“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.”
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There’s a lot of buzz going around about HTML5. Big companies such as Apple are predicting that it’s the technology that will sign the death warrant of the popular Flash platform that powers a lot of rich internet apps and complex dynamic web components.
But what is HTML5, really? How will it change the jobs of web developers and web designers? Here are 15 web resources to help you on your quest in getting current about the impending technology that’s already being adopted by major web browsers and leveraged in large sites such as Google.
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In 2007 I wrote a Photoshop tutorial for PSDTUTS that was a user request, actually it was a request from not one but quite a few readers, they wanted to know how to create the MSNBC header effect. Back in those days it was a brand new design with a very colorful background image on the header. Now in 2010, they have a new website design and I was invited to help them with the background image.
I was stoked, especially because they wanted to keep a colorful effect but with something new. Then I had this idea of using part of their symbol to create a pattern and apply it over the colorful peacock symbol with a lot of blur and light effects.
The whole process is quite simple and straightforward, however it took me some time until I got the idea and got the outcome I wanted, fortunately they liked the idea as well and now it’s up on the new MSNBC site design, so check it out too.
Written by the Abduzeedo’s Blog, complete the article @ABDUZEEDO.
If you’ve been wanting to experiment with CSS3, now’s your chance. I’ve rounded up a few masterfully crafted CSS3 resources that a newbie or expert will enjoy equally. Enjoy!
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As web professionals, we’re always looking for ways to improve our knowledge and skills. Tips, tricks and checklists are often one of the most underused yet potentially useful models of providing great, quick and easy to follow pieces of useful information.
You may or may not know some of the tips below — and you may or may not agree with everything listed — but hopefully it will give you some ideas for your own sites or motivate you to create a checklist to help cover your bases.
Perhaps a few items may even inspire you investigating a subject further, and that would be pretty awesome too.
This is the first part of a 2-part series. In this first part, we will cover planning, content creation, and design elements.
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With the internet becoming more densely populated, for a blog to rise to the top of the search engine rankings (SERPs) will become more challenging. Here are some SEO methods that bloggers can use to increase their search engine exposure.
First, we will consider blog posts. Each blog post should be tuned to maximize its contribution to the overall SEO effort of your blog. Usually, each post will appear on the front page of your blog for a period and subsequently be linked to from the front page of your blog. So it is important that it be fine tuned in accordance with accepted SEO best practices.
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