Grab Your Readers’ Attention with Notification Bars

Posted in Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 6 Comments

People who visit your site have the attention span of a 5-year-old in a room full of puppies with a bagful of candy. You need to get their attention right away or you may lose them forever. To focus their attention on the right bit of information, try using a notification bar.

Hosted WordPress site owners have a lot of notification bar choices. Most are plugins, but some themes even come with this option. A notification bar is an attention getter, but not as annoying as pop up windows.

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1stWebDesigner’s Life #6 – Social Media and a CD Portfolio

Posted in 1WD Features, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 2 Comments

The Boss has finally decided to get into this social media thing. Well, you know that can’t be good for our superhero, Webster, right? Also, he’s been doing a great job on a portfolio for his company, do you think The Boss will like it?

Our cartoons were awesomely designed by Jamie Sale. If you need to hire a cartoonist, just call this guy, seriously. Also, if a friend of yours asks for an advice on cartoonists for hire, you know who you’ll recommend, right? Well, I think you got it :)

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Beginner’s Guide to Wireframes and Tools to Create Them

Posted in Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 12 Comments

Wireframing, or prototyping, while designing, costs almost nothing, but can give back so much. While many designers start with a sketch in their mind and then just put it into Photoshop or even code it right away, some others start on paper. Yes, paper, that (most of the time) white thing we write on with our hands. Sounds very 2000-ish, but even today the best designers out there use this technique to their advantage. Web prototyping saves lots of frustrations later on during the project development phase, as it makes sure there are no things to undo or redesign. If you prototype correctly, you can be sure about the fact that redesigning will never be something you will have to think of.

What wireframing basically means is putting your design ideas on paper – for each of the multiple pages of a website. All pages will probably share some elements, therefore the first one will be a bit more challenging to do, whereas the rest of them will be a bit less difficult as you already have a basic idea over the general design patterns.

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Best Browser Features According to Users, Designers, and Developers

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

This ain’t another article on Browser Wars. The Internet has come a long way and so has the industry of Internet Browsers. If you have ever used the Internet in your life then you have spent some time with Internet Browsers. From the designer’s and developer’s perspective the browsers of today have been an important tool that shape the Internet. Henceforth, in between all the browser debates we, the average Joe, starts to long for that ultimate browsing experience which is a dream as of now. A browsing experience which is free of memory over utilization pit falls and incompatibility of code. This article will dig into the thoughts of users, designers and developers in order to understand what is the ultimate browser feature that completes a browser.

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Joost de Valk, Founder of Yoast, Shares His Success Story

Posted in Interviews, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 12 Comments

Joost de Valk is the founder and CEO of Yoast.com. He’s one of the top SEO and WordPress experts in the world, best known for his great WordPress plug-ins.  Joost also runs a WordPress Podcast and speaks at a variety of conferences.

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How to Design a Sleek Downloader Interface Using Photoshop

Posted in Quick Tips, Tutorials, Web Interface2 years ago • Written by 6 Comments

I’m back once again with another cool web interface tutorial. Today we’ll be making this sexy file downloader with crisp and clean details. This can be used for web and mobile applications, perfectly cool for smartphones and tablets too!

As you will see there are quite a lot details in here, the whole point and also the hardest part of adding details is to make them noticeable, but not TOO obvious. Make them soft, clean and smooth. Pick colors with not too much contrast and especially play around with the opacity until it feels right.

You’ll also learn how to create a simple pattern in your design with the use of the pen tool.  Patterns can be a key to perfection in your designs. Use them wisely, too many patterns can destroy a design.

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50 Fresh and Creative Business Card Designs: 2012 Edition

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

Are you looking for some inspiration to design a beautiful business card then you are at the right place. Here we are showcasing some creative business card designs for your inspiration. Although there are loads of business card samples uploaded on the net, it is quite difficult to find the creative ones that appeal to you. Business cards are necessary no matter what business you are in. Business cards let you promote yourself in your professional circle. In this round up, you will discover some fresh and innovative ideas for business card designs. We hope that these designs will help you in establishing a professional image. Check this out and pick one! Do let us know what you feel about this round up.

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10 Things to Consider Before Starting a Freelancing Career

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 6 Comments

There are a lot of great reasons why one would want to venture into freelancing, all of which have been talked to death, but there are also those that should make one take a second guess. It is the latter what we’ll be discussing in this article, and once we are done, hopefully you’ll know if freelancing is really something that is meant for you or not.

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Visual LightBox Giveaway: 5 Commercial Licenses for Unlimited Websites

Posted in Freebies, Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 37 Comments

Visual LightBox is a jQuery Image Gallery with beautiful Lightbox-style overlay effect and a lot of nice gallery templates. Visual LightBox comes with drag&drop GUI wizard for Mac and Windows to create your gallery in just a couple of clicks – without coding or image editing.

For this week, Visual LightBox is giving away 5 commercial licences of their elegant image gallery slider with a nifty lightbox-style effect. Perfect for photographers, graphic designers, and just about any artists out there looking for beautiful ways to present their works!

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