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.

Popup Domination Software Review – Revolution In Email Marketing

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In internet marketing it’s all about the traffic and the people you can reach. One of the best ways to reach people is by having an email newsletter. But how to make people willing to subscribe to your newsletter? One of the ways is to offer a high quality product in exchange for their email addresses. This is where Popup Domination comes handy.

Continue reading to find out what is this WordPress plugin (actually it works on all sites) about, what it does and why do you need it.

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20+ Absolutely The Greatest Sites to Gain Inspiration and Resilience

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Good inspiration stands under every great innovation and success. People need to gain good inspiration form time to time. Sometimes we just want to nestle in blanket with a cup of tea and regale our eyes. That can repress depression and it livens us up.

In this article you will find lot of small, cosy blogs with awesome inspiration in every of them. Photography, digital art, package design, traditional art and simply things that makes us smile. This post ain’t about quantity and I hope you’ll find your special inspiration source for cheerless moments.

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55 Incredible Artworks From Dribbble That Will Make You Wow

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If you didn’t know by now, Dribbble is a site where you can share sneak peeks of what you’re working on with designers, developers and other creatives. The hook is that the image must be 400×300 pixels or less.

Dribbble is a great place to find inspiration and discover some talanted artists as well. In this article, you’re gonna find 55 awesome pieces of art that will show you what Dribbble is about.

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Modern Design Trends In Digital Art & Free Brushes To Copy Them

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If you’re a fan of digital art, you’ve probably noticed some techniques that are used more than other. Just like in web design, over the past few years there has developed few trends in digital art too. In this article you’re going to find some of them together with bright examples. And that’s not all. For each trend there is a couple of Photoshop brushes listed that will help you achieve the same effect without putting in a lot of work.

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99 Amazing Speed Drawing Videos You Must See Now!

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Video walktroughs are always a great way to acquire something new. You can see the whole creation process and gain some experience at the same time. In speed drawing the usual long drawing process is compressed into just a few minutes. If you have ever wondered how it’s possible to draw realistic digital paintings so quick, continue to read and discover 99 awesome speed drawing videos.

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40 Excellent Free Fonts For Minimal Web Design Creation

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Minimal web design has become a big trend in 2010. You won’t find large pictures or glossy buttons in minimal designs, but fonts are some of those rare accents they can have. Carefully chosen fonts can really enhance your design. Usually minimal web designs tend to have clean, light fonts, but not always it’s the best solution. You can, instead, pick a nice bold font to give your design a niche. That’s not true that you have to pay for the good-looking fonts.

There are plenty of free, great looking fonts around the web. In this article you’re going to find 40 clean, crisp and, of course, free fonts for your minimal web design.

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Ultimate List Of Web Design Checklists: Get Work Done!

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When building a website, there are so many things and aspects to keep in mind. It often happens that in that mess we forget about some basic things like favicon or maybe about dummy content removal from test site. It’s much easier to go trough all those things when you have all of them written down.

In this article you are going to find bunch of different checklists, questionnaires and tips covering almost everything for an upcoming website. You probably will need just one of these tools, so choose carefully. Read some tips and decide which tool fits the best for your project planning and development process.

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40 Highly Customizable Commercial Admin Templates And Skins

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Building a CMS from scratch can be hard and exhausting work, plus you need to have a good design stitched to it if you’re creating it for client. Sometimes it’s better to spend little money for a great quality product, these highly customizable admin templates could be a great starting point into new project and now there are really big assortment to choose from by.

In this post you’ll find 40 customized, user-friendly and fluid themes to integrate in your CMS. Enjoy!

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Effective Use Of Blog Sidebar Section – Inspiration And Tips

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Couple weeks ago I made an inspirational and perceptive post about post thumbnails. This one will be about blog sidebars. Almost every blog (especially design related one) has a sidebar. They differ with width, placing and content, but basically they all have very similar goals.

In this post you’ll find out which are those goals, you’ll see different examples of sidebar usage and I’ll also share some thoughts with you. Note that I’m using AdBlock Plus for Firefox to remove those annoying ads, so you won’t see the screenshots with actual sidebars like they’re supposed to look. But that’s not a big deal since advertisements is only one function of sidebar.

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25 Beautiful Image Styling Tutorials With CSS,jQuery

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Recently I wrote article about post thumbnail and you saw some great examples of image styling. As I wrote there, neat styled images can attract more visitors and you will be more pleasant with them yourself too.

You don’t have to always use Photoshop to style your images. Some cool effects can be achieved trough CSS, jQuery etc too and I strongly suggest you to continue reading to find out how to do it!

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