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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...

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Essential CSS/HTML Lists Styling Techniques

November 4th, 2009
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Essential CSS/HTML Lists Styling Techniques

Certain elements in HTML lend themselves to many situations when marking up a website, one of the more useful of these elements is the HTML list. Using lists, a developer can markup horizontal navigation, dropdown navigation, a list of links, and even scrolling content panels (with the help of Javascript). These features can help developers...

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The Future Of The Web: Where Will We Be In Five Years?

November 3rd, 2009
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The Future Of The Web: Where Will We Be In Five Years?

We’re approaching the end of 2009, and many people are wondering what the future will bring. While no one can predict for sure what the Internet holds in its future, there are indicators and trends that can point us in the right direction. A ton of technologies are ripe for further development in the coming few years. Social media and related apps are definitely...

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80 Stunning Background Patterns For Your Websites

October 28th, 2009
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80 Stunning Background Patterns For Your Websites

We are always attracted to the outstanding design, layout or content when we click in a website, but seldom of us would notice the textures and patterns that are used. If there are only background colors, many websites would not be that eye-catching as they are now. Patterns can be simply repetition of simple stipes or polka-dots, others can be more complicated with complex...

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40 Adobe Illustrator Text Effect Tutorials

October 25th, 2009
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40 Adobe Illustrator Text Effect Tutorials

By Paul Andrew Which one is better for manipulating text, Photoshop or Illustrator? There is no clear and defined answer. What is clear is that Illustrator, being mainly used used for creating seamless vector images, allows the user a greater degree of accuracy, control, and precision. Of course this depends on the hand controlling the mouse. So, if you are looking to simply manipulate...

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7 Key Principles That Make A Web Design Look Good

October 15th, 2009
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7 Key Principles That Make A Web Design Look Good

By Juul Coolen Everyone and their grandfather (and dog) seems to have a website these days. The Web is getting more crowded by the day, with literally dozens of websites being added as you read this article. It is becoming harder and harder to get noticed among the masses. “Fortunately” for us designers, not everyone seems to understand what makes or breaks a Web...

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Free Slideshow, Gallery And Lightboxes Scripts

October 14th, 2009
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Free Slideshow, Gallery And Lightboxes Scripts

For Web design projects, you may find yourself sometimes scrounging around for a simple yet useful image gallery and slideshow. But imagine having a huge collection of AJAX, JavaScript, Lightbox, CSS and Flash-based image galleries at your fingertips. Hopefully, this post will do the trick and provide all the resources you might need.

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Comment Form Styling: Examples and Best Practices

October 12th, 2009
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Comment Form Styling: Examples and Best Practices

by György Fekete Comment forms are an essential part of our blogs, social networks and websites. Comment forms are our websites’ communication channel. Through these forms we get feedback on our content; therefore, it’s necessary to design them in such a way that they are easy to understand by our user base. A good comment form should align with our website’s main design, but...

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Fresh Web Development Goodies Bag

October 8th, 2009
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Fresh Web Development Goodies Bag

Web development is time consuming and quite challenging. There are many ways to help combat that challenge, helpful applications from security to traffic analysis as well as CSS-concepts to give us clean, condensed code and faster load times, reducing time efforts and assisting designers and developers with critical improvements to workflows. Below, we present 30 extremely useful development tools, templates, generators, and security suggestions,...

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Simplicity in Good Web Design : Advantages & How -to

September 21st, 2009
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Simplicity in Good Web Design : Advantages & How -to

Simplicity in website design doesn’t necessarily equate with a minimalist design aesthetic. Simple sites just remove all unnecessary elements from the design, content, and code. While minimalist sites generally fit this criteria, there are plenty of sites that wouldn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, be considered “minimalist” that still fit the definition of simple.

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7 Steps for Systematizing The Design & Build Process

September 17th, 2009
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7 Steps for Systematizing The Design & Build Process

Systemization is basically what it says on the tin, i.e creating a series of processes or a pre-defined set of steps to speed up and quicken a laborious and or repetitive task. So how can you systemize the design & build of websites? The day to day nuts and bolts of your business? Below are 7 steps you will need to create systems to...