Sometimes using tabs just makes a lot of sense. For instance, if you have a limited amount of screen real estate, tabs can allow you to save room by giving the user a way to toggle between several items in a small space. And to take your tabs a step further, you can throw jQuery into the mix for some nice transition and animation effects. If you’ve yet to build a tab navigation with jQuery, here are 11 tutorials and plugins to help you get going. (more…)
Today we’re giving our WDL Premium members a premium texture pack from PremiumTextures.com. These White Grunge textures will add lots of worn details to give your design an aged look while keeping things light. There are 5 high-quality textures included in this pack. (more…)
You don’t always have to use Photoshop to create optical illusions in your photographs. With a technique called forced perspective you can create illusions that make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. It just takes a little creativity with the placement of the subjects in the shot and the camera angle. To give you some inspiration, here are 20 Creative Examples of Forced Perspective Photography. (more…)
In the past, we’ve recommended various design blogs for you to read. From learning new techniques to free resources and tools, design blogs can be a great asset. But there’s more to a web designer’s job than just designing. Web designers work in a field that is immersed in technology, and since technology is ever changing, it’s important to stay up-to-date on what’s going on.
For this post, we’re recommending 10 Tech Blogs Web Designers Should Be Reading. From emerging technologies that will change the web, to the best hardware for getting your work done, these blogs will keep you informed. (more…)
Here’s a high-quality vector pack for our WDL Premium Members. Radials, from Go Media, is a super selection of circular, spiral-based elements that go great in the background of your design. From sun rays to kaleidoscope type imagery, to abstract illustration. There’s a nice variety that will never get old. (more…)
Custom website designs aren’t right for every business, especially those that are on a tight budget or trying to stay as lean as possible. Many of these businesses turn to WordPress. It’s an excellent CMS solution, and there is a large selection of affordable themes available designed specifically for business websites. The only problem is professional looking themes can sometimes be difficult to find, and when launching a business, the last thing you want is a sloppy website. So for this post, as usual, we’ve done the searching for you…we’ve rounded up 10 Professional WordPress Themes for Business Websites. (more…)
Several weeks ago we published a post that told you about 10 free online books for web designers. We received lots of positive feedback from many of our readers who appreciated the great information, but one common question was, “Is there a PDF version?”. It turns out people really like their PDF’s, but unfortunately, that group of free books only had online HTML versions. So I set out on a quest to find more free books for web designers, but this time I made sure each had a PDF version.
The following ten books contain a wide variety of valuable information for web designers, ranging from HTML5 to a guide for managing your time. There’s plenty here to keep you busy reading for a while. Enjoy!
Today we’re giving our WDL Premium Members a beautiful set of icons from IconDock. The Blockie Grayscale icon set is purposely designed with light grayscale tone, so it doesn’t overpower your interface design. It’s perfect for minimal style designs and interfaces. There is also a color version that you can get at IconDock. (more…)
Photo manipulation is by far one of the most popular applications of Photoshop. Images can be manipulated in various ways to communicate a message. Sometimes the manipulation is subtle, like adding something to a photo that wasn’t originally there. Then sometimes the message or idea is unrealistic, but executed in a realistic manner to make it appear believable. These types of spectacular manipulations can have a big impact on their audience, and have them asking, “Is that real?”. So for your inspiration, here are 20 Spectacular Photo Manipulations. (more…)
Today we’re releasing a sleek HTML template for our WDL Premium Members. Studio Hunter, by WeGraphics, is a clean and highly-professional HTML template. The template is perfect for small business and company or corporate. It has a fixed layout and valid XHTML and CSS code. Studio Hunter has been tested on IE, Firefox, Opera, Safari and Chrome. (more…)