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Mobile design is something more and more of us have to contend with whether we want to or not. The new age of design is upon us, and we need to think a lot smaller and more compact as a result. The days of unlimited bandwidth can take a backseat again. You really need to be able to have fast turnarounds in a small space and take into account many items that go back to the days when you had to design for a 14.4 kbit/s modem. To most of the designer that is an unheard bandwidth but that was what most people had in the earlier days and in actual fact in some of the more out of it countries, its what they still …

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Choosing a font for your website is probably one of the hardest tasks to undertake to a new web designer. There is such a huge variety available the decision of which one to use can lead you into major trouble, unless you learn to control yourself. Sticking to tried and true fonts can be difficult when you are faced with the variety that is now at your finger tips. With the current availability of the typographic services that will deliver unusual fonts for you onto the web and in a format that the various browsers will interpret correctly, you almost get a heady feeling, especially if you yourself are not footing the bill. The need to choose the right font is very important as is …

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When your job starts to rule your life twenty/four seven its time to take a backseat and a real hard look at your world and your life.  Letting your design and website job rule your life completely is neither healthy nor clever. Quite often especially when we are working as freelancers, we tend to allow our clients needs overtake us completely. It is very important to set some ground rules with clients. While if it is an emergency it is a different matter, and we pull out all stops to get a client’s website back up if for some remote reason it crashes, but by the same token, some clients tend to take advantage of the fact you are a freelancer and think they can …

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When you are building and designing a website which is meant for e-commerce you have to include certain triggers to make people respond to your call to action. Even people who tend to pride themselves on weighting up the pros and cons of any given article which you are presented with, if they have done their presentation properly they will have triggered the desire in you to purchase. One thing one has to remember is no two people tend to react the same way to the same things. When you use a trigger intentionally on a website you usually get one of two reactions. Some people will respond without thinking through something fully and just go ahead.  Now these people were probably already looking for …

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More and more applications are appearing for the iPhone and many of these are useful when designing for the mobile phones. When you design a website today you have to take into account how your design will look on the mobile, or you have to make a complete mobile website for use by the mobile but with toned down sections just for the mobile. Some of the applications are listed below, and you can take a look at whether or not you wish to incorporate them in your design. Colorexpert Colorexpert is an application which mixes and matches colors for you and gives you some ideas of what goes with what in their color wheel. This comes from the Iphone Apple App store and costs …

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What percentage of your web design is taken up with type? When you consider typography from that stand point you will see how much influence and importance it actually has in any design. When you think about typography and how it works and which types go with different types and the various companies that have on line availability of special types. Many of these companies rent the types out to you both on the yearly basis as well as the amount of views your site receives per month. This can be quite a costly business. There are one or two where you can purchase the type outright but this is extremely expensive, unless you are a full time designer. If you are a designer it …

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Apple has a market in which your iPad comes into full use.  When you are a web designer, and you are using an iPad for designing; there are several applications you can add on to the iPad for your design use. When reviewing them, you need to really look at what features you are going to be using on a regular basis. Gusto Gusto was one of the first that I looked at and this enables you to edit your designs fairly easily. It has a built in FTP, and you can publish at the touch of a button. You can preview both locally and remotely. In addition, you can store more than one project on the program.  Cost for this is $6.99 from iTunes. …

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All designers like to experiment with fonts, and it can be fun as you can now use fonts you couldn’t before. With the current availability of font services, you have a wider choice than you had before, and you don’t have to worry about how they will render on the web. The font services take care of that.  However, they can come expensive. One of the places that offer this service is Fonts.com. This service is having a huge selection of over 8000 fonts and although fairly new has the backing of Monotype Imaging. There are three different plans available. The free plan gives you a limit of 3000 fonts, and you are able to use them on unlimited sites with combinations of as many …

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The use of unusual fonts in websites has become more common with the font services that have become available on the web. These services make it possible to choose unusual fonts to be a part of your website. The service makes the necessary alterations to make them appear correctly for the browser that is being used. The fonts aren’t on your server; they are on the server of the font services. It seems a little complicated, and I am not sure on how it affects your web loading except I have noticed that they appear a second or two later. One of the services that can do this for you is Fonts Live. This is brought to you by the Ascender Corporations. They have created …

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Since the 1980’s when things like the laser printer took time to leave their influence on the publishing world and designs, but once they succeeded, there is no looking back. Similarly, with the various fonts available today it’s just a case of embedding fonts in your web pages and for this you will need to find a service to embed the required font into your pages of web. There are several of these services available on the internet, so I suggest you take a look at them to find the one that suits you. The first to examine is Typekit. This provides you with a free trial after which it costs $24.99 for a personal account per year or a full portfolio access account for …

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