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The use of the iOS is one of the latest technology toys available. With the basic code available to be downloaded and fiddled with more and more people are using it to design applications. Apple actually encourages this for their iOS for the iPad, iPhone, etc. and there are guidelines set up on their website for how to go about it. Having a good idea is the main thing, and once you have this you need a bit of know how and then follow the guidelines before you can present it to them for review. The need for sticking to the guidelines is pretty obvious as they can’t have every Tom, Mary or Patrick designing stuff all over the place and expecting it to work …

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Once you have achieved a certain amount of experience and either got a degree in art or design or both you might be ready to enter the corporate market. Understand the corporate market is totally different from entering an artistic market like a design firm where you will be in a like minded environment. This is a corporate world where money is king. The corporate world is a far cry from the world of being said an art director. One thing you have to remember from the start, they will have strict ideas on what the job entails and the way their brand should be presented. There will be a lot of good things about being in a corporate environment from a regular pay check …

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Forget about design altogether and just go out and find those items that have to be incorporated in your design. Your client will have given you what the website has to be about. That will be the basis of your design. That is the one thing you cannot change. You can alter things around it but the core is the client’s business. If he already had a logo, and if he has been in business a while he probably will have. These are your fixed items. When you are creating for client you will have to bring these items into your equation. Personally, I take these items and put them on my blank page. With these two items, I can create my header and set …

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jQuery is an excellent way of doing navigation on a website. Your choices are so much easier to apply with it. There are several ways of doing it and one of them is by using tabs in various forms either as the drop downs or in a sidebar. This makes sense as it saves space and is an extremely neat way of presenting a lot of information in a very tiny area. To learn to do this sometimes it’s necessary to resort to a tutorial and luckily there are several different ways of doing this and quite a lot has been written about it on the web. I am going to show you where to find a few of these and discuss, which might be …

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If you are intending to display a lot of images you might like to look at a few different websites that will host them for you. This can save on demands on your server. If you are going to be having large demands of large images your server costs can go up exponentially. The ability to host reams and gigabytes of .jpgs and videos isn’t for all web-servers, and as a result we look for different hosting options and merely call the required image as required. The first hosting service I looked at was one we all know, Flickr. Here we have a hosting company that does a whole lot more than just host. You can become part of the community and join in with …

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One of the joys of WordPress is all the plug-ins you can get for it. When you specialize a little further with it, you can concentrate it down to jQuery plug-ins. These can be very helpful and give you the opportunity of using all sorts of neat little projects. In taking a look at a few of the plug-ins available you can find a huge variety and one of them was an open source one for creating a neat little balloon. This was called CuteBalloon. Just as it describes it makes a balloon pop up for you. It is in an open source download format so you might have to get the unzip for open source if you don’t already have it. Captify is the …

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The thing that makes your website climb up the ranks is the way you do your SEO work, and we really need all the help we can get. Firefox gives use quite a bit of help with many of the extensions it offers us. The first it offers is the Compete Toolbar from Compete.com. This toolbar displays information about websites, including how many people visit it and what the ranking is that this tool bar gives it. It gives quite a bit of information in relation to the website you are on. The second SEO tool is one that displays Google ranks Alexa ranks and backward links from Google and other search engines. This is called Search Status. SEO for FireFox is an essential add …

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Firefox is the browser of choice of many a designer. As such there are many add-ons that have been developed for designer and are good items to add to your arsenal of web design tools. Looking over the many that are available I have chosen a few to bring to the fore. The first one I looked at was Web developer’s toolbar. This one with almost 18000 downloads is a very popular download and has been recently updated. It is packed with information and is extremely useful for checking and testing parts of our websites. This now allows you to view hidden elements and outlines of images can see dimensions. The second add-on is Firebug. This isn’t just one tool this is a quantity of …

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More and more people are heading to the blogging platforms to advertise and to try to connect to the people of the world to find new customers. And while this is not a bad idea you are going to need a good text editor to keep the work under control. This means you need to have a good idea of what you are looking for to be able to get yourself set up with a good editor to make your life easier as you will be organizing to do a lot of posting. Taking a look at a few of the available editors is therefore, a good idea. RocketPost 2, which is a windows editor. You can do your basic WYSIWYG editing with this as …

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Most people dream of being a celebrity from a very young age. This has always happened from time immemorial. If it hadn’t been so, we wouldn’t have had gladiators in times gone by nor would TV series be so popular nor would the soccer players of the world earn such unheard of salaries.  The world has made these people heroes and most youngsters’ dream of becoming just as famous. Nowadays, there is a new frontier for the famous to become the big cheese and this is on the internet. Being a great discoverer of new technology or having 1 million followers on Twitter is achievable by anyone willing to put in the work. Is it great to be famous? To be a known face wherever …

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