Sep 09 2013

Design Contests: The Pros and Cons

One of the biggest hot buttons for designers is the subject of design contests. The mere mention brings murderous comments from most, and the belief that these contests are devaluing the entire design industry. So, are these contests the death rattle for the average freelancer? Is there a bright side to the dark side, or does the design industry have to change to meet the same fate retailers faced when online shopping started gaining popularity? Here’s the pros and cons of the new crowdsourcing.

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Sep 06 2013

Value for Free: What to Give to Get Peoples’ Email Addresses

Your blog’s email subscribers are the life and blood of your online business. Your blog is, quite rightfully, judged by the number of subscribers it has. There are many ways to get more email subscribers. One of the most important one of them is giving away something in exchange of peoples’ email IDs. But the question is – what should you be giving?

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Sep 05 2013

Steal of the Week: Bundle Storm Bundles Loads of Bundles

Don’t get bedazzled easily. Our headline, read word by word, might be a tongue breaker, yet tells nothing but the truth. In our Deal of the Week, the Bundle Storm, we have a massive resource with over 60 GB of material for you. As you may tell from the weight, this is not a small package. This is a bundle that bundles bundles (Oops, I did it again). As such it is one of the largest bundle bundles there has ever been. Thousands of high-quality elements for creative designers are waiting for you to be used in private and commercial projects alike.

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Sep 04 2013

Bootstrap 3 PSD: All The Elements of the New Version, Free and Fully Editable

Our friends over at DesignShock have created an excellent new resource for web design lovers and people who want to get into the brand new Bootstrap 3 interface quickly. As you already know, Twitter overturned Bootstrap’s UI concept and totally renewed the interface. This brave move surprised almost everyone in the web developer community. To grant for a smooth transition, the guys at DesignShock released a free PSD package that’s really easy to use, helping designers and developers create models of themes, web pages, mobile and web apps. The file accurately emulates all the elements of the front-end interface. Inside it you will find a set of layers with all the elements you need to start designing.

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Sep 03 2013

Scratching The Surface: 40 High-Grade Textures for Print and Web Projects

Textures are what you need if you want a surface to look realistic. Sure, you might as well create them digitally, e.g. using Photoshop. Yet, Photoshop’s results are much too clean to fake reality in a believable manner. If you want to create a photorealistic texture with your favorite image editor, you’ll need to combine filters with filters on filters, ’til days end. Why not walk the easy path and choose one of the following textures based on photos in different resolutions?

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Sep 02 2013

Ionize CMS: Multilingual Developers Dreams Come True

Moving on with our series of CMS reviews, today we will be focusing on another developer-friendly Content Management System: Ionize CMS. Ionize CMS is a flexible open source CMS, that uses PhpStorm and CodeIgniter. Managed by Studio Partikule of France, it has its own module engine and can be used to power a wide plethora of websites. Also, Ionize CMS is equipped with the very liberal MIT license.

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Aug 30 2013

Webydo: The Center of Your Web Design Business

You are a designer looking for ways to increase your customerbase? You want to design faster and less expensive? You want to create websites the way you are used to from creating print designs? You don’t want to mangle with code or – even worse – collaborate with programmers? If you answer yes to at least one of these questions, you should definitely read on. Because what you’ll find out might change your life… (Additionally, we have an exclusive offer for you at the end of the article.)

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Aug 29 2013

Building an Interactive Navigation Bar with HTML/CSS

A straightforward navigation structure can increase the usability of your site, and make information easy to find. By using basic HTML and CSS, you can build a horizontal nav bar that provides interaction when a user hovers over a navigation link.

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Aug 28 2013

Full Throttle: Rapid Development with CodeIgniter and FUEL CMS

In the last two installations of my CMS review articles, I had focused on CMSs such as ImpressPages and CouchCMS that catered primarily to designers or end users, that is, folks who are not developers. In order to have a balance of power, we shall now shift our attention towards a Content Management System that is entirely meant for web developers and coders. In the following article, I will be taking a closer look at FUEL CMS, a modular-based framework and Content Management System.

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Aug 27 2013

Photoshop Time Travel: 40 Retro and Vintage Effects For That Aged Look You Don’t Want To See In The Mirror

Vintage and retro effects, those that make images look dated, are common and beloved, while at the same time simple to create. It only takes a few steps in Adobe Photoshop to design that cool retro poster or that auld frame around the latest photo or to let that all too clean graphic age a few decades. The examples we dug up today will surely inspire, probably even impress you…

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