Sufyan bin Uzayr
Sufyan bin Uzayr is a freelance writer and artist. He writes for several print magazines as well as technology blogs, and has also authored a book named Sufism: A Brief History. His primary areas of interest include open source, mobile development, web CMS and vector art. He is also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of an e-journal named Brave New World. You can visit his website, follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook and Google+.
2012 is long gone. The past month was slightly busy owing to happenings here at 1stWebDesigner (stay tuned, we got a lot coming your way!), and as February begins, I have decided to take a look at how 2012 was, as well as what 2013 has in store for WordPress!
Now, before I actually start ranting about how good or bad 2013 is going to be, let us spend some time taking a look at 2012.Read More
WordPress is the most popular CMS out there. It powers a good number of websites and blogs, and owing to its popularity, the number of extensions and themes that are available for WordPress surpasses those of any other CMS by a mile.
Speaking of WordPress themes, the market is filled with options. You have free themes, premium themes, themes created by design agencies, themes created by casual designers just to kill time, themes created with passion and, sadly, themes containing spam and shady links. However you look at it, I guess the point is clear:
WordPress themes = way too many!
In this article, we shall be taking a look at the current state of WordPress themes.Read More
Are you a web developer trying to create awesomeness using the power of code? If so, obviously, you are not alone. There are numerous talented developers like you, fighting evil monsters that wish to destroy the Internet, and at the same time using their coding skills to create a better browsing experience for the world!
I guess the point is clear: there are numerous languages out there, each with its own pros and cons, and as a developer, keeping up with the trends in technology can often be confusing. This is where development and design blogs come in: you simply subscribe to a blog, and that’s it! All the latest updates from the world of design and development right at your finger-tips!
However, what if, apart from updates, you need proper tutorials and theoretical info that only an encyclopedia or a wiki can provide? What if there existed a platform (not exactly a blog), which provided you with tutorials, wiki and other detailed how-to type documentation about your preferred specialization? What if you could find trustworthy documentation about PHP and CSS under one roof? Have no fear; WebPlatform is here!
So, what is it all about? Read on as we take a look!Read More
clones copies languages that attempt to replace or build upon JS. CoffeeScript is a shining example, for instance.
What is it all about? Read on as we take a look at it in this article!Read More
If you have anything to do with the design industry, whether you are an outright typographer, designer, or even someone with a keen eye for all things that look beautiful (ahem!), good looking words will never fail to impress your eyes. Keeping in sync with your affection for good typography, Adobe has come up with their own font library, Adobe Edge Web Fonts.
For ages, calligraphy and typography have been treated as something that should not be overlooked — both in visual and aesthetic senses. In this digital age, we have fonts that deserve a special mention and have the power to attract (or repel) one’s attention.Read More
Photographs have the power to evoke strong emotions and convey deep feelings. In fact, photography is a wonderful medium to express both enigma and nostalgia using art as a platform.
“Bokeh”, a Japanese term, is basically used to denote “blur”. Ever seen those photos in which the subject is perfectly visible, but the rest of the photograph is blurred? Remember those scenes in movies in which the actress is walking against a myriad of blurry street lights? Yes, you guessed it right! That’s Bokeh for you!
In this article, we bring to you an assortment of some of the best samples of Bokeh photography from all across the internet. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this visual treat!Read More
So, are you designing a logo? Alright! That sounds awesome, doesn’t it? And easy too!
Really? Did we just say “easy”?
If you think logo design is an easy process, trust me, that’s a misconception. To begin with, a logo is not merely some colors, fonts and fancy lines put together. It is a brand’s identity, to the extent that, more often than not, a logo is more identifiable than the brand’s name! For an entity so important, the design process requires thinking, artistic inputs and systematic planning. In other words, you don’t simply sit down and draw a logo while watching your favorite anime series.
If that is the case, how does one accomplish the creation of an awesome logo? We shall attempt to answer this very question in this article. Now, I have divided the article into two parts (because one is too mainstream): the first part talks about things that you should do while designing a logo, whereas the second one deals specifically with things you shouldn’t. Sound good? Well then, let’s start!Read More
If you have anything to do with web development, you probably have heard the term ‘jQuery’ over a million times already. Believe it or not, jQuery has risen to popularity in a short span of time and today it stands as one of the most well-loved and popular entities when it comes to developing for the internet.
In this article, we shall be taking a look at jQuery in detail — its origins, advantages, disadvantages, and anything else that matters.Read More
If I were to begin this article by telling you that the mobile web has arrived, and it has taken our world by a storm, and it will most likely change the way we create and use websites, it’ll probably be a waste of time and effort. We all know that the future of the internet lies in mobile – if your website does not cater to mobile solutions or devices and focuses entirely on desktops, you are sure to lose a good deal of visitors. Whether or not we decide to give up our desktops and laptops, at some point of time in our daily routine, we do surf the internet via our smartphones and tablets, and trust me, nothing is more annoying than having to browse a non-mobile friendly website on a cramped screen.
One may ask, if mobile is the future of the internet, mobile website creation software must be selling like hot-cakes, right?
There used to be a time when mobile website creation tools were very popular. In fact, a lot of premium software for mobile website creation had become synonymous with web design itself. However, as of late, they have fallen out of favor.
Well, this is what we shall be exploring in this article.Read More
Typography forms an integral part of any design, be it print or digital. And when it comes to advertisements, proper use of typography can go a long way in conveying the ad’s message to the masses. After all, the goal of an advertisement is to convey a particular statement to the people, and there can be no better way to get your point across than by employing awesome typography in the advertisements’ design.Read More