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Book Review: Smashing Book 2

Book Review: Smashing Book 2

It’s been over a year since we took a look at Smashing Magazine’s very first publication, and the web industry has come a long way in twelve months. Today, we’re going to offering our thoughts on The Smashing Book #2, hailed as “sharing valuable practical insight into design, usability and coding”.

With a great range of contributors and big steps forward in shipping and physical design, let’s see how Smashing Magazine’s latest release stacks up!

March 7th, 2011 Posted in Reviews
Web Design Critique #40: FanExtra

Web Design Critique #40: FanExtra

Welcome to our 40th design critique! 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 FanExtra, a fantastic resource site for designers.

March 6th, 2011 Posted in Critique
Free Websites: Who Has Them and Which You Should Use

Free Websites: Who Has Them and Which You Should Use

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It’s the dream isn’t it? A completely free website! No paying greedy designers, no web hosting free, no purchasing of a domain; just a pure and simple free presence on the web.

The world of free websites has come a long way in recent years, there are some truly viable options that just might suit your needs. However, there’s always a catch! Below you’ll find out which services have restrictions that you can live with and which you might want to avoid.

March 4th, 2011 Posted in Business
Tackling Online Menus: Tips and Examples

Tackling Online Menus: Tips and Examples

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Restaurant websites are quite frequently disasters of both design and usability. Even good designers can go very wrong on this particularly tricky task.

Before you attempt your next restaurant website design, check out this article. We’ll go over some super practical tips for success in addition to a few pitfalls to avoid.

March 3rd, 2011 Posted in Inspiration
CouchCMS Creator Kamran Kashif Explains His Designer-Friendly CMS

CouchCMS Creator Kamran Kashif Explains His Designer-Friendly CMS

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This week’s awesome Design Shack Deal allows you to snag a commercial license of the awesome CouchCMS for a mere $9! CouchCMS offers designers the option of creating custom CMS-driven sites for their clients without any knowledge of PHP.

We sat down with the developer behind CouchCMS to learn what it’s all about, why he created it and why you should consider using it on your projects. If you haven’t picked up your copy already, you won’t want to miss this!

March 2nd, 2011 Posted in Interviews
Weekly Freebies: 150 Cloud Brushes for Photoshop

Weekly Freebies: 150 Cloud Brushes for Photoshop

For this week’s post we’ve rounded up fifteen cloud brush sets that collectively contain over 150 brushes to add to your Photoshop library. Some are super realistic, others are more artistic so you can pull off any look you’re going for.

Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments below!

March 1st, 2011 Posted in Freebies
Web Design Critique #39: Sabina Nore

Web Design Critique #39: Sabina Nore

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 personal website of Sabina Nore.

February 26th, 2011 Posted in Critique
Layout at Light Speed With the Wireframe Toolkit for Keynote

Layout at Light Speed With the Wireframe Toolkit for Keynote

The Wireframe Toolkit for Keynote allows just about anyone with a basic grasp of how to use presentation software to rapidly build user interface mockups for iOS and the web. If you don’t have Keynote, don’t worry, there’s a Powerpoint version included as well!

Today we’re going to give you super quick run through of how to use the Wireframe Toolkit for Keynote to build a basic web app layout. If you can copy and paste, you can do this!

February 25th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
10 Expert Tips for Selling Your Designs on Etsy

10 Expert Tips for Selling Your Designs on Etsy

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Etsy is a community that fascinates me. Thinking it was limited to scrapbooks and crafts I paid little attention to the site for years, but recently I discovered that there’s a lot more to this group than meets the eye. It turns out there are several very talented designers on Etsy making a decent amount of cash selling stock designs.

Today we’re going to take a closer look at some of the successful sellers of graphic design templates on Etsy to see if we can glean any trends and tips from them.

February 25th, 2011 Posted in Business
How to Prepare for Your First Design Job Interview

How to Prepare for Your First Design Job Interview

So you’ve finally graduated and you’re ready to hit the bricks and start looking for your first real 9-5 design job. You searched some job postings and lined up a few interviews, what now? How can you impress potential employers fresh out of school?

In this article we’ll go over some of the dos and don’ts of preparing for design job interviews. You’ll learn what employers are looking for in a portfolio, resume and candidate so you can be better suited to land that dream job.

February 24th, 2011 Posted in Business
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