We all love Photoshop. It has done wonders for all designers, photographers and hobbyists by providing a one-program solution for all the design needs. It is very flexible, easy to use and readily available. Its tools are so perfectly fitting for all the design needs, you’ll never look for another! This is the main reason why we all love this amazing program, right?
But behind all of these quirky features, do we all know where it all began? Do you know the history of Adobe Photoshop? Aren’t we all curious where our favorite software came from? Who made it? Well, this calls for a history lesson.
The tale began in 1987 when PhD student Tom Knoll wrote a graphics application in a Macintosh Plus. The software was used to display gray scale images on a monochrome display. Knoll called it ‘Display.’ We could now consider Display as the unofficial father of our beloved Photoshop.Read More
Do you want to have a little fun and learn what mistakes some bad designers are making that you shouldn’t? This post is not for the faint of heart!
Web design has become a popular topic, there are a lot of guys changing careers or just starting out to as a web designer, and many of them are bad.
It sounds wonderful, why not? You would ask.
After all – more to choose from.
On the other hand, there is more competition.
Just like with every industry, web design industry does not develop as smoothly as we would like it to. It has its ups and downs, bumps and holes.
And one of them drives many people crazy, including me.Read More
Welcome to the final part of our tutorial series on WordPress Plugin Development for Designers. In the last three parts, we discussed the importance of plugins for you as designers and identified a basic structure for design based plugins while integrating a jQuery slider into WordPress.
Today we are going to complete the basic structure of a plugin by learning how to create a WordPress plugin settings page for our slider. Stay tuned as settings are an important part in customizing the functionality of a Plugin.
So let’s get started.Read More
Several years ago, I enrolled in a self-improvement course which taught me a concept I found pretty useful to get more clients for my freelancing career.
If you want to “hit” a goal, you need to focus on two things:
- Trying to hit the goal as much as possible, called goal intensity.
- Trying to increase your chances for each hit, called goal efficiency.
Let me explain with a simple example. Let’s say your goal is to get ten dates this month. How do you go about doing it? You could spend all your time at the gym, attending self-improvement courses and so on. These things won’t help you get dates directly, but when the time comes to ask a girl out, these things will indirectly help you increase the chances that she’ll say yes.Read More
Are you ready to get started writing about Web Design?
A few months back, I wrote an article called “Secrets of Learning Web Design and Getting Paid While Doing So”, where I introduced how writing about web design can improve your knowledge and at the same time make yourself some money.
It was a real success judging by the response it got. Many of you wanted to take on the challenge. Today I am going to take the first step by revealing the secrets of writing top quality tutorials.Read More
Being picky most of the times is considered not something to be proud of.
Well, not in this story.
The story I am about to tell you is completely different.
This is the story how by staying picky one lucky guy ended up having this story with happy ending.
So if you believe you deserve more than the average.
Which I am sure you do.
Keep on reading to unveil the rest of the story.Read More
A short time ago I posted an introduction article about HTML5 and I promised you a CSS3 introduction and what new things it brings to the industry, although it’s been some time since it was officially released. If you didn’t read the article on HTML5 yet, I strongly advise you do so, as CSS3 works better with the latest markup language from the World Wide Web Consortium.Read More
After analyzing our new focus here at 1WD, which basically is teaching new, young, designers about web design and helping them improve their skills and to start in the business, we realized that we really need to go as deep as possible into the basics. And while we covered many of these already, two basic things are still missing from the website, and these two are in-depth introductions and discussions about HTML5 and CSS. Therefore it is one of my assignments for the next period to teach you about these two technologies and, after this, to create several tutorials for you. So in the next two to three months, I will cover aspects of front-end web design, basic coding and tutorials about them. Buckle up and get ready to become better at coding!Read More
Howdy, guys, it’s Mike here again and this is the second part of our “Basic Web Design Video Course”. This time we will talk about the tools needed before starting out with HTML and CSS, then we will learn the most commonly used HTML tags.
For this tutorial, we will only cover the tags that are very useful to beginners, we will cover more tags at a later time. Then, we will style the tags using basic CSS properties. No worries guys, in the next videos we will go more in-depth and learn together.
Have you seen the first part?
If you missed out the first chapter make sure to watch it!Read More
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. True or not, images are an important part of any website we create. Since it is so easy to embed an image in a website (even the process of creating your own images is very easy), most websites are filled with them. There are some very good examples out there on how to deal with images in a website from different points of view, but most of the websites do not showcase positive examples. And while this is not entirely dangerous for a design, it might decrease your chances to sell, in case you have a call-to-action page, or the chances to create good reading flow. It is more a matter of details than a matter of important principles, but dealing with images should be something designers understand and apply better.Read More