“An effective, well-organized workflow is an important asset of professional web designers. The more useful and time-saving your tools are, the more time you can focus on important things, thus creating a foundation for timely good-quality results. The problem is that there are just way too many tools, services and resources out there, so it has become difficult to keep track on them and find those tiny little time-savers that will spare you headaches and save time in a long run.
And this is where we come in. Back in old days, Smashing Magazine used to publish lists after lists, with plethora of links that covered different topics all somehow related to web design and development. We have undergone quite a development since then, and are now publishing almost only in-depth articles — written by some of the best professionals in the industry. However, useful, carefully prepared and filtered lists are still useful, and therefore we keep publishing them as well.”
Read the full article @ SMASHINGMAG.
“Your efficiency as a freelancer can make or break you. Many times it can be hard to see how much more efficient you can actually be if you spend some time fine-tuning a couple of things. In this article we’ll have a look at some of my top tips on how you can give your efficiency a major boost. Let’s get started!”
Read the full article @ 1stWebDesigner.
“In this article we’ll have a look at some websites that are a bit different to what we usually see. Web design sure has come a long way in recent years, and we can see all kinds of creative and unique websites popping up.
This collection is comprised of websites offering many different services/merchandise. They’re colorful, funny, artistic and more. What they all have in common is the fact that they do stand out a bit – at least they did to us.”
Read the full article @ OneXtraPixel
“CEO’s don’t dress like they’re homeless and wine tasting events are generally never held in the back of a liquor store. There’s a good reason behind this. People generally do not follow the “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” motto, so the very first thing they do is, you guessed it, judge your book by it’s cover. The same is true for website designs -people visit your site and immediately make a decision on if it’s a place they’re going to spend time (and money) at, or if they’re going to lump you in with the millions of other sites that look just like yours and move on to something else.
As you can see, the benefits of having a professional design can be great, especially if your website is geared towards building your business. Outlined in this post are 7 different reasons why it’s beneficial to have a professional web design.”
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“Alongside my primary income stream, which is my web design freelance business, I’ve also been selling themes and templates for content management systems and publishing platforms like WordPress for close to two years now.
Although theme design can seem like the promised land for web designers and web developers — with some theme authors making tens of thousands of dollars from a single theme alone — it’s actually more like a gold rush: a chosen few hit it big, but only after putting in a lot of hard work.
Here is a short guide to help you decide if getting into professional theme designing is for you.”
Read the full article @ SIXREVISIONS.
In this showcase, we’ll have a look at some logos that are using multiple colors in their designs. If you’re designing a logo, adding a number of colors can make or break your design. These artists, for sure, have succeeded in making memorable and inspiring logos. Looking at the work of other designers can be a truly inspiring experience. There are many talented ones out there. This time we decided to share some great colorful logo designs.
We hope you’ll enjoy these!
Checkout the full article @ 1stWEBDESIGNER.
Functionality Checklist for our Sliding Image Menu for Jquery.
Here is what we need our Jquery horizontal sliding image menu to do:
- Jquery compatible script.
- Mootools like sliding effect.
- Valid XHTML degrades well.
- Lightweight customizable script.
You can see the demo and download @ GRAPHICDESIGNJUNCTION
“Those of you who follow the intersecting planes of cutting-edge interior design and, uh, cheeseburgers will probably remember how McDonald’s started redoing its restaurants in 2006 into Euro-chic nooks (see the four images below) with wood-slat room dividers, amoeba-shaped couches and avant-garde muraling (all courtesy of French tastemaker Philippe Avanzi, though executed in the U.S. by Lippincott Mercer). The idea wasn’t just to update the look of restaurants that hadn’t had a facelift since 1976 but to cater to the visual discernment of the digital generation by creating “linger zones” with puffy couches and WiFi connections to go with those nifty new Asian salads.”
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“Twenty something Derek Gangi is a design student who loves to experiment with new software and improve his skill set, in fact he brings us a short collection of vector art that he created while messing around with a couple of ideas he had. After creating a couple Derek decided that he was pretty pleased with what he had already crafted, and went on to create a whole series in a similar style. What we have here in fact is a slice of the best ones in my opinion, I love the sudden burst of colour these bring to our screens a lot of them look almost like smoke or flames just in a range of colour tones. Derek is currently constructing his personal site which is linked bellow, make sure to check back for the release in the near future.”
Article @ The189.