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User interface designers are always searching for the latest trends. To understand digital interfaces you need to think about design from a user’s point of view. Sometimes looking over a set of example designs can help you gather ideas quickly.

Whether you design for mobile devices or large desktop monitors, there are plenty of design galleries you can find online. This post includes a handful of galleries related to web design, responsive design, and mobile applications.

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Using multiple fonts in any design is an excellent way to create interest as well as to draw a viewer’s eye to important content. Choosing the right mixture of fonts, though, can be difficult. Without some knowledge as to how to fit the different typefaces or font styles together, a design could become quite overwhelming and confusing.

Of course, knowing what fonts to use together also requires a bit of intuition. If you don’t quite have the eye, simply start browsing through typographical posters, websites, and other graphic designs that excellently utilize different fonts. You will eventually be able to tell what fonts simply draw the eye more than others in a design and which ones mesh well together. When this intuition is combined with some basic tricks for mixing and matching fonts, you will become quite the expert in choosing beautiful blends of fonts, no matter the design.

Below are the basic tips you need to know before jumping into using mixed fonts in graphic or web design, along with some excellent examples of good practice. So take some time to read through the following rules, do some research to see more mixed typography in use, and then you should be ready to try some multiple font designs on your own.

Beware of Font Overkill

Less is always more in design, and this rule is no exception when it comes to mixing fonts. Too many different fonts – or even simply too many font styles and colors – and you’ll not emphasize anything. Viewers won’t know where to look first when they see a page layout. Their eyes will jump from one to the other for a second or two, and the majority will give up trying to decipher where to begin reading than struggle through the confusing text. Keep in mind that the point of using multiple fonts is to increase the aesthetics of a design, create hierarchy and order in content, and to highlight important information.


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Once, CSS galleries were so much popular and any web designer hunting for inspiration were visiting them regularly.

They are still handy to find exciting stuff quickly (Dribbble and Behance help a lot too).

Similar galleries exist when it comes to mobile app design and I believe they are even more useful. That’s because “it is harder to get mobile app inspiration without installing + using them which takes more time + effort“.

These 12 galleries list beautiful app UIs, categorize them nicely and some of them also lists them by patterns:

Lovely UI

lovely_ui

Mobile Patterns

Mobile_Patterns

Pttrns

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  • For every design, we probably think which colors to use as colors are one of the most important elements in visual communication.

    BrandColors is a curated gallery of major brand color codes to help us get inspired on choosing ours.

    The gallery is mostly focused on web and technology brands and it is also good to see which colors are preferred the most.

    BrandColors

    Web Typography for the Lonely is a website that creates awesome typography using web standards (such as SVG, Html5 canvas and CSS3) and JavaScript.

    There are both static and interactive examples and all of them are documented in detail.

    Web Typography for the Lonely

    It is possible to download the sources of the experiments and also find the related articles/resources that inspired or helped completing the experiments.

    P.S. Some of the depend on various other libraries like jQuery or Raphael.js, however, the developer targets to make them standalone.

    As the popularity of Android rises and more applications are being built for the platform every day, the number of development-related questions increase as well.

    Android Patterns is a website which aims to bring a solution to the design-related questions by sharing widely-accepted answers (patterns) for them.

    Android Patterns

    The patterns are demonstrated in a wireframe and provided with descriptions of when and when not to use them, the pros/cons and screenshot examples.

    There are main categories like "Dealing With Data" or "Navigation" and many sub-categories (questions under each).

    P.S. If you have patterns that you want to share with others, it is possible to submit them as well.

    Desktopography is a website which shares a collection of impressive wallpapers to beautify desktops.

    They are created by designers invited by the website and it can be clearly seen that "a serious effort is spent on each of them".

    Desktopography

    Wallpapers are published since 2005 and items are categorized as years.

    They are provided in multiple sizes and besides using them, Desktopography is a good source of design inspiration.

    Personally, I'm not a wallpaper fan and my desktop has only a black background, but now, considering to give wallpapers another chance : ).

    A smart and good-looking logo is a must for every company but, probably, a design company needs something better than that.

    If you were a coffee shop or a restaurant, it is pretty easy to guess "the ingredients of the logo". For a web & design studio, what is the shape of creativity?

    While browsing for beautiful logos, we have realized few trends that design studios use to represent themselves like using a pencil, light bulb, animals or many colors to show the creative power inside.

    Here are 45 inspirational logos of web & design studios:

     

    Pencil In Logos


    Amiri Web and Graphic Designer

    Amiri

    Siah Design

    Siah Design

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    Creativity, no matter you're a designer, developer, photographer or .. can help you get inspired easily.

    To see the talent in "many different areas together" (graphic design, copywriting, packaging, etc.), advertisement are great.

    Creative Ad Awards is an impressive showcase of beautiful advertisements with over 1500+ items that's growing regularly.

    Creative Ad Awards

    They are very well-categorized with the sector, creative director, agency, client and location.

    Tip: Under the "Articles" menu, it is possible to find collections of attractive thematic advertisements.

    Ember, a service for sharing screenshots, illustrations, etc. with the world, has a well-categorized library of screenshots for getting inspired.

    The categories include graphic, web and UI design with sub-categories like typography, web apps., iphone apps., sign-up forms and more.

    Ember Categories

    It is not a pattern library and doesn't discuss the methodology of each category but shares beautiful, well-picked screenshots which is great when searching for inspiration on a specific subject/module.

    Once logged in (there are free and paid plans), you can add designs to your favorites, comment to them or upload new ones.

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