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Web Design Tips Archive

If you’re like most web designers and developers you’ve probably amassed a slew of information, articles and bookmarks that could collectively fall under the category “Useful Tricks of the Trade.” The temptation to acquire one more tip can be simply irresistible, especially for those juicy titles that could potentially lessen your workload.  In fact, saving you time and headaches are what design tools and tips are best for, and the amount of organization that comes out of it is likely to do just that. I’ve put together a short list of several useful tools and helpful tips that can save you time and frustration.  After all, an improvement in work flow means an improvement in cash flow, not to mention more time to do the …

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How can you refine your e-commerce design? The e-commerce universe makes up a large percentage of sites on the web, so it makes sense to develop your style in the area. Fortunately, great e-commerce sites are not hard to find and offer a wealth of inspiration for the fervent seeker. From smart layouts to fully functional shopping baskets, the world of e-commerce is ripe with great ideas for developing your own personal style. Below we’ve selected our top picks. E-Commerce Loveliness CuCuu CuCuu fuses elegance with simplicity. Its effortless design reflects a minimalist concept, a motif that repeats throughout the site. The lavender color is soft and low-key, much the same as the typography which layers larger, all-caps font a-top smaller type for subcategories. The …

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As we all know in any web design it is really important that logos stand out on a page. They must be easily discernible and attractively displayed. This is integral to website traffic as it pertains to designing items on a web page. The message must be distinct with a friendly tone. However, web designing experts have the ability to display full faced logos, which contain hidden messages. Here are some of them for you to explore. Baskin Robbins Baskin Robbin’s logo is extremely beautiful containing a simple BR above the name. However, the hidden message is depicted in a pink number 31 which references the original 31 flavors. FedEx Uniquely, FedEx logo at first may appear to be a plain text based logo. However, …

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It’s an Interesting subject really. I was asked to choose 5 out of a huge bunch of websites and found to my amazement at the end of the exercise that they had a few things in common. Of course, all had great graphics. They were designer websites after all but besides that I noticed that the pictorial aspect was lean, clean and hungry. Let me explain. They were very limited on what they showed. It was usually just one maybe two objects. They were attention grabbers. Some were over-sized but that didn’t matter as the color contrasts were excellent. They all made me want to see more. Simple, clean lines, uncluttered pages, attention grabbers, let us take a look at them. Tree House Editing Awesome …

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In essence, website feedback is essential to maintenance procedures. However, it can be time consuming and in the end the host may even receive no effective feedback. As web entrepreneurs never is there anytime to waste in this industry, especially if the web site is established for business. Despite the difficulties incurred in obtaining relevant feedback it must be attempted and not discarded altogether. Since it is so important to website integrity we have complied with some tips which we hope will render some assistance in facilitating the process. Community Driven Feedback Community Driven Feed back is really concept feedback. Precisely, it is a graphic web designer web based community aimed at attracting opinions of members within that web circle. Usually it is opened to …

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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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