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Theme Trust Professional WordPress Themes: Buy 1 Get 1 FREE

By / Mar 22, 2011 / News

It’s been just over half a year since Theme Trust was launched, and it’s growing by leaps and bounds. So I thought it would be a good time to give an update on the current theme offering and let everybody know about the Buy 1, Get 1 FREE deal. I’m sure many of you have…

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30 Excellent Examples of Color Usage in Web Design

By / Mar 21, 2011 / Inspiration

Choosing the right color scheme for a web design is extremely important. It will set the mood of your design probably more so than any other component. Sometimes it’s appropriate to go big with an assortment of bold colors, while other times it’s better to play it safe with a minimal color palette. For today’s…

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Growing as a Designer and Leader

By / Mar 18, 2011 / Tips

As a professional designer, it’s important to push ourselves daily to be the best that we can in order to create outstanding work. To be successful in our industry, we must continually grow and try new things that will enhance our design skills, and just as important, our leadership abilities. There are tons of ideas…

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8 Fresh and Free High-Quality Fonts

By / Mar 17, 2011 / Freebies

It’s been over a month since we’ve posted any freebies here on WDL, but hopefully now we can get back on our regular schedule of one “freebie” post per week. Over the past few days, I’ve been on the lookout for fonts, and I’ve managed to find some very good ones. So, here they are:…

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WDL Premium: Photoshop Pixel Patterns

By / Mar 16, 2011 / Expired Premium

For our WDL Premium Members, here is a pack of super nice Photoshop Pixel Patterns from Vandelay Premier. This set includes 100 repeating patterns for Photoshop. The patterns are mostly basic in nature and will allow you to easily create backgrounds for your own designs. Some use a transparent background so they can be applied…

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Design Bundle Giveaway from Designious

By / Mar 15, 2011 / Giveaways

Our friends at Designious.com are at it again. They just launched another mind blowing design bundle. Design Cocktail 5 includes an awesome collection of high-quality resources for creative professionals at an unbeatable price! They’ve been kind enough to provide us with 10 bundles to give away to our readers. To be eligible to win, all…

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Focus on Effective Coming Soon Pages

By / Mar 14, 2011 / Tips

When first launching your own website, it can be troubling deciding how to handle the first few weeks. This is generally a time when your website may not be ready to go live online but you own the domain name and branding rights. In these scenarios a properly designed coming soon page can affect the…

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30 Fresh Examples of Single Page Websites

By / Mar 14, 2011 / Inspiration

Single page websites have been a hot trend for a while now, and their popularity doesn’t seem to be losing any momentum. Going this route isn’t right for every project, but there are times when it’s fitting and just makes sense. For instance, when a site doesn’t have a lot of content, and you know…

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Design Business Books vs Design Business Blogs

By / Mar 11, 2011 / Resources

When I first sat down to write this post my idea was to compile a list of the best business books for designers.  However, as I found books claiming to fit this niche, I began to notice something that got me asking questions.  It was the publishing dates.  Some were 2009, others 2008, and others…

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5 Tips for SEO & User-Friendly Copy

By / Mar 10, 2011 / Tips

You hear it time and time again: content is king. It’s king because it’s what users want, and it’s king because of SEO – i.e. if you don’t have good content, you’re not going to rank. Of course, not all content is created equal. While over-optimizing content for search will make it less than user-friendly,…