Design

  • Live Together or Die Alone : Spec Work vs the Community

    For years the web design and development communities have had an enemy amongst the ranks. A wolf in sheep’s clothing, parading through the communities as a friend of the game, when really it is more of a foe. Perhaps a well intentioned foe, as some might argue, but a foe nonetheless. That enemy goes by the name of Spec Work.



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  • Websites Shouldn’t Look The Same Across Different Browsers…Here Is Why

    Not long ago, on our sister site Smashing, we had a post discussing the communities adoption of HTML5 and CSS3 before they have become standards, and during that dialog we stumbled across another point that needed a bit more diving into. It was proposed that client’s expectations are somewhat unrealistic when it comes to their websites looking the same across all browsers and systems.



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  • The Open Source Movement

    The open source movement or philosophy is something that I am truly passionate about, and something that can have beneficial effects for all industries related to technology and its use. In this article, I’ll outline information about the philosophy, what it means for the web design industry, how you can benefit as a designer, and how you can contribute.



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  • Resources for Styling Lists

    In our continuing quest to listen to our readers and give them what they are looking for, we have a post of resources that we were asked to compile. With the amount of content being shared through the web, so much of it is presented in lists, designers are constantly looking for stylish ways to deliver these listings. Below are some resources and more to help you out in this arena.



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  • 40+ Websites with Unusual Navigation

    Navigation is the most important part of a website without which no website can effectively operate. Achieving unique navigation that effectively fulfills its purpose is nearly akin to climbing Mount Everest. Having a unique navigation with perfect functionality makes the website easy to navigate, thus ensuring a better users experience.



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  • Outstanding Text Effects Tutorials in Illustrator

    Adobe Illustrator is a powerful tool that you can create fluffy, vague, sparkling, gelatinous, glossy, glittery, retro and revolutionary effects with. Creating a particular text effect in Illustrator is not that difficult now; thanks to the availability of huge number of tutorials that guide you through each step.



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  • The Secrets Behind Great Call To Action Buttons

    Within web design ‘calls to action‘ can be defined as any element of the page that prompt an action of the user. However, clearly some actions are more desirable than others. For example, any site owner would prefer users to click on a ‘buy now’ link than a ‘twitter’ link.



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  • A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

    As summer hits and gets underway, many are drawn back to those summer days of our youth. Memories of summer breaks filled with vacation from school, home, and many other places or responsibilities get us in a sort of retrospective mindset. It is with that theme in hand that we have compiled this bountiful resource post for our readers in a retro frame of mind.



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  • The Keys to Making Fresh, Forwardly Aesthetic Web Designs

    Great graphics. Beautiful typography. Clean design. These are all things designers typically think of when creating stunning websites. But is it really just that combination of elements that produces something that can take your breath away? Of course it’s much more than that; but what?



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  • A Graphic Design Primer, Part 3: Basics of Composition

    In the first two sections of this primer, we covered the basic elements of design, and the basic principles of design. In this section, we’ll cover the basic principles of composition.



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