2011 – What A Great Year It Was!

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2011 has been a very eventful year for 1stwebdesigner. Several people have shared their expertise with us and wrote amazing articles for our loyal audience to read. We have surely grown tremendously because of people like you. Now is the perfect time to look back at the highlights of the past year, and a brief summary of what we have in store for our loyal readers at the end of this article.

Are you ready?

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7 New Year’s Resolutions To Help Improve Your Personal And Work Life

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So are you ready for doing awesome things (remember, this year can be the last one)? And which things do you want to do? When are you doing them? How will you know by the end of 2012 that you’ve done all that you wanted to?

There is a simple tool to help you keeping tracks of you accomplishments: write down your new year’s resolutions.

I see a lot of people talking about nerdy things, like “learn a new programming language” or “write more about what you know” but the truth is if you aren’t satisfied with your personal life you won’t get better results at work. You need to improve yourself in both sides so you’ll be a better you.

Well, what we’ll see here is a kind of “new year’s resolutions template,” with a lot of ideas that you can steal and we’ll see how to keep track of them.

Don’t forget to check 20 New Year’s Resolution Ideas to Become Better at Your Career!

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20 New Year’s Resolution Ideas to Become Better at Your Career

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Can you believe that 2011 is already coming to a close? 2012 is right around the corner. December is always a time for finishing up any work for the year and enjoying the holidays. One thing that separates the best website designers, developers, and writers from the average ones is planning for the coming year. The best process for new year planning is to start with evaluating what worked and what didn’t during the previous year, researching what’s new in your industry, and coming up with a list of ideas for how you can take your website to the next level. In this article we will provide a list of 20 new year resolution ideas for becoming a better website designer, developer, or writer.

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50 Creative Websites with Highly Unusual Navigation

Posted in Inspiration, Web Interfaces3 years ago • Written by 4 Comments

Navigation plays a crucial role in the success or failure of any website. An easy to navigate website is more likely to be explored in more detail as compared to a website with more complex navigation. Regardless of the functionality of the website, the navigation is the first thing that must be taken care of.

Accomplishing matchless navigation that successfully performs its function is almost similar to mounting Mt. Everest. Getting an exceptional navigation with wonderful functionality makes the website easy to navigate and interesting for the visitors, therefore assuring a better user experience.

At this time, we have selected some websites with marvelous and distinctive navigational elements that will not only enthuse you, but will demonstrate to you how to merge novelty with realism. Enjoy!

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Background Pattern Design Trends And An Inspirational Showcase

Posted in Inspiration, Showcase, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 3 Comments

How many times have you focused on the layered background textures or the background image of a website instead of its overall appearance? Background Patterns are like the watchdogs for a website that watches her back without even disturbing its existence. Background patterns (when used smartly) add to the website’s overall appeal. Sometimes they might look overdone but design is very subjective and sometimes new designers go a bit overboard. This discussion is part of our ongoing series of Design Trends in the design industry. Stick with us and rest assured that some astonishing designs are coming your way.

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Tales That Will Bring You Closer To Typography

Posted in Inspiration, Typography3 years ago • Written by 2 Comments

Typography is an integral part of our lives. We know it. But, have you tried to connect with your favorite fonts? I was pretty surprised when I was digging into the history of Ampersand due to its legacy stories. It inspired me to dig more into the broader range of typography. This discussion will dive into the backwoods of our print world and move along the journey which has already been covered by our typefaces.

Remember, basically typography is white. It is the black space in between that changes its forms.

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14 Unusual Websites To Kill Time With When Bored

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How is the world on the other side you bored go-getters? I know that a time can come when you just don’t know what else to do? There comes a time in life when you just don’t want to go offline because you are addicted to the internet but you don’t know what to do because you seem to have surfed almost all of it. If you are still reading this then I am assuming that you are someone who will give up on their youth if not shown a way..err..to kill their precious time. Worry not. I will introduce you to some of the most amazing websites that provide a quick cure to boredom.

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40+ Creative Contact Forms That Will Inspire You

Posted in Inspiration, Web Interfaces3 years ago • Written by 12 Comments

We have previously posted many collections about inspirational contact forms, but in this post we have collected the most innovative and amazing contact forms which you can bring into play for inspiration in your own designs. Contact forms have developed very much since the days of plain featureless HTML forms. This applies especially correct for portfolio websites and design agencies.

The modern designs are attractive and can be tremendously innovative. In addition to the regular fields that everyone anticipates, forms can be elevated by adding additional features such as maps, social networking data and interesting illustrations. A solid and aesthetically pleasing contact form assures the viewer’s trust in the person or company at the back of the site and improves the entire experience.

Here is the full collection after this jump. Enjoy!

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How To Spice Up Your Resource Boxes For Better Conversion

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Whether it’s for your own site or for someone else, you pour hours and hours toiling over the great content you produce. So it makes sense that you’d have a resource box that does it justice right?

Of course it does! But unfortunately many authors and article marketers fail to pay this hot little piece of on-screen real estate the respect it deserves. Just to clarify, I’m talking about the box commonly located above or below a post, which contains a paragraph or so about who the author is and what they do.

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20 Mind-Boggling Parallax Website Design And How To Make One

Posted in Inspiration, Web Interfaces3 years ago • Written by 16 Comments

There hasn’t been a design style that has captured the web’s creative community like that of parallax website design in ages, which, in non industry terms, is about a few months. You might be wondering what parallax website design is, I don’t believe I have ever heard of this. Well actually you have heard it, and seen its use for some time now. Before going into showcasing some really well designed websites utilizing parallax design, let’s take some time to examine and explain what it is.

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