Will Handheld Devices Replace Your Laptop?

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It has been quite some time since the era of handheld devices dawned upon us. Smartphones, tablets, eBook readers – you name it! With each passing day, it seems as if the gadgets we use and the technology we employ is shrinking in size.

So, how many of these super portable handheld beauties do you own? An iPad? Amazon Kindle? MS Zune?

Something? Anything? Everything?

And as with any new trend in technology, debate is in the air – will this new trend kill the old one?

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

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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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How to Use Twitter Effectively to Experience its Full Potential

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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

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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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Warning: The Shocking Truth about 1WD Behind the Scenes Unveiled

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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

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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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Hey Web Designers and Web Developers, Are You Blogging Yet?

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Are you a web designer or a web developer? Are you blogging yet?

There are several thousands of web designers and web developers actively seeking new opportunities online. A lot of them are excellent at what they do, but among those many excellent designers and developers only a hundred will actually be known on the internet.

It is depressing to know that you probably won’t get noticed.

What if I told you that you can change the course of your life simply by blogging?

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