Articles by Vitaly Friedman

Inspiration

50 Fresh Interactive Studio and Social Media Agency Websites

November 18th, 2009
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50 Fresh Interactive Studio and Social Media Agency Websites

By Catalin Zorzini As you might observe, social marketing is the new black. Tons of studies predict huge budgets for social media strategies from the top shots, so the agencies need to sharpen their interactive skills in order to separate clients from their money. Lots of big advertising and PR networks created digital marketing divisions but given the fact that this is such a...

Inspiration

Calligraphy and Handwriting Showcase

November 17th, 2009
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Calligraphy and Handwriting Showcase

By Steven Snell High-quality calligraphy can be an excellent source of inspiration for graphic designers. Those who are skilled with creativity are able to create beautiful and impressive results, such as the ones you will see below. In this post we will feature more than 40 excellent examples of calligraphy. This showcase includes pieces that have been created by hand as well as some...

Design

Web Design Trends: Testimonials Design

November 15th, 2009
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Web Design Trends: Testimonials Design

Testimonials from happy clients are an important part of any service business’s website, lending trustworthiness and experience to a business. Showing those testimonials in their best light is important, as you want visitors to see them without allowing them to dominate your site’s design. One great way to figure out how to design the testimonials on your own projects is to look at how...

Apps

20 Free Mac Apps For Web Designer’s Toolkit

November 12th, 2009
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20 Free Mac Apps For Web Designer’s Toolkit

Professional web designers on the Mac platform rely on commercial heavy-hitters like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks, and InDesign for their graphic design needs. And when it’s time to slice and dice, some depend on the excellent Dreamweaver CS4 for WYSIWYG design/development; while many Mac code jockeys swear only by editors like Coda, BBEdit or TextMate. Others prefer to mix, match or blend. Designers also...

Inspiration

60 Dazzling Panorama And Vertorama Photos

November 11th, 2009
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60 Dazzling Panorama And Vertorama Photos

Our post here today is on panorama and interactive panorama photos. A panorama is any wide view of a physical space. Some digital cameras have features that help you to take multiples photos in sequence that can later be manipulated into a large panoramic image. A true panoramic photo is a continuous scene of at least 110 degrees. Many panoramic photos are about the...

Design

Ultimate Guide To Grid-Based Web Design: Techniques and Tools

November 10th, 2009
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Ultimate Guide To Grid-Based Web Design: Techniques and Tools

Grid-based layouts are generally more aesthetically pleasing and balanced than those not based on grids. While there are definitely great designs out there that don’t use a grid-based layout, they are more difficult to create and often end up falling into some sort of loose grid structure anyway. So why not just design based on a grid in the first place? This post offers...

Essentials

The Big Collection Of Free Design Textures

November 8th, 2009
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The Big Collection Of Free Design Textures

Knowing your resources is important in all aspects of design. You could be working on a new draft and realize you are missing one thing, texture. Textures are not always beautiful by themselves and many can appear quite boring, but when you add texture to your design, it gives that little bit of depth you might be looking for to make the image pop....

Boilerplates & Other Tools

40 New Useful Web Development Tools and Resources

November 2nd, 2009
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40 New Useful Web Development Tools and Resources

To become a professional web designer, you need effective tools that would help you implement beautiful designs with solid coding techniques. Handy ready-to-be-used solutions and smart design tools are always nice to have, but good ones are often quite hard to find. And this is where we come into play. In this post we have put together a useful collection of new web development...

Essentials

Web Typography: Font Embedding Services

October 30th, 2009
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Web Typography: Font Embedding Services

There are a lot of options out there for using other-than-websafe fonts in your website designs. Dynamic text replacement methods or resorting to very long fontstacks (where most of your visitors won’t see the font you wanted anyway) have long been the standard for using anything other than websafe fonts. But the @font-face function changes all that. With most major, modern browsers now compatible...

Development

35 More Useful jQuery Plugins and Techniques

October 29th, 2009
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35 More Useful jQuery Plugins and Techniques

Do you ever think "Ugh" when it is time to update or redesign your site? jQuery has a fantastic library of plugins and tutorials that can speed the benefits of developing your site while demanding less time and improving workflow constraints. To present a better user experience, we often need to take good care of the little details like the functionality and interactivity of...

Design

80 Stunning Background Patterns For Your Websites

October 28th, 2009
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80 Stunning Background Patterns For Your Websites

We are always attracted to the outstanding design, layout or content when we click in a website, but seldom of us would notice the textures and patterns that are used. If there are only background colors, many websites would not be that eye-catching as they are now. Patterns can be simply repetition of simple stipes or polka-dots, others can be more complicated with complex...

Design

40 Adobe Illustrator Text Effect Tutorials

October 25th, 2009
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40 Adobe Illustrator Text Effect Tutorials

By Paul Andrew Which one is better for manipulating text, Photoshop or Illustrator? There is no clear and defined answer. What is clear is that Illustrator, being mainly used used for creating seamless vector images, allows the user a greater degree of accuracy, control, and precision. Of course this depends on the hand controlling the mouse. So, if you are looking to simply manipulate...

Inspiration

Six Creative Solutions in Online Advertising

October 22nd, 2009
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Six Creative Solutions in Online Advertising

By Mike Takahashi Recently, there have been a lot of creative ideas and uses of online ads that have been pushing the traditional medium. Takeover ads, where ads takeover the entire site design have become more common. Apple has taken banner ads into a new dimension by creating ads that appear to interact within the design of a site. While others have been able...

Development

35 Fresh and Useful jQuery Plugins

October 20th, 2009
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35 Fresh and Useful jQuery Plugins

Quick and powerful, jQuery can help designers and developers create awesome interactive websites that are appealing and accessible to the widest range of browsers. For your audience, the visit to your site will be both exciting and entertaining. Navigation, galleries and slideshows, are hot points for a site to shine. Here are 35 useful fresh jQuery plugins focusing on navigation, gallery and slideshows, calendars,...