45+ Fresh and Free Social Media Icon Sets

Posted in Freebies, Icons, Social Media2 years ago • Written by 16 Comments

Here we have gathered some very smart and elegant social media icon packs that you can download and use in your project for free. Social media is a viral means of marketing as well as communicating with your customers. Social media icons on a website or blog allow its visitors to share website information on their social networking profiles with just one click.

We hope that these icon sets will help you build your brand image quickly. So, without any further ado here is the complete list. Hope you enjoy!

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A History You Will Love: How Online Social Networking Began

Posted in Social Media, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 1 Comment

Nowadays, one can no longer imagine how to catch up with friends and contacts without social networking. Social networking helped us become closer to our friends, even when they are a thousand miles away. Through the World Wide Web, we are able to connect with people from around the world, making it easy to keep in touch with friends and family. Social networking now is a billion dollar industry, but we can barely remember when it didn’t exist.

Let’s take a trip back in time and discover the history of social networking, and how it grew, one step at a time.

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TN3Gallery Giveaway: 5 Pro Licenses of jQuery Image Gallery with Slideshow!

Posted in Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 71 Comments

The success of your website depends partly on its presentation. People in the field of designing have little problem, to none at all, dealing with this since most of their works are visual. One way of presenting photographs, illustrations, image manipulations, and other visuals in a very cool way is through an image gallery. But making one for your website does not come free, well there are free plugins for it but they’re not on par with premium ones. It’s a good thing that TN3Gallery is offering 5 licenses for TN3Gallery Pro! Say goodbye to the horrors of coding!

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How iPad is Changing the Face of Businesses

Posted in Social Media, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 12 Comments

Has anyone else noticed how many different facets of our lives that Apple’s iPad has changed? Education. Yep. Healthcare. You bet. Entertainment. For sure. As we move into 2012, another iPad trend is forming. iPad is starting to change how businesses and customers interact. Call them what you want, “businesses, website owners, authors, speakers, colleges, etc.” these folks are beginning to use iPad as a tool for interacting with their customers at a physical location. Restaurants are using iPad as menus and making apps that allow patrons to place orders and pay their bill from their table. Retailers are building iPad apps that play educational videos to store visitors. Speakers are using iPad as a teleprompter for speeches. The list is starting to grow. We see a new trend forming and we wanted to see what you think about it.

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Why Did You Become a Web Designer?

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 11 Comments

You are probably one of those who chose web design because you are passionate about it; or not. You may have chosen it because your father owned a design company and he wanted to integrate you into it. Or because you started off as a content writer and after writing on design topics for two years you decided to give it a try. Regardless of where you come from, pretty much all of us head the same way: either work for a company or freelance – there is not that much else out there.

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ACTA: The Global Attempt At Anti-Piracy

Posted in 1WD Features, News, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 3 Comments

Today it is not a common occurrence to have powerful nations across the globe to act on a single issue, outside of war and relief for a tragedy stricken country of course. However, there seems to be a need to add countering counterfeiting goods and enforcing copyrights online of course. This past month there was nothing more popular Stateside on the net than SOPA and PIPA. These bills were of course met with a great backlash to the U.S. House and Senate, even more so for those that originally proposed them. However, it is quite troubling to find out that these bills are actually just a small fraction of the global government attempt at stopping online piracy. Well since the introduction is over, let’s put no more time rambling in the introduction. The point of the article is ACTA(Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement), and by the end hopefully you will be more informed on this matter.

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Punch Procrastination in the Face and Accomplish Your Goals

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 6 Comments

Working from home or even an office as a freelancer can be very rewarding. Free time, creating your own schedule, the chance to be your own boss—the freelancing life is one that a lot of people envy.

Unfortunately, without a boss or supervisor breathing down your neck, the accountability starts to decrease and freelancers can become entangled in a web of distractions and procrastination without even realizing it.

Facebook, emails, Twitter, blog comments, your mother calling to gossip about the family —all of these and more vie for your attention.

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How to Stop Yourself from Stealing from Your Design Gurus

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 11 Comments

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but what about when that flattery is taken too far? Take a look at any blog in our industry, there is a 100% chance that there is at least a few posts with nothing but different pieces readers can gain inspiration from. There is nothing wrong with this of course; inspiration posts do a great job of showcasing a designer’s hard work and giving someone some cool ideas from looking at them. However, too often this inspiration found from viewing can lead to something entirely different.

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How to Beat Designer’s Block Like a Kung Fu Master

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 9 Comments

If you have ever written articles for a blog or publication, you’ve definitely experienced what we call a writer’s block. By definition, this is an undetermined period during which a writer feels there is no inspiration for him anymore. Writer’s block can easily be a designer’s block and all of us can encounter a block at some point in time – if you done this for a long time, you have most probably already encountered it.

This block is not something easy to get past and it can come around exactly when you need inspiration the most. It might be right before a deadline or just after you landed a huge project, most importantly is that if (more like when) it happens to you, you need to make an effort to get past it.

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Know Why Your Website’s Header Is Driving People Away

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 14 Comments

Whichever website you visit, the first thing that you will notice is the header image of that website. Later on, scrolling down the page or admiring the header image is something that depends on the purpose of your visit. The point is that the header image (or, to be more generic, the header section) is a very important part of any website design. Header images have been an integral part of websites for a long time, but lately original designers have given a whole new life and excitement to header images. It is the header image that initiates the mission of any website and a dull header image might just kill the experience.

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