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If you are a designer you have to have clients to make your world go round. The best way to have clients is to make them both like you and love the way you work. Being on a good footing with your clients is of major import. If you don’t keep on a good footing with them, you are headed for a major problem. Being yourself and being good to clients should go side by side. You need to develop a good relationship and friendship with your clients. This needs to be the nature of your relationship with all your long term clients and that being said you can never tell if it is going to be a client for one assignment, or if it …

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Being creative as a designer can sometimes hit a slump. You sit there and stare at a blank screen, and absolutely nothing comes to the mind. This is when technical things can come to the fore and get the creative juices flowing again. While I don’t advise looking at other designers work to find out what to create, the availability of tools to give a trial can get you interested enough to give you ideas of how to use them. Staring at a blank screen and getting no ideas is frustrating so instead of a blank screen put up a wireframe and take what the client has given you, be it a logo, a name or a color.  Usually, if it is an established company …

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Looking at design as an ordinary job stifles your creative ability. You need to be innovative and be able to use your creativity in the broadest sense but at the same time keep it within the usability of the internet. Certain criteria always have to be taken into account because those are the things that count for the client and for the speed of the internet. It is important for you as a designer to use the tools that are available to you, even though they are not officially tools you can count in the various social media like Facebook and Twitter as tools as well. This is a learning tool in a big way. The people and the ideas that can come from them …

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Are you a web designer? Then you know perfectly well that, in design, typography is a vital component. And if the first question you would ask is”WHY” the answer is simple. Using this tool efficiently aids to set mood and to solicit emotion regarding the design. Anyway you already know this because you have already found out that working with this tool is a real challenge. There is a multitude of free tools that can help you to test, identify size and make fonts. My only job here is to make a brief review of the most important typography tools just to remind you about them if not to help you discover new ones. The first tool I would start with is the Typetester. Using …

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The use of sprites to increase speed of loading on high traffic websites is becoming more and more popular. Dating back to when the net first really got started and most people were on dial up a means of fast loading a heavy traffic website with the use of minimal load on a server, the format hasn’t changed it just basically got put on one side when faster net became available. Now with items like mobiles, it is once again coming to the fore. Combining with CSS sprites both make your webpage a lot fast, but they also give less of a call on your server. Basically, what a sprite is, it’s a combination of your images as one file. By utilizing CSS and its …

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As a web designer it is a must to be always well-versed about the modern and the future standards, isn’t it? And I am sure that I am not wrong when I state that staying ahead with the latest news is a very difficult task. Well taking into account these situations I looked for the best 20 resources on CSS3 topic for you. In spite of the fact that W3C’s CSS3 specifications haven’t been finalized yet, Web Kit-based browsers, Mozilla Firefox, or Opera modern browsers offer the user partial or full support for these specifications. Progress Report of CSS3 CSS3 Progress Report is created by CSS Working Group stressing the actual status of the whole CSS3 modules. Web Monkey It is easy to start with …

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With the new age of cell phone mobile devices and i Pads, etc., there are an increasing number of applications that need special attention in the new publishing area. There is a whole new range of sizes scale and items to consider for these markets. Designing for mobile devices is a whole new ball game, and the learning curve can be quite steep. Consider the difference in size for a start. How can you fit all you want to show in that tiny little space? It is obvious everything has to be pared down completely to be able to fit in the monitor face of a mobile phone. The same sort of thing applies to design an application for the iOS of one of these …

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Well, we are moving into an exciting new year of development on the internet. I don’t know if anyone else has noticed how the pace has picked up over the last few years, but it is almost as if it is into warp speed as far as I am concerned. The way forward into this decade lies with more than pretty pictures. You need to give value, or you are going to be left in the nether regions. Flash and pomp are things of the past. You need to be able to give quality, function and content. You and the person who is going to be updating the blog or program will be the people who will need to make people interact with you and …

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Your brand is as individual as you are, and it is important not to let it get swamped in a corporate environment. The essence of your design should always be your brand and should never be diluted by commerce. It is your foundation as an individual and by allowing it to be imposed upon by others will swamp it and in the end your inspiration and self worth will be swallowed whole. This brand is what makes you stand out in a crowd. It says to the world at large “I am me.” The essence behind your branding should be pride in the work you achieve. This in turn will show in your work as you will maintain high standards which in turn will bring …

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One of the most powerful items of attraction on a website is a video. This brings a new world into the view of the audience. The presentation of the visual is a way of bringing an up close and personal view of any item, service or place to your viewer. The result of this interaction is that the video and the way they can present a new vision have become increasingly popular on the internet and in design today. Most designers tend to use Flash for this although HTML52 can also be used. Because of the application of this format, it is not really suitable for blogs but in mainstream websites like entertainment ones they can work well. Fashion websites are especially good for this …

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