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6 Things I Learned About Print Stylesheets From HTML5 Boilerplate

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Print stylesheets can be a pain if you don’t know what you’re doing. Before you even approach one you need to make sure to do some solid research into how to go about it.

Today we’re going to help you along by first discussing the conceptual considerations that you need to keep in mind when creating a print stylesheet. Then we’ll dive into some code from the famous HTML5 Boilerplate to see some modern solutions for addressing the problems that arise when printing from the web.

November 15th, 2011 Posted in CSS
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Going Global: Leveraging Cultural Dimensions for Better Design

The world is a widely varied place and it’s naive to imagine that a design that resonates well with one group of people will be equally effective with another group on the other side of the globe.

Today we’ll show you how to wield Geert Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions to better tailor your designs to different cultures through a basic understanding of the values that they tend to pursue.

November 14th, 2011 Posted in Business
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Web Design Critique #68: Oasis Christian Center

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 Oasis Christian Center & Retreat. Let’s jump in and see what we think!

November 12th, 2011 Posted in Critique
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Weekly Freebies: 20+ Fiercely Fiery Photo Textures

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As a follow up to our 50 Wonderful Water and Ice Textures, we’ve wrangled up over twenty beautiful and fierce fire textures for you to use in your next design project.

Each image is licensed for commercial use so you can use them pretty much however you want, just be sure to check for attribution as many authors simply want you to give them credit in some small way. Enjoy!

November 11th, 2011 Posted in Freebies
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Close Photoshop and Grab a Pencil: The Lost Art of Thumbnail Sketches

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Long before web UI mockups came along, print designers would hone their ideas using a tried and true method called thumbnail sketching. This practice seems to be somewhat of a lost art so we’re going to shed some light on it!

Today we’ll briefly discuss what thumbnail sketches are, some tips for creating them and how to effectively implement them into your already busy workflow.

November 10th, 2011 Posted in Inspiration
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15 Great Gadgets and Gifts for Designers

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The holidays are quickly approaching, which means it’s almost time for the annual awkward tradition of giving and getting gifts. Whether you’re shopping for a designer or you are a designer working on your wish list, these fifteen gadgets and gifts are so awesome that you won’t want anything else.

Chopsticks, pens, gloves, these all sound like every day boring items but wait until you see the amazing high tech versions we found!

November 9th, 2011 Posted in Inspiration
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How to Design a Tour Page: Examples and Best Practices

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Tour pages are one of the most important components for websites advertising apps and/or services. The tour page is often where interested users will either make the firm decision to sign up or move on to something else.

Needless to say, there’s a lot of pressure as a designer to get this right! Fear not however, many talented designers have gone before you and we can learn a lot by looking at their examples. We’ll dive into tour pages from giants like Mozilla, 37Signals and Mint.com and see what common tricks they all use to win conversions.

November 8th, 2011 Posted in Layouts
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Design History: The Art of Playing Cards

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Great design inspiration is all around us. Sometimes the best examples are so common that we see them all the time without a second thought. The cars we drive, the advertisements in our mailbox, the cover art on that new album you just downloaded, all of these are teaching their own little design lessons and if we would but listen, we just might learn something.

Today’s subject is playing cards. At least one pack can be found in almost every home in America, which means they’re a perfect example of ubiquitous design that we take for granted. We’ll take a fresh look at why they’re so perfectly designed and learn a little history along the way.

November 7th, 2011 Posted in Layouts
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Web Design Critique #67: StyleJam

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 StyleJam, a site that hosts web designer portfolios. Let’s take a look and see what we think!

November 4th, 2011 Posted in Critique
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Weekly Freebies: 30 Free Christmas Photos for Your Holiday Designs

In the design world, holidays come early. We know you have to start working on your holiday projects well before launch date so we wanted to help out by providing a list of thirty awesome photos that will be perfect for any Christmas designs you may be starting.

Each image is licensed for commercial use so you can use them pretty much however you want, just be sure to check for attribution as many authors simply want you to give them credit in some small way. Enjoy!

November 4th, 2011 Posted in Freebies
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