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Web Design Critique #61: Undead Kit

Web Design Critique #61: Undead Kit

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 Undead Kit, an invaluable resource for surviving an undead invasion.

August 6th, 2011 Posted in Critique
Separating Content: 10 Ways to Draw the Line

Separating Content: 10 Ways to Draw the Line

The story is as old as graphic design itself: you have two different sections and you need a way to visually separate them. As a designer, I frequently spot myself reverting to the same old one or two tricks to pull this off. Why not mix it up a bit?

Today we’ll show you ten awesome ways to create two distinct sections of content. Each example is from a real website so you can click through to see it in action.

August 5th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Weekly Freebies: 15 Gorgeous and Thin Free Fonts

Weekly Freebies: 15 Gorgeous and Thin Free Fonts

Sometimes you want a big and bold headline font to really drive home your point, other times though you need a good way to make a softer, lighter statement. Unfortunately, good thin fonts can be difficult to find, especially for the web.

Today we want to help you build your thin font collection with fifteen of our favorites. Whether you want a slab-serif, sans-serif or retro styled font, you’ll find the perfect solution here.

August 5th, 2011 Posted in Freebies
7 Quick and Easy Ways to Jazz Up Your Headline Typography

7 Quick and Easy Ways to Jazz Up Your Headline Typography

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Headlines are one of the most important elements on your page and are often the starting point that sets the tone for the entire design. So why not make them great?

Today we’ll take a look at seven different design techniques that you can implement in a minute or less that will boost your headline from plain to awesome.

August 4th, 2011 Posted in Typography
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
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