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Archive for July, 2010

Useful Tools and Resources For Web Designers

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“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.

Tips to Boost your Freelance Efficiency

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“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.

50 Unique and Inspiring Website Designs

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“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

7 Benefits of Having a Professional Website Design

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“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.”

Read the full article @ MyInkBlog

Making Money Designing Themes: What You Should Know

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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.

Boost Your Inspiration: 75 Amazing Eye-Popping Colorful Logos

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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.

Jquery smooth sliding image menu!

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“Smooth horizontal slide image menu is really cool and that it would be nice if it worked with jQuery. Introducing a Mootools image menu ported to Jquery. If you have ever seen the image menu javascript for mootools by phatfusion and liked what you saw well here is a Sliding Image Menu alternative I’ve come up with using the power of jquery javascript.”

Functionality Checklist for our Sliding Image Menu for Jquery.

Here is what we need our Jquery horizontal sliding image menu to do:

  1. Jquery compatible script.
  2. Mootools like sliding effect.
  3. Valid XHTML degrades well.
  4. Lightweight customizable script.

Most of you already aware that jQuery is a lightweight JavaScript library that emphasizes interaction between JavaScript and HTML. It’s have Ajax interactions for rapid web development with the powerful scripting language that it represents (JavaScript) you can do amazing things. Sometimes you have to take a closer look to find out what is powering all of those smooth animations. jQuery is quickly becoming a favorite. If you are looking jQuery Plugins & Tutorials then you can find here Full Page Background Image Navigation with jQuery.

Now days jQuery is on top of its charm and everyone from Javascript world love to experiment with it. Because of the remarkable significance of JQuery in Designing field, it is an essential to keep yourself up-to-date with its Quality uses and Examples.

You can see the demo and download @ GRAPHICDESIGNJUNCTION