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Should Web Designers Know Code? Finding Compromise in a Tired Debate

Should Web Designers Know Code? Finding Compromise in a Tired Debate

Should web designers understand basic HTML and CSS? It’s a tired argument with two sides that refuse to yield, why even discuss it?

The purpose of this article is not to prove which group is right but to attempt to show that both sides do indeed make valid points and to see if analyzing these points brings us to a compromise that both parties can agree on.

August 22nd, 2011 Posted in CSS
CSS Selectors: Just the Tricky Bits

CSS Selectors: Just the Tricky Bits

div > p + div[id*='header'] – If you saw this jumbled mess of selectors in someone’s CSS, could you decipher it?

If not, then you’ll want to read this primer on funky CSS selectors that you should know!

August 19th, 2011 Posted in CSS
Why Adobe Doesn’t Understand Web Designers

Why Adobe Doesn’t Understand Web Designers

Earlier this week Adobe launched a preview of a WYSISYG web design project currently codenamed “Muse.” Though it looked promising, disappointed and even angry reactions from the web community are already all over the web.

With all the time, effort and money that Adobe spends on creating a “code free” solution for designing websites, you’d think that they would be able to create something decently usable by now. So what’s holding them back? Today we’ll take a brief walk down memory lane, starting all the way back at PageMill, to see if we can discover any reoccurring themes in Adobe’s history with web designers.

August 18th, 2011 Posted in Software
Get a One-Year FanExtra Membership for Only $29!

Get a One-Year FanExtra Membership for Only $29!

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This week’s deal brings you an awesome discount on a must-have FanExtra membership for designers. Read on to see what’s included in this great program and why you should jump on board at this low price before it’s too late!

August 17th, 2011 Posted in Deals
5 More Typography Do’s and Don’ts Everyone Should Know

5 More Typography Do’s and Don’ts Everyone Should Know

Yesterday we brought you part one of our ten do’s and don’t for working with typography. Today we’ll wrap up with five more!

Read on to see if you’re guilty of any of the following blunders and how to make sure you never do it again.

August 17th, 2011 Posted in Typography
5 Typography Do’s and Don’ts Everyone Should Know

5 Typography Do’s and Don’ts Everyone Should Know

So you love typography, who doesn’t these days? The question is, how sloppy are you when it comes to implementing type in your designs?

Today we’re dishing up some great and simple typography tips that everyone who works with type should know. Whether you’re an expert or a beginner, read on to see if you’re guilty of any of these pitfalls.

August 16th, 2011 Posted in Typography
The Difference Between UI and UX

The Difference Between UI and UX

In today’s creative and technical environment, the terms “UI” (User Interface) and “UX” (User Experience) are being used more than ever. Overall, these terms are referring to specialties and ideas that have been around for years prior to the introduction of the abbreviated terminology.

But the problem with these new abbreviations is more than just nomenclature. Unfortunately, the terms are quickly becoming dangerous buzzwords: using these terms imprecisely and in often completely inappropriate situations is a constant problem for a growing number of professionals, including: designers, job seekers, and product development specialists. Understanding the proper separation, relationship and usage of the terms is essential to both disciplines.

August 15th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Web Design Critique #62: Influentials Network

Web Design Critique #62: Influentials Network

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 Influentials Network, a political news aggregator and filter.

August 13th, 2011 Posted in Critique
Four Things I Learned From Designing in-Store Advertising

Four Things I Learned From Designing in-Store Advertising

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In-store advertising and marketing is a unique area of design that presents an interesting set of problems. Today we’ll talk about some of the lessons that I learned from the years I spent in this area and how all designers everywhere can apply these lessons in their own work.

August 12th, 2011 Posted in Business
Weekly Freebies: 40 Awesome Alternative Browser Icons

Weekly Freebies: 40 Awesome Alternative Browser Icons

Tired of the same old browser icons? Switch things up with these 40 alternatives. Whether you’re into Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera or even IE, we’ve got some icons that you’ll want to check out!

August 11th, 2011 Posted in Freebies
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