349 glyphs, alternative characters with swashes, and smooth line font. This typeface is perfect for stationery design, invitations, lettering needs, branding, and many more. It even has alternative letters for Office and Photoshop users. All you need to do is download the OTF font files.

Present your fashion line using this elegant lookbook

Present your fashion line using this elegant lookbook

5. Product Brochure/Lookbook

This lookbook is a perfect tool for fashion, jewellery, and perfume presentations. The brochure has 16 pages of 200 X 200mm InDesign file square size. If you needed to change colors, all it takes is one click to do that. The downloadable file contains all the links and files as well as PDF files for preview.

Go retro with this blogging kit

Go retro with this blogging kit

6. The Blogging Set – Templates andElements

Want to add a unique twist to your blog? This blogging set contains 75 different elements which include logos, brushes, templates, and other vintage elements. Never run out of resources if ever you wish your brand or your blog going retro.

The kits includes 40 fully scalable food elements

The kit includes 40 fully scalable food elements

7. YUMMY Food Doodles

This set includes 40 fully scalable food doodle elements. All elements are available in two styles – normal and chalk. Available categories include kitchenware, bar, fast food, pizzeria, and many more. What more! One  bonus frame is also included.

watercolor

8. Watercolor Backgrounds

This set includes 52 colorful watercolor backgrounds. The color combinations are perfect and realistic. It is perfect for your web layouts, wallpaper, Twitter backgrounds, collages, invitations, and more.

Who says adventure can't go retro?

Who says adventure can’t go retro?

9. 50 Retro Adventure Logo Template

These 50 retro logo templates are perfect for adventure or outdoor-themed projects, such as blogs, brands, and more. All images are in vector format, fully editable, and available in AI, EPS, and PSD formats.

Splatter those brushes with this texture creator

Splatter those brushes with this texture creator

10. Quick Texture Creator

This is a collection of 50 splatter brushes which range from the subtle to thick harsh texture. Each brush reacts to selected stroke color and is set to accept pressure sensitivity if you are using a tablet.

Why You Should Get Them Now

Our selections above are some of the awesome items you can get. Imagine having 91 items – you’ll have plenty of inspiration. Most of all, you have a lot of resources to draw from saving you the worry for your upcoming projects. If you think they’re really awesome, here are more reasons why you should get them now:

Huge, Huge Discount

Aside from the huge bundle, think about how much you can save when you purchase this bundle – the original price is $1,130. However, Creative Market is offering it for only $39 – no more, no less. 

If you want to do the math, that’s a 96.5% discount! 

Limited Time Offer

As much as they are awesome, this Ultimate Bundle  is only offered until 17th November (end of day). That means once the Tuesday arrives, they’re back to their original price. Why let go of this one-shot offer of a huge collection and big savings?

Get Your 91 Items For 96% Off NOW

Opportunities come and go. Sometimes, we regret when we just let them slip by realizing later that we should have grabbed those opportunities. It doesn’t have to be that way – you can take action by clicking here to get the Ultimate Bundle. 

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