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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.

Weekly Freebies: 350+ Human Vector Silhouettes
Freebies / 6 Apr 2011

Weekly Freebies: 350+ Human Vector Silhouettes

This week’s set of freebies contains 15 of our favorite sets of free human vector silhouettes. Because they’re vector, you can of course use them on something as small as a web graphic or as large as a billboard.

No matter what your project is, if you need a human silhouette, the 350 below should get you off to an awesome start!

The Benefits of Social Media Badges in Your Blog
Graphics / 4 Apr 2011

The Benefits of Social Media Badges in Your Blog

There are far too many social networks to keep up with these days. This article will give a quick rundown of which networks offer significant benefits for blog owners looking to integrate social media.

Web Design Critique #44: Owain Lewis
Critique / 2 Apr 2011

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.

20 Great Sign Up Form Examples to Learn From
Inspiration / 1 Apr 2011

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.

Apply Graphics to Textured Surfaces With Displacement Maps
Software / 31 Mar 2011

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.

UI Design: Should We Really Be Afraid of the Uncanny Valley?
Graphics / 30 Mar 2011

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.

Accessing Foursquare API Data via OAuth and PHP
PHP / 29 Mar 2011

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!