An Easy Way of Building Responsive CV Websites

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Resume websites a.k.a Curriculum vitae (CV) websites have been on the Internet over the years. The trend dictates that more and more people are into responsive CV websites.

These kinds of website provide information that makes it easy for employers to evaluate that particular person’s skills. This has a lot of advantages as you do not need to submit a paper version of your CV because it can already be accessed online anytime and anywhere.

Its purpose is to provide an overview of of the following:

  • Experience
  • Basic information
  • Portfolios

On today’s tutorial, we’re going to build a responsive CV website using CSS and a jQuery plugin called Easy Tabs Plugin, a lightweight jQuery plugin to provide full tab functionality.

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Best 100 Free Fonts 2014

Posted in Fonts, Freebies, Typography2 months ago • Written by 2 Comments

I have always been a fan of beautiful fonts. Over the time that I have been writing here at 1stwebdesigner, I have discussed a lot about fonts: the types & kinds, how to sell them and which fonts are hideous and so cliché that you shouldn’t use them.

But for today, let’s take a break from criticizing fonts or learning about how they are made. Today, we will appreciate the best 100 free fonts 2014! Let’s take a look!

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Browser Wars: Why Can’t There Be Just One Web Browser?

Posted in Tools, Usability, WordPress2 months ago • Written by 1 Comment

A few years back, the Internet was left shaken by the Browser Wars, or the competitions for the top spot in usage share between web browsers.

It all started when Microsoft Internet Explorer took Netscape Navigator’s spot as the top browser during the late 1990s. It continued when IE lost its dominance over the emerging browsers Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera. That followed a lot of debates on which browser is really the best among the rest.

They say that the browser wars are now over and peace has been achieved in the browserdom. Some people will ask, “Who won?”

Well, I, for one, don’t care who won. I am not really that interested. I personally think that the browser wars started because of one thing: marketing.

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50 High Quality Premium Fonts for Every Web Designer

Posted in Showcase, Tips, Tools, Web Design2 months ago • Written by 1 Comment

Designers know the importance of fonts in websites; they spend a great deal of time in searching for the best fonts to put in their websites. Stylish and natural fonts are the most common styles used in creating an attractive website.

No doubt, free fonts are sometimes of high quality, but, in most cases, they are not up to the mark. Especially if you are working on a big designing project, considering high quality premium fonts is the best option.

I would recommend that you to use premium fonts in the situations where you are designing a website for the client so that your work looks totally professional.

In today’s post, we are featuring top premium fonts to help out the designers who are wasting their precious time in searching for finest fonts. All these fonts are of high quality and can be bought in a very reasonable amount of price.

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Quiz: What’s Your Web Designer/Developer Personality Type?

Posted in Freelance, Tools, Web Design2 months ago • Written by 1 Comment

Web designers and developers, like most people, are unique in their different ways. Some designers exemplify this uniqueness in their designs, others, in their work habits. That’s what makes them exciting people.

Although 1WD does not invite stereotyping, we thought of this fun little quiz to help you know what personality type you possess as workers of the Web. We hope that through this quiz, you will be able to understand your work and design habits to become a better person, if not, a better designer.

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Create Reflection Effect Using CSS3 and Reflection.js

Posted in Coding, Photo Effects, Tutorials, Tutorials2 months ago • Written by 2 Comments

One of the amazing effects you can do with today’s modern web design is to create an image reflection effect. However, creating an image reflection effect using CSS3 alone for your site can be time consuming. This might work for awhile; however, when you need modify the images on your site, you also need to change some parts of your CSS that may take some time to be done.

Another problem you might encounter is that it might not work on all browsers.
Good thing there is a new JavaScript utility called Reflection.js available for both jQuery and MooTools. This creates reflections for your site much easier and faster.

In today’s tutorial, I am going to show you how to create an image reflection effect with two versions. The first one is using CSS3 alone while in the second version, we will be using Reflection.js.

Ok let’s get started.

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The Top 50 Free Web PSD Templates for 2014

Posted in Freebies, Templates2 months ago • Written by 5 Comments

With the Internet now so easy to use, designers and developers have a personal blog or website where they interact with their audience. Building a whole new website for these kinds of interactions can be very time-consuming for many designers since they can busy with certain projects. Therefore, using free web PSD templates can be very helpful for every designer and developer.

Adobe Photoshop is a very useful tool for designers. It is considered as the best software for designing any website. It is a very helpful source for start-up designers.

When you are working on a new project for any business, it is not easy to manage everything. A great technique is to use pre-designed, free web templates. Whether you have a low budget or you are starting out, I would recommend you to use these for your websites.

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10 Reasons Why You NEED to Launch Your Online Portfolio NOW

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design2 months ago • Written by 8 Comments

The world has gone digital and everything in it automatically follows. Jobs are no longer stereotyped to be activities where you have to sit on a boring chair all day. Nowadays, people can work anywhere they want, thanks to the Internet.

As the Internet becomes a viable option for job opportunities, conventional job seeking has becoming archaic. With that, job seeking has also gone the same. Answering job advertisements or looking at classified ads are growing less and less popular because freelancing is becoming a more viable option.

But before going full-fledged freelance, you need to remember a few things. One of these is that you should start working on how to launch your online portfolio.

Portfolios can be hard copies of the projects that you have done. Yes, some people still do that but since we are now at the digital information age, a website can be a perfect substitute.

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15 Marketplaces to Buy Premium WordPress Themes Reviewed

Posted in Themes, Tools, WordPress2 months ago • Written by 7 Comments

WordPress is a powerful tool to make your blog or website run perfectly. However, if you want to stand out among thousand other websites and blogs, you need some elegant themes. You can certainly create unique themes for yourself. But if you don’t have appropriate knowledge of HTML and CSS, I would recommend that you find a marketplace in order to buy premium WordPress themes.

What are the perks of having premium WordPress themes?

  • You will find highest quality themes that are professionally designed
  • It will improve the appearance of your website or blogs
  • It will also expand its  functionality
  • It capture the visitor’s attention more
  • Increase the traffic on the website or blog
  • It brings some fresh changes if you want to boost business performance

Therefore, in today’s post we are going to review top WordPress themes marketplaces that will help out bloggers, designers, and developers to generate traffic to their sites and sell their work easily.

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How to Embrace Imperfection and Turn It Into Creativity

Posted in Blogging, Tips, Web Design, WordPress2 months ago • Written by 1 Comment

The frailty of creatives is that they never get 100% content with their creation. As Leonardo Vinci said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” It resounds true to most designers. There’s always a little bit of regret when closing a project they’ve spent several hours to a couple of weeks refining to the pixel. Creatives seem to have a problem on how to embrace imperfection.

As a writer I understand this too. I paint pictures with words and there are literally hundreds of ways to project an image, but only a handful of them put together will give the “right feel”.

Here are some questions for you:

  • When designing, do you trust intuition or reason?
  • Do you simply know what will work perfectly together or do you have a set of checklist to follow?

This article may be a bit gnomic in nature, perfect with your morning coffee when you are about to start your day with a flair but terrible to act as an “emergency” advice.

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