Adding Depth with Pixel Perfect Line Work

Dec 30, 2009 / Tips

A pixel is a single point in a raster image. Computer displays are capable of showing millions of these at a time. So how can one lone pixel have an impact on a web design? It probably can’t. However, if you extend that pixel in one direction, it becomes a line, and in the hands…

11 Blogs to Help You Become a User Experience Expert

Dec 29, 2009 / Resources

In today’s web design world, so much emphasis is put on SEO, which forces us to design for machines. Even though this is a necessity for web designers, the focus of a design should be on that of the user – the breathing, typing, mouse clicking kind of user. The user experience (UX) design portion…

13 Useful Code Snippets for WordPress Development

Dec 28, 2009 / Tips

WordPress has grown to be commonly defined as the core solution for your blogging needs. It is the most recognized and sought after Content Management System by writers and designers. Consequently, over the past few years there has been a voluble increase in WordPress blogs, this has caused the “need” for useful tips, tricks, and…

Ronin: Online Time Tracking and Invoicing

Dec 26, 2009 / Updates

Here at WDL, we greatly appreciate our sponsors. They help make it possible for us to do what we do, and we feel that all of our sponsors offer services and products that can be very useful to web designers, developers, and online creatives. In order to let you know more about what our sponsors…

35 Expressive Examples of Stunning HDR Photography

Dec 24, 2009 / Inspiration

HDR photography has become one of the most popular and beautiful forms of displaying images. HDR or “high-dynamic-range photography”, lets you capture different aspects of a photograph and use software to merge them all-together. While scaling through the web, we were able to find a handful of stunning HDR photographs for your inspiration. Let us…

A UI Design and Prototyping Treasure Chest

Dec 23, 2009 / Freebies

When designing a user interface there are always times that you will find yourself using the same graphical element over and over. So in order to be more productive, it’s a good idea to keep a library of common elements such as form elements, buttons, icons, browser templates, and windows. Having these close by will…

40 Awesome Examples of Tilt-Shift Photography

Dec 22, 2009 / Inspiration

Tilt-shift photography refers to giving the subject of a photo a miniature look or toy-like appearance. This affect can either be achieved with a special camera lens and other shooting techniques, or it can be done in post processing with applications like Photoshop. There are a number of tilt-shift tutorials available that will show you…

Wix Unlimited Package Giveaway Winners Announced

Dec 21, 2009 / Updates

A couple of weeks ago we posted a giveaway of two Unlimited Packages from Wix worth $149 each. In order to be eligible, all you had to do was leave a comment on that post. Today we’re announcing the two winners that were randomly selected from all the commenters.

Top 5 Content Management Systems for eCommerce

Dec 21, 2009 / Tools

eCommerce continues to steadily evolve as it’s become one of the most reliable, and preferable ways to purchase goods. Its very existence has allowed countless number of businesses reach new heights, and take advantage of endless possibilities. As new standards, ideas, and applications for eCommerce role out, the strength of your online presence must support…

The Best Free Texture Packs of 2009

Dec 18, 2009 / Freebies

There are a few things that a designer can not have enough of in his or her design arsenal, and one of them is textures. So to continue our “Best of 2009″ series, we’ve selected the best free textures from this past year. Since there were so many textures released in 2009 by so many…