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June 11 2013

04:34

June 04 2013

14:40

Android Stencil Kit: il kit indispensabile per disegnare su carta le vostre App Android

Si chiama Android Stencil Kit ed è prodotto da UI Stencil. E’ una griglia di metallo con tanto di matita e block notes dedicati per poter rappresentare su carta il prototipo delle vostre App Android. Se sviluppate sulla piattaforma di Google non potete farne a meno. Per gli affezionati di Apple invece c’è anche la versione per iOS.Costa 28,95 $ e potete acquistarlo sul negozio ufficiale.
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La griglia in metallo
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La confezione con matita e griglia

May 13 2013

14:08

April 15 2013

03:39

Swift Web Development Techniques for Startup Landing Pages

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When launching a new startup online you need to consider the features which will draw attention. Visitors can often be easily distracted when browsing the Internet. So ask yourself what value does your page really offer to the average visitor? Developers should think about these topics from a user experience point-of-view. Then the process of constructing usable website layouts should be a whole lot simpler.

I want to use this article for sharing a few tips and techniques on building startup landing pages. The process is not easy and doesn’t provide any foolproof method. Interesting features will change based on the type of service or product you are selling. But I do not think these generic models are too overbearing after you work out the kinks fitted into each design.

Capture Attention

I’m not sure this is the #1 most important trait, but for landing pages and startup homepage layouts it can provide exemplary results. Users enjoy being swept off their feet when visiting your website for the first time. This requires attempting new marketing concepts towards what will capture attention and bring in new users.

chewse website layout interface background images

The startup homepage website for Chewse is small yet reliable. Visitors have access to the footer navigation plus a quick search feature. I would imagine the developers are expecting people to fill out their zip code and gauge the usefulness of this product. It is basically a search engine for picking out catering services, and the big fullscreen imagery illustrates this nicely.

sunrise iphone mobile app interface ui

Now the landing page for Sunrise is totally different, but still incorporating this same technique. Sunrise is a mobile iPhone app used as a mobile calendar system. The homepage is clean and follows a vibrant design matching the application UI. Specifically the large iPhone demo slideshow really stands out to let visitors know what this page is focusing on.

Long-Scrolling Pages

Out of all the recent trends I have been greatly interested in the single-page scrolling sections. This design caters around multiple page sections split up by images, headlines, colors, and textures. Users generally have access to a fixed navigation bar which often scrolls down alongside the page.

assured labor website ui interface layout inspiration

The landing page for Assured Labor is one great example. As you click on any of the top navigation links it will automatically scroll down to that section on the page. You can also find a small vertical list of dots which behave similarly as linked navigation fields. One reason I like this technique is because curious visitors may find all the details they need on a single page.

space monkey landing page design interface scrolling

Now the design for Space Monkey is also just a bit different. After landing on their homepage scroll down a bit and you will see another 2nd fixed navigation bar. This will only display on the homepage so it doesn’t track you around the entire website. But the developers have encapsulated so much information into the layout that it is easier customizing a guided nav menu. The use of icons and diagrams merely adds to this display effect for their product.

Flat UI for Simplicity

Just because many designers are fans of the flat UI does not mean this will work for everybody. However I have yet to find a website layout using flat interface elements which can be seen as ugly or unusable. Most buttons and links will be affected, along with larger block areas of important content.

kaggle startup website layout flat user interface

The reason I use Kaggle as one example is because of their brilliant use of colors. The entire layout is separated into various horizontal blocks of dark grey, light grey, and blue. All of the links and navigation blocks are blended nicely into the color scheme. Designers can take advantage by creating a meshed user interface balancing flat elements with colorful backgrounds.

divshot website ui inspiration layouts flat graphics

Now the website for Divshot is more of a landing page design. Here we can see elements for demonstrating how the product works and outlining the most important features. Using flat buttons and icons will keep all this information within readable context.

It is a big reason that I will advocate flat minimalist UI design. When focusing on simplicity you will generally garner faster and more powerful results. It also allows you to quickly fix what isn’t working and hopefully replace it with something that does work. Pulling in more converting users would be the highest priority goal for a majority of startups.

Targeted Branding

Of course unique branding will play a large part in your startup’s overall success. Why would people come back to your site if they can’t even remember the company name or logo design? Before launching your website online ensure that your brand is memorable and relatable to average users.

adstage io startup website brand inspiring

The example from AdStage uses their logo twice in the header and once again down in the footer. Visitors are sure to remember the website layout regardless of if they can remember what the company does. And thankfully this is all outlined on their homepage, so it should not be a difficult task discerning their goals.

The best methods for coupling your branding is repetition. Although not too many times, or else your design will become monotonous and frankly annoying. But instead use a set of repeating graphics, imagery, icons, and/or logos to instill a continuous force of branding design. As long as your website name is memorable the graphics should quickly tie into the overall brand.

Final Thoughts

Startups are one of the newer business models coming out of the 21st century. We have witnessed the rise of great tech companies and new Internet ideas which almost all started out in the startup phase. I hope these techniques will help developers construct usable landing pages and startup websites. Your design and interface will be a huge selling point for potential users and customers. But if I have overlooked any other useful tips feel free to share with us in the post discussion area.


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March 04 2013

13:30

How to Use Images Successfully – Web Design Usability Guide

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. True or not, images are an important part of any website we create. Since it is so easy to embed an image in a website (even the process of creating your own images is very easy), most websites are filled with them. There are some very good examples out there on how to deal with images in a website from different points of view, but most of the websites do not showcase positive examples. And while this is not entirely dangerous for a design, it might decrease your chances to sell, in case you have a call-to-action page, or the chances to create good reading flow. It is more a matter of details than a matter of important principles, but dealing with images should be something designers understand and apply better.

Jakob Nielsen, the expert in webpage usability, together with his company NN/g, did an eye tracking study and concluded it with an article posted on their site, titled Photos as Web Content. Their conclusions amazed the design industry and came with great answers to questions experts weren’t able to answer before this study was done.

“Users pay close attention to photos and other images that contain relevant information, but ignore fluffy pictures used to “jazz up” webpages.” - Jakob Nielsen.

Web Design Usability Guide – Dealing with Images

Indeed, users want to see photos on websites, but they want them to be relevant. They would prefer a webpage that doesn’t have visual images rather than a webpage that has lots of photos that just make it heavy and cluttered. The key in using images on websites, according to the study, is based on a few basic ideas:

  • Image fundamentals - size, composition, quality and exposure are four important things to look for in a good image. People actually look for quality in images, even the contrast makes a huge difference.
  • Effectiveness – if the picture creates excitement or interest, then it works. It is down to three characteristics:
    • Emotional appeal – does the product in the picture look good and make the user want it?
    • Rational appeal – does the image show the benefits of the product?
    • and Brand appeal – does the picture fit your brand?
  • Transmitted message – this is about the image sending the right message to the website readers.
  • Anticipated user response – this is a bit more difficult to put into practice, but the basic idea behind it is that the picture should help decision-making and create a desire for the product. We will talk about this a bit later.

Purely decorative images tend to be ignored unconsciously by our brain. Like a radar, if the images are there only as a filler, the brain will ignore them. The study concluded that pictures and images of real people or real products are automatically categorized as important and are to be studied in detail by the human brain. If you have a personal blog, people would rather see your face than a drawing or a caricature. They want to see the face of the person communicating with them, it is a matter of trust and bonding.

If you own a company, it is a very good idea to take some time talking about the people behind it – using images. It gives a personal touch to an otherwise faceless company and people dig that. People actually want to know (or at least see) who the people are behind a company. If you can afford it, invest in a good photographer and try to stay away from stock pictures (especially from stock pictures that aren’t relevant to your content). It might cost a few bucks, but it will add a lot of value to your company website.

Several eye-tracking study show that the more detail your product images have, the better the results you will have. Yes, studio pictures of a big flat screen TV work just fine, but is just fine good enough for you? People want to see details, show them!

Quality and relevance

Below I will show you some results of different studies. You will see several websites marked with heat zones. The red areas indicate where the users’ eyes were mostly focused, while the blue areas show the exact opposite, indicating what is ignored or a turn-off for visitors.

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Eye-tracking study on Adelphia’s website

Besides the fact that it is an incredibly outdated design, you can clearly see that none of the heat zones are on images. It is because all the images embedded in their webpage are purely fillers. Had they been using relevant pictures, the heat zones might have been a bit different, but for now it shows how much of a waste of space images are on their site.

Another good example can be seen below. New York Magazine’s restaurant section has also been part of the eye-tracking study and it shows that even if worldwide known chefs are featured in images, the quality is still important. So even if the pictures are somewhat relevant, low-contrast and small size images are simply ignored. Image quality is as important is the relevance of the image being used. There has to be a balance, where quality and relevance are the two guiding principles.

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Eye-tracking on NY Mag’s website

Jakob Nielsen and Kara Pernice wrote an article entitled “Images as Obstacles” some years ago. The images above are courtesy of Peachpit and the amazing heads who published the study. Thank you for your tremendous work!

Guiding the user

Not many designers have a degree in psychology, therefore few of us know how the human brain works. The same eye-tracking studies show that our focus can easily be influenced and changed by images. We are obviously talking about high-quality, relevant images, not fillers. In a study called “You look where they look,” James Breeze showed how relevant images can be to the flow of a website.

He made an eye-tracking study on 106 people by using a baby diaper manufacturer’s website as an example. As you can see in the two images below, when the baby faces the visitor, most of the people tend to look at his face. Remarks including “adorable, cute, sweet and little pumpkin” were probably quite popular.

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Study on a diaper website

However, when the same ad, with the same text, with the same baby, but in a different position is presented to a 106 people, the results are clearly better. Not only do the people focus mostly on the text, but you can also see increased attention to the brand and even to the small text underneath, which is a money-back guarantee disclaimer (quite important for a business, probably one of their selling points – a bummer to miss that).

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This shows how much influence a picture can have.

JCDecaux and THiNK worked together a few years ago and came up with this research which confirms the results above: the eyes of the users can indeed be guided towards key messages or elements in the presentation or the ad.

Because many ads feature beautiful models, they tend to be the focus instead of the product. Models, instead of drawing attention towards the product, steal the attention and draw it towards themselves. The study below shows how this can be fixed.

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Eye-tracking on Sunsilk product.

In numbers, this research shows even clearer results. On the initial ad (left), there is very little focus on the brand and the product – actually only 6% of the people looked at it. However after the ad was manipulated and tested again, more people looked at it. No less than 84% of the people looked at the product and the brand (even the logo at the bottom) after it was modified. This is a 14X viewer increase, which, in my opinion, is a huge difference.

The right images can help designers guide user’s eyes. If models are used, make them look towards the product image, the logo (brand) or the text. This will increase the product awareness and have the desired effect.

Images Need a Purpose

Images can not only guide the user’s focus, but also explain a lot about the product in just few seconds – better than words could describe it. An extremely well-known example is Square, a smartphone application that allows you to accept credit card payments through your mobile phone or tablet by using a small device.

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The product is described in so many ways by a simple image

As you can see in the image above, the visitors understand many things about the product in just a few seconds. After looking at this picture they already know how the card reader attaches to the device, how big it is, what devices it works with (it also works with Android, but it is quite difficult to show that too), how to swipe the credit card and what appears on the screen of the device when the card is swiped. Lots of long, boring paragraphs would have to be written (and obviously read by the visitors) in order to understand this information. Instead, a picture says it all. This is a classic, brilliant example of effective use of images!

Another good example is showed below, how Apple sometimes advertises their MacBook Air product. We all know it’s small, light and beautiful. Well if you didn’t know it, you’ll get the idea in a millisecond by looking at the minimalistic ad below.

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Macbook Air simple, yet effective image advertising

Trust is Key

In case you have an online shop, keep in mind that trust is crucial. Nobody will buy a needle on the internet if they do not trust the seller. The reason why Amazon and eBay are popular is because, besides the fact that they are huge worldwide brands and offer different money-back guarantees, they also have many different security features. Shoppers trust them and they know that if the seller is not going to deliver the product, the company will take care of it. If you own an online shop, make sure clients trust you.

What does this have to do with images? Well it’s simple. Trust can be achieved through images according to a study on landing pages conversion rates made by Paras Chopra.

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Building trust is incredibly important when dealing with online visitors

It was incredible to hear about this online shop selling Brazilian and Caribbean paintings. A slight change meant an increase in their conversion rate of more than 95%, from 8.8 to no less than 17.2. How? Instead of showing thumbnails of the paintings, they showed thumbnails of the artists that made them. The quality of the paintings was never a problem, but the fact that they did not trust the shop was. By simply showing the faces of the artists, visitors realized they were buying from real people like themselves.

Chopra talks about another user who has an online portfolio. By just replacing the contact icon with his own picture, he increased the conversion rate by 45%, from 3.7 to 5.5. His conclusions were that visitors can spot stock photos right away and tend not to believe them. They create an emotional connection with faces they see online.

Optimization

To end this article, I also want to mention some technical aspects of using images in websites, without getting into too much details. First I want to mention how important optimization really is.

According to data from February the 15th, 61.9% of a webpage is filled with images, with the average size of a webpage being 1.29MB. Images are heavy and take a lot of time to load. They are dangerous for users’ browsing flow. According to Jakob Nielsen, a one-second response time is the limit for users feeling that they are freely navigating the command space without having to unduly wait for the computer.

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Average Webpage Size – 15th February 2013

Before we upload images on 1WD, we always get them through Photoshop’s Save for Web & Devices function, where you can decrease the size of the picture without decreasing the quality too much. Smush.it is a free online tool that does the same, and there is also a WordPress plugin made for it. Do either one of those before uploading your images and the total size of your website will decrease, which means faster loading times and less frustrated users.

Width and height

The last technical aspect I want to talk about is the necessity of mentioning the width and height of an image in the HTML markup. The reasoning behind this is simple. A webpage will always load the text first, then the images. But because of this, until the images are completely loaded, their position is marked with a small, blue question mark thumbnail. While the image is loading, this small thumbnail expands to the full size of the picture, which disrupts the reading flow if users already started reading the text. By expanding, the thumbnail will also move other elements in the website that the user might be focusing on – and this makes many visitors go bananas.

By declaring the height and width of an image in the HTML markup, you can be sure that the thumbnails (which will still exist), will appear right from the start at the full size of the picture – this means that while the picture is loading, it will just fill up the big thumbnail, instead of expanding it. It is a small detail, but a nice touch.

Width and height to images

However, some people consider this an old technique and with the emergence of mobile browsing, not very effective at all. I tend to agree. Therefore use this only when your framework is responsive and don’t forget to resize the images for different screen resolutions. You don’t want a picture with a width of 700 pixels on a screen 640 pixels wide.

Bottom line

Using images the right way is crucial if you want to have a successful website, especially when your goal is conversion. As you have seen in the examples above, bad images are a turn-off for visitors and they will ignore them. However, if you manage to find the right pictures and insert them in the right places, they can do wonders for you, as they did for some others.

It is also important to keep in mind that images are not always the solution for your website’s problems. Sometimes your website shouldn’t even have any images. Testing is important in this matter. I will put together an article about A/B testing for you in the coming months and will teach you not only how to use it, but more importantly, what to use it for and what you can get out of it. Until then, though, stay tuned for other amazing pieces here on 1WD.

Now it’s your turn to hit the keys. Do you have other usability tips or questions? Have you encountered issues with the matters discussed above? How did you solve them and what were the results? We would love to hear from you.

August 03 2012

22:57

40 Best Free WordPress Themes with Image Slider and Slideshow


Here is best free WordPress themes with image slider and slideshow with demo and download link. It is professional WordPress themes with slider that i have collected for more purpose of website company that you can choose which one are compatible with your business or personal.

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03:17

20+ Remarkable Dark Websites For Inspiration


Colors are always so fun and interesting. Present your website in a darker theme is not bad though. It could attract more traffics than what you thought. It could emphasize and focus readers on the right things.

Tags: Webdesign

August 02 2012

23:21

Unicons – Vector Icons Pack


Vector icons which are most widely used in the modern web and mobile interfaces. We have also added all the icons to Photoshop Custom Shapes and Illustrator Symbols.

Tags: Webdesign

August 01 2012

19:49

How to Create an Awesome Web Portfolio Layout in Photoshop


In this tutorial we will create a web portfolio layout using Photoshop; everything will be done from scratch and some icons, and images from different resources. I hope you’re ready because these will definitely a great learning experience for all the newbie’s out there.

Tags: Webdesign

July 31 2012

22:11

Drupal Modules for easier content management


Drupal Modules for easier content management:To easily and effectively run a website, its initial setup and configuration has to be managed. If a website is easily set-up and configured by even a minimum technical knowledge, it would be easy to use and simple to manage.

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07:26

Responsive Web Design Tips


Different visitors operate different websites through different devices; for many of the websites creating a version for a different resolution and devices is next to impossible. But should this become a reason for us to lose our valuable visitors from one device, to get the benefit of gaining visitors from other device?

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July 30 2012

08:49

10 must-have free Magento Extensions


10 must-have free Magento Extensions:Magento is a popular e-commerce platform with constantly growing usages for online stores and e-commerce websites. It provides loads of features to enable smooth online transaction for both, the buyers and sellers.

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July 25 2012

17:51

Famous websites Drop Down Menus


Famous websites Drop Down Menus, creative drop down menu, famous website's drop down menu styles, Leading designer designs, Stylish menu,creative drop down menu, famous website's drop down menu styles, Leading designer designs, Stylish menu

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06:03

Awesome Website Templates


Our templates include the latest jQuery, CSS3 and HTML5, responsive, single page and JS Animated website templates. These awesome website templates include cool features like drop down menus, jquery image slider animation intros, minimal design, responsive design, parallax scrolling, image & animation effects, full screen background images, smart typography, social networking icons, photo galleries with lightbox effect, contact forms, google maps & more! Templates include the source files so it can be customized completely. Preview, buy and download these awesome ready made website templates now!

Tags: Webdesign

July 24 2012

21:12

WordPress Releases Its New Version 3.4


WordPress unveils its latest 3.4 version, providing a host of striking features like- ability to test themes before applying it to the website and add HTML code to put captions on the images.

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13:20

50 Really Cool Retro Vintage Style Websites for Inspiration


In modern life,retro syle never loses its popularity and you can see retro/vintage styles in almost every business.When it comes to web design,retro style is also popular among designers.Not just think about the whole website design but you can see many retro elements combined with modern web style.

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08:25

Best Church Website Templates


Entheos offers a range of church website templates created in Flash, XML Flash, Joomla, PSD, JS Animation, WordPress and more. High-quality design, interesting page transitions and animations, easy-to-use content management systems for quick updates and revisions, textured backgrounds, slideshows and photo galleries make these church website templates stand out. Whether your church wants to focus on community, worship, family, outreach, missions or young people, you’ll find a template that matches your requirements here.

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May 07 2012

10:08

World of Watercolor: Beautiful Watercolor Effects in Web Design and Tutorials


  

Using watercolor in web design is not a new thing that designers are implementing, by any means. In fact, it has been used in web design for years. In no small part due to the fact that digital watercolor effects are inspiring and attention-grabbing, and on top of that, easy to achieve. In this collection, we have put together some beautiful examples of watercolor effects in web design for your inspiration.

All of the sites and tutorials have been hand-picked, and demonstrate the allure and beauty that this wonderful effect can add to the web. So, let us take a close look at this collection, and get some inspiring and tempting ideas for web design projects to come. Enjoy!

World of Watercolor

Boompa makes use of appealing and soothing watercolor effects that look astonishingly beautiful and mesmerizing.

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Istok Pavlovic‘s website showcases some excellent and visually pleasing watercolor effects not only in the background, but also all over the site.

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Chris Sharp uses watercolor effects against a black background, which can be tricky to do and have the effects stand out. But here the balance has been found nicely.

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Five Points Interactive uses watercolor effects very decoratively throughout the background and header.

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Giancarlo Fajardo, you’ll notice, has some darker tones that blend perfectly with the lighter toned background giving the whole design a very soft look.

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Syster has amazing watercolor effects used in the design. And while the header really shines here, the top navigation menus as well as the footer have also been designed quite creatively.

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Weberica, while not the most outstanding site design on the list, the large, decorative header makes this design’s use of watercolor effects stand out.

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Corvus Art has a very beautiful and visually alluring header design with some exceptional effects that complement the entire site.

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Le Bloe‘s designer tried to give a very charming and shimmering look to the design that was accomplished wonderfully with the use of watercolors.

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CSS Addict has a very calming and pleasing look, and the watercolor effects used make it even more so.

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All for Design, though it is somewhat similar to the design of CSS Addict, it stands apart from it mainly because of the type of watercolor effects used. The big difference is the header.

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Football Made in Africa‘s overly imaginative design is full of impressive watercolor effects that add a grungy textured look to the site.

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Web Designer Wall is a popular site whose use of watercolor effects really stand out and make the header shine.

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Imoments takes an imaginative approach to using watercolors in the web design. The page does not feature any significant content rather just the graphics and astonishing watercolor effects.

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Bcandullo
This website’s layout is somewhat busy and full of different kinds of elements. The use of watercolors in the header is quite lively and represents an energetic spirit.

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Wccnet contains various beautiful watercolor effects in the footer area, which stands out against rest of the site which is very understated and plain.

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Deborah Cavenaugh uses watercolors to great extent, and the effects have been incorporated very well within the design to give it a complete and interesting look.

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Davide Savelli‘s website is designed on the concept of minimalism and does not contain too much in the way of graphical elements, which makes the watercolor effects used really pop.

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Sunrise Design uses vivid watercolor effects and has successfully pulled it off. The bright green and yellow colors gives the web design a feel of happiness and joy.

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Big Cartel‘s use of cool green shades and beautiful illustrations are the main visual draws in this otherwise very simple design.

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Small White Bear‘s design brings out a very positive and soothing change in your mood with its soft, comforting watercolor effects.

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Efinterns‘s beautiful and gratifying use of watercolor effects works well with this quite unusual, and quite dynamic design.

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Pallygiraffe‘s vivid and energetic colors brings the design a feel of liveliness and vigor.

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Designer Interviews‘ simple, sophisticated design uses watercolor effects quite minimally, yet they stand apart from the rest of the site.

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Billyhughes.oph‘s various shades of blue with beautiful mouse over effects in the header are sufficient enough to grab the attention and make this website a memorable one.

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N.design Studio‘s design, uses watercolor effects quite creatively throughout, with big, bold typography and large images.

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Xhtml Cafe has a very appealing design with watercolor effects not only in the header, but also in the footer to make it look even more stunning.

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Sietedefebrero limits the use of watercolor effects to the header, but the header itself speaks volume about its creation.

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Moon Beam Illustrations website stands out, mainly because of the use of excellent watercolor effects. The background textures fully enhance the beauty.

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Tutorials

Watercolored Design Studio Blog Layout
In this tutorial you will learn how to make a clean and simple watercolor based layout for a blog. The PSD is available for download.

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Creating an Abstract Watercolor Wallpaper
There are plenty of ways to create a watercolor effect in Photoshop. Some are very cheesy and you can easily tell that a simple filter has been used. In this tutorial, we will be using Layer Masking.

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Create Cool Watercolor Effects in Photoshop
In this tutorial we will learn how to create cool watercolor effects of your very own in Photoshop to build up your design arsenal.

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Create Convincing Watercolor Effects Using Photoshop
This is a short tutorial about creating convincing watercolor effects in Photoshop. We’ll use a picture of a crane, several watercolor brushes and a texture to obtain this particular effect.

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Create a Nature Inspired Painted Background in Photoshop
In this tutorial, we will show you some techniques for creating watercolor effect backgrounds.

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Super Cool Watercolor Effect in 10 steps in Photoshop
In this tutorial we will learn how to create a quick and easy watercolor effect for your design needs.

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Create a Watercolor-Themed Website Design with Photoshop
In this tutorial you will learn how to use the Art History Brush and combine it with watercolor custom brushes to create a nice background header image and more for web design projects.

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Easy Watercolor Painting Effect In Photoshop
In this Photoshop tutorial, you learn how to easily make a photo look more like a watercolor painting. This photo effect works best on images where maintaining rich colors and strong contrast is more important than keeping any fine details, since you’ll be losing a lot of detail with this effect.

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All for Now

That wraps up the post on our side, now we are turning the discussion over to you. Use the comment section to tell us your thoughts on the collection and to share some of your favorite sites and tutorials that feature watercolor effects.

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May 04 2012

08:00

The Human Touch: Building User Relationships and Trust In Web Design


  

When creating websites you have to consider a great deal of aspects such as usability, visual-appeal, the technical side, and last but not least, brand building. Many successful and profitable businesses have been tackled this brand building with user-centric website design. They do this for different reasons, but the one that tends to draw most brands in this direction, is the way it often helps build a relationship with their users.

There are several ways that one can go about building user relationships and trust through web design, and putting a face with the design is one that, when done well, can score a lot of points for you and your brand. To add that personal element to your brand, your website can be one of your brand’s most effective weapons. But it has to be done with care to ensure that it is handled properly.

Below is a list that is filled with great examples of people making their website designs not only visually appealing, but also trustworthy by adding the human touch.

The Human Touch

1. Beyond Commerce recreates a sense of the individual approach to every customer using a properly selected slogan and the image of the singing song in your honor.

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2. Hitmo studio shows eagerness to fighting on your side and working as a team against the problems. The image also plays the role of visual interpretation of the main slogan.

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3. Netbluez provokes good feelings that are usually associated with the image of child-like keenness, honesty and purity of mind. The well treated photo highlights the main message and completes the whole design.

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4. Creative People is a great example, where the image not only makes the whole design look fresh and mysterious, but also gets users to believe that this agency works with really talented people, who definitely use unconventional approaches.

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5. Forty Seven Media presents people behind the scene with a touch of quaintness. The appearance of the potential performers shine with eagerness and creativity, convincing us of their good intentions.

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6. Gavin Castleton‘s site uses a masterful photomanipulation to both divide the website into two functional parts and to inspire confidence by means of showing off the designer’s skills.

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7. Digital Hands like with the previous example, the agency bets on creativeness and skillfulness of their workers, using an exceptional image that should convince users that such talented people wont let us down.

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8.  Jorge Rigabert‘s whole website design is made with such a scrupulousness and attention to the smallest details that the self-portrait of the executor only adds seriousness to his intentions to do the job perfectly.

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9. Chandan Roy Sanyal is not afraid to show his dark side. This unwonted and peculiar image can be regarded as an attempt to be honest with the users.

Chandan Roy Sanyal

10. SEOCOM plays with the illustrated names of search engines and social media websites to bring users the idea that they are on familiar terms with web giants, thus making users feel that they are real pros.

SEOCOM

11. Griffinabox uses a trick with transparent display to say “Hey, this is the guy who will do all the work for you”, and he is always within reach.

Griffinabox

12. Gauged2 shows all their staff by creating offbeat photos and small descriptions. Focusing on making visitors familiar with all the members of the team and making an impression of an honest and open company.

Gauged2

13. Raffaele Leone greets you with open arms and with serenity on his face. Raffaele wants to make his website a welcoming place where you will feel safe and sound.

Raffaele Leone

14. Jeremija Webdesign uses the power of gestures, putting in users minds that he is talking directly to them. Simply establishing the bond between him and the person behind the screen.

Jeremija webdesign

15. Thathurtabit uses another powerful psychological tool – facial expression. A great deal of people associate  smile and “hi-five” gesture with goodwill, fairness and eagerness. And  he really does know about it.

Thathurtabit

16. Michael Wong presents himself as a daring and responsible warrior of website design and development, who will lead you through the web jungles and won’t leave you in any case. Making users believe that with him they will be safe.

Michael Wong

17. Quodis calls on your imagination, creating a whimsical slider that instills the idea of full understanding and perfect cooperation among all the members, making their company the place to visit.

Quodis

18. Volunteer Louisiana incorporates images of its members and of the people who regularly volunteer. Showing appreciation – cause for others to “remove their shields” and be more friendly and thoughtful.

Volunteer Louisiana

19. Jorge Riera realizes the importance of eye contact between himself and the user behind the screen, adding amiability and geniality with his smile.

Jorge Riera

20. Soul Media does a good job of using geekiness, instilling the sense of hopeless dedication to you and your project.

Soul Media

21. Bokche builds a brand around himself, integrating the impression of stability, gravity and safety. Making the customers believe that they really can rely on him.

Bokche

22. Michele Giorgi concentrates on several images, each of which depicts different emotions. The first shows tranquility, the second the artistic side of Michele, and the last one displays a willingness and eagerness to start working.

Michele Giorgi

23. Smultron‘s imagery conveys the sense that “everything is going to be alright”.

Smultron

Share Your Thoughts

That concludes this side of the showcase, but things are just getting started. What are some of your favorite sites that use the human touch to help make a connection with their users and begin building that trust in their brand? Be they on this list, or not. Leave us your thoughts in the comment section.

(rb)

April 21 2012

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1WD’s Super Collection of Web Design Posts

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Nearly three and a half years ago in 2008 an idea was born. An idea based on love and passion about design. Couple of mockups, sleepless nights and cups of coffee and a blog was about to come to light. Little by little with hard work and ambition the blog grew bigger and bigger and attracted more and more designers from all over the world. Yes, that’s the story of 1stwebdesigner. Now being the third largest design blog and attracting over 3 million monthly visitors we can truly be proud of the success we gained.

A couple weeks ago we reached our thousandth post. One thousand, really? Can you imagine a pile of a thousand books, a thousand ideas running through your mind for a thousand nights? We’ve managed to achieve that amount of articles in three years. Ideas come and go, trends and technology change, but there are still some articles that have been, and will, stick around. With this post we’d like to start a new series of articles – 1stwebdesigner’s unique pages. We will gather the very best content from 1stwebdesigner reaching as far as the beginning. The series will cover all the major and popular themes such as web design, tutorials, WordPress, jQuery, freelancing, inspiration and many more. We’ve gone through dozens of pages, reviewed your comments and choices so these series are basically chosen by you, our dear reader.

For the first article of the series we’ve chosen an important topic. The beginning web designer’s guide to a successful career. This blog has helped many designers with insightful articles, useful tips and brilliant tutorials. Thus, we decided to compile the best of the best. This article contains all the basics you need to know about web design and also some basic development stuff since knowing that will just make your work a lot easier. The article is divided into sections so you can start from the very beginning and gradually move up. Good luck with the learning and stay tuned for more articles.

Basics

I will have to sadden you if you thought that you’d open Photoshop and start creating stunning websites from the get go. Before diving into the intricate and advanced aspects of web design you need to learn the fundamentals of it. Starting with history and moving up to some basic tips. If you’re absolutely new to web design this is where you should start. This section contains some of our best beginner and explanatory articles on fundamentals and basics of web design. Study the history, get to know the modern trends and learn from examples.

1. 11 Essential Tips Every Designer Should Be Aware Of

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Almost every profession requires never-ending learning and self educating, but especially it’s important in design field – new software, websites, tools come out every day, it’s your task to keep up, evolve your view and find the best ways to do specific tasks. This article contains some essential things every growing designer and not only should keep in mind.

2. 20 Reasons Why Your Website Design Sucks Part 1

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No matter how good or bad personal style is, the truth is that everyone has one. However, when design conventions are left out of a project, the result will be a bad or uninteresting design. That is exactly what happens with those terrible clients, when they try to implement their personal style without knowing anything about design conventions. This post will cover 10 common beginner pitfalls in web design and how to avoid them.

3. 10 Basic Visual Web Design Mistakes

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No doubt, all of you has so many experiences of seeing so many web design when surfing in internet. It often happens that you see more bad web design layout than a good one. This article covers 10 basic visual web design mistakes and tips to avoid them.

4. Ancient Website Design Practices That Beginners Should Avoid Part 1

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This article is intended for beginners in the field of web design and development. It talks about old design practices that have died off several years ago, but up to now some are still being used. The goal is to discuss why these practices are bad and to instill in the minds of budding designers and developers that doing the right thing even if it’s hard to do and hard to learn will greatly pay off in the future.

5. Ancient Web Design Practices that Beginners Should Avoid Part 2

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Part one mostly talked about the errors designers and developers make, here in part two you will also have the chance to read about the problem with what “webmasters” or website owners do to sully their names. Also be sure to read the comments because, very often, the gems are hidden there.

6. Things Web Designers Do That People Love

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Web designers and web developers often wonder what kind of things they should do so that their audience will love them. This article will talk about those little things that create a big impact on people throughout the internet.

7. Web Design History: From The Beginning

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The history of the internet is short, but so much has changed within that time. It has radically changed how we live our lives. More importantly, the internet has created thousands of jobs that did not exist a decade ago. These include jobs in SEO marketing, online telemarketing, freelance writing, blogging and of course, in web design. In this article you’ll find out how everything evolved and turned out the way it is now.

8. The Elements of Design in Modern Web Design

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The elements of design are pivotal in creating an eye-catching, harmonious design that speaks to your audience and shouldn’t be overlooked. They are the fundamental elements of design which can be called upon when you reach a tough part of the design process. Becoming familiar with these elements means you have the knowledge to make sound decisions in regards putting a design together.

9. Future of Web Design – Facts and Thoughts

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Web design has changed tremendously in the last few years and it’s still changing. More than changing, web design is evolving and evolution is bounded with complexity. Although the industry is not in danger some web designers are. Sounds contradictory right? Not really. The truth is that the web design industry is healthy and growing, new jobs are being added, more clients are emerging and consequently more agencies and companies related to the business.

10. 20 Reasons Why Your Website Design Sucks Part 2

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Like the previous article, this one’s focusing on another 10 mistakes that can transform your website design into an unpleasant place to be. However, this time you won’t see extremely bad layouts that make you laugh, instead you’re going next level and will focus on bigger mistakes that good designers make.

Design tutorials

Photoshop still is designer’s tool of the trade number one. You have given it a try but aren’t quite sure about the results and some commands still confuse you? In this section you’ll find some of our most successful and instructive tutorials that will teach you how to be a solid web designer.

1. 1st Photoshop Web Design Professional Layout Tutorial

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This tutorial will guide you through the process of creating a beautiful, clean and professional business type web design.

2. Learn How To Create A Clean Layout In Photoshop [Very Detailed]

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In this Photoshop tutorial you’ll learn how to create a clean looking website layout, you’ll also be using 960s grid system to keep everything aligned. This is very detailed tutorial, so if you have basic knowledge about Photoshop you should be able to easily keep up and let the tutorial guide you through this layout creation process.

3. GD Auto Service: Learn How to Create an Awesome Landing Page in Photoshop

Auto-service-beginner-intermediate-guide

In this tutorial tutorial you are going to create an awesome landing page for GD Auto Service as an example. The template will have a cool logo, search bar, navigation, slider gallery, login panel, blog, services, testimonials and footer.

4. Burnstudio: Create An Amazing Personal Website From Scratch Using Photoshop

Burnstudio-beginner-intermediate-guide

Have you ever had a hard time designing your own personal website? Thinking of what elements, shapes, font styles will suit your design? This tutorial wil guide you in creating a stylish personal website. You will be using mostly shapes, layer styles, and fonts to create a new personal website.

5. 9 Etiquettes And Tips of a Photoshop Rockstar Designer

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With the abundance of online resources, tutorials, blogs and articles which keep on excavating the trade of photoshoping, anybody with passion and readiness to work hard can become a pro over time. But what does it take to transition from just a pro, to ‘the best’? Why are there some designers who are always the best? Check out this article to find what it takes to be a rockstar designer.

6. 1st Ideas: Create a Stylish Design Agency Website [Very Detailed]

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In this tutorial you’re going to be showed how to create a stylish agency website. This tutorial will be quite long, yet don’t be afraid. The techniques and tricks learned will be invaluable. You will be using tools gradients mostly, combination of light and dark colors.

Development tutorials

The title says this is web designer’s guide however as already mentioned in the introduction if you want to be a rockstar web designer you do have to know some basics of this. Knowing how to slice your design into a functional HTML/CSS will just make your work a lot easier. This section is just right for those who already are a bit familiar with the designing process yet are willing to bring their designs to the life. you. Below you’ll find some of our best basic coding tutorials to get you going.

1. How to Create a Minimalist and Typographic Blog Layout From Scratch

Typographic-blog-beginner-intermediate-guide

Typography is probably one the most important and powerful design element ever, so in this you will learn how to create this minimalist theme scratch including XHTML, CSS and WordPress.

2. 9 Inspirational Website Effects Deconstructed

Effects-deconstructed-beginner-intermediate-guide

As you may know, there are lots of great tutorials out there which can definitely help you practice, learn and achieve amazing results. The good thing about having so many tutorials to learn from is precisely that – you have a large variety of sources to choose from. Sometimes though, the tutorials aren’t clear, or difficult to understand or you just can’t apply it in the real world. The purpose of this article is to provide you with resources and insights about how you can learn from your favourite websites, learning and taking advantage from real implemented effects and functionalities.

3. 17 CSS/HTML Effects with Cross-Browsing Alternatives

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We surely have a lot of different ways to achieve similar effects and with CSS the hardest part is to make it look good in almost every browser. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel every time, if you get one good snippet that does what you want (and you understand what is happening) you don’t need to reinvent it every time you need a simple round corner, right? Thus, the point here is to collect some cool CSS effects that you should be using.

4. How to Create an Awesome Blurry Menu Using CSS

Blurry-menu-beginner-intermediate-guide

Today you will get a perfect and simple blurry menu effect via CSS. In addition to it, you will get a useful multiple borders effect. To achieve this effect you will need to have a basic understanding of HTML and CSS. You will work with IE filters and text-shadow, but there is no reason to worry if you have never used it, they’re all well and simply explained.

5. Convert Burnstudio from PSD to HTML [Very Detailed]

Convert-psd-html-beginner-intermediate-guide

In this article you will learn how to convert Burnstudio Personal Website from PSD to HTML in a detailed step-by-step tutorial. You will learn how to create this layout by using a CSS framework, some CSS styles and JavaScript. When you’ve completed this tutorial you’ll have a valid HTML/CSS, cross browser compatible and dynamic layout.

Inspiration

Inspiration is an inalienable part of every type of art. Web design is not an exception. While working you’ll often find yourself in situations where you’ll want to look how others have resolved this or that problem. Having a lot of inspiration sources will lighten your creative work and help to find your own uniqe style. In this section you’ll find some neat and inspirational articles to keep your creative flame buning. Also be sure to check out our Inspiration section out to find some fantastic things.

1. Web Galleries as a Source of Inspiration for Designers

Web-galleries-beginner-intermediate-guide

There are a number of web galleries that feature inspirational web designs. These web galleries serve a purpose, and that is to update people on new trends and showcase sites that are pushing the boundaries. It is important, as a designer, that you know what the latest trends are and see how other people are pushing the boundaries. In this article, you will find some of the best web galleries that you can reference for inspiration.

2. Inspiring Videos For Designers & Developers

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Whether you’re a motion designer, front-end developer or economy student – you have to keep up with the times and constantly increase your knowledge and broaden your professional viewpoint. One of the best ways to do that is by watching videos from professionals and experts in your field. Videos don’t have to be strictly instructive. A good and gripping video can inspire you for the rest of the day. In this article you’ll find a compilation of 40 awesome, inspiring and valuable videos varying from entrepreneurship to web design and self-motivation which will help you to develop new skills, gain a bunch of inspiration and simply look at things from a different perspective.

3. 30 Sources To Get Your Web Design Inspiration

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If You are developing web designs, then you know there is times when you struggle without any ideas. That’s the time when these web sites becomes handy. This post contains a nice list with some of the most known web gallery sites showcasing and listing well design sites into different categories, letting you to promote and demote all designs.

4. Great Art Movements That Inspired Modern Web Designers

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The first modern designers are, of course, inspired by traditional and classical art. We designers, as a whole, get our ideas of beauty and aesthetics from by viewing paintings, sculptures and artworks from the most powerful art movements in history. Here are among the top art movements in the 20th century that helped shape how we view art and beauty.

5. 33 Excellent “OUT OF THE BOX” Ways for Creatives to find Inspiration

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Feeling uninspired? Running dry on inspiration is normal. We all get there at some point and none of us feel very comfortable being there. Every one gets tensed when having no inspiration. This article shares some great tips to get back to the creative corner. Some tips may seem funny but seriously give them a try and you will love them.

Resources

Resources and assets are on of the most important things in web design. Learning how to use premade resources and enhancing your workflow is a huge part of being a web designer. Sometimes finding these resources may be quite time-consuming but that’s where blogs like this come to aid. In this section you’ll find almost every resource you’ll need when starting off.

1. 45 Online Generators For Designers And Developers To Do The Job Faster!

Online-generators-beginner-intermediate-guide

Online generators can be extremely handy for creating small details or saving time writing code. Whether it’s a striped background, a pattern or an advanced CSS3 text effect, online generators can surely make your workflow go smoother. This post presents 45 of the best and latest online generators for designers and developers. The emphasis has been put on CSS3 generators since CSS3 is quickly becoming the new progressive web standard.

2. 50 Superb & Free PSD Files From Dribbble To Learn From The Best

Dribbble-psd-beginner-intermediate-guide

Either for self-promotion or simply for goodwill and to help others, the truth is that finding free resources and inspiration can be a really easy task. If you are an experienced designer, you know the best way to learn is by just looking and studying other people’s work. PSD files can be a powerful way to learn and fulfill your work expectations. This collection includes some fantastic UI kits, a lot of assets for web and graphic design, as well as a few cool icons. These PSDs are as perfect for learning as they are for your future projects.

3. 30+ Best Websites to Download Free PSD Files

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PSD files are very useful resources for learning purpose because you can see all the layers and also what techniques have been used to create the work. In this article you’ll find almost all possible websites to find free high-quality PSD files.

4. Photoshop WebDesigner Toolbox: All the Resources You’ll Ever Need

Photoshop-toolbox-beginner-intermediate-guide

If you’re using Photoshop daily it’s essential to have an asset library. Having a pre made toolbox or asset library can be extremely handy. While you could spend countless hours making your own resources, usually there’s no need to do that. Nowadays the web is full of pre made high-quality resources. This post contains various resources, sites and tools that can considerably boost your workflow, free up some time on your agenda and simply enhance your projects.

5. Don’t Reinvent the Wheel – 100+ Links of Design Elements and Resources

Design-elements-resources-beginner-intermediate-guide

Have you ever thought that every day, while you are busy doing your work, there are a lot of people doing almost the same thing as you? And they are releasing it. For free. And sometimes we just forget all this stuff and lose a lot of time doing things that just didn’t need to be done. Someone else has done it for us. Why should you start from scratch if you can get some cool things and just make them better? So, this is a post with a lot of links to resources and comments about them.

6. 18 Wireframing, Mockup And Prototyping Tools To Plan Designs

Wireframe-tools-beginner-intermediate-guide

Many beginners usually forget how important it is to plan your webdesign, sitemaps, draw flowcharts,wireframes before actually starting to design a functional and beautiful design. If paper and pen ain’t for you check out this article and find some useful tools for wireframing, mockuping and prototyping.

7. 20+ Useful CSS3 and HTML5 Frameworks, Tools and Templates

Html5-css3-frameworks-beginner-intermediate-guide

Everyone of you has heard about HTML5 and CSS3. And you probably are cognizant with the features these two offer. However, you may be asking yourself – Is is time to change? Should I forget everything I know and dive into this new world? Well, actually you don’t have to. There a lot of tools that make that transition to new and better technologies safer and smoother. Frameworks are really helpful with this. They’ve already been tried, tested and proven. Of course, you can always make them better, but they are a really good starting point. This article will talk a little about frameworks and other tools, like generators and templates.

8. 10 Useful Tools For Cross-Browser Compatibility Check

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Something that makes a website great  is when it is compatible in multiple browsers regardless of version. Technically this is referred to as cross-browser compatibility. This can be a struggle for developers throughout the creation of their websites. If a user cannot view your website properly, he will not blame the operating system or his browser, he will blame the website itself. In this article you will find ten useful tools that you can use for your cross-browser compatibility check.

Going Further

So you’re now cognizant with all the basic stuff and it’s time to go further. How to redesign a website, what’s UX and how, for instance, your typefaces will effect it? This section will take you into the next level and discuss things like responsive web, redesigning, preparing for a project etc.

1. Beauty vs. Function: On Redesigning

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The thought of producing the best possible design, either from scratch or redesigning something, gives jitters to the heart of many designers. Even professionals in the field can’t quite balance beauty and function. In this article you’ll find things to take into consideration when planning a redesign.

2. A Brief Introduction to Web 3.0

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For many, Web 2.0 is characterized mainly by the ability of users to share information quickly with others, which has been developed into the phenomenon that we call social media. From Twitter to Facebook to YouTube and to all sorts of other kinds of communities, Web 2.0 is all about sharing and seeing. Now if you recall or were around during what is now known as Web 1.0, information was put up on a website and that was it–the best way of sharing it was privately through e-mails and such. There was little to no communication and if you wanted information, you had to go to the source for it. Can you imagine such a harsh internet? Now with Web 2.0 on it’s way out, the obvious question is, what in the world is Web 3.0 going to be?

3. 15 Most Influential People in Web Design

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The web design industry is continuously changing and there are many people who are setting the bar higher every day with their incredible work and contribution to the web design community. Here is a list of just a few of the people who are responsible for changing the meaning of web design with their awesome work and concepts.

4. Preparing For a Web Design Project

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There are several stages during the process of a web design project, and every stage is important to achieve a positive end result. In order to proceed to the research phase, you need to gather information and know what the project is about, which technology is required, the target audience, goals, content, etc. Every professional designer or developer work in different ways, however, this article’s goal is to give you good insights about how you can prepare and deal with some practical aspects of a web design project.

5. 4 Reasons Why Designers and Developers Should Learn to Write

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If you are using the internet to gather and share information you really must learn this secret. What is the secret, you ask? The secret is that everyone should learn how to write in order to advance well. The days of people who focus only on one skill is numbered. Slowly, and steadily, a rise of designers, photographers, developers, and anyone who knows what a blog is are starting to write. This will be harsh for people whose desire is to focus only on their trade. People in the online community will soon eradicate specialists, the internet will be filled with Jack-of-all-trades and if you are not one you won’t get noticed. Learn why it’s good to master writing skills and how to do that.

6. Redesign Process: Taking Small Steps for a Better Website

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This is an experimental article, where you will see whole redesigning process behind the scenes and read different way of thinking. In this review you will be leaded through necessary steps needed to get successful redesign.

7. A 5-Step Checklist for Mobile Website Designs

Mobile-checklist-beginner-intermediate-guide

As the number of people browsing the web from mobile devices increases, the demand for websites that respond to those devices surges. And still there are websites that aren’t equipped with the tools necessary to respond to those changes, whether it be lack of information or just not having the time or money to upgrade. This article will walk you through five fundamental checkpoints to keep in mind in the creation of your mobile website.

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