Envato Elements – Envato https://envato.com Design & creative inspiration Wed, 16 Jan 2019 23:49:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://assets.wordpress.envato-static.com/uploads/2016/08/cropped-favicon-32x32.png Envato Elements – Envato https://envato.com 32 32 Trend Predictions 2019: From Graphic Design to Web Design https://envato.com/blog/trend-predictions-2019/ Tue, 25 Dec 2018 21:00:05 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=75288 Here are the top 2019 trends to expect in web design, audio, video, graphics design, and more—all picked by the Envato team.

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2019 trends

Out with the old, in with the new. 

Well, not quite yet—there’s still a week or two left before the fireworks go off and we all start making those beautiful, optimistic resolutions that shine as bright as a Roman candle before fizzling in the February gloom. But still, it’s a good time to look back on 2018 and peer forward into 2019 to spot some trends coming our way. So we asked our experts across the company what trends they expect to see in the coming year

Here’s what to watch out for in 2019:

Design & Illustration

Pantone recently set some new design trends in motion with its selection of Living Coral as the Pantone Color of the Year 2019. But design, of course, is about much more than colour. Over on Envato Tuts+, designer Grace Fussell took us through some other trends to watch out for in 2019, from nautical stripes to chiselled serif typefaces. Here are a couple more design trends you can expect to see next year.

#1: Brand Customisation

"A strong trend I expect to see more of over the next year is brand customisation and personalisation. Think custom cut fonts and illustration styles all to yourself that set brands apart and elevate them above the norm."
Steven Scott
Steven Scott
Envato Designer

For example, why not use one of these unique fonts, or take them as inspiration for designing your own?

Old Emma font
Old Emma font
Ginusto font
Ginusto font
Holiday font
Holiday font

#2: Abstract, Colourful Patterns

"Perhaps influenced by the resurgence of 80s style, abstract and colourful patterns will be popping up in design. Think Memphis Group patterns and colour schemes."
Sharon Milne
Sharon Milne
Tuts+ Design & Illustration Editor
Memphis Business Card Template
Memphis Business Card Template

#3: Depth and Layers

"I see that people are playing with dimension and layering again. Different to the super flat style a while back."
Kate McInnes
Quality Media Specialist
Paper Cutout illustration
Paper cut illustration
Chinese New Year illustration
Chinese New Year vector card

Web Design

WordPress just shook up the web design world with its launch of Gutenberg, a completely new way for people to create posts and pages on WordPress sites. Here are some of the broader changes that our experts expect as a result of that change, along with some other exciting new trends and technologies now coming to the fore.

#4: The Rise of the Page Builders

"I think we’ll see even more minimal/clean SVG types and performance-focused themes which utilise Gutenberg. Modern development techniques like WP Rig and Mythic will definitely help in theme development, which is getting more and more complicated nowadays."
Kailoon Chan
Senior Reviewer, ThemeForest

Kailoon also thinks themes could now provide a fully fledged page builder based on Gutenberg, including header/footer customisation. It’s going to be a year for content-creation tools as well, he says, with users flocking to plugins like Elementor and WP Page Builder, which provide pre-designed templates, elements, add-ons, etc.

Zoa theme
Zoa - Minimalist Elementor WooCommerce Theme

#5: New Features, New Layout Boundaries

"Competition in the design application space has never been fiercer! Sketch, Adobe XD, Figma, Invision Studio and others are all upping their game and smashing out features to make UI and UX design better."
Ian Yates
Tuts+ Web Design Editor

Why not start off 2019 by getting up to speed with those new and improved apps?

In terms of actual design for the web, expect layout boundaries to be pushed further. It’s taking time to shake off old habits, but CSS Grid and Flexbox now enjoy enough browser support for designers to use them with confidence.

#6: Voice Assistants

"The use of voice assistants will continue to increase in 2019. They will remain a predominantly non-visual medium, so finding the right balance between visual cues and providing context and direction with words in the user interface will be crucial."
Lauren Macnab
Digital Content Strategist
Speak2Me - Voice Assistant
Wp Speech - Vocal Command for WordPress
Wp Speech - Vocal Command for WordPress


In the video world, too, a big player made a major move in 2018. This time it was Adobe, with its launch of a brand new editing app called Adobe Rush. See what our experts see on the horizon in 2019.

#7: Rush, Particle Animation, and More

"Adobe has a new NLE on the scene, Rush, which works with Premiere templates: a boon for video makers who don’t need a full-fledged production suite. Particle animation, enabled by ever-more-powerful graphics cards, will trickle down to all kinds of video projects and programs. Instagram-esque presets and quick-changing picture styles will remain popular, too."
Jackson Couse
Jackson Couse
Tuts+ Video Editor
Particle Animation video
Evening Illumination video on Envato Elements

#8: A Plethora of New Templates

"Adobe’s development of the Essential Graphics panel and Motion Graphics Template format has forever altered the video industry. Users of the once graphics-stunted Premiere Pro have been given a brand new arsenal, allowing Premiere editors to add robust, professional animated graphics into their video projects with just a few clicks."
Tyson Frantz
Senior VideoHive Reviewer

What that means is that  After Effects template authors now have an entirely new audience in which to create content, and Premiere editors have a burgeoning ecosystem of gorgeous graphics to choose from.

As more and more video editors flock to the graphics template market, 2019 could very well signal the largest period of growth for the Premiere template category.

How many templates can you handle?

This is just a tiny sample of the 50,000+ After Effects templates on VideoHive.

The newer Premiere Pro category has more than 1,500 items, with more being added all the time.


What will people be listening to in 2019? We can’t predict the chart-topping albums, the breakout acts or the celebrity feuds coming our way next year, but we do know a thing or two about stock audio. Here’s what to expect.

#9: Upbeat, Energetic Audio

"2019 is looking like another exciting year ahead, where upbeat and energetic vibes will dominate stock audio demand. Regardless of styles, from epic to inspirational, tracks that convey confidence and healthy energy will always be go-to winners, especially those with subtle but memorable leads, making room for great stories and narratives to happen."
Adrien Gardiner
Audio Content Specialist

Here are a few excellent examples that made waves throughout 2018:


The launch of WordPress Gutenberg will affect more than just web design. There’s a whole ecosystem of plugins and extensions that can now take advantage of WordPress’s new capabilities. Read on to find out how that will play out in 2019.

#10: An Explosion of Block Plugins

"In 2019, I predict we’ll see an explosion of Block Plugins for the new WordPress Editor (Gutenberg). We should see phase two of the Gutenberg project moving on from the editor to improve other areas of WordPress (like widgets and menus). I also predict that page builders like Elementor will continue to improve at an amazing pace and the eco-system around them (templates, add-ons, etc.) will continue to grow as well!"
Aaron Rutley
Aaron Rutley
Product Manager


Expect 2019 to usher in a new aesthetic in photography. Some of the most popular trends have now run their course, and we could be all set for a year in which the photos we use more accurately reflect the real world around us.

#11: Ditch the Special Effects

"For 2019, the current demand for authenticity is expected to maintain its growth. The heavy vignetting, retro filtering, desaturation and added lens flares/effects will start looking old (and not in the way it was intended). This is a great opportunity to embrace diversity and inclusion, while producing natural-looking, credible images that customers can actually relate to."
Gaby Jalbert
Photo Content Specialist
Swimmer diving into a pool
Kids learning in a classroom
Man weaving bamboo

Another photography trend to watch out for is drone photography, as the technology keeps evolving and becoming more accessible every year. Drone shots are now widely used in movies and advertisements, as well as on YouTube and social media. This fresh perspective on life should retain a strong presence for years to come.

Winding road
Winding road
Wedding celebration
Bus on a straight road

A Quick Look Back at 2018

In 2018, Envato announced a new addition to the family: Placeit. If you haven’t tried it yet, you really should. The site lets you create logos, mockups, flyers, T-shirt designs and a whole lot more—all from your internet browser.

We also covered a lot of ground in other areas this year. A few highlights from the blog and elsewhere:

Plenty more cool stuff also happened, of course, and you can read about it all in our Year End Review.

Over to You...

As the inimitable Yogi Berra once said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”

Our experts are immersed in their respective fields every day and have drawn on a wealth of experience to tell us what to look out for in 2019, but they could be sideswiped by a major product launch or an unexpected cultural shift.

What do you think? Will these predictions will come true, or do you have your own ideas about what’s coming in 2019? Jump over to the Envato forums and have your say.

Want more? Read the Envato Year End Review:

In the course of 2018, we processed a lot of data about what people are searching for and buying. In our Year End Review, we crunch those numbers to reveal some interesting insights about what happened this year and what to expect in 2019.

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The Story of Envato https://envato.com/blog/the-story-of-envato/ Tue, 28 Aug 2018 07:02:24 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=72898 From a small idea in a garage to one of the creative world’s most quietly influential companies, this is the story of Envato.

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It was 2006 and in a garage somewhere in Sydney, three young entrepreneurs, Collis and Cyan Ta’eed, and Jun Rung created something.

It was a marketplace called FlashDen. And it would sell items compatible with Adobe Flash player, a plugin used by almost every website on the internet at the time.

The first buyer on that market was Collis, who would become CEO.

Not long after that the newly formed company launched two more products: PSD Tuts, which offered tutorials for Photoshop, and Freelance Switch.

But then Collis and Cyan took a much needed a break. Travelling the world for what ended up being 19 months, and left the company in the hands of Collis’ brother, Vahid.

In 2008 two more marketplaces went live. ThemeForest, which sold themes for WordPress and other platforms, and AudioJungle which sold royalty-free stock music tracks and sound effects.

That same year the company housing all these marketplaces was finally given a name. Having previously worked under the name, Eden – which was difficult to win a trademark for – the company settled on Envato, a name suggested by Brand Bucket.

In 2009 GraphicRiver, which sold graphic design templates, and VideoHive, which sold stock footage and motion graphics templates, launched.

Then in July of that year, Collis and Cyan returned to Australia, and decided to move the company to Melbourne.

That year the company moved into its first of many headquarters, an office 330 square meters large, with room for about thirty. Over the next two years they’d outgrow it.

In 2010 Envato launched another marketplace, CodeCanyon, selling plugins and scripts.

In 2011, it launched PhotoDune, selling stock photography, and 3DOcean selling 3D items.

That same year it moved to its second office with room for fifty. It would soon outgrow that, too.

In 2011, Envato Creator, Kriesi, became the first of our community of creators to reach $1 million in earnings on the Envato marketplace.

In 2013, Microlancer, a marketplace for freelancers, which would go on to become Envato Studio, was launched.

That same year the company moved into new headquarters at 121 King Street, Melbourne with room for 200.

In 2014, Envato was named “Australia’s Coolest Tech Company” by JobAdviser.

In 2014, Envato Videographer, Josh Janssen travelled the world to capture the stories of our creative community.

In September 2014, the Envato Community hit $200 million in earnings.

In 2015, ActiveDen, previously FlashDen, the marketplace that started it all, was closed.

That same year Envato was named one of the best places to work in Australia, and Coolest Company for Women.

In August 2015, the Envato Community hit $300 million in earnings, and ThemeForest Creator, ThemeFusion became the first Envato author to reach $10 million in sales.

In May 2016, the Envato Community hit $400 million in earnings.

In August of that year Envato’s marketplace reached 2 million active buyers.

That same month, Envato’s subscription service, Envato Elements launched.

And in July 2018, Envato acquired Placeit, a DIY tool that allows anyone to make something creative.

Since 2006, Envato has made good on its mission to help creatives earn a living from selling on our marketplace with our community having earned over $600 million dollars since the company’s inception.

We’re one of the most highly trafficked web destinations in the world, with Themeforest topping Netflix in 2015. And we’ve also surpassed 10 million registered users.

Our products have appeared everywhere from small business websites Kanye West music videos. And between the templates you can buy on Envato Elements, and the courses you can take on Envato Tuts+, we’ve helped millions of people get creative projects done.

Community is at the heart of everything we do. Not just in the way we help our marketplace creators and customers, but in the way we contribute to our wider community, too. Each year we donate a portion of our profits to charity. Over the years we’ve had the opportunity to support causes as diverse as mental health, environmental protection, education, literacy and family violence.

From a small idea in a garage to one of the creative world’s most quietly influential companies, Envato has come a long way since 2006, and the story is not over yet.

Our mission is to bring ideas to life and help creators earn a living doing what they love.


Video by Dom Hennequin



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Save Money in the Envato Elements Birthday Sale https://envato.com/blog/envato-elements-2nd-birthday-sale/ Wed, 11 Jul 2018 04:49:22 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=70436 Envato Elements is celebrating its 2nd birthday, and you can join in the fun by locking in a low $19 monthly price for access to 650,000+ digital assets.

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Envato Elements is celebrating its 2nd birthday, and you can join in the fun by locking in a low $19 monthly price for access to our huge treasure trove of digital assets. That’s $10 off the normal price.

But you have to be quick—the flash sale ends at 9pm PDT on Wednesday! Click here to start saving.

Envato Elements sale

What’s on Offer

For this specially reduced $19 monthly subscription, you unlock unlimited access to over 650,000 creative items. That includes photos, fonts, graphics, WordPress themes and plugins, video templates, and much more.

The breadth and depth of the Envato Elements library means that it’s the only creative subscription you’ll need.

Envato Elements

You can download as many items as you want and use them for your own creative projects under a broad commercial license. Plus you get free access to over 1,000 courses and eBooks on Envato Tuts+ to help you learn a huge range of code and graphic design skills.

Envato Tuts+

And it doesn’t end there. If you want to save even more, you can pick the super-saver $198 yearly plan, which works out to just $16.50 per month.

But remember, the flash sale ends at 9pm PDT on Wednesday. So what are you waiting for? Celebrate and save!

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Envato Elements Now Offers Video! https://envato.com/blog/envato-elements-now-offers-video/ Tue, 05 Jun 2018 03:48:12 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=69468 Welcome to video on Envato Elements! If you work with video, your life just got a little easier. Instead of having to create everything from scratch or chase around the web looking for stock footage, motion graphics and After Effects templates, you can now access more than 60,000+ top-quality video items, all in one place. […]

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Welcome to video on Envato Elements!

If you work with video, your life just got a little easier. Instead of having to create everything from scratch or chase around the web looking for stock footage, motion graphics and After Effects templates, you can now access more than 60,000+ top-quality video items, all in one place.

What’s Being Added?

From today, Envato Elements now includes a shiny new video category with thousands of brand new items—everything from titles and openings to motion graphics, product promos and more.

You’ll find After Effects templates. You’ll find Final Cut Pro project files. You’ll find so much, in fact, that instead of sitting here reading a long list, you’ll probably find it easier just to go and check it out the stock video and video templates yourself!

VideoHive is already the world’s #1 marketplace for After Effects files, and this new offering on Envato Elements takes it one step further. It’s a highly curated library of high-quality, on-trend items for video producers of all levels of experience.

Wait, What’s Envato Elements?

If you’re not familiar with Envato Elements, it’s a kind of Netflix for creatives. The aim is to give you everything you need to get creative work done quickly and professionally. So you’ll find:

  • More than 500,000 stock photos
  • More than 500 WordPress themes and plugins
  • 22,000+ presentation and graphic templates
  • 30,000+ design assets, fonts, 3D and add-ons
  • More than 1,000 courses and eBooks from Tuts+
  • And now 60,000+ video items too!

You can download as many of these items as you want and use them in your own projects. And you get a broad commercial license so that you can feel confident that any copyright issues are taken care of.

The price for all of this is a single low monthly fee of $29 (or 34% less if you pay yearly). If you do regular video work, design work or other creative endeavours, you’ll quickly see that this is insane value.

What Are These “Video Items” You Speak Of?

The range on offer is huge, so the best way is to poke around for yourself, but we’ve collected some of our favourite stock video templates for you to see at a quick glance.

Join Kanye!

Our authors are already well respected in the industry for their work on VideoHive, and their footage and templates have been used for everything from Kanye West music clips to TV shows like The Expanse and The Daily Show.

If you want to be able to use unlimited quantities of those high-quality video items for a single low monthly fee, sign up to Envato Elements to get started right away.

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The Death of Helvetica and the Rise of the Bespoke Font https://envato.com/blog/the-death-of-helvetica-and-the-rise-of-the-bespoke-font/ Wed, 10 Jan 2018 01:04:35 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=64577 Why some big brands are ditching typefaces like Helvetica in favor of creating their own bespoke font.

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Look familiar?

This is a font called Helvetica Neue. You’ve probably seen it before. Because, well, it’s everywhere.

No, seriously. Everywhere.

A few years ago a New York graphic designer tried to live for a day without seeing the font, and struggled to find clothes, transport, and even food that didn’t feature the typeface.

Popular with Madison Avenue in the 1960s, the font began popping up on products, signage, and more due to its neutrality, and readability. But in just the last few years, a not insignificant number of brands that used the font previously have switched typefaces.

What’s interesting is that you may not have noticed.

In 2011, Google switched to using an original font called Roboto.

In 2013, Apple switched to its own original font, San Francisco.

And, in 2016, CNN started using a new font CNN Sans.

What do these new fonts have in common? Well, to the lazy eye, they all look pretty similar to Helvetica.

In the last couple of years more brands have followed suit. Creating bespoke fonts built exclusively for them, including Coke, IBM, Netflix, and Airbnb.

But why?

What’s wrong with simple old Helvetica?

The story of Helvetica

According to Font Bureau, the story of Helvetica begins in 1956 at the Haas type foundry in Switzerland.

Haas was finding the sales of their sans serif, or grotesk typefaces were dwindling as the design world transitioned to the emerging international style.

Looking at its predecessors in the Haas type foundry lineup, you can see the resemblance to the font we use today.

Work on Helvetica began around 1956, comparing the most distinctive features of these old fellow grotesks: consistently horizontal stroke terminals, large x-height, and extremely tight spacing.

After debuting at “Graphic 57”, a trade show, Neue Haas Grotesk was an immediate success, soon adopted by many graphic designers. It became a hallmark of contemporary Swiss graphic design.

In 1959, seeing the opportunity for international expansion, Haas foundry made a deal with D. Stempel AG in Germany to manufacture the font for the Linotype machine, reaching an even larger customer base.

The name Neue Haas Grotesk was soon changed to something more reflective of both its geographic origins, and something a little easier to remember: “Helvetica”, a spin on the word “Helvetia” which is Latin for Switzerland.

As its popularity increased to unparalleled levels, Haas felt the demand to supply more weights, and alterations to the font. To do so quickly they hastily tweaked and renamed some older fonts in their library to build out the Helvetica family, and meet demand, which led to inconsistencies.

When Helvetica finally transitioned to digital, a lot of those inconsistencies came with it.

For instance, the Macintosh version of Helvetica Oblique still features a digitally slanted version of the font.

In 1982, Linotype set out to clean up this hodgepodge of fonts with a new family called Helvetica Neue.

Then in 2004 work began to digitize and “restore” this family, completed in 2010. Christian Schwartz who led the restoration carefully redrew the typeface to match its original forms drawn by Miedinger.

It provided all the weights from black to ultra thin.

And it’s this font much of the world uses some version of today.

But, over the last few years, we’ve started seeing less of it.

Bespoke fonts


2011 saw the launch of Roboto, a neo-grotesque sans serif font described as “modern, yet approachable”, and, “emotional” by Google, the company that commissioned it.

It rolled out with that year’s update to Android.

Then, in 2014, paired with the launch of Google’s design language, Material Design, it updated the font to be more friendly, and perform well in a large range of contexts.

It uncurled the rounded leg of its uppercase ‘R’, and rounded the dots on its lowercase ‘i’ and ‘j’, along with its periods (.), and other symbols.

Now, it appears across most of Google’s products.

They’ve made it free to download making it easy for companies like Envato to use.

San Francisco

To go with its release of the Apple Watch, Apple developed a new font built for small screens called San Francisco.

After using Helvetica Neue as the system font for the iPhone, iPad and Mac operating systems, they begun finding the font hard to read on small devices. Letters were blending together, the spacing was too close, and the font size and resolution was too low.

Two main versions of San Francisco are now in use: SF for iOS and MacOS, and SF Compact for the Apple Watch.

They’ve now rolled out the font across most of their software products too including Apple Music. It’s even in their logos for Apple Music and Apple Watch.

CNN Sans

In 2016, CNN unveiled a new brand font, CNN Sans.

The first thing you’ll notice about the custom font is that it looks extremely similar to Helvetica. Which is something CNN doesn’t shy away from admitting. It’s an almost shameless modeling of it, offering the brand a lot of versatility to fit the various uses it had for it across its many platforms, TV, online, mobile, lower thirds, news tickers and more.

IBM Plex

At the end of 2017, IBM announced its new bespoke font, IBM Plex.

After using Helvetica, basically since it started making computers, the company decided it needed a font that felt more a part of their brand.

Drawing inspiration from the Paul Rand designed IBM logo, IBM Plex is clear, modern and playful – a characteristic that wasn’t always associated with big blue.

YouTube Sans

Inspired by its play button logo, which was refined along with the creation of this font, YouTube Sans was announced in 2017.

It’s a quirky font, designed to radiate YouTube’s bright and unique style. The lowercase ‘i’s and ‘l’s feature curves. The angled choppy ends of letters like the uppercase ‘H’ are cut in line with the angle of the logo’s play button. And the logo itself is a part of the font as a glyph.

The bespoke font is mostly used in YouTube’s marketing material, assets like PowerPoint presentations for its staff, and in certain parts of its interface.

TCCC Unity

In 2018, the Coca Cola Company announced a new bespoke font called TCCC Unity (the TCCC stands for “The Coca Cola Company”).

Designed by well regarded typographic agency, Brody Associates, it is described by the Coca Cola Company’s vice president of global design, James Sommerville as, encapsulating “Coca-Cola’s past and it’s American modernist heritage.”


It’s a familiar and very friendly design, whose circularity makes it stand out.

Since then, Netflix, and Airbnb have also joined the pack, launching their own bespoke fonts.

Why brands are saying goodbye to fonts like Helvetica


Well for one thing, the Helvetica family is expensive. A license to one of the world’s most popular fonts ain’t cheap. And when you’re looking at a company like IBM, for instance, who was licensing the font for its 380 thousand employees, those costs tend to add up. Compare that to the couple of million it takes to create your own font, to which you own the license to, and can roll out over everything from branding to PowerPoint presentations and business cards, it make a lot of sense to go bespoke.

But the other reason is branding.

The standards of fonts have changed. Just as the standards of brands have changed.

Big brands like these are no longer just experienced through their core products and marketing. They’re subservient to bloated expectations. They are present in completely different ways for their customers thanks to the internet.

Whether it’s a website or app experience, a video on YouTube, or an image on Instagram, every part of the experience with that brand is becoming an opportunity for them to communicate who they are.

Yet, while IBM, YouTube and Netflix have gone for fonts designed to at a glance contain their identifiable brand quirks, Apple, Google and CNN’s bespoke fonts seem remarkably demure.

Helvetica's legacy

While each brand has its reasons for departing from using Helvetica, the world’s former favorite font can be sure it left its legacy.

Looking at Apple, Google, CNN, and Netflix’s fonts, for the most part they’ve tried to create something minimal, elegant, and functional, characteristics Helvetica in many ways made desirable.

They wanted a Helvetica of their own.

A modern angular typeface, Abside by hederaedesign focuses on clarity and minimalism. It’s clear to read, even from a distance, thanks to its spacing and the simplicity in each letter’s shape. But its also easy on the eye thanks to the subtle rounded edges of each letter.

Including seven weights, plus italics in each weight, Metrisch by formikalabs is based on traditional geometric construction, with its letter size wider and x-heights taller than average. It features clean vertical cuts on the terminals, and sharp corners that strike a balance that is smooth and refined. 

The weights range from extra light to extra bold. It can make for a great logo or headline, as much as it can work well as a body font. 

Alma Mono by dafeld is striking. It comes in five different weights, looking stunning in both extra light and extra heavy renders. Its rounded corners give it a soft, friendly feel. While the stark simplicity of each letter’s shape makes the font look minimalistic and modern.

Reef is a simple sans-serif font. Its rounded corners and terminals make it appear smooth and clear. And each letter is contained in a small amount of space, making it great for fitting lots of content on a small screen.

It’s a distinctive font that would work well in logos and headings. 

Inspired by classic fonts like DIN, Eurostile and Futura, Frank is perfect for the 21st century. With characters that suit a wide array of languages, and its unapologetically clear and, if you will, frank design, it’s distinctive and functional. 

Inspired by industrial signs, Martian B by crftsco is tidy and straightforward. Available in nine weights from thin to extra black, it’s perfect for signs, logos and headings. It’s strikingly modern, featuring purposeful curves within this mostly rectangular font.

Beautiful and minimal, Cebo Font by khurasan includes a number of different weights and an option with a drop shadow. It’s a great logo typeface for brands wanting to look extremely modern and futuristic. 

Script fonts are rising in popularity for some brands. And while it won’t suit all types of content, it’s great for headlines, slogans, logos and simple marketing messages. It will give things a personal touch. 

Another handwritten style of font, Ready by sunnytudu feels really modern and clean, two words not always associated with script typography. Each stroke making up the letters feels purposeful, but the narrow flicks like on the capital ‘F’, or between the two stems of the capital ‘H’, and the area on the lowercase ‘a’ where it looks like the marker has brushed past, give it an authenticity that’s impressive. 

A great display sans font, Glorynight Tall by yipianesia follows the octagonal form principle. It’s built to stand out and make a forceful impression. It’s great if you’re looking for something punchy and modern.

Turn that cap backwards and try and appeal to the youth demographic with this graffiti inspired font. Skylight Graffiti by RVQ is a clean, modern looking script font that feels fresh. Create a distinctive logo, or share brand slogans with a font that will be sure to catch the eye. 

Porter is a beautiful sans-serif font that comes in three weights and matching italics. While it’s extremely sleek and modern, the roundness of some characters and even proportions of each letter make it feel simple and friendly. 

Make your logo or marketing material look not only like you’ve written it with a market, but also, that you have beautiful handwriting with Amber Queen – Signature Font by maulanacreative. Its weight is elegantly narrow, its capital letters are slim and tall, and the cursive letters are clear and tidy. 

And finally, if your brand is all class, Astronout Signature by maulanacreative could be perfect for you. Aiming to give off the handcrafted feel of a signature, the typeface is well suited to stationary, logos and more.

I can picture using this on the poster for a cabaret at the Carlyle Hotel in New York. I’ll be sure to let you know where to get tickets. 


Whether it be because they look good on all sizes of screen, can be exclusively associated specific brands, or companies from paying yearly licensing fees, some of the biggest brands in the world are adopting bespoke fonts.

And although Helvetica is far from broken, typefaces specifically built for this moment in digital design are gaining popularity, and could become a standard part of branding.

We’ll be watching to see if this trend continues as the year unfolds.


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Why Is Blue the Internet’s Default Color? https://envato.com/blog/blue-internet-default-color/ Tue, 09 Jan 2018 01:11:41 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=64524 There is a lot of blue on the internet. Why?

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There is a lot of blue on the internet. Why?

Go Google something. Okay, now, go and check Facebook. Great, okay, now, pop onto Twitter. And, just to seal the deal, take a peek at your LinkedIn.

You know what you just saw a lot of? The color blue.

Blue is the most popular color on the internet by far. But as to why, well, that seems to be up for debate.

The atmosphere is blue

One reason might have to do with the atmosphere of the actual world. You know how the sky is blue? That’s a lot of blue we’re seeing every day. And you know how 71 percent of the earth is water, and water is blue? That, too, is a lot of blue we’re seeing every day.

It may, therefore, be argued that although we don’t acknowledge it, blue is a color we’re naturally acclimatized to. And because people want the experience of the internet, and technology to feel familiar, it’s not surprising that blue is so prevalent in digital design.

The next darkest color to black is blue

This is the blue Google uses for links on its search results pages.

Blue has long been the go-to color for links. But no one can seem to agree on exactly why, and who made that decision.

Internet folklore traces the popularity of links back to the father of the internet, Sir Tim Berners Lee. Some of the earliest pictures of him that feature links on his computer screen show links colored in blue.

But, Berners Lee, himself, has no memory of deciding on the color as the preferred choice for them. Mostly because when he popularized the practice of hyperlinks, he did it in the era of grayscale screens.

The path, therefore, leads us to Mosaic, an early internet browser, whose creators apparently decided to make blue the default color of links, because it was the color closest to black in its contrast to white, thus making it the next most legible color choice for web pages.

Since then, some shade of blue has been a staple of search results pages, and a color most of us probably see on a daily basis.

The only color he could see all of was blue

When Mark Zuckerberg was building Facebook, in the days when he was still working out of a college dorm, the choice to make blue its main color was a no brainer. Mainly, because it wasn’t really a choice.

Zuckerberg is colorblind, unable to see red or green, and so blue is the only color he can fully interpret, which made his decision to make Facebook blue a pretty easy one.

The social network being one of the most popular sites in the world, and surely something most of us look at multiple times a day, has continued the trend of blue being the color we see most often online.

41 shades of blue

Apparently this is your favorite shade of blue. How do I know? Well, nearly a decade ago, Google, which was not exactly considered a purveyor of design, had an inconsistency.

Its homepage featured a button that used one shade of blue, and Gmail featured a button that used another.

They decided to standardize the shade they were using, but which blue were they going to choose?

To find out, they ran a bunch of user tests, testing a number of shades of blue that were almost imperceptibly different. How many blues? 41 to be exact.  

As is talked about in the biography, Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!, this story has become something of a legend. A tech company, and a manager, who, rather than trusting the gut of their designers, used data to make a design decision.

I’m not saying it’s good or bad. But, what I am saying is that the winning blue has been one of Google’s main colors ever since.

The Most popular color on the internet

In 2016, designer Paul Hebert did an analysis of the ten most popular sites on the internet, according to Alexa.com, and scraped data about the colors they were using. What he found wasn’t super surprising. The most popular color by far is blue.

So, why?

Perhaps it is because the sky and sea are blue. Perhaps it’s because one influential person just decided he or she liked the color blue. Whatever the truth is of its origin, blue is the internet, and indeed, the entire world of design’s default color.

It can be inoffensive.

In your face.

Buttoned up and professional.

Warm and inviting.

Cold and alienating.

Vibrant and fresh.

Neutral and not distracting.

And, algorithmically correct.


The color blue is many things. But more than anything else, it is the most popular color on the internet.

Find your best blue

Here are ten beautiful blue backgrounds you can download right now with Envato Elements, our curated subscription to the best assets in design.

Using the generative art style, this set of 3D geometric backgrounds uses a rich royal blue that’s warm and inviting. 

Hexagon Backgrounds | Blue features sixteen futuristic designs using the shape and different tones of blue.

A collection of beautiful space themed backgrounds featuring different shades of a blue night sky, and glistening stars.

A wider, darker collection of illustrations of deep space. This features deeper blues, purple and a range of other colors.

This pack of corporate geometric backgrounds includes this inoffensive, professional blue. 

This beautiful collection of flat bubble backgrounds gives you delightful options like this one, featuring friendly, or bubbly, if you will, shades of blue.

A set of unique, tiled swirls in different colors including this understated, earthy blue. 

A fresh design following the concept of an explosion of particles. It features an understated, but warm blue in the background, with a lighter blue coloring the particles. 

A really slick, abstract pattern. Featuring, dark and light tones of blue, against a navy and black background. 

And finally, some bright, friendly blues in the form of playful waves make up this pack of inviting backgrounds. 


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Update Your Stock Photography Library With These Stunning, Authentic Images https://envato.com/blog/stunning-stock-photography-of-2017-november-edition/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 22:41:56 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=61205 A collection of some of the best stock photos in our library this month, hand-picked by our content specialists on the Envato Elements team.

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Authentic stock photography is the trend of 2018

In the world of stock photography, there once was a time where the staged photograph was the apple of every digital creative’s eye. Where the image of a businessman on a white background looked slick. Where a story about technology required a matrix style image of an animated head surrounded by 1s and 0s. And, of course, where a group high-five looked normal. 

Now, today, many digital creatives are wanting something different. 

“Authenticity” is now the word of the day, and people are looking for high quality photography that speaks true to how people and places look and feel. 

So, with that in mind, here’s a curated list we’ve put together of some of the best authentic stock photography of 2018. 

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38 High-Quality Apple Keynote Templates You Need to Be Using for Your Next Presentation https://envato.com/blog/38-high-quality-keynote-templates/ Thu, 28 Dec 2017 06:50:42 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=64064 Since its inception as a program purpose-built for Steve Jobs to use during his product presentations, Apple Keynote has come a long way. Now, next to Microsoft PowerPoint, it’s one of the most popular presentation programs in the world. But with its popularity comes a challenge for us users: how to make your next Keynote […]

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Since its inception as a program purpose-built for Steve Jobs to use during his product presentations, Apple Keynote has come a long way. Now, next to Microsoft PowerPoint, it’s one of the most popular presentation programs in the world. 

But with its popularity comes a challenge for us users: how to make your next Keynote presentation stand out? Easy. Use a pre-made template. 

We’ve gone through the library of our subscription service, Envato Elements, and picked the most stunning high quality Keynote templates to make your next presentation pop.

Looking for a modern business template? Take a look at this one by SimpleSmart. Martin Keynote Business Template mixes a refreshing white canvas with three color schemes featuring stylish grays, blues and purples highlights in its color schemes. It’s very clean and minimal and comes with 120 slide templates, over a thousand customizable vector shapes, infographic, data chart, portfolio and timeline templates. 

Very clean and corporate, Startup Keynote Template by SlideEmpire is a great choice for a good looking, professional presentation. Featuring four fresh color themes, 70 unique slide templates, 450 vector icons and more, this one’s a solid choice for many in business.

This template is slick in its use of a dark gray background, white text and light blue highlights, but its use of bold headline fonts, animated infographics, and clever layouts make it accessible and inviting. It features 58 unique slide layouts, 4K resolution, light and dark versions of the color scheme, and image placeholders that are drag and drop functional. 

With a modern color palette and minimalistic layout, Pitch will lift your presentation into something bold. Featuring more than 120 unique templates, HD resolution, six ready made color themes, 500 easily editable fonts and icons, drag and drop image placeholder functionality, and an overall elegant look, you’ll hit it out of the park with this pack.

Company Profile is a popular corporate but fresh template. It features nice color options mixing a canvas of white with light blues and coral greens. Some of its layouts also feature lay the scheme out to elicit a gradient-like effect which is very in right now. It comes with sixty unique slide layouts, four color themes, 450 vector icons, as well as a dark version of the theme. 

Created for professional, ELFA gives you 170 clean, modern and creative slide layouts, over a thousand icons, custom animations for each element and more. Out of the box it has a very modern, versatile look. But more than anything, it’s ready to go to impress your boss, colleagues or your next client.

Wanting to hook in a younger demographic to focus on your presentation? Consider this fashion focused template by BOXKAYU. Featuring a minimal color scheme that makes great use of white space and elegant black text and shapes, this template is in vogue. It includes five color variants, unique layouts and will also suit presentations on photography, food and architecture.

A great choice for designers and creative agencies, Tormund by Slidehack features a very bold color scheme. With a base of charcoal gray, its highlight color, yellow, pops. It features extremely clean layouts, templates for data driven charts, company profiles, maps and more. It also comes with over 500 font icons, elegant transition animations, and all the slides are high resolution.

This one’s corporate with a capital ‘C’. Professional by SlideEmpire gives you everything you’ll need for a business focused presentation. Out of the box you’ll get a set of four fresh but muted color schemes, 60 unique slide templates and 450 vector icons to choose from. It’s a great choice for a straightforward, professional presentation.

This beautiful, bright template pack is bold but very accessible. The color contrast of a white base and bright colors will make your slides eye catching. And its 35 unique slide layouts that include business plan, annual report, investor pitch deck, proposal and more mean that you’ll be ready for pretty much any presentation.

If you’re a fan of gradients, you’ll be a fan of this. Granite by SlideFactory makes great use of the trendy semi-transparent gradient in its layouts here, giving the corporate keynote a bit of a taste of what’s in vogue. Things still look very professional in this pack that comes with 20 unique slide templates, 3 color schemes including blue, peach and green and light and dark themes. 

Yet another fashion focused template pack from BOXKAYU, this one has a bigger emphasis on photography. The layouts are more experimental, with text overlapping onto the image placeholders, meaning the success of this templates relies on how high quality your images are. Once again it features a mostly black and white color scheme, although the elements features are a little heavier than the light ones in their other fashion template. A great use of this template will make for a visually stunning presentation.

A very versatile pack, it includes 20 unique slide templates, dark and light background variations, 3 color themes (yellow, blue and green) and more. 

This truly stunning template pack is perfect for a comprehensive presentation. With a robust set of layouts and features including 98 unique slide variations, you’ll find everything you need to do a detailed and clear presentation.

Like its counterpart, Pitch, the sequel Pitch 2 contains much the same layout but with bolder colors. If you want a minimal but modern set of templates with pinks and blues that pop, then this one’s for you. Take advantage of the 95 unique slide options, the more than 500 editable font icons, editable charts, device mockups and more. And it’s all in high resolution.

An extremely contemporary template, Moksawa by Slidehack emphasizes high quality photography and bold typography. It uses a lot of white space and minimal color. It’s a refreshing alternative from a lot of other templates that stick to the long held conventions of a slideshow presentation. This will make your Keynote look more like the inside of an indie magazine. It features over 120 unique slide layouts, 6 color themes, drag and drop functionality with the image placeholders, maps and a whole bunch more.

Professional and visually stunning, Contact by Haluze has the potential to take your audience’s breath away. Filled with tons of elements including layouts, maps, infographics, vector icons and more, this pack blends exceptional functionality with exquisite design. 

Bright and slick, The Agency by Slidehack will help you make an impression. With layouts that provide a healthy balance between high resolution imagery and a focus on the content, you’ll get your ideas across in style. The pack includes fully editable shapes, colors, fonts and more. And it’s fit for a high resolution screen. 

What makes Cascada so breathtaking is its simplicity. The layouts included in this pack are incredibly functional, but the efficient arrangements of the elements in each layout, as well as the color options included, make it unique. There are 120 slide templates to choose from, vector shapes, chart, infographic, timeline layouts among others, and it’s all in Full High Definition.

Minimal Sale, as its title suggests, is great for product presentations. Features a pastel blue base with orange highlights and still a healthy amount of white space, this template gives off an airy ‘lifestyle’ sort of vibe. It includes a strong use of photography in its layouts, and provides iPad, and Apple Watch product mockups for you to display your content on. The drag and drop functionality it provides should make this quite easy.

X Note by Slidehack features a a welcome soft color palette. With a low profile dark gray canvas and a pleasant selection of coral greens, blues and purples, the pack looks modern but not overwhelmingly so. It features 4 pre-made themes, each with 40 unique slide templates, device mockups, image placeholders and more. It’s all fully editable, it’s all drag and drop and it’s all in high resolution.

Az features soft colors on a timeless white background and provides 20 pre-made color variations, bright and dark variations, 130 unique custom slides, fully editable shapes, icons and mockups and more. Great if you want something modern yet inviting. 

Featuring a white canvas and gray text with subtle highlight colors, Nova will give your presentation an almost heavenly injection of minimalism. The slide layouts are very clean, bordering on sparse, and when color and imagery is added, the layouts provide a welcome balance between the two. 60 creative unique slide layouts are included, there are 4 color themes, 450 vector icons and a dark version included. 

With dark and light versions included, ATULAH is bold but clean. It has a strong focus on images, so you’ll want to have some high quality ones at hand and its color scheme features a teal highlight color that’s very modern. 

Featuring a signature pastel blue as its main highlight color, this light theme is very soft and inviting. It’s a very polished set of slides that offer a lot of customization. You can drag and drop your images into the placeholders, add or remove text boxes, change colors, add gradients and more. It’s beautiful as is but it’s also versatile enough for you to make it whatever you want it to be.

This striking set of slide templates looks inspired by European fashion magazines. The bold use of its feature color, mixed with the creative layouts draw the eye to what matters in really unique ways. This is one to consider if you want to make a statement. A really good choice for creative agencies. 

Clean and friendly, Sapphire features 30 modern and elegant slides, 5 color variations, infographics, illustrations and more. Great if you need a versatile collection of slides that will look good no matter the context. 

This stunning set of grayscale slides will make your presentation truly elegant. Featuring 80 unique slides, photo and project galleries, easily editable charts, timelines, free fonts, vector icons and more, it provides all you’ll need to create a truly beautiful presentation. 

Ultimate provides a welcome freshness that is much needed in corporate presentations. It’s versatile enough to suit a wide variety of needs, but in a corporate setting, with its use of white space, a fresh color palette and gradients – which are very on trend – it’ll add an energy to your presentation that will turn heads. It includes 60 unique slide variations, 4 color themes, 450 vector icons and a alternate dark version. 

Sella features an extremely sleek mix of photography and text. Each slide layouts features at least one element that jumps off the screen and captures the eye. But its counterbalanced by the layout of the rest of the content, and that’s the genius of this theme by Levato. There are 40 multipurpose slides included, infographics, iPhone, Macbook and iPad mockups, charts and more. 

Great for presentations from a live events company, Madness by dirtylinestudio feels very modern and really just very cool. Feature a number of semi-transparent gradient overlays covering high quality images with text and icons on top, as well as a number of other contemporary layouts, it resembles the style of web design that’s very in vogue today. It’s bold, exciting and will leave a striking impression. 

Tech by pulsecolor is a very popular presentation template. It features bright colors on a fresh white background, clean layouts and it’s really easy to edit and customize. 15 color variations are included, handmade infographics, vectors and other easily editable elements. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for something fresh and professional. 

Agio is a minimalist Keynote template pack by punkl. While featuring a lot of white and gray, it features a beautiful blue highlight color by default that makes it seem friendly and modern. 70 unique slide layouts are included, 9 color schemes and images can be added by simply dragging and dropping. 

This template pack is extremely simple and elegant. It uses color sparingly, allowing for your text and images to speak for itself. It features 41 unique slide layouts, the ability to drag and drop images into placeholders, it’s fully animated and it can suit a variety of different needs. 

Listen up hipsters, the image of a pineapple probably already tipped you off but this one’s for you. In all seriousness though, Be. is a kooky yet very tidy template best suited for creatives. Designers should like the focus on bold images, and headings that draw the eye. The layouts, text hierarchy and sparing use of color should be pleasing to most with an eye for design. With with 125 unique slide variations, it’s versatile enough to suit whatever kind of presentation they’re aiming to put on. 

StartUP is perfect for a presentation to investors or for a conference. The slide layouts are very clear and professional, and the color scheme lends itself to that crossover of business and technology. It comes with 23 unique slide templates, easily editable colors and shapes, and an iPhone mockup. 

This template is fresh but very suited to a corporate. It features a very clean design with some colorful elements. But mostly its design is very restrained and purposefully professional. There’s a light and dark version, it comes with 20 color schemes, 100 unique slide layouts, drag and drop image insertion in placeholders and resizable and editable vector icons. 

And finally, this uber creative template from dirtylinestudio makes a remarkable statement. Suitable mostly for a creative studio, it features some really modern design elements including striking rectangle outlines colored with a gradients, pink/red accents on the boarders of slides and under headings and really creative layouts incorporating photography and product mockups. And result isn’t alienating as some ultra creative templates can be. Instead the color palette that’s here by default is warm and inviting. So is the choice of font. Therefore, while it may be best suited to a presentation by a creative agency, it could well work for most professional presentations. 


Well there you have it. A sensational selection of high quality Apple Keynote templates you can choose from to lift your next presentation into something memorable. 

If you have any suggestions for templates from Envato you’ve used in Keynote presentations, be sure to let us know on the Envato Forums. 

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The Top Design Trends of 2017, and Envato’s 2018 Predictions https://envato.com/blog/the-top-design-trends-of-2017-and-envatos-2018-predictions/ Mon, 18 Dec 2017 05:45:20 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=62343 Top trends in web design, audio, video, graphics design, and more - all picked by the Envato team.

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It’s been a big year. 

To recap, we’ve put together this list – curated by the team at Envato – of our top ten trends of the year, and predictions for what will be popular in 2018. Of course, there’s a lot more that happened in 2017 than what’s in this top ten.

A few honorable mentions for trends this year:

Here’s the list of our top ten trends of 2017:

#1: Geometric shapes

"Geometric and polygon art was big in 2017. Backgrounds, textures, and more, all with regular lines and repeating patterns."
David Appleyard
Editor, Envato Tuts+

From zig-zig geo patterns to retro triangles and designs, we saw geometric patterns everywhere this year. It’s also a simple style to try some DIY design – you can learn about it in 60 seconds, or try your hand at creating your own simple geometric pattern.

Pop 3D Geo Patterns by hughadams
Geometric Patterns by WildOnes
Winter Geometric Seamless Patterns by Wutip
Color Blocking Patterns by Youandigraphics

#2: All tropical everything

"2017 had us dreaming of luxurious holidays, complete with lush palm trees, exotic fruit and beautiful wildlife. It was a real feast for the eyes."
Kate McInnes
Quality Media Specialist, Envato
Image: Tropics, GraphicRiver
Tropical Night Flyer, GraphicRiver
Tropical Summer Party Flyer, GraphicRiver
Seamless Tropical Pattern, GraphicRiver

Kate’s honorable mention in design trends: fidget spinners, which got so big this year that they made it into the stock graphics & photography scene. 

#3: Fast typography in video

"One of the biggest trends of this year is fast typography. In an era where we’re constantly overwhelmed by the amount of information being thrown at us, the popularity of templates that help deliver messages in fast, visually engaging ways has risen.
Dom Hennequin
Community & Blog Editor, Envato

Fast typography templates: 

Stomp – Typographic Intro by Mnemonick

Rhythmic Typography by blinque

Rhythmic Opener by levmotion

Urban Opener // Dynamic Open by makcinema

#4: Color fonts

"Color fonts are poised to take over the graphic design world in 2018... this unashamedly in-your-face trend promises to put the fun back into typography."
Grace Fussell
Writer, Tuts+

The Fiesta Color font (pictured below – available to download on Envato Elements or DIY with this tutorial) highlights a new trend of colorful, custom fonts. We think this trend will continue into 2018. 

Confetti Type by rhett
RibOne font by Sentavio
Circle Dot Alphabet by itefan
Oilvare Font by adamladd
Abstract ABC by Jim_LePage

#5: Future bass

"THE dominant 2017 audio trend on AudioJungle was Future Bass. While there've been a few noteworthy emergences, such as the SynthWave renaissance we're seeing, it's the contagious sub-lines, the slick sidechaining, and the catchy chopped vocals that have made Future Bass the big consistent winner this year, which is still non-stop exploding.
AudioJungle review team

What’s next in audio trends for 2018? The reviewers said that “we may expect to see a continued and rising interest in ’80s Synthwave (à la Blade Runner, Stranger Things), Hybrid HipHop tracks (sporty stuff!) and we also have the more subtle Chill-Step showing strong signs of proliferation.”

#6: Simplicity in email design

"I think email will become sharper, smarter and more simplified... there will still be GIF's, but they'll be subtle and interactive at times. Text and content will be more concise, and I think emails will be created based on that premise. I imagine we'll actually see more text-dominant emails with text links, and less overwhelming imagery."
Monica McCormick
Email Marketing Specialist, Envato
Email: Airbnb
Email: School of Life

#7: Return of the 90's (and 80's)

"2017 was big on bringing back loads of 90's design, especially early 90's American pop influenced design. We're seeing more nods to the 80's creeping in. 2018 could see us rehashing more 80's & 90's pop designs, as well as grunge, earthy tones being used in creative ways."
Sharon Milne
Editor, Envato Tuts+
Tutorial: How to Create a 90s Style Event Flyer in Adobe InDesign
Tutorial: How to Create a 90s Graphical Photo Effect in Adobe Photoshop

#8: 2D + 3D design

"We're going to see a lot more of 3D and faux 3d effects, abstract & geometrical elements flowing into the designs to help enhance the visual impact of landing pages, hero sections and newsletters. This will naturally also expand into print and out-of-home advertising platforms. With the evolution of screen technology in recent years, motion graphics will be taking advantage of this design language and have a particularly strong presence in 2018."
Calin Teodorescu
Social Media, Envato

Can you tell the difference between stock photos and 3D designs?

Check out our side-by-side comparisons: How 3D Renders Are Being Used for 2D Artwork

#9: More microinteractions

"These small “product-related moments” add magic to sites, delighting and surprising users, while at the same time engaging users and enhancing user experience."
Jenni McKinnon
Freelance writer, Envato

A microinteraction is a small moment that accomplishes a single task. We’ve seen them everywhere from social media sites to our WordPress themes on Themeforest, and it’s a design detail that will only grow in popularity. 

Image: Surprise and Delight: How Microinteractions Can Bring a Boring Website to Life

#10: Print isn't dead

"Designers feel strongly and positively about print, and print remains crucial to how professional graphic designers make a living. Print lends itself to certain audiences and offerings where communication needs to be retained, contemplated, touched or trusted."
Eric Schwartz
Content Insights Manager, Envato

According to a study done by Graphic Design USA (GDUSA), 97% of graphic designers work on print design projects, compared to 36% who work on TV, film, or video projects. The top print project types include brochures, marketing materials, cards, and direct mail. 

Clean Proposal by RoyalBlackStudio
Movember Event Flyer by Guuver
Business card template with red design by PixaSquare
Vengeance Poster / Flyer by ninebrains

Agree or disagree? Let us know what your favorite trends of 2017 were, and what you predict will be big in 2018. 

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38 Best WordPress Themes You Can Download Right Now from Envato Elements https://envato.com/blog/38-best-themes-can-download-right-now-envato-elements/ Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:24:03 +0000 https://envato.com/?p=62741 A round-up of the best business, eCommerce, creative and blog themes you can download right now from Elements.

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ICYMI, WordPress themes are now available to download from Envato Elements!

What does that mean? If you’re a designer, marketer or creative who downloads a lot of digital products, like photography, illustrations, icons, patterns, backgrounds, themes and plugins, then you probably fork out a lot of money to buy these things.

With Elements, you don’t have to think twice about what you download. Our subscription marketplace is like Netflix or Spotify and you download all the WordPress themes you want for one annual fee. How convenient is that!

To help you get started, I’ve put together this collection of some of the most popular theme you can download right now from Elements, including business, eCommerce, creative and blog themes.

New themes are being added all the time so be sure to check back often in case you miss anything!

Business and Corporate Themes:

Futurico – Business WordPress Theme

You’ll make a solid first impression with this dynamic business theme, which features modern fonts, strong iconography and parallax scrolling. Other features include a customizable pricing table, team slider and a great homepage showcase for your latest work.

KingMa | Creative Business One & MultiPage Theme

With its smooth scrolling, parallax design and CSS3 animations and attention to details, KingMa is a solid business theme that includes all the trimmings – a team carousel sliders, stunning icons, a pricing table, and 12 different homepage designs.

Apoa – Business WordPress Theme

Apoa provides a strong foundation for building your business websites. Built on Bootstrap v3.3.5, it comes with detailed documentation, custom shortcodes, support for post formats and a comprehensive theme options panel. Other nice features include Google Maps integration and Google Fonts.

Solicitor Law Business Responsive WordPress Theme

You know how some themes don’t feel like real-life? Okay, maybe it’s just me. But when I first checked out this theme I thought I was looking at a site for an actually law firm. The power of well-selected stock photography, maybe? Whatever the case may be, this theme is a great choice if you work in the legal sector.

A few more:

eCommerce and WooCommerce themes:

Cosi – Multipurpose WooCommerce WordPress Theme

This cute and colorful theme is hugely versatile. There are a bunch of different homepage designs to choose from, as as well as various header, footer, blog and portfolio layouts. It’s super easy to customize, too, with unlimited color combinations and 30+ shortcodes so you can change up how the elements look on the page.

Fashionist – WooCommerce WordPress Theme

With its gorgeous hero header slider, tight typography and beautiful design, this theme is ideal for classy stores looking to impress. It’s packed with features to help any store owner make the most of their online presence – drag and drop customization, MailChimp integration, mega menu and 25 PSD layouts included.

EOVO – Creative & eCommerce WordPress Theme

A stylish theme for the modern business if ever there was one. This theme will make great use of your photography with its abstract design and multiple layouts. There are 8 creative homepage designs and lots little extras like PSD files, lots of header and footer layouts, blog and portfolio templates, and an mega menu support.

Trendify – Fashion eCommerce WordPress Theme

This dapper theme is both easy to use and functional. It comes with 6 homepage design variations and lots of useful integrations for store owners who don’t want o mess around with code, including WPBakery Visual Composer (for drag and drop customizations), Slider Revolution and OWL Carousel.

A few more:

Creative and Portfolio Themes:

Oliver – Classic & Minimal WordPress Theme

Looking for a minimalist theme to showcase your writing? You can’t go wrong with this theme. Oliver does the basics well. It features post formats support, various blog layouts (including regular, grid and masonry), various header designs and a beautiful gallery (both lightbox and slider).

uCard – Animated vCard WordPress Theme

At first glance this portfolio theme looks very basic. But when you start clicking around you quickly realize it’s actually feature-rich and incredibly well-designed. For the curious eye, there’s lots to discover – a cute and quirky “About me” page, clean icons, a punchy portfolio and a functional blog.

MAMA – Creative Minimal Portfolio WordPress Theme

Don’t be fooled by this theme’s seemingly minimalist design. It’s all in the scrolling, which is hard to explain, you really need to see it for yourself. I suppose it’s split-page scrolling? Whatever it is, it’s attention-grabbing and a great choice for agency’s and creatives looking for something a bit different.

Dropout – Creative Multi-Purpose Theme

From it’s parallax slider header to smooth scrolling and AJAX portfolio posts, this is a theme that has been designed and developed with form and function in mind. There are so many ways you could customize this theme – all you need to do is one-click import and demo and start using the drag and drop builder to change up how the designs looks.

Adios | Portfolio WordPress Theme

With its subdued color scheme and bold typography, Adios is a design-drive and sophisticated theme. It comes with 9 homepage layouts and a collection of portfolio options so you can showcase your work. There are also shortcodes for all kinds of things, including blockquotes, Google Maps, icons, image sliders and counters.

A few more:

Magazine and Blog Themes:

Richter – Creative WordPress Blog Theme

This no-nonsense theme covers all the blogging basics and more. It features simple customization, modern typography (and lots of options to change fonts), CSS3 animations, Font Awesome icons, and the ability to hide elements.

Koala – Responsive WordPress Blog Theme

Ignore the tech speak placeholder text for a minute and imagine your own content in this theme. One of the best features of this design is the ability to feature a background image – ideal for food and travel bloggers. This theme is also hugely customizable, with multiple layout options, a stack of shortcodes, custom widgets and 585+ Font Awesome icons.

Slate – Responsive WordPress Blog Theme

Slate is a flexible theme featuring a two-column layout – not something you see all that often in theme design. It comes with 80+ theme customizer options, infinite post loading and is fast – it achieves a score of 93+ on Google PageSpeed Insights.

Passion Blogger – A Responsive WordPress Theme

This theme is ideal for anyone who runs a small business and wants their website to reflect their individuality. There are 10 different homepage designs, so you’re bound to find one that resonates with you. There’s also mega menu support, unlimited colors, a widgetized footer and lots more customizations in the WordPress theme customizer.

A few more:

This is just a small collection of what you’ll find at Envato Elements. So if you didn’t see a theme you like in the list above, head over to our subscription marketplace for more stunning WordPress themes.

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