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Web Design Critique #57: Okay Geek

Web Design Critique #57: Okay Geek

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 Okay Geek, an awesome gadget and tech blog.

July 2nd, 2011 Posted in Critique
Weekly Freebies: 3 Exclusive High-Res Wooden Textures

Weekly Freebies: 3 Exclusive High-Res Wooden Textures

Rather than bring you a roundup of textures from other sources, this week we decided to do something a little different and build three custom wooden textures exclusively for our readers.

Keep reading to get a peek at these great free textures, which you can download and use in all of your projects completely attribution free!

July 1st, 2011 Posted in Freebies
Google Hangouts: Thoughts on Concept vs. Functionality

Google Hangouts: Thoughts on Concept vs. Functionality

Today’s discussion topic was sparked by the launch of the new Google+ experiment, specifically Google Hangouts, which represent a new twist on video conferencing.

There’s an important lesson here about how you can take a product with not-so-revolutionary functionality and present it in such a way that it is instantly more useful to potential users.

July 1st, 2011 Posted in Business
Build a Web Page With CSS3 Flexbox

Build a Web Page With CSS3 Flexbox

Yesterday we discussed the future of CSS layout and a few of the new modules that CSS3 brings to the table in this arena. One of these that we briefly touched on was CSS3 Flexbox.

Today we’re going to dig deeper into this model and build a full-on web page with it. It will by no means be ready to implement on your projects but it will give you further insight into one possible way that we will be coding websites in years to come. Plus, this stuff is just flat out fun to play with!

June 30th, 2011 Posted in CSS
Farewell Floats: The Future of CSS Layout

Farewell Floats: The Future of CSS Layout

Floats are one of the most basic tools for structuring a web page using CSS. They’re both one of the very first things that we learn about and one of the last things that we truly master.

Today’s article looks at some of the reasons that floats are pretty lame and takes a look at a number of alternative layout systems, some of which are still under development but may one day represent the standard for CSS-based layout.

June 29th, 2011 Posted in CSS
Win a Free Copy of the Awesome Book Eloquent JavaScript

Win a Free Copy of the Awesome Book Eloquent JavaScript

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Last week we posted a review of a fantastic new book for web developers called Eloquent Javascript. This complete beginner’s guide to JavaScript will take you from newbie to pro in less than 200 pages.

This week we’re giving away a free copy of Eloquent JavaScript. Read on for more information on how to win!

June 29th, 2011 Posted in Competitions
50 Examples of Wonderfully Designed Wedding Invitations

50 Examples of Wonderfully Designed Wedding Invitations

It’s astounding how many people weddings provide employment to: photographers, caterers, florists and even designers can make a great living by focusing partially or even completely on wedding-related clients.

Wedding invitation design is one of the most creative areas of print design today. Talented designers really pull out all the stops and create some amazingly inspirational pieces. Keep reading to see fifty astounding examples of wedding invitation design.

June 28th, 2011 Posted in Inspiration
The Freelance Mac App Bundle: 2 Days Left…

The Freelance Mac App Bundle: 2 Days Left…

As a freelancer, you always need to have a solid selection of software at your disposal. One of our favourite sites – AppStorm – has been running a brilliant app bundle over the past eight days, and it’s drawing to a close very soon…

Just as a quick reminder, for the next 24 hours, you can get your hands on all the following for the rock-bottom price of $49…

June 27th, 2011 Posted in Deals
Standard Trends in New-Age Minimalist Logo Designs

Standard Trends in New-Age Minimalist Logo Designs

Graphic designers have evolved an amazing trade. With so much information readily available it’s possible for high school students and even younger artists to buckle down and study the digital arts. From this we’ve seen a massive collection of astounding logos and trends in recent years.

More commonly it has become popular to portray minimalist trends in logos by slimming down content. These include solid-color backgrounds, basic text effects, vector shapes, and low-res icons. Pixel designs have also become popular amongst the techie crowd.

Below I’ve examined some of the new-age trends emerging with logo design. Hopefully these ideas can inspire a new generation of designers to pick up the trade. Most of these effects can be recreated in Adobe Photoshop, or Illustrator if you’re more comfortable. Spend some time browsing logo galleries for more in-depth inspiration.

June 27th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Web Design Critique #56: Ray Cheung

Web Design Critique #56: Ray Cheung

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 the homepage of Ray Cheung, self-described simply as an Online Entrepreneur.

June 25th, 2011 Posted in Critique
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