Dainis Graveris

Role: Owner & Founder of Awesome 1WD

Dainis is 25 years young man, who struggled for 3 years while studying in design academy and working for local design agency, because of ignorant teachers and agency boss. He couldn't believe this is all life could offer to him! And then he discovered true Internet possibilities, he was lucky to find his passion early in life and take advantage of this beautiful Information (Internet) Age! Now he is committed to help others succeed, to help others take charge of their life and follow their passion! His goal is to open Your eyes and help unveil Your true potential!

46 Sites To Get Inspired And Familiar With Hand Drawing Style

Posted in Illustration, Inspiration5 years ago • Written by 33 Comments

As You may notice in Year 2008 hand-drawn designs became one of the most popular creative trends, people tend to add more personal look and creative feel to their sites trying to stand out between traditional web 2.0 style, boxy layout sites. Hand-drawn design not always necessarily mean sketched or hand-drawn, there can be also creative things we use everyday like pencils, erasers, stamps, notepapers, stickers – could continue so on, but I will show examples doing through detailed research – so You could understand what’s really represented with “Hand-drawn design”. And actually this trend is very natural since many designers still sketch up their sites on the paper at first and only then start to design actual site.

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1000 Business Card Giveaway Contest from PrintPrintPrint.biz

Posted in News, Web Design5 years ago • Written by 50 Comments

Today we’ve got really special announcement for You – 1stwebdesigner readers!

We have got 1000 full color 2 sided business card giveaway from PrintPrintPrint.biz online printing company and rules to win are very simple. Just leave a comment under the post writing suggestions, ideas for new articles You would want to see in the near future. Also don’t forget to write your e-mail so we can contact you if you win! Contest will last one week and winner will be decided with Random Integer Generator help.

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57+ Premium And Free Image Gallery, Slideshow And Lightbox Solutions

Posted in Coding, Freebies, JS & AJAX, Templates5 years ago • Written by 102 Comments

Actually at first I wanted simple image gallery solution for web design project, but when I started to search I changed my mind and thought how great would be to create article about all the best image gallery solutions available on the Internet. So here it is – this list is separated in 3 big categories like Ajax, JavaScript and Lightbox based galleries, CSS based galleries and FLASH based galleries, so You can easy switch to category You got interest in. I think here You’ll find gallery for every needs, should be enough to choose from!

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45 Sites, Free Icons And PSD Resources For Web-Design

Posted in Freebies5 years ago • Written by 83 Comments

Since previous graphic design related article turned out to be really popular, I decided to do similar article about web-design related resources. In this list You’ll find many free icons, psd files in good quality, Photoshop layer styles for easier icon creation and many websites specialized to deliver good quality freebie related content. You could say, it’s better to create icons Yourself, but I think there is no sense to create something that’s already there available for free, however if there isn’t something, this is only way to know it.  Also yes, here is many *.psd files, so You have a chance also to see how really these icons are created and learn something. At least I think it’s worth bookmarking!

One more time, before You use these icons read licence terms and legal agreements.

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45+ Free Design Template And PSD Files

Posted in Freebies, Templates5 years ago • Written by 26 Comments

Here is many useful graphic design files with guidelines, resolutions for better and faster design creation like business card, credit card, icon, document, sticky note, dvd cover, cd cover templates and much much more. I believe in the right hands this collection will become marvelous time saver at least I feel so ever since I found these resources. Why should You create again and again something, that’s already out there?

Also be aware about license terms and agreements before You put them in use.

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10 Ways How To Track Site Traffic, Popularity, Statistics

Posted in Social Media, Tools, Web Design5 years ago • Written by 60 Comments

I know from myself people are obsessed with traffic, statistics, looking at other sites – tracking their stats and so on. And if there is enough demand, of course there are sites to satisfy You. I wanted to put those sites and tools in one list together, because at least for me this field was really unclear – I didn’t know what means Google Pagerank, Alexa, Compete, Technorati rankings and I could continue so on. I must say not always these stats are precise, but however they give at least overview, how popular the certain page is, how many visitors that sites gets – and if You compare those stats with Your site statistics, You can get pretty precise results then.

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12 Really Handy CSS Framework, Template And Snippet Sites For Smart Web Designer

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS5 years ago • Written by 23 Comments

If You are creating and developing new web-sites regularly, You should think about template creation, collecting useful code snippets and things like that. You should do that to fasten development process, so I think You could use, change, optimize these template files to Your needs, however check out licence terms, if You use these for business purposes. However this is very generalize list for now, to clear out the best from the best sites. Use them well!

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40 Promotional Sites Where To Submit Your Design Related Links

Posted in Social Media, Web Design5 years ago • Written by 78 Comments

Since I use social bookmarking/voting sites to promote my articles a lot, I thought I might share these sites with You too – I know if You submit every article in each of these sites regularly, You’ll get many new and regular readers in short time period. I, for example, got 4,000-5,000 unique readers everyday using this method. Of course, there is also much more small and useful tips, but I think I’ll do that kind of article a little bit later.

And I know, there are few another similar articles, but at least for me, I want my own list, showing the more and less useful sites for me in diminishing order. Not all of sites are just for design related articles, but I couldn’t not to include those sites too, since they create so much traffic for me. Also if You use this technique, You get very strong backlinks which are good for SEO and Your site at first place, of course.

I marked social bookmarking/voting sites with registration required with “*” mark.

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Academy Student Photoshop Works: Poster, Journal and Logotype

Posted in Inspiration5 years ago • Written by 12 Comments

Since I wrote an article and got really good feedback for creating new articles about my academy works, I talked with my course colleagues and asked them to send their works to me, so I can show You these. I am talking about lection called as Photoshop where we got 3 exercises to create a new logotype, journal (both sides) and poster. So again thanks to my course colleagues and here we got some great list with interesting works, different tastes, trends – just let me show You pictures, which can say more than words can do. Many works are created in Latvian language, so I think it’s useful for You just to check out composition, illustrations and something like that.

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Sensational List Of 25 The Best Design Worldwide Forums

Posted in News, Tips, Web Design5 years ago • Written by 25 Comments

Forums always are a great place to get answers to Your unclear questions about coding, designing, SEO, marketing, blogging much faster and clearer than just googling Your answer sometimes. Also it’s a great way to network with professionals in Your community or just people with the same interests. As a designer myself I felt in need with these kind of communities, maybe You’ll find these sites useful too. Participating in these forums not allows You to share Your knowledge with peers, but also allows to gain trust, for example, if You write a blog as I am – good user profile on popular forum linking to Your blog can be great marketing way.

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