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In the not so distant past, we were learning about revolutionary techniques to save HTTP Request and KBs alike through the use of image sprites. These sprites consisted of tens or even hundreds of icons arranged in an image file that was later...
In this post, we’re going to learn about a bit about Illustrator's Mesh tool. It’s one of the hardest tools to master in Illustrator, but if you want to achieve a 3-D look in your illustrations, you have to really understand how to use this...
Forms are often considered one of the most painful HTML elements to program. But form design and development has progressed by leaps and bounds; it is not nearly as hard as it once was. That being said, while the industry has made tremendous progress,...
Nowadays, 3-D technology is being used a lot in many media. Since James Cameron’s Avatar brought this technique to a whole new level, everybody is using it to try to attract more attention and create a powerful visual experience for consumers....
Creating buttons with CSS is one of the most experimented-with web design techniques around. Examples and tutorials abound. The biggest recent trend in CSS button design seems to be eliminating images, especially background images, from...
We've all seen or heard about the horrors of failed redesigns. Regardless of the size or scale of a site, any redesign is frought with potential perils and pitfalls. Alienating your existing users is probably one of the biggest dangers of any...
Photography is one of the most potent tools in the designer’s toolbox. It is no surprise that it is used all over the web. And in the small subset of websites featured in this article, we find photography used very prominently. The samples shown...
You don’t get to 600 million friends without doing something spectacular. Mark Zuckerberg knows this more than anyone. But I wonder: do we have any hope of achieving similar success? Facebook's story begins, like most businesses, with...
Web content can make or break a website – no matter how good the design is. Most designers know this from first-hand experience. So it wasn’t surprising when WDD visitors who read How to spot and avoid web copy that kills websites demanded...
Today, we're going to show you a simple way to achieve a gradient-heavy illustration of a little monster. It’s got a 3-D feel, but it’s done using only gradients. So, stick with us; we’re going to use and see some really nice easy tips for...
Bookmarklets are special links that users can add to their browser’s favorites. These special links include code (i.e. not just a target URL), and they trigger various kinds of useful functionality, allowing you to modify and extend any...
Lomography and lomography-styled photography has been growing in popularity in the past year or two, largely spurred by smartphone apps that make it possible for virtually anyone to mimic the style. Lomography is characterized by its inherent...