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Web Design Critique #44: Owain Lewis

Web Design Critique #44: Owain Lewis

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 portfolio of Owain Lewis, a freelance web designer.

April 2nd, 2011 Posted in Critique
20 Great Sign Up Form Examples to Learn From

20 Great Sign Up Form Examples to Learn From

Sign up forms come in many different shapes and sizes. Some are a single field, others are a multi-step process that stretch over several screens.

Today we’ll take a look at 20 attractive and functional forms to see if we can find any useful ideas that you can apply the next time you’re building a sign up form.

April 1st, 2011 Posted in Inspiration
Apply Graphics to Textured Surfaces With Displacement Maps

Apply Graphics to Textured Surfaces With Displacement Maps

Do you ever wonder how Photoshop masters create such realistic compositions? Seemingly simple tasks such as throwing some text onto a brick wall can easily lead to lackluster results if you don’t know what you’re doing.

So what sets you apart from the pros? Why are their final results so believable while yours reek of Photoshop? The simple answer is that they know more tricks than you! Let’s fix that.

March 31st, 2011 Posted in Software
UI Design: Should We Really Be Afraid of the Uncanny Valley?

UI Design: Should We Really Be Afraid of the Uncanny Valley?

Realism in UI design is a hot topic right now. Every design blog worth anything is openly telling Apple that they are way off in their suggestion that iPad apps should mimic reality.

Join us as we add some life to the debate by tackling some of these notions head on. We’ll go over when realism is effective and when it is destructive and how you can wield it in your own designs without ruining your interface.

March 30th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Accessing Foursquare API Data via OAuth and PHP

Accessing Foursquare API Data via OAuth and PHP

In this brief tutorial we’ll be looking into manipulating website data with PHP. Foursquare offers some great tools for accessing their website’s API.

We’ll be working with an open connection technology OAuth to authenticate users into our own 3rd party Foursquare apps!

March 29th, 2011 Posted in PHP
Weekly Freebies: 20 Fractal Brush Sets for Photoshop

Weekly Freebies: 20 Fractal Brush Sets for Photoshop

Today’s collection of free design resources includes twenty awesomely abstract fractal brush sets that collectively contain hundreds of brushes for you to add to your library.

Graphics like these instantly add life and character to your design and can be used to add texture in the background, a main focal point, or anything else you can dream up. Their natural beauty is easy to leverage!

March 29th, 2011 Posted in Freebies
Web Design Critique #43: Abdominals at Work

Web Design Critique #43: Abdominals at Work

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 critique is Abdominals at Work, an iPhone application website.

March 26th, 2011 Posted in Critique
50 Clever, Quirky and Beautiful Packaging Designs

50 Clever, Quirky and Beautiful Packaging Designs

This week has been all about branding and package design. We’ve gone over some tips for creating effective packaging and taken an in-depth view of the branding histories of Coca-Cola and Pepsi to see what we could learn about the power of a good brand.

Today we’ll finish off the week with a roundup of awesome packaging concepts from Behance and Packaging of the World.

March 25th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Pepsi vs Coke: The Power of a Brand

Pepsi vs Coke: The Power of a Brand

Today we’re going to jump into an age old rivalry between the two biggest soft drink companies on the planet and their flagship products: Pepsi and Coca-Cola.

The main theme will be brand evolution. We’ll take a look at how both brands have changed over the years and which seems to have the better strategy.

March 24th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Grab $3,000 Worth of Professional Design Templates for $79

Grab $3,000 Worth of Professional Design Templates for $79

This week’s Design Shack Deal is an amazing offer that gives you a three month subscription to Inkd.com at a steeply discounted price.

Keep reading to see what Inkd is all about and why this deal is something that you should seriously consider.

March 24th, 2011 Posted in Deals
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