Design

Web Design Trends: Testimonials Design

November 15th, 2009
by Vitaly Friedman
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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...

Inspiration

The Ultimate Ugly Showcase of Current Government Websites

November 13th, 2009
by Callum Chapman
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The Ultimate Ugly Showcase of Current Government Websites

Something a little different today: a showcase of government websites. The biggest difference between this showcase and others you see here at Noupe is obvious; the majority of the web ‘designs’ (if you can call them that) in this showcase are tremendously awful and poorly coded. And, well, let’s be honest here: butt ugly! So, what is it all of these governments don’t quite...

Apps

20 Free Mac Apps For Web Designer’s Toolkit

November 12th, 2009
by Vitaly Friedman
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20 Free Mac Apps For Web Designer’s Toolkit

Professional web designers on the Mac platform rely on commercial heavy-hitters like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks, and InDesign for their graphic design needs. And when it’s time to slice and dice, some depend on the excellent Dreamweaver CS4 for WYSIWYG design/development; while many Mac code jockeys swear only by editors like Coda, BBEdit or TextMate. Others prefer to mix, match or blend. Designers also...

Inspiration

60 Dazzling Panorama And Vertorama Photos

November 11th, 2009
by Vitaly Friedman
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60 Dazzling Panorama And Vertorama Photos

Our post here today is on panorama and interactive panorama photos. A panorama is any wide view of a physical space. Some digital cameras have features that help you to take multiples photos in sequence that can later be manipulated into a large panoramic image. A true panoramic photo is a continuous scene of at least 110 degrees. Many panoramic photos are about the...

Design

Ultimate Guide To Grid-Based Web Design: Techniques and Tools

November 10th, 2009
by Vitaly Friedman
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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...

Essentials

The Big Collection Of Free Design Textures

November 8th, 2009
by Vitaly Friedman
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The Big Collection Of Free Design Textures

Knowing your resources is important in all aspects of design. You could be working on a new draft and realize you are missing one thing, texture. Textures are not always beautiful by themselves and many can appear quite boring, but when you add texture to your design, it gives that little bit of depth you might be looking for to make the image pop....

Inspiration

The Beauty Of Splash Sculptures

November 5th, 2009
by Tim Mercer
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The Beauty Of Splash Sculptures

Splash Art is a truly beautiful art form requiring precise timming a specialized photography equipment. Masters of the genre often have complex studios set up with lasers, multiple flashes and controlers to acheive the exact timming needed to capture these wonderfull images. With the abstract nature of splash photography you can often make out figures in the liquid forms. The artists featured below have...

Design

Essential CSS/HTML Lists Styling Techniques

November 4th, 2009
by Noupe Editorial Team
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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...

Design

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

November 3rd, 2009
by Cameron Chapman
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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...

Boilerplates & Other Tools

40 New Useful Web Development Tools and Resources

November 2nd, 2009
by Vitaly Friedman
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40 New Useful Web Development Tools and Resources

To become a professional web designer, you need effective tools that would help you implement beautiful designs with solid coding techniques. Handy ready-to-be-used solutions and smart design tools are always nice to have, but good ones are often quite hard to find. And this is where we come into play. In this post we have put together a useful collection of new web development...

Essentials

Web Typography: Font Embedding Services

October 30th, 2009
by Vitaly Friedman
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Web Typography: Font Embedding Services

There are a lot of options out there for using other-than-websafe fonts in your website designs. Dynamic text replacement methods or resorting to very long fontstacks (where most of your visitors won’t see the font you wanted anyway) have long been the standard for using anything other than websafe fonts. But the @font-face function changes all that. With most major, modern browsers now compatible...

Development

35 More Useful jQuery Plugins and Techniques

October 29th, 2009
by Vitaly Friedman
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35 More Useful jQuery Plugins and Techniques

Do you ever think "Ugh" when it is time to update or redesign your site? jQuery has a fantastic library of plugins and tutorials that can speed the benefits of developing your site while demanding less time and improving workflow constraints. To present a better user experience, we often need to take good care of the little details like the functionality and interactivity of...