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 have always enjoyed and admired, how much simple, smart typography can tell and inspire. Simple words can sometimes tell more than amazing digital time-consuming artworks. Basically this wallpaper roundup will enjoy everybody, who likes smart, mostly minimalistic and clean typography. As always I tried to find really high quality wallpapers so almost everybody can use these. One more thing – just through research I found out surprisingly, how rare are really good typography wallpapers, which I would like to include here. Yet technically simple to create, but not easy to create in good, minimalistic and harmonic way.Read More
In this post you’ll find out about very flexible and stylish WordPress plugins, which are based on Jquery UI. For a long time now jQuery has been very popular and modern approach displaying text, images, search, comment boxes etc. in modern way without any use of flash!
Release jQuery power and enjoy benefits right now – hope you like my findings and you’ll put them in good use.Read More
This article showcases modern and interesting contact/web form solutions found around the Internet. I also collected interesting ways how people decide to call their contact forms – get in touch, contact info, say hello, talk to me, say hey, connect, say “hi”, mail us and of course – contact us. My own personal opinion is, you should use Contact or Contact Us in your navigation, but supplement it with creative relate photos and styled text. There you could use more creative – say hi, get in touch or friendly – say hello.Read More
It has been one amazing…really amazing year with you guys! Blog grown from nowhere to quite impressive size in one year! Read further and I will share all last year statistic numbers, my works, successes – everything I have done on my first year being in this online design community! I am also creating big surprise for you free *.pdf document with roundup of all the posts done in the last year, only I am recreating articles with only the best of the best selections. I hoped to get finished and release it now, but it was bigger job than I thought, so you’ll have to wait a little bit. Now read a little about past and present, but get ready to be back tomorrow for new inspiration, resources, tutorials about everything design related! Thank you for being with us!Read More
CSS ( Cascading Style Sheets) are the modern standard for presenting website. Combined with structural markup language like HTML, XHTML – CSS fully take care about presentation part, creating that good concept – HTML = Content, CSS = Presentation. If you know CSS, you can really do everything controlling spacings, borders, positioning, margins, paddings, colors, fonts, background images, hover effects and more presentational effects. CSS is really easy to understand, and in my opinion every graphic designer should have at least simple coding skills with HTML and CSS, because CSS is really still design part, not really coding.Read More
As you may notice, I am always trying to vary tutorial, resource and informational posts with inspirational ones. And you guessed it – here you have inspirational post featuring several very talented web designers from DeviantArt. All of these inspiring website examples are fresh and new, from this month so you can see current trends. I must be honest I really love all of these sites, I like current trending and research made me want to get my hands dirty with some new design too. Carefully watch every detail – some designs are very simple, but white space is used very efficiently, creating outcome to look really professional. I enjoyed every pixel in these designs and hopefully this article and talented works will make you inspired too!Read More
It happened so, that I’ve got 2 WordPress related articles in the row. Again I worked very hard on this one post this time offering 60 really premium like WordPress magazine news themes. Such themes are very handy if you have to display a lot of information on your site. For example this site should implement much more magazine type features, which still are on process – as featured slideshow, better sidebar usage showing even more posts from archives. Magazine type themes help to display and catch visitors attention making him stay on the page longer – which rewards in page-views and visit length time.Read More
Some time ago I created article – 52 Really High Quality Free Fonts For Modern And Cool Design, which turned out to be very popular. But I felt like I haven’t featured even a half of beautiful, professional free fonts, so I decided to continue with another article. This time I found 65 high quality fonts, where many of them are very good for font creation, creative graphic typographic works, unique web design titles and so on. But hey – we are here all becoming/experienced designers, I don’t need to tell you where to use those fonts, I am here to find that stuff for you!
Note – before using these fonts for commercial projects, check out creator copyrights (on their homepages, not asking me – I am just collector), because all of these fonts are free for personal use, but not all for commercial usage.
I wanted to showcase very good tutorial sites here also, since there are several great websites delivering beautiful and high quality tutorials constantly! If you love and search for more Photoshop tutorials, you really should visit sites below!
Also great way to keep up if you just subscribe to these blogs, create own tutorial section for example in Google Reader, and when mood is for learning from quality tutorials, go and check out what’s fresh in these sites! At least I am doing so, and well – practice makes perfect!
I am sorry this article turned out to be so short, but I really didn’t want to put here old sites or ones I didn’t enjoy myself!Read More