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Create Stunning 3D Text Free With SketchUp

Create Stunning 3D Text Free With SketchUp

Everyone loves 3D text.

Unfortunately, not everyone can afford the 3D modeling software necessary to build it. Today I’ll teach you how to create some awesome 3D text using only Photoshop and a free app from Google. Intrigued? Read on!

June 2nd, 2010 Posted in Graphics
The Importance of Personal Projects

The Importance of Personal Projects

Working for other people can be a horrible way to spend your life.

Even if you’re doing something that you love, doing it 40+ hours per week for other people has a tendency to ruin the appeal.

One way to ease this problem is to create and maintain personal side projects. Below we’ll discuss why this proves true.

June 1st, 2010 Posted in Business
Create an Awesome 3D Slideshow With Cu3er: Part 2

Create an Awesome 3D Slideshow With Cu3er: Part 2

Today we’re going to finish up our two-part cu3er tutorial.

For those who don’t know, Cu3er is an awesome 3D image slider that’s free to use and easy to setup.

This section will examine how to tweak your slideshow using some of Cu3er’s many customization options. We’ll mostly be editing an XML page but don’t worry about it getting too techie. Even if you don’t know what XML is, it’s all pretty straightforward and easy to understand.

May 28th, 2010 Posted in CSS, HTML, JavaScript
Create an Awesome 3D Slideshow With Cu3er: Part 1

Create an Awesome 3D Slideshow With Cu3er: Part 1

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Today we’re going to build a simple web page with an amazing and free tool: Cu3er.

Cu3er is a really neat 3D image slider with crazy visual transitions and lots of customization options. Though it’s built with Flash and JavaScript, you don’t really need to know either of these to use it.

In this article, we’ll get the page built and the slideshow up and running. Next time we’ll return and see how to customize some of Cu3er’s many features and variables.

May 27th, 2010 Posted in CSS, HTML, JavaScript
5 Fantastic Notebooks and Sketchbooks for Designers

5 Fantastic Notebooks and Sketchbooks for Designers

This article will briefly examine 5 physical notebooks that are perfectly suited for a number of designer workflows.

Before we get started, let’s take a brief look at some reasons you should be using a notebook as an integral part of your design process.

May 25th, 2010 Posted in Graphics, Inspiration
Funny Business and the Lack of Humor in Web Design

Funny Business and the Lack of Humor in Web Design

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In a recent post on things that web designers can learn from print designers, I pointed out that professional web design seems awkwardly void of comedy while other forms of marketing seem to embrace it. I decided to explore this area further and make it into full-fledged post.

So today we’re going to look at the world of funny marketing and why you should add it to your arsenal of design tools.

May 22nd, 2010 Posted in Graphics, Inspiration
Web Design Critique #1

Web Design Critique #1

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Today we’re going to start a new series where we take a brief but in-depth look at a particular design and discuss both the aspects that are done really well and those that could use a little work.

Over the course of these critiques we’ll discuss everything from design and color theory to usability and good coding practices.

May 21st, 2010 Posted in Critique
How to Use the New Google Font API

How to Use the New Google Font API

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Today we’re going to learn about what the new Google Font is and how to implement it right away in your designs.

It’s free to use and can be installed in under a minute once you get the hang of it!

May 20th, 2010 Posted in CSS, Graphics, HTML
Best Resources for Learning WordPress Development

Best Resources for Learning WordPress Development

Odds are, if you’re a web developer, learning WordPress is either on your todo list or something that you’ve already committed yourself to. Learning to build WordPress themes is an excellent professional move that will open you to a wealth of new clients and personal opportunities.

To follow up our article last week on tutorials for learning web design, below is a list of books and free tutorials specifically targeted at learning to develop for WordPress. Whether you’ve never heard of WordPress or are just looking to update your current WordPress skill set, there are plenty of resources below to get you on your way.

May 18th, 2010 Posted in CSS, HTML
Where to Find Free Design Feedback

Where to Find Free Design Feedback

Sometimes outside opinions can offer invaluable insight into the strengths and weaknesses in your designs. Unfortunately, obtaining professional advice can be expensive and risky due to the uncertainty of the quality of feedback you’ll receive for your money.

However, there are plenty of resources available for you to receive completely free feedback on your designs. Though the quality of information you receive will vary widely across the options below, you’re won’t lose a penny by trying!

May 15th, 2010 Posted in Graphics, Layouts
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