Daniels Mekšs

Works at 1stwebdesigner, studies photography at ISSPand seeks to enjoy life. You can check out his photography blog and follow him on twitter.

Giveaway – Comment and Get Any Deal from MightyDeals up to $50

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If you have been into design for some time now, you probably know how crucial it is to have high quality assets at your disposal – whether they are fonts, icons, UI kits, etc. A great designer knows how to utilize whatever resources he has; he is able to put all the parts in the right place and synthesize them in order to create a holistic masterpiece. But good resources come at a good price or are hard to find, or both.

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Learn Flat Web Design from Scratch – Complete Course + Contest

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Flat web design could be considered many things – a new trend, style, fad, movement, way of thinking, etc. There is no single and complete definition yet, what we can do is try to acknowledge the postulates, philosophy, and history that stands behind the term.

Here at 1stwebdesigner we are very passionate about flat web design. Not because everyone is talking about it so we simply can’t ignore it – no, we are actually proponents of how flat is reshaping the way we think, talk, and do web design.

LIVE – Build Flat Responsive Website from Scratch – Complete Course. Leave a comment below and get the course for free!

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75 Impressive and Powerful Premium WordPress Themes From 2012

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Looking for a great website? Maybe a convenient solution for a client? WordPress is one of the most powerful CMS solutions out there and people with demands choose it for their website because of it’s flexibility, customizability and almost unlimited range of features.

WordPress doesn’t associate with just a blog anymore – it’s used by businesses, nonprofits, creatives and sellers. Different types of websites require different types of designs and that’s where WordPress is forthcoming. You can apply almost any design to it and customize it for your needs. Most of the people choose to use premade themes which are easy to customize, remake and adjust. If your wishes don’t stretch further than a personal blog then it’s better to go for a free theme – we recently published a roundup of high quality free WordPress themes from 2012.

However, if you know your website is going to need some more advanced features it’s better to consider purchasing a premium theme. Premium themes come in high-quality, they’re packed with tons of features and you can customize them to suit your needs. For this roundup we’ve prepared 75 impressive and powerful premium WordPress themes that are sorted in categories.

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10 Outstanding Tools to Build Portfolio Easily and Professionally

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If you’ve been working as almost any kind of creative, you probably know that a piece of paper with fancy stamps do not always guarantees work. And you also know that having a beautiful and clear portfolio that represents you is essential. Recently we published an inspirational article regarding successful designer portfolios. But I’m not a designer and I can’t create that kind of website on my own, you’d probably say. What to do then? Pay someone a big amount of money for your website? I hold that the content stands over the packaging and it doesn’t make a big difference if your portfolio cost you thousands of dollars or couple of sandwiches. It’s much better to focus on your work and leave its presentation on safe hands. That’s why for this roundup we’ve prepared a list of 10 tools that will help you build a portfolio easily and professionally.

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A Clever Theft – Steal Inspiration Everywhere

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Steal like an artist. Some of you might remember the huge attention Austin Kelon’s article got. If this is the first time you’re hearing about it, quick, close your windows and read it, Steal Like an Artist and 9 Other Things Nobody Told Me. The original article managed to reach millions of readers and a lot of people regard it as a must read for any creative. So do I. What’s more, the post has expanded into a book and, guess what, you can buy it on Amazon.

I’m not going to repeat the things Austin talks about. You should read them yourself and make your own decisions. I’ve pondered these stealing and creativity things for a while. Nothing is original. I agree with that. But then you start to think. And the thing I figured out is that I don’t care. I don’t care if there is something original left in this world or there isn’t. Why should I care? I’ll keep doing what’s right for me and pursue growth and success.

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60 Mind-blowing Advertisements That Will Boost Your Creativity

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Love it or hate it, advertisements are all around us. Those times when you had to be horrified by those ugly banners in newspapers are gone. The classic ways of advertising are not working anymore. In order for an ad to be successful it has to resemble an “ad” as little as possible. Interaction with customers, experiments, installations etc. are taking over the world of advertisements. That’s why along with creative print advertisements (which are equally awesome), we’ve also collected some videos with next level advertising. Continue reading and check out these 60 mind-blowing advertisements to satisfy your urge for creativity.

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40 Creative and Versatile Adobe Illustrator Tutorials From 2012

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Adobe Illustrator is the designer’s best friend (and together with Photoshop, they’re like Starsky & Hutch). Illustrator offers unlimited opportunities, but you need to know how to use them. That’s where neat tutorials come handy.

Tutorials are not going to make you a better or more talented designer, yet the techniques and tricks they cover will come to assist you for a long time.

For this roundup, we’ve prepared 40 fresh (2012 only), creative and comprehensive Adobe Illustrator tutorials. By going through these tutorials, you will learn many things, such as how to create cute little characters, get to know the basic shapes and find out why it is a good choice to use Illustrator for designing user interfaces

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40 Unique and Multifunctional Premium Admin Templates To Help You Manage Your Website

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Backend web development can be compared to your local government. You don’t usually see them, but they’re doing their work (efficiency is another matter). While content management systems like WordPress or Drupal do the work most of the time, there are occasions where you can’t do without a custom solution. As you know, building an administration page yourself can be quite difficult and time-consuming.

“I’d do it myself but..” You don’t have to build it yourself. Especially when there are dozens of unique admin templates around that are responsive, clean, full of features and plugins and customizable at almost no cost. In this article, you’ll find 40 customizable premium admin templates for your next website, project or application.

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40 Free And Premium Beautiful Themes for Your First Tumblr Blog

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WordPress is great, yet a lot of users don’t even need and use that many features of WordPress. That’s when people start considering Tumblr. I bet you’ve heard of it but perhaps never ventured to try. Tumblr is a super pleasing microblogging platform that lets you share things effortlessly. Whether it’s a personal blog, a small portfolio or your new font presentation page, Tumblr is the perfect solution. Its customizability and themes don’t drop behind WordPress that much and even though there are some key differences, Tumblr is aimed to be as simple as possible and a very enjoyable way to start your first job.

To prove it we’ve gathered 40 fresh and stunning Tumblr themes for your next blog.

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30 Must-See HTML5 Tutorials to Help You Impress Your Audience

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If you want to be a successful web developer or designer, you always have to be a step ahead. Sooner or later, HTML5 is going to strengthen its position even further and you want to be ready when that happens. Mastering the latest technology will allow you to experiment, push things further, and give you a considerable edge in the market.

For this roundup we’ve prepared 30 fresh, brilliant and useful HTML5 tutorials from 2012 ranging from basic element explanation to advanced case studies.

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