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10 Design Lessons From HTML Email Templates That Actually Sell

10 Design Lessons From HTML Email Templates That Actually Sell

In the past we and several other blogs have outlined some useful technical information for how to code and structure your HTML emails from a developer point of view. But much less discussion has been given to how to actually undertake the design component of email newsletters.

Today we’ll take a look at some of the top-selling email templates from Themeforest and see if we can decipher what their designers did right so you can mimic these basic principles in your own designs.

November 4th, 2010 Posted in Graphics
Feedback From a Theory X and Theory Y Perspective

Feedback From a Theory X and Theory Y Perspective

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This article is for both designers and clients/employers. I have been on both sides of this equation so I know how it feels to give feedback as well as receive it and I firmly believe that there is a right and wrong way to go about each task.

Today we’ll look at both sides of the coin and discuss how employers can motivate the people working for them to meet necessary goals and how designers should react in the face of both constructive and destructive criticism.

As we’ll see, designers and managers are often equally guilty of approaching the problem of feedback in a poor manner. While abusive managers do exist, designers tend to unnecessarily wear their feelings on their sleeves and take offense too quickly.

November 3rd, 2010 Posted in Business
Web Design Critique #25: Highwire

Web Design Critique #25: Highwire

Welcome to our 25th 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 as those that could use some work. Finally, we’ll finish by asking you to pitch in and provide your own feedback. Vote in the poll at the bottom of this page and/or leave a comment with your thoughts!

Today’s site is Highwire.com, a personalized online store platform.

October 31st, 2010 Posted in Critique
Design an Edgy Flyer Using Your Own Photography

Design an Edgy Flyer Using Your Own Photography

Today we’re going to take on a design project from start to finish using primarily resources that we create ourselves. We’ll walk through taking the photo, editing it in Adobe Lightroom, and using it as the main element of a flyer design that we’ll take on in Photoshop.

Along the way you’ll learn some great and practical techniques that you can apply immediately to your own work. Let’s get started!

October 29th, 2010 Posted in Graphics
60+ Awesome UI Dribbbles

60+ Awesome UI Dribbbles

It’s been quite a while since we’ve done a “Shots of the Week” post so we thought we’d make up for it by bringing you a massive collection of user interface designs from Dribbble.

Use these shots as inspiration for color, textures, layouts and anything else you spot for your next application or website. Looking through such a great collection of inspiration can serve as a springboard for your own completely original work.

October 28th, 2010 Posted in Shots of the Week
Photoshop Blending Modes: Beginner’s Tips and Tricks

Photoshop Blending Modes: Beginner’s Tips and Tricks

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Photoshop’s blending modes are a source of constant confusion for many designers. There aren’t really any sort of built-in examples for you to see and the blending mode names are no where near intuitive suggestions of what the effect actually does to the appearance of your document.

Today we’ll help remove a little of the mystery by discussing how a few key blending modes work in addition to some hints for how to use them effectively.

October 27th, 2010 Posted in Graphics
Web Design Critique #24: Adminizio

Web Design Critique #24: Adminizio

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 Adminizio.

October 24th, 2010 Posted in Critique
Web Design Critique #23: Kuenstler

Web Design Critique #23: Kuenstler

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 both through comments and by voting in our design poll.

Today’s site is Künstler.co.at.

October 23rd, 2010 Posted in Critique
How to Build a Website With Flux 3: A Coder’s WYSIWYG

How to Build a Website With Flux 3: A Coder’s WYSIWYG

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Flux is a WYSIWYG website editor for Macs. Now, before you curse under your breath about how much you hate WYSIWYGs, you should know that Flux is different and is both powerful and flexible enough to be used by professional web developers.

Today I’ll introduce you to Flux by creating a super simple web page from scratch (no annoyingly rigid templates). Along the way we’ll see what a typical workflow looks like and why it just might be the best visual web editor I’ve ever used.

October 22nd, 2010 Posted in HTML
Ultimate Web Font Resource Roundup: 50 Awesome Sites

Ultimate Web Font Resource Roundup: 50 Awesome Sites

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The idea that web designers ignore typography is officially dead. In recent years countless tools and services have sprung up to meet the need of making the web a more type-friendly place, and they’re succeeding.

Today we bring you a huge list of awesome websites for all things related to web fonts. You’ll find sites offering free fonts, web font services, font building tools, previewing utilities, and a lot more!

October 21st, 2010 Posted in Typography
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