22 Web Design Resources Ready for Download

Posted in Fonts, Freebies, Icons, Tools, Vectors, Wallpapers, Web Design6 months ago • Written by 7 Comments

Design elements are important for a web designer. It makes his designs look more beautiful, thus, increasing its usability. Choosing the correct icons, buttons, and other elements is important because it makes your designs look trendier, livelier and more beautiful, aesthetically. Web design resources are everywhere but choosing one among the loads online can be a bit overwhelming.

It is necessary to be able to find great design elements. However, due to the massive number of resources available, it becomes difficult, nay, almost impossible to find what you need in the shortest possible time. That is why, 1stWebDesigner gathered the following web design resources for your usage.

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How to Create Smooth CSS3 Animation Styles and Effects with Ease

Posted in Coding, HowTos, Tutorials, Tutorials, Web Interface6 months ago • Written by 14 Comments

With the newest capability of CSS3, transition from one style to another without using JavaScript or Flash becomes possible. It allows elements to change values over a specified duration, animating the property changes instead of having them static and leaving them dead. CSS3 animation styles and effects give your more freedom to create the design you want.

Today, I’m going to introduce to you different transitions and effects that can be done using only CSS3. So get ready and let’s rock!

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Lessons I Learned Growing a 6-Figure Online Business in 2013

Posted in Blogging, Freelance, Web Design6 months ago • Written by 26 Comments

Do you want to learn how you can live your own dream lifestyle? Do you want to understand why others are successfully running their freelance online business while you may not?

This article will mix life lessons with action. These are tasks for you to take so be prepared to look back at last year and make 2014 your own life-changing year.

Most people (including myself, sometimes) set their goals, but after a month, motivation goes somewhere. Well, that’s why you have me this time to remind you about the great things you can do. My goal is to inspire you by giving some real sexy details about what the 1stWebDesigner team has done for the past year. I am also going to tell you what’s in plan for the future! My hope is to inspire and give you a few ideas, plus get some conversation going!

If you are excited to hear how the year went for 1stWebDesigner, what are some interesting insights happening in design industry and get yourself motivated to do more, read on!

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Posted in Freebies6 months ago • Written by 52 Comments

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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Bend and Set Text on a Circle Without Using Photoshop

Posted in Coding, Coding, HTML & CSS, Tutorials, Tutorials6 months ago • Written by 5 Comments

When web designer creates pages, sometimes they want to set an element where they need to bend  or wrap texts inside a circle (e.g. for the site’s logo or title). Photoshop and some image editing software is often the go-to software for creating these images.

On the other hand, bending and setting text on a circle without using Photoshop gives flexibility to the design and value to the SEO since search engines can’t read texts in images.

This can be an easy task using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator but setting text on web type using HTML and CSS might be a challenge. Thanks to the power of CSS3 and jQuery, this can be done.

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How to Create a CSS3 Pop-Out Menu Without Learning Programming

Posted in Coding, Coding, Tutorials, Tutorials, Web Interface6 months ago • Written by 8 Comments

Modern websites offer a more complex hierarchy of navigation. This navigation sometimes makes user-experience on the website’s menu a bit confusing. Using a CSS3 pop-out menu makes it easier to find your way to what you want on the site quickly. Thanks to CSS3, animation is now possible.

Using CSS3, you can simply hide and unhide an element under other elements. This will not only simplify your code but also makes it  easily updated. This means you can now perform some sliding animation even without the knowledge of programming.

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Secret Ingredients to an Unforgettable User Experience

Posted in Tools, Web Design6 months ago • Written by 5 Comments

User experience (UX) is an important facet of website development, though, it is often neglected. The reason is that most web developers focus on the technical features of the site. However, when one forgets to build a website that is easy to navigate, the user tends to shift his or her attention to other websites and would not ever come back.

On the contrary, when a website is well-thought of, a favorable and long-term impression is created, together with the preference of your website over that of the competitor’s. It is in this reason why it is pertinent to plan and prepare the experience a user will have when they browse through your website.

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Web Design Mistakes Web Designers Should Avoid

Posted in Tips, Usability, Web Design6 months ago • Written by 1 Comment

Let’s accept it. The wonderful world of web design is not a walk in the park. There are web design mistakes to avoid. You need to create eyegasmic designs that will attract people and hook them into visiting your website frequently.

However, what makes it more challenging is that web design isn’t created for the eyes’ pleasure only. User experience, including how he gets the message or the gist of the whole design, is a priority.

Despite the our constant avoidance, we, web designers, are very vulnerable to pitfalls that hamper the practicality of the design. Most web designers, especially the starting ones, tend to make mistakes that could easily jeopardize the usage of their websites.

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Web Industry Job Titles: Where Do You Fit In?

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design6 months ago • Written by 11 Comments

With the continuous evolution of the Web, web industry job titles are created at a very impressive rate, opening up a lot of possible career opportunities for more people each day.

Speaking of careers, what do you call yourself? I mean, are you a web designer or a web developer? Or are you the kind of person who’s somehow stuck on both boats? I believe that learning your real job title will be tantamount to learning where you’re good at. In my previous article, I have explained that you should be an expert on something. And honestly, stamping your identity through a job title could be considered as the first step.

To begin with, I would like to make it clear that there are a lot of job titles on the Web. The confusion between such jobs is understandable because they do meet ways. So, how do we know which is which and where we fit in? Let’s take a look:

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10 Exciting Premium WordPress Plugins That Are Worth Every Penny

Posted in Plugins, Tools, WordPress6 months ago • Written by 4 Comments

Everything in the world comes with a price. It’s nature’s way of balancing the scales. So don’t be surprised when the premium WordPress plugins can cost you a lot. You need to spend something in order to acquire something that you really need. In our modern world, money is most often that ‘something’ I was referring to.

It is, of course, good to find free WordPress plugins that you could use with your blog or the website that you are currently developing. However, free plugins have drawbacks.

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