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!

24 Free And Premium Portfolio And Photo Gallery WordPress Themes

Posted in Themes, WordPress4 years ago • Written by 32 Comments

I got one fresh, small project, where I needed small portfolio site for a friend. It got me thinking and lead to research what WordPress can offer to me, with its great CMS platform. I was a little bit surprised, because I got even better results than I expected- theres was a plenty of interesting portfolio, photo gallery themes, where homepage was static, but still you can tie together static with dynamic content and add blog as well. Maybe it’s nothing new or signifunt for most of you, but I wasn’t aware there is possible to get such theme so easily, where of course my friend could manually change it’s content without touching or learning any code knowledge.

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55 Trendy Web Design Interfaces From Deviantart

Posted in Inspiration, Web Interfaces4 years ago • Written by 45 Comments

I kind of got lost a little bit in creating Monthly Deviantart web interface features, but at least I loved to do research and get inspired every month, and since our blog is focused mainly on web design, I am sure you enjoy it as well. Let’s get started, get inspired and watch how trends are slowly changing from month to month.

More and more visually appealing and image heavy websites are being created, and of course we’ve got a reason – days with slow Internet speed are going to past and technologies are evolving every day! Let’s get started – shall we?

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Are You Ready To Transfer To Chrome? – 30 Irreplaceable Chrome Extensions

Posted in Tools, Web Design4 years ago • Written by 78 Comments

I’ve always been using Firefox browser, I mean already for 5–6 years and never thought I would want to choose something else. Firefox is great browser and what makes it so great is all those thousands of plugins you download freely. You can find now plugin for almost everything you could ever think of – there is only one big downside. Firefox is much slower than Chrome and actually eat’s more of computer’s CPU than other browsers.

I have a friend who suggested to try Chrome again and I thought I will give it a try – now I will check how much and how good extensions Chrome has and is it enough to transfer now???

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WordPress Plugins : 17 Handy Toolbars For Your Blog

Posted in Plugins, WordPress4 years ago • Written by 33 Comments

Toolbars used in WordPress installations as plugins become more and more popular and effective. I am sure you noticed such toolbars on sites like Mashable.com, Abduzeedo.com etc and wondered how you can get one, why to use it and actually how good is sortiment. Maybe there are better toolbars available just for your needs?

I wondered and decided to create article about it – finding the most popular, interesting and eye-catching WordPress toolbar plugins you could use daily to increase pageviews, comments, sharing, twitter followers, subscriptions and more. Some of these plugins even offer online chat with your readers, how cool is that? Enjoy, research and find your pick! Let us know your favorite toolbar plugin as well!

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Who Else Wants Great Windows Desktop Blogging Client?

Posted in Tools, Web Design4 years ago • Written by 18 Comments

If you are blogger and since now it’s like trend – everybody is blogging, you should know, writing through WordPress Rich Text Editor isn’t that fastest and easiest way. Most importantly you must think about ways how to automate and fasten your work process. Choosing desktop blogging client is one of the most important aspects in my opinion – forget about standard WordPress editor and start using something a lot more faster and handier.

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53 Promotional Websites To Gain Traffic Quick And Easy

Posted in Social Media, Web Design4 years ago • Written by 53 Comments

It started very long time ago (to be exact December 27, 2008), when I created my first promotional article with 40 promotional links in it. Then I was just starting and I was excited, there exist such things like user news and sites like DesignBump or DesignFloat.

Time passed, and I needed to update my article, add more links, delete old ones because I have been promoting EVERY article in these sites. Now this promotional article consists of 70 sites, but again I wasn’t sure how all links work – I mean how much traffic they return. And now you will hear why this article is so outstanding and extremely valuable for every design-related blogger! Since I’ve been submitting all my article on those sites this whole time, I have also very precise statistics based on several months.

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37 Fresh jQuery Image And Gallery Display Solutions

Posted in Coding, Freebies, JS & AJAX4 years ago • Written by 17 Comments

jQuery is already very popular because it is very fast and concise Javacript library simplifing and different event handling, smooth animation with very little code. With jQuery you can enjoy new way of web development and image galleries are the best way to use it effectively!

Here you’ll have more than 35 different unique jQuery Javascript solutions for beautiful image galleries and great ways to display your images with light code.

To make it even easier for you to choose, I also added live demo link under every jQuery plugin!

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IconShock Free Icon Set and 1st Freebie in Year 2010!

Posted in Freebies, Icons4 years ago • Written by 17 Comments

Happy new year 2010!

In order to make this new year special, there will be released fresh icon set created specially for 1stwebdesigner readers in collaboration with Iconshock professional Stock Icons company. I am very excited how you will like this first freebie, please let us know in comments! Designers worked hard to deliver you this amazing icon set, so be thankful if you evaluate this work!

With good thoughts and much regards, we present Detective icon set, which consists from 5 high quality icons in *png and *ai source format. Icons are free for use both in your private and commercial, however it would be nice to give some credits to Iconshock company and 1stwebdesigner website, however it’s not necessary:

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65 Creative And Stylish Footer Designs of 2009

Posted in Inspiration, Web Interfaces4 years ago • Written by 25 Comments

Hello back there – I guess this will be the last article in this Year 2009 – and it will be inspirational one! Actually this is special post after all – I just got my laptop back from repairing and now I can publish article I created in June! All things happen right – and main thing is, they really happen! Just keep working – there is no magic pills for success, there is just hard work.

Now let’s get inspired, because I showcased here really good examples of footers, that really stand out from crowd – not only from design point of view, but about great usability as well! Happy new year! Happy new 2010!!!

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Getting Back To You & IconShocks Cartoon & Christmas

Posted in News, Web Design4 years ago • Written by 7 Comments

Hello, my design friends and loyal readers!

I bet you’ve noticed little silence here and how articles don’t come out as often then they should, but I have really strong reason for it. For 2 weeks now, I have session and examinations in academy, so of course my daily work-flow is really messed up – I am working almost until morning, then sleep through days, wait for teachers, try to print everything out in time and so on. Very intense – since I left most of my exercises for last night.

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