Role: Owner & Founder of Awesome 1WD
Dainis Graveris is 23 years old blogger and designer, founder of 1stWebDesigner, now more silently managing everything behind the scenes. He usually hangs out in Twitter tweeting design related links and chatting with people. If you have any questions or feedback that's the best place to start! Cheers!
I did several months ago Firefox 3.0 ready theme showcase, but things always are moving forward, so I did research once again and found many new really beautiful and professional Firefox themes. I am really picky about such themes, wallpapers and designs, so Charamel theme was big surprise for me. It’s very polished theme, I definitely recommend it.
I tested manually every theme here to be sure it’s really good, so you will not be disappointed. Just go on and scroll through and choose one on these themes and browsing with Firefox will become even more enjoyable!Read More
Hello there! I know I’ve been promising tutorials over here for a long time, but as we all know things do not happen so fast as we wish, but good thing is they happen at all! Previous week I did a lot of designing, practicing myself, started to use DeviantArt more seriously – there are really good community! If you are DeviantArt user check out my profile there – dainix.deviantart.com – from now on, I’ll upload there new,fresh designs regularly!
Oh, and if you have never been using deviantart as community, I will definitely write an introduction article about DeviantArt revealing my good/bad impressions and discoveries in my devianting workflow!Read More
One more logo showcase, but in this one you really will need to look twice! Every logo is carefully picked with second thought and I think such logos are really hard to create. Get inspired, hopefully this article will help you to look different at logo creation – it’s not always just about typography, good looking font and nice animation.
You need to really deliver message to people and you need to deliver the RIGHT message – those are logos, which will be remembered. Of course it’s hard task, but this collection should help to get better!Read More
Hello there, my beloved readers! Things are again going to change, so I thought I should create this community post and explain what’s happening behind the scenes. This time I will discuss with you two topics – 1. I am searching for guest writers and 2. I received amazing partnership from Iconshock Projects company! But take your time and read this article through to understand what I mean, I am sure you’ll like these ideas!Read More
I am continuing to do separated web-design roundups and research, this time we will look at good blog comment design examples. Maybe you can argue, how similar are such comment forms, but still I believe such huge roundups can help to see differences and compare many designs in one place.
Usually forms are pretty classic with standard fields, submit buttons – nothing more, nothing less. But still even little change of field background, border style, font, rounded corners, small icons can make huge difference. Usually my attention grabbed those comment designs with small icons added to describe each form, transparency and extended possibilities. It is always good idea to add live comment preview, smilies or some simple CSS bold, italic, underline effects to give more options to advanced comment writers. But if you want to really stand out and create something fancy, put background images in good use, where possibilities are endless as you will see in these forms. I really hope you will enjoy this article and will do your own research and considerations, what you like/dislike and why it is so. I will be more than happy if you will join to discussion in comments and pick your own favorites!Read More
Grunge, dirty, fancy typography and artworks are very popular design trend in our days, so I wanted to showcase here most popular and professionally executed fonts in my opinion. Unleash your dirty side and create some fresh design mixing font size, color, textures together – try something new if you haven’t done it yet!
Such fonts as these are often used in music band logos or cover designs, but I am sure you will think of your own unique approach in logo, web or graphic design! Enjoy!Read More
I am starting to think, I will create this as monthly feature, maybe not only picking beautiful web design scratches from DeviantArt, but also featuring latest month best web design related articles. There is a reason why domain name is 1st web designer – I really want to make even bigger focus to just web design. I assure you site is going to change and grow as I promised, just it’s not so easy as I thought at first. Evolving needs experience to do that right, but I currently lack that thing a little bit, still we have now several guest writers, which I hope to become here regular and also website got beautiful proposal about new and special icon sets releasing under our site. I will talk about current future plans in next article, so be sure to come back here! Maybe even there will be monthly contests with good prices and interviews with experienced designers in near future, I will think about it and keep you informed!
Ok, got a little bit distracted, but now let’s enjoy again very beautiful artworks picked from DeviantArt to help you get inspired and scan what’s fresh can be seen in these designs!Read More
I featured many good looking contact forms some time ago – 91 Trendy Contact And Web Forms For Creative Inspiration, so you should know how looks good example. Now let’s take a look how to create outstanding and beautifully designed form elements from scratch ourselves. Things can get tricky even if you are experienced designer. It’s hard to attract visitors attention, but this article should help to stand out and create semantically correct, good looking and accessible web forms, checkboxes, radio buttons, buttons, fieldsets – everything you can think of when you are creating contact or login page!Read More
If we are starting to go crazy in typography style, then let’s continue with typographic and smart logo designs, shall we? Here you’ll find 72 beautiful logos created by talented designers. This showcase just proves the point how much can one/two words, icons tell using correctly white, negative, positive spacing, colors, accents creating interesting associations.
Explore and get creative as I did!Read More