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Web Design Critique #54: BDQWorks

Web Design Critique #54: BDQWorks

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 BDQWorks a Drupal/WordPress theme design and development company.

June 11th, 2011 Posted in Critique
What to Do With Your Portfolio’s Contact Form: 3 Popular Solutions

What to Do With Your Portfolio’s Contact Form: 3 Popular Solutions

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You’ve got your portfolio site almost finished and it’s time to tackle that task you’ve been putting off: the contact form. Some designers love forms, but many of us find them boring and annoying and would rather spend our day creating anything else.

One of the most difficult parts of this task is simply deciding what fields and questions to place in your contact form. What information should you be gathering from potential clients? Today we’ll answer that question by looking at three different common solutions.

June 10th, 2011 Posted in Business
Weekly Freebies: 25 Beautiful Stone Textures

Weekly Freebies: 25 Beautiful Stone Textures

Happy Friday everyone! Before you blast out of the office and declare your freedom for the next couple of days, take a gander at these awesome stone textures to add to your arsenal of design resources.

All of the textures below are completely free and licensed under creative commons. They have also been approved for commercial use so you can use them in pretty much any project you want! How sweet is that? Enjoy and have a great weekend!

June 10th, 2011 Posted in Freebies
Outsourcing Your Own Brand: Pros and Cons

Outsourcing Your Own Brand: Pros and Cons

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Should designers outsource their own website or personal brand? It may sound crazy but the practice is more common that you might think.

Today we’re going to attempt to look at both sides of this issue and explore the good and the bad of letting another designer define your digital identity.

June 9th, 2011 Posted in Business
3 Rock Solid Website Layout Examples: Coded

3 Rock Solid Website Layout Examples: Coded

Recently on Design Shack we featured an article titled “10 Rock Solid Website Layout Examples“, which broke down some common layouts into simple silhouette wireframes so you could easily apply them in your work.

Today I’ve chosen three of these layouts and converted them to live, responsive web pages with some HTML and CSS. They’re all super simple and easy enough for many beginners to take on, plus we’ll be using an awesome framework to do the heavy lifting.

June 8th, 2011 Posted in CSS
Get 5 Smashing Magazine eBooks for Only $25!

Get 5 Smashing Magazine eBooks for Only $25!

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This week we’ve teamed up with Smashing Magazine, the grandaddy of all design sites, to bring you an unbeatable deal on some must-have reading material for summer.

Smashing eBooks are professionally produced and simply overflowing with enough educational content to turn you into a design pro in several areas. We’re offering not just one or two, but five of them for a mere $25. Read on to check it out.

June 8th, 2011 Posted in Deals
12 Fun CSS Text Shadows You Can Copy and Paste

12 Fun CSS Text Shadows You Can Copy and Paste

Typography is everyone’s favorite toy in web design. One particularly fun tool that CSS gives you to play with your type is text-shadow, which seems simple enough at first but can be used to create some remarkable effects with a little ingenuity and creativity.

Today we’re going to run through several text-shadow examples that you can copy and paste for your own work.

June 7th, 2011 Posted in CSS
Web Design Critique #53: Distinction

Web Design Critique #53: Distinction

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 Distinction, home of a web design agency in Nottingham.

June 4th, 2011 Posted in Critique
Mastering CSS Reflections in Webkit

Mastering CSS Reflections in Webkit

The box-reflect property is just one of many awesome new CSS3 effects that Webkit brings to the table. Unfortunately, it’s not the easiest to use. There’s a lot of syntax that can be confusing and today we’re going to sift through it and explain it in detail so you can get the hang of it.

It’s important to note that, at this point, box-reflect is only supported by Webkit browsers. It’s a superfluous visual effect so you can use it as long as you accept that it’s not going to render in anything but Chrome and Safari.

June 3rd, 2011 Posted in CSS
Weekly Freebies: 20 Awesome and Free UI PSDs

Weekly Freebies: 20 Awesome and Free UI PSDs

This week’s myriad of freebies is a superb collection of layered PSDs that you can download and use in your projects. Each PSD contains a button, form, navigation menu slider or some other UI element that will no doubt prove useful as you build your next site.

June 3rd, 2011 Posted in Freebies
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