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Weekly Freebies: 20 Brushes and Images for Creating Grungy Edges

Weekly Freebies: 20 Brushes and Images for Creating Grungy Edges

Creating complex edges manually in Photoshop can be an arduous task. Fortunately, there are tons of free brushes and images online that will make this process a breeze.

Keep reading to see our collection of 20 brushes and images with torn, burned and grungy edges!

August 26th, 2011 Posted in Freebies
The Illusive Click: Structuring Designs to Influence Behavior

The Illusive Click: Structuring Designs to Influence Behavior

Click. That sound means you’ve done your job. The user has viewed your page and taken the action that you wanted them to.

How is this achieved? Should you be thinking about this goal more as you structure your designs? What mistakes should you be careful about avoiding? Read on to find out.

August 26th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Save Over 40% on a 1 Month BoxedArt Developer Plan

Save Over 40% on a 1 Month BoxedArt Developer Plan

With this week’s deal you can score a one-month BoxedArt Developer Plan for only $29! With it you’ll receive access to an unbeatable selection of creative resources.

Read on to see what it’s all about!

August 25th, 2011 Posted in Deals
That Sketched Look: Trends, Tips and Tools for Using Doodles in Design

That Sketched Look: Trends, Tips and Tools for Using Doodles in Design

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It’s always fun to really dive into a popular design trend and see who’s doing it, how it works, what it communicates and how you can try it for yourself.

Stick with us as we do exactly that with those trendy doodle designs that you see all over the web right now.

August 25th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Developing a jQuery Private Messaging Modal Box

Developing a jQuery Private Messaging Modal Box

You can build some really neat things using jQuery. The latest release bundle updates a lot of bugs and even hints at support for a new jQuery Mobile. With frontend scripting you can build practically any type of web application. But more specifically we’ll be looking into constructing a small modal box window.

I have designed the functionality to look and feel like a private messaging solution. This is perfect to implement on a user profile page or author’s page in a blog. We will be using some handy CSS3 techniques along with coding the page structure in HTML5. You don’t need to be a master jQuery artist to understand this tutorial, but it wouldn’t hurt to brush up on the basics. Check out my live demo example and download the project source code below.

August 24th, 2011 Posted in JavaScript
Mastering Markdown: 30 Resources, Apps and Tutorials to Get You Started

Mastering Markdown: 30 Resources, Apps and Tutorials to Get You Started

If you’re like me, learning Markdown has been on your todo list for months. I finally took the plunge and instantly became addicted to sorting through the wealth of resources, apps and other Markdown related materials available.

The following is a collection of the best Markdown resources that I’ve found. Whether you’re a complete Markdown newbie looking to learn the syntax or a seasoned expert in the market for a new iPad app, you’ll find something here that’s perfect for your needs.

August 23rd, 2011 Posted in HTML
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
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