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Technical Web Typography: Guidelines and Techniques

Smashing Magazine (+)   14/03/2011

  The Web is 95% typography, or so they say. I think this is a pretty accurate statement: we visit websites largely with the intention of reading. That’s what you’re doing now — reading. With this in mind, does it not stand to reason that your typography (+)

Useful Photoshop Tips And Tricks For Photo Retouching

Smashing Magazine (+)   09/03/2011

  When it comes to designing in Photoshop, there is a myriad of ways one could use to achieve a certain result, especially when it comes to photo retouching. Designers use technique they are most confident as well as comfortable with, which is great beca (+)

Using HTML5 To Transform WordPress’ TwentyTen Theme

Smashing Magazine (+)   22/02/2011

  Last year, WordPress launched arguably its biggest update ever: WordPress 3.0. Accompanying this release was the brand new default theme, TwentyTen, and the promise of a new default theme every year. Somewhat surprisingly, TwentyTen declares the HTML5 (+)

CSS: Innovative Techniques and Practical Solutions

Smashing Magazine (+)   16/02/2011

  Although CSS isn’t that difficult, useful CSS techniques are not easy to find. Sometimes finding a cross-browser solution might take time, but you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every single time. Other designers may have had the same problem in the (+)

Showcase of Beautiful (or Creative) E-Commerce Websites

Smashing Magazine (+)   25/01/2011

  Designers are constantly striving to create eye-catching designs without losing the usability features that add significant importance to the experience of online shopping. Today’s showcase presents a variety of websites with elegant design solutions a (+)

Designing for iPhone 4 Retina Display: Techniques and Workflow

Smashing Magazine (+)   17/11/2010

  The iPhone 4 features a vastly superior display resolution (614400 pixels) over previous iPhone models, containing quadruple the 153600-pixel display of the iPhone 3GS. The screen is the same physical size, so those extra dots are used for additional d (+)

Web Typography: 100 Educational Resources, Tools and Techniques

Smashing Magazine (+)   16/11/2010

  Web typography has evolved a lot over the last years. Today we see rich, accessible typography, a plethora of type design choices for the web and a number of remarkable, type-based web designs. It’s a great time for web design, and it’s a great time fo (+)

Illustrator’s Live Trace: Sketch to Vector

Smashing Magazine (+)   15/11/2010

  In this post we will take a drawn design, scan it and clean it up in Photoshop, then trace it using the Live Trace feature in Adobe Illustrator. Live Trace was introduced in Adobe Illustrator CS2 but is still a powerful tool available in Illustrator CS (+)

Gender Disparities in the Design Field

Smashing Magazine (+)   12/11/2010

  Walk into any design classroom, at any college in America, and you’ll see a comfortable mix of male and female students. Turn your attention to the front of the classroom, or down the hall to the faculty and staff offices, and that wonderful gender bal (+)

Designing Memorable Websites: Showcase of Creative Designs

Smashing Magazine (+)   11/11/2010

  One of the main goals of having a website, whether it be a portfolio website or a business website, is to declare your presence on the Web. There are thousands upon thousands of websites out there; it’s pretty well established that you are competing fo (+)

Learning to Love HTML5

Smashing Magazine (+)   10/11/2010

  It seems that new resources and articles for teaching and promoting HTML5 are popping up almost daily. We’ve been given HTML5 templates in the form of the HTML5 boilerplate and HTML5 Reset (although they both go beyond just HTML5 stuff). We’ve got a pl (+)

50 New Free High Quality Icons Sets

Smashing Magazine (+)   09/11/2010

  Feel free to make yourself a cup of tea or coffee right now because you’ll be investing an hour or so in today’s post. We’ve published our last icons round-up six months ago, and since then we’ve collected over 50 new free high quality icon sets that y (+)

Equal Height Column Layouts with Borders and Negative Margins in CSS

Smashing Magazine (+)   08/11/2010

  “What? Another “Equal Height Columns” article? Enough already!” If this is what you think, then think again because this solution is different. It does not rely on any of the usual tricks. It does not use images, nor extra markup, nor CSS3, nor pseudo- (+)

When 24/7/365 Fails: Turning Off Work On Weekends

Smashing Magazine (+)   05/11/2010

  The Web has continued evolving since its inception, as have those who have devoted their professional lives to working in and around this massive communication tool. We have had to roll with the changes, and like with any major environmental shifts, we (+)

New Smashing eBook: Mobile Design For iPhone And iPad [PDF, ePUB, Mobi]

Smashing Magazine (+)   03/11/2010

  Web designers know that their industry tends to change very quickly. Continuous adaptation and development of skills are necessary in order to always stay up to date. Over the past few years, mobile web usage has increased to a point where web designer (+)

How To Build A Mobile Website

Smashing Magazine (+)   03/11/2010

  Over the past few years, mobile web usage has considerably increased to the point that web developers and designers can no longer afford to ignore it. In wealthy countries, the shift is being fueled by faster mobile broadband connections and cheaper da (+)

The !important CSS Declaration: How and When to Use It

Smashing Magazine (+)   02/11/2010

  When the CSS1 specification was drafted in the mid to late 90s, it introduced a rule called the !important declaration that would help developers and users easily override normal specificity when making changes to their stylesheets.For the most part, t (+)

Transparent CSS Sprites

Smashing Magazine (+)   31/10/2010

  One of the most useful front-end development techniques of recent years is the humble “CSS Sprites”. The technique was popularised by Dave Shea on A List Apart in 2004 with his article CSS Sprites: Image Slicing’s Kiss of Death. CSS Sprites are a relat (+)

Take The Initiative and Create Your Own Projects

Smashing Magazine (+)   29/10/2010

  During my last job with a large corporation, people started to get laid off. Many fellow creatives came to me, as they had no idea what they would do if they were let go. I had come to that small city from New York and my experience was varied and impr (+)

Billboard Web Design: How to Win Your Audience’s Attention

Smashing Magazine (+)   28/10/2010

  Let’s say you’re driving down the freeway at 65mph and you see the roadside plastered with advertising posters on both sides. Some small, some large, all meant in some measure to cause you to remember a brand or identity, to keep that company name in y (+)

Successful Freelancing With Ruby On Rails: Workflow, Techniques And Tools

Smashing Magazine (+)   26/10/2010

  Warning: Freelancing Is Not for EveryoneA freelancer is a self-employed person who pursues a profession without a long-term commitment to any particular employer. Your curiosity in this opportunity was probably sparked by posts marked “Freelance” or “W (+)

When A Thousand Words Is Worth A Picture

Smashing Magazine (+)   26/10/2010

  Good design speaks for itself, right? Unfortunately, that is rarely the case. Most of us don’t have the privilege of designing for ourselves; we design for clients, clients who have their own taste and ideas, clients who ultimately need to be persuaded (+)

Get Started Developing for Android with Eclipse

Smashing Magazine (+)   25/10/2010

  There’s a lot to get excited about in mobile application development today. With increasingly sophisticated hardware, tablet PCs and a variety of software platforms (Symbian OS, iOS, WebOS, Windows Phone 7…), the landscape for mobile developers is full (+)

How To Make Innovative Ideas Happen

Smashing Magazine (+)   22/10/2010

  In one of his recent presentations, Frans Johansson explained why groundbreaking innovators generate and execute far more ideas than their counterparts. After watching his presentation The Secret Truth About Executing Great Ideas, my thoughts began to (+)

Free PNG Credit Card, Debit Card and Payment Icons Set (18 Icons)

Smashing Magazine (+)   21/10/2010

  Today we are glad to release a Payment Icon Set, a set with 18 payment icons in PNG format, in the resolutions 32×32px — 128×128px. This set was designed by Phil Matthews and released especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.The icons are inted (+)

Review of Popular Web Font Embedding Services

Smashing Magazine (+)   20/10/2010

  In the mid-80s the desktop publishing revolution began with the introduction of the Mac Plus, Aldus PageMaker and the Apple LaserWriter printer. It took quite a few years for these tools to make an impact on the design and publishing world, but once th (+)

50 Powerful Time-Savers For Web Designers

Smashing Magazine (+)   19/10/2010

  There are tools that make our lives much easier. However, finding those obscure time-savers which would save time in every single project isn’t easy and requires a lot of time. At Smashing Magazine, we are regularly looking for such useful tools, gathe (+)

Common Security Mistakes in Web Applications

Smashing Magazine (+)   18/10/2010

  Web application developers today need to be skilled in a multitude of disciplines. It’s necessary to build an application that is user friendly, highly performant, accessible and secure, all while executing partially in an untrusted environment that yo (+)

Organization Tips For Web Designers

Smashing Magazine (+)   15/10/2010

  As a web designer, you’re often forced to wear many different hats every day. You’re the CEO, creative director, office manager, coffee fetcher and sometimes even janitor. That’s a lot for anyone, and it certainly makes it difficult to find any time fo (+)

The User Is The Anonymous Web Designer

Smashing Magazine (+)   14/10/2010

  We invest time, money and effort into understanding our audience, and the movement toward a more socially networked Web has made us realize the power that visitors have over how our designs are engineered; and we try to meet their ever-growing needs. C (+)

50 New Useful CSS Techniques, Tutorials and Tools

Smashing Magazine (+)   12/10/2010

  These are great times for front-end developers. After months of exaggerated excitement about HTML5 and CSS3, the web design community now starts coming up with CSS techniques that actually put newly available technologies to practical use instead of ab (+)

Local Storage And How To Use It On Websites

Smashing Magazine (+)   11/10/2010

  Storing information locally on a user’s computer is a powerful strategy for a developer who is creating something for the Web. In this article, we’ll look at how easy it is to store information on a computer to read later and explain what you can use t (+)

Retro Video/DOS Games For The Weekend: Take A Stroll Down Memory Lane

Smashing Magazine (+)   08/10/2010

  We thought we’d do something a bit different for the weekend, because not everybody is actually working for the weekend. And even if we do, we deserve a break from time to time. For just this occasion, we have poured across the four corners of the Web (+)

Five Useful Design Techniques and Coding Solutions For Web Designers

Smashing Magazine (+)   07/10/2010

  As designers, we have to create an intuitive user experience, solve design problems and provide a beautiful and functional user interfaces. Unlike print design, we don’t have the luxury of designing in a static area; rather, our canvas is ever-changing (+)

Test Usability By Embracing Other Viewpoints

Smashing Magazine (+)   06/10/2010

  As Web technology improves, users expect Web-based widgets to be useful, content to be relevant and interfaces to be snappy. They want to feel confident navigating a website and using its functionality. They crave being able to get things done with lit (+)

How To Convince The Client That Your Design Is Perfect

Smashing Magazine (+)   06/10/2010

  As designers who deal with clients, we all have to face one situation, no matter how difficult and uncomfortable, and that is guiding the client to accept that your design is perfect. Now, you already have the project, so this is not a matter of convin (+)

What Is User Experience Design? Overview, Tools And Resources

Smashing Magazine (+)   05/10/2010

  Websites and Web applications have become progressively more complex as our industry’s technologies and methodologies advance. What used to be a one-way static medium has evolved into a very rich and interactive experience.But regardless of how much ha (+)

The Art Of The Film Title Design Throughout Cinema History

Smashing Magazine (+)   04/10/2010

  Have you ever thought of what makes you remember a certain movie or TV show? Of course, it’s the story being told, you’ll say. But what about movies such as Goldfinger, Seven and Snatch? What’s the first thing that comes to mind? We are pretty sure the (+)

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: October 2010

Smashing Magazine (+)   30/09/2010

  Desktop wallpapers can serve as an excellent source of inspiration. However, if you use some specific wallpaper for a long period of time, it becomes harder to draw inspiration out of it. That’s why we have decided to supply you with smashing wallpaper (+)

Breaking Down Doors: Promoting Yourself To Dream Clients

Smashing Magazine (+)   29/09/2010

  There’s a saying that the School of Visual Arts in New York City once used in its ads: “To be good is not enough when you dream of being great.” We all have dream clients that we would like to add to our portfolio, but either we don’t know how to reach (+)

Creating Graphs With Adobe Illustrator

Smashing Magazine (+)   29/09/2010

  Office applications are getting very advanced these days offering all sorts of fancy features for data visualization. Graph generation is a standard feature in desktop applications like Microsoft Excel or Calc, but it can also be achieve (+)

I Want To Be A Web Designer When I Grow Up

Smashing Magazine (+)   27/09/2010

  Editor’s NoteThis article is a rebuttal of “Does The Future Of The Internet Have Room For Web Designers?,” published in our “Opinion Column” section a couple of days ago. In that section, we give people in the Web design community a platform to present (+)

Fashion Websites: Trends, Showcase, Interviews

Smashing Magazine (+)   27/09/2010

  Fashion is a cultural phenomenon. It’s so often transient, but at the same time one of the most polished mirrors of our time. Unlike other art forms and creative media, fashion is a mode of self-expression for all players involved: the designer makes c (+)

Turning All Clients Into Dream Clients (or Common Client Difficulties)

Smashing Magazine (+)   25/09/2010

  Clients can be tough… real tough. Working side by side with some clients can be an agonizing experience — an experience so painful that you often wonder what exactly you have gotten yourself into. On the other hand, some clients are an absolute dream t (+)

Does The Future Of The Internet Have Room For Web Designers?

Smashing Magazine (+)   24/09/2010

  It seems that new posts about what the Internet has in store for us down the road pop up every week or two. Some propose that the Internet will deliver more of the same, but different somehow (it’s usually ambiguous just how), while others propose such (+)

HTML5: The Facts And The Myths

Smashing Magazine (+)   23/09/2010

  You can’t escape it. Everyone’s talking about HTML5. it’s perhaps the most hyped technology since people started putting rounded corners on everything and using unnecessary gradients. In fact, a lot of what people call HTML5 is actually just old-fashio (+)

Useful Adobe Photoshop Techniques, Tutorials and Tools

Smashing Magazine (+)   22/09/2010

  As web designers, we always have something new to learn. Over the last decade our workflow has changed dramatically — it’s become more sophisticated and highly diversified. Not only do we have a much larger variety of improved tools to use; there’s als (+)

Five Useful CSS/jQuery Coding Techniques For More Dynamic Websites

Smashing Magazine (+)   21/09/2010

  Interactivity can transform a dull static website into a dynamic tool that not only delights users but conveys information more effectively. In this post, we’ll walk through five different coding techniques that can be easily implemented on any website (+)

Making The Web A Better Place: Guidelines For “Green” Web Design

Smashing Magazine (+)   20/09/2010

  Last month the first International Conference on Green Computing took place. The conference agenda included a broad range of topics but, in essence, was eagerly addressing issues surrounding the carbon footprint of computing and how computers can contr (+)

Showcase Of Web Design In The Arab World

Smashing Magazine (+)   19/09/2010

  Sand, magic carpets, Islamic art, Mecca, turban, luxury, camels, incense, Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, arabesque art and cous cous are just a few of the images that spring to mind when thinking Arab world. But there is actually a misconception of what (+)

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