55 High Quality Business Card Tutorials And PSD Templates You Cannot Miss

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Designing an effective and professional business card is not an easy task. A designer must have insightful knowledge about the process of developing professional looking business cards. Furthermore, for the beginners, it is one of the trickiest things to accomplish. Here we have a list of some tutorials that will help you learn how to create impressive business cards, as well as showcasing some creatively designed free business card templates PSDs.

In these business card tutorials, you will not only learn the techniques required to design those cards, but will also learn some basics about layout and how to get a file ready for print. Enjoy!

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Jumpstarting Your Startup Idea – Let’s Make Your Dream Business Come True!

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I have been doing a lot of reading lately about online startups and I thought I should share it with 1WD’s readers. Quite a lot of startups from two years ago have now taken off and made it into the mainstream, like Pinterest (Mar 2010), Codecademy (Aug 2011), Instagram (Oct 2010), and a lot more. You’d be surprised how many of your favorite online services started from just a tiny idea and now are million dollar ideas.

Do you have a startup idea that you think will definitely be your way to stardom?

What are the requirements? Should you spend thousands of dollars? How about looking for a partner?

In this post you will learn:

  • how to find the perfect idea if you don’t have one
  • the checklist before actually spending time building your startup
  • skills you need to have
  • tools to help your startup (from beta testers to launching)

So, are you ready? Show me your war faces!

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An Interview With Chris Coyier – Founder of CSS-Tricks

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Chris Coyier is a web designer and developer who not only builds websites, but also helps other people make their websites better. He’s the founder of CSS-Tricks and co-author of the famous book “Digging Into WordPress”. Chris is also involved in a few other projects, such as CodePen and ShopTalk Show.

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35 Excellent jQuery and CSS3 Navigation Menus

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Navigation is one of the most important elements of web design. Poor navigation will always take away from great content. Good navigation must possess both aesthetics and usability. That’s where jQuery and CSS3 navigation menus come handy.

With the features and customization level that jQuery and CSS3 offers, you can easily create the perfect navigation for your website. Yet it’s kind of difficult if you aren’t familiar with these. Fortunately there are people who have already written the code for you.

For this roundup we’ve prepared 35 fresh (most of them are from 2012), beautiful and straight away usable jQuery and CSS3 navigation menus. All you have to do is customize them for your specific needs!

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How to Build a Website Using Twitter Bootstrap and SASS – Part 1

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Having covered one of the best web development frameworks (Twitter Bootstrap) and a super fast CSS coding technique with tons of goodness (SASS), in my previous posts, it is time to burn some rubber and get some work done. We will get our hands dirty and code a web page right from scratch using Twitter Bootstrap and SASS.

This will be a 2 part tutorial, with detailed steps and a comprehensive overview on the processes and concepts behind them. The first part will cover the details of building the folder structure and creating markup using TBS for the layout. The second part will have a detailed walk through on the customization of the layout using SASS.

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75 Professional Free Fonts from 2012 to Spice up Your Typography

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I love these geek jokes, but enough joking. This year is nearly half over and I bet you’re thirsty for new fonts. Good typography is sexy and pleasing to look at. No matter what type of designer you are, you shouldn’t ignore the art of letters. For this roundup, we’ve prepared 75 professional free fonts to spice up your typography.

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20 Cool IFTTT Recipes To Automate Your Online Activities

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How many hours do you spend daily on online activities such as checking email inbox, tweeting, and sharing stuff on social media? Even though those activities are necessary, sometimes it becomes a distraction for our main tasks. Have you ever tried to automate these tasks to reduce time waste?

IFTTT is the best service available currently for automating such tasks. IFTTT has number of channels which triggers on certain conditions and executes a specified action on other channels. You can automate most time consuming tasks by using IFTTT recipes. It provides almost 46 popular channels and rising every day.

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Quick WordPress Theme Switcher Plugin Tutorial

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The design or theme of a website plays a vital role in its success. Recent changes in popular sites prompted me to write this tutorial. Facebook Timeline, Youtube Dark Theme and Gmail Clean and simple design are major changes made recently. Also 1stwebdesigner is going through its redesign process and the changes looks promising from a users perspective.

In this tutorial I am going to explain how you can dynamically switch WordPress themes based on various conditions allowing you to provide the best possible user experience. Before we dig into dynamic theme switching, let’s see how WordPress changes its menu in the admin dashboard.

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80 Premium Like Yet Absolutely Free WordPress Themes 2012 Edition

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WordPress is the most used and popular blogging platform around the web. Its flexibility, usability and customizability are the main reasons people regard WordPress so high. Another reason is the huge array of themes available for WordPress – you can create almost anything, from online magazines to advanced e-commerce businesses. You can either get themes for free or pay for them. Of course, you get what you pay for — yet don’t be too eager to spend your money on something you might not even need. If you’re just starting out with WordPress I suggest reading Choosing a WordPress Theme: Free or Premium? After that you might consider whether you really want to pay for that premium theme. If the answer is no, continue reading and check out these 80 professional, beautiful and free WordPress themes from 2012 — the best free themes that can be found!

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WordPress 3.4 – Important Things You Need to Know

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WordPress 3.4 was released few days back, codenamed “Green” after the guitarist Grant Green.

Just like every stable release of WP, version 3.4 too brings many big and small changes to the table. With something as popular as WordPress, missing out on a feature or two is obviously natural. Plus, with the plethora of awesome features that WP 3.4 comes with you may need a guide like this to help you discover them all.

If you are also overwhelmed by the features of WP 3.4, have no fear! We’ve got you covered!

In this article, we take a close look at some of the major additions of WordPress 3.4. We shall be following a step-by-step approach — we will take a look at a given feature, delve deeper into it, and then move on to the next new feature. Of course, certain changes in WP 3.4 can’t really be ‘explored’ in an article of this nature, such as the new internationalization elements.

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