The Best Design Articles From 2012


This is the fourth edition in our annual tradition, which after every year draws to an end we like to reflect back on what was some of our personal favourite articles published on Creative Nerds. We Create so much content its so easy for good content to get lost in the shuffle. This article may not be the best content which got the most traffic, but is more of a showcase of our favourite articles.

I hope you enjoy the article, and I would love to hear what is your favourite blog posts you have read on Creative Nerds over 2012.


6 Tips For Making Photoshop CS6 Faster

Photoshop CS6 is truly an amazing application, and adobe have made some fantastic enhancements. The only drawback I found upgrading from CS3 to CS6 was the speed differential between the two applications. When using Photoshop CS6 I always felt i was unable to work efficiently, because i found it was incredibly slow. I’m sure I’m not the only person to express the same feelings towards CS6.

Why Freelance Web Designers Fail

Freelancing is a tough business, which consists of long nights and early starts. The purpose of this article is to share our words of wisdom, in order to ensure if you’re making the transition to freelancing it can be a successful career. Avoiding the common pitfalls, which a lot of freelancers fall into.

5 Ways To Avoid Wasting Time

Time is such a powerful commodity, and the thought of just wasting a few hours of my time is such a daunting thought. Time is so valuable, and one of the few things in life you can never redeem. This article is a collection of strategies, which I implement into my daily work lifestyle, in order to make the most out my time.

Essential Tips For Success Within A Web Design Interview

The article is broken down into 8 great tips, in order to ensure that you are the successful candidate for the web design job role. The purpose of the article is to serve as a good checklist to better prepare you for the interview, whether you’re applying for a junior web design role or a senior web role.


How To Use Photoshop Content Aware Tool

A great educational resource, on how to use one of Photoshop’s most powerful new features. The new content aware feature is a great addition to Photoshop. The feature allows Photoshop users to remove objects and people from photographs, while not disrupting the background of the photo, and not showing noticeable amendments.

How To Create A Quick And Easy Chrome Text Effect In Photoshop

A great easy way to create a chrome  text effect.  Through a video screen cast which guides you through every second involved within creating a great chrome text effect.  I hope you enjoy the tutorial and feel free to share your thoughts on the tutorial in the comments.

Easy Tutorial On How To Create A Bokeh Background In Photoshop

This is a great detailed video tutorial, which will show you how to create a bokeh background with the aid of photoshop. The tutorial is easy to follow and the end outcome is super easy to achieve and looks great when finished. The tutorial will show you how you can use the brush engine tool, which is a personal favourite feature of mine.

Create A Colorful Cocktail Icon Using Illustrator

The cocktails are probably the only drink that you can get any color in this world. The variety of colors, shapes and ingredients of these drinks are just amazing. In this simple tutorial I will show you how to create a colorful cocktail icon inside Illustrator.



A Clean Mini Social Media Icon Set

Recently I’ve really been passionate about creating mini icons sets. This is a great collection of clean icons from 12 of the most popular social media websites, which can be used within your design projects. The icon set size is 32 pixels by 32 pixels small but  great icons.

A Free Ink Stained Photoshop brush Set

This truly is a must download Photoshop brush set perfect, in order to add grunge style effects to your designs whether its a print or digital project. The set comes with an .abr file format, which can be loaded into almost any version of Photoshop. The ink stained brush set includes four different brushes in total. Each brush comes at a high resolution size of over 2000px, making this brush set perfect for large scale design projects.

A Free Leather Social Media Icon Set

This icon set was a pleasure  to create, and i really liked the end outcome of how the icon set turned out.  The icon set in total includes 12 icons from 12 of the most popular social media websites. The icon set is available to download for free, and can be used in commercial non commercial design projects as you please.

A Beautiful Vibrant Petal Seamless Vector Pattern

I really enjoyed creating this seamless pattern. The pattern is a great beautiful vibrant seamless vector pattern. It comes in six different colors in total, therefore you have some variety of beautiful colors to choose from. I would love to hear in the comments your thoughts and feedback.

Beautiful Free Letter Pressed Social Media Icons

This was an enjoyable process creating this icon set. This is a beautiful set of  high quality icons, which I’m more than certain you will like. The icons are free to use, so download and import into your design projects.


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  • Sandy

    Nice eye catching Design Articles on various topics in this post.I am very thankful for all this.Extensive Design Articles topics and article.


  • Nicole

    My family all the time say that I am wasting my time here at web,
    however I know I am getting experience everyday by reading such fastidious content.

    • timothyblake

      Your certainly not wasting your time, there’s so much you can learn from the web.

  • Sila Mahmud

    A very smart approach to explain the things, I like your
    step by step tutorial.