Archive for November, 2014


“Decora” Graphic User Interface & Crestron Templates

Decora Crestron Smart Graphics Theme

The latest graphic user interface, Crestron Smart Graphics theme and Crestron template series being developed in our studio is called “Decora”.  These screenshots are from the first theme in the “Decora” series, “Java” (that’s the working title at least).

The “Decora” series will be made up of several themes, each of which features an attractive, versatile color-scheme.  The idea behind “Decora” is to provide a set of themes that focus less on visual spectacle and eye-candy, and more on subtle design that will complement the style and decorating of the room in which they are being displayed.  In addition to “Java”, we are working on themes in sky-blue, hunter-green, and “southwestern” motifs.  Best of all, for an additional charge, “Decora” will be available for custom order in any color-scheme you want.

The first “Decora” series Crestron templates are slated to be released before the end of the year.

View screenshots on our Tumblr page here.


Free Download: Streaming Media Buttons

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Streaming Media Provider Logo Buttons

We just posted a new free download on our website.  It’s a dark-themed set of round buttons with streaming media provider logos “embossed” in them.  There are 26 buttons in all, each with “up” and “down” states.  They feature an eyecatching 3-D effect when in their “up” state, and appear to depress and illuminate in their “down” state.  A Photoshop file for each state is included as well so you can make additional buttons with your own icons, symbols or logos.

You can download them here:


NTD YouTube Channel Showcase: Aekromik

We just posted a new video on the NTDesigns YouTube channel.  This time we’re showcasing our unique “Aekromik” theme for Crestron Smart Graphics.  “Aekromik” features a refined, minimalist motif in neutral shades of white and grey with blue accents.  This subtle yet eyecatching design makes “Aekromik” easier to understand and operate for many users.

You can get “Aekromik” on the NTDesigns website here.


How to Make a Flat, Windows 8 “Metro” style button in Photoshop

I just posted this exciting new tutorial to the NTDesigns YouTube page.  It moves pretty quickly, so get ready for a challenge!


5 Great Icon Sites to Add to Your Arsenal

Every so often, I’ll hear from one of our customers that they need an icon that isn’t included with the theme or template he or she purchased from us. In the unfortunate situation (fra, fra, fra) that they don’t want to custom order a one-off icon from us, I will usually direct them to one of the sites listed below. Once they’ve found the right icon, I always invite them to send it to us so we can stylize it (free of charge) to match the theme or template they purchased.

While you might have to sift through some crap before you find what you’re looking for, there are so many icons available between these five sites that you’re almost always sure to find something that will fit your application.



This is always my first go-to site for finding quality icons. It’s a very well designed and easy to navigate website, it’s ad free, and it features entire matching sets of icons, many of which are really nicely done. Iconfinder also has a “premium” membership-based option that allows access to vector versions of icons plus other benefits.