When you’re looking for inspiration, especially for website designs, the first place you go is a CSS gallery. But what if I told you that looking at websites for web design inspiration isn’t the right method of getting inspired?

Today we’re going to show off some great optical illusions created by street artists with chalk. These illusions are going to blow your mind, which in turn will give you inspiration in a way you don’t normally get it. Optical illusions online usually consist of jpg images which aren’t animated but are designed in a way that causes the optical illusion that the boxes or pieces of the image are moving, but these 3D street chalk art images are just as trippy when you look at them.

So check out these street chalk art optical illusions and get inspired to do something out of the box and creative for your next design.


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One thing that every freelancer can agree on, regardless of the industry you’re in, is that in your freelance career, you’ll be spending a fair amount of time marketing your services, especially in the beginning. And conincidentally in the beginning of your freelance career, you’ll also be bootstrapping your marketing efforts as much as possible in order to keep your overhead costs low and allow your business to grow without spending a lot of cash on the business.

So today we’re going to give you 10 marketing tips that you can use to promote your freelance business and get some added marketing boosts throughout the web and locally as well. Some of the below marketing tips are free for you and others might cost a few bucks, but there’s always one constant amung them all – they’re geared towards getting you additional clients for your freelance design business.

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It’s no secret that a lot of us web designers are self-proclaimed geeks and nerds, so I am going to go out on a limb here and say that a lot of the visitors to the Web Design Mash site are anime fans. Am I right? I thought so icon smile Showcase of Amazing Anime Artwork from Deviantart

This showcase is going to shed some light on the awesome artists over on Deviantart and showcase their awesome anime artwork. The range of some of these anime styles really baffled me when I was looking through to find some of the best anime artwork on Deviantart and I hope something in this post inspires you for your next art project; or at the very least inspires you to go watch those old episodes of your favorite anime show again.

Fullmetal Alchemist

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Browsing the web, you come across a multitude of websites in various styles and formats, but one of my personal favorite type to check out is a single page website design. Not every website should be a single page layout, but it works in a variety of formats. For instance, websites that are promoting services (design, copywriting, seo, etc) or a flyer-type website for events are perfect in the single page format.

A single page website design gets all of the info across to the viewer quickly, allowing them to see all of the content on your site without having to click through to multiple pages. And if sticky navigation bars in website designs are good for allowing people to easily navigate a site, then a single page website design added in with a sticky nav is a near-perfect combination for your visitors to have the best experience possible on your site.

Below are 50 of the best single page website designs on the web today. Enjoy and be inspired!

Heritage Farms

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With WordPress powering about 22% of all new websites, it’s no surprise that many of the responsive websites we’re seeing pop up are powered by the CMS. The rising popularity of responsive web design also helps fuel a lot of the WordPress Premium Theme market, which you can see by looking at all of the new themes popping up at Theme Forest or on the WP theme companies like StudioPress or WooThemes.

So today we’re going to look over some ofthe responsive websites that are powered by WordPress. Below are 40 of these WordPress powered responsive website examples for you to draw inspiration from the next time you are setting out to create a responsive website design.

Gale South Beach

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We’re under the direct impression that bloggers and website designers alike can benefit from these free WordPress themes. Whether you’re just looking for a new WordPress theme to build your own website with or you’re looking or a starter theme to build client projects on, these free WordPress themes offer a multitude of options for you to choose from.

Below are 33 awesome free WordPress themes that have been released this year, and we’re just over half way done so I assume that there will be even bigger and better themes released before the year is over. But for now, check these 33 WordPress themes out and grab one to use for your website.

Pinbin

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As we have mentioned innumerable times, by 2014, smartphones and tablets will overtake PC and laptop as the leading web brosing devices. There are also this information, that after ten years of upwards trends, PC and Laptop market will see a decline in sales for the first time in 2014. What are these news tellign you? That it is high time to make your site ready for tablets and smartphones.

People are using smart devices increasingly. A whopping 45% adults from USA own a smartphone. 31% of USA adults use tablets and iPads. In fact even normal phones are losing out to smartphones nowadays. Tablet market is growing equally fast.

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For ecommerce website owners and webmasters, the number one goal is conversions. Increasing those conversions and creating an optimal environment conducive to sales is a top priority. Today we will discuss ways to increase those shopping cart conversions.

The number one rule when evaluating your website’s performance is to continually test the variations of the design and the elements that you change to find the optimum combination of features. The different design elements that you change can include the colors, placement, and wording. Remember that each site is different because of the customers, different customers like different things, which is why it is so important to continually test out the changes in different ways. Remember that when you are asking customers to share their credit card information, you must remove all barriers and anything that could make them feel uncomfortable while instilling a sense of trust.

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One thing that a web or print designer can never have enough of is fonts. That’s why I put this list together of 50 of the top free grunge fonts from around the web. These are great for musician websites or something with a haunted theme. Some have a dirtier feel to them which are restrictive in their use but others are clean cut and can still be put to good use in a clean and professional website, like Matt Brett does.

And contrary to the clean and minimalist responsive web design styles that are flooding the web right now, grunge will never get old, so download these and make something creatively messy!

Hand Printing Press Meshed
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Raleigh Rock
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Today we’re going to get all up in your face (pardon the pun) with todays update. The full size photo utilized in a website design has generally been reserved for celebrities or photography websites, but these freelancers have broken the mold and put themselves front and center.

Some of the sites below only show the freelancers face while others are full length photos added to the site in creative ways. They always talk about designers being rockstars, so maybe adding your face to your site like a celebrity is the right move? ha

Either way, these portfolio designs are all great and integrate their portraits perfectly in each example below.

Kinetik

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