Design an Elegant Calendar Using Adobe Photoshop in 15 Minutes

Posted in Quick Tips, Tutorials, Web Interface2 years ago • Written by 3 Comments

In this tutorial we are going to design a nice, minimal calendar widget in Photoshop. We are going to use some really easy techniques to achieve a beautiful final result. By combining some gray, black, and variations of different light colors, and a nice subtle texture, we will try to give the interface a grungy, minimal look.

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How to Use Twitter Effectively to Experience its Full Potential

Posted in Social Media, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 7 Comments

Some time ago I wrote an etiquette guide for Facebook. Because the article made a lot of buzz in social media, I thought I should write an etiquette guide on how to use Twitter effectively, the other major player in social networking.

The microblogging service was launched in 2006 and employs almost 1,000 people all over the world. It has a database of 140 million active users and, in competition with Facebook, represents the most valuable place to share information on the web. Tweeting constantly and being active all the time is very important, as followers can lose interest quite fast. Although a tweet can be a maximum 140 characters, the information you can share within these boundaries can be incredibly useful. Many people in our industry share interesting links to tutorials, posts and product reviews – although written with less than 140 characters, the information can spread very fast and is very useful.

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30+ Awesome jQuery Image and Slider Plugins from 2012

Posted in Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 26 Comments

Those times when neat image effects were achieved with Flash are gone. jQuery has drastically changed the way developers work. Because its light-weight, easily customized and has unlimited possibilities, jQuery has become the new standard for displaying visual media on the web. For this roundup we’ve prepared 30 fresh, useful and simply awesome jQuery image and slider plugins that we’ve found this year. You’ll find some really stunning gallery solutions for every taste as well as some creative image effect plugins there.

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40 Super Creative And Crazily Unique Web Designer Portfolios: 2012

Posted in Inspiration, Web Interfaces2 years ago • Written by 16 Comments

There’s a saying that nobody’s going to do the work better than yourself. So who else might have the best looking, supernaturally coded and most outstanding websites than the designers themselves? A portfolio is a designer’s best friend and it’s crucial to have a great one in the contemporary world where everybody’s an artist. Content must be the one to speak, but packing is also important.

For this roundup we’ve prepared 40 beautiful and inspiring web designer portfolios that’ll take your breath away.Each design is different and has its own cutoffs but there are still some main trends that loom out.

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Warning: The Shocking Truth about 1WD Behind the Scenes Unveiled

Posted in 1WD Features, News, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 63 Comments

We have gone through so many changes and now I feel really bad about not letting you know the details sooner! 1WD has been struggling a lot lately and that’s why we are busy reorganizing the site, taking a leap of faith and hoping that after all the changes we’ll come out better than we are now. Now you’ll get a peek behind the scenes of 1WD!

In this post I will explain what has happened behind the scenes for the last three months and what we are working on now.  We really believe that by narrowing our focus, working on our own products, and really listening to your feedback, we will make everyone love this design blog!

You know how I like to share what I’ll be covering before I start? Here are the things I’ll be covering throughout this article:

  • Survey results where we got more than 1,000 responses
  • Slap from Google and the actions we took to recover and improve the reading experience
  • Changing host in process
  • Completely finishing 1WD redesign, call for feedback!
  • 1WD Ebook launch summary
  • 1WD Labzip product, learn what it is all about
  • FounderTips website for web design marketing advice
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1stWebDesigner’s Life #7 – The New Social Network & Feed Stuff

Posted in Web Comics, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 5 Comments

Hi there! It’s time for a quick break and enjoy 2 more funny stories, brought to you by our awesome cartoonist, Jamie Sale. Oh, and I must say that if you are looking for an illustrator for hire, he’s the right guy.

Today, Webster, our superhero, will deal with an ol’ style client, the one that still thinks that floppy drives and flash websites are the latest technologies out there.

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Hey Web Designers and Web Developers, Are You Blogging Yet?

Posted in Blogging, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 56 Comments

Are you a web designer or a web developer? Are you blogging yet?

There are several thousands of web designers and web developers actively seeking new opportunities online. A lot of them are excellent at what they do, but among those many excellent designers and developers only a hundred will actually be known on the internet.

It is depressing to know that you probably won’t get noticed.

What if I told you that you can change the course of your life simply by blogging?

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40 Fresh and Colorful Patterns to Spice Up Your Designs: 2012 Edition

Posted in Freebies, Patterns2 years ago • Written by 19 Comments

Patterns are everywhere around us. In art, patterns are an important medium of expression. Is a pattern worth more than a thousand words? We can leave that discussion for later, but it’s certain that patterns do liven up everything they’re applied to. Patterns can be used for nearly everything from website backgrounds to your phone case, for example. For this roundup we’ve prepared 40 fresh, colorful and jovial patterns from this year that’ll conjure up the mood of summer.

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40 Beautifully Designed Mobile Apps With Excellent UI Experience in Mind

Posted in 1WD Features, Usability, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 30 Comments

With so many apps being released in such a short period of time, designers need to really create apps that stand out. In this roundup we’re sharing 40 beautifuld mobile app designs with excellent UI experience in mind. Also at the end of the post you’ll find some more resources to follow top mobile app design trends.

Mobile apps are even changing the way we design anything nowadays! Everybody is pushing to higher resolution with new retina displays (iPad3) and I believe whole web will get super beautiful and sleek soon enough!

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How to Create an Infinite Scrolling Gallery in 10 Minutes

Posted in Coding, Tutorials, Web Interface2 years ago • Written by 25 Comments

Pagination is a technique used to break large data sets into small blocks in order to reduce the server load. We used to create pagination buttons with page numbers and next/previous links. Now pagination has gained a new perspective with infinite scrolling.

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