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Web designers often advise users to apply the wireframe technique as a first line measure in creating an effective web design. Precisely, a wireframe is a communicative device applied to website production with the aim of facilitating page layout. It is imperative that while designing websites, there is no distraction by other web page features such as  design elements and  color. Wireframes are the perfect control mechanism employed in avoiding such interruptions. They are very useful collaborators. Essentially they save time and expertise by aligning features which foster efficiency in decision making among various web hosts. Precisely, parties involved can quickly find a common ground of different page elements like headers, menu, navigation, content areas, and footers. A major goal is to effectively embed a layout into …

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The internet is loaded with useful information for web designers. And I would love to share some with you in case you are too busy researching them for yourself.  There are so many great books for designers. And the good thing is they are totally free. To begin, here is the first ten which you can apply to your web designing techniques. Getting Real Getting Real is just what it means. It is actually the business of applying design, programming, and marketing philosophies. Precisely, these philosophies were thoroughly researched by experts using over 37signals as a developer of web-based software. They have been tested by over 1 million personal users and businesses in 70 countries for accuracy. A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web There are …

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How wonderful it is to be inspired by nature related Web Designs. As we all know eco inspired designs are big thing nowadays. Since the world is going green. With the same enthusiasm, I am engaging your taste by adding a nature flavor to green. I’m sure that you would love them and enjoy pursuing those tantalizing green web sites. Sewanee Close This is a 100 acre community which enforces building practices to promote a safety of the ecosystem. There is a mission connected with this Cumberland Plateau which clear upholds the objective of clean nontoxic measures to enhance environmental safety. E-One The mission of e-one is to collaborate with businesses and related organizations sensitizing them to the usefulness of environmentally friendly practices. A major …

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Joomla is a very popular content management system used by both novice designers and experts alike.  It’s open source management.  In its first year of release it was downloaded 2.5 million times.  It’s been five years since then and the system is still going strong with over 6000 plug-ins in existence available for it.  Designers have had a field day creating lucrative templates for Joomla, which is great for consumers looking for just the right design.  Below we’ve selected several commercial templates to showcase and highlighted some interested features about each. Commercial Templates   Mynxx   The well-known Joomla e-commerce and shopping component, Virtuemart is this template’s best feature.  Virtuemart is integrated on many different levels here, such as a custom theme as well as …

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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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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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Reducing a web design to have it display only the most important elements is called minimalist. The principles encompass concepts such as less or more; omit needless things; subtract until it breaks; every detail counts; color minimally; white space is vital and trends. Less or more This is a major concept in the theory of minimalist web design. It was popularized by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in describing the minimalist aesthetic. Simply, it proposes that a web designer can use less space or items to project the desired fields. Basically, it enforces, ‘using less to achieve an effect that’s more than the sum of the design’s parts is the goal.’ The North Kingdom; Sleepover; Linval A&D; Your Neighbors and Sharpeners are examples. Omit …

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Shopping carts form a line of modern inventions used to facilitate the performance of everyday life chores. With web technology, it is important to know the safest ways to fill a shopping cart online avoiding suspicious transactions and enforcing transparency in the process. 1.    Full page size and mini carts Actually, customers need to know that there are two types of shopping carts, which can be displayed on a web page. They are the ‘functional’ taking up its own space on an entire page and the mini cart. It is essential to be acquainted with both. Mini carts take up just a small portion in a corner of the page and can usually be found on the right hand side. When a purchase is made, …

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Logo… that’s a small word a four letter word that encompasses so much. It shows the entire image of the company it is there to represent. It’s a serious responsibility to design a logo. You can make or break an entire company if you get it wrong. Remember that recent faux pas that was made by a well known brand that changed their logo? Wouldn’t think it would make such an outcry would you? One has to wonder if it was done as a way to wake the public up to the fact that they were still there. Is it, the logo or the brand? Where does one begin and end? Those big blue or black or purple letters, that give instant recognition to your …

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