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Whitespace: The Underutilized Design Element

By / Jan 12, 2010 / Tips

There are a number of elements that make up a great web design, but probably one of the most overlooked and underutilized is whitespace. Every design has whitespace, but the problem is that not every design has enough. This could be due to the fact that inexperienced designers and their clients see whitespace as empty…

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80+ Photoshop Actions for Giving Your Pictures a Vintage Look

By / Jan 11, 2010 / Freebies

Photoshop actions are great. If you’re not familiar with actions, they are simply prerecorded adjustments made to a Photoshop file that can be saved and applied to other projects. The concept is simple, but the process to create some actions can be very complicated. That’s why using actions can be a huge time saver. With…

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Republica: Premium WordPress Theme

By / Jan 8, 2010 / Premium

Today we’re releasing a premium WordPress theme by Viva Themes for our premium members. If you’re not yet a member, you should sign up to download this and dozens of other files. Republica is a theme that can be used easily for your blog or company site and even a portal. It has a big…

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A Showcase of Clean White Web Designs

By / Jan 8, 2010 / Inspiration

When it comes to web design, white is always a symbol of elegance, minimalism and style. You can use white to create space, to keep it simple, to drive the attention to other elements at your page and also to maintain your site with a clean and minimal look. Several websites use white as their…

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100+ Seamless Patterns Great for Creating Website Backgrounds

By / Jan 7, 2010 / Freebies

Seamless patterns are a great way to add interest and detail to a web design background. In this post we’ve rounded up over one hundred seamless patterns. You’ll find a wide variety of styles such as vintage, florals, and stripes. All of these are of very high quality so you can use them as is…

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30 Examples of Latte Art Too Beautiful to Drink

By / Jan 6, 2010 / Inspiration

It’s probably fair to say that coffee is the drink of choice of many web designers. So I thought it would be fun to showcase some awesome examples of coffee/latte art. If you’ve never seen this done before, it’s created by pouring steamed milk into espresso and then swirling or drawing in the top surface….

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Seven Useful Web Development Tips & Tools for Cross-Compatibility

By / Jan 6, 2010 / Tips

As a web designer, you would think that the major Internet browsers would’ve come to some sort of agreement on standards and best practices after all this time. In reality, browser compatibility is a minefield of confusing conflicts and picky platforms that refuse to play nice with each other. Here are some useful tools and…

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200+ Big and Beautiful Highly Detailed Icons

By / Jan 5, 2010 / Freebies

If you’re one of many web designers suffering from an icon collecting addiction, you should probably skip over this article. It might be too much for you to handle. However, if you’re addiction is under control, read on. In this article, we’ve rounded up over 200 icons that are big, beautiful and have lots of…

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The Most Popular Articles of 2009

By / Jan 3, 2010 / Updates

The end of 2009 marked WDL’s first full year in existence, and what a great year it was. We feel that we’ve put out a lot of valuable content that has been helpful to our readers who we greatly appreciate. So before we start publishing new content for 2010, we thought it would be interesting…