How to Create Flat Icons in Photoshop

Posted in Icons, Tutorials, Web Interface • Posted on 13 Comments

Okay, let’s face it. Flat design is the new ‘thing’ for web interface. With iOS and even Windows now adapting this design scheme, it will not be any longer when almost (if not all) all websites in the World Wide Web adapt this design scheme. You would just be baffled to know one morning that as you woke up, opened your browser and typed in your favorite website (we hope it is 1stwebdesigner, just kidding!) and be surprised to see that it followed with the trend of flat design! So you would immediately re-code your website or blog, for that matter, to be ‘in’ with the trend, and that would entail a lot of grueling hours again.

So why not start today? Why not start your web motif revamp today? Try to be there before it happens. Try to be cool before being cool is cool. Be a hipster!

You may be thinking, “Where will I start?” Of course, revamping your website design is hellish as hell is. But that’s why we are here – so that you’ll have a helping hand in going with the flow of design. Right?

How to Create Flat Icons in Photoshop Read More

105 Amazing Gifts for Web Designers Handpicked From All Over The Web

Posted in 1WD Features, Web Design • Posted on 27 Comments

Christmas is coming and everyone is running around looking for gifts. Stop! You don’t have to worry! We collected 105 amazing gifts for web designers and for all other creatives, and just about anyone who has a geeky side in them. Best of all, the gifts are really affordable – mostly from $10 to $100!

If you have a friend who is a web designer or developer and you want to surprise them, you have come to the right place!

In fact, this collection is for any occasion. Birthdays, Valentine’s, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or just an ordinary day surprise to show someone how much you appreciate them.

Ready? Let’s start!

105 Amazing Gifts for Web Designers Handpicked From All Over The Web Read More

10 Creative Loading Effects for Your Website

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS • Posted on 13 Comments

People hate waiting. It is a fact that web designers and developers should accept. It has been quite a maxim that as designers, we shouldn’t make our viewers wait. This is because many people tend to get bored and choose a website that loads faster. And that, my friend, is a big no-no.

However, waiting is seemingly inevitable. Despite modern internet connection speeds, some browsers still take time to load web elements. So it becomes a need to make people still want to visit your website even if it takes a little bit of time when they load it. There are a lot of plausible solutions for this, and I have to say, that our topic for this article is one of these.

10 Creative Loading Effects for Your Website Read More

10+ WordPress Plugins to Boost Your Social and Organic Traffic

Posted in Plugins, WordPress • Posted on 37 Comments

One of the best things about WordPress is the ability to extend the functionality of your WordPress installation with the use of plugins. You don’t have to mess around with the core files of WordPress since these plugins can easily achieve the same result and exist independent of the core WordPress files. At the time of writing this article there are over 27,000 plugins available via the official repository and many more in the form of premium WordPress plugins. I know how well the readers on 1stWebDesigner love their WordPress content, so I have decided to do a roundup of some of the very best WordPress plugins you can use on your site to attract more visitors via organic and social channels.

10+ WordPress Plugins to Boost Your Social and Organic Traffic Read More

5 Killer Tips that Will Get You Clients: Copywriting for Web Designers

Posted in Tips, Web Design • Posted on 15 Comments

Your portfolio sucks. It makes me cry. You are a great designer with a perfectly designed portfolio site, and yet, it’s still terrible at the same time. Even my cat, Sheldon, knows it, too. Good thing, you can still improve it.

Do you want to convert browsers into clients? I bet you do. That’s the purpose of your portfolio site, yes? To attract more clients. To make them want to get a bite out of the dish you are offering.

And it only takes one topping: copywriting.

I know, I know, you are a web designer, not a copywriter. But applying these tips to your portfolio won’t hurt one bit!

5 Killer Tips that Will Get You Clients: Copywriting for Web Designers Read More

10 Easy-to-Follow PSD to HTML/CSS Tutorials

Posted in Coding, Tutorials • Posted on 5 Comments

Converting PSD to HTML/CSS might intimidate you at first since it’s a brand new world, especially for long-time Photoshop users. A basic knowledge of HTML and CSS won’t hurt; beginners might find these tutorials a bit dizzying but, hey, it’s worth a try. And believe me when I say to you, finding a good teacher who will teach you for free (or for a small amount) is just another difficulty waiting next door if you don’t start now.

10 Easy-to-Follow PSD to HTML/CSS Tutorials Read More

10 Impressive and Free jQuery Slider Plugins

Posted in Tools, Web Design • Posted on 8 Comments

If there is one thing you need to know about jQuery plugins, it is that they are awesomely cool. And by that, I mean really, really cool. It is, as of now, the best way to flaunt your amazing images and short messages in the fastest way possible.

jQuery slider plugins evolved from their very primitive (but still alive and kicking) predecessors JPG, GIF and PNG files. Awesome web designers started tinkering a few code, thus, mixing these flat and static elements and poof!, it became a jQuery slider.

10 Impressive and Free jQuery Slider Plugins Read More

10 Free Stunning WordPress Themes for Bloggers

Posted in Freebies, Themes, WordPress • Posted on 14 Comments

WordPress is one of the most amazing blogging systems ever created. It’s easy to use and tinker around, which makes it very popular for bloggers, and, especially for most web designers. One of its awesome features is it’s easy to understand theme structure. Using basic PHP and some of the WordPress functions, you will be gazing at the best theme that you could ever see in no time.

10 Free Stunning WordPress Themes for Bloggers Read More

Looking for Beautiful Home Office Setups? Check out 10 Samples Here!

Posted in Inspiration • Posted on 22 Comments

Working at home can be extremely fun when you can design and play with your workplace. You can transform a quiet sleeping space, a boring corner or even a hallway into an efficient work area with a few key pieces.

Creating a corner that suits your personality is very important when you are working at home. Because your house is full of distractions, you need to choose the right corner where you feel productive working any hour of the day. Of course, you need  a work space which will Motivate Yourself More!

To help you assemble a space where you won’t mind getting work done with, here is a list of inspirational home spaces transformed into workspaces by creative designers.

Looking for Beautiful Home Office Setups? Check out 10 Samples Here! Read More

10 Professional-Looking and High Quality Fonts for Web Designers

Posted in Fonts, Freebies, Typography • Posted on 15 Comments

The importance of fonts to designers has always been emphasized. Many design blogs also agree that, as designers, choosing high quality fonts should be like choosing your clothes. People will think of you differently if you sport the wrong one.

That is why we collected ten beautiful fonts for you that you will never hesitate to use. They are fonts that will both complement your body texts and titles. They are very flexible and trendy, so you will have no problem using them in your designs!

10 Professional-Looking and High Quality Fonts for Web Designers Read More
54.82.82.201 - unknown - unknown - US