5 Career-Threatening Mistakes Web Designers Make and How to Fix Them

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Web designers are a great mystery and a source of awe for regular people. They appear to be great individuals who can create just about anything! But in reality, there are a lot of mistakes web designers make that could threaten their careers.

It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an experienced web designer, a lot still fall on at least one of the five career-threatening mistakes.

Are you curious if you’re doing something wrong with your career?

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35 Super Cool Free Fonts You Don’t Want to Miss

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Whether you’re designing for the web or for print, you want your efforts to stand out. As any great graphic designer knows, the typography you use is much more than just a few letters on a page or screen – the fonts you use can tell a story.

Custom font faces are present in designs all over the web and in print. So if you’re looking for fonts with that ‘wow’ factor; you’re in luck.

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40 Free Photoshop Actions For Vintage Effect

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By using Photoshop Actions, designers can easily replicate repeating steps and save their time. Furthermore, with the help of Photoshop Actions one can easily edit photographs and create beautiful artwork.

In this round up, we have put together a useful collection of some time saving and free Photoshop Actions for creating visually appealing vintage effects. We hope that you will find these Actions useful for your work.

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47 Cool and Useful CSS3 Tutorials and Techniques

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Using CSS3 proficiently makes designing a lot more fun. With a good command of CSS3, you can create beautiful designs with great efficiency and ease. The tutorials are extremely helpful, not only for the professionals, but, also for the beginners.

Here we have put together a smart collection of useful CSS3 tutorials to help you learn the nitty-gritty of it so that you can use it to create more beautiful web sites. Enjoy!

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Web Designers, Does SEO Affect Your Creative Freedom?

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Right now web design is closely tied to SEO. Mind you, when I say web design, I do not simply mean designing with the use of Adobe Photoshop. I mean the whole deal, from conception to presentation.

Is SEO a good thing for web design? Do you think minding SEO too much limits what designers can do?

Would you sacrifice your creativity for the sake of SEO?

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How to Create a WordPress Reward for Tweet Plugin

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As a website owner or blogger you need a good number of subscribers and followers to be successful in the social media world. Many websites provide freebies such as eBooks, Icon Packs and Plugins in exchange for emails. Getting people to tweet your content is another trending method to get more visitors to your site. In this tutorial, I’ll be showing how to create a WordPress reward for Tweet plugin to increase the tweets on your content while satisfying everyone!

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Overview of Breakpoints in Responsive Web Design

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Last time, we went over media queries. This is an important aspect to know of Responsive Web Design (RWD from now on) because it is this CSS declaration that allows for the different layouts to appear at different screen sizes.

Hmm, now what about different screen sizes? To make it easy to understand, lets look at this using an analogy. So, imagine that RWD is a blueprint for a wonderfully new house. The foundation, which the rest of the house depends on, would be media queries. After the foundation comes the first level of the house, which sets the tone for how the rest of the house will be built. In this house, the first floor would be break points.

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75 Impressive and Powerful Premium WordPress Themes From 2012

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Looking for a great website? Maybe a convenient solution for a client? WordPress is one of the most powerful CMS solutions out there and people with demands choose it for their website because of it’s flexibility, customizability and almost unlimited range of features.

WordPress doesn’t associate with just a blog anymore – it’s used by businesses, nonprofits, creatives and sellers. Different types of websites require different types of designs and that’s where WordPress is forthcoming. You can apply almost any design to it and customize it for your needs. Most of the people choose to use premade themes which are easy to customize, remake and adjust. If your wishes don’t stretch further than a personal blog then it’s better to go for a free theme – we recently published a roundup of high quality free WordPress themes from 2012.

However, if you know your website is going to need some more advanced features it’s better to consider purchasing a premium theme. Premium themes come in high-quality, they’re packed with tons of features and you can customize them to suit your needs. For this roundup we’ve prepared 75 impressive and powerful premium WordPress themes that are sorted in categories.

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How Much Luck do you Need in Order to Make Money Online?

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Let’s take a quick break from web design and web development and talk about how people make money online. This is very relevant for designers, developers, and bloggers out there who want to earn online. But how?

I’ve already explained why web designers and web developers should learn more about online marketing. There is a lively discussion going on there and I suggest that you contribute as well.

The controversial question is this: how much sheer luck do you need in order to succeed online?

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Adobe Edge Web Fonts – Adding Charm to Words

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If you have anything to do with the design industry, whether you are an outright typographer, designer, or even someone with a keen eye for all things that look beautiful (ahem!), good looking words will never fail to impress your eyes. Keeping in sync with your affection for good typography, Adobe has come up with their own font library, Adobe Edge Web Fonts.

For ages, calligraphy and typography have been treated as something that should not be overlooked — both in visual and aesthetic senses. In this digital age, we have fonts that deserve a special mention and have the power to attract (or repel) one’s attention.

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