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Good artists copy; great artists steal. This quote has been tossed around creative circles for decades and does shed light onto a small fragment of truth, especially among visual artists. The way to master digital design is to take ideas and learn how they were constructed.
Smartphone & tablet applications are small but detailed. To successfully design mobile apps you need to understand textures, shapes, typography, icon design, and color matching. This may seem impossible but if you study other designers you’ll naturally pick up their ideas for yourself. The following examples are chock-full of unique interface ideas ripe for cloning & copying into your own designs.
The best designers will admit that grids are vital to any project. Whether you’re designing for print or the web, grids offer structure that can either be followed or ignored. Most people think of grid systems like 960GS where you create long columns across the full width of the page.
But there is another grid related to typography known as the baseline. It typically adds a new grid line every X number of pixels based on the website’s line height. As you can imagine, this would be exhausting to manually create by hand.
Instead it’s better to create a pattern for your baseline and fill it onto a new layer. In this guide I’ll show you how to create a quick baseline pattern and apply it to your own mockup.