Posted: 22 Nov 2011 11:58 AM PST
Congratulations to this week's featured marketplace authors!
ActiveDen Featured Author: FlashCube
This week’s featured author is FlashCube, who has 6 items, including the newest from the Other category.
AudioJungle Featured Author: Sneshok
This week’s featured author is Sneshok, who has 80 items, including the newest from the Latin category.
ThemeForest Featured Author: cssmania
This week’s featured author is cssmania, who has 4 items, including the newest from the Restaurants & Cafes category.
VideoHive Featured Author: videologio
This week’s featured author is videologio, who has 54 items, including the newest from the Holidays category.
GraphicRiver Featured Author: CreativB
This week’s featured author is CreativB, who has 8 items, including the newest from the Flyers category.
3DOcean Featured Author: Arey_l
This week’s featured author is Arey_l, who has 50 items, including the newest from the Miscellaneous category.
CodeCanyon Featured Author: CodeFusion
This week’s featured author is CodeFusion, who has 7 items, including the newest from the Miscellaneous category.
Tutorials Featured Author: CartoonSmart
This week’s featured author is CartoonSmart, who has 10 items, including the newest from the iPhone category.
PhotoDune Featured Author: Sandralise
This week’s featured author is Sandralise, who has 1273 items.
Posted: 21 Nov 2011 10:00 PM PST
Dabbling in electronics and operating systems, building a dream workspace the slow way, jogging to keep in shape, and studying to become a successful ThemeForest author. This week we meet Rafal Jankos (FutureSight), a GraphicRiver author with a strong focus on ThemeForest.
I’m from Swindon in the United Kingdom, but I was born in Poland. Four years so far in UK with my beautiful wife and lovely 4 years old daughter.
For a living I work for a digital print company and part time freelancer designing for print and web.
I would say ThemeForest. This is where I’ve started and this is where I want to be in the future. I have one GraphicRiver item for sale. I could have many more, but my daily routine and some projects in progress stop me from doing it.
You probably think, “Why ThemeForest?” Because I am a web designer. I love web design… but more about that below.
Well that’s a question I could write a poem about. I have the equivalent of NVQ level 4 in electronics, specialising in operating systems. At that point in college I learned HTML, and I’ve fell in love with it. Only because of circumstances I could not follow my dream. After several years and emigration to Great Britain I’ve manage to get back to my passion.
Right now I’m in the middle of an online course, which I started after several rejections of my first PSD template on ThemeForest. Everything is going all right. I already learned a lot and I can point out and clearly see my own mistakes which I made in my first theme. Apart from that I read a lot of guides, principles, tutorials, etc. including web designer magazine, Envato Notes, Smashing Magazine (lovin’ it!), Tuts+ and DesignModo to keep on track of latest standards, technologies…
It is not my dream workspace, but I’m slowly gathering around me what I want to see.
A simple desk with with fair bit of space – I really need that to focus, I’m bit OCD about that. My desk must be clean and I have to have fair bit of space around.
I work on PC with Windows 7 and CS3 while listening to Designer.MX.
This really depends on the project. If we talk about a new website theme, I do a little market research. Once all is decided – what type of website it will be, what sort of users I target – then I first draw mock-ups, wire frames on paper, then I try to plan everything – when I will be spending time on my project, scheduling everything in Basecamp. At that point I will consult about the project with other fellow designers, the ThemeForest and Forrst communities, apply changes on wire-frames and proceed to my favourite part… designing in Photoshop.
Right now I don’t code my own themes, I work with friends from Poland who are a part of FutureSight Design, our a little freelance design studio. This is our way to do it.
This is not a simple task and it takes time. To start with, to build a great portfolio you have to design something which will sell. Always keep this in mind.
Secondly be friendly and honest with the community and customers. Once you have somehow upset someone, or done something which they don’t like, they will never, ever come back.
A great portfolio requires great customer support.
AdWords, Facebook and Twitter campaigns. Also adverts on blogs and forums.
TheMolitor is a great inspiration for me. I really like this guy and his design and dev skills. I like his professional approach and this theme just blows my mind away! I love everything about this theme. Seeing it for the first time I almost bought it just to have it. One day I will set up blog where I will be writing articles like the old days.
Onioneye did really great job on this one. I am surprised that this theme is somehow overlooked. I actually have it and use it. Soon you will see the finished project…
This is another very much inspiring theme, which is so appealing to me. My wife said, “It’s beautiful.” Later on we decided we will buy it, specially for her own website about her hobby…
TheMolitor – I’ve just said it above.
Dream-Theme – Fantastic approach and very unique designs/solutions.
Spend time with family, sleep… ;D
Otherwise I read my magazines, paint miniatures, play games, and to keep me in shape I do jogging, exercises, weights.
Posted: 21 Nov 2011 07:59 PM PST
When you feel stuck and your design sucks what do you do? We want to know what inspires you to create designs you are proud of. Do you go for a walk, read a book or ask for some advice? Victor Hugo once said
Take this poll and tell us what inspires you!
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