A Web Designer’s New Year’s Resolution

Posted in Inspiration4 months ago • Written by 23 Comments

2014 is just at our doorstep, but before all the countdowns, fireworks, the food and the singing of Auld Lang Syne while drinking a nice brew of beer, let us think of ourselves and find what we can change. Let’s make our New Year’s resolutions as web designers.

These resolutions will improve us as web designers. As we mature and grow older, we, too, must progress for if we do not evolve, we die. The Internet, which is the platform where we do our work, is vastly changing and improving. That is why we should do the same.

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How Christmas is Celebrated Around the Globe [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted in Inspiration4 months ago • Written by 3 Comments

Christmas is one of the best days of the year. In fact, I personally consider it the best day of the year. With food teeming and gifts overflowing, you enjoy the whole day in the company of the people you love, sharing stories, drinking beer and just having fun.

We all have our own Christmas celebrations to tell. Some are pretty normal, and some go beyond what is ordinary. Some follow traditions and others experiment every single year. Somewhere, some groups of people are celebrating Christmas differently than we do. We may find them queer but it’s how they roll and have fun.

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Build Flat Responsive Website from Scratch – Complete Course

Posted in 1WD Features, Web Design4 months ago • Written by 289 Comments

Flat web design could be considered many things – a new trend, style, fad, movement, way of thinking, etc. There is no single and complete definition yet, what we can do is try to acknowledge the postulates, philosophy, and history that stands behind the term.

Here at 1stwebdesigner we are very passionate about flat web design. Not because everyone is talking about it so we simply can’t ignore it – no, we are actually proponents of how flat is reshaping the way we think, talk, and do web design.

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How to Create a Scrolling Parallax Website

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS, Tutorials4 months ago • Written by 31 Comments

Parallax websites are one of the latest and biggest trends on the web for some time now. If you want to impress your clients or implement immediate impact on your site, this is a good choice for you. In this tutorial, I’ll teach you how to create a simple but beautiful parallax website that will create an illusion of 3D depth to your site. It will surely catch your viewers’ attention. So let’s dig in.

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How to Create Flat Icons in Photoshop

Posted in Icons, Tutorials, Web Interface4 months ago • Written by 13 Comments

Okay, let’s face it. Flat design is the new ‘thing’ for web interface. With iOS and even Windows now adapting this design scheme, it will not be any longer when almost (if not all) all websites in the World Wide Web adapt this design scheme. You would just be baffled to know one morning that as you woke up, opened your browser and typed in your favorite website (we hope it is 1stwebdesigner, just kidding!) and be surprised to see that it followed with the trend of flat design! So you would immediately re-code your website or blog, for that matter, to be ‘in’ with the trend, and that would entail a lot of grueling hours again.

So why not start today? Why not start your web motif revamp today? Try to be there before it happens. Try to be cool before being cool is cool. Be a hipster!

You may be thinking, “Where will I start?” Of course, revamping your website design is hellish as hell is. But that’s why we are here – so that you’ll have a helping hand in going with the flow of design. Right?

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105 Amazing Gifts for Web Designers Handpicked From All Over The Web

Posted in 1WD Features, Web Design5 months ago • Written by 27 Comments

Christmas is coming and everyone is running around looking for gifts. Stop! You don’t have to worry! We collected 105 amazing gifts for web designers and for all other creatives, and just about anyone who has a geeky side in them. Best of all, the gifts are really affordable – mostly from $10 to $100!

If you have a friend who is a web designer or developer and you want to surprise them, you have come to the right place!

In fact, this collection is for any occasion. Birthdays, Valentine’s, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or just an ordinary day surprise to show someone how much you appreciate them.

Ready? Let’s start!

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10 Creative Loading Effects for Your Website

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS5 months ago • Written by 13 Comments

People hate waiting. It is a fact that web designers and developers should accept. It has been quite a maxim that as designers, we shouldn’t make our viewers wait. This is because many people tend to get bored and choose a website that loads faster. And that, my friend, is a big no-no.

However, waiting is seemingly inevitable. Despite modern internet connection speeds, some browsers still take time to load web elements. So it becomes a need to make people still want to visit your website even if it takes a little bit of time when they load it. There are a lot of plausible solutions for this, and I have to say, that our topic for this article is one of these.

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10+ WordPress Plugins to Boost Your Social and Organic Traffic

Posted in Plugins, WordPress5 months ago • Written by 37 Comments

One of the best things about WordPress is the ability to extend the functionality of your WordPress installation with the use of plugins. You don’t have to mess around with the core files of WordPress since these plugins can easily achieve the same result and exist independent of the core WordPress files. At the time of writing this article there are over 27,000 plugins available via the official repository and many more in the form of premium WordPress plugins. I know how well the readers on 1stWebDesigner love their WordPress content, so I have decided to do a roundup of some of the very best WordPress plugins you can use on your site to attract more visitors via organic and social channels.

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5 Killer Tips that Will Get You Clients: Copywriting for Web Designers

Posted in Tips, Web Design5 months ago • Written by 15 Comments

Your portfolio sucks. It makes me cry. You are a great designer with a perfectly designed portfolio site, and yet, it’s still terrible at the same time. Even my cat, Sheldon, knows it, too. Good thing, you can still improve it.

Do you want to convert browsers into clients? I bet you do. That’s the purpose of your portfolio site, yes? To attract more clients. To make them want to get a bite out of the dish you are offering.

And it only takes one topping: copywriting.

I know, I know, you are a web designer, not a copywriter. But applying these tips to your portfolio won’t hurt one bit!

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10 Easy-to-Follow PSD to HTML/CSS Tutorials

Posted in Coding, Tutorials5 months ago • Written by 5 Comments

Converting PSD to HTML/CSS might intimidate you at first since it’s a brand new world, especially for long-time Photoshop users. A basic knowledge of HTML and CSS won’t hurt; beginners might find these tutorials a bit dizzying but, hey, it’s worth a try. And believe me when I say to you, finding a good teacher who will teach you for free (or for a small amount) is just another difficulty waiting next door if you don’t start now.

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