3 Simple Points to Know in Order to Write a Great Tutorial

Posted in Blogging, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 11 Comments

Every week there are hundreds of web design and web development tutorials that are published online, but are they getting enough attention? You would see great tutorials having around fifty comments, and a couple of hundred likes, but is that it? Do people really follow these tutorials from start to finish or just lurk around and check out the demo?

I have seen hundreds of tutorials since I was studying in college, tutorials involving: Photoshop, Flash, Blender, PHP, CSS, JavaScript, and a dozen more. But here’s the thing, out of those several hundreds of tutorials I’ve seen, only a few stood out and stayed with me.

And they had all three qualities that made them great tutorials.

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Interview with Alex Bilusic – Why And When Doing Spec Work Might Be A Good Idea

Posted in Interviews, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 4 Comments

Christian Vasile once wrote an article about spec work in which he explained what spec work is and why saying no to it is a good idea. Most people seemed to agree with his take on the issue of spec work in the article. However, a comment left by Alex caught our attention, because she made several thoughtful counter-arguments to Christian’s take, showing that the issue of spec work is not as black and white as it might seem. What is Alex’s take on spec work and why? She will tell us herself in this interview!

Alex Bilusic is a graphic designer from Croatia. She has an MA degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communications. Alex has been working as a designer and an art-director for seven years, including freelancing for the last several years.

In this interview, Alex discusses:

  • How doing spec work helped her during a tough time of unemployment.
  • How spec work led to a long-term relationship with high quality clients.
  • Why spec work is not a black and white issue and what are the shades of grey here.
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The Enigmatic Blur: Showcase of 30 Stunning Samples of Bokeh Photography

Posted in Inspiration, Photography2 years ago • Written by 7 Comments

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!

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Media Queries Tutorial – Convert Burnstudio into a Responsive Website

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS, Tutorials2 years ago • Written by 5 Comments

Howdy Folks! If you’re following the series, we have converted Burnstudio Design Agency from PSD to working HTML/CSS. We have discussed how we will markup the HTML and how we will style it using CSS. Now, in this tutorial I will teach you how to make it Responsive by using Media Queries. Media Queries will change the look of the website depending on the screen resolution of the device: desktop to a mobile resolution by tweaking the CSS for a variety of viewports.

By the end of this media queries tutorial you will learn how to convert any website into a responsive website.

Let’s get started!

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5 Online IDEs for On-The-Go Web Developers

Posted in Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 9 Comments

Angry birds, sketch games, tower defense, social media browsing, and a thousand more apps for tablet computers. I’ve seen people use their tablet for entertainment and, well, just entertainment. But how can you use your tablet or smartphone for web development?

Tablet computers and smartphones are indeed portable but what other use can you do with them aside from browsing Reddit and tagging photos of cute cats on Facebook and flinging wild birds onto measley-built fortresses?

Can you develop websites and apps using smartphones and tablets?

Don’t want to bring your heavy laptop? Why not code using your smartphone or tablet using Online IDEs?

Cool?

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PSD to HTML Tutorial: Code a Photoshop File to a Working Website

Posted in WordPress2 years ago • Written by 33 Comments

Howdy, folks! In this PSD to HTML tutorial you will learn how to code the Quick and Easy Stylish Design Agency Landing Page In Adobe Photoshop. I’m not really into coding, more of a design person and this is my first coding tutorial. I will try my best to guide you through the whole thing. We will be coding this from scratch and by the end you will have an awesome and fully functional agency layout.

Are you ready? Let’s get started!

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40 Tutorials to Master the New Features of Photoshop CS6

Posted in 1WD Features, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 8 Comments

Photoshop CS6 boasts many impressive and exciting features, like the introduction of vector layers, Content Aware Patch/Move tool, Adaptive Wide Angle filter, Crop tool, and so on. Adobe has not tried to replace Illustrator, but if you need creative, simple shapes for use in design projects, then Vector Layers of Photoshop CS6 can do a superb job without making you switch to other applications.

Today, we will take you through some of the exciting Photoshop CS6 tutorials that illustrate how to use these brand new tools, enhanced features as well as a few secret tips to put some of CS6′s great new additions to work. So, enjoy the tour!

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10 Logo Design Tips for a Timeless and Creative Logo

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 17 Comments

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!

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45 Creative Uses of Typography in Web Design

Posted in Inspiration, Typography2 years ago • Written by 14 Comments

Typography is an important and crucial part of any web design. For this reason, almost every designer pays lots of attention to the use of typography. In this round-up, we are showcasing some excellent examples of typography in web design.

The latest trend in web typography is to employ bigger fonts that grab the attention of the viewers. Applying big typographic elements helps visitors in paying attention to the main element of the design.

Now, we shall take a look at some great examples of websites that demonstrate effective use of typography in their design. Enjoy!

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3 Reasons Why Web Designers And Developers Must Learn Online Marketing

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 25 Comments

I’ve interviewed quite a few successful web designers and developers over the last couple of months. One thing that they all seem to have in common is that they took time to learn about online marketing and have built a strong online presence. This made me wonder, why don’t more people do the same thing?

I think that if you are a web designer or a developer who understands, and implements, online marketing, you not only have a tremendous advantage over your competition, but also a realistic shot of  creating a very nice lifestyle over a couple of years. Why?

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