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Scalable Full Body Backgrounds in Web Design

May 11th, 2010
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Scalable Full Body Backgrounds in Web Design

By Mike Takahashi It is reasonable to assume that most users have a display resolution higher than or equal 1024×768 pixels. As display resolutions continue to increase, there has been a steady trend of websites that have employed full body backgrounds using large images. However, many of these designs use images that have a set resolution for its width and height. Once the resolution...

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Multi-Layered Design: Guidelines and Examples

April 28th, 2010
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Multi-Layered Design: Guidelines and Examples

There have been tons of posts about minimalist and simple web design. It’s something every designer should consider and study, as minimalist and simple design principles are important in a lot of website designs. But there’s been such a focus on clean and minimalist design in recent years that many designers shy away from more visually-complex designs. That’s a mistake. Just as there’s a...

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15 CSS Habits to Develop for Frustration-Free Coding

April 19th, 2010
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15 CSS Habits to Develop for Frustration-Free Coding

It’s been said that the key to a civilization's success is mastery of the food system. Unless a group of people can effectively control the basic needs for survival, they will never achieve greatness. Likewise, before CSS skills can be expanded to an advanced level, the basics must become instinct to any CSS...

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Single-Page Websites: Examples and Good Practices

April 16th, 2010
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Single-Page Websites: Examples and Good Practices

Single-page websites are becoming more popular among web designers, both for their own projects and for client sites. There are a lot of cases out there in which a single-page site makes a lot of sense: if there isn’t a ton of content; if the content is all closely related; or in cases where a particular stylistic element works best on a single page....

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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...