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Looking for a fresh perspective on designing children websites? It’s likely that you are. More and more parents are approaching the web as a way to entertain and educate their children with a variety of stimulating and interactive features unavailable through television. This is why one of the chief objectives for designing child sites is to make them as fun and functional as possible. How can you design child based sites that are appealing and interactive enough to captivate limited attention spans? A few tried and true principles do exist and using these can help designers avoid common mistakes and errors in this type of design. Conventions include the use of interactive games, bright colors and simplified navigation. Designing for child-based audiences doesn’t have to …

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Having difficulties creating an appealing shopping experience on your e-commerce site?  Let’s face it.  Online shopping sites that fail to engage the audience in some meaningful, useful way do not translate into sales very well or generate more business.  One of the best ways to invite shoppers to connect better is through the use of reviews and ratings. In his book “Designing for the Social Web”, Joshua Porter notes that shoppers are on the hunt for reliable, truthful information concerning consumer products, not exaggerated marketing lingo hatched in the minds of sophisticated web copywriters.  Offering creative and stylish ways for shoppers to read and give honest opinions is a great way to attract the type of visitors willing to invest in your business and your …

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Well, everyone has limitations but we make plans around them, all in all. It improves our ingenuity.  We see a potential problem and turn it into an advantage and have an adventure on the way. Face it; we were born with a problem. We were born human. Chuckles at you, folks, you have to face the fact that nothing in life runs smooth all the time, so why should web design be any different. Personally, I think limitations improve our ability to think outside of the box. That little screen in front of us that many of us sit glued to all day long.  Let us look at some of the limitations and ways people have found around them. Flash for instance: Some websites use …

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Designing websites in Fireworks is an interesting concept. Most people use Photoshop files those .psd files. When they send them in the full format that is. I am talking in a large file format here. Where as Photoshop seems to have become the industry standard it’s a good idea not to dismiss Fireworks. It has some huge advantages. Fireworks, was designed as a designers tool. It has specialized as such and not extended its range to be all encompassing like Photoshop. You will find tools in Fireworks, which show that it was built for designers, and those tools make my life easier. Control over Pixilation: Because of the perfect pixel control, you can create an exact feature in pixels by using the tool the exact …

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Are you looking for a way to reach your audience in a new way?  You should definitely know about Tumblr then.  Its popularity is growing rapidly, yet few can say they know what it’s all about.  Consider the Tumblr blog, officially Tumblelogging, the micro-version of a normal blog post and the macro-version of a Twitter post.  Users can upload music, photos, videos and more without the character limitations of Twitter, so posts can be long or short.  What’s more, the entire platform is fully customizable, which makes it a nice playground for creative design innovations. In this post, we’ll take a look at what Tumblr’s all about, giving you a basic foundation to work with.  Then, we’ll show you some of the tricks of the …

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Looking to increase usability even with jQuery events? This is no small feat. In fact, designers rarely think of applying usability principles to jQuery based elements. The truth is that the user experience can be enhanced many times over by bringing the usability thought process into these elements, and we’re here to help. In this post, we’ll take a look at the code and consider several great ways to improve usability in the interactive designs you create. Reassure the User Because in jQuery the user’s action gets everything going, they’ll need visual reassurance that something is happening so that they’re not left in the dark about what’s going on. You, the designer may be fully aware that something is happening, but if the user does …

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Even in web design, communication is critical to success.  No other place is this as true as with e-commerce sites, especially when they include product or service reviews.  Recent observations have shown that the first place that shoppers visit for online shopping of all kinds is Amazon.com, and not necessarily to purchase Amazon products.  They stop there first for the reviews.  Customers want reliable and supportive information they can trust when it comes to making online purchase decisions.  Thus, a presentable review system is an essential ingredient for effective e-commerce design. In this post, we’ll take a look at how to display review systems as well as how to manage customer interaction with reviews from a design standpoint.  Let’s take a look. Presenting a Review …

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Looking for a way to spice up your navigation menu design? After that first glance, users are bound to head to the navigation menu of a site, and if you’re lucky, they’ll come back to it again and again. Needless to say, this is a crucial spot for good-looking design. One smart response to this fact is the vertical navigation menu. These days, the web offers a wealth of inspiring examples for this modern twist on traditional horizontal design. Though, some clients like to stick to the tried and true look of navigation across the top of the screen, others may be willing to go with the more unconventional top-to-bottom look. We’ve pulled together several of the more creative examples to motivate and inspire you …

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Everybody loves a conference. It is one big excuse to party. The fact that you actually meet like minded people and get creative ideas at the same time is a huge plus. It’s meets and greets and the dropping of an idea that makes your mind spin into gear. It’s incredible, how many ideas can spring from a social event and just chatting to someone casually. There have been numerous conferences around the world recently and a few more still to come, so we are going to take a brief look at some of them and see what was there and what ideas might blossom from them. The way their websites were put together and how they attracted people. It’s amazing how many people attend …

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Okay, so the old saying still goes. Pink is for girls and blue is for boys. Hmmm well not much into pink or blue battle but we all know pink does stand out. Adding that extra “x” factor if its used properly. Every now and then you see a pink theme site. And it always catches your eye. It doesn’t matter if its good or bad.  As I feel pink can give life to the site, making it more appealing and warm. I know everybody have there own favorite bits. Let’s view and discuss some of the available pink websites and see what we like or don’t like about them. There are both interesting and frustrating designs out there. We shoot bottles Excellent as far as photographic …

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