10 TED Talks Every Web Designer and Developer Should Watch

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What are TED talks? Why is it so popular nowadays?

Ted Talk is a nonprofit discussion event devoted to spreading ideas which can be in the form of a short, powerful and convincing talks usually runs from  18 minutes or less.

TED began in 1984 as a conference where (T)echnology, (E)ntertainment and (D)esign converged. But nowadays, it covers a variety of topics, from business to global issues and hot topics across the globe.

Some are independently running TEDx events that help share ideas in communities in every part of the world.

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30 Stunning Business Cards for Your Inspiration

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Stunning business cards are very important identity for anyone who is working or owns a business. If you are a web designer, the business card can be your website identity to any client. It works as a bridge between you and your customers and creates a good and lasting impression.

Like your website, business cards are also very essential elements- and with some designing creativity, you can add textures, materials or different shapes to your business cards.

There is simply no rule in creatively designing your business card, everything matters including:

  • Custom shapes
  • The finishing
  • The cut

The very design of your business card, that should be eye catching so that people get the idea about what kind of an artist you are once they see your business card.

Some designers also use letterpress business cards. There are many ideas for business cards such as graphical, typography, or just simple and original.

Here is a list of some unique and fascinating business card examples that we have compiled for you today, you choose an idea for yours as well.

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Back2Back: Fashion and Web Design Similarities

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In this amazing world where exclusive designs and elements are fighting for supremacy, a lot of aspiring designers wants to be famous and become a design icon. When the love for art united with technology plus a spoonfuls of passion for design, a great designer guru can be born. What are the fashion and web design similarities?

Designing does not only limit itself to a specific industry. There are many specializations that fall under one umbrella. A fashion designer differs from a textile designer and both are aesthetically different from a web designer. Who wants to be a Versace? or a Vitaly Friedman?

But how is a fashion designer similar to a web designer? As we all know both fields convey images of uniqueness, elegance, beauty and functionality.

In this article, know how these fields of designing come into one stage and perform a common behavior. Let’s open the runway!

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The Hiring Guide for Freelancer Clients

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I have been writing about freelancing and web design for over a year now, and I honestly haven’t stumbled upon a hiring guide that teaches clients to hire great freelancers.

Everybody wants to find good clients. Often, freelancers read tips from experts and blogs like these to successfully dig the gold out their freelancing mines.

You always see how-tos ranging from building portfolios to even firing clients.

I am a freelancer, why should I read this?

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Make it Artastic: 30 Beautiful Photoshop Brush Sets

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Photoshop brush sets can be a great time saver for the designers because these allow the designers to easily and quickly create fantastic artwork without the need to draw all the individual design elements.

Good Photoshop brushes have always been in demand, which is why every designer should have a great collection of Photoshop brushes in their tool boxes. It is not hard to find Photoshop sets but finding those with the highest quality can frustrate any web designer on the lookout.

In today’s post, we are featuring a high quality collection of brushes that can be of great help to every designer. Latest versions of Photoshop do come with nice pre-installed brushes but they are only the beginning of what you can possibly do with the Photoshop brushes.

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How to Create a Music Player UI Using Adobe Illustrator

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There have been a lot of UI kits swarming around the market lately. Some include complete sets of User Interface elements and, some, focus on just one element. These kits often serve as a basis and template for web designers in creating wonderful web pages.

Because of these kits, web designers, now, don’t have to worry about running out of ideas. They can copy and use these UI kits and make them better.

Today, you will be learning how to create a Music Player UI using Adobe Illustrator. This trendy UI was built using the minimalist and flat design foundations.

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Internet Is Down: What Will I do?

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Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, 1stwebdesigner. Not too long ago, these four websites loaded together in each tab in harmony. Then everything changed when the Internet got down. Only the service provider can fix this, but then, that service provider vanished.

What will you do now that the Internet Is Down?

I know nothing can really be as infuriating than a down Internet connection. As a web designer, this is very frustrating because most of your tasks are online and you will not get anything done until the connection goes back.

Most of the times, you’ll be pictured as the person who observes his router like a hunter observing a gazelle. Sometimes, you are seen pressing F5 every single minute, hoping it would soon load properly. Other times, you try and debate with your ISP over the phone and realize that there is no hope. Heck, you even plan on making rituals for the Internet gods to bring your connection back.

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It’s Getting Hot in Here! Keeping Your Cool in Front of “Clients from Hell”

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CLIENT: Can you make it less black, like half black?

ME: Do you mean grey?

CLIENT: No. Less black.

ME: Well, there’s black or there’s no black.

CLIENT: We want black, we just want the black to be less black. Like half.

Does this “keeping your cool” dialogue sound familiar to you?

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Web Designer vs Web Developer Infographic

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There are a lot of articles that differentiate web designers from web developers. Commonly, they talk about the difference of the two. Some, even encourage debates on whether designers should code and developers should design. Instead of reading a lengthy article on the difference of these two, why not checkout this cool web designer vs web developer infographic created by Rudolph Musngi for 1WD.

All of these data can sometimes make us feel confused about what the difference of developers and designers really is. So, we made an infographic (yay!)  to creatively illustrate how they differ and which profession your skill sets might belong. Let’s take a look at it:

Web Designer vs Web Developer Infographic

10 Page Loading Effects That Catch Your Viewer’s Attention

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Page loading time depends on several factors. Some of these factors involve either the Internet connection speed, the devices you use or the elements that compose the website people are visiting. Whatever the cause is, it is your job as a web designer to do your best to keep your viewers’ attention.

How long users willing to wait for a site to load before they abandon the page sometimes depends on how you can entertain them while they are waiting. A great way to have their attention while the page is loading is to present an eye-catching loading page.

Here are some ideas and inspiration of loading effects that you can apply on your web design.

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