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Build a Responsive, Mobile-Friendly Web Page With Skeleton

Build a Responsive, Mobile-Friendly Web Page With Skeleton

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Recently we published an article showcasing 20 Amazing Examples of Using Media Queries for Responsive Web Design. These web pages respond extremely well to different browser window sizes, from huge HD screens to smartphones.

Today we’re going to show you how to use a boilerplate called Skeleton to take the headaches out of designing and building a responsive web page. You’ll be stunned at how easy it is!

May 27th, 2011 Posted in CSS
Weekly Freebies: 18 Simple and Useful Web Apps for Designers and Developers

Weekly Freebies: 18 Simple and Useful Web Apps for Designers and Developers

Lately the web has just been bursting with simple, single-purpose tools that help make make our jobs easier by handling tasks such as generating CSS code or providing placeholder images for comps.

Below is a fairly random collection of such tools that I’ve found indispensable recently. All are completely free, extremely useful and super easy to use. Enjoy!

May 27th, 2011 Posted in Freebies
50 Creative and Inspiring Thumbnail Galleries

50 Creative and Inspiring Thumbnail Galleries

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Thumbnail galleries are one of the most common solutions on the web for showcasing multiple images. The efficiency of this tool can’t be beat, it allows for quick browsing and closer inspection when desired.

Whenever I build a thumbnail gallery, I like to look around the web to see what other designers are doing to make theirs unique. Today we’re collected fifty great galleries for you to check out. Along the way, we’ll also discuss some ideas that you can use in your own galleries.

May 26th, 2011 Posted in Inspiration
Create an Awesome Zooming Web Page With jQuery

Create an Awesome Zooming Web Page With jQuery

Want to create a really unique and eye-catching effect for your site? How about an animation that zooms into a specific portion of the page when you click on it?

It may sound like a lot of work but with jQuery and Zoomooz.js, it’s a snap! I’ll walk you through the process step by step as we build a stunning zooming thumbnail gallery.

May 25th, 2011 Posted in JavaScript
Survival Tips: Doing Free Design Work for Friends and Family

Survival Tips: Doing Free Design Work for Friends and Family

As a designer, you’ve no doubt encountered situations where friends, family members, neighbors or even mere acquaintances ask you for a favor in the form of free design work. If you’ve ever given in to one of these requests, you probably know how quickly they can get out of hand.

How should you respond to these requests and what should you prepare for if you take one on? Today we explore the wonderful world of pro bono design.

May 24th, 2011 Posted in Business
Marketing Your Business With Viral Social News Communities

Marketing Your Business With Viral Social News Communities

Internet marketing can be a tough gig. It doesn’t come easily and often requires a detailed understanding of how the Internet works. The copious opportunities for social networking only clouds the judgement of marketing agencies.

When first building out your business, it’s important to recognize your branding tactics. The viral marketing techniques used in popular websites work best with memorable headlines. Within communities such as YouTube and Facebook it’s never been easier to get your small business recognized.

May 23rd, 2011 Posted in Business
Announcing the Design Shack Affiliate Scheme

Announcing the Design Shack Affiliate Scheme

Design Shack Deals launched back in February, and since then we’ve featured some fantastic discounts on products and services for designers.

Today we’re announcing an affiliate program that all Design Shack members can take advantage of. If you run a blog, have a Twitter account, or want to spread the word about our latest deal via email, we’d love for you to help with promoting our weekly deals!

We pay a 15% commission on every sale you generate, and you can keep track of every click and sale you generate in real-time. Read on to find out more!

May 23rd, 2011 Posted in Design Shack
Web Design Critique #51: Brush Lovers

Web Design Critique #51: Brush Lovers

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 BrushLovers, an online store for Photoshop brushes run by Walter Apai from Web Designer Depot.

May 21st, 2011 Posted in Critique
Judging Best Sellers by Their Covers: Does Good Design Sell Books?

Judging Best Sellers by Their Covers: Does Good Design Sell Books?

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I adore a good read. In a time where 90% of my life is spent staring at a digital screen, reading a physical book with real pages gives me an ephemeral illusion that life is simple again. To defy the age old adage, I will freely admit that I choose books to read based on their covers. I’m a designer, I simply can’t help it.

The question I’m exploring today is whether or not the rest of the world thinks like we designers do. Does everyone judge books by the quality of the cover design? If we take a look at the bestseller list, what will we find?

May 20th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
How to Link to Specific Points in a Page and Animate the Scroll

How to Link to Specific Points in a Page and Animate the Scroll

You’ve seen it done before, you click a link in the navigation and it takes you not to another page but a specific point within the current page. How is this accomplished? With some extremely basic HTML that you can pick up in a few seconds!

To take it further, we’re also going to see how to animate the transition using a little jQuery.

May 19th, 2011 Posted in HTML
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