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How to Design a Proper Banner – One That Actually Works

By / Mar 4, 2011 / Tips

Let’s address the big pink elephant in the room first. Banners are not dead. They’re not on life support either. They’re doing fine and they’re going to be around for a while. They’re doing fine mostly because of their new home – Google AdWords. Google Display/Content Network to be precise. If you are (or your…

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Legal Guidelines for Freelance Web Designers

By / Mar 1, 2011 / Tips

Handling the legal side of freelancing could possibly be one of the more annoying tasks required for the job. Having worked as a full-time freelancer I can attest the amount of legal paperwork and information can become overwhelming, especially for newbies entering the field. No matter what your practice, be it web design to freelance…

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HTML5 & CSS3: Take Your Design to Another Level

By / Feb 24, 2011 / Tips

While both languages for HTML5 and CSS3 aren’t fully complete yet, taking the time time to familiarize yourself with some of the pointers in this post can really help you achieve that clean look and feel for your site. Let’s take a deeper look at them.

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Font Size Measures: Options and Preferences

By / Feb 8, 2011 / Tips

What is the Most Important Element in Designing Your Website? When you begin to design that perfect website, what do you think is the very first thing that you should be concerned with? Color? Templates? Graphic design? No. The first thing on the agenda should be font size. “Font size,” you say? “Why should one…

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Key Elements in Designing a Product Landing Page

By / Jan 31, 2011 / Tips

Landing pages for product sales can be seen everywhere. Affiliate marketers are constantly examining some of the newer techniques to mastering digital e-commerce. When the situation involves just a small market segment, the rules for landing page design can change. Overall it takes a strong designer’s eye to create something extraordinary. Product landing pages offer…

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Three Reasons for Feeding Yourself Great Designs

By / Jan 18, 2011 / Tips

If you want to be a better designer, then you should feed yourself great designs. Forehead-slapping common sense, right? Yet some designers downplay the importance of consuming and getting inspired by great designs. Yet there are 3 reasons why you need to feed yourself great designs. Designers that think influence and constantly exposing yourself to…

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Getting Started in iOS User Interface Design

By / Jan 11, 2011 / Tips

iOS devices are becoming mainstream as avid technology buffs are playing with Apple’s latest technology. The release of the iPad tablet computer along with the HD iPhone 4 retina display has shown an impressive year for company branding. We’ll be going over a few tips for designing a simple iOS interface in Adobe Photoshop. Out…

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Web Design Trends in 2011

By / Jan 4, 2011 / Tips

There is a thin line between design and development, and as we move into a new decade, this line is becoming extremely blurry. Is it enough to draw beautiful mock ups in Photoshop? Maybe 5 years ago. These days, the average internet user requires more. All beauty, with no substance, gets boring after a while….

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How to Design App Icons for iPhone and iPad

By / Dec 28, 2010 / Tips

Mobile iOS devices have seen some tremendous growth over the 2010 period. With the growing sales of iPads and the popular release of the new iPhone 4 Apple has had an amazing year. Not only in these two markets but all iPod Touch devices are also running iOS which can access the App Store. Here…

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CSS Sprite Tips and Techniques

By / Dec 21, 2010 / Tips

Spriting is a skillset in the web design field gaining lots of credibility. We initially saw these techniques applied to high-traffic websites such as Yahoo! and Digg. Over time even smaller-scaled web apps began applying sprites to their front end design specs. We’ll be going over some of the major benefits towards using sprite images…