Bootstrap Your Application Using Twitter Bootstrap

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS, Tutorials2 years ago • Written by 11 Comments

As a front-end engineer, I was always excited to be a part of an assignment where I got to code the markup and CSS from the scratch. Like any other professional, the prospect of implementing my own ideas and exploring fresh techniques, on a fresh project, used to make me euphoric. As time passed by, the number of fresh projects that I was handling increased substantially, and the concept of starting all over again no longer remained an exciting business.

It was a pain to start coding the UI components all over again in each and every project (though I maintained snippets and reused the code, it was not an effective solution for the rework!). It was then I realized the need of maintaining an extensive library of reusable components which could be used across any projects. The idea seemed to be interesting, but the fact was such an effort needed a lot of detailed analysis and extensive testing across multiple platforms and browsers, to be rest assured that, the code be reused without any hiccups across any projects. The idea was to create a framework which was reliable and flexible enough to be reused.

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50 Fresh, Useful and Pixel-Perfect Web Interface PSD Files

Posted in Freebies, Templates2 years ago • Written by 14 Comments

Having a library of good assets is important for every designer. PSD resources come in really handy when designing as they save time and can be a good reference point for further customization. What’s more, PSD files are outstanding learning material. Luckily for beginners, there are experienced designers who like to share snippets of their work and release free PSDs for people to download. For this roundup we’ve prepared 50 fresh useful and pixel-perfect web interface PSD elements released this year.

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Mastering the Art of Cellphone Photography

Posted in Inspiration, Photography, Quick Tips, Tutorials2 years ago • Written by 13 Comments

Are you a photography enthusiast but do not wish to burn a hole in your pocket by opting for a super-expensive SLR? Or perhaps you like to shoot weird signboards, views from bus windows and other random things — naturally, you wouldn’t want to carry a heavy camera 24/7, would you?

If the above description applies to you, you can probably use a common device that almost everyone has nowadays.

Microwave oven? No.

Television? No.

Air conditioner? Please, no!

Cellphone? YES!

In this article, we take a look at some tips and tricks that can be used to get great pictures out of cellphone cameras.

To begin with, do not expect to create a full-time career using cellphones as your primary camera (just in case you manage to do so, please write a book about it — I’d love to be inspired).

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Article Marketing 101 – How to Drive Traffic to Design Blogs Using 101 Community News Submissions

Posted in Social Media, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 27 Comments

You launched a blog, filled it with jaw dropping tutorials, displayed ads on few corners, opted for an extremely amazing theme and then waited! Now what? Traffic starts pouring in but others are already running away with the goal post. In between the hugger mugger geometry of blogs smoothies are shaken, not stirred! Brains are muddled and thoughts blown away. Without the skyrocketing visitor numbers that blog proves to be a far fetched island which is overflowing with useful information but hidden from the eyes of the beholder. So, what do you do then? How do you look for the niche traffic which your blog is craving for? Well, this article won’t repeat the basics. Rather, we will go through the list of 101 Community News and Article Submission websites for design article marketing. They are worth your time. Trust me!

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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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