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Vintage Christmas Backgrounds by Creative Artx

Christmas time is coming near and I decided that each week from now until Christmas we will post a different Christmas Deal! For this first week we have a set of 9 vintage style Christmas backgrounds created by Creative Artx. This awesome deal comes in fully scale-able Photoshop vector layers for each of the 9 Christmas backgrounds all for only $4. Creative Artx has a huge Christmas and New Years graphic collection that you can check out here. Click the heading or image below to grab this deal.

Vintage Christmas Backgrounds

Vintage Christmas Backgrounds by Creative Artx

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5 Easy Ways to Enhance the User Experience of Your Business Website

Periodically updating your site is essential to maintaining easy navigation for your viewers. Whether your site is running slow, infected with a virus, or just hasn’t had any modifications in its layout for a few a while there are always new ways to improve the user experience. Here is a handful of easy ways business owners can improve user navigation and improve the overall quality of their website:

1. Update for Speed

Every second spent loading the page is a second closer to a user losing interest. There are plenty of tools online that allow you to test the speed of your site like GTmetrix. Test your site now and then and make sure it’s not taking 5 minutes to get from one page to the next. If your site is lagging, consider updates either in server software or website software. If you use a type of software like WordPress, where it is free to use, distribute and it has a large community of developers and users who contribute back to the code, there tend be more frequent updates.

Keep in mind that the more traffic and users your site accumulates the more attempts you’ll see at spamming and virus infection. Make sure you have security measures that are constantly sweeping for any potential threats to the functionality of the website.

2. Bring in New, Quality Images

Let users know how you are progressing by using fresh, high-quality images of your latest products and services. One good way to revamp your site is to embed a PowerPoint on your homepage to show some of your latest happenings with the business. Improving the layout of certain images in a shopping section is definitely necessary from time to time to increase organization and exploring if your site allows users to shop online.

3. Contrast and Texture of Color

Never underestimate the power of color psychology in designing a website, especially with the background. Make sure the background color is one that is both easy on the eyes and evokes the right message to potential customers. For example, the website of a private doctor would do well to use various shades of the color blue because it evokes trust and is commonly associated with adaptability (water) and healing. The more serious the nature of your business the less variety of colors you should use but always use clearly contrasting shades as well as a distinguishable font.

4. Improve Source of Feedback

If you have the personnel and do a substantial amount of business online consider implementing a 24/7 help chat. One of the best ways for a smaller business to communicate with customers and respond to feedback is actually with a blog or forum for discussion. Obviously you won’t be able to respond to every compliment or complaint voiced in these sections but it will give a good source of constructive feedback from your users.

5. Social Media

If your business is not utilizing major social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn you need to start TODAY. Social media is arguably the most important aspect of online marketing today and allows you to tap into far too many networks of potential business to ignore. If you are already running pages with these outlets, make them accessible from you homepage or contact page. Use them to spread the latest entries of your blog and implore your users to follow you on them to keep up with all of your latest news.

Conclusion

For business owners it is important to constantly be looking for ways to improve yourself whether it be your products, services, or methods of marketing. Remember, the best ideas you can get are from the users themselves.  Always be open to feedback, always be open to change.

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Free Flat Icons by Studio4

Happy Friday! A happy freebie Friday at that. Today’s freebie is a set of flat icons created by Studio4. These are some awesome, simple, flat icons that will go perfect with your flat website or flat design. We even use them in our featured images for some of our articles here on Enfuzed.

The set comes in a vector PSD format for easy editing and scale-ability. In the set are many useful icons including tags, trash can, paint brush, lock, iMac screen, coffee cup, floppy disk, user, microphone, calender, clock, film strip, pencil and many more. The icons were crafted by Deividas Graužinis, a designer at Studio4.

Click the heading or image below to be directed to the download page.

Free Flat Icons

Free Flat Icons by Studio4

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Natural Light Designer Workspaces

One of the main contributors in deciding if a person has good or bad productivity is the environment in which they work. A persons work environment can include one of many things like the people they work with or the location of their work (cubicle, outdoors, windowless room, corner office etc.). While in most cases some of us have no control over either of these factors, there are a lucky few of us who do.

Most freelancers create their own work environment, whether that be renting an office somewhere, going to a local coffee shop to work, or in most cases just working from home. No matter where you choose to work, one major thing you should consider when picking a place to work is the natural lighting.

Why is natural light important? Well in short, we are humans, we weren’t meant to be confined inside the walls of a cubicle and shut off from the outside world. We need natural light to live and to keep our minds from exploding.

Researchers at the Interdepartmental Neuroscience program at Northwestern University in Chicago, reported that the impact of working in a windowless environment is a universal phenomenon.

The study took 49 day shift office workers, 27 in workplaces with no natural light or windows and 22 in workplaces with windows and natural light. They used the Short Form-36 (SF-36) to measure health related quality of life, and the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI)to evaluate sleep quality.

The study revealed that people who worked in offices with natural light received 173 percent more natural light exposure than those without windows or natural light in their office. The study also concluded that people who work in offices with windows (ie: natural light) got 46 more minutes of sleep per night over people working in offices with no windows and had better scores on measures for sleep quality, sleep disturbances and daytime sleepiness.

People working in offices without natural light also scored lower on measures like physical problems. The study’s lead author, Ivy Cheung, said that: “A sunny day is equivalent to about 10,000 lux or higher of light. Indoor office lighting typically provides only about 300 to 500 lux. Light levels needed to maintain healthy circadian rhythm are higher than those required to see well, which are levels typically used indoors.”

Working in environments with no natural light is bad for our health. I can vouch for this first hand, I worked in an office that had no natural light, just florescent’s. I felt trapped, constantly tired no matter how much sleep I got, and depressed. As soon as I would get off work I would go home and go straight to bed; I did not feel like doing anything. It not only had an impact on me while I was at work, but it affected me during my off time as well.

After about a month of this, the company I was working for moved offices to an open floor plan co-working space with a wall of windows. After this move I began to feel more energized, I woke up and was ready for work everyday, plus I could see the outdoors! I am an outdoors person, so picking a career as a web developer wasn’t the smartest choice (but hey, I like it), but to be able to see outside and work in natural light is something that helps me get through the day.

With all the research and facts behind us now, lets move on to the fun part, the showcase of designer workspaces that utilize natural light. Included with each workspace image is a little tid bit about the workspace owner. Hopefully these workspaces will inspire you to move your desk in front of a window and begin enjoying the benefits of working under natural light.

1. Maxime De Greve

Maxime is a 24 year old Belgian UI/UX designer currently working as lead UI/UX designer at citysocializer in London, UK.

Maxime De Greve Workspace

2. Irving Briscoe

Irving is a designer and interactive developer who runs a little studio called von91 based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are his favorite design apps and his text editor of choice is Textmate.

Irving Briscoe Workspace

3. Martin Wright

Martin is a web designer with over 10 years experience based out of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK. He currently works at mySociety as a designer on their own in-house products and projects for citizens and democratic groups around the world.

Martin Wright Workspace

4. David Hellmann

David is an art director , designer, and frontend developer living in Cologne, Germany where he’s been since 2007. David currently works as Art Director at Fork.

David Hellman Workspace

5. Yegor Trukhin

Yegor, currently residing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is the owner and general manager of Cosmius.me. His focus is in web design, UI/UX, and art direction.

Yegor Trukhin Workspace

6. Johnny Copperstone

Johnny is a front-end and back-end developer coming from an object oriented programming background based out of Malta (Europe). Johnny focuses on functional design and standards based ethics when he codes.

Johnny Copperstone Workspace

7. Grégoire Vella

Gregoire is a French user interface designer currently based in Bristol, UK. Greg designs UI for web and mobile products and enjoys bringing designs to life via front end development. Gregoire also works on branding an enjoys drawing icons in his free time.

Grégoire Vella Workspace

8. I*AM Design

I*AM is a creative agency based out of Augsburg, Germany that deals with corporate design, brand development, web design, advertising and print media.

I*AM Design Workspace

9. Adam Roney

Adam is a designer and art director from the Midwest currently residing in Valparaiso, Indiana.  After five years of leading a team of designers producing work for major brands within the beer industry, Adam left to open his own studio and pursue new clients.

Adam Roney Workspace

10. Mike Clarke

Mike is a photographer, mobile and web UI designer from Toronto, Canada. Mike is founder of YYZ Design, a media house based out of Toronto and San Francisco.

Mike Clarke Workspace

11. Michela Tannoia

Michela is a freelance web and UX/UI designer based in London, UK. Her passions include the best designs, photos, movies with big bad robots, cooking super cool dishes and the Sausage dogs.

Michela Tannoia Workspace

12. Istraille

Istraille is a multi-cap artist who splits his time between freelance art director, illustrator, and painter. Istraille does everything from graphic design and painting to web design and illustration.

Istraille Estebe Workspace

13. Per Vestman

Per Vestman Workspace

14. Kenneth Jensen

Kenneth is a concept, UX, UI, graphic designer with a passion for music, food and interior design. Kenneth is currently working at ajukreizi located in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Kenneth Jensen Workspace

15. Kevin John Gomez

Kevin is a designer and developer based out of Buffalo, New York who runs Fancy Labs, a creative design and development studio.

Kevin John Gomez Workspace

16. Ben Lew

Ben, currently residing in Colorado Springs, Colorado,  is co-founder and designer at Pi’ikea St. Ben does app design, web design, logos, and illustration.

Ben Lew Workspace

Ben Lew Workspace

17. Erika van der Bent

Erika is a freelance designer and co-founder of GeeftVorm from Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Erika specializes in interfaces for the web, iPhone and iPad, creative website design, interactive experiences and branding.

Erika van der Bent Workspace

18. Mpumelelo Macu

Mpumelelo is a web designer and photographer from Johannesburg, currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. Mpumelelo has worked with well know clients such as Miller and RedBull.

Mpumelelo Macu Workspace

19. Shane Helm

Shane is based out of Nashville, Tennessee and is the Design Director for Engage, an ad agency out of Washington DC. Shane has worked with major companies such as ESPN and Pepperdine University.

Shane Helm Workspace

20. Andy Stone

Andy is an art director and freelance designer in Boulder, Colorado specializing in user interfaces on web and iPhone apps. Andy has worked with top clients such as Adobe and Jack Johnson and also likes to write articles on design for fun.

Andy Stone Workspace

21. Oykun Yilmaz

Oykun is a self taught designer from London who specializes in user interface design. Oykun has been designing for web, mobile, desktop applications for over 10 years.

Oykun Yilmaz Workspace

22. Rasmus Landgreen

Rasmus is a Copenhagen based web and UX designer who works with the manly bunch at Issuu.com

Rasmus Landgreen Workspace

23. Timothy Achumba

Timothy is a British user interface and user interaction designer who works at 6Wunderkinder in Berlin, Germany. Timothy is also a writer at HearHearNL.

Timothy Achumba Workspace

24. Agata Krych

Agata is a 30 year old graphic designer from Poland. Her passions include designing and singing.

Agata Krych Workspace

25. Owen Jones

Owen is owner of Owen Jones Design, a UK based independent studio offering a wide range of graphic design services with a specialty in logo and identity design.

Owen Jones Workspace

Owen Jones Workspace

Owen Jones Workspace

26. Martin LeBlanc Eigtved

Martin is a developer and designer based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Martin is also the CEO of the Danish startup IconFinder which is essentially a search engine and marketplace for icons.

Nick Bruun of Icon Finder Workspace

27. Focus Lab

Focus Lab is a web development & graphic design agency with a focus on ExpressionEngine & branding founded by Erik Reagan and Bill Kenney.

Focus Lab Workspace

Focus Lab Workspace

Focus Lab Workspace

28. Nicolas Prieto

Nicolas is a freelance Designer living in Argentina who specializes in branding, graphic and web design.

Nicolas Prieto Workspace

Nicolas Prieto Workspace

29. Daniel Waldron

Daniel is a product designer and photographer based in San Fransico, California. Daniel works at Omada Health, a technology-driven and human-centered health and wellness solution company.

Daniel Waldron Workspace

30. Garrett Gee

Garrett is a designer from Provo, Utah and founder of Scan, a company him and two classmates started while a Freshman at BYU.

Garrett Gee Workspace

31. George Bokhua

George is an art director based out of Tbilisi, Georgia with a focus on branding, graphic design, and illustration.

George Bokhua Workspace

Superhero part-time jobs by Chow Hon Lam

Chow Hon Lam, a 38 year old illustrator from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is November’s artist of the month. Hon, still residing in Kuala Lumpur, has been designing for about 18 years. He says that he got into designing because he likes to draw, and thinks it’s the main reason he became a designer, and why he is still doing it today.

Hon is the owner of Flying Mouse 365, a t-shirt and print store in which he sells his designs. You can view more of his work there or check out the links below to see more of Hon’s designs.

Hon was kind enough to answer some questions for us in this quick interview which you can see below.

Where did you land your first design related job?

My first design job was working as a part timer in a small design house, I still remember my salary was about $1.50 per hour.

Tell us a little about Flying Mouse:

I started designing tee shirts in 2007, and I used Flying Mouse as my nick name in this industry. The name Flying Mouse was inspired by one of my favorite childhood cartoons called Mighty Mouse, he is a mouse that can fly and has super powers. Mighty Mouse brought me some good times, I hope Flying Mouse can bring the same thing to other people too.

What made you decide to start this “Part-time Job” project?

The “Part Time Job” project actually started with a batch of 6 superheroes with their Part Time Jobs, surprisingly it received very good responses from people. I decided to continue this project and create more “Part Time Jobs” for them. Those superheroes definitely can do more jobs with their abilities beside save the world.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I enjoy movies, the gym, food, and spending time with friend and family.

Who/Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Everything around can inspire me because I believe everything has a story behind it, and I’m trying to create a story for them.

What does your office look like?

Currently I work from home. It is a small room, which is good enough for me.

Chow Hon Lam Workspace

What design tools/software do you use?

My work mostly is digital art, I use a tablet, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

Chrome, Firefox, or Safari?

Currently I’m using Firefox.

What are some of your future plans/goals as a Designer?

Trying to let more people know about my brand “Flying Mouse 365”, it is a tee shirt with a story, I call it “Story Tee”.

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The main reason I chose Chow Hon Lam as artist of the month was because of his unique designs. My favorite project of his is the part-time job project. The part-time job project illustrates various superheroes doing jobs other than saving the world. If superheroes were forced to get a part-time job to pay the bills, this is what that job would be.

The project was very interesting and creative and I’m sure you will all enjoy it very much.

Iron Man

Iron Man’s part-time job would be ironing.

Iron Man's Part-time Job is Ironing

Captain America

Captain America’s part-time job would be serving at a restaurant using his shield as a serving tray.

Captain America's part-time job is serving at a restaurant

The Wolverine

The Wolverine’s part-time job would be slicing meat at a meat shop.

The Wolverine's part-time job is slicing meat at a meat shop

Thor

Thor’s part-time job would be hammering steel at a metal factory.

Thor's part-time job is hammering steel at a metal factory

Superman

Superman’s part-time job would be delivering mail.

Superman's part-time job is delivering mail

Spiderman

Spiderman’s part-time job would be netting rackets at a sport shop.

Spiderman's part-time job is netting rackets

Mr. Fantastic

Mr. Fantastic’s part-time job would be picking apples at a apple farm.

Mr. Fantastic's part-time job is picking apples

The Human Torch

The Human Torch’s part-time job would be roasting chicken.

The Human Torch's part-time job is roasting chicken

Flash

Flash’s part-time job would be delivering pizzas.

Flash's part-time job is delivering pizzas

Batman

Batman wouldn’t have a part-time job.

Batman wouldn't have a part-time job

Cat Woman

Cat Woman’s part-time job would be a rat catcher.

Cat Woman Part-time Job is a Rat Catcher

Invisible Woman

Invisible Woman’s part time job would be at a magic show.

Invisible Woman Part time job is at a magic show

Cyclops

Cyclops’ part time job would be a road worker.

Cyclops part-time job is a road worker

Aqua Man

Aqua Man’s part time job would be an Aquarium worker.

Aqua Man part time job is an Aquarium worker

Storm

Storm’s part time job would be a veggie farmer.

Storm's part time job is a veggie farmer

Iceman

Iceman’s part time job would be an ice cube manufacturer.

Iceman's part time job is a ice cube manufacturer

Conclusion

I’m sure Hon will continue working on more of these creative graphics so be sure to follow him on his various social media accounts. Which superhero part-time job was your favorite or did you think was the most creative?

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Inspiring Wedding Invitation Designs

Before the invention of the movable type printing press in 1447, weddings in England were announced by means of a town crier (a person employed to make public announcements in a town). Luckily in today’s time we have all the tools necessary to create printed wedding invitations to send directly to those whom we wish to invite.

The wedding invitation in most cases is the first thing a person will see in regards to your wedding (with the exception of save the dates), so making one that is unique and stands out is important. You don’t want something that someone will lose or that blends in with everything else on your refrigerator.

Seeing as that we’ve never posted anything wedding related on Enfuzed, I figured it was about time to start. I’ve gathered 12 inspiring wedding invitation examples to help you in getting some ideas for invites you may be creating for you or someone else’s wedding. The names below are of the designers not necessarily who the wedding is for.

1. Ryan Brinkerhoff

Wedding Invitation Design by Ryan Brinkerhoff

2. Allison Grayce

Wedding Invitation design by Allison Grayce

Wedding Invitation design by Allison Grayce

3. Jeffrey Jorgensen

Wedding Invitation Design by Jeffrey Jorgensen

Wedding Invitation Design by Jeffrey Jorgensen

4. Lydia Nichols

Wedding Invitation Design by Lydia Nichols

Wedding Invitation Design by Lydia Nichols

5. Dennis Thompson

Wedding Invitation design by Dennis Thompson

Wedding Invitation design by Dennis Thompson

Wedding Invitation design by Dennis Thompson

6. Nate Azark

Wedding Invitation Design by Nate Azark

7. Adam Ramerth

Wedding Invitation Design by Adam Ramerth

8. Bekka Reese

Bekka Reese Wedding Invitation Design

9. Matt Laumann

Wedding Invitation Design by Matt Laumann

Wedding Invitation Design by Matt Laumann

10. Dan Knispel

Wedding Invitation Design by Dan Knipsel

11. Cory Say

Wedding Invitation Design by Cory Say

Wedding Invitation Design by Cory Say

12. Sergey Grigoryan & Sandi Grigoryan

Wedding Invitation design by Sergey  Grigoryan and Sandi Grigoryan

Wedding Invitation design by Sergey  Grigoryan and Sandi Grigoryan

13. Bryan Couchman

Bryan Couchman Wedding Invitation Design

Bryan Couchman Wedding Invitation Design

Bryan Couchman Wedding Invitation Design

Conclusion

So when it comes to making invitations for your wedding, it’s a good idea to do them right as people will notice and remember. Hire a good designer and get wedding invitations that stand out like these. Out of all of them, which one(s) were your favorite?

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Free Mac OSX Cursor Set

We stepped away from the normal freebie’s, like icon sets and PSD mockups, and decided to go with this free cursor set created by Emiliano González. UI and web designers need to use cursors sometimes to show how an element will act when a cursor comes in contact with it. This vector set of 32 different Mac cursors can help with that.

Click the heading or image below to be directed to the download page.

Mac OSX Cursor Set

Free Mac OSX Cursor Set

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Many people dream of becoming an internet millionaire. Don't be a dreamer download this eBook, join my newsletter and start taking action today.

  • How to Find a Profitable Niche
  • How to Market Products Online
  • How to Build a Profitable Email List
  • How to Beat the Competition
  • Free Weekly Internet Money Making Methods