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iOS Usability Tips and Resources for iPhone and iPad Apps

iOS Usability Tips and Resources for iPhone and iPad Apps

The process required for designing mobile applications takes dedication and eye-numbing precision. Most graphics designers won’t spend their time in this area since pixel-perfect creation becomes tiresome quickly. And although mobile design isn’t for everyone it does hold a special place in the hearts of many.

For those out there interested to get started designing for mobile I’d recommend skimming a few of the ideas presented below. Previously we’ve discussed creative UI design techniques and offer solutions for iPhone and iPad designers.

May 2nd, 2011 Posted in Layouts, Navigation
Web Design Critique #48: Klokkerent

Web Design Critique #48: Klokkerent

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 Klokkerent, a company that sells some awesomely designed watches and sunglasses.

April 30th, 2011 Posted in Critique
Tell Us About Your Design Dilemma: We’ll Help You Free!

Tell Us About Your Design Dilemma: We’ll Help You Free!

You may have noticed a brand new section on our site called “Design Dilemma.” This is a free service that we are very excited about want to extend to all our readers.

What is it? Who’s it for? Should you submit something? Read on to find out!

April 30th, 2011 Posted in Design Shack
This Week’s Deal Is Almost Gone: 181 Gorgeous Icons for Only $13!

This Week’s Deal Is Almost Gone: 181 Gorgeous Icons for Only $13!

Icon Jar is an awesome icon project that is continually growing. Currently, there are 181 icons in the set, but as the set grows, you’ll be automatically sent the updates!

As a Design Shack reader, you have the exclusive opportunity to get your hands on these awesome icons for nearly half of their original cost. For a mere $13, you’ll have an unbeatable library of professional icons that will instantly make your web projects more attractive.

April 29th, 2011 Posted in Deals
Fun With Pulsing Background Colors in CSS3

Fun With Pulsing Background Colors in CSS3

Let’s finish the week with something fun shall we? CSS keyframe animations currently have very limited browser support, but they’re still quite interesting to learn about and experiment with.

Below we build a simple web page that leverages Webkit keyframe animations to gently shift the background color on a never ending loop. Intrigued? Read on!

April 29th, 2011 Posted in CSS
Dribbble, Philosophy and the Art vs. Design Debate

Dribbble, Philosophy and the Art vs. Design Debate

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Always eager to jump into a debate, today I tackle the concept that artsy eye candy is currently too prevalent in design. Design inspiration galleries and communities are constantly critiqued for displaying art when their focus should be on design.

Can we cut through the biases and assumptions of the common rhetoric and discover the proper place for artistic talent in relation to functional design? Let’s find out.

April 28th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
What’s Better Than a Slideshow? A Triple Slideshow!

What’s Better Than a Slideshow? A Triple Slideshow!

Today we’re going to build a web page that uses not one but three separate slideshows that come together to look like one seriously dynamic element. This effect is perfect for any designer or photographer portfolio.

Along the way we’ll be using some extremely basic HTML, CSS and jQuery. Open up a text editor and follow along to build your own!

April 27th, 2011 Posted in JavaScript
Weekly Freebies: 15+ Useful Bookmarklets for Designers

Weekly Freebies: 15+ Useful Bookmarklets for Designers

Bookmarklets can be invaluable tools for both web designers and developers that like to experiment and troubleshoot in the browser. Today we’ve gathered an awesome collection of free bookmarklets for everything from validating your HTML to rearranging elements on a page without code. Enjoy!

April 26th, 2011 Posted in Freebies
Web Design Critique #47: Alertful

Web Design Critique #47: Alertful

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 Alertful, the free reminder service.

April 24th, 2011 Posted in Critique
50 Awesome Designers to Follow on Zootool

50 Awesome Designers to Follow on Zootool

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Zootool is a fast-growing visual bookmarking service that has become the standard place for thousands of designers to archive digital inspiration, links, tools and more.

Today we’ll help you get the most out of Zootool by introducing you to fifty users who share quality design-related resources.

April 22nd, 2011 Posted in Inspiration
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