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Designers, Do You Really Know Anything About Design?

Designers, Do You Really Know Anything About Design?

Does learning the requisite software make you a designer? Just because you know CSS and HTML, can you really call yourself a web designer?

Today we’re going to explore the idea that, while you may be a Photoshop wizard, you might lack in fundamental design training that could drastically help you in your every day career.

August 3rd, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Return of the Loading Bar: Are CSS3 and HTML5 the New Flash?

Return of the Loading Bar: Are CSS3 and HTML5 the New Flash?

Today we’re going to discuss a little bit about how and why Flash came to be regarded in a negative light and how we can avoid running down the same path with the modern technologies replacing it.

August 2nd, 2011 Posted in CSS
Creating an Apple-Style Input Field With Display Labels

Creating an Apple-Style Input Field With Display Labels

Apple is a very popular brand in the new technological age in which we live. Both designers and developers agree that Apple’s products display exquisite talent and passion for their skills. Over time user interface design has taken a turn upwards and is now one of the hottest topics amongst web designers.

Below I’ll be going over how to build a small Apple-styled input form with some basic structure and scripting. All code included is based off XHTML Transitional Doctype along with newer CSS2/CSS3 techniques. We’ll also be using the jQuery 1.4.1 library to support our display label functions.

August 1st, 2011 Posted in CSS
Web Design Critique #60: Mogo Style

Web Design Critique #60: Mogo Style

Every week we take a look at a new website and analyze the design. We’ll point out both the areas that are done well in addition to those that could use some work. Finally, we’ll finish by asking you to provide your own feedback.

Today’s site is Mogo Style, a site for ordering a personal logo.

July 30th, 2011 Posted in Critique
Adding an About the Author Box to Your WordPress Posts

Adding an About the Author Box to Your WordPress Posts

Digital magazines have become a popular commodity for today’s web users. With WordPress powering millions of blogs on the web today, it’s fair to assume they run a stable piece of software. Some of the best features are all internal as the WP team publishes live, updated documentation with each release.

Not only is the software very powerful but the underlying classes and functions give developers an all-access pass. It is extremely simple to develop apps and modules within WordPress. Today we’ll be looking into author meta data functions for building an “About the Author” box.

July 29th, 2011 Posted in PHP
Weekly Freebies: 20 Awesome Cheatsheets for Designers and Developers

Weekly Freebies: 20 Awesome Cheatsheets for Designers and Developers

You simply can’t beat the usefulness of a good cheatsheet. Having all the information you need in one convenient spot will help you make that transition from newbie to ninja in no time.

Today we have a collection of the best free cheatsheets from around the web. You’ll find some old favorites like the jQuery Visual Cheatsheet and some new entrants like the Manual Photography Cheatsheet. No matter what you’re into, there’s probably a cheatsheet for it!

July 29th, 2011 Posted in Freebies
Three Quick Design Tricks: Sliced Text, Metal Knobs and Curled Stickers

Three Quick Design Tricks: Sliced Text, Metal Knobs and Curled Stickers

Today we have a small collection of completely random but very useful design tricks that you should keep in the back of your mind the next time you need a new idea.

We’ll be showing you how to slice up some text in Illustrator to give it an edgy feel and how to build a metal slider and a curled sticker in Photoshop.

July 28th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Get Two Funky and Unique Fonts for Only $30!

Get Two Funky and Unique Fonts for Only $30!

This week’s deal brings you not just one but two awesome and unique professional fonts for only $30. Find out more information on our Deals Page or keep reading to see the fonts in action!

July 28th, 2011 Posted in Deals
Embedding Google Maps Into a Web Page: A Beginner’s Guide

Embedding Google Maps Into a Web Page: A Beginner’s Guide

Google Maps is one of the best utilities to ever hit the web. It has become the standard way for people to get directions online, view satellite and terrain imagery and perform any other map-related task.

There are a number of reasons that you would want to embed a Google Map into your web page, whether it be for functional purposes, such as guiding users to your physical location, or aesthetic purposes, such as using map for a background graphic. Today we’re going to look at two ways you can go about this task: the quick and easy way and the powerful, flexible API route.

July 27th, 2011 Posted in HTML
Win a Dell XPS 15z for Designing on the Road!

Win a Dell XPS 15z for Designing on the Road!

Update: We’ve chosen a winner, and congratulations are in order to Dawn Costen. We’ll be in touch soon to arrange where to send your prize. Thank you to everyone who took part, and be sure to follow us on Twitter to find out when we launch our next competition!

I’m excited to let you know that we’re launching another great competition today for our UK readers, giving you the chance to get your hands on a brand new laptop from Dell. The XPS 15z is their thinnest ever notebook – perfect for getting on with some design or development work on the road. Read on to find out how to take part – entering only takes a few seconds!

July 26th, 2011 Posted in Competitions
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