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An Explosion of Adobe Fireworks Resources

February 1st, 2010
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An Explosion of Adobe Fireworks Resources

An often overlooked member of the Adobe Creative Suite is Adobe Fireworks. This application software can be used to create vectors, design application interfaces, digital artwork, and create rapid prototypes of websites. Adobe Fireworks can also generate PDF’s, export CSS based layouts, and a variety of other features. However, Adobe Fireworks resources are not easy to find. Resources are scattered among many different websites,...

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Tips for Coding and Designing Usable Web Forms

January 21st, 2010
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Tips for Coding and Designing Usable Web Forms

By Louis Lazaris The web form has been one of the most discussed elements in web design for more than ten years now. We can’t help it. Call-to-action functionality often leads users to a form; purchases are made using forms; users register or subscribe using forms — the uses for forms are endless. While it is fairly easy to slap together a form in...

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Fantastic Information Architecture and Data Visualization Resources

January 15th, 2010
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Fantastic Information Architecture and Data Visualization Resources

Information architecture can be a daunting subject for designers who’ve never tried it before. Also, creating successful infographics and visualizations takes skill and practice, along with some advance planning. But anyone with graphic design skills can learn to create infographics that are effective and get data across in a user-friendly manner. Below are a collection of resources to get you going down the information...

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Creative and Unusual Layouts and Navigation Designs

January 8th, 2010
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Creative and Unusual Layouts and Navigation Designs

By Robert Hartland In this article, we’ll showcase website layouts and navigation structures that really break the mold. The designers of these websites have seen dozens of clone websites out there but have sought their own way. The unusual website layouts and navigation that results can either be very successful and innovative or disorienting for visitors. You decide. When you browse the showcase, think...

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30 Fresh AJAX Tutorials And Techniques

January 4th, 2010
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30 Fresh AJAX Tutorials And Techniques

Using AJAX on websites and applications is pretty much taken for granted nowadays. Users expect it. They want to be able to edit a page in-place, they want search queries to be auto-suggested, and they want to be able to submit a form without refreshing the page. Why? Because those things make browsing...

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7 Must-See Web Design Videos and Presentations

December 30th, 2009
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7 Must-See Web Design Videos and Presentations

By Louis Lazaris Not many of us will have the opportunity to attend or participate in a live web-related event, conference, or presentation. But that doesn’t mean we can’t benefit from the information exchanged at such events. Many of the sites associated with those events provide supplementary information, summaries, presentation slides, plus audio and video footage from the presentations given. In this article I’ve...

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Data Tables In Modern Web Design

December 28th, 2009
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Data Tables In Modern Web Design

By Matt Cronin Being able to organize data and information is a skill not to be overlooked. The way you organize content and text, generally referred to as copy, has a direct effect on how that content is received by users. You must find a way to organize information so that it is scannable and can be quickly absorbed by the reader. One way...

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CSS Techniques I Wish I Knew When I Started Designing Websites

December 18th, 2009
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CSS Techniques I Wish I Knew When I Started Designing Websites

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CSS is the best thing to happen to the web since Tim Berners-Lee. It's simple, powerful, and easy to use. But even with all its simplicity, it hides some important capabilities. Ask any designer, and they'll tell you that the majority of their code headaches are caused and...

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The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

December 17th, 2009
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The Ultimate Christmas Round-Up: Patterns, Brushes, Vectors and Fonts

By Vailancio Rodrigues It’s a festive season and we all are busy. 24 hours a day are not enough to finish our work. And, sadly, Christmas is a holiday season. Time to be with family, time to prepare gifts for friends and special ones, attend gatherings and parties, and the time when the air is full of delicious dishes which are hard to resist....

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A Gold Mine of Adobe Illustrator Resources

December 11th, 2009
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A Gold Mine of Adobe Illustrator Resources

By Melissa Scroggins What could be better than striking gold? How about a huge list of Adobe Illustrator resources? For many designers, a list of resources to help finish those design projects in a quick and easy fashion is like finding gold on the Web. In this article, there are over 200 (mostly) free resources for Adobe Illustrator. Since many designers have made these...

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The Smashing Book: Buy Yours Now!

December 10th, 2009
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The Smashing Book: Buy Yours Now!

If you are interested in web design and web-development, you’ve got to buy the brand new Smashing Book. Created by the editorial team of Noupe and developed together with the design community, this book is a printed book about best practices in modern Web design. The book shares technical tips and best practices on coding, usability and optimization and explores how to create successful...

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Usability Testing Toolkit: Resources, Articles, and Techniques

December 9th, 2009
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Usability Testing Toolkit: Resources, Articles, and Techniques

Usability is paramount in creating a good website or web app. If your site isn’t user-friendly, the majority of visitors won’t come back, regardless of how good your content is. You need to do everything in your power to make sure every website you design or web application you create is as user-friendly as it can be. So how do you do that, exactly?...

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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...

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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...