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8 Rules for Creating Effective Typography

8 Rules for Creating Effective Typography

Today we’re going to discuss something that is both a hot trend and timeless art: typography. The basic rules outlined below will help you become more aware of how you structure and use typography in your designs. Being conscious of these rules can improve nearly everything you create that contains a headline or major typographic element. Let’s get started!

April 1st, 2010 Posted in Graphics, Typography
The Ins and Outs of Minimalist Design

The Ins and Outs of Minimalist Design

Minimalism is a trend that will never die.

No matter how many times we are left in awe by impressively intricate designs, there will always be something about simplicity that leaves us just as captured. Today we’ll look at some of the key aspects of minimalism in web design along with some examples from designers who got it right.

March 30th, 2010 Posted in Graphics, Inspiration, Layouts
7 Reasons to Attend Design Conferences

7 Reasons to Attend Design Conferences

If you’ve never been to a big design conference, you’re missing out. Aside from being a blast, they’re a great way to boost you out of professional stagnation or a design rut. Below we’ll take a look at seven reasons you should attend the occasional design conference. Along the way I’ll post a few images and links for upcoming conferences that you might find interesting.

March 28th, 2010 Posted in Business, Inspiration
Photoshop CS5: A Sneak Peek

Photoshop CS5: A Sneak Peek

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In the last few days there has been a lot of online buzz about the upcoming launch of Adobe’s next Creative Suite (aka CS5) in April 2010. Today I want to briefly run down some of the new features we’ll be seeing in the most beloved of the applications in the suite: Photoshop.

March 26th, 2010 Posted in Software
25 Websites With Irresistible Illustrations

25 Websites With Irresistible Illustrations

All designers were not created equal.

Some possess illustrative abilities that put simple page layout to shame. Today we’ll honor these artists and take a look at 25 beautiful sites from all over the world that feature incredibly creative illustrations.

March 24th, 2010 Posted in Graphics, Inspiration
Quick Tips for Creating a Mobile Optimized Site

Quick Tips for Creating a Mobile Optimized Site

Last year mobile web usage increased 148% worldwide. In the near future as smarthpones become more and more ubiquitous this number will continue to shoot up. As a developer, the time has arrived for you to seriously consider whether you should begin accommodating your mobile audience.

Today we’ll look at a few quick ways to make your site a little friendlier for mobile devices.

March 23rd, 2010 Posted in CSS, HTML, Layouts
10 Sure-Fire Ways to Make Your Clients Love You

10 Sure-Fire Ways to Make Your Clients Love You

As a freelancer, your role can often be that of a customer service professional as much as a designer. If you want to keep clients coming back for more, you must create a competitive advantage for yourself through building strong client relationships.

Below you’ll find ten ways to help you make your clients think of you as their absolute best option for design work.

March 21st, 2010 Posted in Business
12 Tips for a More Accessible Website

12 Tips for a More Accessible Website

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Making your website accessible to everyone is not only a moral duty, it’s a legal obligation. Many organizations, including the International Olympic Committee, have been sued for not making their websites accessible enough. With 50 million Americans suffering from some disability or other, improving your site’s accessibility makes clear commercial sense too.

March 19th, 2010 Posted in Accessibility, Web Standards
Winner Announced: Win a 1 Year Reseller Hosting Package Worth £300

Winner Announced: Win a 1 Year Reseller Hosting Package Worth £300

Congratulations to Grant Russell and Francesco, the winners of a 1 Year Reseller Hosting Package! You’ll be receiving emails to confirm, enjoy your prizes! A big thanks to everyone who entered, check back soon for more giveaways.

We are proud to announce that today’s competition is one of our biggest to date. It’s a worth a whopping £300 (Approx. $458) per prize! And we’ll pick not just one but two winners this go around.

Read on to find out how you can win a One Year Reseller Hosting Package from Heart Internet!

March 18th, 2010 Posted in Competitions
30 Websites With Photographic Backgrounds

30 Websites With Photographic Backgrounds

In design, the simplest of options are often among the best. Using a photographic background is an easy way to make your site beautifully eye-catching. Below you’ll find 30 examples of sites from all over the world using strong photographic elements as background pieces. Some use pure photography while others mix in illustrations, Photoshop effects, and text. Use these as a leaping point for your own ideas the next time you need a fresh design.

March 17th, 2010 Posted in Graphics, Inspiration
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