Jul 11 2014

HTML5 Clinic: Make Your Browser Talk via The Speech Synthesis API

Navigation devices do it since forever. Now browsers are learning to do it, too. I’m talking about speech synthesis. HTML5′s new Speech Synthesis API allows your website to speak or more precise, to read out loud what is written there using a human voice. There are different voices for different languages, even several voices per language. Now all it takes is pressing a button and the browser will read your website contents to any visitor who demands it. A nice service for anyone and inevitable even for the visually impaired.

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Jul 10 2014

Six Little-Known Facts to Help You Create Viral Infographics

It all sounds too simple: You collect your data, create a good-looking piece of infographic, embed it on your website and it drives traffic, boosts your sales or generates more leads. Yet there are many, many infographics that sitting undiscovered in some corner of the deep web.

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Jul 09 2014

Fresh Breeze of Past Spring: 29 Free User Interface Mockups for Mobile Designs

Smartphones are widely used in everyday life. More and more people turn to them to create content, shoot pictures, share news via social media, leave checkpoints, entertain themselves, learn something new across the internet. To cut a long story short, the list of features and possibilities of these small pocket-size devices are increasing day by day. An affection that has already turned into addiction a long time ago.

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Jul 08 2014

Mandatory: 15 Web Design Mistakes To Avoid

Web design resembles a tough survival course for designers. A single wrong step can lead to disaster. As a designer, you will be designing sites for extremely picky and impatient website visitors who will scream blue murder if the website doesn’t meet their expectations. This state of affairs puts web designers under tremendous pressure as they have to deal with demanding clients and discerning target users. In such a pressure cook situation, there is every chance of designers making errors and in certain cases these errors go unidentified and end up on live websites.

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Jul 04 2014

Weird Stock Photos You Wish You Could Use — Here’s How!

I’m dedicated to weird, so when a client complained the images I was using on business articles “looked like boring stock images” I decided that only those images that used metaphor and allegory would be used for his website. The weird and wonderful appeared in a simple Google Image search and my mission to find “not boring” stock images for my client was orgasmically realized! Some that I found are just too weird to ever be used on anything, which makes me all the more determined to find uses for them!

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Jul 03 2014

Best Practice: 10 Small Businesses with Powerful Brand Designs

As a small business, it can be difficult to devote the amount of funds needed to hire a designer who can create a stand out brand for your business. Yet, having a powerful and impressive brand look is arguably THE most important element of a small business, next to customer service and smooth operations, that is. When most small businesses use unoriginal fonts, a boring logo, unimpressive color scheme, a common WordPress website layout, and stock images, the one small business that chooses the unique route is that one that will get noticed, and more importantly, be remembered long after the initial encounter.

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Jul 02 2014

Virtual Plastic Surgery: 40 Photoshop Beauty Retouch Tutorials for That Perfect Look

Retouching pictures of human beings is one of the most common tasks in image editing. Beauty needs to be perfect these days. We don’t want to see how people actually look, but how we imagine them to look. Only superlatives suffice. If you like that or not, chances are if you are part of our industry, you’ll have to deal with these tasks more often than not. The variety is wide – from removing pimples, whitening teeth and establishing a noble paleness to butt reductions and breast enlargements. Create your own beau ideal. If you want or need or have to get skilled in virtual plastic surgery, these 40 tutorials will do the job. You’ll have to bring Photoshop, though.

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Jul 01 2014

Clients From Hell: The Art of Not Giving Way to Unreasonable Demands

“I hate that client”, how often have these words come out of your mouth. Often enough! Don’t worry; most web designers have a list of clients they’ve absolutely hated working with. These are clients who made working with them an agonizing experience, with no redeeming features whatsoever. Collaboration with such clients becomes a torturous exercise, which means you don’t enjoy working on their projects. This is a real tragedy because designers must feel invested in their web design projects, in the absence of which their designing decisions will be found wanting. Some clients are just plain difficult, others are rude and abrasive, there are a few who are penny pinchers and there are others who arrogantly assume they know way more about web design than you do.

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Jun 30 2014

25 Free HTML Resume Templates for Your Successful Online Job Application

Are you dreaming about drawing attention to your persona, getting your job application noticed and bagging the desired job? Then first of all, you should take care of your resume. Though it helps to overcome only the first step towards building your brilliant career, no one would argue that this small piece of paper or a modern minimal one-page web resume is the one that creates the first impression. In the majority of cases it is this first impression that decides your fate. Thus, if you want to succeed, spend time and put in a great deal of effort in order to give your CV a professional, original and unique appearance. The online resources we dug up for you will be of massive help in these efforts…

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Jun 27 2014

Work 3.0: Will Ziptask Disrupt the Outsourcing Market?

The international outsourcing market is giant-sized, hundreds of billions of dollars strong. A numerous amount of web platforms aims to monetize that market. 99designs is one example, oDesk and Elance are others. You have probably tried to find work through one of these platforms yourself and I bet the experience was not exactly a walk in the park. Now look through the lense of a company that wants to hire four or five qualified freelance developers this way. Their problems are even bigger. Ziptask promises to care for both sides of the table. With their man-in-the-middle approach, getting project work and getting projects done grows much more likely and far more effective than any other method I know.

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