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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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6 Ways To Take Your Webdesign From Good To Great

Content Jump Make Subtle Use of Gradients Add White Space Stay On A Grid Improve Your Typography Have Clear and Effective Navigation Use An Awesome and Useful Footer Intro The difference between good and great webdesign is relatively small. The average...
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Social Media Expertise – Designing the Myth

You see the label everywhere cropping up all over the cyberspace landscape these days as people pridefully rush to establish their dominance and touting themselves as a Social Media Expert. The media mavens meandering through the different social circuits...
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A Roundup of Quality jQuery Tooltip Plugins

I recently attempted to add a jQuery tooltip to my website, but I had some trouble putting together a decent solution. Through that experience, I’ve assembled this round up of some of the best and most popular plugins I’ve found. jQuery Tooltip...
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Sizzle – A Look at jQuery’s New CSS Selector Engine

What is Sizzle Anyway? John Resig and the jQuery team recently released Sizzle, a new CSS selector engine as a spin off from the jQuery project, announcing its release when jQuery 1.3 was made available for download. The component is a standalone project,...
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Building Clout for Your Design Blog The Bard’s Way

I recently read a post (which will remain anonymous) that spoke on the topic of garnering online celebrity status through means that seemed…well, I’ll just say that I did not agree with. Telling you to make your online interactions not about the...
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3 Powerful Ways To Make Typography Talk On Your Website

Typography is a very powerful tool in a web designer’s arsenal. We have seen simple websites glorified in an instant with the use of proper typography. We have seen brilliant websites pale because the “type” tone they used was all wrong. Understanding...
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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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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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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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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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100 Creative Twitter Backgrounds Featuring Illustration

If you’ve ever created a Twitter account and customized it with some text, you would have discovered that the amount of text that you can display to describe yourself is very limited. This is where designing, creating, and publishing a creative...
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iPhone Apps Design Mistakes: Over-Blown Visuals

The development of iPhone applications has recently become a hot topic in the design community; everybody tries to come up with some creative idea, port it into a stylish iPhone-alike application and sell it to thousands of users through the iPhone app...
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How To Automate Optimization and Deployment Of Static Content

A lot of traffic between users and your site comes from the static content you’re using to set up the user interface, namely layout graphics, Stylesheets and Javascript files. This article shows a method to improve the providing of static content...
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HTML5 and The Future of the Web

  Some have embraced it, some have discarded it as too far in the future, and some have abandoned a misused friend in favor of an old flame in preparation. Whatever side of the debate you’re on, you’ve most likely heard all the blogging...
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50 Examples of Vintage Typography

Vintage art reminds us of a time when we were dependent less on technology and more on skill and technique. But we cannot compare the typography of 100 years ago to that of today, with the arrival of so many new typefaces, new ways to create fonts as...
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12 Essential Rules to Follow When Designing a Logo

The logo is the face of any brand — the very first impression — so its design is extremely important. When executed correctly, a logo is a powerful asset to your client’s brand. However, creating an effective visual representation of...
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10 Common Mistakes In Logo Design

With the power of the Web, and more eyes watching than ever, it’s important for a business to communicate its unique message clearly. The easiest way to recognize a company and distinguish it from others is by its logo. Below, we go through 10...
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Using Wireframes to Streamline Your Development Process

Creating a wireframe is one of the first steps you should take before designing a website. A wireframe helps you organize and simplify the elements and content within a website and is an essential tool in the development process. A wireframe is basically...
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Quality-Price-Ratio in Web Design (Pricing Design Work)

I’m about to make a bold statement. The quality of a design and the monetary cost of producing or procuring that design have absolutely no relationship whatsoever. It’s a bitter pill to swallow, I know. Many of you are crying foul at this...
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Don't Freelance If

Intro Freelancing has treated me very well. I’ve been able to make some decent money while doing something that I love to do. Recently, I wrote an article called “Take the Plunge into Freelance Work” on my blog, The Creative Lab. However,...
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Social Network Design: Examples and Best Practices

According to Nielsen Online, social networks and blogs are now the 4th most popular kinds of online activities. 67% of the world online population are now visiting them and the time they’re spending on them is growing by three times the overall...
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Crank Up Your Design Radar

No one understands the statement, “design is everywhere” better than us designers. But comprehension and integration are two totally separate acts. From food packaging, to billboards, to book covers, catalogs, websites, and everything in...
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Choosing a Hosting Company: What to Know

When working with and setting up your website you will need to decide on a hosting provider. Hopefully the two of you will have a happy relationship but make sure that you have an understanding of everything involved before agreeing to a plan. Below...
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Great Designers Steal?

You often hear designers say, “Good designers copy. Great designers steal.” Well, anyone who says this is one of three types of designers: One who copies, one who steals or one who admits that not copying and stealing is hard but still tries not...
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50 Great Examples of Data Visualization

Wrapping your brain around data online can be challenging, especially when dealing with huge volumes of information. And trying to find related content can also be difficult, depending on what data you’re looking for. But data visualizations can...
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5 Things Every Freelance Designer Should Do

Overview As a freelance graphic designer, you will have to wear many different hats from time to time. It can become extremely difficult to juggle all the different tasks thrown at you in a given day. In this post I want to concentrate on five things...
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Questions To Ask For 4-Color T-Shirt Printing

Introduction Have you ever cranked out a t-shirt design for a client or yourself, only to find out the printer does not do 4-color process printing? If this has happened to you, you were probably left with a lot of lost hours without much to show for...
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How I Learned To Love Adobe Upgrades

Overview With Adobe CS4 about 6 months old now, have you made the upgrade yet? Are you willing to spend that much on an upgrade? Will you be pulling your hair out or enjoying the ride? If you find yourself going bald over the decision, here are few tips...
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Wordpress Plugins For Increasing Traffic

Introduction A blog/website is driven by the number of people you can reach. In this article you’ll learn more about some Wordpress plugins that can help increase the number of visitors to your site. Let’s take a look at some plugins that do automatic...
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4 Principles of Good Design for Websites

One of my absolute favorite design books is, Robin Williams Design Workshop. It looks into practical design theories and showcases awesome examples. One of the areas of focus that I’ve taken into all my designs are the four major design principles....
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How to Avoid Designer Burnout

If you’ve been doing design for any amount of time you can probably relate to the feeling of being burned out. Most of the designer’s that I’ve spoke with consistently put in 60+ hour work weeks. It’s no wonder so many of us get...
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5 Reasons To Contribute To A Blog

Unfortunately there are many designers that have extensive knowledge but don’t share it with others. In this post, I’ll give you five reasons why every designer should be contributing to blogs and how that will help his or her career. 1)...
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Traps To Avoid When Designing An Online Photo Portfolio

Overview Creating an online photo portfolio can be a very tedious and laborious task. The personal showcase of your art works is the main indicator of your skills and abilities and makes a major impression on your site’s viewers. The importance of...
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A Showcase of Popular Web Design Trends

I was wanting to put together a showcase that featured some design trends, and began to wonder which ones I felt would have longevity. I poured through the different rising and pervading trends, struggling to don my prognosticating perspective and choose...
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Left-Brained vs. Right-Brained – The Developer/Designer Paradox

Two Schools of Thought Psychologists argue that most people are either right or left-brained. That is to say, they are either analytical or creative thinkers. Given that the brain is evenly divided into two distinctly different hemispheres it is reasonable...
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50 Beautifully Delicious Coffee Designs

Coffee or Latte art consists of the pouring of steamed milk into a shot of espresso generating a pattern or design on the surface. The barista becomes a true designer and is able to create beautiful creations with the most common form being the “rosetta”...
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100 Extraordinary Examples of Paper Art

Paper art can be traced back to Japan, where it originated over a thousand years ago. From complex paper cutting to book carving, this is an ever expanding area of design that is hardly talked about. These intricate paper designs grace museums and exhibitions...
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80 Creative Ways to Customize Your MacBook

The MacBook and MacBook Pro are stunning examples of minimalist design. Their sleek lines, simple shapes, and uncomplicated designs are pinnacles of modern beauty. But let’s face it: they pretty much all look the same. Whether you have a basic...
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Clever JPEG Optimization Techniques

  When people talk about image optimization, they consider only the limited parameters offered by popular image editors, like the “Quality” slider, the number of colors in the palette, dithering and so on. Also, a few utilities, such...
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30 Artistic and Creative Résumés

In these tough economic times, many designers find themselves applying for jobs and freelance gigs on a regular basis. So, how can we stand out from the rest and grab the attention of a design agency when they’re usually bombarded with hundreds...
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The Evolution of Cell Phone Design Between 1983-2009

Cell phones have evolved immensely since 1983, both in design and function. From the Motorola DynaTAC, that power symbol that Michael Douglas wielded so forcefully in the movie “Wall Street”, to the iPhone 3G, which can take a picture, play...
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An Artistic Homage to Michael Jackson

As the world pays tribute to the king of pop, we’ve decided to do so in WDD in a unique and artistic way. In this post, we feature a selection of some amazing artistic creations portraying Michael Jackson, created by various artists around the...
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Beginners can now build lucrative websites for free

 Beginners can now build lucrative websites for free    Free offers all over the internet makes it possible for anyone interested in creating a website to build an attractive website absolutely free of cost. All you need is some knowledge...
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50 Excellent Circular Logos

A graphic symbol is often used as part of logo design in order to convey a particular idea or concept in an effective and eye catching way. The shapes of these graphic symbols vary a lot, but one of the most commonly used shapes is the circle. Circular...
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9 Tips For Brand Building With Web Design

First of all, what is a brand? A brand is a symbol. Symbols are designs which represent something else, and a brand is meant to package all of the associations, experiences and characteristics into an abstract construct. This construct can be evoked...
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26 Examples of Online T-Shirt Shops

Many e-commerce and shopping websites suffer from poor quality design. However, when it comes to online t-shirt shops, creativity is high and there are plenty of designs that are worthy of mention. Many of these sites target the artists who create t-shirt...
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