Icon Talk: Choosing the Perfect Icons for Your Website

Posted in Icons, Illustration, Tips, Web Design10 months ago • Written by 15 Comments

This thought might be the prevailing philosophy that hides beneath the shroud of web design: that small details sometimes happen to be the most important ones. That the things we think do not matter in our design are, in fact, necessary for the smooth flow and exchange of information.

Sometimes small things tend to have the biggest importance.

One of these small things that are commonly taken for granted are icons. Icons can be considered as a worldwide-understood element of web design. They are apprehended by most people, making the websites benefit from the addition of such. It is in this universality that icons are considered to be one of the most important design elements that have ever walked (figuratively) on the face of the earth.

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How Do You Teach Children Web Design?

Posted in Tips, Web Design10 months ago • Written by 32 Comments

For web designers, starting out young is very vital and advantageous. You get to learn without any prior knowledge or biases. We could easily compare teaching web design to a kid to writing on a blank sheet of paper. You can write without being distracted by previous doodles and scribbles. You can easily understand what you are writing because the paper is very clean; it has all the space in the world for your convenience. Hence, like writing in a blank sheet of paper, teaching a kid to design websites could be a very satisfying experience. At one point, for our web designers out there, this is a perfect bonding opportunity with your son, daughter, younger brother or your toddler neighbor. You’ll be able to hit two birds with one stone. You can work while teaching your kid a new cool hobby.

How do you exactly teach children web design?

Don’t forget to share your tips and stories!

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Graphics and Lyrics: How to Make Eyegasmic Infographics

Posted in Illustration, Inspiration, Typography10 months ago • Written by 6 Comments

Graphics play a role in our Internet learning experience. Images have become part and parcel of the information acquisition process in our lives. Normally, graphics like pictures and drawings are used as aids and not the main tool for learning. They are just appendices that help people understand the information that is being fed to them.

That was the general idea before the influx of the Internet. The pre-Internet idea is dominated by the belief that graphics are just ‘aids.’ But it has surprised learning purists that graphics can be very good tools as main information sources. Thanks to the Internet, we now have Infographics!

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Free 90 Days of Moz’s PRO Marketing Toolset

Posted in Freebies10 months ago • Written by 6 Comments

Get your website noticed right now using the right tool, squeeze social media and search engines and get people to know that you’re worth looking at using Moz’s PRO Marketing toolset – 90 days free!

Staying at the top of the competition is not easy. Especially in the web design and development world where everyone is an athlete in their own right. Whether you’re looking at individuals or companies, it’s not hard to realize that they do not focus merely on design and development, but a large part of their time is spent on marketing. Out-performing your competitors through sheer skill alone is quite impossible, you need to get the word out that you exist.

Does the world know you exist?

Do you want to get noticed?

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106 Free Flat UI Kits to Boost Your Designs in No Time

Posted in Freebies, Icons, Templates10 months ago • Written by 18 Comments

Over the past several months, we have noticed that in web design the use of flashy illustrations, extraneous textures and drop down shadows were minimized if not totally removed. This is due to the growing influence of flat design – a user-centric web design style.

Microsoft, Google and now even Apple is digging this design trend. If you have observed that you were left behind and you still have those beveled, bulged and eye popping gradients, you can catch up by learning the Basic Principles of Flat Design .

And here is more to help you get started. I compiled 100+ FREE downloadable Flat UI kits to help you kickin’ in no time.

UI kits are great packages for starters for they can save you time, which is important when you are catching up the trend. These kits usually come in PSD file formats and include brushes, patterns and a lot of user interface elements.

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Giveaway: 7 Copies of Flat UI Pro by DesignModo (PSD & HTML) [Ended]

Posted in Tools, Web Design11 months ago • Written by 128 Comments

Our friends at DesignModo are generous enough to give 1stwebdesigner readers a chance to win 7 copies of their Flat UI Pro ($69/copy)! If you’re a fan of flat design and you’re just itching to design as soon as you sit in front of your computer, then this is for you! As of late, flat design has taken the Internet by storm. Not only that, the same style has been seen on interfaces of games, operating systems, logos, and you name it! So, do you want to win this elegant kit?

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20 Adobe Photoshop Plugins that You Might Want to Download

Posted in Tools, Web Design11 months ago • Written by 26 Comments

Let’s face this fact: Photoshop is still the number one design tool that a designer should master. The mastery of Photoshop will always be tantamount to the learning of other Adobe software programs.

Personally, I consider Photoshop as the mother of all Adobe platform software collection. It is versatile and jam-packed. Everything you need (well, almost all) is in there. You just have to stretch your creativity a wee bit. But being imperfect too, Photoshop has its limits at times. Sometimes, it cannot seem to perform the way we want it to be.

Designers often have problems with Photoshop functions that are non-existent. This predicament calls for additional software. So what designers do is search, download and open another software just to fit the needs of their imagination. This, I think, might cause some time. And for a designer, time is always of the essence. With this, it is very advantageous to have just one software that could cater to all the needs.

Now, you, as a designer have two choices: Either you get rid of Photoshop and look for a more versatile software (which I think would be very difficult, if not impossible), or look for solutions that could make Photoshop better. Hence, plugins.

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Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks: Does Age Matter in Learning Web Design?

Posted in Tips, Web Design11 months ago • Written by 27 Comments

A lot of people say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,  that old people have nothing to learn and should suit themselves just watching sunsets and daisies blooming while sitting in an old wooden rocking chair at the porch of the house they bought at the countryside. Most young designers tend to think that older people have no place in web design since the field is technologically inclined in nature thus requiring a more youthful and fresh mind.

I, for one, believe that this notion is not always correct. Older people have their own places in the realm of web design. In fact, they could still learn, given the opportunity, access to information and of course, an unbreakable will. In fact, I strongly feel that they can even attract clients and make this craft their new source of income!

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Beginners Guide to Working with jQuery Animation

Posted in JS & AJAX, Photo Effects, Quick Tips, Tutorials11 months ago • Written by 42 Comments

In this tutorial, we are going explore the basics of jQuery animations for you to get prepared for advanced designs. Animations is the core functionality behind the interactive elements in web design.

The design of a website plays a major role in attracting visitors on a consistent basis. Interactive designs get more attention compared to the plain old static designs.

Technology is improving at a rapid pace to cater the advanced modern web designs. As a result, CSS3 offers the animations without the help of JavaScript. Even though CSS3 and HTML5 are improving in leaps and bounds, jQuery seems to be the popular choice for creating interactive designs.

Let’s get started!

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20 Hot Female Web Designers Doing Great in Design World!

Posted in Freelance, Web Design11 months ago • Written by 148 Comments

Sizzling hot designs from hot female web designers will prove that, though web design industry has always been viewed as a world fully packed with men, the best stuff doesn’t always come from them!

Female web designers constantly battle to acquire the top spot in web design industry. Though we cannot speak in numbers, recent blog listing posts is clear evidence of the huge difference in the head count of males and females in this industry. The great thing about knowing this statistic is that, though females are considered few in number in web designing, still most of them are reputable.

Female web designers put their heart and soul on their designs. They even reflect themselves on their works. If there is a saying that you are what you eat; in web designing, we can translate that as “You are what you design!” Having said that, what should we expect from these hot female web designers??

But first let me ask you to hold your breath. To escape from the wrath of the male hot web designers and being accused of being a sexist, let me remind you that this article is made to uplift the spirits of young female web designers. This is to show the little girls out there that web designing is not just a man’s world. To prove that 1stwebdesigner is equal in promoting both sexes in web design, feel free to read this post: 15 Most Influential People in Web Design.

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