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Tips for Designing a Beautiful Single-Page Portfolio Website - http://designm.ag/freelan...
Advertise here with BSA Many trends in general web design can also be applied to single page layouts. But there are some unique features to the lone webpage which can add more flavor into a design. Like most of the web design field, common sense and user experience always trumps inessential creative ideas. But that doesn't mean anybody can just understand the best techniques for creating a single page design. In this post I'd like to share a few ideas on how to create usable, tactile portfolios with content featured on a single page. Mobile users are growing rapidly so you have to be thinking about clickable and swipeable interfaces at all times. Advertise here with BSA
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35 Mobile Responsive Portfolio Website Layouts - http://designm.ag/inspira...
Advertise here with BSA A portfolio is used to showcase your creative work to anyone with Internet access. The goal is to present your talent front & center making it easy to navigate. Responsive layouts will look stunning on any device allowing visitors to can check out your work from their laptop, tablet, or even smartphone. It's tough to build a naturally responsive layout without a bit of practice. You want to understand which traits work best and how people normally interact with your website. This gallery includes 35 outstanding examples of fully-responsive portfolio website designs. Take a look over this collection and see if you notice any repeating trends. UI Patterns may help you identify solutions when designing your own portfolio. GoodBytes Advertise here with BSA
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Top 20 WordPress Theme Creators From 2014 - http://designm.ag/article...
Advertise here with BSA Looking for a great design for your website? Do you also want it to work smoothly and to be easy for you to use and customize? And since you’re at it, with everyone using tablets and mobile phones now, it should also be responsive. Well, lucky for you, there are many great WordPress themes you can find that fulfill all these requirements. You can find below the best 20 WordPress themes creators. Make sure to browse through their galleries of beautifully designed and highly functional themes. There’s surely something there that will catch your eye and suit your needs. Meanthemes Advertise here with BSA
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Different Audiences Seeking Different Alternatives to Website Creation - http://designm.ag/article...
Advertise here with BSA The web design industry is advancing at dizzying speed. What used to work just fine two years ago is decidedly obsolete today, and the website creation public adapts to these changes. Websites are brought to life by three categories of creators: pros (who often turn to WordPress), non-pros (who use website builders such as IM Creator), and enterprises (who make their own highly customized systems). Professionals Most web designers are keen on delivering pixel-perfect client projects. They put in a lot of work, and would rarely shy away from the long-drawn out task of coding, given the choice. However, time is of the essence, especially for freelancers. Advertise here with BSA
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Introduction to Responsive HTML Newsletters with Zurb Ink Framework - http://designm.ag/resourc...
Advertise here with BSA The learning process to create an efficacious newsletter is often tiring and difficult. But as you get more comfortable with newsletter design these ideas become simpler and easier. You'll always need a solid understanding of design principles when creating e-mail notices or newsletters. But you also need to know how to code newsletters in a manner that's best suited for most e-mail clients. I'd like to introduce Ink by Zurb which is a responsive newsletter framework. The basic template uses standard HTML tags for creating single-column or multi-column layouts which naturally respond to screen size. It's all fairly easy to understand once you've spent a bit of time playing with the code. I'll provide a quick walkthrough of the design process and how to use the framework. Advertise here with BSA
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How to Really Accomplish What You Need to Get Done by Becoming More Accountable - http://designm.ag/freelan...
Advertise here with BSA We're well into 2014 by now. How are you coming with your annual freelance web design business goals? That's what I thought. But don't worry. It's not just you. Most of us are behind on our goals. One of the biggest perks of freelancing is also one of the biggest problems. To be precise, the problem is the fact that you don't answer to a boss. Most freelancers that I know love the fact that no one is looking over their shoulder to make sure that they get their work done. And I agree. Not having a boss can be great. Want a day off? Just take it. Having trouble getting started in the morning? No problem. Get up later. Don't feel like working today? Then don't. Do you dread working with that problem client today? Put it off until tomorrow. You get the picture. There's a lot of freedom when you're a freelancer. Unfortunately, sometimes that freedom means that you don't get your work done. You may miss deadlines. You may not keep up with your accounting tasks. You...
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Tips & Tricks for Managing Efficient WordPress Websites - http://designm.ag/wordpre...
Advertise here with BSA One of the easiest CMS engines to learn is WordPress. They have a free service where newbies can sign up to learn the system without committing to a full domain name. Once you get a personal server there are many additional benefits, however it can become more confusing to manage an entire WordPress website. Thankfully there's a ton of resources online for learning how to utilize WordPress to its fullest potential. In this guide I want to share a few tips for managing your own efficient & speedy WordPress website. The system may seem confusing at first but it's really easy to learn with a bit of time. Practicing the backend will make everything else a lot easier to grasp, and this includes customizing plugins or theme files. Advertise here with BSA
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What You Absolutely Must Know Before You Form a Web Design Partnership - http://designm.ag/freelan...
Advertise here with BSA Should you work with a freelance design partner? The answer is "maybe." Not every freelancer is cut out to be in a partnership. And not every pair of freelance designers who decide to work together succeed. For many, working with a freelancing partner is the best thing that ever happened to them. But for others, forming a partnership results in nothing but chaos and misery. What's the difference? That's an excellent question, and one that we'll explore in this post. We'll look at why some partnerships work and others don't. I'll also provide five tips to help you form a working web design partnership. If you liked this post, you may also like 10 Essential Guidelines for Freelance Collaboration. Advertise here with BSA
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Pixel Accurate Parallax Sites? Join Webydo’s Code-Free Experience (sponsored) - http://designm.ag/sponsor...
Advertise here with BSA We’re at a pivotal time where it is important to create engaging and memorable websites for our clients, and to find platforms that will help us to achieve this along the way. One of the most important names in the industry is Webydo, which provides a web design platform that allows designers to create websites from the ground up without writing any code. The newest feature addition is Webydo’s pixel accurate, code-free Parallax Scrolling Animator that enables creative individuals to add this eye-catching and highly interactive effect to their projects. Parallax Scrolling Animations gives you the power to define the way your site’s pages move and changes as viewers scroll through it and has easily become one of the most talked about trends in web design industry at the moment. To add to the conversation is Webydo’s recent feature release of their code-free Parallax Scrolling Animator. This new feature to their platform will enable web creators to add Parallax...
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Gridgum’s Mammoth June $2000 Giveaway (sponsored) - http://designm.ag/giveawa...
Advertise here with BSA Gridgum is a marketplace that seeks to provide the best responsive themes available. For a developer, Gridgum is a great place to sell your themes. As a customer you can find a great variety of responsive themes, some of them including an installation and setup package to help you get going. Browsing through this marketplace’s galleries you will find templates developed with a wide variety of frameworks such as Bootstrap, Foundation or Skeleton. If you’re shopping for your new website, Gridgum provides Bootstrap and Wordpress themes, as well as Admin Panels. In order to constantly keep the wide range of responsive themes they offer, Gridgum is always looking for the best developers. Therefore, the marketplace is now hosting the Mammoth June $2000 giveaway.  All you have to do is submit your theme by June 30th 2014 in order to participate in the giveaway and have the chance to win one of the prizes. Advertise here with BSA
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35 Stunning Examples of Elegant Script Typography - http://designm.ag/typogra...
Advertise here with BSA Who doesn't honestly love sophisticated culture? A three-piece suit with the cane & top hat seems to evoke the same feeling of a classy script typeface. Curly lettering with fancy linework has provided an articulate beauty in the design world. With so many custom fonts you might expect all script writing to appear very similar. But custom designers put a lot of work into lettering which often turns into logos, posters, business cards, and other forms of promotional material. Check out this collection of script typography made for print and digital mediums. If you really love fancy design consider a quick look through this gallery with your favorite opera glasses. Keep on Keepin' On Advertise here with BSA
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30 Elegant Themes for Ghost - http://designm.ag/resourc...
Advertise here with BSA A year ago, finding a blogging platform that focused on blogging was impossible. Even content creation platforms that advertised as having an easy set-up and were specifically for bloggers seemed to focus mostly on the creation of the layout of a blog. For instance, WordPress has some amazing news and magazine themes, but it certainly isn't a quick set-up. Tumblr themes are a bit simpler but still come with some bells and whistles that many found annoying. Bloggers just wanted to be able to quickly set up a simple but professionally designed blog and start publishing. John O'Nolan was one such blogger who became frustrated enough with the situation that he hired Hannah Wolfe as lead developer, received funding through Kickstarter, and created a simple blogging platform called Ghost. With so many supporters due to blogging platform ire already, Ghost quickly received the funding it needed to launch on 14 October 2013. The other good news is that there are themes...
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Rapid Prototyping for Web Design: Basic Tips and Resources - http://designm.ag/web-des...
Advertise here with BSA If you've never heard about rapid prototyping it can be defined by the two individual terms. "Rapid" means a speedy action taking place over a short period of time, and a prototype is typically the first model of a project. This process requires fast iterations of design to implement features, test how they work, and fix what doesn't work until you reach a comfortable solution. This article will go over some of the basics to rapid prototyping and how you can get started. I'll be focusing specifically on website design, but keep in mind that you can rapidly prototype any interface including mobile apps or GUIs for software. I've also included some related posts and popular tools for prototyping. Advertise here with BSA
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Avoid These Top Complaints when Developing Mobile Apps - http://designm.ag/uncateg...
Advertise here with BSA Mobile apps are a growing trend these days with 22% of the population across the world owning smartphones and 6% owning tablets. According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 56% of American adults own a smartphone. Many businesses now offer loyal followers apps in place of their website to provide convenient and quick access to their information. Advertise here with BSA
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33 Website Layouts using Creative Vector Icons - http://designm.ag/web-des...
Advertise here with BSA Vector design is the perfect way to jazz up a bland or simplistic layout. Nowadays designers can export SVG icons which naturally expand or animate for unique visual effects. Connecting a branded vector character into your company logo is a memorable way to capture attention. It certainly works for these websites! Below you can find a number of excellent vector-based icons blended into typical website layouts. This is a solid collection of websites to understand how other designers create these effects. You might try designing your own Illustrator vectors for the web and see how they can improve overall visitor interactivity. Metaverse Mod Squad Advertise here with BSA
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Get A Free One-Month Trial And Stream as Many Stock Photos as You Like (sponsored) - http://designm.ag/sponsor...
Advertise here with BSA It seems like it was only yesterday that the only way of getting commercial images to use in design, advertising, or blogging was to enlist the services of a professional photographer. The problem with that picture was the huge toll it took on everyone’s budget. Stock photo agencies saved the day by introducing an affordable and expedite alternative, and today I know lots of people who created accounts with more than one stock merchant. As for me, I have a favorite: YAY Images, which I sometimes refer to as Spotify for images. Every time you enter a keyword, the results page has advanced filters that cut your search short. If you look to the right, you’ll notice a visual search option. With that, you can just drag-and-drop any image – whether it comes from your own folders, from this website, or from the wide expanse of the Internet – and the search engine shows you items from the database that resemble it.  Advertise here with BSA
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Great Giveaway: Enter And Get The Chance To Win A License Of Theme X - http://designm.ag/giveawa...
Advertise here with BSA WordPress themes have evolved a lot in the last years and from simple theme that served only one purpose to multipurpose themes that solve a lot of problems a website owner could have. In this all too competitive market of WordPress themes, if you are in the position of choosing one theme over another, you are facing a difficult task because there are a lot of possibilities. However, not all themes are the same. Some offer more features than other, focusing on functionality and style, making sure that the websites customized with them offer the best visual style and user experience to their visitors. A theme like the ones I’ve been talking about so far is Theme X, a responsive and amazingly customizable WordPress theme. Advertise here with BSA
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The Relationship Between Storytelling and Website Design - http://designm.ag/web-des...
Advertise here with BSA Storytelling is a medium we all find throughout day-to-day life. Sharing experiences from your trip to Cancún is a form of storytelling. In fact, much of life can be seen as the raw material for great storytelling. We like stories because they demonstrate ideas in new ways that we might have never thought about. I feel that the rules of storytelling can be applied to digital interfaces and web design. The precepts of good storytelling are universal across all genres. You must understand how to capture interest and bring people along for the ride. Web design is more fluid because it's not an archetypal story - but the general structure is the same. In this post I want to look at various similarities between good storytelling and good web design. Advertise here with BSA
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50 Free CSS-Only Icons for Website Graphics - http://designm.ag/graphic...
Advertise here with BSA Modern CSS trends have blown up so quickly that it can be difficult to keep up with all the new stuff. Online projects which most surprise me involve pure CSS designs for layouts, animations, and icons. There is still plenty of use for icon sprite sheets in the right context. But why not try out modern trends for the users who have upgraded from legacy browsers? This gallery includes fifty examples of my favorite CSS-based icon designs. Some are animated while others are static interface pieces. These range from general purpose icon sets to character designs created purely within HTML/CSS code. The latter doesn't have much practical use but it's definitely a way of showing off your skillset. Iconex Flat Icons Advertise here with BSA
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Win Three Developer Subscriptions From Elegant Themes And Get Divi 2.0 - http://designm.ag/giveawa...
Advertise here with BSA High standard solutions have always been a common thing at ElegantThemes.com. With more than 200 thousand satisfied customers so far and a long history in this field it is the best source for top quality themes. These products have delighted the WordPress community and other media users as well. If you are looking for a […] Advertise here with BSA
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Top 15 PSD To HTML Conversion Services - http://designm.ag/resourc...
Advertise here with BSA If they could choose, web designers would rather focus on the aesthetics. As well as looking gorgeous, the end result should be compatible across browsers, fast loading and user friendly. It is for this reason that it is a good idea to convert photo shop mockups of designs via a trusted PSD to HTML service, […] Advertise here with BSA
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Are You Really Ready for Freelance Web Design after Graduation? Check Here First - http://designm.ag/freelan...
Advertise here with BSA You're about to graduate. Or maybe next year will be your last year of school. After graduation, you have your career all planned out. There'll be no traditional 9-to-5 grind for you. Your future is in freelancing... or so you think. I have one question for you. If you plan to become a freelance web designer after graduation, are you really ready? You may think you are ready to begin freelancing right out of school, but chances are that you're not. Fortunately, there are some steps to take to prepare yourself for freelance web design even before you graduate. In fact, the earlier you start preparing yourself for freelancing, the better. So, if you've still got another year of school, be glad. That gives you some extra time to get yourself ready for freelancing. However, if you're graduating this year, don't panic. There are still some steps you can take to get ready for freelancing. In this post, I list over ten ways that students can prepare themselves for a...
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Tips for Building Clean Website PSD Mockups in Photoshop - http://designm.ag/photosh...
Advertise here with BSA If you're a web or graphics designer then you should know about that oh-so-adorable design suite Adobe Photoshop. Folks who have been using the software for years can vouch that it's quite difficult to master. There are so many techniques for creating UI elements, website layouts, icons, and other digital graphics. It's crucial that you learn how to organize these assets into a complete, unified design. In this article I'd like to cover methods of organizing PSD files in Photoshop. Whether you're a one-man team or working in a large studio setting, it always helps to stay organized. These tips may appear like common-sense ideas but so many designers overlook this systematic and detailed approach. Advertise here with BSA
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Five Great Wireframe Tools You Might Not Know About - http://designm.ag/wordpre...
Advertise here with BSA It takes a lot of attention to details and impeccable organizing skills to work as a web designer or as a web developer, because any piece of information that is wrongly applied can lead to catastrophic consequences. Whether you start from a brand new idea or work on an existing product, it’s very important for every component of the project to be out in the open and perfectly understood by all who partake in it. Think of when you develop an iPhone app. Every time a client issues a task for the development team, it usually comes in the shape of an idea, followed by the specification of what that app should do. At this point, the app is all schemes, descriptions, and in the best case scenario – flowcharts (Nota pt. Bogdan: /logical schemes). On first glance, it seems like a pleasant little story about how everything ought to work. Actually developing the app in this stage is quite difficult, impossible even, because there is no visual feedback: where does each...
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Building a Mega-Navigation Menu with CSS3 and jQuery - http://designm.ag/tutoria...
Advertise here with BSA Larger navigation menus will typically include separate dropdown lists to appear on hover. But for some websites it can be necessary to expand this dropdown across the entire page. Designers might call this a "mega navigation" for its influence over the whole menu. In this tutorial I want to demonstrate a method of creating one unified mega navigation menu. There are many different techniques you can use to achieve a similar effect. I'll be using jQuery to embed sub-navigation content into a dropdown mega nav box. Take a look at my live demo to see the final design. Live Demo Download Source Code Advertise here with BSA
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Want Help With Your Freelance Business Management? Try Motiv (sponsored) - http://designm.ag/sponsor...
Advertise here with BSA In this day and age, one thing that every business professional complaints of is time. Time is of essence and markets are flooding with many time management apps and software. Now of course different apps suit different people and are intended for different purposes. But if you are a freelancer and are looking for an app to help speed up your work then we have a recommendation for you. You should try out the Motiv app. Motiv’s aim is to provide services for freelancers and people who run small businesses within the creative industries. Writers, designers, coders, programmers, search engine optimizers and marketers can all benefit from a system that has been well crafted to match their needs. Some of the important features of the website are as follows. Dashboard After you register for an account and log in into Motiv you will be greeted by a dashboard that gives you a list of all the details you need at a glance. You can see the status of your most recent...
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iPad POS: The Next Generation Solution For All Retailers? - http://designm.ag/freelan...
Advertise here with BSA Are you one of those people who hate to wait in lines to bill your purchases? Well, wait no more, as iPad and Wi-Fi based Point of Sale systems are now here to stay. iPad POS systems are the wave of the future and they offer multiple benefits that will streamline your billing process by as much as 60 percent. The business website Entrepreneur, states that retailers have yet to jump on to the handheld POS system but its popularity is a given. In fact, the Alabama State University Stadium was the first to incorporate the virtual billing system for its concession vendor service during the first game of the year. The handheld billing systems made it possible to clear a record 5721 sales in the matter of a few hours. This rapid billing system impressed other stadium owners as well and handheld billing systems may be expected to be implemented at all major stadiums in the US. Although this does seem impressive, is it really possible to phase out the traditional...
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30 Opera Browser Extensions for Web Designers and Developers - http://designm.ag/design...
Advertise here with BSA The Opera web browser is a great choice for reliable cross-platform Internet surfing. It's typically quicker than Firefox and offers a longer development history than Chrome. The Opera team works hard to create an expansive browser with plenty of extra features to keep users coming back. And it's fair to say the people who use Opera definitely enjoy the program. This gallery is dedicated to extensions for Opera which can help you design, take apart, reconstruct, or analyze websites. Both designers and developers will find something useful in this collection. Whether you're a long-time user or might just try Opera on a whim, this post has an extension for every web enthusiast. Validator Advertise here with BSA
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How to Deal with Web Design Clients You’ve Never Seen - http://designm.ag/web-des...
Advertise here with BSA "I could never work for someone I've never met." My friend was discussing my freelancing career with me and she couldn't imagine working for clients she'd never met in person. But freelance web designers and other freelancers do it all the time. Many freelancers connect with their clients primarily through the Internet. Their clients might be located across town, or across the world. It's simply not practical or cost-effective to personally visit every web design client. Working with remote clients has some unique challenges. But it's quite possible (and probably even necessary in today's competitive market) to successfully include remote clients into your business strategy. In this post, I'll provide some key strategies for dealing with web design clients that you never meet face-to-face. You're also invited to share any tips you have for dealing with remote clients. If you enjoyed this post, you may also like 6 Common Freelancing Problems That Using a...
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Coding a Toggle-Based FAQ Page with CSS3 and jQuery - http://designm.ag/tutoria...
Advertise here with BSA Company websites often have Frequently Asked Questions for people who don't know much about the corporation or their services. Larger pages with Q&A listed together will often have a table of contents at the top. I don't like this method because the pages end up long and sometimes confusing to navigate. This tutorial is based around a similar idea, but using toggle effects for each question. As the user clicks on a question the answer will slide down and toggle into view. Users can also click already-opened questions which toggles them closed again. This technique is perfect for saving room on the page while cramming together an assortment of helpful information. Live Demo Download Source Code Advertise here with BSA
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