Christian Vasile

Christian Vasile is an enthuziastic Romanian web designer currently living in Denmark. He is passionate for the industry and writes about design, usability, coding and freelancing and is a regular publisher here at 1WD. You can follow him on Twitter at @christianvasile or visit his web portfolio by clicking on the link above.

8 Techniques To Create An Irresistible Landing Page

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A landing page is a very important tool for online marketing and is also known as a lead capture page. The definition of it is a single page that appears in response to clicking on an advertisement. These pages are usually designed with a clear scope: to sell or make the user subscribe. They are normally extensions of the advertisement link the user clicks on. You can find links to landing pages in social media, e-mail or search engine marketing campaigns and many other places. You can find them all over the internet. With a clear goal of converting the visitors into buyers or subscribers, the landing pages have to be convincing right from the first moment, otherwise they will not lead to the desired purpose.

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Graphic Design Basics Part 1: Elements

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Graphic design is a very wide domain and getting a job as a graphic designer is not an easy task. Besides the many skills you will have to learn, getting a job on the web also requires personal attributes such as resistance to stress, creativity and self-motivation. But before your personal skills will be evaluated, the practical ones are the first to be looked at; and the most important, obviously. Therefore today we start a short series of articles in which I will talk about the basics of graphic design. Today we review the most popular elements of the industry.

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10 Things You Should Know About Being A Web Designer

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Web design is not the most noble job in the world. We don’t save lives or build houses for the poor kids of Africa. We create visual experiences on the internet. Our job has its own ups and downs and rules that not everybody agrees with and there are obviously things you should know about this career if you plan on getting serious about it. You can find here a list of things you might want to know about being a web designer that will help on easing you in the business.

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Useful Tips on How to Design a Great Magazine Cover

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Designing a magazine cover is not any different from any other type of design. It has its own challenges (and trust me, there are lots of them), tips, tricks, tools of trade and well done examples. You can find them all over the internet, however I’ve decided to bring together in this article the best tips for designing a magazine cover I could find. Without further introduction, here are the winners.

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7 Ways to Boost Your Page Load Time Using CSS and JavaScript

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Everybody has less and less time today for surfing, chatting, spending time on social media or whatever they like to do on the internet. Slow loading speeds disappeared a long time ago and we don’t want to see blogs and web pages taking too much out of our already limited time. You can find many tools on the internet to help you improve your web pages’ loading speed and I took a look at many of them, so I am able to recommend you the following ones, which mainly work by eliminating the poorly written code.

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Introduction to Responsive Web Design

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After writing about the Defensive Web Design approach a few weeks ago, I thought of presenting you with another type of approach, called Responsive Web Design, and the challenges a designer encounters throughout the working process of a product developed with these considerations.

Responsive Web Design is another important concept which can be called “planning”, but it has a name of its own because it is widely used nowadays. A few years back we didn’t need to think about mobile phones, tablets and different screens, because there were not too many of them – or not at all. Well, the IT world has changed since then and now there are a bunch of screen sizes and platforms designers need to deliver for. Responsive Web Design is the concept of a website which should adapt to fit any device that chooses to display it. Not only mobile devices, but also stationery computers and tablets.

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Guidelines to Building a Useful Coming Soon Page

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When you plan on launching a website for your company or business, it is always a good idea to have a Coming Soon page as a teaser. Buying the domain two months in advance and investing some money in it pays off most of the time, because it gets the visitors interested and hooks them until the official release of the website. You can also get a database of potential clients from such a page, but I am getting a bit ahead of myself.

Today we take a look at some tips for designing Coming Soon pages and how to actually make them effective and visually appealing, so that visitors will remember them over time and come back. In the end we will take a look at a showcase of good Coming Soon page examples.

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Introduction to Defensive Web Design

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There are several types of design and every web designer decides for himself which approach he takes, but today we take a look at a particular one of them, called Defensive web design. What does it mean? The defensive design is also called contingency design and refers to the idea that the interface has to be designed in such a way that potential failures will not force the user away from your webpage, but will keep him there.

The contingency design can contribute a lot to your success, because all designers know there is not a product without flaws, therefore getting the best out of these flaws will help you keep your visitors close. Contingency design is familiar to a context that happens a lot in the stores. When the client goes and asks for something that is not in stock, he will not get rejected. The shop assistant will most of the time recommend another product. The defensive design does the same thing: takes the client’s mind away from the problem and helps him with information or makes him try again.

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Best Approach to Mobile Website Design

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We’ve heard 2011 being many times named as the year of the mobile web, although the last couple of years we heard this association many times. As technology advanced, so did the mobile phones, which we call smartphones today. The internet usage increases every month and the tablets and smartphones start being adopted by every family. 53.6 million people in Japan access the internet from a mobile phone per month, which is almost as much as the users who access the internet from a PC. In the United States around 20 million users use Facebook to check-in every month, so the number of people who access the internet has to be somewhat bigger. According to different sources, the number tends to get past 100 million users monthly. Nobody expected this to happen 10 years ago, but here it is. Therefore the developers have more work to do now with so many companies asking for their own mobile website.

In this article we will focus on a user-centered approach of the mobile webdesign which became popular in the last couple of years. With smartphones having a narrow screen, limited space and less keys, the mobile webdesign is quite different compared to the classic one, for computer screens.

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