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Graphic Design Theory: 50 Resources and Articles

June 21st, 2010
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Graphic Design Theory: 50 Resources and Articles

As designers, we often focus on the practical aspects of design above all else. We focus on what works, with little regard for why it works. And in our day-to-day work, that outlook serves us well. It lets us get our work done in an efficient, professional manner, and generally nets good results. But spending some time on the theory behind the graphic design...

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30 Useful Abstract Photoshop Design Tutorials

June 11th, 2010
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30 Useful Abstract Photoshop Design Tutorials

By Janos Racz Abstract works have many uses in design: they can serve as a vibrant desktop background, a mysterious webdesign header or they can be beautiful art pieces by themselves. What’s more, abstract design has many forms, and not too many limitations. You can always come up with new shapes and compositions with combination of various color schemes. You can create them using...

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Getting Ready for a Website Redesign: Advice, Resources and More

June 3rd, 2010
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Getting Ready for a Website Redesign: Advice, Resources and More

By Robert Bowen There is a season for all things, and this holds true in the world of web design too. Naturally with the technologies and languages evolving at the rate that they tend to, not to mention the evolution of our own personal skillsets, we find new design doors opening up before us all the time. Given that this is the way of...

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Breaking the Rules: How to Effectively Break the “Rules” of Good Web Design

May 25th, 2010
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Breaking the Rules: How to Effectively Break the “Rules” of Good Web Design

We’ve all seen articles devoted to the various web desing “rules” out there. In fact, they’ve probably been drilled into all of our heads ad nauseum. And for many, they serve as a comforting set of guidelines that make our lives easier, at least when it comes to design. But what about those occasions when you have an idea that doesn’t quite fit in...

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35 Fresh and Excellent Photoshop Tutorials from 2010

May 19th, 2010
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35 Fresh and Excellent Photoshop Tutorials from 2010

With the release of CS5, Photoshop has become even more power-packed with features more simplified, and with better characteristics. Its features are so user-friendly such that even newbies can produce quality effects, and for professionals launching of CS5 is like getting box of Pandora with which they can get awesome results. Today we present 35 Latest Photoshop Tutorials from this year, which will showcase...

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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...