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The Four Key Components of a Great Web Design

By / Nov 24, 2009 / Tips

There’s a lot that goes into creating a web design, but I believe it can be broken down into four main components. If you’re able to execute on all four, you will have a hit web design on your hands. However, if you come up short on one, the entire design will suffer. That’s the…

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12 Useful jQuery Plugins for Working with Tables

By / Nov 23, 2009 / Resources

The days of using tables for layout are hopefully gone. This doesn’t mean that tables don’t have a place in web design and development. When you have tabular data, tables are the way to go and are what you should be using. However, ordinary tables can be limiting to the user when you have complex…

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10 Blogs to Help You Become a Photography Expert

By / Nov 20, 2009 / Resources

Photography often plays a major role in web design. So It’s no surprise that many web designers have an interest in it. However, there are so many aspects to photography such as lighting, composition, and equipment features that can make it difficult to master. In this article I’ve rounded up 10 of the best blogs…

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14 Free Mac Apps for Web Designers on a Budget

By / Nov 19, 2009 / Tools

We all know that Macs aren’t the most affordable computers on the market. Purchasing one can take a big chunk out of a web designer’s budget and leave little to purchase software. Thankfully, there are alternatives to the expensive software that we need to do our job. Here are 14 Mac applications that will have…

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The Best Photoshop Tutorials of 2009

By / Nov 18, 2009 / Tutorials

In our “Best of 2009″ series, we’ve already shown you the best free fonts and the best free icon sets. So as this year is getting closer to it’s end, we’re going to continue in this article and present to you our picks for the best Photoshop tutorials of 2009. There were so many amazing…

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WDL Premium: Sketchbook Vector Pack from Go Media

By / Nov 18, 2009 / Expired Premium

Here’s another high quality vector pack for our WDL Premium Members. Sketchbook, from the amazing designers at Go Media, has 40 really useful deign elements like sketchy halftones, cross-hatching, gradients, sketch line brushes – everything you need to soften the digital side of your designs.

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12 Excellent jQuery Plugins for Enhancing Forms

By / Nov 17, 2009 / Resources

Forms are part of almost every website. Whether it’s a simple contact form or a complex sign-up form, filling one out is usually a mundane task. When possible, you should try to make form completion for the user easier and more enjoyable. Here are 12 jQuery plugins that can help you enhance your forms.

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40 of the Best Horizontal Scrolling Websites

By / Nov 17, 2009 / Inspiration

Horizontal websites have become an underground phenomenon. A horizontal website is a lot like your artsy younger sister who dresses weirdly and doesn’t seem to acknowledge a world outside of her own imagination. Since horizontal websites are not universally embraced by the web design community, those who design in this genre must live with a…

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10 Useful Tools for Finding the Perfect Domain Name

By / Nov 16, 2009 / Tools

Finding the right domain name is an important step in creating a successful website. Luckily there are tools out there to help you in this process by not only helping you find available domain names, but also helping you in the creative aspect by giving you suggestions. Here are 10 of these tools to help…

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20 Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Web Typography

By / Nov 16, 2009 / Tips

In a previous article here on Web Design Ledger, I broke down 20 do’s and don’ts of effective web design and today I would like to keep up with that topic and go over 20 do’s and don’ts of effective web typography. It’s an important part of designing for the web, yet it’s often overlooked…