10 Logo Design Tips for a Timeless and Creative Logo

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 17 Comments

So, are you designing a logo? Alright! That sounds awesome, doesn’t it? And easy too!

Really? Did we just say “easy”?

If you think logo design is an easy process, trust me, that’s a misconception. To begin with, a logo is not merely some colors, fonts and fancy lines put together. It is a brand’s identity, to the extent that, more often than not, a logo is more identifiable than the brand’s name! For an entity so important, the design process requires thinking, artistic inputs and systematic planning. In other words, you don’t simply sit down and draw a logo while watching your favorite anime series.

If that is the case, how does one accomplish the creation of an awesome logo? We shall attempt to answer this very question in this article. Now, I have divided the article into two parts (because one is too mainstream): the first part talks about things that you should do while designing a logo, whereas the second one deals specifically with things you shouldn’t. Sound good? Well then, let’s start!

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3 Reasons Why Web Designers And Developers Must Learn Online Marketing

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 25 Comments

I’ve interviewed quite a few successful web designers and developers over the last couple of months. One thing that they all seem to have in common is that they took time to learn about online marketing and have built a strong online presence. This made me wonder, why don’t more people do the same thing?

I think that if you are a web designer or a developer who understands, and implements, online marketing, you not only have a tremendous advantage over your competition, but also a realistic shot of  creating a very nice lifestyle over a couple of years. Why?

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Why It Is Good Idea To Learn jQuery in Year 2013?

Posted in 1WD Features, Coding, JS & AJAX, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 10 Comments

If you have anything to do with web development, you probably have heard the term ‘jQuery’ over a million times already. Believe it or not, jQuery has risen to popularity in a short span of time and today it stands as one of the most well-loved and popular entities when it comes to developing for the internet.

In this article, we shall be taking a look at jQuery in detail — its origins, advantages, disadvantages, and anything else that matters.

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20 Addictive HTML5 Games For You To Enjoy

Posted in 1WD Features, Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 9 Comments

HTML5 game development is a trending topic that developers and designers often talk about these days. It is slowly but surely replacing Flash with its support for animations and game development in combination with JavaScript. You will see that more and more HTML5 games are created everyday with awesome graphics and cool effects. In this round-up, we are going to provide you with a list of addictive HTML5 games.

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45 Free and Fresh Web User Interface PSDs

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

Finding free user interface elements and wireframes is just like finding treasure for designers. This is because resources like these can significantly help designers in their work and help them complete their job easily and more quickly. Basic web UI elements and wireframes are used to create a prototype of the user interface which will be shown to the client so that they can have an idea of how their user interface will look once it is completely designed.

In this post, we have collected 45 free and fresh web User Interface in PSD format so that you can easily modify or edit them. We hope that you will like this collection and find these UI elements useful to you. Good luck!

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Breaking Down Media Queries for Responsive Web Design

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 4 Comments

The core of any Responsive Web Design framework is the media query. Media queries are what enable your website to call different style declarations from your stylesheets based on the current window width of the viewing device. Many of those new to Responsive Web Design, RWD, don’t spend time getting familiar with them. When there are great frameworks like The Semantic Grid System, Foundation by Zurb, and Twitter Bootstrap that let everyone just pick up and go, why would they bother? Right? Wrong! Having a skill that solely relies on code created by another is a hindrance to your career, in order to be able to say something is part of your skill set you have to understand it first. That is why for all those claiming to have an in-depth knowledge of RWD, we’ll be taking an extended look at it’s backbone: media queries.

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Bluehost: Recommended Web Hosting For Bloggers and Designers

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The first time I started a blog I spent several days researching about what web hosting is most suitable for me, and several websites say that Bluehost is their most recommended web hosting service. In my two years in the business I’ve been with several web hosts. All of them are good hosts, I can attest to that, but when it comes to credibility and reliability and speed, especially for people who are looking to host their very first website, Bluehost takes the trophy.

You might be saying, “no way it’s that good, I’ve read reviews!” Well, have you read mine? The truth is, no web hosting service is flawless, every single one of them has flaws, but what matters is how they deal with it and how little of an inconvenience it brings to their clients.

I will tell you why Bluehost is the best web hosting service for people who are new in this kind of thing. Whether you are a designer or a developer who wants to start a blog just like 1stwebdesigner or simply host your own portfolio professionally, or a budding blogger looking forward to starting a blog, you will find Bluehost the only hosting service you will ever need!

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Self-Hosted Videos or YouTube – What Should You Use?

Posted in Social Media, Tips, Tools2 years ago • Written by 22 Comments

Television is huge nowadays, even with the online videos being out there. It is the easiest way to transmit your message to people who are generally offline. The Hollywood industry is huge, even if video streaming is available all over the place on the internet – mostly for free. Even TV stations are moving to the internet today. This should give everybody an idea of  how big video really is. Videos can make the current era more interactive and send different messages across in a more powerful, easier and effective way.

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10 Outstanding Tools to Build Portfolio Easily and Professionally

Posted in Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 10 Comments

If you’ve been working as almost any kind of creative, you probably know that a piece of paper with fancy stamps do not always guarantees work. And you also know that having a beautiful and clear portfolio that represents you is essential. Recently we published an inspirational article regarding successful designer portfolios. But I’m not a designer and I can’t create that kind of website on my own, you’d probably say. What to do then? Pay someone a big amount of money for your website? I hold that the content stands over the packaging and it doesn’t make a big difference if your portfolio cost you thousands of dollars or couple of sandwiches. It’s much better to focus on your work and leave its presentation on safe hands. That’s why for this roundup we’ve prepared a list of 10 tools that will help you build a portfolio easily and professionally.

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How to Properly Use Instagram and Pinterest For Your Company

Posted in Social Media, Tips, Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 10 Comments

After the first two Etiquette Guides for Facebook and Twitter, I’ve decided to also tell you something about two other services which, although popular, are quite new to the market: Instagram and Pinterest. If you find them difficult to use in such a way that your company will benefit, this article will most likely answer your questions and help you make better use of these two underdogs.

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