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Web Design Critique #47: Alertful
Critique / 24 Apr 2011

Web Design Critique #47: Alertful

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 Alertful, the free reminder service.

50 Awesome Designers to Follow on Zootool
Inspiration / 22 Apr 2011

50 Awesome Designers to Follow on Zootool

Zootool is a fast-growing visual bookmarking service that has become the standard place for thousands of designers to archive digital inspiration, links, tools and more.

Today we’ll help you get the most out of Zootool by introducing you to fifty users who share quality design-related resources.

6 CSS Shorthand Tricks Every Developer Should Know
CSS / 21 Apr 2011

6 CSS Shorthand Tricks Every Developer Should Know

Recently, I decided that I needed a refresher in all of the various CSS shorthand properties. The best way to learn something is to teach it so here’s my attempt at exactly that.

Today we’ll learn how to use CSS shorthand for backgrounds, margins & padding, borders, fonts, list-styles and transitions.

This Week’s Deal: 60,000+ Amazing Design Resources for $49
Deals / 21 Apr 2011

This Week’s Deal: 60,000+ Amazing Design Resources for $49

This week’s Design Shack Deal is for the Ultimate Designer Toolkit subscription. Usually priced at $99, this fantastic package includes over 60,000 different resources for designers, and is available for just $49.

In it, you’ll find everything from seamless vectors and high resolution textures, to a CSS framework and Photoshop actions! Read on for some more information about what’s on offer, and a few fantastic examples.

Designing a Web App Homepage: Examples, Tips and Peeves
Graphics / 20 Apr 2011

Designing a Web App Homepage: Examples, Tips and Peeves

The web is completely over-saturated with apps that help you connect with a social network, make grocery lists, manage large projects, decide who will make tea and every other crazy task you can imagine.

With all of this competition, how can you possibly convince visitors that your app is a the proverbial needle among the hay? Today we’ll look at some real examples to see if we can learn which strategies to mimic and which to avoid.

Weekly Freebies: 20 Fantastic PSD Web Button Packs
Freebies / 19 Apr 2011

Weekly Freebies: 20 Fantastic PSD Web Button Packs

Buttons add a ton of personality to your site, so much so that they can often define much of the impression of the aesthetic quality of the page. One way to start off in the direction of a solid design is to grab some high quality button graphics.

Below we’ve compiled 20 packs of free, layered PSD web buttons for your use. From downloads and uploads to navigation and social media, you’ll likely find just what you need here.

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!