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The Four Faces of Link Building

Link building is a very important task on every website owners agenda. It’s a factor in how your website ranks in search engines and how much of an authority your website is in the industry. That being said, there are several ways in which people build links and these people were categorized into 4 types of link builders.

Shellshock UK created this infographic that names the 4 types of link builders and their different processes by which they go about building links. The 4 types of link builders are The Geek, The Creative, The Hustler, and The Social.

The Geek tends to be the developer or coder; this person is logical, into details, organized, and analytical. The Geek spends most of his/her time using webmaster tools, Google analytics, fixing code, and doing online gaming.

The Creative tends to be the designer; this person is creative, innovative, a thinker, strategist, and full of ideas. The Creative spends most of his/her time conceptualizing, strategizing, art directing, and doing content creation.

The Hustler tends to be a person who enjoys research; this person is resourceful, does research, and is persuasive. The Hustler spends most of his/her time doing link requests, searches, emails, and building lists.

The Social tends to be the social media guru who spends a lot of time on Facebook, Twitter, and the like. The Social is sociable, a people person, loves connecting with others, and is well informed and up on trends. The Social spends most of their time reading, chatting, content curation, commenting, and networking.

The Four Faces of Link Building

The Four Faces of Link Building

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30 Bold Type Business Card Designs

For some businesses, their business card is the first thing that comes into contact with a potential customer. Making a business card that is informative and memorable, standing out among others, is an important task in creating a business card.

One of many ways to make your business card stand out is with bold type and text. Much like the bold headline trend in web design, the bold type trend in business cards encompasses the same idea. Here I’ve gathered 30 business cards with bold text designs. These business card designs are sure to spark some inspiration and help you in thinking of designs for your own personal business card using bold type and fonts.

*The names below are of the creators of the business cards, not necessarily who the card was created for.*

1. Aleks Faure

Alexs Faure Business Card Design

2. Erica Pruetting

Erica Pruetting Business Card Design

3. Radio

Radio Business Card

4. Johana Barretto

Johana Barretto Business Card

5. Bryan Patrick Todd

Brian Patrick Todd Business Card

6. Neil Tasker

Neil Tasker Business Card Design

7. Michael Sevilla

Michael Sevilla Business Card

8. Min Ming Lo

Min Ming Lo Business Card

9. Evan Huwa

Evan Huwa Business Card Design

10. Bobby Bullen

Bobby Bullen Business Card Design

11. Kim Carlos Rehn

Kim Carlos Rehn Business Card Design

12. Tomasz Biernat

Tomesz Biernat Business Card Design

13. Jord Riekwel

Jord Riekwel Business Card Design

14. Fabio Perez

Fabio Perez Business Card Design

15. Julian Hrankov

Julian Hrankov Business Card Design

16. Megan Martinez

Megan Martinez Business Card

17. Andrew Power

Andrew Power Business Card

18. Whitney Tucker

Whitney Tucker Business Card

19. Phil Coffman

Phil Coffman Business Card Design

20. Hype & Slippers

Hype & Slippers Business Card Design

21. Kyle Anthony Miller

Kyle Anthony Miller Business Card Design

22. Jake Dugard

Jake Dugard Business Card Design

23. Sean Farrell

Sean Farrell Business Card Design

24. Stephen Di Denato

Stephen Di Donato Business Card

25. Emir Ayouni

Emir Ayouni Business Card Design

26. Ryan Brinkerhoff

Ryan Brinkerhoff Business Card Design

27. Jake Dugard

Jake Dugard Business Card Design for Makers Union

28. Riley Cran

Riley Cran Business Card Design

29. Colin Tierney

Colin Tierney Business Card

30. Alex Sheyn

Alex Sheyn Business Card Design

Conclusion

Hopefully this little showcase gave you enough inspiration to maybe approve upon your own business card. Which one of these 30 business cards was your favorite?

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Free iMac and MacBook Pro with Retina PSD Displays

One of the best ways to showcase a web design or UI that you’ve created is by displaying it on a computer screen to simulate how it will be seen once it’s live. The problem with this is that it’s hard to take a photo of a design being displayed on a screen because of glare issues among other things.

So how do the professionals display their work flawlessly on a computer screen? They use PSD display mock-ups much like the one below created by Jozef Mak. For download are these free iMac and free MacBook Pro with retina displays in PSD format. These are high resolution displays in a fully scaleable PSD completely free.

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

iMac and MacBook Pro PSD Displays

Free iMac and MacBook Pro with Retina PSD Displays

365 Illustrations by Enfuzed artist of the month Jag Nagra

October artist of the month goes to designer Jag Nagra. Jag, 29 years old, was born and raised in the suburbs of Vancouver, Canada and has been designing since her graduation from design school in Spring of 2006.

Jag is most known for her 365 design project (which we will cover below) in which from January 29, 2012 to January 28, 2013 she created an illustration a day (365 days, 365 illustrations).

You can view/follow more from Jag Nagra via the links below

Before we get to her awesome designs, Jag was kind enough to answer a few questions for us in a small interview which you’ll see below.

Where are you currently residing?

I live in a different suburb of Vancouver, where I just purchased my first home this summer!

What made you want to become a Designer?

My older brother had taken some design classes in University, and one project in particular required that he photograph my hand, and insert it into a typographic layout. I think that was the moment that I realized that this was an actual profession. People got paid to do this kind of thing? That’s when I really started thinking I wanted to do this. Before that point, I had no idea that Graphic Design even existed. I was oblivious.

What University did you attend and what’s your degree in?

After high school, I spent 2 years taking general studies at a post-secondary institute. Throughout my entire childhood, I just thought you went to University after high school, and then got a career. I didn’t understand how it worked. And so after I walked away with this diploma in my hand, I was no closer to a career than before I had started. I then applied for a Graphic Design program at the Art Institute of Vancouver without really knowing what that entailed, and ended up falling in love with it.

Where did you land your first Design related job?

My very first paid design job was working at a small greeting card manufacturer that created Christmas cards for corporate clients throughout Canada. My job was to input their pre-chosen messages to the inside of the card. It really wasn’t the most stimulating job, but I was only there for a few months since it was seasonal.

Tell us a little about Page 84 Design:

Page 84 Design started as a creative outlet for me outside of my day job. It’s a way for me to experiment, and push myself into new realms. Last year, I began a 365-day illustration project so that I could teach myself how to illustrate. That lead to getting noticed by design blogs, which then lead to people hiring me as an illustrator. So I guess at the moment, I’m calling myself an Illustrator.

I’m excited to see where I’ll go with it next, but it’s cool because it’s all up to me. I don’t need anyone’s approval before I post something or experiment with something.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

You mean when I’m not snuggling with my dogs? I have a huge passion and respect for photography. You could say that was my first love. These days, I gladly forgo my Canon camera equipment for the ease of use of the iPhone, and the ability to instantly share photos through Instagram. I’m obsessed!

Who/Where do you draw your inspiration from?

I love all things retro and mid-century modern.

What does your office look like?

I found this old solid wood desk on Craigslist that belonged to a retired doctor. It’s from the 1960’s and it’s so cool. They were moving to a new office space, and luckily I swooped it up for FREE before it ended up in the landfill. The donkey is an illustration of mine that I got printed on canvas.

Jag Nagra Office Picture

What design tools/software do you use?

I use a 17″ Macbook Pro, and I would say 80% of all the work I do in in Adobe InDesign..even illustrations.

Chrome, Firefox, or Safari?

Safari

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

I continually want to create things that will exist outside of a computer screen. A few years ago, I had this panicky realization that one day I would die, and my entire career would exist only in my computer files and I would stop existing as a designer. The thought of that is what lights a fire under me every day. I want to leave things behind for people to hold in their hands.

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Now the exciting part, Jag’s designs! Obviously we won’t be able to include all 365 illustrations she created for her 365 project, but we will include a few among other projects she has done. You can view all 365 illustrations on Jag Nagra’s Behance portfolio here or view them in her Vimeo video below.

These illustrations are truly awesome and I like the simplistic approach, you may recognize some of these illustrations as popular celebrities, as well as animals and a variety of other types of people and characters.

Mr. T

Mr. T Illustration by Jag Nagra

Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan Illustration by Jag Nagra

Danny Devito

Danny Devito Illustration by Jag Nagra

Elton John

Elton John Illustration by Jag Nagra

Mr. Miyagi

Mr. Miyagi Illustration by Jag Nagra

ET

ET Illustration by Jag Nagra

Colonel Sanders

Colonel Sanders Illustration by Jag Nagra

Snoop Dog

Snoop Dog Illustration by Jag Nagra

Barack Obama

Barack Obama Illustration by Jag Nagra

Larry King

Larry King Illustration by Jag Nagra

Kanya West

Kanya West Illustration by Jag Nagra

John Travolta

John Travolta Illustration by Jag Nagra

CeeLo Green

CeeLo Green Illustration by Jag Nagra

Jason

Jason Illustration by Jag Nagra

Wolverine

Wolverine Illustration by Jag Nagra

Movember Prints

Jag created these Movember prints for the Mustache Gentleman’s Alliance, you can purchase these prints here. All proceeds go to the Mustache Gentleman’s Alliance.

Movember Print created by Jag Nagra for Mustache Gentleman's Alliance

Hugo’s Hot Sauce

Jag Nagra did the branding, illustration and packaging design of a new line of hot sauce called Hugo’s Hot Sauce.

Hugo's Hot Sauce by Jag Nagra

Hugo's Hot Sauce Business Card by Jag Nagra

There you have Enfuzed’s artist of the month for October, Jag Nagra. Be sure to follow her on the social media links we listed above so you can view all of her past and current work.

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Unique Video Game Website Designs

When it comes to games, passionate players expect many more things than an exciting gaming experience. They want to know something about the developer, its history in producing great games, and are interested in details about the game’s creation. These days, video games are a real form of art. Avid gamers are eager to find out as many things as possible about the “artistic” features of their favorite game.

The best way to know more about a certain game is by taking a look at its website. Usually, video game webpages are very creative and they illustrate the game’s content flawlessly. They’re released several months earlier and can offer players a preview over the game. Here are some inspired video game webpages:

Wolfenstein: The New Order

There’s only one term that can describe this webpage: ORIGINALITY. It uses amazing background photos, cool animations, powerful colors and a very nice video popup. Its chic “next” and “previous” button will allow you to easily surf through the website. In the navigation bar you will find a nice retailer promotion where you can pre-order the game.

Wolfenstein: The New Order Website

Tom Clancy’s: The Division

Tom Clancy’s: The Division is a great mix between a community website and a creative video game webpage. It proves that a video game website can be both inventive and functional. It has a lovely general theme, high-resolution photos, and attractive videos. It presents the game in an accurate way.

Tom Clancy’s: The Division Website

Final Fantasy: A Realm Unborn

The Final Fantasy website impresses through its really rich navigation system and awesome graphics. It features lots of stylish buttons, an artistic theme, cool game images and a unique 3D in-game items viewer. It’s very rich from a graphics point of view and it definitely deserves its place on this list.

Final Fantasy: A Realm Unborn Website

Watch Dogs

Just like the game, the webpage has a very chis and futuristic vibe. The Watch Dogs site promotes all sorts of social elements from the game. It is packed with numerous interesting social widgets that visitors will find useful and engaging. It comes with a simple sticky menu that makes navigation extremely easy. Its main upside is the ultramodern style.

Watch Dogs Website

Saints Row IV

It is one of the best combinations between a video game site and an online community. It puts an accent on transparency and gradients using a modern silver & purple theme. The Saint Row IV website impresses with its amazing sliders and images, and multifaceted community profiles. The graphic elements and the numerous details make it a great video game website.

Saints Row IV Website

Borderlands: 2

It is an extremely creative and cool game, thus its website needed to be just as good. It follows the game’s cartoonish style and unique look. The page features content side animations that will help you navigate between posts with ease.

Borderlands: 2 Website

Website game design is extremely important for a video games because it gives players an idea of the game prior to the gameplay. As humans we are often influenced by general appearance; ergo, if the first web page of a video game is properly crafted, it will immediately grab attention; the more curious the player the better for the game developer.

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Proposal Template

If you’re a freelancer or do some freelance work on the side, it’s always a good idea to do everything as professional as possible. This includes writing professional proposals in a well designed format. Being a freelancer though can be a time consuming job being a one person operation.

Seeing this issue, Kenny Williams put together this excellent project proposal template that includes area for project description, project budget breakdown, project timeline and more. The template comes in changeable colors and in 2 document sizes, both US letter and International A4.

This 12 page proposal template was designed in both Microsoft Word and Adobe InDesign so you can choose the file type of your choice to edit it in. At only $9 this template is well worth the cost and is a great deal for freelance work. Click the heading to see the full template.

Proposal Template

Proposal Template

Proposal Template

Proposal Template for Designers

Proposal Template for Designers

Proposal Template for Designers

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360 Free Web Font Icons from Elegant Themes

Many of you may have heard of the company Elegant Themes before, if not, they build themes and plugins for WordPress. They have created this huge set of 360 free font icons for both personal and commercial use. These icons are vector based and come in EOT, SVG, TTF, and WOFF formats for the fonts. They also come in the scale-able SVG format and also a 32×32 pixel PNG format for the images.

This is a handy set of icons they will continually get updated and added to since Elegant themes uses these on the themes they build.

360 Web Font Icons

360 Free Web Font Icons from Elegant Themes

**Click the title link or the image to direct to the download page**

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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.

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  • How to Beat the Competition
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