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As we all know, image editing software is a must in the digital age. You need your own image editor no matter if you have to create a web interface or to enhance and crop family photos. That’s why I consider that a list with the best editing application can be of a great help. As I always try my hands on new software out there. And following are my favorite four. Check them out. Pixelmator   If you have a Mac, I recommend you Pixelmator. It is a powerful and fast image editing software with a beautiful and intuitive interface. It also has layer support that allows you to organize the documents, varied painting tools and photo correction tools, which you will find very easy …

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So you are thinking of designing a website?  Are you looking for something short and simple, but effective at the same time? Then the perfect choice for you will be non-other than single page websites. Single page design is a simple and authentic way to make a website truly stand out.  If you’re working with a relatively low amount of content and just a few pages, then the single-page format could be your best bet for a good-looking, simple site that’s still fully functional and engaging. Here are a few issues to address with this design.  First on deck is navigation.  Without ease of movement around the site, user satisfaction tends to wane – a predicament can be solved with the use of sticky headers …

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Are you, a web designer or an aspiring web designer? Web mastering has never been so much fun. Learning online for no cost has never been easier. And more accessible with the current availability of Podcasts.  Podcasts are great for web design and all other aspects of web work. It doesn’t matter whether you are just a beginner or already designing and making money online. The ability to look and learn always enhances your skills. In many aspects, they provide a means for you to be able to be among the greats while sitting in the comfort of your own home. Here are some of the current available podcasts. Browse around and get the feel of their antics. 1. B.Sparks courtesy of UIE   Jared Spool CEO of …

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There are many reasons to give your site a redesign.  It could be that you need to add a content management system, or it could the site is using outmoded techniques, or has simply has an unfashionable appearance.  If you want further proof that you need to update your site from time to time, why do you think platforms such as WordPress have interchangeable themes? With the necessity for redesigning a site, here is a complete guide which details all aspects of redesigning a website. Time for a change? Take a look at the list below, and if these are making clear and perfect sense, then it is time to redesign. While outmoded code and programming techniques are an obvious reason to redesign your website, …

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With the success of Apple’s coveted iPhone, there has been a plethora of iPhone apps.  The appeal is obvious, as not only making a good one can be quite lucrative, it can also give you a lot of kudos in the industry. This is all well and fine, but many iPhone apps neglected the practical need of iPhone Apps users, resulting in the menu system lacking intuitiveness , and subsequently poor navigation followed.  So if you’re thinking about designing an app for iPhone take into consideration these points. Golden rule – Apps that offer something of value to people, will be something that can be done on the move.  So an app that requires in-depth knowledge or a complex array of options may not be …

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Are you ready to enter the world of organic web design? In the beginning of this century, many web designs were focused on a more technological theme.  They had their roots anchored in science fiction than the world, and generally had effects on them to that effect.  Now this era is being replaced with websites that have an “organic” feel to them.  Or in other words use more earthy materials to promote feelings of nature, and the real world. For a website to be classed as organic, it must try and recreate a similar image from the real world.  It not just materials such as wood, or fabrics such as muslin, but it can be images that recreate the flow of nature. The idea and …

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Having your work criticized is never a pleasant experience, but if you are able to see it as constructive, and use it positively, then you will see improvements in your work.  It will also stop you getting to big headed, and will help you move on to greater things. Constructive criticism can also make you more aware of certain characteristics you are bringing to web design.  For example: Bad habits : We are often blind to our own bad habits, as they become ingrained gradually over time.  Constructive criticism is good at breaking the mould you have developed, and improvements to your web designs follow. Offers a challenge: If your work is never criticized, your standards are going to be your own, and there will …

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Building a website can be a stressful process and sadly, a dull one. There is a lot of repetition involved, and if you’re working as part of a team a lot of head scratching. Especially if you came into a project late on and you are trying to decipher some code. The solution to keeping hair on your head is to keep as much of the design process as possible, systemized This is as you can imagine, incorporates two elements into the build: Implementing design rules into the web design process, and using processes to speed up the repetitive tasks involved in web design, such as creating templates that can be reused. Collect code Having a repository for code is essential and you should already …

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Apologies for the title, but now I have your attention I feel it is only fair to tell you that simple websites are the best.  Not only do they represent easier to use sites, but they can highlight areas that can be swamped by other unnecessary elements. Simple sites do not necessary mean minimalist, but the golden rule to simple, is simply to remove unnecessary code, design elements, and content.  It’s that simple.  Below is some good reasons to keep it simple. Navigation is easier than satnav. If your site is full of useless content, why keep it?  This hinders navigation as not only does it hide links, but it also distracts from the natural flow of the site. To obtain cleaner navigation, think about …

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There are many elements to SEO, and the chances are that if you are not on the money with all of it there will be a gaping hole in the page rank.  The part that tells Google whereabouts on the page to put you is determined by how many external links there are to your website, and the only way to get these links is to run a link campaign. Before you start posting on forums, blogs and issuing bribes, bear in mind that Google rates the quality of the link.  So if your website is about classic cars for example, then a link from another classic car website will count higher, as Google deems that to be a better recommendation than a link from …

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