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Web Design Critique #46: Jean Claude Van Damme and DVD Amnesty
Critique / 17 Apr 2011

Web Design Critique #46: Jean Claude Van Damme and DVD Amnesty

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 DVD Amnesty.

Bringing Photoshop Comps to Life With Fireworks
Graphics / 15 Apr 2011

Bringing Photoshop Comps to Life With Fireworks

Photoshop or Fireworks? It’s the question that has thrown all kinds of designers and developers into a heated debate. Today we’ll use both applications to create a simple web graphic.

This tutorial is aimed at all those designers who would never dream of giving up Photoshop and know almost nothing about Fireworks. I’ll show you how to take your Photoshop graphics and add in some interactive features via Fireworks.

3 New Tools for Creating Website Mockups on the Fly
CSS / 14 Apr 2011

3 New Tools for Creating Website Mockups on the Fly

Web developers are constantly churning out free tools that are incredibly useful in reducing the amount of small, annoying tasks that you have to deal with when building a website or mockup.

Today we’ll look at three fresh tools that you breeze through layout, placeholder images and text styles on your next site.

4 Social Media Myths Every Small Business Owner Should Know
Business / 13 Apr 2011

4 Social Media Myths Every Small Business Owner Should Know

Your company can’t survive in this new digital age without social media. It’s a revolution that will change the way you do business for the better and triple your customer base in months.

Sound familiar? Today we’ll take a look at what greedy Internet marketing companies want you to believe about social media and how it compares with reality. Before you spend money on an expensive campaign, you’ll want to read this.

Winners Announced: Win One of Five Subscriptions to Hacker Monthly!
Competitions / 13 Apr 2011

Winners Announced: Win One of Five Subscriptions to Hacker Monthly!

We have selected our five winners! Each will receive a complementary subscription to Hacker Monthly magazine.

If you were one of the lucky five, you should receive an email shortly with more information. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Weekly Freebies: 30 Vintage Victorian Design Resources
Freebies / 12 Apr 2011

Weekly Freebies: 30 Vintage Victorian Design Resources

Victorian is a term that loosely refers to the time of Queen Victoria’s reign from 1837 to 1901. For today’s purposes, it refers to an awesome collection of resources focused around floral patterns, ornate illustrations and even some items from that period, all of which will be perfect for your next grungy design project!

Trends of Blue in Icon Graphics and Web Design
Inspiration / 12 Apr 2011

Trends of Blue in Icon Graphics and Web Design

Graphics designers often must choose between a wide palette of color schemes. Blue is by far one of the strongest, boldest colors to choose from. It has been prominently sponsored in websites, blogs, corporate entities, logos, and so many other digital arts throughout the 21st century.

Web Design Critique #45: Optimized Cable Company
Critique / 9 Apr 2011

Web Design Critique #45: Optimized Cable Company

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 Optimization-World.com, home of the Optimized Cable Company.

6 Useful CSS Button Recipes You Can Copy & Paste
CSS / 8 Apr 2011

6 Useful CSS Button Recipes You Can Copy & Paste

CSS3 is completely changing the game for creating buttons on the web. Techniques that were once only possible with images are now easily executable with just a few lines of code. For this post we custom built six attractively styled CSS buttons for you to copy and paste right into your projects, zero attribution required.

As with anything good in CSS3, the buttons below work great in Webkit and Mozilla browsers, but various versions of IE will fall short.

A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Masking in Photoshop
Graphics / 7 Apr 2011

A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Masking in Photoshop

Several years ago a friend of mine asked me to teach him how masks work in Photoshop. This is my incredibly late response.

We’ll go over the basics of what masks are, what they’re used for and how wielding them properly will take your Photoshop skills to an entirely new level.

550+ Vandelay Premium Textures & Brushes for $29
Deals / 7 Apr 2011

550+ Vandelay Premium Textures & Brushes for $29

This week, we’re offering a huge collection of Vandelay Premier bundles, containing textures, brushes and stock photographs for designers. Totalling over 550 different resources, this is an invaluable design package to have at your disposal!

Read on for some more information about what’s on offer, and a few fantastic examples.

Print Design Tips for Web Designers
Graphics / 6 Apr 2011

Print Design Tips for Web Designers

I started my career in print almost a decade ago and gradually moved over to the web. This whole new medium brought several creative and technical hurdles that I had to learn to deal with and even embrace.

Today’s article is for a new generation of designers making the opposite jump. You’ve been designing for the digital world for some time and are ready to learn print design. We’ll help ease the transition with some dead simple and practical advice.