Dainis Graveris

Role: Integrator of Company's vision

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!

DepositPhotos Giveaway: 3 People To Win Accounts

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DepositPhotos.com is a great resource for buying and selling Royalty-free photographs and vector illustrations. They slogan is –  “Buy It Easy! Sell It Easy” describing how easy it is to do both tasks so you are in the right place if you are searching for premium photographs or trying to sell your work and earn some extra money!

Why am I writing this? Because today we have a giveaway to launch with you and we are giving away:3 accounts in Depositphotos each worth 50$!

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Modern Element Trends In Minimal Webdesign of 2010

Posted in Inspiration • Posted on 37 Comments

As you may heard, I’ve been working on site redesign for a long time already and now I am deeply researching modern elements in minimal webdesign – I decided to share my research with all of you.

I think this modern&minimal trend will rule for some time, time for loud elements and web 2.0 cheap shiny badges has been long gone –  time for subtle emphasis, accents, big and stylish fonts, lightly textured backgrounds,grids, lots of negative space, usage of icons.

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18 Wireframing, Mockup And Prototyping Tools To Plan Designs

Posted in Tools, Web Design • Posted on 36 Comments

I will keep repeating how important is to plan your webdesign, sitemaps, draw flowcharts,wireframes before even start to do actual functional and design planning! Since I am deeply researching this topic myself, this time I found the most popular wireframing software available.

Just 3 of tools I found were free, but every tool has free trial or basic plan so you can definitely try and test it yourself for one time projects.

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27 Blog Designs With Amazing Design And Functionality

Posted in Inspiration, Web Interfaces • Posted on 20 Comments

In this inspirational showcase article, I collected a little bit different blogs – usually blogs serve for one purpose – design or function. Just a few blog designs fulfil both important tasks, I thought I will find a lot more design suitable for this article before I started.
Here you’ll find a lot of beautiful simplicity and functionality where design really works and matters! Enjoy and hope you will learn good things from those blog designs and implement in your own designs as well!

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Revolution And Future In Blogging World – Art Direction Trend

Posted in Blogging, Inspiration, Web Design • Posted on 21 Comments

People have been talking for a long time about numerous list posts repeating each other, but the same is about blog designs. Even if blog design is unique it still has same consistent sidebar, CSS image, text styling and standard navigation repeating each time when new article is published.

I usually compare blogging with journalism, because it’s the same thing..and if so – does all magazine articles has the same styling, content structure and even advertisements?

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33 Blogs To Make You Social Media And Marketing Guru

Posted in Blogging, Social Media, Web Design • Posted on 30 Comments

I was considering myself strong on social media and marketing field, but then I gave a try to do my own research to find great blogs specialised just in this topic. Findings were amazing and I understood I have SOOO much to learn and there is so much great information available out there!

Learn how to use social media sites more effectively, think about SEO and how to monetize your site a lot better! Maybe you will find courage and right advice how to start new project and earn online? Keep reading those blogs, put their techniques in action and I am sure your new or existing project will become a lot more successful!!

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1STWD Q&A E-book : Interviews With 25 Popular Bloggers

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This is my first ever made *.pdf e-book and I was very excited to see how many people will respond to my call and how their actual answers will sound like.

Purpose of this Questions and Answers Interview e-Book was to explore and compare how experienced and well-known bloggers/designers think, how they organize their workspace, solve their problems, get inspiration and much more. Learn from them because as you can see their way of thinking works!

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25 Premium Email Newsletter Templates For Successful Marketing

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Email newsletter is really underestimated and I rarely see websites, blogs using it as marketing and communication tool. Everyone knows he should offer option to subscribe by e-mail, but how to use those e-mails powerfuly to strenghten your relationships and maybe even promote your own products? For that topic we should even create dedicated article, but I will start with just showcasing really well designed premium e-mail newsletter templates this time.

Sometimes it is worth spending little cash to get advanced and tested features without any efforts so you could focus on more important topics.

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1STWD March 2010 Features: Top Design Links And News

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As you may notice 1stwebdesigner has started to change a lot throughout past few months. We will also start to cover Design Community news and do monthly (maybe weekly in future) reviews of top design links, articles, websites. Now you may find it all only by reading your feed regularly, checking Twitter daily and being constant visitor of social news sites – Digg, Stumbleupon, Reddit, Delicious. We want to give you some relief and do this time-consuming part ourselves and put it in easy to read and scan article.

This is only the first article, in future we will also ask for you help and assistance finding all those great new articles which may slip our eyes, we have a long way to grow – but let’s start enjoying little things!

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