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  • Examples of Well Designed Contact Pages

    Web Design Ledger
    David Edwards
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Advertise here with BSAOften, with websites, the contact page is one of the most neglected pages on the site. Once everything else has been designed it’s pretty easy to just put up a contact page with an email address on it and let the user do the rest of the work, but that’s an approach that lacks elegance. Good contact pages solve a purpose – they guide the user to contact the correct department and give the right information. In the case of freelance designers and small design shops, contact pages can aim to coax information like what sort of budget range the visitor has, what sort…
  • The Psychology Of The Cereal Box Design

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    Patrick Jude Ilagan
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Why is it that cereal boxes for kids are often designed with quirky colorful mascots that seems to stare back at you? There could be a reason for that according to a new study. Whimsical and fun as they may seem but Cap’n Crunch and the rest of the cereal box mascots (or spokes-characters as they are called) may not only be there to make breakfast a fun activity for your kids. As it turns out, cereal boxes might be designed in such a way that it would appeal to your kids on a deeper psychological level as suggested by a Cornell University Food and Brand Labs’ recent study. But…
  • 5 fundamentals every web designer needs to understand

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    Paul Trani
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:15 am
    We all know intuitively what makes a website look bad: overused bevel effects, corny clip art, overcrowded layouts. These annoyances are easily corrected by developing with design fundamentals in mind—the same principles used by professional designers and artists alike. Great websites bring together form and function. In fact, well-designed websites are seen as more credible, according to a Stanford study and are actually easier to use (as studied by researcher Don Norman). So here are five fundamentals to help you keep quality design at the forefront of your practice. 1) Follow the…
  • The Death of the Web Design Agency?

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    17 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    Others have gone as far to say that the very concept of a user experience-focused agency simply isn’t a long-term play, largely because of what the big folks are up to. Facebook and Google went on a design/product buying spree specifically because they needed to figure out how to own this thinking themselves, and other tech companies have followed. And more traditional industries, like insurance, media, and retail? They’ll develop robust in-house capabilities soon, if they haven’t already. Ready to pack up your things and start a landscaping business? Not so fast. Greg Hoy,…
  • 30 Websites to find Creative Photography Inspiration

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    Jake Rocheleau
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Advertise here with BSAI couldn’t possibly overstate the need for digital photography. Graphic designers love to use creative commons photos in digital work, but these same photos can also prove useful to an online journalist or editor. The need for digital photographs has risen tremendously in the past decade. Thankfully modern Internet technologies have been advancing just as quickly. This gallery includes a handful of resources for locating photographs online. Some will provide creative commons licensing while others may be solely for inspiration. Whether you’re a photographer…
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  • Super normal product design

    Josh
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
    I like this idea by Dave Morin: Super Normal: “When you set out to create a new product, you usually do not start by trying to think of something completely new. You think of a product or concept that is already “normal” to the world, and then try to make it better. You make it Super Normal.” This is classic product design…but the term “super normal” helps in understanding that most innovations are just improvements to normal things. That’s what’s often lost in product design…people are so excited to make something new that they don’t…
  • Starting Small

    Josh
    14 Mar 2014 | 6:50 am
    Great piece by Joel Gascoigne: The Habits of Successful People: They Start Small “The challenge for a lot of us is that when we go about our lives, we interact with so many “big” things and we forget or don’t even know how they originally started. It’s difficult to understand how the evolutionary process of products and brands contributes and is vital to what they are today. We also all have big aspirations and want to get there fast.” This is an important observation. By the time most of us get to use a product it has already gone through many, many iterations. We never…
  • Jony Ive on quality

    Josh
    11 Mar 2014 | 6:31 am
    I think it’s really easy for anybody to say “we care about quality” or “quality is job #1″. In fact, I just wrote it twice…it’s very easy to do. But actually executing on quality is extremely difficult as quality takes time and care. And it’s hard to argue for something that takes time when all the other parts of the business can go faster…in many ways quality is an all-or-nothing proposition. Either your company really does mold itself around a quality-first process or it doesn’t. An recent post by Horace Dediu, The price is right,…
  • What, exactly, is a startup?

    Josh
    10 Mar 2014 | 5:56 am
    Two definitions of startups: One from an excellent piece by Steve Blank on why companies are not startups: “a startup is a temporary organization designed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model. The corollary for an enterprise is: A company is a permanent organization designed to execute a repeatable and scalable business model. Once you understand that existing companies are designed to execute then you can see why they have a hard time with continuous and disruptive innovation. Another is in this great piece by Paul Graham in which he suggests Startup = Growth:…
  • Is your product a vitamin or drug?

    Josh
    8 Mar 2014 | 7:16 am
    An interesting framework from Grace Ng in which startups(products) are categorized along two axes: the level of pain you’re solving and the frequency of use: When should your startup focus on UX?. I think this is an interesting way to talk about products and their real value. A lot of mobile apps I’ve tried are vitamins helping me do something trivial easily. But since the problem isn’t a big one, I quickly find myself not using them anymore. That’s not to say that they won’t be successful, but it puts an increasing focus on finding a deeper problem over time.
 
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  • Why You Should Get Excited About Emotional Branding

    Rick Sloboda
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:47 am
       Globalization, low-cost technologies and saturated markets are making products and services interchangeable and barely distinguishable. As a result, today’s brands must go beyond face value and tap into consumers’ deepest subconscious emotions to win the marketplace. The Role Of Brands Is Changing In recent decades, the economic base has shifted from production to consumption, from needs to wants, from objective to subjective. We’re moving away from the functional and technical characteristics of the industrial era, into a time when consumers are making buying decisions…
  • A Guide To Validating Product Ideas With Quick And Simple Experiments

    Grace Ng
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
       You probably know by now that you should speak with customers and test your idea before building a product. What you probably don’t know is that you might be making some of the most common mistakes when running your experiments. Mistakes include testing the wrong aspect of your business, asking the wrong questions and neglecting to define a criterion for success. This article is your guide to designing quick, effective, low-cost experiments. A Product With No Users After 180 Days Four years ago, I had a great idea. What if there was a more visual way to learn about our world?
  • Building The Web App For Unicef’s Tap Campaign: A Case Study

    Nick Jonas, Francis Villanueva
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
       Since a smartphone landed in almost everyone’s pocket, developers have been faced with the question of whether to go with a mobile website or a native app. Native applications offer the smoothest and most feature-rich user experience in almost every case. They have direct access to the GPU, making layer compositions and pixel movements buttery-smooth. They provide native UI frameworks that end users are familiar with, and they take care of the low-level aspects of UI development that developers don’t have time to deal with. When eschewing an app in favor of a mobile website,…
  • How To Build A Ruby Gem With Bundler, Test-Driven Development, Travis CI And Coveralls, Oh My!

    Mark McDonnell
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:39 am
       Ruby is a great language. It was designed to foster happiness and productivity in developers, all the while providing tools that are effective and yet focused on simplicity. One of the tools available to the Rubyist is the RubyGems package manager. It enables us both to include “gems” (i.e. packaged code) that we can reuse in our own applications and to package our own code as a gem to share with the Ruby community. We’ll be focusing on the latter in this article. I’ve written an open-source gem named Sinderella (available on GitHub), and in this article I’ll go through…
  • Involving Clients In Your Mobile Workflow

    Thomas Joos
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
       A lot of mobile-minded talented folks across the globe produce great work, but yet sometimes you still hear many of them complain about their relationships with their clients. They often mention feeling isolated and not truly understanding what the client really needed. This lack of personal interaction often leads to misunderstanding, as well as less awareness of and appreciation for all your hard work. While involving clients in your mobile workflow can be challenging, really working together will make a big difference. In this article, I’ll share some important things I’ve…
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  • The Death of the Web Design Agency?

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    Others have gone as far to say that the very concept of a user experience-focused agency simply isn’t a long-term play, largely because of what the big folks are up to. Facebook and Google went on a design/product buying spree specifically because they needed to figure out how to own this thinking themselves, and other tech companies have followed. And more traditional industries, like insurance, media, and retail? They’ll develop robust in-house capabilities soon, if they haven’t already. Ready to pack up your things and start a landscaping business? Not so fast. Greg Hoy,…
  • Cennydd Bowles on UX & Design: Letter to a Junior Designer

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    I admit it: you intimidate me. Your work is vivid and imaginative, far superior to my woeful scratchings at a similar age. The things I struggle to learn barely make you sweat. One day, you’ll be a better designer than me. But for now, I can cling to my sole advantage, the one thing that makes me more valuable: I get results. I can put a dent in cast-iron CEO arguments. I can spot risks and complications months in advance. In the wager that is design, I usually bet on the right color. People trust me with their stake. So, if you’ll humor me, maybe I can offer a few suggestions to speed…
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    16 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    Have you ever billed hourly? A List Apart is brought to you this week by Harvest, a beautifully crafted time tracking tool for creative shops. Start a trial before the year slips away.
  • Style Guides On Parade

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    » Style Guides On ParadeIf you loved this week’s “Creating Style Guides” piece by Susan Robertson, you’ll thrill to Susan’s follow-up posting, on her personal site, of style guide links galore!
  • This week's sponsor: New Relic

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    Thanks to our sponsor, New Relic. New Relic helps web and mobile app developers improve app performance by showing you bottlenecks and making it easy to spot code bugs. Do your apps a favor, try New Relic.
 
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  • 10 Things You Need to Know About Smart Objects in Photoshop

    Martin Perhiniak
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:16 am
    What You'll Be CreatingWith the recent introduction of Linked Smart Objects in Photoshop CC, Smart Objects have become much more powerful, and useful. In this tutorial, I will share with you 10 things that you should know about working with smart objects in Photoshop. Let's get started! Photo CreditsEmpty Frames on Gallery WallSingapore SkylineSnowy MountainGrand Canal at Night, VeniceCurly Hair WomanDubai Marina at NightSun ConureFlowerTelephone Booth by Martin Perhiniak 1. Creating Smart ObjectsSmart Objects can be created in a number of ways, and typically, the type of Smart Object…
  • Technical Drawing for Beginners: Three Point Perspective

    Calin Teodorescu
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    What You'll Be CreatingThree point perspective is great when you wish to render objects or scenes from an abnormally high or low point of view. The distortions that the third vanishing point brings into your composition often has a very artistic effect and makes even the most simple concept more interesting. Some Points to Consider There are some points to consider when working in three point perspective. All vertical construction lines lead to the third vanishing point The closer you place your vanishing points to the center of your canvas, the greater the distortion All horizontal…
  • Create a Seamless Argyle Pattern With a Fabric Texture

    Mohammad Jeprie
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:54 am
    What You'll Be CreatingSeamless patterns can be used for a number of purposes including packaging design, print design, web design, and even in textiles design. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a realistic-looking, seamless, argyle pattern in Photoshop with a fabric texture. Let's get started! 1. Prepare the Canvas Step 1 Create a new file (Command/Ctrl-N) and set its size to 210 px × 414 px. 2. Draw Shapes and Add Stitches Step 1 Make a new layer. Draw a rectangular selection starting at position (99,0) to (108,3). The selection size is 3 px × 9 px. Step 2 Change foreground…
  • Create a 3D, Fruit-Textured, Text Effect

    Tomasz Lechocinski
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    What You'll Be Creating3D text is very popular in the advertising industry. 3D text effects are often used in print or television campaigns, and are popular because they literally stand out on the page or screen. Creating a realistic 3D text effect can be quite challenging to create, and often make use of several applications. In this tutorial, we will use a combination of Modo, Photoshop, and Illustrator to create a fruit textured text effect that resembles an orange. Let's get started! Speed Art Video <br>Tutorial Assets…
  • How to Export Photoshop Assets For the Web With PNGHat

    Kezz Bracey
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The recently released PNGHat plugin for Photoshop, made by Source, creates an entirely different workflow for exporting PSD elements for use in websites, games, apps or whatever other types of projects you design for.It's a robust software with a stack of great functionality, but the most enticing feature it has on offer is its ability to boil exporting down into three simple steps:STEP 1: Push buttonSTEP 2: Copy & paste codeSTEP 3: Profit!Okay, so in all seriousness that's just two steps, but it really is that easy. The plugin essentially eliminates the typical…
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  • Do You Really Need a Computer Science Degree?

    Jimmy Alford
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    (Options beyond a degree are important. Flickr photo by Faruk Ateş) Most electronic devices use software and most businesses are backed with software, whether on computers or in the cloud. All this requires software and web development. The good news for programmers? There is no sign of computer-related job shortages. “Software drives Amazon recommendations, the auto-complete suggestions and corrections as you type, banking transactions, the Mars Curiosity rover, and stock trades,” says Jacob Gulotta, a 28-year-old server developer at DoubleDown Interactive in Seattle.
  • Designer Meng To’s Writing Adventure Stemmed from Denied Visa

    Kibkabe Araya
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    Meng To In 2013, Meng To was enjoying the startup life in Silicon Valley while lending his web design talents to Heyzap, a mobile game developer. Until his request for a new visa was denied. The Cambodian-born web designer and developer from Montreal boasted 12 years of experience, but without a degree in higher education, he couldn’t obtain another visa to stay in the U.S. and work for startups sprouting in San Francisco and New York. So he decided to take his skills on the road, traveling the world and working at a startup in Asia. He eventually compiled everything he learned here and…
  • Really Good Emails, Credit Card Detection, Epic Editor | The Treehouse Show Episode 86

    Jason Seifer
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    It’s Tuesday which means that the Treehouse Show is back! In episode 86 of The Treehouse Show, Nick and Jason (@jseifer) talk about writing good emails, detecting credit cards in JavaScript, and a sweet new JavaScript editor. This Week’s Links Really Good Emails – The Best Email Designs in the Universe (that came into my inbox) Error Handling in Nodejs – Developer Center – Joyent Refills How to correctly detect credit card type Font-To-Width Speaking JavaScript EpicEditor – An embeddable JavaScript Markdown editor Debugging Asynchronous JavaScript with…
  • How to Create Custom HTML Elements

    Matt West
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:12 pm
    (Photo by Kenny Louie / Flickr) An exciting feature of the HTML specification that’s been getting a bit of hype recently is custom HTML elements. These allow you to create your own HTML elements along with their own JavaScript API. This can be useful when building interfaces with components that are reused throughout an application. Free trial on Treehouse: Do you want to learn more about HTML and front-end programming? Click here to try a free 14-day trial on Treehouse. In this blog post you’re going to learn how to create your own HTML elements and define a JavaScript API for them.
  • Treehouse Supplies the Knowledge You Never Knew You Didn’t Have

    Treehouse
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Ethan Ferrari This guest post is by Ethan Ferrari, a Treehouse student, designer and developer from Peoria, Ill. Ferrari, 30, started his own company, 309design.com, in February. He says he hasn’t had a chance to build the site yet because he has “more work than time. Hopefully I’ll launch that by May 1.” Ferrari, who works with HTML5, CSS3, SCSS, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, and MySQL, is learning advanced JavaScript, Angular.js, PDO, and Object-Oriented PHP in the next six months. Check out his portfolio at www.behance.net/309design. For anyone who’s decided to learn programming,…
 
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  • FITC Toronto 2014 Ticket Giveaways

    Nick La
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I've have two FITC Toronto 2014 conference tickets to giveaway and all you need to do is send a tweet for your chance to win. For those who don't know about FITC Toronto, it is an annual technology and creativity event over three days with 80 plus speakers and 1200 attendees from around the world. [...]
  • Themify is Redesigned

    Nick La
    16 Mar 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Themify has come a long way since its launch 3 years ago, and I thought it was finally time to redesign the Themify website. The goal of Themify is to make it easy for anyone to build a beautiful, responsive website using WordPress and Themify themes. This means that we need to stay ahead of [...]
  • How to Protect WordPress Sites

    Nick La
    3 Dec 2013 | 12:47 pm
    WordPress is one of the most ubiquitous content management systems in the world. Even better, it's open source! However, as an open source piece of software, it can be vulnerable to malicious individuals digging through code and finding vulnerabilities in the code, which they attempt to exploit. As such, WordPress sites have been prone to [...]
  • 30 Great Interactive Sites

    Nick La
    16 Sep 2013 | 9:21 am
    I apologize for not posting on the Wall for the longest time, but yes, I'm still alive (just been busy with Themify). Today I have an awesome post to share — 30 great interactive sites. HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript have opened up many design possibilities. Web design nowadays is very interactive, it is no longer [...]
  • Interactive World JavaScript Map

    Nick La
    30 May 2013 | 1:10 am
    This tutorial will show you how to create an interactive map of the world you can use to display travel photos. In the process, you'll be introduced to Raphael.js. It is a small JavaScript library that makes it easy to work with vector graphics. Instead of using HTML5 Canvas for interactive animations, it uses SVG [...]
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  • Create For The Next Big Thing: Free Android Wear UI PSD Mockups

    Nataly Birch
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
       The new year suggests the new undertakings, new hopes and new expectations. In the beginning we are always full of enthusiasm that is bubbling up inside us, pushing us on creating something incredible. However, in order to channel this boundless energy we need a fresh start, something that will “turn on” our imagination. And this something appeared last month. Motorola unveiled the Moto 360 smart watch, a part of the Google smart wear series, that as befits is powered by the Android platform.
  • Exclusive Freebie on Noupe: 50 Funny Icons Out of The Ordinary

    Dieter Petereit
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
       Oops, that shouldn’t have happened. Simply hold your breath for a minute and it will have faded. Yes, we find this hilarious. A few weeks ago, Nasty Icons created ripples, yet we found the set too drastic in some ways. So we contacted Freepik, our friends from Spain, and asked them if they’d be interested in creating a set, inspired by Nasty Icons, but more on the funny side. They agreed immediately and today, we are proud to be able to bring the 50 symbols to you. All of the icons are free to use for any type of project, but you can only get them here…
  • Free Download: Trey Ratcliff’s 500 Best Photos in Full Resolution

    Dieter Petereit
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
       This is definitely worth an article as well as your time. Trey Ratcliff, avid traveller and professional photographer, sat down last night and curated his 500 personal favorites from his great photography portfolio into one album. Then he went over to Google+ and released this album exclusively there. Trey is a heavy user of G+ anyway and the platform didn’t limit him to certain resolutions for his images. Out came a great and really large album of 500 high grade images in their fullest resolution.
  • Glyphter: New Free Service Helps You Build Your Custom Icon Font From Random SVGs In No Time

    Dieter Petereit
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
       Glyphter.com is one of those services that got me immediately. It is simple to use, it works absolutely flawlessly, it is nicely designed and it keeps all of its promises. It even is free. What more could we want? Read on and build your own custom icon font using any SVG you have at hand while waiting for the bus.
  • Dribbbox: And Your Dribbble Profile Becomes a Website, Hosted on Your Own Space

    Dieter Petereit
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
       Many tools are simple. Only a few are simply good. Dribbbox, created by Belgian designer Benjamin De Cock is both. Benjamin designed a contemporary, responsive portfolio look, which automatically populates from any given Dribbble account you throw at it. While this is already great, even greater is that you can host the whole thing on your own webspace.
 
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  • Hot Links!

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    AS AN EVENT APART Seattle closes, and we prepare for a sold-out Boston show, we want to share some of the helpful reviews, summaries, notes, and web links that An Event Apart Seattle inspired. Please enjoy: Hot Links From An Event Apart Seattle.
  • The Practice

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Typekit Practice is a fine new typography resource. Congrats & thanks @nicewebtype @typekit ! http://t.co/LncTpApUku pic.twitter.com/AVntKX6Ntn — Jeffrey Zeldman (@zeldman) April 18, 2014
  • A List Apart № 393: Inventing & Documenting Design Patterns

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    A LIST APART Issue № 393 is about documenting design patterns with a style guide and creating new ones with the z-axis. Creating Style Guides by SUSAN ROBERTSON A style guide, also referred to as a pattern library, is a living document that details the front-end code for all the elements and modules of a website or application. It also documents the site’s visual language, from header styles to color palettes. In short, a proper style guide is a one-stop guide that the entire team can reference when considering site changes and iterations. Susan Robertson shows us how to build and…
  • Big Web Show № 116: The Difference Between Ideas and Products

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:11 pm
    IN BIG WEB SHOW № 116 (“Everything Web That Matters”), I chat with Phillip Reyland and Roland Dubois, cofounders of Byte Dept., a NYC agency that designs and builds digital products for brands and agencies, and that created the popular Bike Department app for iOS. We discuss… Creating products for clients instead of yourself. Four strategies to apply to every product: experience strategy, platform strategy, mobile strategy, and integration strategy. Rethinking the mobile bike app: using data to predict whether a bike will be there when you get to it. The experience layer versus…
  • The Gory Details

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:37 am
    SO MY DAD had another seizure—it’s been about six months since the last one; nobody knows what causes them or how to prevent them. It was 4:00 AM Monday morning. He fell heavily, like a sack of bricks, and cracked open his skull above his right eye. There was blood everywhere on the tiled floor of his bathroom, his wife Catherine says. Catherine called 911. She couldn’t do it from the phone in the bedroom; she went running through the house looking for a working portable phone. The ambulance came fast and he was rushed to Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he stayed overnight.
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  • Slow Motion Collisions

    Khoi
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:28 pm
    I have some good news and some bad news. First, the good news. Next Wednesday evening in New York City, I’m hosting a panel discussion called “Slow Motion Collisions: How Digital Design Careers Evolve” for AIGA/NY. I’ll be joined on stage by Justin Van Slembrouck of Digg, Jill Nussbaum of The Barbarian Group, Cemre Güngör…
  • Are Magazine Apps Dead?

    Khoi
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    Magazine industry veteran Robert Newman posed this question to several influential people working at the intersection of digital media and print magazines. The results are very insightful. Here’s a sampling: Josh Klenert, Executive Director in the Digital Customer Experience team for JPMorgan Chase: A lot of what was done in wave 1 of app magazines…
  • On the Trail with Wylie Dufresne

    Khoi
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    Reprinted from Lucky Peach Magazine over at Medium: comics artist Lisa Hanawalt followed famed New York chef Wylie Dufresne for a day and documented her experience in drawings and notes. It’s an amusing piece and worth a look. Though it originated in print, it strikes me that this flavor of illustrated journalism has a lot…
  • Vincent Mahé’s Neighbours

    Khoi
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:31 pm
    French illustrator Vincent Mahé’s work is wonderful. You can see lots of it at his blog. I first discovered him through his project “Neighbours,” in which he captures those fleeting glimpses of his fellow Parisians as seen through Paris’s distinctive and varied windows. Here are a few samples. Via It’s Nice That. +
  • Please, Don’t Be a Dick

    Khoi
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    London-based brand consultancy studio We Are Goat wrote this book for working with designers, aimed at clients. You can buy a copy here. At first glance, I was actually under the mistaken impression that it was a book written by a client who had had a lot of experience working with studios and agencies, dispensing…
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  • ★ Hardboiled Web Design has a new home at Smashing Magazine

    Andy Clarke
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:50 am
    The sudden closure of Five Simple Steps came as a shock to a lot of people, not least authors like me who are forced to decide on new homes for their books with no notice.For me at least, the choice was easy and I’m so very pleased to say that Hardboiled Web Design is now available in the Smashing Magazine shop. You can buy the digital bundle of ePUB and PDF formats for a new, low price. Previously £16.00/€19.00 (+VAT in the UK), now just £10.60/€12.90 including taxes. If you haven’t read Hardboiled Web Design yet, there’s never been a better time.
  • ★ Looking back at Five Simple Steps

    Andy Clarke
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I’d been in Nottingham for the day, catching up with friends including Owen Gregory. Driving home, an idea started to develop. Owen and I worked together on client projects at the time and I trust him to give me an honest opinion, so I pulled the car over, called him and explained the idea. A book called ‘Hardboiled Web Design.’I was very cautious about writing a second book and I knew that finding a publisher who understood the message that I wanted to convey and could offer me the support, creative freedom and the financial rewards to make the project worthwhile, would be…
  • ★ Sharing our sales prospects spreadsheet

    Andy Clarke
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Although there seems to be plenty of choice, I haven’t found any CRM software that tickles my fancy yet. I need to get better at keeping on top of prospective business though, so the first step was to make a spreadsheet. If it’s useful to anyone, I’m happy to share it. There are Apple Numbers and Microsoft Excel versions in a ZIP file. I’m keen to hear your suggestions for improving it, as well as your recommendations for CRM software/services. Download the ZIP file
  • ★ Creative Bloq interviews Stuff and Nonsense for Net Awards’ Agency Of The Year

    Andy Clarke
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    Stuff and Nonsense has been shortlisted for Agency Of The Year at the Net Awards 2014 and so Creative Bloq wanted to know a little more about us, what we do and what sets us apart from other agencies. Here’s what I told them.What sets you apart as an agency? We think it’s best to ‘put our cards on the table’ and be open about which projects suit our priorities and values. We actively accept commissions from trade unions and other workers’ representative organisations and we offer reduced rates for them. We also say no to organisations whose main business is to…
  • ★ Unfinished Business episode 63: From those wonderful folks who gave you Pearl Harbor

    Andy Clarke
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    Special guest Jeffrey Zeldman joins me on Unfinished Business this week to talk about how important is it today for designers to be able to tell stories and sell ideas to clients. We talk about whether designers need empathy or strength of character and conviction in their ideas, whether the web needs ‘account’ menpeople and what it feels like when people you’ve mentored go their own way. It’s a packed show and as we both love advertising and Mad Men, we end by talking about my Don Draper depersonalisation disorder theory and what we expect and hope from the final…
 
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  • Prototypo: A Streamlined Online Typeface Editor

    Kerby Rosanes
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    London-based international type foundry, ByteFoundry has created a slicker and smoother way in creating and editing typefaces. Called “Prototypo”, the open source online editing application will make the work of type designers less tedious and repetitive. Prototypo features a streamlined way of editing typefaces with over twenty parameters to modify all built-in glyphs at once. Type designers can play, experiment and refine spacing and outlines of a wide range of body text fonts using sliders. The application brings a whole new approach of type design by letting you focus on…
  • The Psychology Of The Cereal Box Design

    Patrick Jude Ilagan
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Why is it that cereal boxes for kids are often designed with quirky colorful mascots that seems to stare back at you? There could be a reason for that according to a new study. Whimsical and fun as they may seem but Cap’n Crunch and the rest of the cereal box mascots (or spokes-characters as they are called) may not only be there to make breakfast a fun activity for your kids. As it turns out, cereal boxes might be designed in such a way that it would appeal to your kids on a deeper psychological level as suggested by a Cornell University Food and Brand Labs’ recent study. But…
  • 10 Essential Books for Graphic Designers

    Julya Buhain
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are your RSS and Twitter feeds cutting it for your Graphic Design inspiration? Trying to look for a way to resolve things with a messy client? YouTheDesigner list what we feel are 10 essential reads if you’re a Graphic Design practitioner. 01. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative - $06.46 Author: Austin Kleon (@austinkleon) Austin Kleon pens out probably the best advice any artist can be given and condenses it into a terrific read. There are a lot of myths that classical art school training hammer into you, such as to be completely…
  • Defending Comic Sans

    Gian Bautista
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last week, we wrote an article about the common graphic design sins that some designers commit. One point we stated is the use of horrible fonts such as: Papyrus, Curlz MT, and Comic Sans. Today, we’re going to talk about more of probably the most hated font in the world that is Comic Sans. Why is the so-called font bashed very much by typographers and graphic designers alike? There’s even a website dedicated to ban it. Just a brief idea of what we’re talking about, Comic Sans is a font designed by the typographic engineer Vincent Connare for Microsoft and was first…
  • You! Be Reminded! A Week In Graphic Design and More

    Gian Bautista
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Good day everyone! In case you’ve been busy with your everyday lives, we’ll let you catch up with various articles pertaining to different fields of design we’ve featured. In You! Be Reminded!, allow us to freshen up your minds with articles we’ve published the past week such as: some spectacular animated logos; awesome identity design based on one of the most watched TV series today; essential apps for web designers; an article about where architecture meets graphics; a list of common graphic design mistakes; a feature about a beautiful deck of playing cards; and some…
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  • 102 Hours: The Story of the Boston Marathon Bombing Told Through Iconography

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:33 am
    In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, a local design studio sought to make sense of the chaotic sequence of events. Using iconography to tell the story, here is the book they created: 102 Hours.
  • Helping Students Deal with Stress and Anxiety

    2 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Students seem to be always stressed out. Tight deadlines, poor time management, balancing school and life, taking too much on. As an educator, I may be on the other side of the fence, but I can totally relate.
  • Guided serendipity: On building IBM’s new design studio

    4 Mar 2014 | 4:25 am
    What happens when a company hires 100 designers—simultaneously? In late 2013 IBM did just that when they debuted IBM Design, a dedicated in-house studio. Their design studio director shares a behind-the-scenes look at how the newly formed team has navigated for possibilities rather than outcomes.
  • Interview with Allan Peters of Target

    3 Mar 2014 | 7:35 am
    “The thought of going in-house initially scared me,” says the associate creative director of Target. “I was worried that I’d have less variety and fewer opportunities to flex my creativity. I couldn’t have been more wrong.” Peters talks about what it’s like to work for one of the most respected in-house design groups around.
  • The Creative Team of the Future

    26 Feb 2014 | 9:19 am
    The Creative Team of the Future, a joint research project between The Creative Group and AIGA, explores key trends shaping the creative profession and how to prepare for challenges and opportunities ahead.
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    JUST™ Creative

  • A Beginner’s Guide to UX & UI Design

    Jacob Cass
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:30 pm
    This article has been contributed by Saha William. User experience (UX) is the end result of User Interface design (UI)… If that’s what you wanted to hear, there you have it. Take it and leave it! However, if you landed on this post with a resolve to understand what UX and UI design truly mean and what makes them apart, then read on as I will gladly unfold the mystery before you in as plain English as possible. So, are you with me? Good! First of all, I’d like to purge the wrong misconception, which most people have in their mind about UX and UI, that the two terms are same…
  • Top 10 E-mail Etiquette Tips During Your Career Search

    Jacob Cass
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    This article has been contributed by Jeffrey. Currently, for the past several years, email communication has proven an effective solution for many purposes. It saves money, time and allows you to find what you want without intermediaries. For this reason, having the company data to which you wish to apply for a job can be very useful. This may help you get a job in no time. There are still many people who believe that it is preferable to deliver their curriculum in person because they think that email is not an effective channel. Social networks are proving to be one of the most effective…
  • The Secret Process of Writing Magnetic Design Briefs

    Jacob Cass
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:17 pm
    *This is a contributed article by Leslie Anglesey. Writing magnetic and effective design briefs is the difference between a successful project and one that stays in the construction phase way past schedule. Your brief needs to clearly and precisely provide the designer with the information they need to do their job. In this article we’ll go over a process you can follow to write a great design brief. It takes practice of course, like everything else. But, once you get the hang of it your jobs becomes that much more efficient. Step #1: Company Profile Synopsis Just break it down so that…
  • Brand Basics: The Importance of Having a Brand Platform

    Jacob Cass
    18 Mar 2014 | 5:11 pm
    This article has been contributed by Andy. Some business owners overlook the importance of a brand. They think that because they don’t manufacture a unique, ground breaking product, they can’t be considered a “brand”. Any business out there can be a brand though – right through from massive names like Coca Cola and Nike, to Wholefoods and Tesco. To put this in perspective, the majority of the items sold by Wholefoods and Tesco are purchased from other companies and brands, but those two supermarkets are still brands within their own right. Your business can be its very own brand too…
  • 16 Great Websites with Unique & Unusual Navigation

    JohnWalker
    10 Mar 2014 | 6:56 am
    This article has been contributed by Alex Bulat. Navigation is an essential component of any website. Comfortable, user-friendly and straightforward to use, navigation creates necessary conditions for every visitor to find what he/she is looking for. In this round-up we’d like to show you number of websites with unique and unusual navigation methods. Diesel On this website the navigation within each category is created in a very unique manner. When clicking each bucket, it zooms a bit, while the area around get blurry. What’s more when you are in the single product view, at the bottom of…
 
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    Logo Design Love

  • Aston Martin logo evolution

    David Airey
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Founded in 1913 by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin as ‘Bamford & Martin Ltd.’ 1914 saw the birth of the name ‘Aston Martin’ following one of Lionel Martin’s successful runs at the Aston Hill Climb in Buckinghamshire, England. 1921-1926 Financial problems plagued the company over the next decade with the business forced to close in 1925 only to be rescued by a group of investors in 1926, forming ‘Aston Martin Motors Ltd.’ One year later, the AM monogram was replaced with the iconic Aston Martin wings. 1927 1930 1932 1939 1947 saw the dawn of the…
  • Islamic Solidarity

    David Airey
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:56 am
    “The Conference of Islamic Solidarity was held in Mecca and sponsored by Saudi Arabia to initiate cultural exchanges between Islamic states. The symbol was formed out of six crescents to represent the six Muslim countries who took part. The configuration is also reminiscent of the band used in Arab headdress.” Classic. Designed by Alan Fletcher in 1968 while part of Crosby Fletcher Forbes, before moving on to co-found Pentagram in 1972. View more from Alan Fletcher (1931-2006) in this excellent archive.
  • New SFA logo axed a few days after launch

    David Airey
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Earlier this month, Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) in Texas unveiled a new logo. It took months to complete, but has already been axed after students and alumni petitioned against it. The new (axed) SFA logo The old (retained) SFA logo Watch a video report on the KLTV website. I can understand why an update was considered because anyone unfamiliar with the original might read it as “9FA” or “SEA.” I always have sympathy for the designers involved when there’s this kind of “trial by social media.” Via Brand New.
  • Jigsaw

    David Airey
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:40 am
    Lovely work by Pentagram partner Emily Oberman for Jigsaw. Jigsaw is the production company of the Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney. “Jigsaw’s name is inspired by the ‘jigsaw’ teaching technique, which makes each student in a class responsible for a different aspect of knowledge of a particular subject. The various perspectives come together to form a full picture and elevate the level of education for all. Gibney uses a similar collaborative strategy in his documentaries, assembling multiple points of view to tell complex stories.” Project…
  • Milton Glaser on the Florence logo

    David Airey
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Earlier this month, Milton Glaser was interviewed by Italian journalist Diana Di Nuzzo about the new logo for the city of Florence. In reference to the similarity with the Prague logo, Milton said, “Not only is [the Florence design] inadequate and doesn’t serve its purpose, but it is also stolen. How embarrassing can you get?” He went on to comment about Florence’s decision to use a design contest to produce the result. “When you had a thousand submissions there was no possibility that the best could be selected. You can’t select the best from a thousand…
 
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    CSS-Tricks

  • 12 Little-Known CSS Facts

    Chris Coyier
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Sometimes these types of articles are cheezy and filled with fairly obvious stuff, but not when Louis Lazaris does them. All of these are pretty non-obvious. Direct Link to Article — Permalink 12 Little-Known CSS Facts is a post from CSS-Tricks
  • Improve the payment experience with animations

    Chris Coyier
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Nice stuff by Michaël Villar. Tasteful, subtle, informative animations is a trend I can be behind. Reminds me of the nice stuff Val Head has been teaching, Hakim El Hattab's experiments, Codrops examples, Pasquale D’Silva's thinking, Effeckt.css... Direct Link to Article — Permalink Improve the payment experience with animations is a post from CSS-Tricks
  • Animating SVG with CSS

    Chris Coyier
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    There isn't just one way to animate SVG. There is the <animate> tag that goes right into the SVG code. There are libraries that help with it like Snap.svg or SVG.js. We're going to look at another way: using inline SVG (SVG code right inside HTML) and animating the parts right through CSS. I played with this personally recently as my Alma mater Wufoo was looking to freshen up the advertising graphic we're running here. My latest design around here uses SVG quite a bit and I thought this would be another perfect opportunity to use it some more. The finished product is pretty simple.
  • How to Deal with Merge Conflicts in Git

    Guest Author
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The following is a guest post by by Tobias Günther. Tobias works for Tower, the Git client for Mac and authored the new (free) book Learn Version Control with Git - A step-by-step guide for the complete beginner. Tobias is going to share a bit of information about a very uncomfortable moment when using Git: the merge conflict. Everybody has a list of things they don't like: an appointment at the dentist, a traffic jam, or a canceled flight. When I was preparing my book, I wasn't surprised that a lot of designers and developers would add merge conflicts to this list without hesitation.
  • Features Are Complicated

    Chris Coyier
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Why can't I edit my tweets?! Twitter should allow that. It's so simple right? CRUD apps (Create, Read, Update, and Delete) are app-building 101! What a gross oversight. But wait. Just as a fun nerdy little exercise, let's think about what a feature like this might take for the Twitter team. I don't work there or have any inside knowledge, so this is all hypothetical for the sake of understanding app development. Should you be able to edit any tweet you've ever tweeted at any time? Or should you just have a few minutes to do it until it locks? Do you offer this to everyone? Opt-in?
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    DevWebPro

  • Most Popular Websites Disavowed by Webmasters!

    Ritu Sharma
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    Recently, Google has made much noise with its disavow tool, penalizing websites for backlink related issues. The most recent one being MyBlogGuest. If you have done any link building in the past and are worried about getting the manual spam action mail from Google anytime possible, then there is a slight clue for you to determine which links are worth keeping and which are not. www.removeem.com, a professional backlink removal tool has come up with a list of the most popular 99 websites which are removed by webmasters. It is assumed that most of the websites in the list are probably on the…
  • Google Announces Cloud DNS, Has a Wide Variety of Uses

    Chris Crum
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    Google made a bunch of announcements about its Cloud Platform earlier this week, including Cloud DNS, a Domain Name System services to give developers a “highly available, reliable, and inexpensive “way to publish DNS zones and records. Google previously blogged about some of its other big announcements like price drops, sustained-use discounts, managed virtual machines, expanded Compute Engine support, real-time big data with BigQuery, and some other developer tools. In a new blog post, Google is talking more about Cloud DNS. Developers can use the Cloud DNS API to manage their own…
  • Price Drop For Google Cloud Platform Announced

    Chris Crum
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:42 am
    Google announced on Tuesday at its Cloud Platform Live event that it is lowering prices on Cloud Platform, and launching cloud-based DevOps tooling, Managed Virtual Machines (VM) for App Engine, real-time Big Data analytics with BigQuery. On the pricing, Google SVP of Technical Infrastructure Urs Hölzle says, “The original promise of cloud computing was simple: virtualize hardware, pay only for what you use, with no upfront capital expenditures and lower prices than on-premise solutions. But pricing hasn’t followed Moore’s Law: over the past five years, hardware costs improved…
  • 8 Hours Of Google’s Developer Day Livestream [Video]

    Chris Crum
    21 Mar 2014 | 5:58 am
    Google held (and livestreamed) its Developer Day at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The recording, which is over 8 hours long, is now up for all to view. Dig in. Below is the full agenda via the GDC site, so you know what your’e in for. 10:00-10:15am Developer Day Kick-Off 10:15-10:45am Growth Hacking with Play Games Let’s look at how you can harness the incredible growth of Google Play Games to rapidly expand the user base of your game, and how Play Games assists in discovery, engagement and retention. 10:45-11:15am Engaging Your Entire Community Your player…
  • All Developers Now Able To use Amazon AppStream

    Zach Walton
    14 Mar 2014 | 7:04 am
    Last year, Amazon introduced AppStream as a way to help developers deliver applications to consumers through the cloud. The proposed benefit was that developers could deliver applications to consumers regardless of their hardware thanks to the application running on cloud servers. It’s been in beta since it was announced, but now it’s finally ready. Amazon announced this morning that AppStream is finally out of beta and available to all developers. Going forward, developers will be able to utilize Amazon Web Services to host applications on the cloud that are then streamed to…
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    Design Shack

  • This Week in Design: April 18, 2014

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am going to confess right now. I am a little obsessed with typography this week. And there’s been plenty happening in the world of type, making it the theme of this week in design. Every week, we plan to a look at major product releases and upgrades, tools and tricks and even some of the most popular things you are talking about on social media. And we’d love to hear what’s going on in your world as well. Have we missed anything? Drop me a line at carrie@designshack.net. There’s a ‘Neue’ Comic Sans in Town Comic Sans has long been at the end of many designer jokes. The light…
  • Design Dilemma: Are You the Right Person for the Right Job?

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    You show a prospective client your portfolio. They like it, hire you and the project starts. You deliver sketches and then, after everything is approved, the finished design. The client then informs you the solution didn’t meet his/her “vision” and refuses all offers to adjust the work to meet his/her vision. Final payment and further contact from the client never happen. The Dilemma Citra A. writes: I love your design dilemma blog! I was just wondering how you handle clients who refuse pay the remaining part of a down payment? FYI, I’m a student, freelance designer…
  • Paper 101: Quick Start Guide for Print Projects

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:49 am
    While most principles and tenets of design are pretty universal, printing is not. For anyone jumping to a different medium (online to print) or even one medium to another, it is vital to know just what you need and will get when working on a print job. Elements such as paper stock, paper size, coating and fold can significantly impact how a design is put together for a printed project. Here’s a guide to help you get started and better understand the ins and outs of printed projects. Paper Stock Before you even start designing, it is a good idea to know what exactly you are designing for.
  • This Week in Design: April 11, 2014

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    What do the Webby Awards, a mix of art and architecture, and a colorization tutorial have in common? They can all be sources of design inspiration. This week we look at some great work, from websites to photos to art, and tools to help you feel more in control of your design life. Every week, we plan to a look at major product releases and upgrades, tools and tricks and even some of the most popular things you are talking about on social media. And we’d love to hear what’s going on in your world as well. Have we missed anything? Drop me a line at carrie@designshack.net. Webby Awards…
  • Glossary of Design Jargon – New & Old (Part 2)

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    While some design jargon is fairly new, other terms date hundreds of years. While meanings may not have changed that much, some applications have. In order for designers and clients to communicate effectively everyone needs to understand the lingo. We are going to break down some of the terminology, by design type, in hopes of making it easier for both designers and clients to communicate more effectively. Here’s a guide to what it all means with 12 terms each in the categories of print design and type design. Go back and read Part 1 for terms related to general design and web design. Print…
 
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    CSS Drive News

  • Responsive Iconic Menu

    webmaster@REMOVETHIScssdrive.com
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    A sleek CSS3 horizontal menu bar that stays tucked away until the user clicks on an icon, revealing the menu.
  • scrollMagic

    webmaster@REMOVETHIScssdrive.com
    16 Mar 2014 | 6:56 am
    A jQuery plugin for doing cool scroll related animations such as parallax.
  • Grid: A simple guide to responsive design

    webmaster@REMOVETHIScssdrive.com
    24 Feb 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Awesome, one page guide to responsive design.
  • jQuery 1.11 and 2.1 Released

    webmaster@REMOVETHIScssdrive.com
    27 Jan 2014 | 4:33 pm
    The new versions improve upon performance such as lower startup times plus availability as a npm package (for use in node or browserify).
  • PhysicsJS

    webmaster@REMOVETHIScssdrive.com
    26 Nov 2013 | 12:28 am
    A JavaScript 2D Physics engine to add some nice physics effects to your code.
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    Boagworld - Web & Digital Advice

  • Sunny coastlines and micro payments

    Paul Boag
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    On the first show of season nine we talk to a web developer working on a council website and discuss online donations.Become a digital leader in your organisation! Paul’s new book Digital Adaptation will empower you to bring about real change in your organisation. Only then will it be in the position to get the most from digital… Learn more.Paul Boag: On the first show of Season 9 we talk to a web developer working for a council website, and discuss online donations. Featured Person — Steve Fuery (Bass Coast Council) Featured Project — CentUp Links mentioned in the show Hello…
  • When it comes to designing websites, distance doesn’t matter

    Paul Boag
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do not base your selection of web design agency on their location. Skills and relationship matter more.Become a digital leader in your organisation! Paul’s new book Digital Adaptation will empower you to bring about real change in your organisation. Only then will it be in the position to get the most from digital… Learn more.One of the main reasons we lose work at Headscape is because prospective clients feel like they need to hire a local agency. Ironically, this is especially true of London clients who are only an hour and a half down the road from us! All the more ironic when…
  • Are you getting the basics of analytics right?

    Paul Boag
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Monitoring website analytics is an important part of evolving your site. Unfortunately many of us aren't monitoring enough and look at the wrong things.Become a digital leader in your organisation! Paul’s new book Digital Adaptation will empower you to bring about real change in your organisation. Only then will it be in the position to get the most from digital… Learn more.I think if we are honest most of us are floundering around when it comes to website analytics. We know they are important, but are not quite sure what to do with the data we collect. After opening the default…
  • Are you taking conversion seriously?

    Paul Boag
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you want to see a return on investment from your website it involves a long term commitment to optimisation.Become a digital leader in your organisation! Paul’s new book Digital Adaptation will empower you to bring about real change in your organisation. Only then will it be in the position to get the most from digital… Learn more.It amazes me how many website owners don’t seem to care about the performance of their website. They say that it should generate a return on investment, but they do nothing to make that happen. They launch their site and walk away. Driving…
  • How much are you willing to invest in design?

    Paul Boag
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Be careful that your tender process does not undermine the design of your website or mobile application.Become a digital leader in your organisation! Paul’s new book Digital Adaptation will empower you to bring about real change in your organisation. Only then will it be in the position to get the most from digital… Learn more.Few tasks take a specific amount of time. You could wash your car in 10 minutes or 2 hours. It depends on how much time you are willing to spend doing it. The longer you spend (within reason) the better the results. The same is true with user interface…
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    CSS Newbie

  • The Pixelize jQuery Plugin

    Rob Glazebrook
    22 Mar 2014 | 8:55 am
    I am unabashedly and unreasonably fond of pixel art. To that end, I've created a simple jQuery plugin that can turn a JavaScript array into CSS pixel art.Related ReadingBouncing Balls in the HTML5 CanvasSimple Table Column HighlightingA JavaScript Currency Conversion ScriptMaking a Sphere in CSSA Pure CSS Bouncing Ball
  • Bouncing Balls in the HTML5 Canvas

    Rob Glazebrook
    3 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here's a fun demo I put together using the HTML5 canvas, aided by the excellent sketch.js framework. I'm creating a whole bunch of semi-transparent balls and bouncing them around on the screen. The demo definitely requires a modern browser (Chrome/Firefox/IE9+).Related ReadingA JavaScript Currency Conversion ScriptA Pure CSS Bouncing BallThe Pixelize jQuery PluginMaking a Sphere in CSSSimple Table Column Highlighting
  • Sizing Images Responsively

    Rob Glazebrook
    31 Jan 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Images are sort of a special beast in the HTML animal kingdom. They're technically inline elements, but they don't really behave like them. This can cause trouble in responsive web designs. Happily, the fix is simple, safe, and effective.Related ReadingMaking a Sphere in CSSThe Pixelize jQuery PluginSimple Table Column HighlightingEmbedding Video in a Responsive SiteA Pure CSS Bouncing Ball
  • Embedding Video in a Responsive Site

    Rob Glazebrook
    23 Jan 2014 | 8:25 pm
    You've just found the perfect cat video to share with all your friends. You post it to your fancy responsive website, but whoops: the video doesn't fit! Let's fix that.Related ReadingSizing Images ResponsivelyA Pure CSS Bouncing BallThe Pixelize jQuery PluginSimple Table Column HighlightingMaking a Sphere in CSS
  • Simple Table Column Highlighting

    Rob Glazebrook
    6 Jan 2014 | 1:47 pm
    One design technique I've always enjoyed is highlighting the row and column of any cell that the user hovers over. Highlighting table rows is easy, but columns are hard. Or so I thought. Using table cols vastly simplifies the process.Related ReadingThe Pixelize jQuery PluginSizing Images ResponsivelyBouncing Balls in the HTML5 CanvasMaking a Sphere in CSSA Pure CSS Bouncing Ball
 
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    DzineBlog.com

  • Planning your Creative Ideas from Conception to Fruition

    Jake Rocheleau
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    Advertise here with BSAIt takes a lot of practice and effort to become a successful creative artist. Whether it’s in writing, design, 3D modeling, development, or any similar field. Creative ideas typically happen on-the-fly and usually branch off from a separate thought pattern. When the idea strikes you should take action and get it down before you have the chance to forget. This article will cover some techniques for planning out your creative ideas. The initial concept needs to be refined in order to produce something magnificent. I’ll focus primarily on design ideas but you…
  • 30 Websites to find Creative Photography Inspiration

    Jake Rocheleau
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Advertise here with BSAI couldn’t possibly overstate the need for digital photography. Graphic designers love to use creative commons photos in digital work, but these same photos can also prove useful to an online journalist or editor. The need for digital photographs has risen tremendously in the past decade. Thankfully modern Internet technologies have been advancing just as quickly. This gallery includes a handful of resources for locating photographs online. Some will provide creative commons licensing while others may be solely for inspiration. Whether you’re a photographer…
  • Exclusive iStock Promo Codes for Our Readers – April 2014

    brantwilson
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Advertise here with BSAApril 2014 iStock Promo Codes Believe it or not, iStock promo codes are hard to find but today you’re in luck! Now through April 30, iStock is offering a 10% off all credit packs exclusively for dzineblog readers! This 10% code is for new accounts and only for credit packs (not image subscriptions). How to use this iStock coupon code: Click on the button above to unlock your iStock Promo code. Select your desired credit package (the more credits you buy, the bigger your savings) Enter the promo code at the bottom of the page and click the “Next” button. Review…
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    Popular Wallpapers on Desktop Nexus

  • Beautiful Eyes

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Beautiful EyesA new wallpaper has been posted to the People gallery on Desktop Nexus.Uploaded By: sandroseCategory: Models FemaleDate Uploaded: 04/17/14Native Resolution: 1600x1200Points: +4Download Count: 0View This Wallpaper Now - View Wallpaper Comments (2)
  • a gentle orchid

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    a gentle orchidA new wallpaper has been posted to the Abstract gallery on Desktop Nexus.Uploaded By: desertwindCategory: PhotographyDate Uploaded: 04/17/14Native Resolution: 1680x1260Points: +4Download Count: 0View This Wallpaper Now - View Wallpaper Comments (3)
  • Red Beauty

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    Red BeautyA new wallpaper has been posted to the Abstract gallery on Desktop Nexus.Uploaded By: Beautiful-LifeCategory: PhotographyDate Uploaded: 04/14/14Native Resolution: 1045x1043Points: +3Download Count: 0View This Wallpaper Now - View Wallpaper Comments (1)
  • Please, Help Me HomeWork And I After Help You Brother

    8 Apr 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Please, Help Me HomeWork And I After Help You BrotherA new wallpaper has been posted to the Anime gallery on Desktop Nexus.Uploaded By: PhantomRFCategory: OtherDate Uploaded: 04/08/14Native Resolution: 1440x810Points: +3Download Count: 0View This Wallpaper Now
  • Free Time and Club Lesson

    8 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Free Time and Club LessonA new wallpaper has been posted to the Anime gallery on Desktop Nexus.Uploaded By: PhantomRFCategory: OtherDate Uploaded: 04/08/14Native Resolution: 1280x889Points: 0Download Count: 0View This Wallpaper Now
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    About.com Web Design / HTML

  • Writing HTML in Notepad

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Notepad is a text editor that comes free with every copy of Microsoft Windows. There is no need to get anything else when you want to write HTML. You can create complex and beautiful pages using Notepad. Learn how easy it is to Write HTML in Notepad More Notepad Help Find Notepad on Your Windows Machine Notepad, Not WordPad Adding Content to a Notepad Created Web Page Styling a Notepad Created Page
  • Font sizes - 12px is too small

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I am often asked what sizes I recommend for various aspects of web pages. How wide should a design be? How big should images be? How tall should fonts be? In my opinion, the first two questions can be answered most accurately with the statement “It depends.” This is because the design width should depend upon how wide the device viewing it is (in other words, you should use responsive web design) and also the content that is going to be displayed on the page. The size of your images depends on both what you're using the images for and how your clients access your site. But font…
  • I love lists

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Perhaps it's the Myers-Briggs J in me, but lists are appealing to me. And when I went to a conference led by Molly Holzschlag where she showed us that nearly everything in life (and web design) is a list, I was in heaven. Of course, most people I talk to don't get as excited about styling unordered lists (and ordered lists and definition lists...) as I do. But trust me, go forth and use lists! You won't be sorry! Image courtesy James Braund / Digital Vision / Getty Images
  • Spring cleaning for your website

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This time of year inspires me to do two things: 1. lay outside in my hammock and 2. organize and clean my house. But there's no reason why you can't organize and clean your website too, especially when it's too chilly to lay in the hammock. These two articles will help you find a few things to do to give your site an update even if you don't have time for a full-on redesign. Read the articles: Tips for Improving Your Web Designs and Organize Your Website
  • Web Design Businesses - Start with a Business Plan

    7 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If you're ready to start a work-from-home business as a web designer, there are a lot of things you need to do to prepare and be ready. The key is creating a business plan. If you treat your home business like a business from the start you'll be better off in the long run and have a more lucrative business. Read the article: Learn How to Write a Professional Web Design Business Plan Image courtesy Visage / Stockbyte / Getty Images
 
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    Clerkendweller : Web Security, Usability and Design

  • Data Subject Breach Notification and Privacy Impact

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:43 am
    The EC Article 29 Working Party has published an opinion offering guidance to data controllers to help them to decide whether to notify data subjects in case of a personal data breach. Opinion 03/2014 on Personal Data Breach Notification provides advice to telecomms companies subject to mandatory breach notification under Directive 2002/58/EC. Whilst most readers of this blog will not work in this sector, the guidance itself is useful for consideration in any sector. The opinion recommends organisations should be proactive and plan appropriately. It illustrates the effects of confidentiality,…
  • Consultation on UK Cyber Essentials Scheme

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:58 pm
    As mentioned previously, the UK government has now published a draft cyber security standard and assurance framework for SMEs. The relevant documents for the Cyber Essentials Scheme are: Summary Requirements for Basic Technical Protection from Cyber Attacks Proposed Assurance Framework Test Specification The test specification includes "basic web application scanning for [four] common vulnerabilities [in unauthenticated areas only]" , which doesn't seem to be at a level that would be adequate for even the simplest brochureware website. And other types of application, such as mobile apps, are…
  • Criminal.UK

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Nominet, the .uk country code top level domain name registry, has announced an upcoming change to its terms and conditions which expressly prohibits any .uk domains (and from 2014 .cymru and .wales) being used to carry out criminal activity. In the announcement, Nominet explains how it will be working with existing bodies, who are able to alert it to criminal activity on a .uk domain name: National Crime Agency, new anti serious and organised crime agency working with other UK and international law enforcement organisations Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA),…
  • Third-Party Tracking Cookie Revelations

    9 Apr 2014 | 2:02 am
    A new draft paper describes how the capture of tracking cookies can be used for mass surveillance, and where other personal information is leaked by web sites, build up a wider picture of a person's real-world identity. Dillon Reisman, Steven Englehardt, Christian Eubank, Peter Zimmerman, and Arvind Narayanan at Princeton University's Department of Computer Science investigated how someone with passive access to a network could glean information from observing HTTP cookies in transit. The authors explain how pseudo-anonymous third-party cookies can be tied together without having to rely on…
  • Do You Know OWASP AppSensor on Twitter?

    7 Apr 2014 | 4:31 am
    At the weekend I received an email message from Twitter to OWASP Cornucopia with the subject line "Do you know OWASP AppSensor on Twitter?". That's a "yes". I am a Project Leader for both of these OWASP projects with their own Twitter accounts: @OWASPCornucopia @appsensor Good guess Twitter! My own Twitter account is @clerkendweller. Do You Know OWASP AppSensor on Twitter? Clerkendweller
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    AndySowards.com :: Web Design, Development, Programming

  • Codelobster Review – Free PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript editor (IDE)

    Andy Sowards
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetThe ever evolving workflow of a developer is more important than ever. In a time where code editors come and go with the setting of the sun, we are always looking for the latest and the greatest, or even just something a little different. We have tried Today we have reviewed Codelobster PHP Edition.What Is Codelobster?Codelobster PHP Edition streamlines and simplifies the PHP development process. You don’t need to keep in mind the names of functions, arguments, tags or their attributes — we’ve implemented all these for you with autocomplete…
  • 50+ Epic Wedding Photography & Engagement Ideas

    Andy Sowards
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:39 am
    Advertise here with BSATweetNothing is quite as beautiful as love. Except maybe photography :). When you find that special someone, you want the memories to last a lifetime – so you want them to be timeless, but also you want them to be FUN (duh). The more creative the better, or just keep it simple so that they are timeless. Whatever your style there are plenty of epic engagement photo ideas here along with some excellent examples of Wedding Photography. Whether you are getting engaged, or married, or trying to help a friend with some ideas – share this post around and spread…
  • How to Make A Slideshow with 3D Animation Effects – Tips & Examples

    Andy Sowards
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Advertise here with BSATweetSometimes you just need a quick, easy to make slideshow that looks professional and can be seen easily in a few different mediums, whether you are speaking at an event or need to whip something up for a local business meeting or even something you might not think about, a funeral, or commemorating an anniversary or something you want to be remembered. Needing to create a slideshow on short notice without knowing where to turn can be frustrating so thankfully these days software makes life easier – but there are so many slideshow solutions out there it can be…
  • Textures to improve Webdesign + Free Textures!

    Andy Sowards
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    Advertise here with BSATweetA Website and its homepage design is the face of any company today. Creative web design can make your homepage more attractive. It is an art combined with creativity and technology.Web design gives a shape and look to a website and the color scheme sets the mood. But texture plays an important role in designing of the webpage. It gives beautiful look to the webpage. The main object of the texture is to seek the attention of visitors. Texture gives depth to the object. This depth is useful for showcasing the object in three dimensional (3D) views. After attention…
  • How to Choose a Webhost and Shopping Cart Service for Your Website

    Andy Sowards
    10 Mar 2014 | 8:54 am
    Advertise here with BSATweetOnline shopping is now a completely normal part of modern life. Let’s say that you just do not have time this week to visit the local grocery store. Instead, you pop onto the website, choose what you want, add it to your shopping cart and pay for it. The goods will reach you within a few hours, or at a time you choose, or alternatively you can visit the store and simply pick them up and bring them to your car. Whatever option you choose, it’s what’s convenient and easiest for you, and at no time did you have to rearrange your schedule to wedge in…
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    Web Design Ledger

  • Examples of Well Designed Contact Pages

    David Edwards
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Advertise here with BSAOften, with websites, the contact page is one of the most neglected pages on the site. Once everything else has been designed it’s pretty easy to just put up a contact page with an email address on it and let the user do the rest of the work, but that’s an approach that lacks elegance. Good contact pages solve a purpose – they guide the user to contact the correct department and give the right information. In the case of freelance designers and small design shops, contact pages can aim to coax information like what sort of budget range the visitor has, what sort…
  • 9 Free Icon Sets to Diversify your Library

    Gisele Muller
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Advertise here with BSAEvery designer needs to be ready to go wherever their projects take them. This is why you need to have a diverse library to count on. To help you with this task, we have some very stylish free icon sets to share. From weather to food and much more, you will have some fresh and beautiful icons to count on for your next project. Enjoy. 61 Outlined Weather Icons Collection In The Kitchen – Free Icon Set Line icon set for UI & more Cooking icons set Weather icons pack Flatty Icon Pack Free Set Colorful Ficons Icons 42+ Flat Icons Set Free Icons for the Weather…
  • 11 Inspiring Examples of Textures and Patterns in Web Design

    Gisele Muller
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:41 am
    Advertise here with BSAHere at WDL we like to browse the web to find inspiring websites to show our readers. Every week we like to gather lists based on styles, trends and nice elements we believe you will like it. Elements like textures and patterns, which have been around for a while and are still being used to give depth and personality to web designs. From subtle textured headers to complete backgrounds, there are several different approaches to including these elements in your designs. And the right use of textures and patterns can certainly result in inspiring results. Curious Space…
  • 5 Tips to Make Your Website Convert More Visitors

    Jared Chelf
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    Advertise here with BSAA site that simply looks good and draws an audience isn’t enough. If you’re missing even one vital element for an effective website, you’re missing out on conversions. The good news is that even small changes to your site can pay off in big numbers—and quickly. Here are 5 tips to make your website convert more visitors. 1. Keep it simple You’ve crammed graphics, content and every other element you can think of onto your landing page, hoping that an informed visitor is a motivated visitor. The fact is, your overwhelmed audience is far more likely to bounce off…
  • Colorful Logos for Your Inspiration

    Gisele Muller
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Advertise here with BSAWe’ve rounded up some examples of logo designs that make excellent use of color. Some of these are bold and bright, while others possess more muted colors, but each of them have been designed beautifully with extreme care and detail. There’s something quite fun and invigorating about a design that isn’t afraid to use a plethora of colors. Enjoy!
 
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    Web Design Views

  • New for Designers in March 2014

    Carol Francis
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    There is always a lot of news and resources appearing around the internet for designers, and it can be difficult to keep up with everything, especially if you are busy. Here is a collection of some of the resources that became available or were updated in March 2014. This list includes online resources, jQuery plugins and .psd downloads. New Resources in March 2014 Appmethod This single code base platform for creating native apps for different operating systems with minimal effort was launched on 18th March 2014 by developers Embarcadero. The features include: UI – Components that provide a…
  • The What, Why and How of User Personas

    Armen Ghazarian
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:52 am
    One of the few proven ways to be successful in any business is to understand your customer’s needs and deliver quality products or services that satisfy those needs in the best way possible. Yes, it does sound too bookish but the truth is knowing your end user is the kernel of a customer-oriented business model. Though it seems to be a generally acknowledged and elementary principle but oftentimes entrepreneurs get so drawn away by their business idea and the profits it is going to generate that eventually they end up forgetting about the end user and selling what is already built instead…
  • Scrolling Animations: Examples, Tutorials and jQuery Plugins

    Carol Francis
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    In recent years we have seen a lot of scrolling effects and a lot of animation effects taking root in website design. More recently we are seeing the two put together, giving scrolling animations: animations that are triggered by the user scrolling down, up or across the page (or a mixture of all directions). Advancements in HTML and CSS, helped by some amazing jQuery plugins are helping this trend to gather speed. So today we are bringing you a selection of examples of websites featuring scrolling animations, some tutorials and a list of jQuery plugins to help you achieve these effects.
  • 28 Creative Digital Cartoon Illustrations

    Carol Francis
    21 Mar 2014 | 12:42 pm
    We are very used to cartoons from Disney, Warner Bros, etc., but cartoons can be very varied types of art and illustration. A cartoon was originally a preparatory sketch or drawing for a piece of art – particularly paintings and tapestries. Some artists use existing concepts, such as films, TV shows, console games, etc., and some take characters from their own imagination, drawing inspiration from children, pets, fantasy, etc. Many of today’s cartoons are based on existing films, TV shows, console games, etc., however, some are straight from the artist’s imagination or inspired by a…
  • 6 Successful Ways to Manage Your Design Projects

    Gabrielle Gosha
    17 Mar 2014 | 8:55 am
    Did you know that disorganization, lack of resources and scope creep are among the top reasons why your projects fail? Regardless of whether you are a member of the design community or a different field altogether you probably already know that project management is vital to the success of your projects. Designers and developers more often than not take on more than one project at a time. Likewise some are more successful than others when it comes down to getting these tasks actually finished and handed over to the client. Starting and finishing your projects can seem like a daunting task but…
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    Blog@PixelCrayons™

  • What’s New in WordPress 3.9 “Smith”? A Lot!

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    WordPress is one of the most popular blogging software used by most leading websites and blogs to update and manage the content systematically and very easily. There has been many tutorials and learning videos to help you set up a website on your own, also there are many servers and hosting platforms that offer pre-installed […]
  • Useful Tips for Android Developers to Enhance and Rule the Process

    admin
    14 Jan 2014 | 3:18 am
    Android apps have become rather popular amongst the users. Additional to providing the entertainment with fun as well, these have contributed to the growth of a sudden and exploding business productivity and management. There is no wonder about it that such a widespread demand for the development of Android apps is inevitable. And the discussion […]
  • 10 Open Source Tools which made PHP popular

    admin
    7 Jan 2014 | 3:40 am
    Here, in this article, I have listed 10 of the most popular Open Source PHP based Content Management Systems (CMS). To understand the secret behind the popularity of PHP based CMS tools; first we need to answer this question, what is meant by CMS? There are multiple CMS solutions available, from paid solutions to superb […]
  • Mobile Traffic Goes Up in 2013, But Why Are Conversions Still Low?

    admin
    31 Dec 2013 | 2:00 am
    The inspiration of writing this post came into our mind from one of our previous posts – where we talked about the digitalization in 2014. 2014 is going to be more digital as compared to 2013, specially on mobile front. 2013 has been quite a reckoning as far as mobile Internet usage is concerned. Most […]
  • How 2014 is going to be More Digital?

    admin
    29 Dec 2013 | 10:18 pm
    In one of our previous posts, we have talked about ecommerce design trends for 2013 and this post is more likely about digitalization in 2014. 2013 has been a magnificent year for digital technology and Internet landscape, where we witnessed paradigm shift in search algorithms, social media, advertising and analytics. Gone are the days when […]
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    Six Revisions

  • The Future of WordPress

    Jacob Gube
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Starting with just a simple line of code 11 years ago, WordPress has evolved to become the platform of more than 74 million websites. Even with a vast array of competitors offering similar functionality, WordPress still dominates the CMS market with a 21.9% market share. I have had a more detailed look at WordPress than most. I have contributed to 6 releases of WordPress, including work in the XML-RPC API (in 3.4) and WP_Image_Editor class (in 3.5). I have also been involved in an upcoming release (3.9). As we look toward the future of WordPress, it is important to evaluate current practices…
  • How to Make Distributed Design Teams Work

    Jacob Gube
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    With more and more technology companies adopting remote working environments, having team members in different parts of the world is not uncommon any more. Remote working comes with many benefits, but also unique challenges. The biggest perk of working remotely is you are able to give all members the option to live and work where they are most productive. It’s often easier to stay focused without the day-to-day distractions of commuting to work and normal office interruptions. But as we mentioned, many challenges persist. Communication can be difficult. Team-building can be very tough.
  • Wireframes vs. Prototypes: What’s the Difference?

    Jacob Gube
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    A wireframe is not the same as a prototype but even seasoned design professionals can sometimes get the two terms mixed up. It’s time to set things straight once and for all, since (semantics aside) the difference between a wireframe and a prototype is actually quite substantial. Editor’s note: This is an article by Marcin Treder, CEO of UXPin. Wireframe A wireframe is a low-fidelity representation of a product’s design. It has three simple objectives; the clear presentation of: Main groups of information Layout/structure of information Core visualization and descriptions of…
  • 5 CSS Effects Libraries for Supercharging Your Designs

    Jacob Gube
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    CSS3 gives designers many new properties and modules (like the CSS Animations and CSS Transitions modules) that allow them to add fascinating interactivity onto their work. If you want to take advantage of these modern CSS capabilities, one quick way to do that would be to use (or study) CSS effects libraries. Let me talk about a few open source collections of CSS that will help you craft great transitional interfaces. 1. Animate.css Animate.css is a collection of over 60 CSS effects by Daniel Eden, a designer at Dropbox. Daniel Eden’s work on Animate.css is an inspiration to some of…
  • 10 Open Source Blogging Platforms for Developers

    Jacob Gube
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Mainstream blogging platforms like WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, etc. aren’t designed for hackers. They’re encumbered by features developers just don’t need or want. And, out of the box, the popular blogging platforms certainly lack a lot things coders actually would want, such as code syntax highlighting, blog theming capabilities using a standardized templating engine, markup language support besides HTML, and integration with source code repositories, among other things. If you’re looking for a blogging solution that’s programmer-friendly, you’ve come to…
 
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    Chris Wallace

  • Introducing the Worldview Theme: Beautiful Storytelling

    Chris Wallace
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:52 pm
    We’ve been hard at work on a new theme at UpThemes called Worldview. This theme is the result of months of hard work, tweaking and refining the design to pixel perfection. My goals for the Worldview theme were simple: 1. Make it easy to publish beautiful content. With Worldview, our main priority was to offer a theme that can truly stand out as a work of art without being packed with gaudy options and a bloated codebase. The beautiful typography and photography elements offer a sophisticated appearance that can enhance the impact of your posts and stories. 2. Make it easy to browse…
  • Rebooting

    Chris Wallace
    18 Dec 2013 | 2:31 pm
    So apparently my former hosting company decided to delete my hosting account without telling me. Fortunately, I had already migrated our important sites to a new host, but I did lose all the content from my personal site. I was sort of planning to refresh my blog anyway, so it appears to be serendipitous. Make sure to keep an eye on my blog, as I will be posting all sorts of nuggety tidbits of knowledge on running a design/dev shop, home automation, McKinney, Texas, the St. Louis Cardinals, and much more. Stay tuned, y’all! The post Rebooting appeared first on Chris Wallace.
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    Function

  • 15 Time Saving Photoshop Plugins

    Liam McKay
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Photoshop has it’s limitations, which means we have to find interesting ways around certain problems. This can eat up a lot of time. Here’s some incredible plugins to help you get some of that time back. Pixel2Vector Pixel2Vector is a very impressive tool that converts any pixel graphics to a fully scalable vector shape. It seems to work really well and I’ve never seen anything like this before. Looks like a real time saver for sure. Video Demonstration WebZap WebZap is a web developer panel extension for Adobe Photoshop that is designed to help streamline the design…
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    Line25

  • Line25 Sites of the Week for April 18th 2014

    Chris Spooner
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Filehaven, Intercore, FLYR, Lincoln Jay and The Meat. Filehaven View the website Intercore View the website FLYR View the website Lincoln Jay View the website The Meat View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for April 18th 2014 appeared first on Line25.
  • 20 Minimal Web Designs That Don’t Rely on Images

    Chris Spooner
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    We usually see websites these days with bright loud photography spanning the full page, but some minimalists can still create great looking designs without any images at all. Today’s showcase presents over 20 designs that don’t rely on pretty pictures, these sites feature no photographic headers or background images, instead you’ll find clear typography and perfect grid based layouts. Alexander Collin Yaron Schoen Patrick Algrim Navigating Medicare Mark Boulton Kyle Penn Minimal Monkey Ten & Bourne Elliot Jay Stocks Nicola Potts The Office of Jason James Studio Källbom…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for April 11th 2014

    Chris Spooner
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Grovemade, Elliot Condon, Wifeel, Shapeshift and Made by Few 2014 Conference. Grovemade View the website Elliot Condon View the website Wifeel View the website Shapeshift View the website Made by Few 2014 Conference View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for April 11th 2014 appeared first on Line25.
  • 20 Tasty Website Designs from the Food Industry

    Chris Spooner
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    It’s always interesting to browse different styles of website designs from other industries. We’ve seen large images used in web design before, but the food industry in particular really whets your appetite with enticing photos of delicious meals. These images clearly introduce the nature of the site and make an immediate connection to the hungry viewer. Check out this showcase of 20 website designs for restaurants and services in the food industry. Now, who’s hungry?! Munchery Molly & Me Pecans Blackhouse Lemonade MarketPlace Florentina The Claw Bar Whoa Nelly Catering…
  • Line25 Sites of the Week for April 4th 2014

    Chris Spooner
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Line25 Sites of the Week is a weekly roundup of the most outstanding website designs that I stumble across during my every day browsing. In this week’s collection, we have designs from Dropify, Kin HR, WDG, Brand Aid and InVision. Dropify View the website Kin HR View the website WDG View the website Brand Aid View the website InVision View the website The post Line25 Sites of the Week for April 4th 2014 appeared first on Line25.
 
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    code.tutsplus.com

  • Creating a Node Web App With Hapi and Twilio Integration

    Carter Rabasa
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    As a developer evangelist for Twilio, I spend a lot of time going to events.  When I’m chatting with event organizers and they realize I work for Twilio, one of the most common requests they have is for me is a simple application they can use to power voting at their events. Generally they are trying to solicit feedback from their attendees and SMS is the one of the only apps that everyone has installed.Their requirements generally include letting people vote using SMS, preventing people from voting more than once and sometimes displaying real-time results of the voting. Over time,…
  • Routing Overview & Basics in Symfony 2

    Andrew Perkins
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Today we're going to work more with Symfony 2 where we'll explore the basics of building web applications using this awesome framework. Symfony 2 Routing IntroductionIn the last video, I said we'd take a look at controllers next, but I actually feel it may be easier to learn the framework in a slightly different order. Instead, we're going to learn about the basics of Symfony 2 routing, to give our applications clean and pretty URLs and make it easy to manage our applications URLs and links. We're not going to get too detailed, as Symfony's routing can do quite a bit, but we'll at…
  • How to Use New Relic With PHP & WordPress

    Alan Skorkin
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    We've previously covered how to set up New Relic for a Rails app, as well as spent a lot of time looking at how to use the New Relic UI. And while the UI is very similar regardless of the language and framework you're using, actually getting New Relic set up can be radically different. Today, we will look at how to monitor a PHP application using New Relic. More specifically, we will set up a basic WordPress installation and get some performance data about it, in the New Relic dashboards.Getting New Relic set up for Ruby is very much environment agnostic. We simply add the agent gem to our…
  • Alternatives to Prefixr

    Rey Bango
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Awhile ago, the awesome Jeffrey Way created a tool called Prefixr which was meant to help with the onerous task of managing vendor prefixes in your stylesheets. It worked by analyzing your stylesheet and automatically adding the vendor prefixed version of different rules into an output that you could then paste into your file. It was a pretty slick tool. Unfortunately, now that the site has gone the way of the dodo bird and after having several users ping us about it, we wanted to provide some alternatives that can help provide similar capabilities. The Express Prefixr Library The first…
  • Componentizing the Web

    Krasimir Tsonev
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is the story about a project of mine. A big one. A mixture between PHP and Node.js. It's a single page application from one point of view and an SEO optimized website from another. Tons of JavaScript, CSS and HTML was written. In a single word, a spaghetti nightmare for any developer. There were falls and rises. Producing and solving bugs. Fighting with the latest technologies and ending up with a wonderfully simple library, which is the topic of this article. The Beginning As it normally happens, the project was considered not so big. The brief came in, we discussed how the development…
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    Webdesigner Depot

  • Deal of the week: 50% off the amazing Typo-painter

    WebdesignerDepot Staff
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    Typographic art is all the rage, with everyone from politicians to pop-stars finding their speeches, lyrics and quotes transformed into portraits of themselves. The trouble is, the old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words tends to be true; it takes a lot of time to rearrange words and letters convincingly so that they form a realistic image. So we’re delighted that our sister-site, MightyDeals.com, has found a way to speed up the process by arranging a fantastic deal on Typo-Painter. Typo-painter is an amazing Photoshop plugin that will do all this hard work for you, leaving…
  • Perfect your website with 3 simple UX research methods

    Paula Borowska
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:15 am
    User testing doesn’t have to be difficult at all. I’m going to talk about three lean research methods that are neither extensive nor expensive to carry out but will in turn provide you with valuable feedback. The methods can be used for anything, test a landing page or test a whole mobile app. The important thing is to gather feedback: design for yourself, and only your point of view counts; design for others, and you need to hear their thoughts. Which method, or methods, you choose will have significant consequences for your design, and different methods are more suitable for…
  • 5 fundamentals every web designer needs to understand

    Paul Trani
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:15 am
    We all know intuitively what makes a website look bad: overused bevel effects, corny clip art, overcrowded layouts. These annoyances are easily corrected by developing with design fundamentals in mind—the same principles used by professional designers and artists alike. Great websites bring together form and function. In fact, well-designed websites are seen as more credible, according to a Stanford study and are actually easier to use (as studied by researcher Don Norman). So here are five fundamentals to help you keep quality design at the forefront of your practice. 1) Follow the…
  • How to create mobile style slide-in navigation

    Harry Atkins
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    In this tutorial we’ll look at the techniques needed to make a navigation menu that is hidden off screen until the user clicks on a menu icon, at which point the content slides over and darkens, and the menu slides in. The menu will also be responsive vertically, filling the height of the browser window on whatever size screen it’s being looked at in. To achieve this we will be using a couple different methods, one of which being flexbox, which is turning into a real ‘buzzword’ at the moment for being the holy grail of web layout methods. We will be using it to make…
  • Japanese duo create interactive prints

    Stacey Kole
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:15 am
    Bookstores are closing, newspapers are folding and magazines are rushing to publish online. The stock of print media seems to be falling, but two Japanese designers are challenging that process with a newly released collection. Masahiko Sato and Tatsuya Saito’s exhibit, “Putting Finger,” examines how viewers needn’t be passive bystanders where print is concerned; instead, their illustrations allow the onlooker to have a hand, quite literally, in the finished product. The idea is simple, the illustrations don’t appear to be complete without the viewer’s…
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    Inspired Magazine

  • Top 10 email marketing solutions

    Catalin Zorzini
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine - creativity & inspiration daily Email marketing isn’t just for business with thousands of monthly visitors and customers, it’s for anyone who’s looking to get serious about growing his business and the way he interacts with his clients. Because of the huge demand for such services, there are plenty of solutions out there to choose from, and while many share similar traits, a lot of the platforms we get these days have some sort of unique or special features, making them stand out from the rest. After trying dozens of email marketing…
  • Free vector icons from DealFuel

    Catalin Zorzini
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine - creativity & inspiration daily Primarily while checking out a website , the first thing a user will do is survey the page for eye pleasing contenting, and after something catches their attention they will actually begin reading it. Icons are sure shot attention grabbers. They serve the same mental purpose as Paragraph breaks. They also make your content easy to read.  A well-formatted text, with content broken into effortlessly available paragraphs and intensified with symbols is a delight to the sore eyes and it makes it interesting enough to keep…
  • Bundle of gorgeous handmade fonts – only $39!

    Catalin Zorzini
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine - creativity & inspiration daily Fonts are certainly fantastic, especially if you’re a designer. But sometimes you want something a little bit more when it comes to typefaces. That’s where Handmade Fonts comes in, offering gorgeous, high-quality image fonts. Featuring transparent backgrounds, this Mighty Deal includes 3 fabulously unique sets of font images at a huge discount. Act fast, though, because you can save more than 85% off the regular price, but only for a short time! Trio of handmade fonts highlights 3 Unique Image Fonts This…
  • New pricing plans from Webydo

    Catalin Zorzini
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine - creativity & inspiration daily Making a splash in the website design industry and leading the design revolution, Webydo is an online creative suite for professional designers. Their advanced features and cloud-based design studio have gained them the respect of more than 75K designers globally who are actively creating websites with Webydo for their clients. Webydo is enabling and helping designers to create and publish amazing cross-platform HTML sites without having any coding skills. After having listened to the needs of the community of designers,…
  • Comment to win 3 years of hosting from A2 Hosting

    Catalin Zorzini
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine - creativity & inspiration daily We’re kicking off this week with a bang: we’re giving away a full 3 years SSD WordPress hosting plan from the amazing guys at A2 Hosting (check out our full review). To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is follow any of these steps (more actions, more chances): leave a comment and tell us what you’d use the hosting for (mandatory) follow A2 Hosting and Inspired Magazine on Twitter like, pin, tweet and/or +1 this article tweet this: Comment to win 3 years of hosting from @a2hosting and…
 
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  • What software do you use to design?

    Tom Kenny
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:06 am
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  • Aura: A Free Theme for Ghost

    Tom Kenny
    21 Oct 2013 | 2:24 am
    If you’ve been living under a rock lately you will have missed the launch of the new blogging platform, Ghost. I got in early by backing it on Kickstarter but I didn’t get a chance to look at creating a theme for it until a couple of days ago. So here it is, my first theme for Ghost, called Aura which is free for you to use however you like. It isn’t a groundbreaking theme by any means but I want to provide an alternative to the default theme, so your brand new blog powered by Ghost doesn’t look the same as all the others out there. Download Aura for Ghost For now, it…
  • Poll: What are your ideal working conditions?

    Tom Kenny
    4 Sep 2013 | 2:26 am
    I would love to know what you’re ideal working noise levels are when designing and/or developing websites. Please answer my very simple poll below: Take Our Poll Get in touch with me on twitter @tkenny if you would like to have a discussion about this topic.
  • I don’t want you f***ing app

    Tom Kenny
    14 May 2013 | 11:30 am
    I get it. We don’t like the “door slams”, urging us to download an app before we can actually use the website. Unfortunately, they seem to be effective or they wouldn’t be doing it. Sometimes, “business” decisions come first, no matter how much they affect immediate usability. It would be great if they just used Apple’s “Smart App Banner” (or a similar display on other mobile devices), which displays details of a specified app on the App Store at the top of the page and doesn’t block access to the website.
  • ClearLeft literally calls out design agency who stole their website design

    Tom Kenny
    14 May 2013 | 7:30 am
    It’s a bit shameful of Kent Web Host to be stealing a design like this but the situation is expertly handled by Jeremy Keith who calls up Kent Web Host and basically ridicules the owner. He does apologise at the end but it really shouldn’t have come to this. It seems like Kent Web Host have made some changes as they said the would in the phone call. I still don’t think it’s enough but at least they’re doing something about it, even if it’s a shame they had to be called out about it to prompt them to do something. The good thing I suppose now, is that it…
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  • 55 Beautiful and Functional Flat WordPress Themes

    Sunalini Rana
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    Flat is trending hot in web design and there are many designers and bloggers who want a flat style website or blog. Since a lot of them are WordPress lovers, they are on the lookout for flat WordPress themes. So, what is it that makes flat such a fever with the WordPress community? Well, like all other trends, the flat design is sexy and sleek. It has an innovative streak and that "it's different" aura- so conspicuous in all hot and happening trends. Furthermore, flat web designs also look elegant and pleasant. These days many people browse internet on their smart phones and tablets which are…
  • Examples of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVGs) in Web Design

    Carol Francis
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:53 am
    SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) images offer web designers a flexibility with imagery they have not previously known. Now compatible with all current web browsers and most mobile device platforms, here is another technique that is threatening the popularity of Flash. SVG images are small in file size and they scale pretty much to any size without losing quality. Some software programs that support .svg files are: Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, Inkscape and Serif DrawPlus. There are also some online .svg editors, such as Google's SVG-edit. You can learn more about why and how you should use SVGs…
  • Bold, Creative Lettering in Logo Design

    David Edwards
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    Logo designs come in many forms, and one of my favourites is the use of unusual, interesting type. The lettering that’s used for a logo design can have a huge impact on the way the final design feels, and the personality that it carries with it. The same word written with a chunky, rounded type could appear playful, while a more cursive, hand-written style could come across as elegant and stylish. Typography has a remarkably powerful impact on the way designs come across, and this is especially true in logos. I wanted to highlight some beautifully crafted logo designs that all use lettering…
  • 10 Inspiring Articles on Sports Photography to Shoot Like a Pro

    Nancy Young
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:57 am
    Skills, emotions, and action are the things we look for in a good sports photograph. But with sportsmen in constant motion it’s a challenge for a photographer to capture a truly great shot. Various cameras and lenses are needed depending on the situation for the sports being covered properly. Right timing and angle in addition to a strong understanding of the game are also important. To make sports photographs truly alive you need practice a lot and get to know the basic knowledge on how to shoot sports right. So, today I have collected 10 inspiring and helpful sports photography articles…
  • Prim Corporate Web Design Style – Is it Good for my Business?

    Helga Moreno
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    Do you know the proverb: “Plenty is no plague”? How is it connected to today’s topic? The author begs your pardon for her passion for proverbs, idioms and metaphors, but some of them contain the quintessence of human intelligence and, as you know, “wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure”. To put these bombastic sentences in simple words, we would like to say that it’s incontrovertible that a good website design can become crucial for your business. But different people may understand absolutely opposite things under the word “good”. And now is the best time to switch…
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  • 6 Old School Radio Pictures

    Nisha Patel
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    As you may have noticed, we’ve been doing a lot of throwback style stuff here on SloDive as of late and there’s a reason for this. We absolutely love it! Hopefully, you do too. So, what do we have in store for you today? Well, we decided to put up a few old school radio pictures and see what you think about them. Each one of these radios is cool in their own way and we think that they would be amazing decorative pieces for your home, office, or your private collection. Let’s forget about televisions and tablets and iPods. We want to focus on these cool vintage radios! Sounds…
  • 9 Inspiring Quotes For 2014

    Nisha Patel
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:49 pm
    If you are a dreamer and like to set goals for yourself, 2014 very well may be the year to do it. We’ve been doing a lot of posts lately geared towards 2014 specifically and there’s a reason behind this. We want this to be your year. We also want it to be the year that you finally meet some of the goals that you’ve set in the past and more importantly, we want this to be a fun year. After all, life is all about fun and success. And we’re not talking about money which is something that many people link to success. No, success is much, much more than that. It’s…
  • 7 Cool Pictures Of Winter

    Nisha Patel
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    Now that summer is here, we thought that we’d get everyone excited for next winter with this list of 7 Cool Pictures Of Winter. You’ll find pictures of the big city, the rural countryside, and even a Christmas tree. We all know how magical this time of the year can be and for some of us, it’s the best time of the year. In honor of that, we hope that you will consider sharing this list with all of your friends. If not, that’s fine too. We just hope that you enjoy this list. We put a lot of effort into finding the most suitable images for the topic at hand but if we…
  • 8 Cool Black And White Tattoo Designs

    Nisha Patel
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    This collection of 8 Cool Black and White Tattoo Designs is something that we’ve been meaning to put up for quite some time now but we simply hadn’t gotten around to it. That is, until now! Looking through these images, you’ll find that we have stayed true to our word. Not only are all of these tattoos done in black and white but they all also look great. We hope that you agree with that statement and this list inspires you to finally sort through all of those tattoo designs you have and make one happen. We definitely understand that tattoos aren’t right for everyone…
  • 10 Sweet Summer Hairstyles

    Nisha Patel
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    Summer is right around the corner and we decided to give you guys some awesome summer hairstyles to check out. All of the hairstyles found within the list below are unique and look great during the summer months. Some of them are for short hair and some of them for long hair. Most all of these summer hairstyles work great with any hair color (or type) but you’ll have to play around with them in order to see which one works best for you. One thing is for certain though. We definitely think you are going to find some summer hairstyles that you absolutely love here. If you don’t,…
 
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  • What software do you use to design?

    Tom Kenny
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:06 am
    Take Our Poll
  • Aura: A Free Theme for Ghost

    Tom Kenny
    21 Oct 2013 | 2:24 am
    If you’ve been living under a rock lately you will have missed the launch of the new blogging platform, Ghost. I got in early by backing it on Kickstarter but I didn’t get a chance to look at creating a theme for it until a couple of days ago. So here it is, my first theme for Ghost, called Aura which is free for you to use however you like. It isn’t a groundbreaking theme by any means but I want to provide an alternative to the default theme, so your brand new blog powered by Ghost doesn’t look the same as all the others out there. Download Aura for Ghost For now, it…
  • Poll: What are your ideal working conditions?

    Tom Kenny
    4 Sep 2013 | 2:26 am
    I would love to know what you’re ideal working noise levels are when designing and/or developing websites. Please answer my very simple poll below: Take Our Poll Get in touch with me on twitter @tkenny if you would like to have a discussion about this topic.
  • I don’t want you f***ing app

    Tom Kenny
    14 May 2013 | 11:30 am
    I get it. We don’t like the “door slams”, urging us to download an app before we can actually use the website. Unfortunately, they seem to be effective or they wouldn’t be doing it. Sometimes, “business” decisions come first, no matter how much they affect immediate usability. It would be great if they just used Apple’s “Smart App Banner” (or a similar display on other mobile devices), which displays details of a specified app on the App Store at the top of the page and doesn’t block access to the website.
  • ClearLeft literally calls out design agency who stole their website design

    Tom Kenny
    14 May 2013 | 7:30 am
    It’s a bit shameful of Kent Web Host to be stealing a design like this but the situation is expertly handled by Jeremy Keith who calls up Kent Web Host and basically ridicules the owner. He does apologise at the end but it really shouldn’t have come to this. It seems like Kent Web Host have made some changes as they said the would in the phone call. I still don’t think it’s enough but at least they’re doing something about it, even if it’s a shame they had to be called out about it to prompt them to do something. The good thing I suppose now, is that it…
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  • Crumpet – A Deliciously Simple Reponsive Framework

    Ray Cheung
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    Advertise here via BSACrumpet is a deliciously simple SASS/SCSS responsive framework that keeps your HTML clean & stays out of your way. Built to make use of placeholder selectors to reduce the size of your HTML markup. No one likes messy HTML. Creating website layouts fast & responsive will be a breeze. Not windy like it is in Autumn. Allows you the freedom to do what you want with your code. Easy and simple to hack about and make your own. Everything is straight forward, all of the code is commented and gives you instructions on how to use Crumpet, so you can spend all your time…
  • Highly Customizable Tagging System jQuery Plugin

    Ray Cheung
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:13 am
    Advertise here via BSATaggingJS is a jQuery plugin to create an highly customizable front-end tag system. It is less than 3 kb and support major browsers in the world. It is licensed under MIT License. There are several ways to customize the default behavior of taggingJS: 1. Use a JavaScript custom_options object to customize the global taggingJS behavior. 2. Use data attributes in the tagBox HTML Markup. 3. Use a combination of the first two way. Requirements: jQuery Framework Demo: http://sniperwolf.github.io/taggingJS/ License: MIT License SponsorsProfessional Web Icons for Your Websites…
  • Vis.js – Dynamic Browser Based Visualization Library

    Ray Cheung
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:11 am
    Advertise here via BSAVis.js is a dynamic, browser based visualization library. The library is designed to be easy to use, handle large amounts of dynamic data, and enable manipulation of the data. The library consists of the following components: DataSet and DataView. A flexible key/value based data set. Add, update, and remove items. Subscribe on changes in the data set. Filter and order items and convert fields of items. Timeline. Display different types of data on a timeline. The timeline and the items on the timeline can be interactively moved, zoomed, and manipulated. Graph. Display an…
  • Drag and Drop jQuery File Uploader with Progress Bar

    Ray Cheung
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    Advertise here via BSAjQuery File Uploader is a jQuery plugin to drag and drop files, including ajax upload and progress bar. The idea for this plugin is to keep it very simple; unlike other options/plugins that mess up a lot with the markup and provide some really ‘hacky’ ways to make it available for prehistoric browsers. The focus will be for modern browsers, but also providing a method to know when is the plugin is not supported; with an easy interface to use on any design you come up. Dual licensed under the MIT and GPL licenses. Requirements: jQuery frameworks Demo:…
  • Giveaway: $900 Worth of Services of PSD2HTML

    Ray Cheung
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:03 am
    Advertise here via BSAPSD2HTML.com is a technology-savvy company that is committed to high quality conversions of graphic web design into HTML and CMS like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal to provide a better user experience for websites. Once you see how much they can help in terms of overall design, responsiveness, and growth, you won’t want to leave their sides. They have a research lab that is on the cutting edge of technology and are determined to keep it that way to give you, the customer, more of what you are looking at now and in the future. PSD2HTML.com is making it possible to learn…
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    Bwired Weblogs

  • 10 Ways to Succeed in Email Marketing

    13 Apr 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Email marketing continues to be one of the most effective channels for online marketers. But it can also be a complete waste of time if you don’t take the time to plan a relevant, effective, and eye-catching email campaign to support your business goals. Design, copy, audience, list segmentation, and testing are just some of the points to consider when diving into email marketing. Check out our full list of 10 ways to make your email campaign a success. (And if you haven’t seen it already, read Sam Saltis’ blog on building a great eCommerce business on the Digital Strategy…
  • How to Build a Great eCommerce Business

    8 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    It’s easier than ever to build an eCommerce website these days thanks to the many tools and platforms available. Whatever your price or functionality requirements, there is most likely an online solution for your retail offering. So how can we know which platform to choose? And though you will be working within cyber space and, possibly, without the worries of a bricks and mortar store, there are still many challenges that must be regularly addressed in an eCommerce business if you want to build a strong foundation then grow and maintain  successful strategy. With over 15 years of…
  • bwired #Marchto500 Week 3 - We hit our target

    17 Dec 2013 | 10:11 am
    It’s been two short weeks since the launch of our bwired March to 500 campaign. The purpose of which was to raise the “like” profile of our business Facebook page, with a goal of reaching 500 likes by December 25th. We wanted to show how growth is best advanced by members of staff using the circle of influence approach. I’m pleased to announce that we achieved our goal in two! Let’s take a look at the techniques that worked and those that fell short. Note: Some members of staff joined the campaign quicker than others, but more than half the company’s…
  • Live slowly - tangibility through classical music

    4 Sep 2013 | 1:46 pm
    When Napster, Limewire and iTunes all burst into our lives at their respective times many people (and organisations) said CDs were dead and would quickly become obsolete. A number of record labels are said to have panicked and scrambled to capitalise on downloads, online video and advertising as well as alternative forms of income such as merchandise. I have always been curious about this and tend to disagree with the ‘CDs are dead’ notion. I come from a classical music background and the last couple of years have seen labels such as DECCA, EMI and Deutsche Grammaphon produce…
 
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  • Design It Like a Rollercoaster

    Dan Willis
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:52 pm
    As a result of explosive growth in the use of self-describing code and the increasingly sophisticated application of metadata, online content is getting smarter every day. As content gets smarter, controlling that content gets not only more difficult, but also less appropriate.At the same time, social aspects of the Web are broadening our definition of content. Experiential content, in many cases, dominates more traditional information. When a user tweets and re-tweets, or adds their own rating to a movie’s overall rating, or updates their gaming high scores online, their interaction with…
  • Draw On All Three Brains

    Dan Willis
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Why are people so impressed by visual communication? I’m not complaining, don’t get me wrong, I crave the mad love I get when I use my funky diagrams to explain complex details of the projects I work on. And it doesn’t suck that visual thinking, something I’ve been working at my whole career, is suddenly sexy. I guess what’s bugging me a bit about the reckless enthusiasm for all things sketched is that not only is my stuff not THAT good, it’s also that people seem to go nuts for diagrams that are real crap, too.I blame our old and mid brains.The human brain has three distinct…
  • Beware Your Inner Lumper

    Dan Willis
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:36 pm
    “What size shoe you wear?” a guy asks me over his shoulder as he glides by in the crowded ski shop. “How long you want 'em for?” a different guy shouts from the far wall by the rental snowboards. “Uh, I’m not sure,” I stammer, “I wanted to ...” A third guy steers me over to a counter and tells me to look forward and stand up straight with my feet together.“Okay?” he asks.“Huh? Was I supposed to ...” I’m saying as he pushes me in the small of the back. Lightly, like you’d tap a helium balloon. I stumble, taking a half step forward with my right foot.“Goofy…
  • Make It Semantic from the Start

    Dan Willis
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The publishing industry would be in much better shape if it could just stop concentrating on publishing things. Newspaper companies should be tremendous engines feeding a ridiculous variety of publishing vehicles, but they can’t do that as long as their tools are focused on delivery.If you’re still lucky enough to have a hometown print newspaper, the reason you can’t get late sports scores has nothing to do with newsroom staffing and everything to do with how far away a truck can get from a print facility before morning rush hour hits. The inverted pyramid, where a reporter crams the…
  • Be Russian

    Dan Willis
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Problem-solving never happens in a vacuum. Culture creates the context for our solutions, directly affects our processes, and influences how we view our goals. That’s why the 1960s space race between the Soviet Union and the U.S. remains relevant to development work done today.The Earth’s two superpowers dealt with the same daunting challenges of space exploration, but because of Cold War tensions that didn’t allow for any exchange of information, the two programs took substantially different approaches.The Americans tended to test, test, and test some more and then launch; the Russians…
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    Wardell Design Blog

  • The Basics of Good Web Design

    Wardell Latham
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:16 pm
    A strong web presence is essential to good business. Having a website is a given but it is important to make sure your website is a winner. You need a well ordered, appealing and informative site that is easy to use. Your site should be offer incentive for visitors to return and should offer them […] Related posts: Static Page Update Alerts Chic Designs from 5 Infamous Organizations Become a Google Verified Author
  • 4 Awesome Things You Didn’t Know About Your iPhone

    Osterr Wight
    18 Mar 2014 | 5:15 am
    Smart phones. It’s hard to imagine life without them, right? It seems they are capable of anything, constantly surprising us with the ways they can help us in daily tasks; they are so much more than mobile communication devices. Here are some of the ways we can make the most of our iPhones. Capture Gone […] Related posts: 4 Reasons You Should Buy an Android The LG G2 Pulls No Punches Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515 Review
  • Top 5 Apps for Business Travel

    Osterr Wight
    18 Mar 2014 | 4:54 am
      Before the high tech era, business travellers would rely on their trusty Lonely Planet guidebook and a briefcase bursting with classified documents, itineraries, and muesli bar wrappers. Needless to say, it was a complete and utter hassle to have to cart around so much paperwork for a measly day trip to Sydney. Luckily, all […] Related posts: Tips for Helping your Small Business Thrive in the Windy City 4 tips for your Business Facebook page Getting to Know Droid
  • 5 Tips To Blog Often & Effectively

    Osterr Wight
    2 Mar 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Starting a blog is easy. Sticking to a regular blogging schedule, however, is the hard part. Apart from speaking to online content experts Search Factory about how to grow your blog online, here are 5 tips that can help you blog more often and more effectively. 1. Blog in the morning. We are often the […] Related posts: Ten Ways to Tell If You’re Addicted to Facebook 4 tips for your Business Facebook page The Five C’s of Blogging
  • Five surprising facts about Wi-Fi

    Osterr Wight
    2 Mar 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Wi-Fi: As essential and intangible as the wind. We know that we can’t live without it, yet many have a limited grasp of what it actually is. Here at My Port we’ve put together five essential facts that you probably didn’t know about your Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi can travel much longer than you may think, from […] Related posts: QR Codes Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515 Review 4 Reasons You Should Buy an Android
 
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  • What’s New in WordPress 3.9 “Smith”? A Lot!

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    WordPress is one of the most popular blogging software used by most leading websites and blogs to update and manage the content systematically and very easily. There has been many tutorials and learning videos to help you set up a website on your own, also there are many servers and hosting platforms that offer pre-installed […]
  • Useful Tips for Android Developers to Enhance and Rule the Process

    admin
    14 Jan 2014 | 3:18 am
    Android apps have become rather popular amongst the users. Additional to providing the entertainment with fun as well, these have contributed to the growth of a sudden and exploding business productivity and management. There is no wonder about it that such a widespread demand for the development of Android apps is inevitable. And the discussion […]
  • 10 Open Source Tools which made PHP popular

    admin
    7 Jan 2014 | 3:40 am
    Here, in this article, I have listed 10 of the most popular Open Source PHP based Content Management Systems (CMS). To understand the secret behind the popularity of PHP based CMS tools; first we need to answer this question, what is meant by CMS? There are multiple CMS solutions available, from paid solutions to superb […]
  • Mobile Traffic Goes Up in 2013, But Why Are Conversions Still Low?

    admin
    31 Dec 2013 | 2:00 am
    The inspiration of writing this post came into our mind from one of our previous posts – where we talked about the digitalization in 2014. 2014 is going to be more digital as compared to 2013, specially on mobile front. 2013 has been quite a reckoning as far as mobile Internet usage is concerned. Most […]
  • How 2014 is going to be More Digital?

    admin
    29 Dec 2013 | 10:18 pm
    In one of our previous posts, we have talked about ecommerce design trends for 2013 and this post is more likely about digitalization in 2014. 2013 has been a magnificent year for digital technology and Internet landscape, where we witnessed paradigm shift in search algorithms, social media, advertising and analytics. Gone are the days when […]
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  • Bloggers: 6 Free Editing Tools For Better Writing

    Hongkiat.com
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    Editor’s note: This is a contributed post by Issa Mirandilla, who writes about freelancing, writing, marketing, careers, personal finance and other business-related topics. Give her a nudge on Twitter or visit her website here. After hours of researching facts and figures, organizing your notes like crazy, and hammering away at your keyboard, you’re finally done with your killer blog post. Congratulations for making it that far. Not all blog post ideas get turned into working drafts. Now, all you have to do is edit. That might take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending…
  • Of Edges And Sharp Corners – 20 Cool Geometric Art Pieces

    Nancy Young
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Geometric shapes are widely used in graphic design these days. You can find them on items like t-shirts to coasters. It’s one of the big trends that is hard to define, encompassing complex and large-scale patterns as well as simple shapes. An ordinary triangle or a circle can totally change a photograph or illustration giving it new mystery, depth and meaning. Here, we’ve put together 20 clever art pieces showing how circles, squares, rectangles and triangles can create stunning alternatives of what we don’t normally see in art. In the list, we feature creative business cards,…
  • A Look Into: Google’s New & Improved Official Camera App

    Nels Dzyre
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    For any smartphone user, no matter which mobile OS you are on, the camera app is one of the more oft-used apps. Many of us opt for third-party camera apps because they are more solidly built than what the stock apps have to offer. But now, Android users may want to reconsider trying out the new and improved Google camera app, just released in the Play Store. If you cannot download the app via Play Store, download the APK file directly here. It’s better, sleekier and has a few pretty cool feaures you would want to try out, like Lens Blur and Photo Sphere. And better yet the official…
  • How to Create Post Draft In Jekyll

    Thoriq Firdaus
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    In the previous post, we have shown you how to install Jekyll and publish your first post with it. If you have followed it, you can see that creating a post is a breeze; we simply create a new Markdown file, save it within the /_posts folder, and it will show up in the blog immediately. That, however, could be a problem if you have put your blog online. Your post may have unfinished sentences, contain errors, and a few other things that should not be seen by your readers. That’s why we usually create a draft first before pressing the Publish button. So, in this post, we will show you…
  • Input Dominant Color From Image To Background With AdaptiveBackgrounds.js

    Hongkiat.com
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    When showcasing something on the Web, some developers often find a hard time deciding which backgrounds is most suitable for use. A good combination of the background with the right content can affect the user experience substantially. For some designers, they prefer to use some of the dominant colors inside the content itself – AdaptiveBackgrounds.js can do that for you automatically. AdaptiveBackgrounds.js is a free jQuery plugin that helps you easily adapt the most dominating color in your content as part of the background. It was built on top of RGBaster, made by the same developer.
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    Inspired Magazine

  • Top 10 email marketing solutions

    Catalin Zorzini
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine - creativity & inspiration daily Email marketing isn’t just for business with thousands of monthly visitors and customers, it’s for anyone who’s looking to get serious about growing his business and the way he interacts with his clients. Because of the huge demand for such services, there are plenty of solutions out there to choose from, and while many share similar traits, a lot of the platforms we get these days have some sort of unique or special features, making them stand out from the rest. After trying dozens of email marketing…
  • Free vector icons from DealFuel

    Catalin Zorzini
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine - creativity & inspiration daily Primarily while checking out a website , the first thing a user will do is survey the page for eye pleasing contenting, and after something catches their attention they will actually begin reading it. Icons are sure shot attention grabbers. They serve the same mental purpose as Paragraph breaks. They also make your content easy to read.  A well-formatted text, with content broken into effortlessly available paragraphs and intensified with symbols is a delight to the sore eyes and it makes it interesting enough to keep…
  • Bundle of gorgeous handmade fonts – only $39!

    Catalin Zorzini
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine - creativity & inspiration daily Fonts are certainly fantastic, especially if you’re a designer. But sometimes you want something a little bit more when it comes to typefaces. That’s where Handmade Fonts comes in, offering gorgeous, high-quality image fonts. Featuring transparent backgrounds, this Mighty Deal includes 3 fabulously unique sets of font images at a huge discount. Act fast, though, because you can save more than 85% off the regular price, but only for a short time! Trio of handmade fonts highlights 3 Unique Image Fonts This…
  • New pricing plans from Webydo

    Catalin Zorzini
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine - creativity & inspiration daily Making a splash in the website design industry and leading the design revolution, Webydo is an online creative suite for professional designers. Their advanced features and cloud-based design studio have gained them the respect of more than 75K designers globally who are actively creating websites with Webydo for their clients. Webydo is enabling and helping designers to create and publish amazing cross-platform HTML sites without having any coding skills. After having listened to the needs of the community of designers,…
  • Comment to win 3 years of hosting from A2 Hosting

    Catalin Zorzini
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine - creativity & inspiration daily We’re kicking off this week with a bang: we’re giving away a full 3 years SSD WordPress hosting plan from the amazing guys at A2 Hosting (check out our full review). To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is follow any of these steps (more actions, more chances): leave a comment and tell us what you’d use the hosting for (mandatory) follow A2 Hosting and Inspired Magazine on Twitter like, pin, tweet and/or +1 this article tweet this: Comment to win 3 years of hosting from @a2hosting and…
 
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  • Creating a Node Web App With Hapi and Twilio Integration

    Carter Rabasa
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    As a developer evangelist for Twilio, I spend a lot of time going to events.  When I’m chatting with event organizers and they realize I work for Twilio, one of the most common requests they have is for me is a simple application they can use to power voting at their events. Generally they are trying to solicit feedback from their attendees and SMS is the one of the only apps that everyone has installed.Their requirements generally include letting people vote using SMS, preventing people from voting more than once and sometimes displaying real-time results of the voting. Over time,…
  • Routing Overview & Basics in Symfony 2

    Andrew Perkins
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Today we're going to work more with Symfony 2 where we'll explore the basics of building web applications using this awesome framework. Symfony 2 Routing IntroductionIn the last video, I said we'd take a look at controllers next, but I actually feel it may be easier to learn the framework in a slightly different order. Instead, we're going to learn about the basics of Symfony 2 routing, to give our applications clean and pretty URLs and make it easy to manage our applications URLs and links. We're not going to get too detailed, as Symfony's routing can do quite a bit, but we'll at…
  • How to Use New Relic With PHP & WordPress

    Alan Skorkin
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    We've previously covered how to set up New Relic for a Rails app, as well as spent a lot of time looking at how to use the New Relic UI. And while the UI is very similar regardless of the language and framework you're using, actually getting New Relic set up can be radically different. Today, we will look at how to monitor a PHP application using New Relic. More specifically, we will set up a basic WordPress installation and get some performance data about it, in the New Relic dashboards.Getting New Relic set up for Ruby is very much environment agnostic. We simply add the agent gem to our…
  • Alternatives to Prefixr

    Rey Bango
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Awhile ago, the awesome Jeffrey Way created a tool called Prefixr which was meant to help with the onerous task of managing vendor prefixes in your stylesheets. It worked by analyzing your stylesheet and automatically adding the vendor prefixed version of different rules into an output that you could then paste into your file. It was a pretty slick tool. Unfortunately, now that the site has gone the way of the dodo bird and after having several users ping us about it, we wanted to provide some alternatives that can help provide similar capabilities. The Express Prefixr Library The first…
  • Componentizing the Web

    Krasimir Tsonev
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is the story about a project of mine. A big one. A mixture between PHP and Node.js. It's a single page application from one point of view and an SEO optimized website from another. Tons of JavaScript, CSS and HTML was written. In a single word, a spaghetti nightmare for any developer. There were falls and rises. Producing and solving bugs. Fighting with the latest technologies and ending up with a wonderfully simple library, which is the topic of this article. The Beginning As it normally happens, the project was considered not so big. The brief came in, we discussed how the development…
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  • Vector Infographic Elements for Premium Members

    Chris Spooner
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Today’s set of goodies for Access All Areas members is a useful collection of vector elements to help you build cool infographics from Freepik. The file contains loads of different shapes and icons that can be copied and pasted into your own designs. Being vector elements means changing the size and colour is easy and doesn’t affect the quality of the graphics.Freepik has kindly donated this set of vector infographic elements for Access All Areas members to download. It’s packed full of really useful business themed elements that are a real time saver when you’re…
  • How To Create a Realistic Money Effect in Photoshop

    Chris Spooner
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The classic illustration style used on money is something I’ve always wanted to figure out how to replicate in Photoshop. There’s plenty of Photoshop tutorials that show how to create a basic halftone line effect, but they never quite capture that authentic engraved look with plenty of shading and tone. After lots of trial and error I finally managed to figure it out, so here’s an in depth tutorial on how to create a realistic money illustration effect in Photoshop (with some help from Illustrator!).The effect we’ll be creating in today’s tutorial is this vintage…
  • Customizable Vintage Motorcycle Logos for Members

    Chris Spooner
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Expert designer and illustrator Ian Barnard of Vintage Design Co has donated more fantastic resources for Access All Areas members. This pack of vintage motorcycle logos contains 6 customisable logo templates that allow you to quickly create a cool identity for your personal branding or retro t-shirt designs. They’re all brilliantly designed with a hand drawn appearance, but all the text remains editable, making it easy to create authentic vintage style hand illustrated art in seconds.Ian Barnard is a talented logo designer & illustrator who creates and sells amazing hand crafted…
  • 15 Free PSD Templates to Mockup Your T-Shirt Designs

    Chris Spooner
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    T-shirt PSD templates are one of the most sought after types of mockup files, they allow you to preview how your latest illustration or apparel design would look after being freshly screen printed on a garment. I’ve tried and tested each file in this roundup to narrow the collection down to the best freebies available. Each PSD file comes with multiple layers that allow you to change the colour of the shirt and apply your own design to blend with the creases and folds.Pixeden Tshirt Mockup Template PSDGraphicBurger T-Shirt MockUp PSDThreadless Blank Mock-Ups (Shirt_02)Threadless Blank…
  • Blog.SpoonGraphics Turns 7 – Surviving the Apocalypse

    Chris Spooner
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Happy Birthday everyone! April marks that time of year when I celebrate another year of running this blog and take a look back at what has changed over time. Seven years have now ticked by since I started this site in April of 2007. I was a little worried after writing up last year’s 6 year anniversary post because soon after Google Reader was due to be retired, which was the tool 75% of my readers used to browse my content. Thankfully I survived the apocalypse and my blog is doing better than ever! Let’s take a look behind the scenes and see what’s new this year.I always…
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    GoMediaZine

  • An Interview with Rock Star Designer Tad Carpenter

    Heather Sakai
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    He’ll be the last to tell you, but for us here at Go Media, WMC Fest 3 alum Tad Carpenter is a rock star. Designer, illustrator, author and teacher, Tad balances good stuff like brand identity, packaging and book design, illustration and interactive along with his role as Professor at University of Kansas. Surrounded by design (his parents were artists and his wife Jessica a designer, too), Tad creates whimsical, smart and all-around fun for clients like Macy’s, Chronicle Books, MTV, Adobe and Hallmark Cards. Clevelanders, be sure to catch him on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the…
  • Your chance to win $1,000 in cash and design weaponry, huge exposure and more (in 3 minutes or less)

    Mockup Everything
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    Arm Yourself. Get ready for the design battle of a lifetime, from your friends at Go Media. Head to MockupEverything.com to scope out our mockup templates and prep your original designs for battle. PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST MOCKUP YOUR DESIGNS ON MOCKUPEVERYTHING.COM TO BE CONSIDERED!   Wanna win this thing? Here’s how: - Choose your template wisely, mock it up and then upload your original kick-ass design above or at http://woobox.com/4mx6fa by Thursday, May 29 at 11 pm EST. - Vote Up your design – and those you love – at our gallery! - Keep entering! On May 29, 2014 at 11 pm…
  • Mockup Templates are only $2.99 each!

    Mockup Everything
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
    I know how many grueling hours you put into that design. You’re so super excited that you’re tempted to just send it off to the client as is, amIright? NO! You’re smarter than that. Tell me that you have a few moments (and a few dollars) to make that design shine. I promise it will take your design from ordinary to extraordinary. All you have to do is head over to MockupEverything.com where we are selling individual versions of our high-quality layered and masked Photoshop mockup files in categories like: Apparel Technology Headwear Food & Beverage Outerwear and more!
  • Tutorial: Aged poster design with the Photocopy Noise Texture Pack

    Simon H.
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    Hello there! Simon from Studio Ace of Spade here. Long time no see. I’m here to introduce you today to a texture pack I’ve created, called the photocopy noise texture pack. I’m delighted to announce that it’s finally on sale at the Arsenal! What is the pack about? What’s so special about this texture pack? First of all, these are hand-made textures. They were made using an old photocopier that had a toner on its last leg. The result is a pack of six fantastic noise textures. The process was simple: I created a black document in Ai, and printed it as many times as…
  • eCommerce Nightmare: How CS-Cart handcuffed us for years and why we switched to WooCommerce

    Jeff Finley
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Oh dear, where do I start? I feel like there’s a huge story behind the scenes that we’ve never let our community in on. To be honest, we’re quite embarrassed about it and we’ve been trying to make things right ever since. But I think it’s time to come clean. TL;DR: We’ve been trying to upgrade our graphic design resource marketplace, the Arsenal since 2010 and have failed miserably due to working with a heavily customized version of CS-Cart which seemingly handcuffed us to their development team. 4 years, headaches, panic attacks and tens of thousands of…
 
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    BittBox

  • Two Big iStock Promo Codes – *Updated* April 2014

    brantwilson
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Advertise here with BSA *Updated April 2014* This ain’t no April fools joke! These iStock promo codes have been tested and guaranteed to work. Up to 10% Off iStock coupon code for you below. For more iStock promo codes please visit our friends at Vecteezy. Please note that these promo codes only apply to credit packs and not iStock subscriptions. Today we have a little something different for you. Much of our traffic consists of designers looking for stock resources. While we wish we could offer you everything you’re looking for, unfortunately that isn’t always the case.
  • Wooden Backgrounds – Freebie

    Freepik
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Advertise here with BSADo you need some wooden backgrounds? Here you has this awesome vector pack, created by Freepik for BittBox. You can use it for any personal or commercial project, download now!   Download .ZIP
  • Freebie Friday: 4 Simple Paint Mark Brushes

    Dustin Schmieding
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    Advertise here with BSA Download .ZIP
  • Free Texture Tuesday: Grayscale Microscopic Grit

    Dustin Schmieding
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:32 pm
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  • Free Floral Ornaments

    Freepik
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    Advertise here with BSAOur Freepik‘s friends share today with us this awesome pack of floral ornaments, exclusive for BittBox and all the readers. You can use it for any personal or commercial project, download now!   Download .ZIP (I) Download .ZIP (II)
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    Cre8pc, by Kim Krause Berg

  • Conversions Web Design Presentation

    cre8pc
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:11 pm
    My presentation at Pubcon New Orleans was well attended and popular.  If you would like to see the slides from my talk, visit Conversions Web Design
  • Persuasive and Conversions Web Design Pubcon New Orleans

    cre8pc
    5 Mar 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Attendees at this year’s PubCon New Orleans interested in improving their website design, increasing conversions, and sending “We are Awesome” signals to search engines can attend my talk on Wednesday, March 19 at 11:45. Persuasive and Conversions Web Design Whether you have an established website, are launching a new one or seeking ideas for a redesign, how do you know what works best for increasing conversions? Does user experience design interfere with your search engine marketing strategies? What design changes can you make now that will bring an instant conversions…
  • Somewhere on CNN is a News Site

    cre8pc
    5 Mar 2014 | 11:46 am
    As more and more news sites devote their top stories to leads they find from People magazine, the only other sign of desperation is advertising out the wazoo. Case in Point
  • A Touch of UX in Austin, Texas Riding Into Town

    cre8pc
    16 Dec 2013 | 4:22 pm
    Pubcon continues to deliver affordable one-day conferences and I’m excited to be speaking at the next one in Austin, Texas in January 2014. I like to make my talks fun, fascinating and informative.  I’d love to meet you and welcome you to sit in for my presentation on Tuesday, January 28, 09:20a – 10:20a  at the Pubcon Regional Austin Conference Usability Conversion Tactics Usable websites offer great user experiences, and great user experiences lead to happy customers. On the flip side, a poorly designed site means frustrated users and higher bounce rates. This session…
  • Free Download: Holiday Conversions Tips

    cre8pc
    21 Nov 2013 | 12:24 pm
    Still looking for last minute ideas to increase your ecommerce sales?  Fresh ideas? Are you sure you covered every possible persuasive design angle for your holiday promotions? This past Tuesday Shawna Seigel interviewed me during her regular show, eCom Experts.  In addition to the suggestions and examples from the broadcast, I offered a free Holiday Conversions Tips free document download. Listen to the Podcast You can listen to the entire show: E commerce Site Conversions and Providing a Holiday Conversion Checklist Free Checklist The free checklist comes in 3 formats for immediate FREE…
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    DesignM.ag

  • 47 Strikingly Creative Examples of Business Card Designs

    Jake Rocheleau
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    Advertise here with BSAThere should be no question that branding is crucial to the success of any business. Instant logo recognition feels good and it helps build an audience around your product or service. A company business card would be useful when attending conferences, parties, or even happenstance meetings with old acquaintances. But if you really wish to stand out from the other generic business card you’ll want to attempt some new ideas. Creativity and recognizable branding will produce one amazing piece you’ll be proud to share. This gallery includes a number of radiant…
  • The Importance of Side Projects

    Gisele Muller
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Advertise here with BSAHow much importance do you give to your side projects? Do you focus solely on working on your current projects or your job and forget about everything else? These are questions you should be thinking about, specially if you are interested in developing your abilities and getting that cool position you always wanted. In days where the good old college degree + resume are gone, specially in the design/tech industry, you have to keep in mind that side projects are the new resume and are the way you can show your potential to the world. In times where a lot of people talk…
  • 6 Free Tools for Testing Website Speed

    Gisele Muller
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Advertise here with BSAWebsite speed is something crucial to any page, specially if you consider that users don’t like slow sites and don’t want to wait more than a couple seconds for a page to load. From regular users to high-end ones, no one like to wait too much to see the content they are looking for. And from niche blogs to ecommerce sites, all users have the same expectations, that your page will be fast enough to avoid frustration. To keep your site fast and efficient you need to understand all the details about its performance so you can keep improving things. It is…
  • Best 15 Pro Tools and Platforms for Designing Awesome Websites

    iulian
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Advertise here with BSAIt used to be impossible to create a decent-looking website for one of your clients without coding. Thankfully, times have changed. Now, designers can take matters into their own hands, and a large number of platforms stand by to make great things happen. Check out 15 of the most accomplished site creators at this time. IM Creator IM Creator will make you an offer that you just can’t refuse. As long as you keep using the online design studio free of charge, you will be able to take up 50 Mb of storage to create a website that is published as an IM Creator sub-domain.
 
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    Webdesigner Depot

  • Deal of the week: 50% off the amazing Typo-painter

    WebdesignerDepot Staff
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    Typographic art is all the rage, with everyone from politicians to pop-stars finding their speeches, lyrics and quotes transformed into portraits of themselves. The trouble is, the old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words tends to be true; it takes a lot of time to rearrange words and letters convincingly so that they form a realistic image. So we’re delighted that our sister-site, MightyDeals.com, has found a way to speed up the process by arranging a fantastic deal on Typo-Painter. Typo-painter is an amazing Photoshop plugin that will do all this hard work for you, leaving…
  • Perfect your website with 3 simple UX research methods

    Paula Borowska
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:15 am
    User testing doesn’t have to be difficult at all. I’m going to talk about three lean research methods that are neither extensive nor expensive to carry out but will in turn provide you with valuable feedback. The methods can be used for anything, test a landing page or test a whole mobile app. The important thing is to gather feedback: design for yourself, and only your point of view counts; design for others, and you need to hear their thoughts. Which method, or methods, you choose will have significant consequences for your design, and different methods are more suitable for…
  • 5 fundamentals every web designer needs to understand

    Paul Trani
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:15 am
    We all know intuitively what makes a website look bad: overused bevel effects, corny clip art, overcrowded layouts. These annoyances are easily corrected by developing with design fundamentals in mind—the same principles used by professional designers and artists alike. Great websites bring together form and function. In fact, well-designed websites are seen as more credible, according to a Stanford study and are actually easier to use (as studied by researcher Don Norman). So here are five fundamentals to help you keep quality design at the forefront of your practice. 1) Follow the…
  • How to create mobile style slide-in navigation

    Harry Atkins
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    In this tutorial we’ll look at the techniques needed to make a navigation menu that is hidden off screen until the user clicks on a menu icon, at which point the content slides over and darkens, and the menu slides in. The menu will also be responsive vertically, filling the height of the browser window on whatever size screen it’s being looked at in. To achieve this we will be using a couple different methods, one of which being flexbox, which is turning into a real ‘buzzword’ at the moment for being the holy grail of web layout methods. We will be using it to make…
  • Japanese duo create interactive prints

    Stacey Kole
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:15 am
    Bookstores are closing, newspapers are folding and magazines are rushing to publish online. The stock of print media seems to be falling, but two Japanese designers are challenging that process with a newly released collection. Masahiko Sato and Tatsuya Saito’s exhibit, “Putting Finger,” examines how viewers needn’t be passive bystanders where print is concerned; instead, their illustrations allow the onlooker to have a hand, quite literally, in the finished product. The idea is simple, the illustrations don’t appear to be complete without the viewer’s…
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    Yoast

  • Moving your website to https / SSL: tips & tricks

    Joost de Valk
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    In January I wrote about our plans in moving Yoast.com to SSL. We’ve since done that, with great results from an SEO perspective: we had no negative effect on traffic, whatsoever. Two weeks ago, we also moved our tool Quix to https. There are quite a few things we learned in the process of moving these two sites to SSL that we thought would be worth sharing with all of you. Also, some things happened in the last few weeks that make SSL a hot topic, so we’ll discuss those first. Ranking benefit for completely SSL sites? Last month, Search Engine Land reported that Matt Cutts had…
  • Post Connector 1.5

    Barry Kooij
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    I’m happy to announce that we’ve released the biggest update to Post Connector so far, version 1.5. New features in this update include related connections, backwards linking and automatically displaying linked posts after a post. Related Connections Here at Yoast we’ve been recommending you to add related posts to your post pages since it encourages both readers and search engines to continue their visit to your site. This means more pageviews per visit for visitors and for search engines it means you tie your related content to each other, improving its chance to rank in the…
  • WordPress SEO Premium 1.1

    Joost de Valk
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    After we released WordPress SEO Premium at January 23rd and WordPress SEO 1.5 at the beginning of March (a major rewrite of large parts of the plugin), we’re now ready to release WordPress SEO Premium 1.1. This new version introduces regular expression support for redirects as well as an even better integration with Google Webmaster Tools and an importer for Redirection. Regular Expression support We’ve added a new tab to the SEO → Redirects page where you can add regular expressions: These regular expression redirects work just like how you’d expect them if you’re…
  • Beautiful or Usable: What’s important while designing your website?

    Marieke van de Rakt
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    In releasing our themes, we got lots of reactions about the aesthetics of our themes. Some people found them plain looking, boring or unappealing. Others were very enthusiastic. Of course, there is no accounting for taste. But it made me wonder, how important are the aesthetics of a website? Does a beautiful site convert better? And what is the relation between aesthetics and usability? What is beautiful is usable? The halo effect The halo effect is a cognitive process in which people attribute all kinds of characteristics to a person based on a first impression or one characteristic. The…
  • With great names comes great responsibility.

    Joost de Valk
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:01 pm
      Update: check the date of the post ;) In recent years, Joost and Yoast have become less and less synonymous, to the point where it’s now downright confusing as to what people are referring to when they’re correctly pronouncing Joost’s first name and the company name. You’d almost start to feel thankful for those ignorant people who still insist on calling Joost “juiced”. There are, of course, several ways of fixing such an issue, but most of the proposed solutions had a profound impact on the branding of the company and its ability to be found in the search engines. But…
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    Seth Goldstein | Philadelphia Web Designer and Social Media Marketer

  • Feedly is so buggy I want out of the beta

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Feedly is so buggy I want out of the beta View this post on Google+ The post Feedly is so buggy I want out of the beta appeared first on Seth Goldstein | Philadelphia Web Designer and Social Media Marketer.
  • How can I move my PhotoVault from one device to another

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    Same Play account. View this post on Google+ The post How can I move my PhotoVault from one device to another appeared first on Seth Goldstein | Philadelphia Web Designer and Social Media Marketer.
  • Customer Service and MediaTemple

    Seth
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    [View the story "Customer Service and MediaTemple" on Storify] The post Customer Service and MediaTemple appeared first on Seth Goldstein | Philadelphia Web Designer and Social Media Marketer.
  • +(mt) Media Temple Was Bought By +GoDaddy

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    (mt) Media Temple Was Bought By GoDaddy. What A Disaster! So GoDaddy bought MediaTemple. Now everything is going to pot. This once good service is starting to really suck. Their (GS) servers are getting clogged and not responding well. They used to be good, but now I think it's time to switch. GoDaddy has always been good for purchasing domain names, never for hosting. Apparently now that MediaTemple is part of Godaddy, MediaTemple now sucks. Both services have great tech support, but customer support is only as good as their service. Their support can be outstanding, which it is, but if…
  • So I got a message from a friend, but it wasn't that friend it was some guy spoofing…

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    So I got a message from a friend, but it wasn't that friend it was some guy spoofing his account from Syria. WTF View this post on Google+ The post So I got a message from a friend, but it wasn't that friend it was some guy spoofing… appeared first on Seth Goldstein | Philadelphia Web Designer and Social Media Marketer.
 
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    geeksonsteroids.com

  • Silicone Wristbands & Long-Lasting Authority

    GOS
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:01 pm
    What’s special about a silicone wristbands? When I first started thinking about trying to get my silicone wristband website going again I wondered what I would write about.  How in the world could I make talking about silicone wristbands interesting? After all, there isn’t much of anything interesting about a silicone wristband.  It does seem to make an interesting website I’ll need to teach you how to do something or entertain you.  After all, about all we care about is either improving our resume or entertaining ourselves.  It is rather sad when you think about it.
  • Silicone Wristbands & Content Marketing

    GOS
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Silicone Wristbands: How to Attract an Audience That Builds Your Business It’s been a couple years since I have messed around in the silicone wristband industry but about five years ago I had a website that was doing around $2,000.00 per month as a silicone wristband affiliate. Well…has faith would have it I stumbled across one of my old wristband websites the other day and got to thinking about setting it up once again as an affiliate to see what I could do with it.  The only problem with my silicone wristband website was that it got banned for what Google felt like was spamming…
  • How to Recover Ranking Position?

    GOS
    4 Jan 2014 | 8:15 am
    There seems to be a lot of webmasters wanting to recover lost Google rankings.  The first step in recovering your Google rankings is in understanding that Google ranks websites according to a formula and working within the guidelines created by this formula is crucial. To start with; This is my understanding of what is happening with Google.   There is a short list of people who knows how Google’s ranking algorithms work and I am not on that list. But since it is extremely doubtful anyone on that list is going to be answering your question I’ll give it a shot. With Google’s new…
  • What Does Google Really Care About?

    GOS
    25 Dec 2013 | 3:23 pm
    Taking a look at the things that really matter to Google and trying to understand Google.
  • Organic SEO vs PPC

    GOS
    25 Dec 2013 | 3:21 pm
    I’ll be honest although it is not a pouplar view I beleive your wasting your time in organic SEO unless you can figure out a way to become both different and better than the competition.
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    Design Instruct RSS Feed

  • The Only WordPress Plugins You Absolutely Must Have

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    WordPress (WP) is one of the most popular publishing platforms in the world. One of the things that make WordPress so ubiquitous is the platform's ability to be customized and improved through plugins. Continue reading...Continue Reading: The Only WordPress Plugins You Absolutely Must Have
  • How to Stay Creative and Productive While Working at Home

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    If you’re one of the many creative freelancers working from their home, you know how difficult it can sometimes be to get any work done. Continue reading...Continue Reading: How to Stay Creative and Productive While Working at Home
  • 10 Useful Responsive Design Testing Tools

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Testing to see how your design renders in mobile phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, and other types of Internet-capable devices is essential because nowadays there's an innumerable number of ways people look at our designs. Continue reading...Continue Reading: 10 Useful Responsive Design Testing Tools
  • Win a Subscription to Webydo: Professional Web Design Software

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Webydo -- an online web design software for creating stunning websites in your browser -- has teamed up with us to give our readers three 1-year subscriptions to their "One Site" plan (click here for details about the plan). Read on to see how you can win our giveaway! Continue reading...Continue Reading: Win a Subscription to Webydo: Professional Web Design Software
  • 15 Amazing Websites for Finding Free Design Resources

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Keeping costs low and clients happy with the work you deliver can be a very difficult balance to strike, especially for freelance designers. Fortunately, there are great free design resources online to help you out. Continue reading...Continue Reading: 15 Amazing Websites for Finding Free Design Resources
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    Reencoded

  • 15+ Coolest iPhone Optimized Websites

    Rick Deaver
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    nclud   Keypoint App   Pixel Umbrella   Please Fix the iPhone   Nike Lab   iPhone Toolbox   Flickr Mobile   Alex Buga   Twitter Erskine Design   Web Designer Depot   Blip.tv   Mind Medium Creative   Procab Studio   Coosh
  • Put A Stamp Or Seal On It – 25 Excellent Logo Designs

    Rick Deaver
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today’s logo showcase has some logos that look like stamps and seals. Most of these have a grungy style and it’s definitely a popular way to go. These are different, clever and good looking. We hope you’ll find some creative inspiration in this collection. Enjoy!                                                  
  • Stunning Stars – 30 Brilliant Logo Designs

    Rick Deaver
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Our logo design showcase today has many great logos with stars in them. These are clever and creative, and we hope you’ll find some creative inspiration here.   Enjoy!                                                            
  • 15 Awesome WordPress Portfolio Themes For Photographers

    Rick Deaver
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Infinity Demo | Download   Reflection: Photoblog Theme Demo | Download   F8 Lite Demo | Download   Minimatica Free WordPress Theme Demo | Download Portfolio Press Demo | Download   Fotofolio Landscape Demo | Download   Photo Biyori Demo | Download   Photo Blog Demo | Download   Imbalance Demo | Download   Viewport Demo | Download   Portfolium Demo | Download   Autofocus Demo | Download   Snapshot Demo | Download   Grace WordPress Photoblog Theme Demo | Download     Free Photo Gallery Theme By ShutterThemes Demo | Download
  • 8 Incredible Online Note Taking Services

    Rick Deaver
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Google Notebook   PrivNote: Evernote   Listhings   Jjot   UberNote   Penzu   NoteFish
 
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    Alphabetix

  • Happy 4.04 Not Found Day

    Kelly
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    Today is April 4th, or otherwise known as 4.04, which just happens to be the 404 HTTPS error status code for a missing page. We know what you’re thinking, that is a very geeky thing to celebrate, right? Maybe, but we coders like to have some fun with our 404 pages. The W3C outlines a 404 Code as: 404 Not Found The server has not found anything matching the Request-URI. No indication is given of whether the condition is temporary or permanent. The 410 (Gone) status code SHOULD be used if the server knows, through some internally configurable mechanism, that an old resource is permanently…
  • We Heart The New FiveThirtyEight Website

    Kelly
    29 Mar 2014 | 3:41 pm
    We all know that Nate Silver is a datasmith who has gained popularity and credibility in recent years for his published analyses and predictions of the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. What we love Nate for today is his newly redesigned FiveThirtyEight website. There is a ton to love about this website, especially for us web designers (and data nerds) with a penchant for everything political and sports. However, we thought it would be inspiring to showcase five elements of the website itself that truly demonstrate how cutting edge and terrific this website is. Here we go. FiveThirtyEight…
  • WordPress 3.8

    Kelly
    12 Dec 2013 | 1:54 am
    WordPress announced today their latest update of their fabulous open source content management system. Here at Alphabetix, we are strong advocates for WordPress, since it is a an effective, user friendly, and easy content management system for end users to navigate. Here are some of the highlights of their newest update, which they named for Charlie Parker. Introduces a new, modern admin design A fresh, uncluttered design Clean typography with Open Sans Superior contrast and large, comfortable type Responsive interfaces throughout Refined, theme management Smoother, click-to-add widget…
  • WordPress Plugin – Pretty Pinterest Pins

    Kelly
    10 Apr 2013 | 12:12 pm
    Want to show off some pretty Pinterest Pins on your website? Look no further than this WordPress Pretty Pinterest Pins plugin. What it Does The Pretty Pinterest Pins allows you to display thumbnails and links to anyone’s latest pins on Pinterest in your sidebar. With this widget, you can: Pull the latest pins from any Pinterest user Display only pins from specific boards Choose the number of pins to display Show or hide the image captions Display a “Follow me on Pinterest” button under your pins Installation is simple, just install the plugin and enter the Pinterest…
  • Hashtags

    Kelly
    7 Dec 2012 | 1:48 am
    Ah, hashtags. We love you and your ability to clarify and classify. Learn more about Awesome Website Design
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  • 5 Reasons Vimeo Beats YouTube For Your Business

    insivia
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:13 am
    I can already hear the YouTube mob grabbing their pitchforks and lighting their torches, so I’ll start by giving YouTube its deserved praise. There’s no doubt that it is the internet’s go-to big dog of video hosting. It also doesn’t hurt to be backed by a modest little corporation named Google . Over 1 billion unique visitors and 6 billion hours of video watched every month make Youtube the people’s champion. But the defending champ has a top contender by the name of Vimeo gaining quickly on its heels. Founded in 2004 (a year before YouTube) Vimeo hasn’t seen the meteoric rise…
  • How BuzzFeed Landed Me A Job

    insivia
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    I’m no visionary, but at some point the thought did cross my mind, “This is an industry filled with people that look at things in an atypical way.” Now, if I wanted to be one of them, how could I prove that I too had the capacity for this? It wasn’t enough to be educated, qualified, or knowledgeable, I had to demonstrate my unique ability to not just think outside the box, but live outside its walls as well. I’d spent months sitting at the library filling out dozens upon dozens of job applications, scouring LinkedIn for open positions, and occasionally being distracted by Buzzfeed.
  • The Never Ending Webpage

    insivia
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:21 am
    Have you noticed anything different about some of the websites you’ve been visiting lately? In particular, have you noticed that the menu bars have been shrinking and the page lengths, growing. I mean really growing. A LOT! In fact some of the most popular websites you go to don’t have page bottoms. I’m serious, go take a look at your Facebook or Twitter feeds and try to find the bottom of the page – can’t do it, can you…it’s practically infinite! Even the pages that eventually end are still pretty long and give you all the information on a single scrolling page. And if…
  • Tell Great Stories!

    insivia
    17 Mar 2014 | 9:55 am
    What’s the one thing that everyone loves? I’ll give you a hint – they’ve been around since the creation of fire, the wheel, and sliced bread. They’re what we occupy ourselves with on a constant basis, sometimes without even realizing it. We are addicted to them, inspired by them, and awed by what they have to offer. They are the backbone of a multi-billion dollar industry, yet they don’t cost a penny to create. What are they? They’re stories. Shared since the dawn of man – from cave drawings, to renaissance paintings, to digital screens; from stories you…
  • An Exciting Announcement from Andy & Insivia!

    insivia
    6 Mar 2014 | 8:34 am
    Come join us March 28th to get the first look at Insivia’s new PlanBold Marketing Software and receive a free 6 month subscription! Register for the Demo
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    Web Design and Development

  • BSD Canada 2014 conference

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Join Canadian BSD hackers at BSDCan 2014. This years event will be held on May 16th and 17th 2014 (Fri/Sat) at the University of Ottawa. Tutorial classes commence on May 14th and 15th 2014 (Wed/Thu).
  • Done with a dissertation, now back to blogging

    30 Mar 2014 | 6:53 am
    Dear readers,   After quite a few years of lots of hard work I am finally done with my dissertation. I was a wonderful, rewarding and challenging process, but I am ready to get back to my life fully which includes reading, writing  and using as many exciting technologies as I can hold o...
  • FoxyProxy Standard Firefox Web Browser addon

    27 Mar 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Circumvent your geographical location on the World Wide Web using a proxy server with the Firefox open source web browser. The following summarizes the basic steps required to browse the WWW using a FoxyProxy Standard with Firefox.
  • Linux-Based 3D Printing

    26 Mar 2014 | 1:21 am
    Printers have become an essential machine up to this date. Whether it is for personal use or business use, this type of machine could always give a hand to people who are in need of hard copy and 3D models.
  • Jailbreak you Apple iPhone iOS versions 7.0 through 7.0.6

    22 Mar 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Jailbreaking an Apple iPhone running iOS 7.0 through 7.0.6 takes 15 minutes using the evasi0n jailbreak. Expecct a user friendly experience. Curious about the inner workings of your iPhone or just want access to 50000+ applications with OpenSSH and root access; then a jailbreak is for you.
 
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    fresh tilled soil

  • The Dirt: Yahoo Fires Its COO, Google Shows Off Ara, and Apple Patents More Stuff

    Steve Hickey
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This week in news on The Dirt: we tackle the firing of Yahoo’s latest COO and his lovely golden parachute, Google’s improbable Project Ara (think of your phone as a collection of hi-tech legos), and the latest in Apple patents. Follow The Dirt on Twitter Listen to the Show http://traffic.libsyn.com/thedirt/93-news.mp3 Download the MP3 Subscribe through RSS Subscribe on iTunes Subscribe by E-mail Events Global Accessibility Awareness Day, May 15, 2014 Future Insights Live, June 16–20, 2014 Show Notes The Washtington Post: Yahoo Spends $58 Million to Fire its Chief Operating…
  • The Dirt: Visual Design Tools Redux

    Steve Hickey
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    The Dirt steps back into recent history and takes a quick look at some updates to Macaw before talking about this week’s hot design news: the release of Sketch 3. We also compare it to some other recent tools and discuss the impact on the visual design tool ecosystem. Follow The Dirt on Twitter Listen to the Show http://traffic.libsyn.com/thedirt/91-sketch.mp3 Download the MP3 Subscribe through RSS Subscribe on iTunes Subscribe by E-mail Events Global Accessibility Awareness Day, May 15, 2014 Future Insights Live, June 16–20, 2014 Show Notes Macaw Skala Sketch 3 Designer News: The…
  • Big Wins from the Aggregation of Small Marginal Gains

    Richard Banfield
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    Last year we doubled our revenues with a net gain of one new team member. That might seem improbable for a mature service company. Especially considering that we are essentially selling the time of the people on our team. It’s not impossible, but it is very hard. The secret is in the details. Like most of you we’ve grown tired of success stories and lists posted on social media claiming to revolutionize your business so let’s provide some context. To begin with, we’re not a new company. We’ve been around for almost 9 years. It’s been a bumpy journey and…
  • Digital Design Leadership Interviews: Tracey Halvorsen

    Richard Banfield
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    What makes a leader of a digital design team successful? How do they build the best possible team? How did they get their start? What is their approach to culture, process and project management? What are the macro influences that influence their decisions? This year we launched our UXPERT program. The idea behind UXPERT is to give all our team members an opportunity to study a topic that would deepen their domain knowledge. For a long time I’ve been fascinated by Digital Design Leadership so I’ve made it the focus of my study. The objective will be to gain insights into what…
  • The Dirt: Heartbleed, Non-Competes, and Twitter Being Lame

    Steve Hickey
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    This week on The Dirt: you can expect non-expert and sensationalist analysis of the apocalyptic Heartbleed bug, our bitter hatred of non-compete agreements and what Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick personally promised us he’d do about them, and our opinions on Twitter’s lame new profile design. Follow The Dirt on Twitter Listen to the Show http://traffic.libsyn.com/thedirt/91-news.mp3 Download the MP3 Subscribe through RSS Subscribe on iTunes Subscribe by E-mail Events Global Accessibility Awareness Day, May 15, 2014 Future Insights Live, June 16–20, 2014 Show Notes The…
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    Sievers Creative

  • How to ensure your WordPress updates go smoothly

    Roger Sievers
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    Sievers Creative It’s time for your WordPress updates, here are a few things that can help you make sure that the updating process goes smoothly. WordPress rolls out updates to their software quite often (usually monthly) and the updates include anything from security fixes, visual enhancements, and even added features. Below I’ll add a handy guide to help you through the updating process. You can also read up on WordPress.org’s website about handling WordPress updates. Let us manage it for you! Only $99/ mo for WordPress upgrades & two website content updates!Please…
  • Responsive Website for Lakeland Contractors LLC

    Roger Sievers
    13 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Sievers Creative We recently launched a new responsive website design for Lakeland Contractors LLC. We were approached through a mutual contact to help them with their website and overall online exposure. The folks at Lakeland Contractors LLC gave us a pdf of an ad they ran in the local newspaper and wanted us to create the website patterned after it. For the website we pulled the colors they used in their other marketing materials and created a website color scheme to match. One very important aspect of the website design was lead generation. We integrated a request information form in a…
  • Sievers Creative has joined the Red Wing Chamber

    Roger Sievers
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Sievers Creative It’s official, Sievers Creative has joined the amazing business community in Red Wing, MN. We can not say enough positive things about the Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce and  about Patty, Tammy, and Marion (The Chamber Ladies) down at the chamber office. The Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce is extremely active and proactive in the business community. Everything from business expos,  networking events like HYPE (helping young professionals emerge) and AM Espresso, to just all around making Red Wing area businesses stronger. As we build our business here in Red…
  • A guest post of ours for Printaholic: 10 Cool Brochure Designs

    Roger Sievers
    24 Jan 2014 | 10:33 am
    Sievers Creative Finding the right fit for your brochure design can be tricky. You want to ensure that it does a few important things. It needs to professionally represent your company, and it also needs to have an appropriate balance of imagery versus information. In the end, you can’t lose sight of the fact that a brochure’s sole purpose is to help you better market your business, so keep your business goals front and center when evaluating your brochure design. Click Here to visit the Article and see 10 creative brochure examples! The post A guest post of ours for Printaholic:…
  • The Jewelry Shop Website Design in New Richmond WI

    Roger Sievers
    21 Jan 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Sievers Creative The owner of The Jewelry Shop in New Richmond Wisconsin contacted us looking for a website designer to to help them build a new and refreshed website. While the old website wasn’t terrible, it utilized outdated technologies and wasn’t built to effectively handle mobile website traffic. So glad that I was given me your name – this is exactly what I have been looking for with the website! “BethOwnerThe Jewelry Shop We built a responsive website that allows them to showcase all the products they offer to their customers across all devices (mobile and…
 
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    SpyreStudios

  • Beginner’s Tutorials for various Content Management Systems

    Jake Rocheleau
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    Backend frameworks are the quickest and safest method to launch a new project online. Developers all over the world contribute to various CMS projects to ensure bugs are fixed and new features upgrade smoothly. But when this is all new to someone it can be very confusing, or even off-putting because there’s so much to learn and it seems impossible. Choosing a new content management system does require time and a lot of patience. You’ll want to use something that runs on your server environment(PHP, Rails, .NET) and also provides a straightforward administration panel. This gallery…
  • 10 Things Every Web Developer Should Do to Woo High-Paying Clients

    Robyn
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Every freelancer dreams of a land flowing with milk and honey where the perfect web development clients are ready and waiting to spend big bucks for a rocking website. A land where prospects understand the intricacies of the art and respect the skill and expertise of you, the developer, without giving you a 6 for a 9 or heavily discount your work. We’ve all heard stories of clients from hell and there are some developers I know who seem to have a platinum subscription to the hell clients express. As developers, we tend to complain a lot about these clients from hell without realizing…
  • 40 CSS Apps, Tools, and Resources for Web Developers

    Jake Rocheleau
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:41 am
    The task of coding a new website is often repetitive and time-consuming. It takes effort and hard work to build an HTML/CSS layout fitted properly in all browsers. Alternatively the design process is much more fluid to allow for new ideas and thought patterns. If you feel the web development cycle takes a bit too long then check out this fantastic gallery of CSS tools and resources. I’ve compiled a number of desktop applications, webapps, open source libraries and resources to help speed up CSS development. From beginners to experts alike, these resources should be useful to anyone who…
  • Common Challenges Freelance Designers Face – and How to Deal With Them

    noemi
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Becoming a freelancer has a LOT of perks, and many people with desk jobs regularly express envy about the freelancing lifestyle. What they may not know is that while there are a lot of great things about the life of freelance designers, there are also challenges that people who have 9 to 5 jobs may not have to worry about. Image source Whether you’re a starting freelance designer, or you’re still in the process of making the decision to take the leap, it is good to know about the common challenges freelance designers face. With knowledge comes power – the power to face those…
  • 20 Examples of Beautiful & Elegant Landing Pages

    noemi
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Editor’s Note: David works for Radley, who create beautiful handbags and purses. When he’s not working, he enjoys studying user interface and product design. For businesses on the web, beautiful design can go a long way. Great landing pages have been discussed before on this site, but I find with each design there’s always something new to discover. I’m a huge fan of landing pages that communicate their message elegantly and beautifully. A marketing page that says what it needs to, informs potential customers effectively and has a well crafted overall aesthetic tends to inspire…
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  • 5 Progress Loading Lines (YouTube Style) jQuery Plugins

    Sam Deering
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Today, here is a list of 5 Progress Loading Lines (YouTube Style) jQuery Plugins , an interesting idea as seen on YouTube! love using this on Angular SPA apps when switching between views. =) 1. nanobar Very very lightweight progress bars (~730 bytes gzipped). No...
  • 5+ Pixelate and Image Blur jQuery Plugins

    Sam Deering
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    In this post we are sharing with you 5+ Pixelate and Image Blur jQuery Plugins. They are mostly lightweight and easy to use with your images to get your that “blurred lines” effect. Check’em out! 1. pixelate.js Is a simple library and jQuery plugin to...
  • 5 New Premium jQuery Plugins 2014

    Sam Deering
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Paid plugins? huh? Well, you may want to check out our list of 5 New Premium jQuery Plugins 2014. Each plugin really worth a penny! TheZoom Lightbox is pretty cool. 1. jQuery Responsive OneByOne Slider Plugin A lightweight, responsive & layered jQuery plugin you can...
  • 5 New Touch Enabled jQuery Plugins 2014

    Sam Deering
    6 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    It’s always nice if we can flick through content on our mobile devices, this is why we are giving you our list of 5 New Touch Enabled jQuery Plugins 2014 you would like to try. They are simple to use, fully responsive and touch enabled....
  • 10+ Interesting Web Development Finds March 2014

    Sam Deering
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Some interesting web development stuff was found in March 2014. Here are the finds. =) Also see: FEBRUARY 2014 Finds 1. Prerender.io Allow your Javascript apps to be crawled perfectly by search engines. SourceDemo 2. REUSABLE D3 CHARTS AND COMPONENTS reD3 is a collection of...
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    Web Savvy Marketing

  • The Puzzle of Home Page Design

    Rebecca Gill
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:54 am
    Home page design isn’t just about headers, content, and footers. It is about asking the right questions and making sure those questions apply to your website visitors. It’s about finding solutions to problems and bringing it together within a cohesive design. Have You Ever Wondered? How do I make my website memorable? How do I make sure people stick when they hit my home page? How do I make sure website visitors dig into my content and explore my product or service offering? How do I make sure website visitors take a moment to reach out to us by email, phone, or inquiry form? If you read…
  • When It Comes to Branding, Simple is Good

    Rebecca Gill
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    When I first entered into the world of marketing, branding felt like a mystery to me. It scared me. I “got” the concept of marketing and was an SEO wizard, but the idea of building a brand was intimidating. The funny part of this stage in my life was that I was branding companies and products without realizing it. I was creating a brand simply by focusing on what made me, my company, and my product and service offering different. Branding for Normal Folk If you see the word brand and feel overwhelmed – don’t! A brand is simply a mental association that gets a user to think about a…
  • Friday’s Marketing Roundup: Good Reads for April 11th

    Rebecca Gill
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:57 am
    Greetings from CaboPress! This week’s marketing roundup comes to you from sunny Mexico. I am down at the ever so beautiful Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos. My journey south started Wednesday as I flew into Dallas, Texas to see Genesis colleague and friend Carrie Dils. I was gifted with a great day with Carrie, which is a huge treat for me because we live on opposite sides of the country. On Thursday I departed Dallas and flew into Cabo to attend an event called CaboPress that was arranged by Chris Lema. In attendance is Cory Miller, Karim Marucchi, Syed Balkhi, Jared Atchison, Ben…
  • Dream a Destination and Let Technology Take You There

    Rebecca Gill
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of presenting three sessions at the Girls Are IT! conference in Dearborn, Michigan. The event was organized by the Michigan Council for Women in Technology (MCWT), U-M – Dearborn, Lawrence Technological University, and University of Detroit Mercy. More than 350 school-aged girls arrived to learn about IT and how it can play a role in their lives and future careers. I was presenting about WordPress and how the CMS software can be used to create a free blog and scale to manage the needs of celebrities, universities and large corporations. Know Your Audience…
  • Friday’s Marketing Roundup: Good Reads for April 4th

    Rebecca Gill
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Happy Friday! We’re back again with a quick update on this week’s interesting articles on WordPress, website design, usability, SEO and social media. This week there were some great articles to read and digest, but if you ask me, I think the WordPress podcasts stole the show. It seems everyone is jumping into podcasting and this week there have been some fabulous folks chatting about design, usability, and best practices in WordPress businesses. Podcasts are becoming an important part of the WordPress ecosystem, so I’ve given them their own section. If you are a blogger or…
 
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    1stwebdesigner

  • Retina-fy: Creating High Density Retina Displays for Your Website

    Sam Norton
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    High density retina displays or screens, like Apple’s Retina Display, have lots of pixels in a small space that it is almost impossible see the pixelation, thus, displaying smoother images and texts. Although Apple offered it first on the market, manufacturers have been releasing similar devices recently to compete with Apple. When using Retina Display devices, you can see that other sites online appear blurry. This is because of the low-resolution images being stretched to fill the screen that makes the site look disgusting. A Retina Display scales 1px to 2px, making the size double.
  • Create a Sliding Navigation Menu in CSS3 and jQuery 4 Easy Steps

    Sam Norton
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    There are many ways to create a navigation menu for the Web. One of the most popular navigation menus is the accordion look drop-down navigation that slides up and down, showing its sub-menus when toggled. In this tutorial, we’re going to build a sliding navigation menu using CSS3, along with some jQuery codes to manage the sliding animation. Let’s get started. The Final Output Download Source Files View Demo Using Font Awesome (Web Icons) For this tutorial, instead of using ordinary .png icons for our sliding navigation, we will be using Font Awesome. There are a lot of…
  • 11 Minimalist Office Setups

    Rudolph Musngi
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Less is more This quote is becoming more sensible, especially for designers who have adapted the minimalist design approach. Over the years, minimalism, or the act of putting away irrelevant things to make space for the relevant ones, has become a regular part of every modern design principle. As web designers, we too, practice the same maxim. In fact, we even want to make this philosophy for living our lives. We strive to achieve such state that we even want our office setups or work space to reflect what we believe in. For one, having a minimalist design in your office setup has its…
  • 30 Stunning WebGL Examples and Demos in Action

    Sam Norton
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    WebGL(Web Graphics Library) was released  on the Web early last year. Its ability to use HTML5 Canvas elements to generate graphics dynamically made it easy for web designers and developers to create smooth 2D and 3D effects. Here are some WebGL examples and demos you should look at. WebGL is a branch of OpenGL based on OpenGL Embedded Systems (ES). It is a JavaScript API for drawing 2D and 3D graphics in a compatible web browser of an HTML5 canvas without the use of plugins. This Javascript API is managed by the consortium of non-profit technology Khronos Group and work together with…
  • Creating a Responsive Email Template

    Sam Norton
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    As smart phones and tablets have become popular, more and more people are have been reading their emails regularly on their small screen devices. According to Campaign Monitor, mobile surpassed web and desktop client usage last July 2012. As the mobile email usage grows, web developers and designer must consider optimizing the look of their email newsletters on phones and tablet. Email clients such as Outlook (Windows), Mail (OSX), etc. use different HTML engines. Many have some rules and regulations. That being said, some CSS might work while some might not. So, in making an email template,…
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  • Snow Falling Effect over Picture in Photoshop

    Wijdan Rohail
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    Today we are going to work over some pictures. In this Photoshop Tutorial we are going to give Snow Falling Effect over Picture in Photoshop. This is very short Photoshop Tutorial, you will get the result in very short time. Very simple, easy Photoshop Tutorial, hopefully you will love it. Final Result of Snow Falling Effect over Picture in Photoshop: Here is what we are going to get the result of Picture. Snowfalling Effect over Picture in Photoshop Step 1: New Picture File Start out by creating a new file. Then, insert the photo you want to add the Snow Falling effect on. Step 2: Create a…
  • Fried Egg Design in Photoshop

    Wijdan Rohail
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    This Photoshop Tutorial will teach you some basic tools and commands of Photoshop. This Photoshop Tutorial is about Fried Egg Design in Photoshop. You will learn some tools like Bucket Tool, Ellipse Tool, etc. You will also learn some Layer Styles like Inner Glow, Pattern Overlay, inner Shadow etc. So you will enjoy working on this nice Photoshop Tutorial. Final Preview of Fried Egg Design in Photoshop: This is what we are going to make in Photoshop. Step 1: New File Start out by creating a new file. Use the following settings: Dimensions: 700×500 px Resolution: 72dpi Color Mode RGB color.
  • Cold Blooded Text Effect in Photoshop

    Wijdan Rohail
    23 Mar 2014 | 11:31 am
    A Bit Scary, today we are going to work on Photoshop Tutorial about Text Effect. In this Photoshop Tutorial you will learn how to give Cold Blooded Text Effect in Photoshop. Very nice and useful Tutorial for those who are learning Photoshop and need some techniques about Text Effects. So you will be working on some Tools and Commands in this Tutorial. Final Result of Cold Blooded Text Effect: Step 1: New File Start out by creating a new file. Use the following settings; Dimensions: 900×600 px, Resolution: 72dpi, Color Mode: RGB color, Background: black background. Step 2: Select the…
  • Delicious Pie Design in Photoshop

    Wijdan Rohail
    16 Mar 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Today we are going to work on Delicious Pie Design in Photoshop, in this Photoshop Tutorial we are going to use some of the basic tools and commands. We will be covering Pen tool, Ellipse Tool, Rectangular Marquee Tool, Bucket Tool etc. We will also be studying the use of Inner Glow, Outer Glow, Pattern Overlay etc. So lets start working over Simple but important Photoshop Tutorial. Here is the Final Result of Delicious Pie Design in Photoshop: Step 1: New File Start out by creating a new file. Use the following settings; Dimensions: 600×560px, Resolution: 72dpi, Color Mode RGB color. Then,…
  • Taking Advantage of Customer Feedback

    Mehreen Ali
    18 Feb 2014 | 7:42 pm
    It is so much simpler today to find out what customers want, than it ever was before. Of course, the same things that make it so much easier to find out how best to serve customers can also make these people more difficult to satisfy. Analysis and data can be very helpful, but they simply won’t do the whole job. What is important to remember, and easy to forget, is that customers are real people, not just figurative characters or statistics. Real people have voices, and like to be heard. There is no simpler way to find out what people want than by just asking them. In addition, today,…
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  • Oracle VM Templates For EBS 12.2.3 For Exalogic

    tnoyes
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:49 am
    We are pleased to announce that Oracle VM Templates for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.3 for Exalogic are available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud: Oracle VM: E-Business Suite These VM templates can be imported into the Enterprise Manager Ops Center to deploy E-Business Suite Linux 64-bit environments on Exalogic servers for demonstration, development or production use. The Exalogic Elastic Cloud platform is optimized for the application tier. We recommend that you run databases that experience heavy loads (such as User Acceptance Tests or Production databases) on a…
  • Moving Forward

    fteter
    22 Mar 2014 | 8:55 am
    Seems to be quite a bit of buzz in the enterprise software user community these days about moving forward.  Budgets have loosened up, users want better experiences, in-house IT providers want to reduce maintenance and infrastructure investments, C-level officers want better and more timely information on strategic initiatives, and everybody wants to be agile (even though there are multiple visions of agile, we all want it).  So it seems the big question lately is "how do we move forward"?Most of my posts lately sound like "blasts from the past"...you can probably add this post to…
  • Important Updates to EBS 12.2 AD and TXK Tools

    Robert Farrington
    13 Mar 2014 | 3:30 pm
    We are pleased to announce two new updates for the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Technology Stack (TXK) and  Applications DBA (AD) suite of administrative tools respectively.  They include important Online Patching updates.  All EBS 12.2 users are strongly encouraged to apply these new updates to their environments as soon as possible. The updates include: New features: simplified addition and deletion of Weblogic Server managed servers, new Online Patching Log Analyzer utility, and additional Online Patching options. Stability and performance-related updates. You can download…
  • Deja Vu in Higher Education

    fteter
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:22 pm
    And I feel like I've been here beforeFeel like I've been here before                  --From "Deja Vu" by Crosby, Stills & NashAs I write this, I'm sitting in my hotel room resting up from another day at Alliance.  Sore feet, sore back, great conference.  I'm also having a Deja Vu experience:  Oracle made some product announcements here that hearken back to the early days of Fusion Applications (aka Oracle Cloud Application Services).So, as you're probably heard, Oracle announced three new products directed specifically at the…
  • Hanging With The HEUG

    fteter
    9 Mar 2014 | 3:37 pm
    So I'm hanging with the Higher Education User Group this week in Las Vegas; Alliance 2014.  It's been a year or so since I've gotten to Alliance, so it's pretty cool to be back here.  I'm also excited in general about working with Higher Education customers.  I've only been here for a day so far, but I've noticed some very obvious things already:The people here are almost desperate to provide their students with a 21st century experience.  They feel the need to have their student systems match the excellence found in their academics and research.Many of the schools…
 
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  • Multimedia Content: A New Business Frontier?

    Vivek Dhande
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Multimedia is the combination of two or more different forms of content. When you think about it in such simple terms, almost everything we now see, hear or experience is some form of multimedia content. Movies, TV shows, music videos and computer games characterize our daily lives, they're what we experience, or read and hear about online or from our friends and family. Having a great effect on our everyday lives also means that multimedia has a great effect on the way we do business. Quite frankly, business is changing. The necessity for digital and social media strategy is becoming ever…
  • The New Colossal Bundle with $10,063 worth of Top-Quality Resources – From $49

    Vivek Dhande
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    Inky Deals is one of the leading deals websites in the design community, with an extended family of more than 300,000 design enthusiasts. It’s the place to go if you want to buy premium resources at unbeatable prices, whether you’re a graphic or web designer, developer, or business owner looking to improve yourself and your work.They’re the only ones who offer a 200% money back guarantee on every product. This means that if you’re not happy with it, you get your money back and you also get to keep the product.Inky Deals came up with the biggest design bundle ever, the immensely…
  • Starting Your Own Internet Business in 6 Easy Steps – It's Easier Than You Think!

    Vivek Dhande
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:59 pm
    An internet business is essentially a virtual storefront through which consumers can purchase products or services and for obvious reasons, internet businesses have become incredibly popular over the last decade or so with small business owners and entrepreneurs. But whilst internet businesses might well be easier to set up than their traditional counterparts and require less investment capital, that does NOT mean they don't require as much, if not more commitment and work.Before you even consider seriously investing in your only business there are a number of questions you should be asking…
  • All About Automated Marketing Platforms

    Vivek Dhande
    30 Mar 2014 | 2:59 am
    Automated marketing is a growing trend in any business looking to increase sales and reduce operating costs. In other words, any business can benefit from an automated marketing platform. So, if automated marketing can help your company grow and attract and retain new customers, then it has to be a no-brainer, right? Maybe.How do you know which automated marketing platform is right for your needs? And, if you do determine the best platform fit, should you administer it yourself or enlist the help of a full-service automation company?Here are some tips in answering these questions about…
  • How to Care for Your Digital Camera

    Vivek Dhande
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:51 pm
    If you have a Fuji pro digital camera, it is important to invest the time to properly care for it. After all, you do not want to have to buy a new one next month. Certain elements of caring for this important possession might come obvious to many people. For example, it’s rare that anyone is going to willingly place his or her camera in water. However, other features of the care process may be less clear. To ensure that you properly protect your camera, the following guide should help you.1. Clean the Lens ProperlyWhenever your lens needs cleaning, it is important to use the proper tools.
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  • Collective #111

    Mary Lou
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    Inspirational Website of the Week: Active Theory A truly inspirational digital experience. The website of Active Theory makes use of some unusual shapes and interesting scrolling and hover effects. Our pick this week. Get inspired Post Flat Design Wells Riley points out the over-simplification in UI design that happened due to the flat design trend and suggests a less strict approach that embraces the reintroduction of skeuomorphic styles and depth where sensible. Read it Advanced animation path A great tutorial by Oleg Solomka on how to animate SVG paths and animate along them. Check it out…
  • How to Create a Circular Progress Button

    Mary Lou
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    View demo Download source Today we are going to show you how to implement a nifty progress button concept. The concept is the fabulous Submit Button by Colin Garven. Take a look at it first to get an idea of what steps need to be done, and enjoy the animation. The idea behind the button is the following: once clicked, the submit button is transformed into a circle that will show a progress animation using its border. When the progress animation is finished, the button will expand again and show a checkmark to confirm that the submission is complete, as Colin mentions in a comment. We are…
  • Collective #110

    Mary Lou
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Inspirational Website of the Week: 1979 by Deru A compelling artistic website which makes use of some modern web techniques, introducing the new album by composer Benjamin Wynn, a.k.a. Deru. Get inspired Google Night Walk An immersive night journey through Cours Julien, a neighborhood of Marseille famous for its unique atmosphere and street art. A fantastic digital experience by Google. Check it out Magic of CSS An excellent textbook by Adam Schwartz with a very practical approach to learning the twisted magic of CSS. Check it out Font-To-Width A script by Nick Sherman and Chris Lewis that…
  • Minimal Form Interface

    Mary Lou
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:46 pm
    View demo Download source Today we’d like share a very simplistic form interface with you. You’ve probably seen this kind of single input view form in several modern websites. We spotted one in the end of the PageLanes website and thought that this is a really nice and user-friendly concept for a form. So, the idea is to show the user just one input field at a time, without any clutter or distractions, but only with elements that are helpful in indicating how much needs to be filled. On the PageLanes form this is done by adding the step information to the button that will show the…
  • Collective #109

    Mary Lou
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:32 am
    Inspirational Website of the Week: NZK Nicolas Zezuka makes some magic happen on his excellently crafted website. Our pick this week. Get inspired devices.css A set of eight beautiful flat design mobile devices made with CSS by Oleg Tsaplin. Check it out WTF, HTML and CSS? A collection of frustrating HTML and CSS quandaries, miscues, and dilemmas. Curated by Mark Otto. Check it out Spring-cleaning Unused CSS With Grunt, Gulp, Broccoli or Brunch A great write-up by Addy Osmani on build tasks for removing unused CSS in your pages. Read it A Modern Designer’s Canvas A truly inspiring…
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  • 25 Best Premium WordPress Theme Collections

    Shevaa
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:22 am
    There are thousands of Best WordPress themes out there, but finding perfect is always seems to be more challenging. This premium WordPress theme comes with great features like a short code generator, WPMU compatible and custom widgets. I’ve found that it’s usually worth investing in a good premium theme to get everything you want without [...]
  • 25 Fresh HTML5 Websites for your Inspiration

    Shevaa
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    Creative websites are being created every day pushing the limitations of HTML in each direction, new technologies like HTML5 helps to designing a trendy and stylish websites. After all the benefits of HTML5 settled, we can see websites taking advantage of it to create smooth transitions, nice image sliders and animations. These have become new [...]
  • 40 Expressive Packaging Designs

    Shevaa
    6 Mar 2014 | 3:32 am
    A first impression makes all the difference; Designers can always learn a lot from good design in all mediums. Creating an eye-catching high quality package designs will capture consumer’s attention soon. Packaging Designs that are inspire for a lot of reasons illustration, typography, color, Images, and textures. In this article we’ll showcase 40 Expressive examples [...]
  • 25 Fresh Fullscreen Background Websites for your Inspiration

    Shevaa
    24 Feb 2014 | 3:12 am
    In recent years using full screen background image is becoming more and more extremely trendy in website design. Large background images always a key tool for grabbing visitor’s attention as we’ve seen in posters and advertisements, and its offers far less work in a site design. In this post we’ll showcase 25 Fresh Full screen [...]
  • 25+ Ultimate Collection of Photoshop Tutorials

    Shevaa
    17 Feb 2014 | 3:46 am
    Adobe Photoshop is one of the most powerful graphics editing tool. Photoshop provides a wide range of possibilities for professionals to bring their digital creativity. This tutorials brings you that enable you to create your own masterpiece. Sometimes, you cant find it some of the highest creative photoshop tutorials using search engines. If you’re looking [...]
 
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  • Link Removal Services

    Nick Ker
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Our Link Removal Service is what you need if you find yourself facing a link-based penalty or have been hit by the Penguin algorithm update. Link Removal Services is from: Ker Communications
  • Unnatural Links Message in Webmaster Tools – What to Do

    Nick Ker
    21 Mar 2014 | 10:36 am
    Did you get an Unnatural Links Warning? Finger pointing is not helpful, though it may make you feel better. The thing to do now is fix the problem, not the blame. Unnatural Links Message in Webmaster Tools – What to Do is from: Ker Communications
  • Did Everyone Forget About On Page Optimization?

    Nick Ker
    21 Feb 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Have you done all you can do to make the most of what you already have? Probably not. Many people go straight for link building and content marketing without optimizing the site itself... Did Everyone Forget About On Page Optimization? is from: Ker Communications
  • Link Earning Is The Future, But Link Building Is Not Dead Yet

    Nick Ker
    3 Feb 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Links will become less important to search engines in the not so distant future, they are still a big part of how Google ranks websites in the search results… Link Earning Is The Future, But Link Building Is Not Dead Yet is from: Ker Communications
  • This is why we can’t have nice things in the SEO space…

    Nick Ker
    22 Jan 2014 | 8:59 am
    Guest blogging and older link building methods are dead… or are they? A look at things SEOs ruined, Google killed, and some that rise from the dead in the absence of spam… This is why we can’t have nice things in the SEO space… is from: Ker Communications
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  • Collective #111

    Mary Lou
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    Inspirational Website of the Week: Active Theory A truly inspirational digital experience. The website of Active Theory makes use of some unusual shapes and interesting scrolling and hover effects. Our pick this week. Get inspired Post Flat Design Wells Riley points out the over-simplification in UI design that happened due to the flat design trend and suggests a less strict approach that embraces the reintroduction of skeuomorphic styles and depth where sensible. Read it Advanced animation path A great tutorial by Oleg Solomka on how to animate SVG paths and animate along them. Check it out…
  • How to Create a Circular Progress Button

    Mary Lou
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    View demo Download source Today we are going to show you how to implement a nifty progress button concept. The concept is the fabulous Submit Button by Colin Garven. Take a look at it first to get an idea of what steps need to be done, and enjoy the animation. The idea behind the button is the following: once clicked, the submit button is transformed into a circle that will show a progress animation using its border. When the progress animation is finished, the button will expand again and show a checkmark to confirm that the submission is complete, as Colin mentions in a comment. We are…
  • Collective #110

    Mary Lou
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Inspirational Website of the Week: 1979 by Deru A compelling artistic website which makes use of some modern web techniques, introducing the new album by composer Benjamin Wynn, a.k.a. Deru. Get inspired Google Night Walk An immersive night journey through Cours Julien, a neighborhood of Marseille famous for its unique atmosphere and street art. A fantastic digital experience by Google. Check it out Magic of CSS An excellent textbook by Adam Schwartz with a very practical approach to learning the twisted magic of CSS. Check it out Font-To-Width A script by Nick Sherman and Chris Lewis that…
  • Minimal Form Interface

    Mary Lou
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:46 pm
    View demo Download source Today we’d like share a very simplistic form interface with you. You’ve probably seen this kind of single input view form in several modern websites. We spotted one in the end of the PageLanes website and thought that this is a really nice and user-friendly concept for a form. So, the idea is to show the user just one input field at a time, without any clutter or distractions, but only with elements that are helpful in indicating how much needs to be filled. On the PageLanes form this is done by adding the step information to the button that will show the…
  • Collective #109

    Mary Lou
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:32 am
    Inspirational Website of the Week: NZK Nicolas Zezuka makes some magic happen on his excellently crafted website. Our pick this week. Get inspired devices.css A set of eight beautiful flat design mobile devices made with CSS by Oleg Tsaplin. Check it out WTF, HTML and CSS? A collection of frustrating HTML and CSS quandaries, miscues, and dilemmas. Curated by Mark Otto. Check it out Spring-cleaning Unused CSS With Grunt, Gulp, Broccoli or Brunch A great write-up by Addy Osmani on build tasks for removing unused CSS in your pages. Read it A Modern Designer’s Canvas A truly inspiring…
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  • Jetpack 2.9.3: Critical Security Update

    James
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Just five days ago, on April 10th, 2014, Jetpack released their latest plugin version. During a security audit, they found a bug that allows attackers to bypass a site’s access controls and publish posts. This vulnerability combined with other attacks could escalate access. So if you haven’t updated your version of Jetpack, go to your […]
  • WordPress 3.8.2 Security Release

    James
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Yesterday, April 8th, 2014, WordPress released their latest updated. WordPress 3.8.2 is a security release and its recommend that you update to this version. If you have auto updates configured then you should have received an email that your sites were updated. If not update them ASAP. WordPress 3.8.2 Security Release Below is the import […]
  • The Top Selling StudioPress Child Themes for February 2014

    James
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:29 am
    WordPress is one of the more popular content management systems available for website owners. With so many options and themes available out there, I always recommend StudioPress’ Genesis Framework and the premium child themes they offer. In addition to having the option of easily switching between themes, the framework also offers instant framework updates, first […]
  • Great News! WP Reviews V1.1.9: Update now has Default Repeated Criteria Fields and More

    James
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Today my friend Hesham of Author Review and WP Reviews just released his latest update. Among other things, it has default criteria fields! Now you can create a new set of criteria for your reviews and enable them across new and old reviews on your site. WP Reviews V1.1.9 Update About a month ago I […]
  • Elegant Themes Price Changes for New Members

    James
    22 Mar 2014 | 11:56 pm
    On March 19, 2014 Elegant Themes raised their single user new member rates from $39 to $69 for all new customers. Elegant Themes For years, Elegant Themes has had the same prices for new memberships for years and has always had the best prices for their complete collection of themes for one low price. Even […]
 
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  • Destruction comes creation, a series of paint in water sculptures

    Mars Cureg
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:42 am
    The idea behind this series was to show that from destruction comes creation. As the paint falls there is a constant point of creation, but at the same time it destroys itself.  This series is from the creative work of Chris Slabber who grew up in the small South African town of Oudtshoorn at the heart of the Klein Karoo. This was where he gained his love for Surrealism and surrounding genres. H started off studying fine arts from a young age and eventually began too apply this knowledge in a more design like way. You can check his Behance portfolio for more creative works. Amper Engel Die…
  • Don’t commit these 10 visual web design mistakes!

    Mars Cureg
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:47 pm
    We mostly come across the bad web design than the good ones while surfing the internet. If you come across a poor web design with equally poor layout, you are not at all motivated to come back for more or bookmark it. Chances are that you are going to leave those websites forever and never turn back again. A bad visual web design can literally turn the tables the wrong way and we can say that they can be the prominent game changers too. Here are the top 10 mistakes that you must avoid in order to ensure that the same visual web design mistakes are never committed. Use of bad fonts Make sure…
  • 12 Fantastic Tools for Graphic Designers

    Mars Cureg
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:29 am
    As a graphic designer, you need to arm yourself with two things: an unbridled creativity and an enviable tool-set that would help you achieve the perfect result. Here we talk about the 12 Best Tools for Graphic Designers.  Skyfonts: one of the new-age apps that has made life easier for graphic designers, Skyfonts allows you to directly download all kinds of fonts off the web and directly into your computer. This is quite similar to the desktop feature of Adobe CreativeCloud’s Typekit. It also comes armed with the entire gamut of Webfonts of Google that will enable the designers to…
  • Free Resume Template

    Mars Cureg
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:35 pm
    This project is a resume template that was designed for personal use by the author. He created the design in such a way that it can be used in all industries. The professional layout is great for catching the eye of HR representatives. The typeface used is a free font called open-sans, which is also included in the file. About the designer Ayoob Ullah a multi- disciplinary designer, mainly focusing in branding, packaging and typography. Currently working as a freelance designer. Major influences include, the art deco era, architecture, and music. You can visit his Behance portfolio or follow…
  • Free Flat Hipster Icons Design Pack

    Mars Cureg
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Most of those who are in design field loves to work and get their designing task to be done quickly and without risking the superiority of their output. The trick is to scout for free design pack out there that you can use and immediately drag to your canvas. The most tedious and it needs a pixel perfect ability is the process of designing icons that will stand out and pleasing to the eyes. Today, we are sharing you this free Flat Hipster Icons Design Pack. This lovely icons design pack was made for fun by Tsveta Petrova a junior designer at Tradeo.com. Iconography, Web Design, Typography and…
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  • Extending Layout Control in WordPress by Combining Shortcodes and Advanced Custom Fields Plugin

    Amber Weinberg
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    A lot of my clients want the ultimate control when it comes to the layout of their website. While this isn’t usually affordable or feasible in normal websites, the Advanced Custom Fields plugin has been a godsend in allowing developers to go beyond basic WordPress functionality and into more advanced ways of content control and layouts. This became even more noticeable when I added on the Repeater field extension, which meant I no longer needed custom post types for small repeating items like sliders. Instead, I could house it on the homepage (or wherever the slider laid). And yes,…
  • Perks of Having A Side Project

    Amber Weinberg
    6 Mar 2014 | 10:31 am
    This past three weeks have seen me working hard on my new project, Skeinly. While it has nothing to do with our web industry (besides being a web app itself), it’s pushing me far forward in terms of skill and knowledge. So far I’ve had to sit down and write up business plans and ideas, draw UI wireframes, help the designer make decisions and think in terms of UX and actual users….and we haven’t even gotten past the landing page yet. In my every day work, I’m handed design mockups to code. There’s not much thinking beyond the code itself – and even…
  • Advanced WordPress Tutorial: Making a Switching Category Menu

    Amber Weinberg
    23 Jan 2014 | 8:01 am
    A client of mine wanted to make a horizontal menu that listed all of their categories. Easy enough! But the client was going to have lots of categories, which meant that most would either have to be left out, or the horizontal list of categories was going to have to be multi-line. Not so good. So they asked if I could do something fancy and make an almost-slideshow-like menu with next/prev links to switch between them all. It looked like this: And of course, when clicking the more button: I knew I needed to set up the links in an unordered list in groups of seven. My first challenge was to…
  • Changes In My Development Workflow

    Amber Weinberg
    1 Jan 2014 | 10:06 am
    I didn’t want to just post the typical New Year’s look-back at 2013 – so I’m doing something a little different. Although I’ve stayed away from using things like pre-processors and frameworks, I’ve noticed that my code and workflow is always naturally evolving and improving. I’ll tend to do something the same for awhile, and then all of a sudden I’ll find myself asking, “Is this right? Is there a better way to do this?”. Those questions lead to research, which usually leads to a better way of doing things. Today I want to talk about…
  • Why I Joined the Bitcoin Gold Rush

    Amber Weinberg
    18 Dec 2013 | 2:55 pm
    What is Bitcoin? In simplest terms (and simple is what I can understand) it’s web currency. I like to think of it in terms of investing, or shares, but it’s really so much more than that. You can pay for items in both the physical and web world using Bitcoin and it’s a currency that’s free from any form of government or bank. This allows you anonymity (your bitcoin address can be a string of characters) and supposedly offers some kind of detachment from  real life currency and security against failing government currency (which is untrue, as we saw in today’s…
 
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  • 5 Beautiful Fonts for Inspiration

    Carmela Maraan
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Microbrew is a versatile, vintage-inspired all caps display font with 14 styles, retro banners, ornaments, and symbols that are perfect for retro poster designs. Pancetta Pro is a sans serif font tbat features pillow-shaped terminals, 8 weights, italics, small caps, and six sets of digits. Its modern and clean lines make it great for all-around use. Argo is an Art deco-inspired typeface that boasts of clean yet decoratively fluid lines. It has 180 characters that include uppercase, lowercase, numbers, glyphs, ligatures and accents, and is ideal for designs that emulate affluence and luxury.
  • 15 Logo Designs to Inspire You

    Carmela Maraan
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:42 pm
    The logo is the most important symbol in your brand, whether you sell products, services, or run a website. It stands for your company’s identity and direction, and should be well-designed enough to be meaningful, stand out from its competitors, make a great first impression on prospective customers, and be easily recognizable. If you’re a startup who’s designing your logo or wish to reinvent it, here are a few creative designs that can get you going. Notice that many of these capitalize on visual wordplay, so you can take your design from there. SoftFaçade Kameleon…
  • How to Make a Fantasy Tree Woman Scene with Photoshop

    Carmela Maraan
    13 Mar 2014 | 7:01 am
    This tutorial by Jenny Le of Photoshop Star will teach you how to make an ethereal fantasy tree woman scene with Photoshop. Her techniques include photo manipulation blending, masking, using the brush tool, adjusting color, and working with groups. This exercise requires Photoshop CS3 +, an intermediate skill level, and will take about 3 hours to complete. First, you need to download your resources such as those in the list below, or you can improvise with your own images. Ground Sky Tree root Tree Model Branch 1 Branches 2 Crow 1 Crow 2 Leaves This tutorial helps you produce flexible…
  • How To Make a Vintage Emblem Style Logo With Illustrator and Photoshop

    Carmela Maraan
    17 Feb 2014 | 9:40 pm
    A retro look adds a certain timelessness to any design, and this is no exception. Created by Chris Spooner of BlogSpoonGraphics, this tutorial will show you how to create a cool vintage style emblem logo using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. But before you start, you should sign up for his site first to be able to download the files you need. Otherwise, you can use this tutorial as a guide or inspiration for creating your own retro design. For this task you will be creating a striking gym logo that combines classic design elements such as black-and-white graphic shapes (circles, stars, dots,…
  • 10 Great Fonts for Valentine’s Day

    Carmela Maraan
    14 Feb 2014 | 5:44 am
    Now that the Day of Hearts is upon us once again, it’s time to whip out those fonts! Check out these beautiful fonts that I found that would be perfect for your Valentine’s Day-themed projects and designs. Don’t forget to hit us up to share the designs you’ve come up with. Rosewoodstd Regular Love Letters Cupid de Locke Loveness Three From Me 2 You Janda Swirly Twirly Fool For Love Amelie Cupcake Lydia Puente
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  • Crumpet – A Deliciously Simple Reponsive Framework

    Ray Cheung
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    Advertise here via BSACrumpet is a deliciously simple SASS/SCSS responsive framework that keeps your HTML clean & stays out of your way. Built to make use of placeholder selectors to reduce the size of your HTML markup. No one likes messy HTML. Creating website layouts fast & responsive will be a breeze. Not windy like it is in Autumn. Allows you the freedom to do what you want with your code. Easy and simple to hack about and make your own. Everything is straight forward, all of the code is commented and gives you instructions on how to use Crumpet, so you can spend all your time…
  • Highly Customizable Tagging System jQuery Plugin

    Ray Cheung
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:13 am
    Advertise here via BSATaggingJS is a jQuery plugin to create an highly customizable front-end tag system. It is less than 3 kb and support major browsers in the world. It is licensed under MIT License. There are several ways to customize the default behavior of taggingJS: 1. Use a JavaScript custom_options object to customize the global taggingJS behavior. 2. Use data attributes in the tagBox HTML Markup. 3. Use a combination of the first two way. Requirements: jQuery Framework Demo: http://sniperwolf.github.io/taggingJS/ License: MIT License SponsorsProfessional Web Icons for Your Websites…
  • Vis.js – Dynamic Browser Based Visualization Library

    Ray Cheung
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:11 am
    Advertise here via BSAVis.js is a dynamic, browser based visualization library. The library is designed to be easy to use, handle large amounts of dynamic data, and enable manipulation of the data. The library consists of the following components: DataSet and DataView. A flexible key/value based data set. Add, update, and remove items. Subscribe on changes in the data set. Filter and order items and convert fields of items. Timeline. Display different types of data on a timeline. The timeline and the items on the timeline can be interactively moved, zoomed, and manipulated. Graph. Display an…
  • Drag and Drop jQuery File Uploader with Progress Bar

    Ray Cheung
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    Advertise here via BSAjQuery File Uploader is a jQuery plugin to drag and drop files, including ajax upload and progress bar. The idea for this plugin is to keep it very simple; unlike other options/plugins that mess up a lot with the markup and provide some really ‘hacky’ ways to make it available for prehistoric browsers. The focus will be for modern browsers, but also providing a method to know when is the plugin is not supported; with an easy interface to use on any design you come up. Dual licensed under the MIT and GPL licenses. Requirements: jQuery frameworks Demo:…
  • Giveaway: $900 Worth of Services of PSD2HTML

    Ray Cheung
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:03 am
    Advertise here via BSAPSD2HTML.com is a technology-savvy company that is committed to high quality conversions of graphic web design into HTML and CMS like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal to provide a better user experience for websites. Once you see how much they can help in terms of overall design, responsiveness, and growth, you won’t want to leave their sides. They have a research lab that is on the cutting edge of technology and are determined to keep it that way to give you, the customer, more of what you are looking at now and in the future. PSD2HTML.com is making it possible to learn…
 
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  • Deal of the week: 50% off the amazing Typo-painter

    WebdesignerDepot Staff
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    Typographic art is all the rage, with everyone from politicians to pop-stars finding their speeches, lyrics and quotes transformed into portraits of themselves. The trouble is, the old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words tends to be true; it takes a lot of time to rearrange words and letters convincingly so that they form a realistic image. So we’re delighted that our sister-site, MightyDeals.com, has found a way to speed up the process by arranging a fantastic deal on Typo-Painter. Typo-painter is an amazing Photoshop plugin that will do all this hard work for you, leaving…
  • Perfect your website with 3 simple UX research methods

    Paula Borowska
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:15 am
    User testing doesn’t have to be difficult at all. I’m going to talk about three lean research methods that are neither extensive nor expensive to carry out but will in turn provide you with valuable feedback. The methods can be used for anything, test a landing page or test a whole mobile app. The important thing is to gather feedback: design for yourself, and only your point of view counts; design for others, and you need to hear their thoughts. Which method, or methods, you choose will have significant consequences for your design, and different methods are more suitable for…
  • 5 fundamentals every web designer needs to understand

    Paul Trani
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:15 am
    We all know intuitively what makes a website look bad: overused bevel effects, corny clip art, overcrowded layouts. These annoyances are easily corrected by developing with design fundamentals in mind—the same principles used by professional designers and artists alike. Great websites bring together form and function. In fact, well-designed websites are seen as more credible, according to a Stanford study and are actually easier to use (as studied by researcher Don Norman). So here are five fundamentals to help you keep quality design at the forefront of your practice. 1) Follow the…
  • How to create mobile style slide-in navigation

    Harry Atkins
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    In this tutorial we’ll look at the techniques needed to make a navigation menu that is hidden off screen until the user clicks on a menu icon, at which point the content slides over and darkens, and the menu slides in. The menu will also be responsive vertically, filling the height of the browser window on whatever size screen it’s being looked at in. To achieve this we will be using a couple different methods, one of which being flexbox, which is turning into a real ‘buzzword’ at the moment for being the holy grail of web layout methods. We will be using it to make…
  • Japanese duo create interactive prints

    Stacey Kole
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:15 am
    Bookstores are closing, newspapers are folding and magazines are rushing to publish online. The stock of print media seems to be falling, but two Japanese designers are challenging that process with a newly released collection. Masahiko Sato and Tatsuya Saito’s exhibit, “Putting Finger,” examines how viewers needn’t be passive bystanders where print is concerned; instead, their illustrations allow the onlooker to have a hand, quite literally, in the finished product. The idea is simple, the illustrations don’t appear to be complete without the viewer’s…
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    WebResourcesDepot

  • How to Successfully Combine Mixed Fonts

    Tara Hornor
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Using multiple fonts in any design is an excellent way to create interest as well as to draw a viewer’s eye to important content. Choosing the right mixture of fonts, though, can be difficult. Without some knowledge as to how to fit the different typefaces or font styles together, a design could become quite overwhelming and confusing. Of course, knowing what fonts to use together also requires a bit of intuition. If you don’t quite have the eye, simply start browsing through typographical posters, websites, and other graphic designs that excellently utilize different fonts. You…
  • 15+ Free Flower Textures for your Spring Designs

    gisele
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Textures are a great way to add personality and depth to a design, and a lot of times clients need their design to follow some trends or things that are happening, such as seasons. Spring is here, and with the new season sometimes we need to adapt things. To make things easier for you, today we have a few free flower textures that will help you to make the necessary changes to your projects. From websites backgrounds to headers/footers, from promos to showcasing new seasonal products, you can use floral textures to imprint the spring feel to your designs. Add your personality and touch and…
  • 15 Topmost Platforms to Create Killer Websites in 2014

    iulian
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    You’d be surprised how many businesses today need a website! According to a 2013 NSBA survey, almost one-fifth of small businesses still don’t have a traditional website; only 18% have a mobile site; and an infinitesimal 5% offer their customers an app. Yes, these statistics reveal that many businesses are stuck in the past. But it’s good news for our trade: we’re in demand! Web and graphic designers are in for a busy year. In the spirit of getting down to work building America’s websites, below is our list of the top 15 site-building platforms we recommend for 2014. IM Creator IM…
  • Best Tools & Resources for Document OCR

    jake
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:23 pm
    PDF files and other related formats are usually secured without editing. Sometimes you’ll also get files which behave like a flat image where you can’t even select the text. This can get pretty frustrating if you’re working on a detailed project. But thankfully we have technology called optical character recognition. This task known as OCR can distinguish various letters on a page, much like turning an image into a contextual document. There are some great tools and plugins out there on the web for this exact purpose. I’ve put together an excellent compilation in the…
  • 6 Tools to Help you Optimize your Images

    gisele
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:52 pm
    It is always important to keep your website fast so that your users are happy and don’t give up on checking your page because loading time is crazy. And a good way to load your site faster and consume less bandwidth is to always optimize your website’s images, reducing their file size as much as possible without compromising quality. This way you can still display beautiful images without penalizing your users. In days where images are all over the web, it is important to keep in mind that image optimization should be a top priority. It doesn’t matter if you have a huge…
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    Theresa Sheridan Designs » Web Design, Graphic Design & Marketing Blog

  • Using Long Tail Keywords to Boost Website Traffic

    Theresa Sheridan
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:56 pm
    This is a guest post by team member & SEO Specialist, Shane Smith, of Inbound Visions. It is crucial to understand that going after the most common keywords of your industry might not always be the best strategy for your search engine optimization campaign.  Targeting “long tail” keywords often will bring a lot of traffic. For example, if you were targeting the keyword “horse trainer”, of course there would be a lot of competition and it would be more difficult to rank for that short phrase. However, more and more users on Google are searching with longer phrases to find what…
  • Why a DIY or Cookie Cutter Website Spells F A I L U R E for Your Business

    Theresa Sheridan
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:24 pm
    If you’ve been thinking about getting a website for your business, or redesigning the one you already have, you may have already looked into one of the many DIY website services available out there. There are too many to name and their advertisements all make it sound so easy – click here, click there, BAM, a new website that’s as good as any professional site. Right? Not likely. While these types of services do have their place for some entrepreneurs, chances are that you are not one of those. If it works for you, great, but it’s not your best option. “How can…
  • Free Retro Social Media Icons

    Theresa Sheridan
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today’s Web Design Wednesday post is another freebie, of a collection of Retro Social Media Icons, just for you! These icons are transparent PNG files, in a retro color palette, ready to use on the web. »Download Retro Social Media Icons  
  • Web Design Wednesday – How to Protect Your WordPress Site From Hackers

    Theresa Sheridan
    12 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    I recently sent out a newsletter to my list talking about website security, in particular WordPress website security. WordPress is not all that difficult to hack, so we need to make sure we’re taking some extra measures to protect our most important marketing tool that we have. My spidey sense must have been in full swing, because sure enough a client called me about a week later saying his site had been hacked and no, he hadn’t read my email! Given this, I thought it would be worthwhile to repost my newsletter article here, so that people have a better chance of seeing it. The…
  • How to Embed a YouTube Video on Your Website or Blog

    Theresa Sheridan
    1 Mar 2014 | 11:40 am
    For those of you who have been wondering how to do this, it’s very easy and I put together a quick video tutorial for you.
 
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    Design Theory | Everything your small business needs to be successful online

  • A Behind The Scenes Video – PlayaLinda Beach Photo Shoot

    Design Theory
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    This past weekend I got to work with some really talented photographers for the first time. George from D&D Photography and Jimmy from Clickr Photography. I’ve done a bunch of photo shoots before but never at a beach. While I
  • Designing for the World Cup 2014

    dlenti
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be the 20th FIFA World Cup, an international men’s association football tournament that is scheduled to take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. It will be the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the
  • 5 Mistakes Freelance Graphic Designers Make When Starting Out

    Sherrise Sharpe
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
      1.No Down Payment You should receive half of the agreed upon price up front. This is a fair way to do business with all of your clients. 2.No Contract You should never start a job until you and your
  • A Comedic Interpretation of a Discovery Meeting

    Design Theory
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    I must admit that this 7 min video is one of the funniest I’ve seen in a while when it comes to project team meetings. If you’re in the design industry, chances are you’ve had a meeting like this or
  • Photo Friday: Kids At Play

    Design Theory
    14 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’ve ever tried to photograph kids, you know that it’s a tough job. Trying to get them to stay still for more than 3 seconds is almost impossible. Especially when it is a scheduled shoot with a family, and
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    Stephen Gates - Interactive Creative Director - Web Design, Online Advertising & Marketing Blog

  • Weekly inspirations: April 14, 2014

    Stephen Gates
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   Apple CarPlay hands-on The New York Auto Show opened this week and with it came the first chance to get a hands on demo of Apple’s new Car Play or Siri in the Car interfaces from Mercedes and VW. This video from The Verge was the best I’ve seen that shows you what all this new product does well and some its challenges like how it really duplicates a lot of what is already in your car. Watch the video here. Innoveracy: Misunderstanding Innovation Illiteracy is the inability to read and write and…
  • Weekly inspirations: April 7, 2014

    Stephen Gates
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   Portable Robot Printer Is Like A Roomba That Squirts Ink I find myself backing an almost alarming number of things on Kickstarter these days.  the latest was designed by Zuta Labs and is called the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer which cleverly sheds the bulk of consumer printing by re-imagining what a printer actually is. Their new version is small, portable and everything that people need in the modern, mobile age. Read the article here. Why You Should Get Excited About Emotional Branding Globalization,…
  • Making Grocery Shopping Easier with Amazon Dash

    Stephen Gates
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:19 am
    The technology to build a refrigerator that scans items so it knows to order more has been available for a long time but like with most old-school industries major appliance manufacturers are really slow at adopting new technology. So Amazon has now created the Amazon Dash which is a free device that lets you scan or say the names of food items you need and it automatically builds an Amazon Fresh shopping list. It is an obvious play to make ordering much simpler by breaking down the interactions with Amazon Fresh into smaller micro interactions which will be much less laborious and more…
  • Weekly inspirations: March 31, 2014

    Stephen Gates
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   From Google, A Giant Psychedelic Sculpture Visitors Control With Chrome Unnumbered Sparks is the brainchild of Aaron Koblin, creative director of Google Creative Lab, and artist Janet Echelman, who describes her pieces simply: soft shapes that are the size of buildings. The project is a huge Google Chrome browser window that projected onto the sculpture which is suspended from two buildings. Spectators connect to the local Wi-Fi through smartphones, and can hook up directly to Chrome. A gesture-based app…
  • Virgin America partners with Nest to create Total Temperature Control

    Stephen Gates
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:48 pm
    April Fool’s has turned into a real competition for tech and media companies to see who can come up with the best April’s Fool press gag and this year was no exception. There were a lot of funny and quirky attempt but my favorite came from Google and Virgin America. The video they released features Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson and CEO of Nest Tony Fadell announcing that they’ve teamed up to create the Total Temperature Control (TTC). This new system will put a Nest thermostat into Virgin America’s Red in-flight personal touch-screen entertainment system.
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    Getting Creative

  • 2014 Website Service Grant

    Elise Spontarelli
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:59 am
    In an effort to give back to our community, GetCreative is offering a new website service grant! We are excited to offer one local non-profit organization a FREE website. From design concepts to one year of hosting, it’s all free. The deadline for applications is fast approaching, so if you are a part of a […]
  • The List: Oct 7

    Elise Spontarelli
    7 Oct 2013 | 11:38 am
    Whoops, the blog has been quite for a few months now! Welcome back! Let’s start with the newest edition of The List, a collection of random things that have caught my eye in the past few weeks. The List always includes an update on what some GetCreative clients are up to, some goodies from ‘the […]
  • Before & After, Part 6

    Elise Spontarelli
    6 Jun 2013 | 6:23 am
    (To see previous groups of before and after websites, click here.) Time for another group of websites that have been redesigned by GetCreative! Each before and after shot shows the progression of a client’s website. The amount of change that each site undergoes varies depending on the specific needs of each client. I hope you […]
  • Client Profile: Education & Research

    Elise Spontarelli
    29 May 2013 | 9:58 am
    The Education & Research Foundation, Inc. is a clinical research facility here in Lynchburg, Virginia. The company was in need of an updated website, so I worked with the designers and marketing experts at Dayrich to create a new, modern site to represent them. The website features both Client Services and Participant Information; read on […]
  • Tips & Tricks: Maternity “Leave”

    Elise Spontarelli
    20 May 2013 | 8:47 am
    As a business owner, the idea of maternity leave is a tricky situation. Finding the balance between work and family, that unending internal battle that we all struggle with, becomes even more of a puzzle now that your family is growing. Taking a true break from work when your company depends on you is likely […]
 
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    Best PSD to HTML

  • Joomla: A Better Approach For Website Development

    donna
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:28 am
    This is the epoch of globalization. Internet has proved out as a prolific source of economy. It has provided a robust platform for fraternities of all kinds to grow and prosper. It has truly shown positive probabilities of developments and profits. Consequently, it has compelled almost every entrepreneur to take a step towards online marketing. […]
  • Reasons Why E-commerce Company Should Allow Telecommuting

    Kally
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Telecommuting or working from home has been around since 1970s but these days more and more companies are applying this option as it furnishes plenty of advantages not just to the employees but the employers as well. Ecommerce companies are leading the pack with hiring telecommuters who can have ample experience in designing Magento themes. […]
  • Understanding Web Design Features Right from its Scratch

    chrismeloni
    30 Mar 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Web design is generally planning and creation of different websites. It is considered as the most crucial part in the forming and shaping contents of internet. Web design includes site structure, user interface, information architecture, layout, navigation, fonts, colors as well as imagery. All these features are combined with the principles of design in order […]
  • 5 Simple Steps to Make Your Site Mobile and Tablet-Friendly

    Michael Evans
    18 Mar 2014 | 10:54 pm
    New-age users are more dependent on their tablets and Smartphones than PCs and laptops to browse the web. If your site isn’t ready for them yet, you may have to face the consequences – lower conversion rates, no return visitors, loss in sales, and so on. What’s the distinction between mobile device friendly and unfriendly designs? Well, […]
  • Just a Couple of Basic Photoshop Tips

    Andrew Johnson
    10 Mar 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Today I am going to provide you with a few advices you may or may not know when it comes to using Photoshop. There is no doubt that graphic designers are all about using this program to edit their images. If by the way you are a photographer, a graphic designer or a tech lover […]
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    Designmodo

  • The Power of Microcopy in Web Design

    Paula Borowska
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:52 am
    You're reading The Power of Microcopy in Web Design, originally posted on Designmodo. If you've enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+!“Copy” has turned into a buzzword. Have you noticed it? People are putting more and more importance onto the words you use on your website. They are trying to put value in copy and it’s a wonderful idea! Words are a prominent way of communicating online. And it’s the small things that matter, especially when […]Advertise here with BSA
  • 5 Essential Elements for E-Commerce Websites

    Eelco Guntlisbergen
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:35 am
    You're reading 5 Essential Elements for E-Commerce Websites, originally posted on Designmodo. If you've enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+!Step-by-step e-commerce websites are quickly becoming a better alternative to the more traditional retail shop. The list of benefits is endless, even though actual retail is hard to replace because of the experience of shopping in a physical store. Regardless, there are ways to make the e-commerce experience brilliant. The five topics below are things […]Advertise here with BSA
  • How to Customize a Website with Startup Framework

    David East
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:11 am
    You're reading How to Customize a Website with Startup Framework, originally posted on Designmodo. If you've enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+!Now that you have built your first website using Designmodo’s Startup Framework, you probably want to further customize your site. In this series of four videos, we will take you step-by-step through the customization process. Each of the videos are easy to follow and can help you fully customize your site in a matter of […]Advertise here with BSA
  • How to Create a Splash Screen Illustration

    Benedikte Vanderweeën
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:51 am
    You're reading How to Create a Splash Screen Illustration, originally posted on Designmodo. If you've enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+!In this tutorial, we will walk through the process of creating a splash screen illustration using vector elements created in Illustrator and applying them to a template in Photoshop before exporting for the web. Splash Screen What exactly is a splash screen? A splash screen is a launch image that is primarily used on mobile […]Advertise here with BSA
  • What Can CSS Filters Do for You?

    Paula Borowska
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:12 am
    You're reading What Can CSS Filters Do for You?, originally posted on Designmodo. If you've enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+!CSS filters have been around for a while. They originated thanks to SVGs – Scalable Vector Graphics – in order to apply different image effects to vectors. Today, CSS filters are not limited to SVGs but can be used for images, text and everything else you can find on a web page. How Do Filters […]Advertise here with BSA
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    The Usabilla Blog

  • 10 of the Best UX Infographics

    Oliver McGough
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sometimes, as the old saying goes, pictures really do tell 1000 words. And if that’s the case, what’s better than a picture with 1000 words included on it? We’ve gathered 10 of the best UX relevant infographics from around the web for your entertainment and education. Marvel at the stunning visuals, and informative posters. You might just learn something! UX vs CX Source: uxmas.com How UX Fits Into The Development Process Source: Design Brother UX is not UI Source: UX is not UI The 5 Levels of the User Experience Process Source: ConversionXL The Disciplines of User Experience Design…
  • Profit Centered Design vs User Centered Design

    Oliver McGough
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    A month ago, Facebook revealed another redesign. Just as we’d gotten used to their last iteration, in came a fresh new look. Though fresh is perhaps the wrong choice of term. The news feed redesign initially took many aback, holding a somewhat retro feel. Current trends all point towards flat and minimalism. Facebook had done the opposite. Out of a cacophony of outcries – a standard reaction to any Facebook change – came one interesting article from Dustin Curtis. His article claimed Facebook had originally planned to move towards the generic flat design. However, decreased ad…
  • Win a New Smartwatch with the usabilla.com Easter Egg Hunt

    Oliver McGough
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    We’re offering you the opportunity to win a new COOKOO smartwatch, and a free Usabilla subscription. Simply head to our main site to start your search. There are 5 eggs to be found around the site. Simply find and click one to enter the draw (the more you find, the more chance you have!). First prize wins a brand new COOKOO watch. A free month’s subscription to the Usabilla Product of your choice also awaits first prize, and 10 further entrants (terms & conditions at usabilla.com). Don’t miss out and happy hunting. Happy Easter! The post Win a New Smartwatch with the…
  • 10 Design Flaws Which Can Destroy a Site’s SEO

    Andrew Smith
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    When it comes to creating a new website, a key dilemma is whether the focus should be on fantastic Design and User Experience (UX), or on Search Engine Optimization (SEO). There are many cases where mind-blowing animated design negatively affects the site’s SEO. Whilst you may expect an increasing number of visitors on a better designed website, in reality you may see the opposite occur. In order to be successful, any website needs to perform well in search engines. Therefore, searching for the compromise is essential. Most web designers likely to ignore SEO as it limits their artistic…
  • 10 Amazing User Experiences

    Oliver McGough
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    The internet is a beautiful place, full of beautiful experiences. The need to entertain, educate or sell to visitors, mixed with the abundance of creativity in the web design world creates a plethora of great user experiences. From a vast sea of content, we bring you 10 of the best experiences from around the web these past couple of weeks. Let it entertain, inspire, and wow you: Parade We’re always looking to share memories with friends. Digital cameras have made it easier to share photos. Social networks have made it easier to show them off to friends and families. Unfortunately the…
 
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    Pronto Marketing

  • Paid vs. organic – the winning search strategy

    Laurel Tuohy
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Ever wondered why certain websites appear at the top of the page when you search phrases such as “buy shoes,” “best dishwasher,” or “smartphone reviews” online? Appearing at the top of those coveted search engine results pages (SERPs) is far more than a game of chance. Do you know how to affect where your business appears in the results list? There are two main strategies for affecting your website’s SERP ranking and different situations for employing both. Search results are vitally important to your business since 80% of website traffic is directed to your site via search…
  • 5 email campaigns that keep your customers calling

    Eve Jones
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:20 pm
    If you think that email marketing is soooo last year and should be relegated to the graveyard of marketing campaigns past, it’s time to think again. The fact is that although marketing to your customers via the humble method of electronic mail may seem outmoded and uncool when compared with trendy social media or mobile marketing, it shouldn’t be dismissed so quickly. Let us show you a few types of email campaigns that can help you deliver a knockout blow to your competition. The fact remains that email is still a valid and valuable way of communicating with your clients and is an…
  • Happy Songkran 2014!!

    Tim Kelsey
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
    This weekend is the Thai New Year, also known as Songkran. Monday, April 14th through Wednesday, April 16th are official national holidays. We will have a small team watching the help desk throughout the holiday to assist with urgent requests. However, non-urgent updates might not be completed until later in the week. Songkran is somewhat similar to the Western holiday season in December in that it’s a time to reflect back on the previous year, spend time with your loved ones and wish for luck in the coming new year. Many Thais return to their hometowns during the holiday to be with their…
  • The anatomy of an SEO spam message

    Tim Kelsey
    28 Mar 2014 | 2:35 am
    If you have a website, you’ve gotten a spam message trying to sell you SEO services. The SEO industry is overwhelmed with scammers trying to make a quick buck off website owners who don’t know much about search engines. In fact, these scammers have given the SEO industry a bad name because so many people have been burned by them in the past. Occasionally, our clients will forward these spam messages to us asking if their claims of “top Google rankings” are possible. Invariably, our answer is to mark the message as spam and never respond to that person again. To help you…
  • Customer Service Spotlight: May Maekaroon

    Tim Kelsey
    26 Mar 2014 | 12:48 am
    Not only does her last name sound similar to a certain delicious treat, but May has years of experience delighting clients at Pronto as well. She came to us from the University of Florida (can you guess who she’s picked to win March Madness?) where she earned a degree in International Food and Resources Economics. When she’s isn’t participating in our community service trips, May is busy delivering amazing customer service to our clients. Here’s what a few of them had to say about her: “May always does a great job! Thank you.” “You take good care of me May. Thanks!” “May…
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    Stemkoski

  • Search and Replace String in MySQL

    Ryan Stemkoski
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    We were recently tasked with updating the name of a company on various pages of a large content managed website. This task could’ve taken quite some time and I found myself thinking how easy it would be if the site were static and I could do a simple find and replace or search and replace. I started doing this by hand… until my brain engaged and I realized how easy it would be to do with a simple MySQL query. Using MySQL’s built in replace function I wrote the following query to do a string replace operation that replaces old_string with new_string for all occurrences within…
  • How to Select Row From a Table Where a Particular Field Starts With a Specific Letter or Number

    Ryan Stemkoski
    20 Dec 2013 | 11:14 am
    I have seen countless instances around the web where people are using the letters of the alphabet to sort a large recordset, in fact, I have even done it before but it has been ages since that project and I had forgotten exactly how I accomplished it. Today I working on a project where I need to sort through a large number of manufactures for a particular customer. They wanted them sortable by clicking on a the first letter of the manufacturers name. For the English alphabet, my solution was quite simple. By using the MySQL LIKE statement and filtering out everything after 1 letter I was able…
  • How to Programmatically Trigger a Click with Plain/Standard Javascript

    Ryan Stemkoski
    19 Dec 2013 | 2:06 pm
    I was working on an older website today and ran into a problem I hadn’t faced before. I needed to modify a complex Javascript based slideshow, that was written several years ago so that it would automatically rotate between slides without user interaction. This slideshow works well but has no methods I can use to configure its functionality. I looked through the code and it was not structured in a way that I could easily modify its functionality without a substantial amount of code and testing. I decided the easiest solution would be to set a timeout that would trigger a programatic…
  • Fixed: Google Drive Silently Crashing on Mac OSX Mavericks / OSX Mountain Lion

    Ryan Stemkoski
    13 Dec 2013 | 5:41 am
    At our office we love Google Drive. We use it to store just about everything. Since migrating to Google Drive we have been incredibly happy with the service. Our users can now access important information from any computer and they are not confined to our office location or VPN. That said, we have had one major problem we had a great deal of difficulty resolving. For some reason, several of our users have had problems with Google Drive silently crashing on a very regularly, almost hourly basis. Other users have had no problems at all. For many, this issue has been maddening, and after hours…
  • Connecting: A Documentary About User Experience Design

    Ryan Stemkoski
    14 Jan 2013 | 2:05 am
    If you are involved in web design, mobile app design, or software design in any capacity this is a must watch documentary. Connecting: The 18 minute “Connecting” documentary is an exploration of the future of Interaction Design and User Experience from some of the industry’s thought leaders. As the role of software is catapulting forward, Interaction Design is seen to be not only increasing in importance dramatically, but also expected to play a leading role in shaping the coming “Internet of things.” Ultimately, when the digital and physical worlds become one,…
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    Improve Your Presence Online - Blog for Top Left Design

  • New York, Rome, Greece, Sofia – A website for a film studio in Bulgaria

    Keren
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:58 am
    The amazing story of this project starts with Nu Image, a California-based production studio (founded 1992) owned by my dad, Avi Lerner, his brother (my uncle) Danny Lerner, Trevor Short and Danny Dimbort. Most of the films produced by Nu Image and the sister company Millenium Films are action movies, such as Rambo IV, The Expendables and Olympus Has Fallen. Nu Image had already produced more than 60 full feature films in Bulgaria before they bought the Boyana Film Studio in 2005 and renamed it Nu Boyana. Located in Sofia, Bulgaria, Nu Boyana Film Studios is today among the biggest European…
  • 6 amazing projects created by my Digital Planning students!

    Keren
    22 Mar 2014 | 12:16 pm
    In addition to running my amazing design agency Top Left Design, I am also sometimes a teacher for French MBA students at INSEEC “Sup de Pub” in their London campus. It’s a way of “giving back” and I try to get my students to help some of our clients- a win win situation when they can look at real life businesses. And others, I give them the full creative freedom of invented projects – meaning they save chasing down clients for the actual working world! For each of my classes I split them into 5 groups – and then give each a brief for the students to…
  • 7 steps to choosing a name for your company

    Keren
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:02 am
    It’s a big decision and not to be taken lightly. Which is why you can’t just go out and ask people “what should I name my business?” and hope someone will come up with a perfect name. This is why they pay the branding agencies the big bucks! And sometimes, people pay the big bucks and end up coming up with their business name in a “bathroom revelation”. It happens. Here are 5 different ways to name your business: Mispelled Words (Flickr, Dunkin Donuts) Real Words and Acronyms (Ikea and Apple) Compound Words (RedBull, Facebook) Made Up Words (Vimeo, Oreo, Kleenex,…
  • Client interview: Working with the fantastic PR Agency – Focus PR

    Keren
    13 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    We are lucky to have such wonderful clients! Last year, we met the amazing director of Focus PR agency, Sara Balme. Focus PR is a London PR agency, specialising in consumer lifestyle, digital and experiential PR. They have 3 core sectors they work in: food & drink, beauty & health, luxury & lifestyle. We created a new design for their website, so I asked Sara to share with us her experience with the Top Left Design team as a result.  Her answers are below – and won’t take you long to read as I haven’t embellished them! Interview below – enjoy! How did you…
  • How I reached #InboxZero – tips and tools for productive email management

    Keren
    8 Mar 2014 | 9:15 am
    I did it! This week while I have been on a sort of working holiday in Singapore (working meaning I am still working but not doing any events or speaking or meetings so much) I managed to reduce my inbox count to a total of 0! YAY! My ongoing quest My email is like a “to do” list – like many of you I am sure. I get lots. And I file email every day as I feel I need to clear and delete before I can concentrate on the big emails that need more “headspace”. There are 2 main groups of people in the world – when it comes to email: NonFilers – who have thousands or…
 
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    Paulund

  • File_Exists For Remote URL

    Paul
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:54 am
    If you want to make sure that a file exists in PHP you can use the function file_exists(), which takes one parameter of the filename. // Returns true if the file exists file_exists( $filename ); This function will not only work for files but will also work for directories, you can pass in a filename of the directory and if this directory exists the file_exists() function will return true. <?php $filename = '/path/to/foo.txt'; if (file_exists($filename)) { echo "The file $filename exists"; } else { echo "The file $filename does not exist"; } ?> The problem I've seen…
  • Getting Started With SASS

    Paul
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:59 am
    If you do any front-end development over the past couple of years then you would of heard of CSS pre-processors. The most common CSS pre-processors are SASS, LESS, or Stylus. CSS pre-processors are scripts that will compile code and output the results into CSS stylesheets. They allow you to create more dynamic, optimized and organised CSS for your websites. In this article I am going to investigate what it is like to get started using SASS and if it really helps with creating your CSS stylesheets. SASS Installing SASS SASS uses ruby gems packages to perform the scripts that it needs to…
  • Sticky Posts In WordPress

    Paul
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    As of WordPress version 2.7 you've been able to assign some posts to be sticky, a sticky post will make sure that this post appears at the top of the list of posts. If you use your WordPress site as a normal blog and have a list of posts of the homepage of your site, making a post sticky will ensure that this post appears at the top of the list. To make a post sticky all you have to do is click the checkbox on the edit posts screen. In the visibility dropdown there is a checkbox called Stick this post to the front page, check this box and click update to make the post sticky. Now return to…
  • Update Row With Highest ID In MySQL

    Paul
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:21 am
    Recently needed to update the last inserted row of a table but didn't have anyway in knowing what the highest ID in the table was. I can easily do this by using the max() function to select the highest ID in the table. SELECT MAX(id) FROM table; Then I can use the result of this query in the UPDATE query to edit the record with the highest ID. But this is quite a easy query so I should be able to do this in one query by using a nested select query on the UPDATE. UPDATE table SET name='test_name' WHERE id = (SELECT max(id) FROM table) But the problem with this is that the MAX() function…
  • Share Multisite Media Libraries

    Paul
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:27 am
    When you use WordPress multisite functionality you are creating a brand new site for each site in the network. This means that they will use different content, different menus and different widgets. They can re-use the same plugins and themes as each other but they are treated as completely different sites. While doing client work with WordPress multisite I've noticed that most sites want to kept separate but because they are site networks they might want to reuse media over the different sites. By default this is not possible on WordPress, when you go to the site media library you are only…
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    Easy WebContent Blog

  • How to automatically transition between slides in a Presentation in just 2 minutes

    hindsite
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:27 pm
    We have been receiving requests (or should we say complaints) over the last few months from multiple users who wanted the ability to create transitions that occur automatically between presentation... No matter what the level of web design knowledge or whether it is a multimillion dollar business or a community organization.
  • Announcing the release of the Layer Widget

    hindsite
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:37 am
    Yes you heard it right; you now have complete control over every single layer of your project from one central area with  our recently launched Layer Widget. In a nutshell this new feature... No matter what the level of web design knowledge or whether it is a multimillion dollar business or a community organization.
  • Managing Presentation Backgrounds just got a whole lot easier

    hindsite
    28 Feb 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Announcing the release of our Background Widget.  It was so necessary that you may be wondering why in the world didn’t we do this sooner!   (Well that’s partially because we are working... No matter what the level of web design knowledge or whether it is a multimillion dollar business or a community organization.
  • EWC Presenter Interface gets Responsive

    hindsite
    18 Feb 2014 | 1:05 pm
    We’re excited to announce the second phase of our interface upgrade: Responsive Design. A couple weeks ago we launched a brand new interface that has dramatically improved user experience... No matter what the level of web design knowledge or whether it is a multimillion dollar business or a community organization.
  • How Carter International Concierge uses Presenter to promote their business

    hindsite
    5 Feb 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Every so often we like to feature Presenter users who create real life projects to raise awareness about their services, offerings or about their favorite cause.  Today we are featuring Michelle, a... No matter what the level of web design knowledge or whether it is a multimillion dollar business or a community organization.
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    Ed Tech/Web 2.0 Tools for Educators and Students

  • Smartboard Smart Ink: Google Chrome now works with Smart Ink.

    24 Mar 2014 | 2:38 pm
    About a month ago, some of you may have been in the same boat as I, which is where the Smart Ink toolbar quit working with the latest version of Google Chrome.  This was a great loss, but easily overcome by just using a different browser.  You don't have to worry about it now.  I just installed the latest update for Smart Ink and this problem seems to be fixed.
  • Smart Notebook: Smart Ink toolbar now hides automatically

    24 Mar 2014 | 2:34 pm
    One of my most popular posts has been about the ability to turn off the Smart Ink, a product of the Smart Notebook and Smartboard system.  I really, really, really like Smart Ink and really don't understand why so many people have an issue with the toolbar being visible on their open windows.  I use Smart Ink all the time during my math class to write on top of PDF files, tests, quizzes and the like.  Well the cool thing is that Smart Tech has just added a new feature to the Smart Ink Settings.  You can now click a simple check box that will hide the toolbar until you use…
  • Google Drive: Quick Tip.. How do I find out how many files do I have.

    8 Jan 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Sometimes you want to find out how many files you actually have in Google Drive.  Mostly what you will find is just how much space your files are taking up which you can find that by just looking at the bottom left side of your Google Drive.If you want to see how many actual files you have follow these tutorial steps.1.  Make sure you are in the Drive section where all your documents and folders are located and not actually in a folder, even those these instructions will work the same if you want to find out how many files you have in a single folder.  Once you are there, click…
  • Create a music score with noteflight.com

    6 Jan 2014 | 4:17 pm
    At last I have found a free music score creator.  I would have been willing to pay also, but wasn't sure whether or not the software was worth it.  Noteflight.com allows you to create and learn the software with full ability to create your own score.  They will let you create up to 10 scores with 15 instruments and still allow you to embed and share your scores online.  You can always upgrade and get many more options, but for now I can explore the software.  I truly have been looking for a means of creating my own music, not that I have the talent yet to do so, but…
  • Create graphs and charts using this Online Chart Tool.

    2 Jan 2014 | 11:29 am
    The online ChartTool is another useful tool to use when trying to teach students about the different types of graphs and charts.  You can use this tool to create bar, line, area, and pie charts.  You can use it to graph X and Y coordinates, create scatter and bubble charts.  All you need to do is have your students is gather data and then plug it in to the different fields and in seconds you have an easy explain data chart.  In the tutorial below I will demonstrate just the bar chart, but just like all software the best way to understand its uses is to "play" with it…
 
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    Zencoder Cloud Encoding Blog

  • What happened last night

    jon
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Last night, at 6:08pm EDT, the Zencoder service went offline due to a database failure. We began working on the problem immediately, but unfortunately our primary approach to solving the problem was unsuccessful, and the secondary approach took an extended period to implement. In total, the service was unavailable for six hours and 18 minutes. Here is a detailed description of what happened, why, and why it will never happen again. What happened The Zencoder stack relies on a PostgreSQL database, among other things. We believe PostgreSQL to be an excellent database – fast, reliable,…
  • OpenSSL “Heartbleed” Security Update

    Tanya
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    The engineering team at Zencoder conducted a review to assess the impact to our system of the CVE-2014-0106 vulnerability, nicknamed “Heartbleed”. This serious vulnerability would allow an attacker to reveal up to 64kB of memory to a connected client or server. Even though many servers running on the internet were exposed, Zencoder public facing servers were not effected. Some of our internal servers, which are not accessible by customers, were vulnerable. We fixed this vulnerability as of 8:00PM PST on Monday, Apr 7th.
  • Zencoder Launches Support for Advanced Encoding Formats, Brings Broadcast and Professional Workflows to the Cloud

    Tanya
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Today, we are excited to unveil our support for advanced encoding formats. Zencoder will now support HEVC, MPEG-2, MPEG-TS, JPEG 2000 and AVC-Intra, bringing the power of cloud encoding to broadcast and professional workflows. Additionally, Zencoder will also support MXF container for conformity with DPP guidelines for European broadcasters. With today’s announcement, Zencoder is applying the elastic scalability of the cloud to solve encoding challenges for a new segment of the production workflow. Just as Zencoder empowered publishers to rapidly transcode video to support the fragmented…
  • Dynamically generating video content using HLS

    matt
    21 Feb 2014 | 2:15 pm
    If you missed it, Casey Wilms did a three part series on the blog called Manifest Destiny. I liked it so much I started playing around with hacking together manifests programmatically and decided to do a screencast on the basics. The sceencast reiterates some of what Casey talks about, so the basics of an HLS manifest, and how to go about manually editing one. We finish by writing a short script using Node.js to take in multiple manifests and concatenate them altogether before writing a new m3u8 we can watch.
  • A New Year for the SF Video Technology Meetup

    matt
    7 Feb 2014 | 2:44 pm
    You might not believe it, but working at a company like Brightcove means you think about video quite a bit. For a service like Zencoder, for instance, we constantly need to keep in mind what formats our customers need now and down the road, along with the devices they will want to support. The world of video is big and a lot of the work we do affects others in our space (and vice versa), making it important for those of us working in this space to communicate. Because of this, we’re supporting the SF Video Technology Meetup, and we’d love for you to join us. Last Tuesday was the…
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    Nashville Marketing Firm | Horton Group

  • Trademark Services

    staff
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:36 pm
    TRADEMARK IN THE UNITED STATES I. What is a trademark? A. Definition Understanding why trademark registration is important requires the first step of knowing exactly what is a trademark.  Perhaps you already been perusing the USPTO website seeking guidance, so we can start there, as this is the official and best resource for information regarding trademarks. According to the USPTO: A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. A service mark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that…
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    22 Jan 2014 | 7:01 am
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  • Streamlining the Content Creation Process with Drupal

    admin
    8 Jan 2014 | 6:27 am
    Horton Group was commissioned by the GBHEM to recreate and migrate their existing website from a proprietary platform to Drupal. They wanted to streamline their content creation and get started on the path to an eventual complete website re-design which is currently underway. Horton Group helped the GBHEM organize and display their content with custom and contributed Drupal modules including Panels and Views. The custom code is managed by Drupal's Features module and tracked with Git, a popular source code management tool. Many organizations like the GBHEM are choosing to avoid "vendor…
  • Cleaning Up the Competition

    admin
    7 Jan 2014 | 6:29 pm
    ChemDry came to Horton Group looking for a redesign to reflect their national carpet cleaning brand.  We worked closely with the client to acheive the look they wanted and  the functionality they needed. Link: http://www.chemdry.com/Categories: Nashville Web DevelopmentHome Improvement and Repairs
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    Creativeoverflow

  • 5 Steps to Get a Loan for your Design Agency

    Jacques van Heerden
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    The biggest problem with starting a new business is often the funding needed to move forward on your million dollar idea. They always say that money makes more money, but how much is needed to really get your business growing? I would evidently say that is up to you. Whether you think you only need $10,000 or $100,000 aim for double your guesstimate. Why would I say that? Well, because we always try to be conservative when it comes to asking for money. You shouldn’t be. Be confident and make the person or people you are pitching believe in your idea just as much as you do. Whether you…
  • 100 Premium Infographics courtesy of Ingimage only $18 (5 Days Left)

    Jacques van Heerden
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    Infographics can be found on every corner of the web, from the automotive industry to the children’s daycare attendance figures. Infographics take boring data and turn it into fun filled, easy to understand format. A lot of time and money goes into creating feature rich infographics, however Ingimage has taken it a step further and created a bundle of 100 Premium Infographics at a steal of a price that you can’t pass up. So what exactly will you be getting for your purchase? You’ll get 100 high-quality, premium infographics, all provided in EPS format for customization and…
  • What Would be on Your Celebrity Business Card? [Inspiration]

    Editorial Staff
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:41 am
    In our digital day an age, some might assume that the business card is on its way out, however, when you look at the wonderfully broad spectrum of creativity you can have when designing a business card, you soon realize there is more than enough life left in them yet. The thing is, what would you put on your business card, and more to the point, what would you include if you were famous? It may sound unusual, but when you consider how many celebrities have used business cards to help them network, it soon becomes a more than valid question. Before you start putting it all down in final print,…
  • Bosslogic Speed Art Videos (Inspiration)

    Jacques van Heerden
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:15 pm
    I always love looking at speed art videos. It not only inspires you, but shows you exactly how everything came together right from the start. Bosslogic has been a great inspiration to thousands of digital artists all over the world. I interviewed him in 2010 on Creativeoverflow and since then he has not only improved his quality of work, but his output and creativity along with it. I love seeing how people improve their craft overtime and that is why I decided to post these speed art videos compiled by Bosslogic. Have a look below and let me know in the comments what you think. You can find…
  • Become a Full-Time Photographer with the Total Training Course in Commercial Photography

    Jacques van Heerden
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:36 pm
    In order to succeed in becoming a professional photographer, you need to make it your passion, your life’s goal to become the best photographer that you can possibly be. This course offers over 150 modules and 32 hours of video content that will help you become a professional in the commercial photography industry. Click here to see the full Course Commercial photography is one of highest paid areas in the industry. It’s true; rates can run up to $1000, $2000, and even $5000 per day plus expenses. A career in commercial photography can be pretty exciting whether you are…
 
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    Sanweby

  • Ajax Contact Form with an Attachment (jQuery & PHP)

    Saran
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:24 am
    Today we are going to create an Ajax based contact form, which will allow visitors to upload and attach a file to the e-mail message. This example is based on my previous post (Simple Ajax Contact form), but here I have modified few things so that visitors can upload and attach file to email using […]
  • 40 CSS3 button examples with effects & animations

    Saran
    5 Feb 2014 | 8:26 am
    Are you looking for some CSS3 buttons, which are good enough to be used in real-world website projects? here are some CSS3 buttons you might like. Since my last post about codepen buttons, I’ve been searching sites like codepen, cssdeck and jsfiddle for some good practical buttons and I’m amazed to find so many cool […]
  • 100+ Free Background textures & patterns for websites

    Saran
    26 Jan 2014 | 9:09 am
    Do you ever get tired searching for that perfect textures and patterns for your new website projects. Hours get wasted simply searching, downloading and trying out different textures. It happens to me quite often, so I’ve started collecting all free textures from the net, the ones that I’ll be using again and again in future, […]
  • Floating Ajax based Contact Form

    Saran
    16 Jan 2014 | 4:43 am
    Many months ago, I saw this floating contact form somewhere, whether it was site design or the floating contact, I really liked the idea, it looked interesting and probably worked fast with Ajax support. Today we are going to create similar contact form that floats and sends emails instantly with jQuery Ajax. I am going […]
  • How to Select / Deselect All Checkboxes using jQuery

    Saran
    12 Jan 2014 | 10:33 pm
    If you are newbie developer and looking for a quick jQuery snippet that selects and deselects multiple checkboxes by clicking “Select All” checkbox (exactly like in Gmail), here’s one that might be useful for your HTML form. I’ve used this one in various occasions and it has proved to be very consistent every time. As […]
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    HOW Design » HOW Interactive: Web Design & Interactive Web Design Tips

  • Best Data Visualization Tools & Infographic Software

    Stephen Beale
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Many have proclaimed this the era of “big data,” in which the ability to capture and analyze vast quantities of digital information will revolutionize many aspects of our lives. Others see it as hype, pointing out that it’s nothing new, and even small bits of data can hold value.But whether you like your data small, medium or large, it’s often most easily consumed in visual form. Enter data visualization. Most of us know them best as “infographics,” but the truth is, there’s more than one way to visually display your data.Depending on the nature of your data, this…
  • Email Design Inspiration: Promotions, News + Advertising

    Jason Tselentis
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:55 am
    Designing an effective email campaign or newsletter shouldn’t be mystifying. But with the persistent flurry of emails filling your inbox, representing a wide array of approaches (some good, some not so good), it’s easy to wonder whether or not your email design strategy is on point.When designing emails, it’s important to keep your strategy simple: Follow good design fundamentals, deliver valuable content and be personal.I receive up to 30 different email newsletters (that I have willingly signed up for) each day. They range from company promotions to general news blurbs to…
  • Get Your Design Portfolio Online in a Couple of Days (or Less)

    Jason Tselentis
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Having a digital portfolio online is a must for designers, especially freelancers. It gets your work in front of those browsing for talent online, in social media or on LinkedIn. In some cases, job applicants are required to have an online design portfolio so recruiters and human resources personnel, as well as art and creative directors, can preview your work.Putting your work online can involve using a what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) editor like Dreamweaver or an online content management system (CMS). Thanks to their user-friendly features like pre-built templates and drag and drop…
  • HOW Interactive Design Conference: NEW Multi-City Lineup

    Erin Prus
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Since 2011 HOW Interactive Design Conference has delivered the emerging web design content designers need most. Every year we’ve carefully reinvented a comprehensive program that targets interactive designers needs, first and foremost.Acknowledging the ever-present and evolving design-technology connection, HOW Interactive Design Conference endeavors to investigate this complex relationship in an effort to help designers be more productive and informed. And we’ve called on the industry’s top experts to examine topics top-of-mind in your everyday design work.Want to be a…
  • Key Concepts for the Interaction Designer: Affordances

    James Pannafino
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This article is excerpted from James Pannafino’s book: Interdisciplinary Interaction Design: A Visual Guide to Basic Theories, Models and Ideas for Thinking and Designing for Interactive Web Design and Digital Device Experiences.Interactive design is about more than technology. It involves how we deal with user- centric design problems. However, traditional design principles don’t always align in context with this new type of design thinking.More and more, the core principles of interactive design are best fostered in an interdisciplinary approach. Each month James…
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    Spark Infosys Blog

  • Spark Infosys – The Professional Web Designing & Development Company in Hyderabad.

    Spark Infosys
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:44 am
    Our Top Services: The Best Website Development & Designing Company in Hyderabad, India. As a professional Web Development Company in Hyderabad, Spark Infosys Provides the following services. 1. Website Development: Spark Infosys is one The Bestsite Web Development Company in Hyderabad, India. we have extensive web design and web expertise blended with the high quality significance of expertise must have aspect to help you to build your Internet presence and also take it to the next level. This involves developing the functionality and navigation of the basic site, graphics and finally,…
  • Ecommerce Website Design and Development Company in Hyderabad.

    Spark Infosys
    3 Feb 2014 | 10:43 pm
        The Best E-commerce Website Design & Development Company in Hyderabad Ecommerce Services are the modern mantra for selling your products or services throughout the world. With the use of online payment gateway, online integration with shipping and delivery organizations just like UPS etc. Inventory management, online support, global reach, starting an E-commerce website is the most convenient and also most cost-effective way of buying or selling products/services. We offer top quality E-commerce development services to our off-shore clients in USA, UK, Canada, Germany,…
  • Keys to Measuring ROI on Social Media Marketing

    Spark Infosys
    11 Jul 2013 | 11:25 pm
    Return on investment - conjointly known as ROI (Return On Investment) – refers to the gain or loss of cash compared to the time spent on associate degree activity. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest. several social networks have revolutionized the planet of business and business communication. If the net is thus vital these days, why is it still thus troublesome to integrate this new job and this new communicative approach among a business. primarily as a result of it’s extraordinarily troublesome these days to live the come on investment of a method supported…
  • 36 Rules of SOCIAL MEDIA and SEO tips

    Spark Infosys
    29 Apr 2013 | 9:41 pm
  • Social Media Results 2012

    Spark Infosys
    16 Apr 2013 | 9:56 pm
 
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    Freshtight Designs

  • Master the Art of Creating Premium Prices

    Tarun Gehani
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    If your marketing strategy includes deals, discounts and mark-downs, consider the repercussions to your brand. Do you seek to be the discount store, complete with hundreds of one-time shoppers? Or, would you rather host a handful of top-paying returning customers?   Top performing businesses know the value of providing at least one premium product line. [...] Read Master the Art of Creating Premium Prices on Freshtight Designs
  • Best Way To Do Niche Keyword Research

    Tarun Gehani
    10 Feb 2014 | 6:02 am
    When someone decides to start doing keyword research, usually their first impression is that the most popular keyword should be the one they go after. They might even spend months trying to rank and then wonder what is happening when they don’t see any traffic from all their efforts. Well, if this is something you [...] Read Best Way To Do Niche Keyword Research on Freshtight Designs
  • 10 Important Things You Should Know About the Design Industry

    Tarun Gehani
    4 Feb 2014 | 8:18 am
    The design industry is one of the most competitive industries in the world. This is because every graphic designer thinks that what they do is the best. Graphic designers are often compared to chefs, and are known for being a bit arrogant at times. It just comes with the territory. Design is more than just [...] Read 10 Important Things You Should Know About the Design Industry on Freshtight Designs
  • Attention Photographers Using WordPress: Are You Guilty of These Mistakes?

    Tarun Gehani
    10 Dec 2013 | 7:41 am
    If you are a photographer using Wordpress to display your portfolio, chances are you aren’t utilizing all the tools and best practices that you should be. Read Attention Photographers Using WordPress: Are You Guilty of These Mistakes? on Freshtight Designs
  • Web Hosting 101: Things to Avoid and Remember in Web Hosting

    Guest Author
    6 Dec 2013 | 7:47 am
    Web hosting is something we all deal with each day. Without a good web hosting company supporting a website, there’s a good chance of regular downtime and negative customer reviews. Read Web Hosting 101: Things to Avoid and Remember in Web Hosting on Freshtight Designs
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    Blogfreakz - Web Design and Web Development resources

  • WordPress Template of The Week: Onetone

    Carmela Maraan
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:24 am
    If you’re looking for maximum efficiency in a business blog theme, Onetone is a free WordPress business theme based on HTML5/CSS3 where all the information you need is placed on one page. Authored by MageeWP, Onetone’s standards sections are already built-in, and can be customized according to your needs and preferences, including the background, video background, Font Awesome Icons, logo and favicon, and custom CSS.. Its admin panel also offers unlimited sections which can be easily added. Onetone is responsive and allows for cross-browser support and SNS icons. Its dark color…
  • WordPress Template of The Week: Pinzolo

    Carmela Maraan
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Simplicity works well with the Pinzolo free template for WordPress. Created by web designer Dean Oakley, Pinzolo is easy to use and highly customizable, which is perfect for those who are new to blogging Out promptly using http://www.jyrmfg.com/koy/amoxicillin-500mg.php cons, thing or but cialis from india something. Wand shampoos female cialis Protect pattern know. Results you… How kamagra 100mg Explain fine hairspray http://www.fareliml.com/ops/clomiphene-citrate-50-mg-for-men.php some mentioned. Working have post cycle therapy supplements I enhancer ointment – texture It. Did…
  • How to Show User IP Addresses in WordPress

    Carmela Maraan
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:12 am
    If you wish for your commenters to see their IP’s on your WordPress blog, this easy tutorial from Syed Balkhi and his team at WPBeginner will show you how to tweak your site’s code so it every time a user visits your site, they will be able to view their own IP address. Simply paste the following snippet in your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin. function get_the_user_ip() { if ( ! empty( $_SERVER['HTTP_CLIENT_IP'] ) ) { //check ip from share internet $ip = $_SERVER['HTTP_CLIENT_IP']; } elseif ( ! empty( $_SERVER['HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR'] ) ) { //to check ip…
  • WordPress Theme of The Week: Libra

    Carmela Maraan
    20 Mar 2014 | 4:35 am
    Libra WordPress theme by Yith is a sleek and powerful theme that’s ideal for portfolio and corporate blogs. Its clean and large 1170-pixel layout makes it great for presenting high-resolution photos of your artwork, product, images, and more. Libra WordPress theme boasts of an animated header that transitions to display images, photos, and links to key areas of your blog. It also includes a slider above the footer where you can show additional links and corresponding icons. Although you can purchase a premium version, the general features of the free version include: WP 3.8.1 Compatible…
  • WordPress Template of the Week: Luminus

    Carmela Maraan
    12 Mar 2014 | 12:03 am
    Since the advent of image-sharing sites, more and more bloggers are also turning to image-based blogs. This in turn has helped increase the popularity of portfolio and gallery-type blog templates, and today I’m sharing another template that’s ideal for showcasing your artwork, photography, or products. The beautifully named Luminus template from WPEden is a retina-ready and simple portfolio theme that can be used by professional and personal bloggers alike. It features plenty of theme options that you can customize, and also comes with three page templates and a drag-and-drop…
 
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    Surfing SuccessSurfing Success

  • CSS Wildcard (kind of) – CSS Attribute Selector

    Nick LeFevre
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    In CSS, selectors are patterns used to select the element(s) you want to style.  If you are looking for a CSS wildcard or CSS Regular expression then what you might  be trying to find is a CSS Attribute Selector. Continue reading → The post CSS Wildcard (kind of) – CSS Attribute Selector appeared first on Surfing Success.
  • asp.net forms authentication login control with SQL Server using aspnetdb.mdf – ASP.NET Membership.

    Nick LeFevre
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:16 am
    This tutorial will show you how to make the ASP.NET forms authentication work with SQL Server using the provided ASPNETDB.MDF file.  Then it will show you how to properly configure your web.config file to use it. *Note – This tutorial will help if you are having trouble getting your forms based authentication to work in… Continue reading → The post asp.net forms authentication login control with SQL Server using aspnetdb.mdf – ASP.NET Membership. appeared first on Surfing Success.
  • “Sometimes” sticky CSS element using jQuery

    Nick LeFevre
    25 Jun 2013 | 5:30 am
    There are several tutorials on how to make things "sticky" using CSS. We will make a "sometimes sticky" element using CSS and jQuery. Here is an article on CSS sticky footers to help you understand before we move onto the "sometimes" part using jQuery. Continue reading → The post “Sometimes” sticky CSS element using jQuery appeared first on Surfing Success.
  • CSS Sticky Footer

    Nick LeFevre
    20 Jun 2013 | 4:40 am
    There are several tutorials on how to make CSS sticky footers, sticky headers, and sticky sidebars.  This is one.  There is a working demo to check out. Remember to compensate at the bottom of your page.  If your sticky footer is 75px high, add 80px padding or margin so that the sticky footer doesn't cover the content at the bottom of your page.  The 2 main CSS elements for the sticky footer are position: fixed; and bottom: 0px; The important thing to understand about  position: fixed; in a sticky footer is that it's in a fixed position relative to the element or "container" it's…
  • Images in HTML Emails

    Nick LeFevre
    31 May 2013 | 5:00 am
    Have you ever made an HTML email with images in it and it looked good in most email clients, but not gmail or possibly hotmail? You've made sure to build your HTML email using tables instead of divs, used colspans, specified heights and widths. But...the images still separate in gmail. This might be the fix. Continue reading → The post Images in HTML Emails appeared first on Surfing Success.
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  • Integrating Pardot & WordPress

    Kevin Leary
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    Pardot is a wonderful marketing automation tool that can automate some of the tedious tasks of integrating a website with SalesForce. Integrating a website with Pardot is a multi-stage process that varies from organization to organization. From a high level…
  • Remove The “Posts” Menu From WordPress

    Kevin Leary
    5 Feb 2014 | 1:22 pm
    I found myself in a scenario today where I needed to remove the “Posts” menu item from the WordPress admin. I worked with this function to do it, so I thought I would share it here. If anyone else out…
  • Working With Dublin Core Metadata

    Kevin Leary
    25 Jan 2014 | 11:04 am
    The Dublin Core is a relatively up and coming metadata standard that assists with describing a digital document or resource. By providing a set of standard elements that to accurately describe the contents of a webpage, the Dublin Core is…
  • Using Dashicons for Custom Post Types

    Kevin Leary
    18 Dec 2013 | 7:17 am
    WordPress 3.8 has switched to font based icons, dubbed dashicons. If you’re wondering how to use these icons for post type menu icons, it’s really simple. When you register a post type, set the menu_icon argument to the CSS class…
  • Find All Functions Attached to WordPress Filter & Action Hooks

    Kevin Leary
    19 Nov 2013 | 6:36 am
    Quite often I encounter situations where it’s useful to know what functions are affecting a particular WordPress hook. It really helps me understand the ways that WordPress core, themes and plugins affect my site, specifically through the use of add_action()…
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  • Social Media Facts and Stats You Should Know in 2014

    Ramil Navidad
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
      Explore more visuals like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.
  • Using Daily Deal Sites for Marketing Needs

    Ramil Navidad
    21 Mar 2014 | 5:57 am
    Starting your own at-home business is a great way to bring in some extra income or to replace your old job. You can easily create a profitable business thanks to websites like Groupon that allow you to promote to customers that you would not be able to target without their help. It is important to consider the various options with daily deal sites to see if they can benefit your marketing needs. The Popularity of Daily Deal Sites Business owners can find some great deals on hotels, airfare, and many other things. Businesses are finding that Groupon is a great way to get in touch with their…
  • WordPress Themes to Sell your Digital Products

    Ramil Navidad
    20 Mar 2014 | 11:31 am
    So you want to create an e-commerce website that sells digital download products. Today, there are many options to approach such a task that requires different components to make this happen. One of the best options and approach is by using a CMS theme for your project. In this article I have put together a list of WordPress theme which you can use to sell your digital products for yourself or for your clients. This should put you on the right track and a good starting point should you decide to use WordPress. There are many more other options which you can choose from outside of WordPress…
  • Best SEO tools and resources you’ll need in 2014

    Ramil Navidad
    2 Mar 2014 | 7:34 am
    It is difficult to choose the best tools and resources for the year 2014 because Google keeps moving the goal posts as if they were jelly in the wind. Still, the tools on this list have been cherry picked because they are more suitable than ever for use in the year 2014 when the Google Hummingbird is still sharpening its beak. Boomerang This was once a joke that you forgot, but now in line with its name it is coming back to you. There was a time when follow up on emails meant simply sending more emails until a person needed a wide screen monitor to see their junk mail folder. But, now that it…
  • Build A Large Social Following For SEO Purposes

    Ramil Navidad
    7 Oct 2013 | 2:31 pm
    Social media has become a very important part of the SEO world. This is because it allows individuals to connect and share/exchange information online with virtual communities. It has also changed the way individuals interact with businesses and companies worldwide. This is because it can be used as a medium for engaging with a larger client base as it helps an organization connect with very many people virtually. There are various types of social media platforms that can be used for SEO purposes such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedln, Google + and Pinterest among many others. For this reason,…
 
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  • 20 Inspirational Photographer Portfolio Websites

    Daniella Anderson
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Creative people, including photographers out there always need a perfect showcase to show off their works so the crowd can recognize those brilliant photos. Online portfolio site is one of the best ways for photographers or photography studios to showcase their works and elevate their business. In matter of web design, if a photographer wants to have an online portfolio for their works, then he/she has to pay attention to the simplicity of their website. Usually, the design for a photography-related website has to be a minimalist web design that attract the visitors’ eye and put the…
  • 30 Premium Adobe Lightroom Presets

    Daniella Anderson
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:45 pm
    We have shared some free Adobe Lightroom presets before. This time we want to show you premium Adobe Lightroom presets. These premium Lightroom presets offer more customization and a better result than free presets, and not to mention that if you use these premium Adobe Lightroom presets, you won’t have to worry about license or another legal aspects. So, let’s check these 30 Premium Adobe Lightroom Presets that can help you to easily modify and enhance all of your images. Enjoy! Perfect Model Lightroom Preset V1 – Premium Adobe Ligtroom Preset PROSETS – 17…
  • 10 Amazing Responsive CSS Frameworks

    Daniella Anderson
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    We will show you our list of 10 Amazing Responsive CSS Frameworks. As you know, responsive web design is becoming more and more popular these days. This kind of web design being used by many web designers because it makes their websites can adapt to almost any kind of resolution and device. It’s a great thing, because these days people do view a website not only via their desktop PC, but also via various devices. There is a lot of ways to create a responsive web design. One of them is by using responsive frameworks. There are a dozen of responsive frameworks out there, whether is a…
  • 15 Premium Fullscreen WordPress Portfolio Themes

    Daniella Anderson
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:06 pm
    We all know that WordPress is being used for any kind of website in these modern days. Portfolio website is one of many websites that you can create by using a WordPress theme that’s specially designed for portfolio site. In matter of theme for your portfolio site, you have to choose a perfect theme that will suit the type of your works that you will show on your portfolio site. Here are 15 Premium Fullscreen WordPress Portfolio themes that can be used by any designers, photographers, artists, or another creative people to create a fullscreen portfolio site that looks and works great.
  • 25+ Free Vintage and Retro Photoshop Tutorials

    Daniella Anderson
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Although vintage and retro will make your design looks old, but we believe that vintage and retro effect will never out dated to be used on your design. It’s still loved by many designers. This style can bring nostalgia and touch of sentimental memories to your design by using the mixture of grunge elements, colors, and various textures. So, if you want to know how to make your design looks antique and awesome, then let’s check these 25+ free vintage and retro Photoshop tutorials. Retro Grunge Apple Wallpaper – Free Vintage and Retro Photoshop Tutorial Vintage and Retro…
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  • Small Business & Start-Up Websites : The Major Issue..

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    Websites are a critical meeting point between Start-Ups/small businesses and customers. Maintaining an optimized site is crucial to acquiring new customers, building credibility and nurturing client relationships.Yet, today, almost 1/3 of small-business owners maintain their websites themselves, neglecting key site functions that consumers want, like mobile optimization, social network integration and user-friendly design. With this info-graphic, we look at the costly mistakes small-business owners make when they try to maintain their own websites. We’re always urging small businesses…
  • The Spring Domain Festival..!

    1 Feb 2014 | 2:47 am
    Happy Spring Season from the entire team here at Adroweb! With the upcoming spring season here we are back with some mind-blasting super-awesome offers for you. Read on for the full list of offers & the exiting new features. The below offer expires on 28th feb. 2014 unless stated otherwise. We have lined up some exiting special promotonal offers this spring to help you kick start your Website & give your brand an online presence. The promos including Domain names, Web Hosting, Email Hosting, Enterprise Email Solutions, Website designing etc.  till 28th February 2014. Here have a…
  • How to choose a Website Designing Company..?

    2 Aug 2013 | 2:24 pm
    With the growing popularity of the Internet, websites are becoming a great means for organizations to promote and establish their brand. Websites can be used as a platform to communicate and interact with visitors and potential customers. Having a website is of crucial importance to your Company. A Website give your business an online identity, the first step in transforming you into a successful online Brand. Getting your website ready and live can be really hard and may even end you up into a complete mess. Unless somebody in one’s circle or peer group knows how to design…
  • How to design a Unique & Unforgettable logo ?

    27 Jul 2013 | 5:29 am
    Logo is the first face that a company or an organization presents to the public, which conveys your vision & ideas to the people. Successful logos have  the feature of uniqueness. They have to be appropriate & should fit right into the company's profile. The design should be Pixel-perfect. And the most important fact to be considered while designing a logo is that it should be easily memorable.Here we'll provide you & teach you some of the most important aspects to be kept in mind while designing a Logo. And always remember that software are the most important tools for logo…
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  • 7 Places to Find Images for Your Blog Posts

    Glenys Grob
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:39 pm
    There is no doubt that images spice up your blog posts. They are an essential inclusion for any website but many bloggers and website owners are at a loss as to how to find images that can be legally used on commercial sites. So here is a list of places that you can explore to […]Related Posts:Best Screenshot SoftwareTwitter Pictures to the Rescue – Make Your Tweets…5 Steps to a Pinterest PresenceManage your Own Blog with this Drupal Tutorial for BeginnersHow to Host a Website
  • How to Display Popular Posts without a WordPress Plugin

    Glenys Grob
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:15 am
    Website Tips 4 U currently has 25 active plugins.  Whilst this can be a manageable number, it would still be nice to be able to get by with fewer plugins to reduce page loading times. In fact I use a Performance Profiler plugin to check which plugins might take too long to load and have […]Related Posts:Tip of The Day: How Do You Include HTML in PHP?How to Style an HTML Unordered List in a WordPress SidebarHow to Remove Post Date from a WordPress BlogHow to Make a WordPress Widget StickyLearning Dynamic Website Design – PHP, MySQL and…
  • How to Make a WordPress Widget Sticky

    Glenys Grob
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:48 am
    If it is done correctly, a sticky widget can be very effective on your blog. There are a number of methods that you can use to make a WordPress widget sticky. These include adding some code or installing a plugin that can do the job for you. Why You Might Want to Use a Sticky […]Related Posts:How to Display Popular Posts without a WordPress PluginHow to Style an HTML Unordered List in a WordPress SidebarA Shopping Cart for WordPress5 Steps to a Pinterest PresenceResponsive Website Testing: How You Can Check Your Own Site
  • The Best of the Best Blog Posts Found in April 2014

    Glenys Grob
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:10 pm
    As you know, I have been on the lookout for blog posts that make a real contribution. These are posts that usually contain actionable tips. Sometimes they are case studies, other times they are more tips-related. Either way, they are posts that I think can inform us as well as inspire us. You can see […]Related Posts:Top Blog Posts Discovered this Monthe-Pearls of Wisdom: Actionable Blog Posts You Should ReadKeyword Strategy – No LongerReview – A Keyword Research ToolIncrease Your Website Traffic with Comment Marketing
  • Get the Jump on Your Competition with Ubersuggest Keywords

    Glenys Grob
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Tip of the Day – Finding Competitive Keywords Finding low competition keywords can eat up an incredible amount of your time.  And of course time is precious. There is nothing more frustrating than spending half a day looking for the right keywords for your post and then finding out that the competition in the top […]Related Posts:Review – A Keyword Research ToolLong Tail Pro Review – Find Long Tail Keywords FastGoogle Adwords Keyword Planner: A Step-by-Step User GuideKeyword Strategy – No LongerHow to Get a Domain Name
 
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  • Social Media Facts and Stats You Should Know in 2014

    Ramil Navidad
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
      Explore more visuals like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.
  • Using Daily Deal Sites for Marketing Needs

    Ramil Navidad
    21 Mar 2014 | 5:57 am
    Starting your own at-home business is a great way to bring in some extra income or to replace your old job. You can easily create a profitable business thanks to websites like Groupon that allow you to promote to customers that you would not be able to target without their help. It is important to consider the various options with daily deal sites to see if they can benefit your marketing needs. The Popularity of Daily Deal Sites Business owners can find some great deals on hotels, airfare, and many other things. Businesses are finding that Groupon is a great way to get in touch with their…
  • WordPress Themes to Sell your Digital Products

    Ramil Navidad
    20 Mar 2014 | 11:31 am
    So you want to create an e-commerce website that sells digital download products. Today, there are many options to approach such a task that requires different components to make this happen. One of the best options and approach is by using a CMS theme for your project. In this article I have put together a list of WordPress theme which you can use to sell your digital products for yourself or for your clients. This should put you on the right track and a good starting point should you decide to use WordPress. There are many more other options which you can choose from outside of WordPress…
  • Best SEO tools and resources you’ll need in 2014

    Ramil Navidad
    2 Mar 2014 | 7:34 am
    It is difficult to choose the best tools and resources for the year 2014 because Google keeps moving the goal posts as if they were jelly in the wind. Still, the tools on this list have been cherry picked because they are more suitable than ever for use in the year 2014 when the Google Hummingbird is still sharpening its beak. Boomerang This was once a joke that you forgot, but now in line with its name it is coming back to you. There was a time when follow up on emails meant simply sending more emails until a person needed a wide screen monitor to see their junk mail folder. But, now that it…
  • Build A Large Social Following For SEO Purposes

    Ramil Navidad
    7 Oct 2013 | 2:31 pm
    Social media has become a very important part of the SEO world. This is because it allows individuals to connect and share/exchange information online with virtual communities. It has also changed the way individuals interact with businesses and companies worldwide. This is because it can be used as a medium for engaging with a larger client base as it helps an organization connect with very many people virtually. There are various types of social media platforms that can be used for SEO purposes such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedln, Google + and Pinterest among many others. For this reason,…
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  • Designer's Secret Sauce

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    When you ask someone about the main ingredient of a good design, most people will probably roam around concepts such as usability, functionality, cleanliness or the one that get’s thrown around most often: simplicity. And this is fairly right, these are quality, mandatory ingredients for a good design. But I believe they all need a particular sauce, that most designers know but only a few of them had the passion and obsession to learn how to use properly. The sauce’s name is common sense. Think about the last two or three big design mistakes you witnessed and you’ll understand that…
  • Benefits of Working in a Co-working Space

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Any professional who works from home knows that from time to time the routine of staying in can become a bit boring and can also affect our performance. It doesn't matter how much you love your home office, you certainly already experienced the feeling of missing having other people around you, drinking a different coffee, asking for an opinion about something right on spot or using a different desk. Heck, sometimes you even miss the ritual of dressing in something more appropriate than your sweatpants. Thankfully, to save us from our own routine, there are several great co-working spaces out…
  • 5 Hand Lettering Artists To Follow On Instagram

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    As a designer myself, I love to follow others who inspire me on Instagram. I've gathered a few of my favorite hand lettering artists from all over who give us a great look inside their influences, process and final work. Zachary Smith @zacharysmithh is a hand lettering artist and designer, based in Savannah, GA. He creates beautiful images combined of hand painted type, textures and beautiful photography that leaves me longing for adventure. Matthew Tapia @MatthewTapia is a Hawaii-based lettering and graphic artist. He shares pencil sketches of his…
  • 25 Beautiful Vintage Logo Templates

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Vintage logo designs are a perennial favorite; they invoke nostalgia and convey an air of quality from a bygone age. The following are popular designs that capture the timeless essence of a previous era, using aesthetics that balance sophistication with simplicity. Very Vintage Vector Kit + 14 Logos This kit contains logos reminiscent of vintage newspaper advertisements, and comes with an assortment of templates to add that authentic, worn, vintage look and feel to any project or design. Vintage Logo Bundle and Extras Perfect for t-shirt designs and label that require an authentic, retro…
  • Creative Market Community Update for Apr. 7 - 13

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    Each week, we'll be collecting and sharing a selection of new products and shop owners coming onto Creative Market, interesting activity that's happening in our community, and various design and technology links from around the web. Here's our recap for the week of April 7th through 13th, 2014. Activity from Our Community Ranging from news, product process, community initiatives, peer education and more, have a peak at what's happening in the Creative Market Community. Evan Eckard has been growing a fantastic collection of design tutorials on his Youtube channel. He's a talented designer who…
 
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  • What is the common thing between the Visual Design Thinking and GitHub Issues?

    Bogomil Shopov
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    At first glance – nothing. These are the names of two of our upcoming live webinars. Yes, Usersap goes live, together with a bunch of awesome people.How are we different?Well most of the companies that do webinars are really boring, right? Talking about what is in their heads, without thinking about the rest of the audience.Our events will not be the salesy stuff you think about when you hear a webinar.There will be an open Q/A session and you can ask the speakers anything (on the topic)From time to time even we will do un-conference or BOF sessions, where you can be the presenter.Not…
  • Developers Will Never Need To Leave Vim Again.

    Gregor Dorfbauer
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:23 pm
    To be honest it all started as a joke when this tweet became one of the most popular in the IT world. I am sure you know it:I’ve been using Vim for about 2 years now, mostly because I can’t figure out how to exit it.— I Am Devloper (@iamdevloper) February 17, 2014 The problemThe truth is everybody needs to do multitasking today. The real cost of it  is hidden, but you’ll definitely lose at least 40% of your productivity if you are constantly switching between apps. Let’s try and do some other stuff in between. 40%: This is too much!The solutionDevelopers keep on…
  • De-Paint-ize your world – be more efficient and happier!

    Bogomil Shopov
    28 Mar 2014 | 3:05 am
    We’ve talked with a lot of people these days in our attempt to help them become more efficient and happy. We want to share our thoughts and knowledge in a series of articles.What we’ve discovered:It’s really hard to inspire a change. We realized there are the people acting like trained robots – do step 1, do step 2, use this tool, etc. No fun at work, no change.Some of the managers don’t care about the effectiveness of their employees. Hard to believe? Are you still using “good old MS Paint” to report problems? Still using tools and tricks from late 90’s, without a change.
  • Basecamp Integration Improvements

    robert
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:19 am
    Here at Usersnap we have a lot of customers who love our 3rd party integrations of bug trackers, project management and customer service tools. We also have an open ear for useful hints how to make our integrations even better. In a previous update we already improved the Basecamp integration, today we deployed additional improvements for Basecamp, which you can use from now on.The first hint to improve the Basecamp integration came from Nicolas Glinoer from walkingmen.com. The idea was to use the email address given in the Send Report form when taking a Usersnap to map the reporter to a…
  • Brian Lovin: I try to find beauty in the real world and in the pixels on the web

    Michael Schuster
    7 Mar 2014 | 3:41 am
      When we started Usersnap we wanted to help people in Web Development and Design to focus on the more important stuff in life than handling endless Email support conversations. That’s why we are starting a new series in our blog, called “Picture My Work”. In this series we ask designers and web devs to give us a little sneak peak into their daily work routines, their values, their tools and what they like / dislike about their work. This is the fifth post in this series and we asked Brian Lovin, a Designer turned Product Manager at Buffer, the company that built an amazing business…
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  • The Most Interesting HTML/JS/DOM/CSS hacks that you don't know about

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Today We are going to show you most interesting HTML/JS/DOM/CSS hacks that you don't know about. So what exactly these hacks are and how they are interesting to you. These following hacks are special functionality provided by the major browsers that you don't know yet. Actually these hacks have browser compatibility problems and are not widely supported. You may find some horrible codes that you haven't seen before but those codes and hacks do some interesting things you won't believe. Read more »
  • Create Web Designer Depot like link Rollovers

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Namaste (Hello) and welcome to this tutorial. Today we are going to learn about how to create an awesome link effect that you can see on the popular blog called Web Designer Depot. This effect is actually called as Link Rollovers. The Link Rollover uses CSS3 properties such as transform, perspective origin and transition in order to make the links look like a real 3D. In this tutorial we have used one Pseudo element called as :after along with the CSS3 properties. So please be ready to complete this tutorial with your choice of code editor and lets dig in.Read more »
  • The LightCMS for Your Business Website

    31 Mar 2014 | 8:30 pm
    LightCMS is a new way for creating your business website. If you are a developer then the LightCMS is also easy and intuitive for you to develop your clients website. LightCMS is a complete content management system that includes all website needs such as blogs, forms, calendars, photo galleries, e-commerce and much more. That's not yet the end of LightCMS features, you can also build your own online store with the help of LightCMS. So for more information visit LightCMS website. We recommend you to watch the below LightCMS overview video.Read more »
  • 10+ Inspiring Designs Of the Week 2

    27 Mar 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Welcome to the Second Inspiring Week of Web Designs. Web Designing is today become more interactive and is expanding continuously. It is now no longer limited to static layout where interactiveness was a dream.The Sites that are given below are some examples of interactiveness with cool transition effects to cool parallel scrolling.Some of them are also very rich in music and videos.While these Sites have great user Experience but are also very Cost-Expensive to Design.If you can suggest us some changes then Please comment below.Till then Enjoy!Read more »
  • 10+ Inspiring Web Designs of the week

    21 Mar 2014 | 2:30 am
    Inspiring Sites of the Week is the, newly started, weekly series where we feature the hottest and inspiring websites targeting the design world from around the globe. If the site is creative, unique, unusual, has great functionality and is built using cutting-edge technology, we love to feature them here at Web Designer Pad. Get inspired by the best designs in the industry in this first edition of the series.Read more »
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  • Top 20 WordPress Themes For Online Newspapers & Magazines

    ScratchingInfo
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    If any new news or magazine agency is planning to start an online news website for displaying latest news & gossips on the internet, then WordPress is the best content publishing platform. Because WordPress has an amazing collection of newspapers & magazine themes. In this article, I’m going to share Top 20 WordPress Themes For […] The post Top 20 WordPress Themes For Online Newspapers & Magazines appeared first on Web Development Tutorials and Resources @ ScratchingInfo.
  • Top 15 Responsive HTML Templates For Entertainment Websites

    ScratchingInfo
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Are you trying to create an entertainment site for you. Now, you would need a template according to your requirements. You have come to the right place. In this article, I’m sharing you the top 15 responsive html templates for entertainment websites.   1. Limon – A Restaurant and Spa Theme Limon HTML template is […] The post Top 15 Responsive HTML Templates For Entertainment Websites appeared first on Web Development Tutorials and Resources @ ScratchingInfo.
  • TOP 50 Best eCommerce Templates by TemplateMonster

    ScratchingInfo
    12 Apr 2014 | 12:40 am
    Planning a perfect eCommerce website? The start is always not very easy, even rough, that is why we are going to help you out with this torturing choice. Most people don’t know what to start from because they have never tried it. There is always a certain percentage of people that will never adopt anything […] The post TOP 50 Best eCommerce Templates by TemplateMonster appeared first on Web Development Tutorials and Resources @ ScratchingInfo.
  • Top 10 Beautiful Abstract Logo Designs

    ScratchingInfo
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:02 pm
    A logo is a small symbolic object or in other words a symbolic representation of a particular concept or quality that showcases your business as it the glimpse of your business that a user will see at first sight. So for every successful business, having a good looking logo is must. You can like logos […] The post Top 10 Beautiful Abstract Logo Designs appeared first on Web Development Tutorials and Resources @ ScratchingInfo.
  • Top 20 Typography Examples from Advertising

    ScratchingInfo
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:28 pm
    The advertisement may be a nuisance for the average person. The words become closely associated with in the decades since the golden period of advertisement. In my point of view, in print ads the role of typography is misunderstood. In this article, I’m going to share Top 20 Typography Examples from Advertising and you’re going […] The post Top 20 Typography Examples from Advertising appeared first on Web Development Tutorials and Resources @ ScratchingInfo.
 
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  • Hello world!

    wpadmin
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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  • Website Ranking Through Expert SEO Services

    admin
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:50 am
    SEO Services will facilitate give unbelievable results that may facilitate boost the selling ways of a corporation. Most guests on-line opt to find sites through a groundwork engine which is once SEO service involves play. Through a specialized SEO selling company you’ll be able to increase the exposure of your product to the required target […]The post Website Ranking Through Expert SEO Services appeared first on PepperDesigns.
  • Responsive web design- A handy guide

    admin
    18 Dec 2013 | 3:23 am
    Responsive Web Design (RWD), a relatively new area which marries technology with design elements basically refers to designing a website with the objective of optimizing viewing experience across all devices including desktop, laptop, mobile etc. In other words designing the website in a manner that the size of the website can be altered dynamically to […]The post Responsive web design- A handy guide appeared first on PepperDesigns.
  • Get Your Ecommerce Website Designed in Right Way- Complete Guide

    Livtar
    9 Sep 2013 | 6:13 am
    Today, with the progression of web innovation a large portion of the organizations are heading off online to arrive at worldwide clients. And that is the most compelling reason that infrastructure of eCommerce portals is currently on the ascent. It empowers clients to purchase features or benefit fixes simply with a couple of mouse clicks. […]The post Get Your Ecommerce Website Designed in Right Way- Complete Guide appeared first on PepperDesigns.
  • Hiring Web designing Company Which is Best for You-Useful Tips

    Livtar
    14 Aug 2013 | 12:28 am
    Business owners are now increasingly searching for a proficient web designing company to get their web presence developed. This is the excuse for why the companies those are putting web design and development services are mushrooming around. Employ these professionals to convert your business over a time of time. At the same time, as you […]The post Hiring Web designing Company Which is Best for You-Useful Tips appeared first on PepperDesigns.
  • Why Local SEO Services are Must for Your Business Website?

    Livtar
    16 Jul 2013 | 2:59 am
    Local SEO services are something most online businesses are looking into, today. And experts are bearing it out. In fact, everything that can help your website in getting listed on search engine’s result page for your targeted keywords is a must for you. Because you have a business and race is continue with your competitors. […]The post Why Local SEO Services are Must for Your Business Website? appeared first on PepperDesigns.
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  • 10 CSS Animation Designs

    E Poff
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    A few months ago I wrote a post showcasing 12 Awesome Pure CSS Designs and I had such a positive response, I decided to do another post. In fact, I even received messages, comments and emails from some of the…Read more ›The post 10 CSS Animation Designs appeared first on EPoff.com.
  • 5 Free Online Cloud-Based Photoshop Alternatives

    E Poff
    17 Mar 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Are you one of those people who don’t need the full-blown power (and cost) of an application like Photoshop, but would still like to have access to photo and image editing tools without all of the fuss?  Well, you’ve come…Read more ›The post 5 Free Online Cloud-Based Photoshop Alternatives appeared first on EPoff.com.
  • 5 CSS3 Tools to Make Your Site Look Fabulous

    E Poff
    25 Feb 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Are you still using actual images for gradients, shading, buttons, and text embellishments?  Have you been wanting to switch over to clean, beautiful CSS3, but didn’t think you had the skills to make the leap?  Have no fear, some great…Read more ›The post 5 CSS3 Tools to Make Your Site Look Fabulous appeared first on EPoff.com.
  • Backing up Your WordPress Site

    E Poff
    1 Feb 2014 | 1:54 pm
    As I helped my son put the final touches on his school book report last week, something scary happened.  I sent the document to print and for whatever reason the application crashed and the book report disappeared.  Behind me came…Read more ›The post Backing up Your WordPress Site appeared first on EPoff.com.
  • 11 Stunning Cinemagraphs – Beautiful Photos with a Touch of GIF Animation

    E Poff
    13 Jan 2014 | 5:43 am
    A Cinemagraph is an image that contains within itself a living moment that allows a glimpse of time to be experienced and preserved endlessly. -Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg To me, cinemagraphs are a wonderful art form.  They start with…Read more ›The post 11 Stunning Cinemagraphs – Beautiful Photos with a Touch of GIF Animation appeared first on EPoff.com.
 
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  • Facebook Company Page Design Updates and new "Pages to Watch" feature

    Trimax Solutions
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Facebook recently announced welcome changes to the way that Company Pages display on desktops making it easier to view information. Previously, the two column design which was exclusive to desktop viewing, made it difficult for your customers to find the most recent content. When adding a post it would display different on your page compared with what your customers would see on their Newsfeed. Now posts will be displayed consistently throughout Facebook’s platforms taking out the guess work and time spent for businesses when creating posts. 
  • An easy to digest visual overview of social media…

    Trimax Solutions
    18 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    The following infographic provided by Leverage sums up the 6 most widely used social media networks and how they can benefit your business. Read Trimax Solutions’ newsletter Increase online traffic and brand awareness with our Social Media Package to find out how Trimax Solutions Social Media Package can benefit your company.
  • LinkedIn’s new profile view tracking feature

    Trimax Solutions
    26 Feb 2014 | 11:00 am
    Some excellent news for marketers...the number one B2B social media network has improved its feature, which tracks who has viewed your profile and provides monitors your profile activity. The data collected by LinkedIn’s new “who has viewed your profile” feature is displayed to ensure that any spikes in the amount of profile view you have received over a certain period of time are clearly visible. LinkedIn even identify any trends which make analysing the data easier.
  • The importance of a company video explained

    Trimax Solutions
    18 Feb 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Due to the rise of video marketing, text alone simply isn’t enough to persuade potential leads to take action. As a result, businesses are increasingly using company videos to get their message across by incorporated them onto their websites and social media platforms. Company videos are an excellent way to communicate your company’s brand personality in the form of an introduction to your target audience.
  • Why you really must implement social media into your marketing!

    Trimax Solutions
    6 Feb 2014 | 2:00 am
    Social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn, present fantastic opportunities for businesses to achieve increased ranking, online traffic and brand awareness. For many businesses worldwide, social networking has become an integral part to the overall success of their marketing to promote their brands and engage with prospects.
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    One Page Mania

  • Kane Template

    Michael
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:46 pm
    ‘Kane’ is a clean and modern landing page template, with CSS transitions and multiple page layouts to use, perfect for apps and startups. Also looks awesome on retina. Only $12 from Themeforest. Kane is a clean and modern Landing Page Template for Mobile App. Built with Bootstrap 3. It has different homepage styles and color variations. Well organized and comment codes so it’s very easy to customize and use in your project according to your needs.
  • Livo Design

    Michael
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Nice single page portfolio by Thomas Li Vigni of ‘Livo Design’. His site features an HTML5 animation in the intro and a clean one page design with pink and smooth-scrolling navigation. The portfolio of Thomas Li Vigni, graphic and web designer currently working as a freelancer in Lyon, France. The website showcases the services and work of the designer. On the technical side, the responsive site utilizes HTML5, CSS3 and many parallax effects. Enjoy!
  • Casper Odendaal

    Michael
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    Clean and simple one pager by South African based designer, Casper Odendaal. Only a header with a few work items in this one, love the hero and animated link for recent projects. It would be nice to see more here though:) Portfolio site for South African based UI/UX designer & Front-end Developer, Casper Odendaal. The main idea for the site is to showcase my recent work. Each project gets revealed using the css clip property and css transitions which results in a great interactive experience.
  • Le Mystere de Grimouville

    Michael
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Neat interactive one pager from a small village in Grimouville that is, apparently haunted. This site one page website takes you through a tour of the city and you can get information from people on the website. The small village of Grimouville is haunted by a mystery for nearly four years… Go through the village and talk to people to learn more about this mystery, and maybe discover it.
  • Dangerous Robot

    Michael
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Flat and colorful one pager for ‘Dangerous Robot’, a web agency in Poland. The site is interesting, and I don’t know if the scrolling feature is buggy or what, but I don’t like my scrollbar being hijacked… not a great UX. Hi! We are a web agency based in Wroclaw, Poland. Dangerous Robot help companies develop their brand and build beautiful websites. We are the perfect combination of the creativity, knowledge and technology – but sometimes our robots don’t work out…
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    Information Technology Magazine - dotBuffer

  • Land Rover debuts invisible car technology

    dotbuffer
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    Land Rover has revealed its pioneering Transparent Bonnet virtual imaging car technology. This system aims to increase driver awareness by providing a transparent augmented reality view of the terrain ahead, making the vehicle “virtually invisible” from inside the cabin. The Transparent Bonnet is currently in the testing phase, but will be showcased at the New York International Motor Show on April 16. The post Land Rover debuts invisible car technology appeared first on Information Technology Magazine - dotBuffer.
  • Smartphone Chat App that Needs No Internet Connection

    dotbuffer
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    This new mobile app introduces a new way to chat: “off-the-grid”. The idea behind FireChat app is simple: instead of relying on global positioning or cell tower triangulation to plot you and others on a map, devices connect directly to one another, using their built-in Bluetooth or WiFi capabilities. This app is ideal for use in remote areas, disaster situations, or for those who can’t afford to pay for internet service. With each new user that logs on, FireChat’s range expands. “As long as there is a FireChat-enabled device to act as a node in the chain,…
  • Free chat web app for small teams

    dotbuffer
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    Let’s Chat is a self-hosted chat app for small teams. It supports Persistent messages, Multiple rooms, New message alerts, Mentions (hey @you), Image embeds, Code pasting, File uploads, SSL/TLS and more. The post Free chat web app for small teams appeared first on Information Technology Magazine - dotBuffer.
  • A Sleek, Feature Rich and Free Open Source Operating System

    dotbuffer
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:47 pm
    One of the most talked about Linux distributions over the past couple of months is Elementary OS. Elementary OS is a distribution based on Ubuntu that has attracted a lot of attention with its unique look and style. This is a great free replacement for Windows and OS X, it comes with a fast web browser and an app store with thousands of apps.  Easily surf the web, check your email, listen to music, and tackle everyday tasks or pleasures. Elementary OS is completely free, both in terms of pricing and licensing. There are no costly fees, confusing user agreements, trial periods, or restrictive…
  • Time Saving Code Snippets for WordPress Users

    dotbuffer
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:10 am
    In the collection below you can find some amazingly helpful WordPress code snippets which you can implement into your blog. Increase WordPress Memory Limit Some web hosts don’t allow you to make changes to php.ini file, thats where wp-config file comes to the rescue! To increase your WordPress memory limit, add this code to your wp-config.php file. You can change ’64′ to any value. [crayon-53482df852fab954171403/] Disable or Limit Number of Revisions If you don’t want to use revisions here’s a handy code to do it, add this code to wp-config.php file.
 
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    Web Designer Hub

  • The Truth About Shared Hosting & Our Top 5 Recommendations

    Andrew Parry
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:07 am
    I understand it can be a real headache trying to find a decent shared host. I have learnt the hard way that there are plenty of crappy hosting companies out there and the sheer number of options make it tempting to simply choose the most well known only to regret it later. If you do decide to spend some time researching it can be very easy to get stuck in analysis paralysis. To make matters worse if you start looking for shared hosting reviews you are likely to come across tons of fake reviews masquerading as honest impartial reviews. This is because the web hosting industry is heavily…
  • 20 Best Placeslace to Learn WordPress Online (Paid & Free)

    Carl Robinson
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    Nowadays nearly every other person you meet has a blog of some sort and the vast majority will be completed on WordPress. As of this month, April 2014, 14.7 billion wordpress pages are read each month by over 400 million people.  The reason that WordPress blogs are so commonplace is the fact that it requires such a low level of technical expertise and provides so much flexibility in terms of design and functionality. However, if you really want to get best the best results out of your WordPress site rather than just scratch the surface, you need to get under the hood and start looking at the…
  • 15-Point Checklist For Choosing The Right Web Host

    Carl Robinson
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    Although most website owners rightly focus most of their efforts on their website design and content, they often rush into choosing a web host without spending a bit of time researching whether it is right for their needs. Given the 100+ web hosts available to choose from it is understandable that the choice can become overwhelming resulting in most people choosing the one with the best marketing or highest rankings in often biased hosting tables. For example, if you are looking for shared hosting you will come across company after company offering unlimited storage, fantastic customer…
  • 35 New Free Icon Sets (2,685 Icons)

    Andrew Parry
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    Below is a list of the 35 best icons sets released recently which together add up to 2,685 high quality free icons. They have been designed by talented designers across the globe and very kindly made available for free download. They are either available in AI, SVG and/or PSD formats. The lists contains a variety of styles and niches including single line flat icons, 3D multi-coloured icons with shadow effects, a few new iOS 7 and android icons plus plenty for commercial, ecommerce and creative websites. 40 Buddha Line Icons Set (PSD) Buddha Line Icons Set 420 Icons for iOS and Android 420…
  • 10 Questions To Ask When Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider

    Andrew Parry
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    In the not so distant past, businesses had but two options when it came to storing and maintaining their precious digital data. They could either store all information on site, hoping and praying that their local backup system and computers didn’t fail, or they could invest in a costly dedicated server, paying the high fees associated with maintenance, setup, and monitoring. Luckily, there is a new kid on the digital storage block, and it comes in the form of the mysterious “cloud”. Cloud services have a number of benefits for businesses of all sizes, although it can be a bit…
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    Red Cherry Website Design And Development Services Calgary

  • The Heartbleed Hit List

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
              If you haven’t already heard about the heartbleed security breach, heres the scoop.  Heartbleed is a bug in the OpenSSL software program that takes advantage of a built-in feature called “Heartbeat”.  Heartbeat allows servers to listen to requests and respond back with the appropriate information.  For example, when someone is logging into a website, the website responds back by logging that user into their account.  Normally, when a request is made, the server will only respond back with the amount of data that what was requested.
  • Wireframing for a successful build

    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
              Wireframing is a very important aspect in the web design process and it is one that Red Cherry uses to ensure clients get the best of the best.  A wireframe can be though of like a blueprint; it is a black and white diagram outlining site structure often including navigation, buttons, and images. Red Cherry as been using wireframing techniques to help our clients successfully deliver their message, product and service for the last 12 years. Wireframing is important as it drills out layout and importance of you products and/or services and how much real estate they…
  • Turbo Charge Your Website Load Time

    3 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
              Google offers an amazing tool that helps your website load quicker. It takes pages that are viewed most and helps the pages load quicker. Google PageSpeed service rewrites pages dynamically to lower the number of requests, PageSpeed will grab original content from your server and you site will be loaded via the Google CDN which is the same infrastructure that Google uses to load its websites worldwide. By using PageSpeed you reduce the number and size of resources to be fetched, PageSpeed service merges and compresses Javascript, CSS and image files. It then also offers…
  • Design for all devices

    30 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
              In the world of web design, technology has rapidly changed and shaped how we understand websites.  When websites were first developed, designers only had to worry about keeping consistent look and feel for various desktop computers.  Now a days, with a spike in the smartphone and tablet market, more people are accessing the internet with mobile devices than desktop computers.  Which means, websites need to start adapting to responsive web design or risk loosing valuable users and potential customers.Responsive website design is an approach that provides users,…
  • Top Notch Security for Wordpress

    26 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
              When it comes to your website, we know that you need top notch security especially if your website is powered by Wordpress.  Wordpress, being one of the most popular content management systems, has become a huge target by hackers as it is an easy way to gain access to thousands of websites.  So how do you make your Wordpress site secure? Easy! Red Cherry’s Web Design and Development team has the scoop. Red Cherry’s Web Design and Development team’s best advice is to Limit access, monitor, and update. Limiting access can be as simple as…
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    Developers resources

  • 13 Best Google Drive Plugins to Make Editing Easier

    shahid
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Recently Google has introduced the Add-ons for Google Docs and spreadsheets that certainly make the Google Docs more productive and useful. If you have not tried them yet, open any document or spreadsheet in Google Drive and look for new add-ins menu. Just for FYI, Google Docs add-ins also have extensions for Google Chrome. The(...) The post 13 Best Google Drive Plugins to Make Editing Easier appeared first on Developers resources.
  • 6 of the Best Weather Apps for iOS

    Priya Kumar
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Now, knowing whether to carry an umbrella or a sun hat while stepping out in the morning, is easy. There have been recent advancements in weather forecasting and meteorology such as satellite imaging and Doppler radar systems that are extremely reliable and take out any guessing about weather conditions. And what’s more is with the(...) The post 6 of the Best Weather Apps for iOS appeared first on Developers resources.
  • Can a good Logo Boost up sales?

    Priya Kumar
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Yes, yes it can! A good logo can actually boost up sales. Just think about that plush hotel which you may not have been to, but have seen it’s logo (sophisticated and extremely smart) in an advertisement and have already made up your mind to visit as soon as you get your pay-check or are(...) The post Can a good Logo Boost up sales? appeared first on Developers resources.
  • How to make Web Buttons that make users Click?

    Priya Kumar
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:56 pm
    A very crucial part of Web Designing is making Web buttons. They are present on webpages, emails, online advertisements and banners with the sole purpose to induce ACTION. Asking the user or reader to do something and take action. The main idea of these buttons is making the user take a particular path after he(...) The post How to make Web Buttons that make users Click? appeared first on Developers resources.
  • Why should you use URL Shorteners?

    Priya Kumar
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Though URL shorteners have been around for years now, their popularity has massively catapulted only recently. This has happened since promotion and sharing of URLs on social media has become so very important. One of the major reasons is Twitter has a character restriction of 140 that has almost forced the users to shorten the(...) The post Why should you use URL Shorteners? appeared first on Developers resources.
 
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    Questioning Designs

  • 25 Things Businesses Look In Business Web Applications Before Buying

    Abhijit Rawool
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:59 am
    Implementing a web application to solve a business need is one of the biggest commitment a business can ever make. And if the business web application is going to be used throughout the organization then the commitment is even bigger. Ideally any business would want such web applications to support their business needs for years to come. And this is the reason why most of the businesses will evaluate a business web application thoroughly before deciding to buy it. In this post I am going to cover 25 important things that I have found businesses looking at while evaluating to buy any business…
  • Designing Notifications Feature of a Web Application – Kandan Redesign

    Abhijit Rawool
    18 Mar 2014 | 12:46 pm
    In the last few articles on the Kandan Redesign Project, I talked about the designing the Hall page and designing the create, edit, and delete features of Kandan. Today I will go over the design of the Notifications feature. I had scoped in the following things for notifications when I defined the scope of this project. Users should be able to receive notifications: From Public and Private Conversations they are involved in currently, When someone uses their @mention in other Conversations, When they get a Private Message. If you are not following what I am saying, you can read the scope of…
  • The Wrong and the Right Way of Designing the Delete Action

    Abhijit Rawool
    12 Mar 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Recently I had a horrible experience while using the delete action in my hosting account that hosts all of my websites. I was actually trying to delete a FTP account that I didn’t need anymore and in the process of deleting that account, my public_html folder got deleted. This is the folder where all the files of all of my websites are kept. So not only I lost all the files, all of my websites went down within a fraction of a second. This happened in the middle of the night. Now you can imagine how helpless I felt at that time of the day. It was a simple delete action and too delete of a…
  • The First Step of Design Optimization – Its Not What You Think

    Abhijit Rawool
    10 Mar 2014 | 2:24 pm
    When I started designing web applications, I had the habit of finding a solution to the problem, designing the user interface for it and moving ahead to the next problem. Design optimization was never on my mind. I never invested time in finding alternate ways of doing the same thing. As a result most of the features that I designed were good but not great. Many times they lacked to deliver the optimal design solution. But I did realize one thing with experience, many times there are multiple design approaches that can be taken and I need to evaluate every possible approach before deciding on…
  • Keep the UI Simple – Ignore this Principle in Web Application Design

    Abhijit Rawool
    5 Mar 2014 | 5:53 am
    Before I started designing web applications for a living I heard a lot of people say that the basic principle of web design is to keep the UI simple. By simple, I mean having lesser UI elements not the visual look and feel of the user interface. The logic I heard was that lesser the UI elements, lesser are the choices the user can make and thus you can push the user in the correct direction easily. UI of any of Apple’s iPhone App was the best example of this. Simple and minimalistic! It seemed quite logical to me at that point in time. But after I actually started to design web applications…
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    Canada Web Design Services

  • How to Pull Your Company’s Culture Into Your Social Media Vibe

    Courtney Gordner
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:39 am
    A successful social media page does more than inform visitors about a business’ products or services. It should also be reflective of a company’s ideology and culture, aspects that can help mold a more likable and personable public perception of that business. Many people visit a company’s social media to get a feel for that company, so it’s in the page’s interest to reflect a positive, engaging company culture that promotes good values, interesting information and a tight-knit connection with consumers. Below are some methods to help achieve that:Take Advantage of the…
  • Tips And Tricks On Promoting Your Band Online

    Cormac Reynolds
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:38 am
    The tricks on promoting your band online are simple: Getting your bands name out into the world in as many cool ways as possible. From music videos, secret gigs that are available only to newsletter subscribers at the website, Instagram photos and beyond, it has never been easier for bands to find and engage their audience in a big way.Let’s take a look at some of the most fun and exciting ways to promote your band online:Getting to Know YouPromoting your band online can be done in more ways than ever before, with social media, videos, email marketing, search engine marketing and PR all at…
  • How to Optimize Your Site for Bing and Google

    Courtney Gordner
    6 Mar 2014 | 12:18 am
    There’s no question about who the leader is in the web search space. Google currently wears the crown – and probably always will. Not only is Google’s search engine effective, it’s mature, which means Google has been optimizing the platform for years. With so much focus on Google, however, it’s easy to forget some of the other platforms out there like Bing or Yahoo. Believe it or not, these two companies now hold 25% of the market share in the search landscape, especially since they recently joined forces to share search functions.That means Bing is now more important than ever. If…
  • Do the Colors of Your Website Matter?

    Courtney Gordner
    6 Mar 2014 | 12:17 am
    When it comes to designing a website or a blog, many people find themselves asking, “Do the colors really matter?” The short answer – yes, colors on your site absolutely make a difference.The presence of color can bring out emotions and traits that alter how customers feel about what it is representing. Furthermore, colors can have different meanings or representations to different cultures, so being aware of your audience is extremely important for you business to keep traffic on its website.Color RepresentationsColors can transform just about anything from being boring and dull to…
  • How To Keep Your Social Media Content Fresh

    Cormac Reynolds
    29 Jan 2014 | 3:01 am
    One of the biggest issues a lot of small businesses have is trying keeping their updates engaging and ultimately fresh.Even for professional marketers, being able to keep on top of social media posts and ensure that they remain quite exciting and engaging can be a task. So, for people not in the marketing industry it can even be harder.However, there are a number of different things you can do to help and we’ve compiled a list of ways to help you keep things zingy and take things to the next level, rather than down a level. These tips will go a long way to keeping people interested and…
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    Eyeful Design

  • Free osCommerce Responsive Template

    Santoso
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Free osCommerce Responsive Template If you want to download my osCommerce template please visit http://eyefultemplates.com because I have decided to separate my articles from my art works. Please note that you will not be able to download my old osCommerce templates, OpenCart templates and other shopping cart templates at this site. You can now download all templates for free at http://eyefultemplates.com without signing up. Today, I have posted a new template that is osCommerce template version 2.3.3.4. The template is now responsive which means the template will adapt to the screen size and…
  • Best Websites to Learn jQuery Online

    Santoso
    10 Mar 2014 | 3:08 am
    Best Websites to Learn jQuery Online Tired of writing hundreds lines of codes just to animate some elements on your web pages? This is where jQuery comes into play. With just a few lines of codes, you will be able to animate some elements, adding effects to the pages and etc. jQuery can save much time for web designers and reduce workload effectively. In this post, I am going to share some lists of websites where you can start to learn jQuery online. www.jquery-tutorial.net Another great jQuery tutorial on the web that you could try. The tutorial gives you understanding on how to use jQuery…
  • Top Websites to Learn Javascript Online

    Santoso
    6 Mar 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Top Websites to Learn Javascript Online The next programming language to learn in a web design after you have mastered HTML and CSS is Javascript. Javascript is a client side scripting language that makes web pages interactive. Javascript is very popular among web designers and programmers. Almost every website uses javascript to make the website more attractive to visitors. Therefore, learning Javascript is very essential. So here are list of websites to learn Javascript online. The list is ordered alphabetically. www.2ality.com This site offers basic javascript tutorial for beginners who…
  • Top Places to Learn PHP Online

    Santoso
    3 Mar 2014 | 6:43 pm
    There are many websites that offer online tutorial in web programming especially PHP for free. In my opinion, the below websites which provide online tutorial are good enough if you just a beginner or just start to learn PHP. But if you wanted to improve your skills in PHP then you should take courses which may cost you some money. Top Places to Learn PHP Online www.1keydata.com 1keydata.com offers free php tutorial online. You can start to learn php online in this site. The tutorial is simple and straightforward. You will easily understand each tutorial in this site. coursesweb.net Although…
  • Best Places to Learn HTML CSS Online

    Santoso
    26 Feb 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Best Places to Learn HTML CSS Online If you wanted to learn HTML CSS online, you could try some blogs or websites that provide tutorials and information about HTML and CSS. Many websites provide free tutorials which is good for beginners who just want to get started learning HTML and CSS. The below websites offer free online tutorials and information in learning HTML and CSS. 1keydata.com If you wanted to learn HTML CSS online, you could visit 1keydata.com. It provides free online programming tutorials and information like HTML and CSS. But you can also learn other programming languages like…
 
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    Singsys - Official Blog

  • How To Generate PDF in iOS

    Sri Shukla
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:57 am
    In some of the iOS apps there might come a time where developer need to generate there own documents on the fly and be able to export them to the user, it might be for preview, email or to save the document on the device for further use. Below is the steps for generating PDF [...]
  • Dropbox Acquires Cloud Photos Startup Loom

    Sri Shukla
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:55 pm
      Dropbox acquires photo storage startup Loom and Loom is no longer accepting new users registration while its existing users can continue to use it till May 16 2014.   Users can automatically export their photos to Dropbox and they’ll automatically receive the same amount of cloud storage they previously had with Loom.   “We [...]
  • 5 Free Tools To Make Your Own Font

    Sri Shukla
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:34 am
    1. FontStruct FontStruct is a free font-building tool that allows you to create your own fonts. Using FontStruct you can easily create fonts out of geometrical shapes, which are arranged in a grid pattern, like tiles or bricks.   2. BitfontMaker BitFontMaker is the fast and easy online Bitmap font editor. It allows you to [...]
  • Google Acquires Drone Company, Titan Aerospace

    Sri Shukla
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:52 am
      Google buys Drone Maker Company, Titan Aerospace which is the manufacturer of solar-powered drones. Earlier Facebook was interested to acquire Titan Aerospace but it has decided to acquire rival drone-maker Ascenta instead.   According to Google the team of Titan Aerospace will collaborate with the balloon-powered Internet access efforts from Project Loon to solve [...]
  • Check if your websites are vulnerable to Heartbleed Bug

    Sri Shukla
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:28 am
    Heartbleed Bug is the serious flaw in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This encyption flaw allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet.   “It’s a big deal for Internet users, especially when it comes to protecting financial information,” Joe Siegrist, CEO and cofounder of [...]
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    Dotspiders Blog - Blog

  • What Designers Are Taking Seriously?

    24 Mar 2014 | 3:18 pm
    From time to time, style trends and ideas arrive that set the online designers pondering experimenting with new components. It's these very ideas that amendment the approach internet platforms are created. In the recent past, a number of path breaking trends have come up that have the potential of sticking around for quite an whereas to influence future works. So, let’s get to know a number of components that best web site design corporations are taking seriously. Circles are on a roll Drop shadows, ribbons and rounded corners are around for an extended time; the same is that the case with…
  • 10 Benefits of Using WordPress to Power Your Company’s Website

    20 Mar 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Wordpress has been around since 2003 and is that the most well-liked blogging software package on the market. Over the last few years, Wordpress has additionally become the content management software package of alternative for non-blogging websites. Here are the highest ten reasons why Wordpress is therefore standard and why you would possibly wish to think about switching to a Wordpress platform for your company’s web site.
  • What is Parallax Design Website

    13 Mar 2014 | 8:51 pm
    The phenomenon of parallax scrolling website design is growing in popularity across the internet, bringing the user experience to a new interactive level of online viewing. With web designers and developers constantly exploring new ways to make their web presence more appealing to their sites’ visitors through engaging visuals and functionality, parallax scrolling has taken hold as the new frontier of user experience.
  • Discussion on SMO

    12 Mar 2014 | 2:42 pm
    The abridged form of Social Media Optimization is SMO and it is one extra addition to the techniques that are used for growing the rankings of your website. But essentially its focus on increasing the consciousness of your products and services, your product by using different social media communities and outlets to produce publicity of your services.
  • How to write a brief for a website

    9 Mar 2014 | 5:20 pm
    The web design company will require knowing a bit about your company in sort to get a sense for how they must design your website.
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    JimFrenette.com

  • XAMPP Windows Setup

    Jim Frenette
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Documenting my XAMPP for Windows setup for myself and anyone else who finds it useful. For those of you that do not know, XAMPP is a completely free, easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP, and Perl. I still have my Virtual Machine for LAMP Development which I will use for test deployments of my localhost LAMP development prior to production deployment. This local XAMPP setup will be better for debugging, working with node modules and grunt tasks for preparing the deployment build. XAMPP Configuration Since my Windows 8.1 system is already using port 80 for IIS, I decided…
  • Bootstrap Customization

    Jim Frenette
    1 Dec 2013 | 9:00 am
    This tutorial covers using Git to clone, branch and merge the latest Bootstrap source code, modifying and compiling your modifications to the source LESS variables using Grunt and viewing your compiled changes with a local Node.js web server. If you are not familiar with Git, Node.js and Grunt, please read my previous post, Grunt JavaScript Task Runner to help get you started. You could just use the Bootstrap customize and download form to customize the LESS variables and download a pre-compiled Bootstrap package. However, as of this writing, the user interface at the form doesn’t…
  • Grunt JavaScript Task Runner

    Jim Frenette
    23 Nov 2013 | 3:00 pm
    This tutorial describes how to setup and use the Grunt JavaScript task runner to automate repetitive tasks such as minification and compilation. Grunt is installed using npm, the Node.js package manager. You will also need Git to work with the tagged source code. This makes it easy to reset and compare your working copy of the code at each step. I discovered commit tags while using the AngularJS tutorial. If you have not done so already, make sure that you have Node.js, Grunt CLI and Git installed. For Windows systems, after installing Git, you may decide to use the Git bash shell for your…
  • Virtual Machine for LAMP Development

    Jim Frenette
    2 Nov 2013 | 12:00 pm
    This blog post addresses a common scenario — a local LAMP development environment on your Windows or OS X computer. You could use XAMPP on either Windows or OS X, MAMP on OS X or native Apache in OS X. Here, we will create a Linux virtual machine with Samba configured to share the Virtual Machine file system with the host computer. We will also create virtual hosts, install and configure WordPress and Xdebug. First thing you will need is Virtual Machine software. For my Virtual Machine, I chose to install the free VMware Player. If your host operating system is OS X, you can install…
  • Going from Windows to OS X

    Jim Frenette
    12 Oct 2013 | 11:15 am
    After twenty plus years using Microsoft and Windows dating back to DOS 6.1 and Windows 3.1, I am learning how to make the switch to OS X. One thing I had to get used to was how to bring up context menus that I would always invoke by right clicking an object in Windows. To right click in OS X on the MacBook Pro, use the Multi-Touch trackpad and tap with two fingers at once. Another was the Delete key functions the same as backspace on a PC. No Home and End keys on the Mac took some getting used to as well, command and cursor key combo’s did the trick. A majority of shortcuts can be…
 
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  • Scroller – Responsive OnePage WordPress Theme

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    18 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
    Live PreviewScreenshotsPurchase Scroller is a clean, super flexible and fully responsive WordPress Theme (try resizing your browser), suited for business websites, agencies, online studios, and users who want to showcase their work on a beautiful portfolio site. The theme is built on top of the powerful Theme Junkie Framework and offers options to modify layout, styling, colors and SEO settings directly from within the backend.     Key features: WordPress 3.9 Compatible Built on Top of the Theme Junkie Framework Professionally Designed and Developed – High efficiency &…
  • Charlie – Multi Purpose Parallax Theme

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    Live PreviewScreenshotsPurchase $15 Live PreviewScreenshotsPurchase The post Charlie – Multi Purpose Parallax Theme appeared first on ALLOFTHEMES.COM. Related posts: ROSS – Multi Purpose Parallax Theme Nano – Parallax Responsive Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme LF – One Page Multi Purpose Parallax HTML Theme (Creative)
  • Greenwich Village – One Page WordPress Theme (Experimental)

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    17 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    Live PreviewPurchase $40.00 Welcome to Greenwich Village Greenwich village is a theme born from the success of MyFolio, one of my best selling themes to date. Greenwich Village is super easy to use, massively flexible and a truly unique theme experience. Perfect for freelancers and agencies, Greenwich Village uses Isotope 2.0 for enhances site speed and stability. Features Simple Drag and Drop Page Builder – put these awesome site together with ease Unlimited Colour Schemes with a 1-click theme editor Awesome options panel with custom logo, custom favicons & unlimited colours. Fully…
  • Coruscate – Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme (Corporate)

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    17 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    Live PreviewPurchase $55.00 Coruscate is a Multi-Purpose Responsive WordPress Theme based on Bootstrap 3. It’s an advanced, unique and powerful premium WordPress theme suited for personal websites/blog, business websites, shop websites, users who want a very nice portfolio website where they can showcase their work, or for any other purpose website. It’s fully responsive, flexible, clean, retina ready and professional design, Search Engine Optimized and comes with an advanced framework with tons of features and options in order to make your life easier and build your site very…
  • Gravity – Creative Multi Purpose Theme (Creative)

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    Live PreviewPurchase $45.00 Gravity is creative multi purpose wordpress theme for kind of creative or business use. This theme including page builder to managing your content or build homepage/onepage theme easily. Build use Twitter Bootstrap Framework, the theme is highly optimized for both mobile and desktop platforms. If you need ask, support, report bugs or suggest feature requests, please leave your message here Features: - Wide & boxed layout - Unlimited colors for header - Onepage & multipage supported - Animated element - Slider Revolution (Save $19) - Google fonts - Page…
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  • Use CSS To Design A Meme That Reflects Your Brand Appropriately

    Rob Riggs
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Over the years there has been a surge in the popularity of the memes. Be it the dancing babies, or the political satire or the cat videos, the internet memes have become an innovative means to share and transfer cultural ideas. Internet meme is the subset of general memes, they imitate ideas and action related to the prevailing internet cultures. Richard Dawkins had coined the term meme in this book in 1976. Again in 2013, he referred the internet meme as the one that have been deliberately changed by the internet users. Memes can be referred as a means of communicating a cultural idea…
  • Choosing a CMS: WordPress vs. Sitefinity

    Rob Riggs
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:07 am
    How do you choose between the two most well-known CMS platforms available? WordPress and Sitefinity are the two obvious options that dominate the technology market when it comes to CMS. However, before deciding which CMS you want to invest in, you should take the time to educate yourself about them in order to make the best choice possible. The last thing you want is to get midway through building your website and realize that you would have benefited from going with a different platform. The Basics WordPress is renowned for keeping the core clean so that you aren’t pushed to load code you…
  • Attract Visitors to Your Site with the Right Use of Multimedia

    Rob Riggs
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    According to the latest Netcraft Web Server Survey, there are more than 900 million websites online, and they are all competing for visitors. Many sites are cluttered with pictures, videos and sounds to attract your attention. But more is not always better. Learn how to use multimedia on your site correctly and your visitors will keep coming back instead of moving on to the next company’s site. Images on Your Website This is the year of online images, Forbes says. Lifestyle photos showing people using your products and services connects you with consumers. Integrate your marketing…
  • How to Choose a Content Management System

    Rob Riggs
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:31 am
    After you have decided that you want to build a personal or company website, you then need to immediately choose a content management system. This is the platform which you are going to use to upload all of your content, manage comments, email and communicate with your growing community. There are many CMS’s available these days like Sitefinity, the ever-popular WordPress and Joomla. There are also different benefits for each platform you choose, which is why it is so important that you decide on what features your platform will need to have before you decide to choose one over the…
  • How POS Systems Can Multiply Email Marketing Efficiency for Mobile Markets

    Rob Riggs
    4 Mar 2014 | 4:48 am
    Last month, the Wall Street Journal reported Apple was developing a mobile payment platform to leverage its iPhone and iPad user base and iTunes Store. This, coupled with Apple’s recent Touch ID payment emphasis and wireless payment patent application, prompted analyst Andre Mouton to speculate that the mobile payment market may be the company’s next big thing, according to Minyanville.com. Such a move would capitalize on Gartner’s expectation that the global mobile transaction market will grow 42 percent annually to encompass 448 million users spending $617 billion by 2016.
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  • WYOD - The Future is Wearable

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
      Are You Ready for WYOD? (Wear your own device) From intelligent glasses, health, pulse, blood-pressure and heart monitoring devices to computer-based watches, the future of technology appears to be leaning towards making everything smaller, smarter and more mobile. Although this may have excellent advantages, as users will be able to access data whilst standing up or moving around the office, during board meetings or personnel training sessions, what about the more 'shadowy' side to these micro-sized, portable devices? Security could be an issue, when these devices could be worn…
  • Protecting Your Passwords - Heartbleed Solutions

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:16 am
      What can you do to increase your internet website security? In light of recent hacking scandals; namely Heartbleed (the web bug found in OpenSSL), the IWDRO team has been quick to research the power of the password. Whilst Heartbleed is a result of a flaw in the OpenSSL system which enables hackers to steal the encryption keys (so there is little we can do in this instance), the threat has still thrown up the age old question - how secure is your password? Passwords of the past: With the increasing password requirements for access to a number of websites, it seems the same types of…
  • The Heartbleed Bug

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:25 am
      Our hearts well and truly bleed as internet users are told to change ALL passwords as a result of the recent web bug, Heartbleed. Internet website security is in the limelight once again as the latest online security breach is described as purely "catastrophic". The ticking timebomb web bug (now known as Heartbleed) is able to bypass many websites' security measures, leading ultimately to fraudulent access to passwords and other personal information, such as banking details for example. The Heartbleed bug has acquired its name because it creates a 'bleeding' leak of security. This…
  • Internet Trolls and Trolling - What Are They?

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
      Many internet users visiting any form of online community, whether it be social media sites such as Facebook, twittter etc; or forums, blogs and chat rooms, may have come across the person who just cannot resist posting derogatory remarks or sarcasm as a response. These, often narcissistic, people are what are known as 'Trolls'. The act of 'Trolling' is when these people, purposely target online communities with the intention of posting negative, extraneous, inflammatory, or off-topic comments to provoke emotional responses or disrupt the discussion. The problem of 'Trolling' is…
  • Mobile App Hidden Charges Shock Parents

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
      Additional features for children's games creating large bills! Most children today, have their own mobile phone or device and free-to-download games are always a favourite, but recently parents have been left shocked by the huge bills some children have managed to run up without their consent, for additional features connected to these 'free' games. Several mobile games now offer in-app availability of such items as power-ups or in-game currency, these are available to be purchased and prices can range from as little as 70p up to in excess of £100 and not all app stores list the price…
 
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  • 10 Best Shared Web Hosting Providers

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    11 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    Shared hosting is your answer to affordable web hosting solution for personal websites, blogs and even small businesses.  It can become very useful and cost effective with the right configuration. Not everyone can afford a high cost VPS or a Dedicated server.You may create the most beautiful website in the world and put the most interesting optimized content in it, but if you don’t have a good server to house your site and manage your traffic, you are not going to get anywhere.In today’s article we’ll be looking at the top 10 best shared web hosting providers out there and…
  • 15+ Best Sports WordPress Themes

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    2 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    Specially designed best sports themes for sports news website, baseball blog, soccer wordpress blog, fitness club website, cycling blog or any kind of sports related website powered with WordPress templates/themes, you can do it all. There are literally hundreds upon hundreds of free and premium WordPress themes available for every type of website.We scoured the web and found the best, latest, seo optimized and most secure wp sports themes. The themes below are easy to install, configure and are totally optimized. Now you can make your sports website/blog look professional and beautiful at…
  • High Quality Cheap Premium WordPress Themes

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    27 Mar 2014 | 8:13 am
    So there are a lot of free WordPress themes online and some of them are pretty dang great but some are totally rubbish. However when you can’t find a decent free theme, your only choice is to go the paid route or pay a developer to build you a custom theme.But if you’re just starting your business online, getting a custom theme built can get very expensive. That leaves us with the premium themes that are already built but they usually cost around $60. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of quality premium wordpress themes which are cheap.All of the themes below are built…
  • 13 of the Best Non-Profit WordPress Themes

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    20 Mar 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Charities, NGOs and Non profit organizations have specific needs for running an organization. Anybody who’s fluent in WordPress knows that it can be used to build any type of site, such as little personal blogs to high authority non profit sites. It is truly an all-in-one solution.Today we have scoured the web and collected the best and latest Non Profit themes for WordPress. It goes without saying that the themes listed below have been used by hundreds of people, maybe even thousands and they have all been happy with them. No longer you have to pay expensive developers and designers an…
  • 20 Best Technology Themes for WordPress

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    17 Mar 2014 | 12:33 pm
    A Tech WordPress theme can give your website/blog a very quick start. There is a huge collection of WordPress themes online. Some of them are excellent while others are just not worthwhile.As a beginner when you first set out to make your first Computer blog or Tech site with WordPress, you stumble on to a whole bunch of different themes. This makes selecting a good theme for your site, a nightmare. So today, we’re going to save you all the trouble and show you a collection of the best and latest Technology WP themes.These themes are collected by us from all corners of the internet, you…
 
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  • The Importance Of Logos And Where To Get Them

    Mars Cureg
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    A logo is much more than a tiny piece of graphic. It will represent your brand everywhere it appears. And it will appear in many places. It will appear on your website, on your social media accounts, on your letter pads, envelopes, advertisements, banners, etc. You can’t expect something to look unprofessional and dull when it is going to appear in so many places, can you? Amongst the sea of so many other companies out there, getting yourself noticed is a challenge, especially if yours is a new company. And if you are planning to leave your company’s name in plain text, you are surely not…
  • Wallpaper of the Week #5: Low Poly

    Mars Cureg
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Most of us spend majority of our working day regularly engaged with our fancy monitors, and it is a good idea to update and change how our virtual working environment look. The most basic that we can do is to change wallpaper, some people love to this to reflect their personality and also it drives the creativeness. Grab this low poly desktop, laptop, tablet and phone wallpaper by Francesco Saverio Nocerino.    
  • Want To Create A Website? Try IM Creator

    Mars Cureg
    5 Apr 2014 | 6:09 am
    No matter in which field you are working, you will almost always benefit from a website. Just do a Google search and you will find hundreds of websites in the fields of health care, fitness, science, philosophy, e-commerce, technology and so on and so forth. The presence of so many websites online from diverse fields is evidence enough that these people are reaping benefits from an online presence. But the problem is not everyone has the necessary proficiency to create and run a website. In olden days coders or developers were hired to program sites but today the situation is changing. Today…
  • Enter to Win a Membership Account from PixelKit 3 Winners!

    Mars Cureg
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:56 am
    Our developers have released a great option for those who need a terrific UI kit with good functionality. Introducing PixelKit. This is a selection of top quality UI kits, along with plenty of other goodies that web designers want. What is included in our free giveaway? Each of our winners will receive an entire year’s membership account from PixelKit. Here is a list of just some of the cool benefits included in our membership accounts: Access 4700+ premium graphics and all the new releases for the entire year New graphic offerings monthly Access to thousands of graphics. Our kits contain a…
  • Broken Calligraphy by Alexis Persani

    Mars Cureg
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:35 am
    Calligraphy is one of the most artistic way of writing wherein dubbed as the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious, and skillful manner. Modern calligraphy ranges from functional inscriptions and designs to fine-art pieces where the letters may or may not be legible. Classical calligraphy differs from typography and non-classical hand-lettering, though a calligrapher may practice both. Below collection of calligraphy is done by Alexis Persani is a French artist with a talent for producing some pretty incredible typography. In this article, we will take a look at some of our…
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  • concrete5 – CMS With Front-end Editing

    Sufyan bin Uzayr
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    When it comes to Content Management Systems, our options are plenty. On one hand, we have the ultra popular and robust options such as the likes of WordPress, Drupal, Joomla! and Expression Engine, whereas on the other hand, we have the equally powerful and slightly lesser known, yet praiseworthy, contenders such as MODX, SilverStripe, Ghost, PyroCMS, and so on. Today, in this article, I shall be taking a closer look at one such Content Management System that enjoys a good deal of popularity and respect with web designers and developers, and has its own loyal community and user base —…
  • Incorporating UX into Design

    Patricia Saravesi
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    These buzz words “user experience” (UX) and “usability” get used often when it comes to web design. But they both boil down to making sure you are delivering the best website/software/app that matches the audience who will be using said product. In this article I’ll walk you through an example of a UX strategy for a client, something you need to do in the very early stages of a project. I’ll provide you with a list of important questions to ask every client and even if you’re designing a website for yourself, you can look at these questions to make sure your own…
  • Using PHP and cURL to Scrape Web Pages

    Ian Rose
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    This is part of a continuing series on PHP programming. If you are brand new to PHP and want a more basic tutorial, check out our Introduction to PHP, then come back and complete this one. If you feel like you have the basics down, let’s jump right in. Today, we’re going to use cURL and PHP to scrape a website for data, specifically the list of most often downloaded ebooks at Project Gutenberg. What is cURL? I know it looks like a typo from leaving caps lock on, but that’s really how you write it. cURL is the system used to make HTTP requests with PHP. To explain it with…
  • Accessing User Device Photos with the HTML5 Camera API

    Sue Smith
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    Among the many developing utilities in HTML5 are various methods for accessing user pictures from mobile devices and webcams. In this tutorial we will use the Camera API to import a user photo into a Web page, displaying it in a canvas element. The Camera API is primarily aimed at browsers on mobile devices running systems such as Android and iOS. The process involves a little JavaScript, but you should be able to complete it as long as you have basic scripting experience. Create the Page Start by creating a new HTML5 page – use the following outline: We will be adding to the HTML body…
  • Refactoring PHP Code

    Ian Rose
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
    This tutorial is meant to introduce PHP programmers to the technique known as code refactoring, and explain why it should be part of any programmer’s development plan. If you are brand new to PHP and need a more basic tutorial first, check out our Introduction to PHP lesson, then come back to this one to build on that foundation. What is Refactoring? Code refactoring is defined by software expert and author Martin Fowler as “a disciplined technique for restructuring an existing body of code, altering its internal structure without changing its external behavior.” In simple…
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  • How to Learn Lightroom for Free

    AhmedMahmoud
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a photo management and editing software, it’s used by photographers worldwide to manage a huge number of digital images and doing post production work, it combines photo management and editing in one interface. Photographers use it as an image management application database which helps in viewing, editing, and managing digital photo. One of the major competitors to Lightroom is Apple Aperture, there’s also a free alternative to Lightroom which is LightZone. If you’re a professional photographer or willing to enter the photography then understating and…
  • How to Sync Files Across All Cloud Storage Services

    AhmedMahmoud
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:09 am
    We’re all using one or more cloud storage service (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, etc.). These services varies in their storage capacity, bandwidth allocated and their accompanied services, and it’s very common that you’ve files on for example Google Drive and you want to transfer them to Dropbox or vice versa; the straight forward way to do so is to download the files from the first service to your device then re-upload it to the other service which is a waste of time, bandwidth and space. This post will give you a step by step guide on how to sync files across various…
  • How to Host a Joomla Website for Free on Openshift

    AhmedMahmoud
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    The previous two tips were step by step tutorials on how to host a Joomla website for free (only for one year) on Amazon Web Services (AWS) on both Windows Server and Ubuntu with Zpanel. AWS is an IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) market leader and hosting a Joomla website for free on their platform has many advantages. This tip will present a step by step tutorial on how to host a Joomla website for free (forever! No credit card is even required) on Openshift. Openshift is a PaaS (Platform as a Service) market leader. The service allows anyone to host a Joomla website for free without the…
  • How to Learn Blender for Free

    AhmedMahmoud
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:09 am
    Blender is an open source and free 3D computer graphics modeling software 3D graphics for games, animated videos and films, creative art, visual effects, and 3D printed models. Blender’s a huge group of features which include 3D modeling, texturing, rendering, sculpturing, fluid and smoke simulation, animating, UV unwrapping, rigging and skinning, particle simulation, soft body simulation, match moving, camera tracking, video editing and composting. Learning Blender can help you in many ways; if you were an artist then learning Blender can help you find a job in the film/gaming industry. If…
  • How to Host a Drupal Website on AWS for Free (Windows Server)

    AhmedMahmoud
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:06 am
    Amazon Web Services (AWS) is one of the market’s most reputable and reliable IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service); the service offers a free tier  which you can use an instance (an instance is a VPS: Virtual Private Server) for 750 hours/month for one year, you can use the free tier to host your Drupal website. This post will be a step by step tutorial on how to deploy your Drupal website on AWS (EC2) Windows Server 2008, and without further ado, let’s start: Ingredients AWS free tier account; if you don’t have one visit Amazon; and click on the yellow tab seen below to start the…
 
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  • CMS and Portals – One Stop Collaboration for Multi-Site Organizations

    elegantmicroweb
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:46 am
    Content Management System(CMS) and Portals can provide important business support for every type of company but, perhaps no business can benefit more from CMS than a business with multiple locations. Whether you have locations across town or around the world, a well-designed, flexible CMS site or portal can turn chaos into collaboration. With CMS, you can share business-to-business and consumer information, or provide a productive, collaborative environment for employees, suppliers, partners, contractors and managers. CMS and portals can satisfy even the most complex company requirements.
  • Win the WordPress Olympic Competition with Expert WordPress Development Services

    elegantmicroweb
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:01 am
    Let’s talk about WordPress and the world of CMS. Since this is the year of the Winter Olympics, I want to be clear that WordPress does not involve lifting stacks of dictionaries! Rather, WordPress Development Services can provide the key to content management system (CMS) and business success. You can ensure dynamic, fresh content, and quickly create and update site information, add products, categories, shipping options, pictures or descriptions, and sustain a fresh web presence and company image. WordPress can be integrated to provide interoperability with other systems and to achieve…
  • Pay Per Click – Powerful Internet Marketing & Advertising Tool

    elegantmicroweb
    1 Mar 2014 | 5:20 am
    Pay Per Click (PPC) is a powerful marketing and advertising tool designed to direct traffic and prospects to online stores, portals, social media sites and business websites. The business pays the site or store owner every time a user clicks on their ad, logo or product content. Google AdWords, Microsoft AdCenter and Yahoo! Search Marketing offer PPC programs, as do Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media sites. Search Engine Optimization must organically evolve to comply with changes in keywords and targeted searching, but PPC advertising can change in an instant. You can create, suspend…
  • Ecommerce, Volusion, Bigcommerce, Internet Marketing: Serious Help for Serious Online Success

    elegantmicroweb
    17 Feb 2014 | 10:51 pm
    How does the competition in your business market compare to the competition you faced ten years ago? No doubt, your competition is tougher than ever before – no matter your industry, business function or market. Perhaps you do business exclusively online. Maybe your online shopping cart or website acts is a complementary business channel to a brick and mortar store. Maybe, your business is focused on services, rather than products. It doesn’t matter what you sell or who your customers, partners or suppliers are, you need eCommerce to succeed in your market. If you want to attract more…
  • Dependable, Affordable Offshore Outsourcing

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    31 Jan 2014 | 9:33 pm
    So, you think you know offshore outsourcing? Elegant MicroWeb can shine a new light on offshore development and offshore outsourcing services. Our offshore development center has a dependable utility infrastructure and a rich source of IT skills. For over ten years, Elegant MicroWeb has served clients and partners with offshore outsourcing arrangements that provide software products and services, software development, programming services, project management, application development and maintenance, content management systems and portals, and infrastructure management. Our proven, affordable…
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  • SEO Is Dead - Long Live Social Journalism

    2 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    SEO is dead - Social Journalism’s a fun replacement SEO as a concept, if you’ve not had anything to do with it before, is quite frankly mind buggering. Several hundred signals are discerned by the search engine algorithms and the natural reaction is to try and learn what they are. Google isn’t forthcoming with the granular details, so it’s always felt like a case of shooting snipers in the dark with an inner ear infection. What we do have are thousands of SEO bods, running around trying to chase down back links from other websites, using an analytical approach to SERPS, PR and…
  • Advertising A Local Business On Facebook

    20 Mar 2014 | 5:41 am
    Using Facebook To Advertise A Local Business: Tips & Tricks For Success. This is based purely on actual experience; it’s not a quick fact-gathering web harvest, but based on a working ‘local’ business, a hairdressers that I co-own and upon top of which my web design studio sits. We primarily use Facebook to advertise our local business. Advertising any business, anywhere, involves knowing your core demographic. If you’re a bricks and mortar business that operates within a given radius, you’ve just found one facet of that demographic - location. No-one wants to travel to the next…
  • Do I Need A Website?

    12 Mar 2014 | 2:35 am
    Do I Need A Website? Why your website may be destined for the cyber graveyard. There is a little corner of cyber space where no-one ventures.  On domains far away sit millions of websites that have never been visited.  Well not by anyone other than the business owner or developer anyway.  Is yours one of them? Read More
  • How many people search on mobile?

    25 Feb 2014 | 5:38 am
    The effects of mobile web design in analytics - how many people search on mobile Freshly Blended is starting to see substantial traffic coming from mobile devices, with many people who search on mobile, and this is also true from client websites. This is especially evident in local business search, for business’s that deal with non-technical members of the public , such as hairdressing. Read More
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  • 21 Really Effective SEO Friendly Approaces for WordPress Users

    Elegant Themes
    23 Mar 2014 | 5:43 am
    Search Engine Optimization is a vast industry and science and if you treat it with extreme seriousness, you can get great benefits for a long term.Today, I decided to talk about SEO applied on WordPress, the most controversial content management system, and at the same time, the most comprehensive one available on the market today.Without keeping you anymore away from the reading, these are the top 20 most important and effective tips you have to follow for a successful search engine optimization process on WordPress.1. Choose a Good SEO Plugin This is a vital step because a plugin can help…
  • 33 Professional Web Apps for Office You Should Know and Use

    Editorial Staff
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:24 pm
    HTML5 has blessed us with new possibilities in the web application development and lately I’ve been pleased to see that many astonishing creations appeared from nowhere.In the list of my favorites I have hundreds of apps, so is pretty hard to pick a favorite since so many of them are just amazing. Therefore I decided to create niched lists with top apps so you will analyze them better.Today’s list includes office type applications that will help you keep track of financial matters, documents, media files, social websites, password managers and some advanced editors to help you…
  • 14 Most Complex Classifieds WordPress Solutions in 2014

    Editorial Staff
    16 Mar 2014 | 10:05 am
    I am sure that many of you wonder why I said "solutions" and not themes. The reason is that WordPress developers have created both themes and plugins to sustain the need for a classifieds powered website.This means you have more options to choose from and besides that you may not even need to change your theme after all.In this edition I was looking for some 2014 design trends including: flat design, minimalist and responsive layout as well as bringing some SEO ready designs and plugins. Of course, I haven’t forgot about the retina display ready feature and floating…
  • How to Boost Your Web Browsing Speed When You Have a Slow Internet Connection

    Editorial Staff
    13 Mar 2014 | 3:33 am
    It happens to all of us to go on a trip, a weekend in nature or just a long drive away from all the stress and quotidian crowdedness. As modern, internet-tied beings we feel the need to check our web stats, social profiles or just look for a Wikipedia article at least once a day.Unfortunately, at often times we find ourselves in a situation in which our internet connection is supported by 3G or DSL technologies only. That means we are stuck with extremely low speed connections!What can you do in times like this?!Optimize Your BrowserDisable Unneeded Add-ons and ExtensionsEither if you use…
  • 8 Website Additions That Will Increase Your Visitor’s Engagement

    Editorial Staff
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:50 am
    Most people out there are struggling with all their power and resources to get more website traffic. Free traffic, SEO traffic, social traffic or just traffic that comes from offline recommendations. Anyhow, once they do get the desired traffic they get disappointed.That’s mainly happening because they forget about one tiny, little detail called conversion, also a thing generated by the user engagement.Every major marketer knows that traffic means nothing unless you are able to convert it into leads. However, in order to do that you have to ensure that your visitor is having a good time…
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  • Woman Does What Others Dare Not Do to Her Boss!

    Joanne Tan
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    I believe EVERYONE wishes they can do this when dealing unreasonable bosses, colleagues, and even customers! Share if you agree! Like us for more of such videos: Share on FacebookNext Video
  • How to Illustrate a Simple Cartoon Penguin in Illustrator

    Joanne Tan
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:30 pm
    It’s always harder than it seems when it comes to creating illustrated cartoon characters in softwares like Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. And so I have created this guide to share with you my method. Step 1: Find A Reference Image All creations start from somewhere and I love to start by first deciding the subject of my creation. After which I will Google for reference images. Here’s the reference image I got from www.emperor-penguin.com: Step 2: Sketch the Image Next I will pencil sketch the reference image. You can choose to do it on paper and scan it (like what I did), or…
  • The World Was Made A Better Place By This Man! Find Out What He Did!

    Joanne Tan
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    Watch this video to be touched and amazed by this man! In this fast moving society where everyone is just concerned about their own stuffs, how many of us are able to be selfless like this man? Like us for more of such videos: Share on FacebookNext Video
  • 12 Photoshop Fractal Brush

    Joanne Tan
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Creating a new piece artwork from scratch is never easy. Therefore I have sourced out 12 great Photoshop fractal brush sets that can help you to save some precious time. 1. Abstract Brush A brilliant brush set created by Designerbrush. Great for adding futuristic look to your designs. 2. Fractal Brushes This lovely collection contains 12 high-resolution brushes, suitable for spicing up your designs. 3. Abstract XI This set of brushes contains 4 wonderful fractal brushes created by r0man.de. 4. Abstract Brush Vol. 11 This pack contains 5 large brushes suitable for both web and print works. 5.
  • This Advertisement Explains Why Ants Work and Travel in Groups!

    Joanne Tan
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    Most of us prefer to work and travel in teams in order to tap on the abilities of others. Check out this promotional video by De Lijn from Belgium to see why do animals like ants prefer to travel and work in teams too! Like us for more of such videos: Share on FacebookNext Video
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  • WordPress 3.9 Shortcode Button Missing

    Sal
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    WordPress 3.9 includes the TinyMCE editor 4 version update which marks big changes in the API editor. Though the shortcodes are working in the front end as usual, the button shortcode from the visual editor is currently not displayed. This will be fixed in our future theme updates which will be announced via newsletter, so, […]
  • Biz Leaders – WordPress Version Released

    Sal
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    Biz Leaders is a multi-purpose WordPress theme, with a a modern, clean, professional design, perfect for corporate, business websites. This theme comes with all that you’ll need to create a great website for your business. It comes with a color scheme switcher and other theme customization options which make it easy to customize. There are […]
  • IE8 Becoming Extinct…How is YOUR WordPress Installation Going to Evolve?

    Sal
    5 Apr 2014 | 2:11 am
    While many Windows® users ignored Vista and Windows 7 and cling feverishly to Window XP, new technology is pushing its way over the old and Microsoft will terminate all support and updates for Windows XP – including its most up-to-date browser … Internet Explorer 8 – in April 2014. From lessons learned in biology, we […]
  • The Manual WordPress Theme Update

    Sal
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    Need instructions on updating Biscaya WordPress Theme? You should follow this article. There are many ways to update a WordPress theme, from the one-click update feature built into the WordPress dashboard to the slightly more complex manual update. There is no more important advice than this when updating your theme – always backup your site, […]
  • Use all of your virtual real estate with a masonry portfolio display

    Sal
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:37 am
    What could be more mesmerizing than the ability to fill an entire page with your portfolio items, using every inch of online real estate to showcase your work? That’s how the masonry portfolio effect works, and it provides a more visually appealing interface than the standard grid layout in which images are separated by white […]
 
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  • Is Your SSL Site Secure from the Heartbleed bug?

    Greg Yarnold
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    If your site is using Open SSL technology then it may be affected by the “Heartbleed bug”.  Two-thirds of the secure sites on the internet are running Open SSL and the heartbeat extension was enabled on about 18% of the sites. Netcraft says that amounts to about 500,000 sites.  This bug lets hackers view some […]
  • WordPress Security Tip Roundup – Things You Should Do To Protect Your WordPress Site

    Greg Yarnold
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Sometimes its easy to forget about the security of your WordPress site.  DON’T!!!  Hackers are getting bolder everyday and WordPress is growing more popular.  Sooner or later your site will be attacked.  Here are 20 security tips for WordPress sites. I guess you could call it a WordPress Security Tip Roundup (I started out wanting do […]
  • Does Your Hosting Company Give You Fanatical Support? Ours Does!!

    Greg Yarnold
    18 Mar 2014 | 1:44 pm
    A lot of companies say they have great tech support when they want you to host with them, but very few deliver on that promise.  I know because we have tried a few of them since we set up shop in 2003.  The experiences we have had run the gamut from servers being down on […]
  • Too Many Redirects Error When Dealing With WordPress – 5 Things To Check

    Greg Yarnold
    16 Mar 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Have you gotten the dreaded too many redirects error when working with WordPress? We have been working with WordPress since  2009 and have run into this issue on more than one occasion.  It can be very frustrating trying to find out how to fix the issue so here are some tips that you can use […]
  • Do you want to help look for Malaysia Airlines MH370? Use Tomnod!

    Greg Yarnold
    15 Mar 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Over the last couple of years crowd sourcing has become an increasingly important tool to help victims in national disasters. It might just be the tool that helps the world find answers to what happened with Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Go to tomnod.com and help look for the flight crew and passengers of that missing […]
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  • How to Approach Link Building and Content Marketing in the Years Going Forward

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:32 pm
     Start Redefining Content The top sites on the web like Facebook, Amazon, and YouTube aren’t what we typically think of as content sites. Yet sites like these completely dominate top-notch content sites like Mashable or the New York Times. The most successful sites on the web are built on a foundation of applications, tools, and communities. Most people can go without “content” as we currently define it. Most of us can’t go without online tools and communities. I suspect that content marketing and SEO agencies over the next few years are going to start investing a great deal more in…
  • How to Effectively Use Forums to Promote You’re Business

    admin
    5 Apr 2014 | 12:04 am
    Establishing a reputation of excellence and expertise is vital for any small business. It’s likely you will have competition with a big chain store or big name brand your unique touch is the personal VIP touch you can give your customers. Whether you are promoting your offline business online or are promoting an online business a great way to establish a reputation for excellence is by engaging people on forums. This helps you build relationships of trust with the online contingent and draw them further into your services and products. While the big shiny social media sites like…
  • Common Online Selling Mistakes

    admin
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:53 pm
    The procedure of marketing people solutions as well as items has been around lifetime virtually because birth of male. The idea started out with all the uncomplicated behave of dealing covers as well as dealing one sort of beneficial to another. This is the way the thought of organization was initially made and continuing to develop and grow seeing that moment proceeded. Right now, the actual behave of marketing a person’s goods continues to grow inside equally excellent and complexity. We have been right now forced to adhere to rules, and stick to tax legal guidelines along with other…
  • Few ways to increase your Facebook likes in a few minutes a day

    admin
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:01 pm
    1. Make Facebook connections Connect with Face book admins who serve a similar demographic and develop a cross-promotion strategy. Use Facebook’ native functionality to invite your email subscribers to like your page by providing incentives for them to do so. Facebook also has an email feature that enables you to engage those who don’t respond to your invitation and further entice them to connect. 2. Share content on your Facebook page Share original content and compelling photos that are audience-appropriate to improve engagement. Post frequently about newsworthy stories that are…
  • How Online Classified Ads Are Affecting Our World?

    admin
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:49 pm
    In today’s era, there are many web-sites where one can post their ads for free or can promote their businesses by posting the relevant ad. And these sites are providing many facilities to the users such that the way of advertising, buying/selling, marketing, promoting etc. has been changed forever. This is exactly how online classified ads have changed our lives:- Now people don’t have to read a whole newspaper to search for a specific adv. and a person don’t have to spend a huge amount of money to put an advertisement. Because of such web-sites, people can easily sell/buy…
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    Welcome to Xmedia blog

  • SEO After Hummingbird, Penguin & Panda

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:26 pm
    At this point, the word “change” is pretty much passé in the SEO community. Every year, we proclaim that SEO is changing. Some of those changes don’t play out. Others take us by surprise. Sometimes those changes are overstated. Other times, we find agencies burying their heads in the sand.   We’d like to use this time to take an honest look back, and forward, at the state of SEO. How has this industry really changed? Where is it headed? What can we expect from the twin kings of link building and content marketing? What is Really and Truly Dead? It usually takes about five…
  • Search Engine Optimization Fundamentals for Business Success

    admin
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    The Internet is a powerful marketing tool that allows businesses to promote their products and services all around the world. However, without knowing the fundamentals of search engine optimization or web marketing, it is hard to reach customers with online content. Choosing the right SEO agency is critical for achieving high search rankings and penetrating target markets. Keywords When customers search the net, they enter keywords into search browsers to get results. These keywords play a critical role in the content that is displayed for the user, plus the order in which it is ranked.
  • The Opportunities of Responsive Design

    admin
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:56 pm
    We can literally watch as tablets and smartphones become our default choice for connecting to the internet. People have long gotten used to the web as an essential part of their lives, not willing to live another day, even another moment without being constantly connected. This shift away from desktop to mobile requires web designers to refocus. Not necessarily away from desktop design, but certainly towards mobile design. There are several ways to approach a mobile web presence, such as a separate mobile site, or a mobile app. The most recent and increasingly popular approach is responsive…
  • Hire a Digital Marketing Agency To Fulfill Your Requirements

    admin
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:17 pm
    A qualified digital marketing agency is something you are considering. Everything revolves on the internet. Most consumers today rely heavily on information about anything, about any products or services from what they can find on the internet. Likewise, most businesses also invest heavily in online advertising, as they fully understand the importance and benefits it can provide for the success of their businesses. Learn how a digital marketing agency to fulfill your requirements. How Digital Marketing Strategies benefit you Nowadays, there are about 65% of the total American populations, who…
  • Current Trends in Logo and Website Designing

    admin
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Every time there is a new event that needs to be bought to public attention or an event that would involve public participation, the event initiator tends to create a new website for the same. The frequency with which new websites are hitting the internet is quite amazing and hence everyone is looking for website logo design service providers who can provide customized websites and logos. The overall look of the websites is supposed to be a treat for the viewers and the delivery time of the finished product is expected to be a bare minimum. Top Trends Each website has a purpose which it…
 
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  • How to Conquer Consumers in Your Area Using Local SEO

    PrimeView AZ Web Design
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:57 pm
    When people establish businesses or refresh their marketing strategies to fit the demands of current times, one of the first things they consider is how to make their brand stand out from the competition so that people can search and find them online. Why? This is because almost everyone uses the internet to search for a product or service that they want or need. As a result, search engine optimization (SEO) has become every business owner’s favorite online marketing tool.The concern with this, however, is that businesses usually reach out to a broader target market rather than focusing…
  • Is It Time to Redesign Your Business Website?

    PrimeView AZ Web Design
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:17 pm
    There comes a time when your business website is no longer giving you the results that you want. You can’t pinpoint where it’s failing and can’t decide what to do with it. Use this guide to determine whether you need to invest on website design and development services offered by a Scottsdale web design firm.With millions of people using the internet to look up products and services, where browsing websites is part of their daily lives, you have to have a business website that can compel visitors to browse your website long enough to turn them into customers. First impressions are…
  • The Three Faces of Search Marketing (Part 3): How Paid, Organic, and Local Search Boosts Revenue Exponentially

    PrimeView AZ Web Design
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:16 am
    (Read The Three Faces of Search Marketing (Part 1): How Paid, Organic, and Local Search Boosts Revenue Exponentially, The Three Faces of Search Marketing (Part 2): How Paid, Organic, and Local Search Boosts Revenue Exponentially of the multi-part series)Face #3: Local SearchAccording to LocalU, when you view Local Search from the perspective of a business owner, it’s all about having their company found whenever people in their area are looking online either specifically for them or for the goods and services they offer.On the other hand, when web companies talk about local search…
  • The Three Faces of Search Marketing (Part 2): How Paid, Organic, and Local Search Boosts Revenue Exponentially

    PrimeView AZ Web Design
    17 Mar 2014 | 1:08 am
    If you just read the first part of this multi-part blog, you will now start reading about paid search, the second of three faces of search marketing. Those who have not had the opportunity of reading the first part, the discussion centered on introducing search marketing and taking a closer look at organic search, which is the broadest and most widely utilized form of search marketing.In a nutshell, organic search enhances a site’s web reputation and increases its rankings by optimizing the website for content relevance and industry-related keywords as well as building quality links towards…
  • The Three Faces of Search Marketing (Part 1): How Paid, Organic, and Local Search Boosts Revenue Exponentially

    PrimeView AZ Web Design
    10 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    As many businesses and marketing agencies have learned over the past few years, nothing is constant or certain in the field of search marketing but change itself. The game players are always faced with a constantly shifting landscape, since search marketing was introduced as a factor in search engine results rankings in the mid-90s.At that time, meta tags, keyword stuffing, and manual submissions were considered as the conventional tactics that are needed and utilized to increase rankings in search engine results. By the time 2004 came, links have started to show its potential in terms of…
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  • Myths About Exact Match Domains

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:49 am
    An exact-match domain is a domain name that precisely matches the searched keyword phrase of a surfer while including no dashes. And EMD is either a single word like about.com or a phrase like greatsongs.com or a geographic location like california.com. Exact match domains play a  vital role in the worth of the domain name and the surfer’s assumption of the website. Exact match domain names also broaden to several words – commonly known as long-tail search phrases.  When people became aware of websites with exact match domain names performing greater in search engine results, they…
  • Difference Between Responsive & Adaptive Web Design (Mobile-Friendly Web Design Methods)

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:46 am
    To simply put, Responsive Web Design (RWD) will fluidly change and respond to fit any screen or device size, while Adaptive Web Design (AWD) changes to fit a prearranged set of screen and device sizes. Unlike RWD which relies on flexible and fluid grids, AWD detects a user’s device prior to loading the webpage, it then delivers the suitable version of the site for that device whether it is a desktop, tablet or smart-phone. Based on a designer’s comfort & expertise level, as well as facets such as time and cost, the person may prefer a methodology over the other. AWD utilizes the…
  • How To Avoid Getting Penalized By Google

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:13 am
    After the introduction of Google’s Panda, Penguin and Hummingbird; websites that were using black-hat search engine optimization techniques were found to be in trouble as their ranks started to drop down. Manual actions were taken and site owners were notified the reasons for the penalty, causing for the first-time webmasters and SEO specialists to start looking at Google’s guidelines seriously. J.C. Penney’s SEO scandal, BMW’s Ban from Google and Ginger Software’s penalty; are clear highlights of how serious Google is taking on refining its’ search engine to offer surfers only…
  • Avoiding the Risk of Hiring the Wrong Web Designer

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
    Well, just because someone or an agency offers web design & development service does not necessarily mean they are good in what they do. When hiring a web designer to your firm or outsourcing to a web development service provider, you should be extra careful to analyze thoroughly various vital facets that can either make or break your project/website. 01)   Years of Existence  It is safer to select a web designer or company that has been operating in the industry for a longtime. This is essential because the more a company or designer has been in the market, the more they would have…
  • Reducing The Bounce Rate Of Your Website

    3 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    Bounce rate is calculated taking into consideration the number of visitors to a website who leave it after viewing only a single page. Higher bounce rate is not a good indicator for a website. Bounce rate can be high either when a website draws the wrong type of visitors or when the right type of visitors can’t enjoy a satisfactory user-experience & when it actually draws the correct kind of traffic. Yes, in scenarios where visitors arrive on a website and find answers for their issues, have no reason to loiter in that site for longer than necessary.  Actually this is a good scenario.
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    Dreamstale

  • 27 Incredible Sci-fi & Fantasy Artworks

    Chris B.
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    27 Incredible Science Fiction & Fantasy Artworks When it comes to science fiction artwork we are never prepared what we are going to see. The art of imagination brings to life the most unnatural but epic images. Futuristic cities and objects beyond gravity is something that we see very often in sci-fi artworks. Experience the adventure and inspiration that we have been prepared for you.       Fantasy work by Jan Dead cities by Maxim   Fantasy work by Jan   Crater City by Maciej   Consigned to oblivion by Khyzyl   Annno domini 3527 by Adam  …
  • Free Download: 24 Vector Social Icons

    Chris B.
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:07 am
    Download 24 Free Vector Social Icons This freebie includes 24 dark and 24 white vector social icons. Pre-saved transparent PNG, Ai, EPS files. Use these icons for personal or commercial projects. Great for web applications and devices. Remember to share this freebie with your friends.   List of icons: Facebook, google plus, twitter, yahoo, youtube, pinterest, tumblr, last fm, evernote, vimeo, instagram, forrst, linkedin, behance, picasa, wordpress, dribbble, blogger, rss, newsvine, stumbleupon, flickr and deviantart icon.         Download Size: 0.9mb | Zip file…
  • Free Download: 10 Blurred Backgrounds Vol.3

    Chris B.
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:13 am
    Download 10 High-resolution Blurred Backgrounds This freebie includes 10 high-resolution blurred backgrounds. Pre-saved 2800 x 1860 px, 240 dpi JPG files. Use these backgrounds for personal or commercial projects. Great for any kind of presentations. If you like this freebie remember to share it with your friends.         Download Size: 4.9mb | Zip file Author: Dreamstale Resolution: 2800 x 1860px Files Included: JPG   Download   Free License – licensed under CC Attribution Download and use this item for both personal and commercial projects.
  • Free Download: Payment Method Vector Icons

    Chris B.
    18 Mar 2014 | 2:37 am
    Download 24 Payment Method Vector Icons This freebie includes 24 white and 24 colorful payment vector icons. Pre-saved transparent PNG and EPS files. Contains payment methods and credit card icons such as Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Cirrus, PayPal, Western Union, Visa Electron, Amazon, Worldpay, Diners Club, Google Wallet, Skrill, Sage, Discover, Moneybookers, JCB, Ebay, eway, Direct Debit, American Express and shopify. Use these vector icons for any kind of presentation, personal or commercial. Great for online shops and checkouts. If you like this freebie remember to share it with your…
  • Free Download: 7 Optical Flares

    Chris B.
    13 Mar 2014 | 4:30 am
    Download 7 Optical Flares This freebie includes 7 optical flares in pure white color. 1500 x 1500 px, 240 dpi resolution. Pre-saved transparent PNG files. Use these flares for any kind of presentation, personal or commercial.  If you like this freebie remember to share it with your friends.         Download Size: 1.5mb | Rar file Author: Dreamstale Resolution: 1500 x 1500px | 240 dpi Files Included: PNG   Download   Free License – licensed under CC Attribution Download and use this item for both personal and commercial projects.   Note: You may…
 
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  • 45 Free Rounded Flat Icons

    webdesignfreebies
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    The creator of today’s free resource is the Ukranian Senior designer Vyacheslav Beda. This set contains 45 free rounded icons in flat style with long shadows. These free icons represent Adobe products, Apple products, Google products, Social networks and Media. They are free to use and they’ll be perfect for your next design job. DOWNLOAD
  • 5 Free Flat UI Kits

    webdesignfreebies
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    As you all probably know, User inteface kits are exteremely helpful when you designing an app or website. They contain all the needed elements such as buttons, sliders, breadcrumbs, media players, forms, widgets and many others. A beautifully designed UI kit can provide a faster and easier way to kick off a new design task. In this article, we put together 5 of our favourite, top-quality and free flat UI kits which you might consider using for your next project.Enjoy! Responsive Free Ui Kit by Uipixels DOWNLOAD Free Flat UI Kit by Vladimir Kudinov DOWNLOAD Free Flat UI Kit by Zachary…
  • 5 Free Sans-Serif Fonts

    webdesignfreebies
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:21 am
    Using the correct computer font is one of the easiest ways to minimize the impact of the computer on the eyes, say U.S. scientists. Their experiments show that reading text written in sans-serif font with size 10-12 points is the safest for the eyes. Continuous computer work can lead to so-called “Computer vision syndrome”, which is manifested by various symptoms such as temporary dysfunction of eye muscles, burning eyes, decreased sensitivity and more. In attempt to help you choose a nice-looking and safe font we have gathered a collection of 5 free sans-serif fonts for you.
  • PrimePress – Free Responsive WordPress Theme

    webdesignfreebies
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    PrimePress is a free responsive WordPress theme which is based on Bootstrap Twitter framework. It is fully responsive and 100% mobile ready theme with drag and drop functionality and lot of useful features. The theme comes with six page layouts but you can easily change the number of pages. By using the drag and drop editor you can create and remove any features you like without any design and developement skills and you have full control of your WordPress site. One of the greatest things of this free WordPress theme is the opportunity to try how it works. The creators of PrimePress…
  • 60 Free Flat Icons

    webdesignfreebies
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:12 am
    Smashing Magazine presented this fantastic and free icon set which is created by Roundicons. This set contains 60 free flat icons which are designed in both round and flat style. You can easily resize and change the colors of the icons. These free flat icons come in PNG, SVG, EPS, PSD, AI format. Feel free to use them in your next design project without any restriction (for personal or commercial use). DOWNLOAD
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  • Reasons Why you Should Design on an iMac

    Lemon Web Awards
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:07 am
    Apple has been the forefront of designer workstations for many years with 99% of web development studios deploying an army of them, If you don’t already have an Apple iMac,putting aside the price here is some reasons exactly why you should start using one. Smart File Tags As you already know the amount of files... View Article The post Reasons Why you Should Design on an iMac appeared first on CSS Web Design Awards - Lemon Web awards.
  • Sculpt Media

    Lemon Web Awards
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    Sculpt Media is a professional digital agency in Dubai, U.A.E, founded in late 2006. We offer innovative solutions for the digital age. As a digital agency, we do not limit ourselves with creative design, but take extra effort to refine the idea through strategic planning and research. The post Sculpt Media appeared first on CSS Web Design Awards - Lemon Web awards.
  • Is PHP Becoming a one trick pony?

    Lemon Web Awards
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:28 am
    PHP is a very powerful scripting language when used in the correct way, with the release of php5 in July 2004 it changed the way a lot of you were coding, it introduced objects, inheritance, constructors, destructors, interfaces and abstract classes to name a few, but is php becoming a one trick pony, slowly dying?... View Article The post Is PHP Becoming a one trick pony? appeared first on CSS Web Design Awards - Lemon Web awards.
  • Cinemagraph: The Art of (not) Being Still

    Lemon Web Awards
    14 Mar 2014 | 5:25 am
    Over the past year, I have been noticing an increasing amount of Cinema-graphic photography being produced, It’s a slick photo editing style that makes the most of still (or not so still) images. What is a Cinemagraph? Cinemagraphs are animated GIFS or still photographs which have been layered with short looped or repeating animations. They... View Article The post Cinemagraph: The Art of (not) Being Still appeared first on CSS Web Design Awards - Lemon Web awards.
  • 5 Typekit Font Combinations That Look Amazing

    Lemon Web Awards
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:29 am
    Premium Font combinations are the bane of our career, we often have a favorite font that gets sorely overused (can anyone say proxima nova?) and struggle to change our ways, I recently went through some of the web and desktop fonts on Typekit and found some interesting combinations. Rather then forgetting about them I thought... View Article The post 5 Typekit Font Combinations That Look Amazing appeared first on CSS Web Design Awards - Lemon Web awards.
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