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Preparing Photoshop Files for Web Developers

April 6th, 2010
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Preparing Photoshop Files for Web Developers

By Brian Rhinehart Whether you’re a freelance web designer or part of a team at an agency, handing off Photoshop files to a client, developer, development team or even another designer is part of the process of building websites. Whereas the development process is generally more structured, by contrast, the design process is quite often spontaneous and full of experimentation. This can lead to...

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Women in Web Design and Development

April 1st, 2010
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Women in Web Design and Development

By Andy Walpole The 20th century was witness to phenomenal social and economic changes in the status of women. Suffrage has been widely adopted around the world, anti-discrimination legislation is commonplace, contraception is widely available and abortion is legal. These have all dramatically improved the position of women in society. One could argue that women—at least professional ones—now have more control of their own...

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Showcase Of Formula 1 Website Designs

March 29th, 2010
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Showcase Of Formula 1 Website Designs

The 2009 Formula 1 season had an audience of over 520 million viewers, most of whom stayed up to date with the latest news on the official Formula 1 website, as well as their favorite teams websites, and even the track websites to find out current conditions and directions to the race tracks. Because of this, the F1 websites featured in this showcase probably...

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50 Beautiful Business Card Designs

March 23rd, 2010
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50 Beautiful Business Card Designs

By Janos Racz Long gone the days when you simply handed over a white piece of paper with your name and contact info on it to potential clients. Nowadays, who do you think clients will call first, the guy with his name on a sheet of paper or this other one with her name engraved in this colorful plastic wonder? And what’s that? A...

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Photoshop Plugins: 3D and Beauty

March 15th, 2010
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Photoshop Plugins: 3D and Beauty

Over the last years Adobe Photoshop’s developers have been integrating some powerful 3D tools. Many of them require you to import a model from a 3D software or to gain profound knowledge of the software and its terminology. If you wish to move forward a little faster, then take a look at the following plugins.

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Motion Graphics And 2-D Animation: 10 Tips For A Clean Workflow

March 9th, 2010
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Motion Graphics And 2-D Animation: 10 Tips For A Clean Workflow

By Melinda Rainsberger More and more, designers, illustrators and coders are being asked to animate. Animation adds energy to a brand and heightens a customer’s emotional response. The software to do it is reasonably priced, and Internet connections can now deliver high-quality video. For these two reasons, animation-based advertising is booming on the Web. The makers of a small phone application might even devote...

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The AIDA Marketing Model in Web Design

February 24th, 2010
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The AIDA Marketing Model in Web Design

By Louis Lazaris If you’ve been formally educated in marketing, more than likely you’ve learned about a marketing model called AIDA. AIDA is an acronym that represents the different steps involved in selling a product or service. Very often, the principles of AIDA are applied naturally when a useful product or service is being marketed. Being web designers and app developers, however, our personal...

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Free Grunge Styles and Resources

February 19th, 2010
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Free Grunge Styles and Resources

Today we are glad to release five grunge styles for Adobe Photoshop. These styles were designed by the german Photoshop artist Dirk Metzmacher and released especially for Noupe and its readers, including resources for textures, fonts and brushes. You can load styles with the style palette. In case this window isn’t open yet, go to Window > Styles in the menu. Click on the...

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Mobile Web Design: Tips and Best Practices

February 9th, 2010
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Mobile Web Design: Tips and Best Practices

Last year, more than 63 million people in the United States accessed the Internet from a mobile device. It’s forecast that by 2013 there will be more than 1.7 billion mobile Internet users worldwide. With those kinds of numbers, it’s imperative that web designers and developers learn optimal development and design practices for mobile devices. For the most part you won’t need to learn...

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10 Things Clients Look For In a Design Portfolio

February 6th, 2010
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10 Things Clients Look For In a Design Portfolio

By Thursday Bram There’s no formula for a perfect portfolio. There’s no format that’s guaranteed to land you clients, as long as you follow it. However, there are certain questions that a prospective client has in mind when he’s looking for a web designer. If your portfolio can supply the answers a client wants, you can improve your portfolio’s ability to convince a client...

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Everything You Need to Know About Image Compression

February 3rd, 2010
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Everything You Need to Know About Image Compression

Proper use of image compression can make a huge difference in the appearance and size of your website image files. But compression is an often-misunderstood topic, partly because there’s a real lack of understanding on what the different types of compression are good for. If you don’t understand which type of compression to use for different types of images, you’ll likely end up with...

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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...