Learn Web Design The Right Way: Quit College And Start Sucking Blood [+VIDEO]

Posted in Tips, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 264 Comments

Enough is enough, guys!

Let me set this straight once and for all.

So you have decided to become a web designer, right?
That is just AMAZING!

But did someone recommend you to go to college to do that?
That is just HORRIBLE!

Whoever said it deserves a slap on the wrist!

Because college is where you get taught stuff, right?
RIGHT!

So, this is where it all gets horribly wrong.

And now let me explain to you why…

+VIDEO At The End

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You Are Alone No More: Introducing 1WD TV

Posted in News, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 131 Comments

Today we have really exciting news for you!

How would you like to see yourself become a better web designer with our help? Do you feel like you are left alone on this journey to become a web designer?

Do you want to see and hear how I flunked on camera and do you want to see 1WD’s new branded microphone?

Yes, you heard it right – see and hear!

We aren’t seeing you yet, but you can see us and it really feels like we are talking directly to you!

You are alone NO MORE! Oh, wait! There is much more, watch video now!

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10 Best Kept Secrets To Become More Creative By Boosting Your Brainpower

Posted in Tips, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 114 Comments

Hey James, this week I am working on the most exciting project ever – I am designing a new website for one of the most popular radio stations.

That was the last time I heard anything from my friend.

Now he is spending a big chunk of his time going through a lot of legal actions and a local lawyer has become his best mate.

Well, all just because my friend has been sued by a huge web design and development agency.

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40 Handy and Free UI Kit PSDs for Smartphones

Posted in Freebies, Tools, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 6 Comments

In this collection, we are presenting some handy and useful smartphone UI Kit PSDs that you can download for free. With these mobile user interface kits, designers can enhance their creations and make their mobile user interfaces look more interesting and appealing.

Using these kits, you can design visually interactive and appealing user interfaces. All these kits are available in PSD format for easy modification. 

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7 Best deviantART Alternatives for Web Designers to Showcase their Skills

Posted in Tools, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 12 Comments

There can be many reasons to stick to deviantART (dA) — the biggest art community and a basic step for a design newcomer. At the same time none of these reasons should prevent you from participating in other professional networks and showcasing your skills.

Founded twelve years ago, today deviantART has the widest art-loving audience. However, lately there is an opinion that deviantART is overcrowded with work which can only be called “art” by a long stretch of imagination. So many men, so many censures! Anyway, like it or not, dA is a wonderful art community, but at the same time, it helps to be part of other art networks as well.

Today, we will take a look at seven major art communities and deviantART alternatives for aspiring designers and creative artists. 

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Targeting Your Audience Effectively with Simple Web Design Tips

Posted in Tips, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 17 Comments

Targeting your audience with your design is not only possible, but also recommended. Some might not think it’s important, but I am sure all of you have some favourite websites that you visit from time to time, but because of their good design, you simply can’t stay away from them for long. Those kind of sites are what we are going to talk about today. Why? Because you can have one too if you really want to – all you need is a bit of marketing knowledge, a good strategy and some design skills and you’re pretty much there.

Today we will talk about how to spot your real target audience. This is the first major step in your strategy and the most important. If you fail at this, nothing else will fall into place. Today’s article will also be about usability and web interfaces, but we will get into details further down the road.

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5 Web Design Colours that Encourage Visitors to Click that Subscribe Button

Posted in Tips, Usability, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 79 Comments

People are still debating whether content is king or not.

If you ask me, I totally agree with it and my opinion is based on my own experience. Regardless, whether or not content is king, there is something that is just as important! What is it, you ask?

It is a book’s cover that counts too…

I know, I know, everyone likes to say don’t judge a book by its cover, but how else are you planning to grab someone’s attention other than with a fancy cover?

Obviously, once you have someone’s attention, you can leave the rest to content. It’s all about web design colours and how you manipulate them.

To find out your real opinion of someone, judge the impression you have when you first see a letter from them.

-Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer

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WebPlatform: Trustworthy Programming Language Documentation Backed by Facebook, Google, Microsoft!

Posted in News, Tools, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 6 Comments

Are you a web developer trying to create awesomeness using the power of code? If so, obviously, you are not alone. There are numerous talented developers like you, fighting evil monsters that wish to destroy the Internet, and at the same time using their coding skills to create a better browsing experience for the world!

However, let me ask you: what exactly is your specialization? PHP? JavaScript? Obviously CSS and HTML? Did I hear Perl, Ruby or Python?

I guess the point is clear: there are numerous languages out there, each with its own pros and cons, and as a developer, keeping up with the trends in technology can often be confusing. This is where development and design blogs come in: you simply subscribe to a blog, and that’s it! All the latest updates from the world of design and development right at your finger-tips!

However, what if, apart from updates, you need proper tutorials and theoretical info that only an encyclopedia or a wiki can provide? What if there existed a platform (not exactly a blog), which provided you with tutorials, wiki and other detailed how-to type documentation about your preferred specialization? What if you could find trustworthy documentation about PHP and CSS under one roof? Have no fear; WebPlatform is here!

So, what is it all about? Read on as we take a look!

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Adaptive and Fluid Approach in Responsive Web Design

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

In our past articles on media queries and breakpoints, we’ve solely covered one of the two approaches in achieving a responsive site. This approach being Adaptive. Adaptive Web Design, in the responsive web design sense,  is the more rigid and structured approach because of how the elements of a website only change upon reaching declared breakpoints. This has benefits, mostly in there is less need to worry about how well the site will respond to less popular screen widths, since it will only change at specific points.

However, there are disadvantages to using this approach that are well worth considering. The main one being a benefit. This being the Adaptive approach’s inability to change in accordance to what widths are specified in the media queries used to create the breakpoints. If, say, a tech company somewhere builds a device that has an odd width of 520px, or just imagine a Blackberry. This is what I like to call the forgotten zone, which ranges from 766px to 490px. It gets its name from the majority of us tending to forget this area by only declaring mobile calls for 767px and lower. So with this in mind the Fluid approach wins out. Despite how easy this may sound, there is much more to them than this, and that is what we’ll be looking over.

Note: This article is referring to Adaptive and Fluid layouts.

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Microsoft Announces TypeScript: Will It Change The Web?

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

Like it or not, JavaScript has long established itself as a de-facto scripting language on the web. There are many programmers who are in love with JavaScript, and then there is an equal number of programmers who hate it. Yet, if you are developing for the web, you most probably deal with JavaScript in some way or another, at some point or the other.

Owing to such popularity, JavaScript has seen its fair share of clones copies languages that attempt to replace or build upon JS. CoffeeScript is a shining example, for instance.

Among such examples, we recently saw a new entrant few days ago. Yes, Microsoft announced the release of TypeScript, a typed superset of JavaScript.

What is it all about? Read on as we take a look at it in this article!

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