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A Closer Look At the Blueprint CSS Framework

Blueprint is a CSS framework that can save you time and headaches when working on any project that involves HTML and CSS, whether it be with Rails, PHP, or just laying out an HTML page. In this tutorial you will get a look at the inner workings of Blueprint...
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35 Examples Of Masterful Lighting Effects In Web Design

Using a light source the right way can add dimension and beauty to a website design. Strong light sources create a stark contrast between light areas and shadows in a design, making the elements look more realistic and dimensional and less flat. Some...
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50 Creative and Inspiring 404 Pages

Whenever a user is trying to reach a website’s page that is non-existent or missing, they are usually directed to a page where they’re informed that that specific page cannot be recalled by the HTTP server; this is what is called a 404 error...
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How To Repair Scratches, Tears, and Spots on an Old Photograph

In this tutorial you will learn how to repair cracks, scratches, and spots so this photo of the Swedish Nightingale, Jenny Lind, looks just like new. We will purposely avoid using some of the quick fix tools such as the healing brush so that you can...
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Freelancers: Invoice your clients

Create invoices and manage account receivables online using one of these 9 web apps. You’ll save time and maybe even earn more money. The ability to successfully run a freelance design business, requires more than just graphic skills. You’ll...
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Let Your Audience Guide Your Design!

There is an old saying that rings true, no matter what forum or context it’s applied in. ‘You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.’...
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How to Test your JavaScript Code with QUnit

QUnit, developed by the jQuery team, is a great framework for unit testing your JavaScript. In this tutorial, I’ll introduce what QUnit specifically is, and why you should care about rigorously testing your code.Tutorial DetailsLanguage: JavaScriptDifficulty:...
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Sync Your Life: Great Tools to Sync, Backup and Store your Files

You probably remember that one time when you really needed a copy of that spreadsheet for the meeting; only to realize it was sitting on your hard drive at home. Or the time you wrote up that great list of ideas and forgot to e-mail it to yourself. If...
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The DOs and DO NOTs of Brand

Ed: In this article Alex Hunter discusses why web developers and entrepreneurs can not afford to forget about their brand. Alex will be hosting an in-depth online marketing workshop at Future of Web Apps Miami in February 2010 – buy your ticket online...
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How to Use Google Maps with WordPress Blogs: 5 Plugins to Get You Started

It wasn’t long ago that Mapquest was the only quality mapping tool online. Then, the rise of Google Maps, possibly the best and most sophisticated mapping tool available online. Google Maps inspired regular people to become cartographers — mapping...
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5 Advanced Photoshop Techniques for Web Designers

If we look at web design today, it’s anything but simple. Sometimes you need that extra Photoshop knowledge in order to achieve the look we need. In this step-by-step tutorial, I’m going to show you how to create five killer effects for your...
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Advanced Photoshop Techniques for Web Designers – Part 2

This is my second article about about advanced Photoshop techniques for web designers. In case you missed my previous article, we have already covered buttons, navigation, shadows and a few other useful techniques. In this article we look at how to create...
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10 User Interface Design Fundamentals

It’s no great mystery that truly great user interfaces are the ones that are engineered to stay out of the way. ‘Staying out of the way’ means not distracting your users. Rather, good UIs let your users complete goals. The result? A...
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SlideDeck – Cool jQuery Plugin For Slideshow

SlideDeck is a very powerful jQuery plugin to present your content on mobile phones and browsers is a very simple and clean slideshow. This jQuery powered plugin is easy to customize, powerful and able to deliver a better user experience to your readers....
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30 Websites To Download Free Stock Photos

Using stock photos in the design can save us a lot of time. Instead of hiring a photographer, you can instantly access high quality of stock photography by browsing through the stock photo websites. There are a lot of websites offering stock photos....
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7AMP – Creating a Development Environment

Running a local development web server is one of the best ways of learning AJAX; reading up on it is one thing, but being able to pass the raw data back and forth between a browser and a server is really the only way to truly understand what is happening...
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6 CodeIgniter Hacks for the Masters

CodeIgniter is a simple and powerful open source web application framework for PHP. Today, we’ll do some core “hacks” to this framework to change and improve its functionality. In the process, you’ll gain a better understanding...
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Add Caching to a Data Access Layer

Dynamic web pages are great; you can adapt the resulting page to your user, show other user’s activity, offer different products to your customers based on their navigation history, and so on. But the more dynamic a website is, the more database...
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7 Tools To Optimize The Speed of Your Website

Google recently announced that it’s algorithm will factor in page load speed in addition to the other 200 or so ranking factors currently employed. This move, broadly welcomed by web developers and users, means it is now more important than ever...
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Image To Icon: 5 Ways to Easily Convert Images To Icon Files

We use icons at a lot of places such as desktop application or favicon for our blog. For those who always change the Windows folder or application icons, you can always search for .ico images format, which is the icon files for Windows. We had gone through...
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Inspiration Served, Beautiful Letterpress Business Cards

Letterpress, A Popular Design Trend It’s no secret around here, that I like letterpress design, and think that it’s a growing trend (and it would seem that I’m not alone on that. I even wrote a tutorial on how to achieve the look in...
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MyInkBlog Flickr Group Showcase VI

Introduction MyInkBlog’s Flickr Group has grown to 400 awesome members! At this point, every 100 new members will result in a Flickr group showcase; this is the sixth such showcase. If you missed the prior ones, be sure to check out I, II, III, IV...
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Think Vitamin Radio: Episode #1 transcript

The full transcript to Think Vitamin Radio: Episode #1 is now available online. In this first episode we chat about the reasons for starting the podcast, online databases, the development of the Chirp website, AB testing and upcoming web events including...
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Alex Hunter on branding, startups, the Valley and online marketing

Editors note: Alex is running a half day workshop on “kick ass online marketing techniques” at the Future of Web Apps Miami on February 24th. Find out more. In this installment of “5 questions for…” we ask Alex Hunter his...
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Doctype: Speed

Editors note: Interested in web apps? Join us at the Future of Web Apps Miami on February 24th to learn from companies such as  Twitter, Facebook, Mint, Reddit and more. Buy your tickets now and get $50 off. In this week’s 8 minute episode of Doctype...
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Think Vitamin Radio: Crush It winners

Did you enter our Think Vitamin Radio Episode #1 Crush It competition? If you are one of the ten names below then you will be recieving your copy of Gary Vaynerchuk’s book very soon. For those who didn’t send their addresses please email...
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Visual Website Optimizer: Beta code for TV readers

After our chat about A/B testing on the first episode of Think Vitamin Radio last week Paras from Wingify got in touch to tell us a bit more about their product “Visual Website Optimizer“. It’s an interesting take on A/B testing elements...
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Conversational and short URLs on Rails

Editors note: Interested in web apps? Join us at the Future of Web Apps Miami on February 24th to learn from companies such as Twitter, Facebook, Mint, Reddit and more. Buy your tickets now and get $50 off. Friendly URLs are plenty popular these days,...
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Announcing the CSS3 Online Conference

I’m really excited to announce our very first Think Vitamin Online Conference! Please join us and Andy Clarke, Ethan Marcotte, Matthew Smith, and Jina Bolton for the CSS3 Online Conference. Speakers Ethan Marcotte (Happy Cog, @beep and Unstoppable...
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Making dough or spam? The perplexing case of designing lead generation pages

I spend a lot of time working on large-scale site designs, redesigns, and app designs, so it’s kind of fun when the pressure is on to develop a single lead generation page. For the purposes of this post, let’s define a lead generation as a single...
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Doctype: CSS3 gradients and local databases in HTML5

Editors note: Interested in web apps? Join us at the Future of Web Apps Miami on February 24th to learn more about HTML5 and hear from companies such as Twitter, Facebook, Mint, Reddit and more. Buy your tickets now and get $50 off. In this weeks 10...
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Future of Web Apps Miami: Are you coming?

Save $50 off your pass by entering promo code THINKVITAMIN when booking your pass. Buy your tickets now » Did you know Carsonified, the team behind Think Vitamin, also run a number of web industry events? In a couple of weeks we head off to Florida...
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Digging Into Channels as an Extraction Tool – Part 1

In my last (and first) article here on MyInkBlog, I dove into some of the key differences that exist between Clipping Masks and Layer Masks in Photoshop. We touched on several different areas, but near the beginning of the article I wrote: we can start...
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Matte Painting: Create A Distressed Surreal Cityscape

Intro Matte painting plays a major role in today’s films. The first known matte painting shot was made in 1907 by Norman Dawn (ASC), you can see how the traditional matte painting evolved from “The Wizard Of Oz” to the ground breaking...
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Top 15+ Best Practices for Writing Super Readable Code

Code readability is a universal subject in the world of computer programming. It’s one of the first things we learn as developers. Readable and maintainable code is something to be proud of in a finished product. We can share it with others, contribute...
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Elements of a Great Band Website

As web designers, we never know what field our next client is gonna to come from, so we always have to be prepared to work in their niche, even if it is outside our proverbial design box, and therefore outside our comfort zone. Though research comes...
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What Has Twitter Done For Me?

Twitter is a form of social networking, communication, promotion and news site all under one banner. As long as what you have to say is under 140 characters you can pretty much say what you want. There is no censorship, and increasing the number of followers...
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How to Create Creativity

‘Creative’ is the most popular adjective in the design world. Everybody wants to be a creative individual, find a creative solution, or discover a creative book. There are many synonyms for the word ‘creative’: ingenious, clever,...
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Rich-Text Editors for 2010 and Beyond

Rich-Text Editors, inline content editors, WYSIWYG editors – or whatever you want to call them – are web applications that enable users to enter, edit and manipulate alphanumeric characters while visiting your website. Wherever you have a...
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Desktop Blogging: 20 Best Blogging Softwares To Help You Blog From Your Dekstop

Blogs are the perfect forum to express your opinions about anything and everything. The best part is that it doesn’t need tons of knowledge on the internet to tart a blog. All you need is to choose a desktop blogging tool. These tools speed up...
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Books that Inspire

Yesterday I had the pleasure of sitting at the back of “Handcrafted CSS“, a workshop led by Dan Cederholm and Ethan Marcotte. The workshop was based on their recently published book of the same name, if you don’t own a copy definitely...
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Website Owner’s Manual Review

Ed: You can learn more about how to run a successful web app business at Future of Web Apps Miami in February 2010 – buy your ticket online today! Recently I received a copy of  “Website Owner’s Manual” by Paul Boag. Unlike other...
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Website Owner’s Manual Winners

Last week we published a review of Paul Boag’s new book “Website Owner’s Manual” and offered readers the opportunity to win one of six free copies courtesy of Manning Publications. To enter all you had to do was leave your best...
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Extremely Simple Way To Display Delicious Counts For Wordpress Users

Delicious is the most popular social bookmarking service. If you pay attention on WDB, then you may notice that most of WDB’s articles are being saved more than 100 times by Delicious users. There are a lot of ways for you to display your Delicious...
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12 Free And Open Source PHP Forum Scripts

Forum is a great place where people can have discussions and postings. Generally, a forum is a community with lots of user inputs and needs moderators to moderate the posts. If you want to setup your own forum, you can go for either open source forum...
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7 Areas Of PHP You Might Want To Optimize

PHP is undoubtedly one of the preferred development methods chosen by many to create dynamic web pages. As contents get bigger, there is a real need to manage our PHP codes so that it runs faster. Unfortunately for many beginners, designers and enthusiasts,...
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Is Ping.fm Taking the Social Out of Social Media?

If you haven’t already heard about Seesmic’s recent acquisition of Ping.fm, well then, spoiler alert…they did that. This will inevitably raise the profile of the service provided by Ping.fm, and that got me thinking about this service...
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5 Alternative And Tiny CSS Grid Systems

CSS grid system is one tool that facilitates the work of web designers and web developers to develop a website. Advantage of using CSS grid system is you can reduce development time. Grids also provide uniformity and consistency in the placement of HTML...
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Senior Marketers Need Greater Accountability

Posted by randfishI ran across this survey data eMarketer released last week and my heart sank:   This first chart looks innocent enough. It's when you look at the next one (from the same report) that things get ugly: As a CEO, an SEO, a web...
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Awesome Customizations: 10 websites based on the Yamidoo Magazine Theme

Premium WordPress themes can be a designer’s best friend. But most websites worth visiting know better than to use a theme straight “out of the box.” Your site design is part of your branding and it’s the first impression visitors...
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