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Whenever a user is trying to reach a website’s page that is non-existent or missing, they are usually directed to a page where they’re informed that that specific page cannot be recalled by the HTTP server; this is what is called a 404 error page. As designers, when we create a web site, normally we’d also include a 404 page. Depending on the site design, overall focus,
Adobe AIR is one of the most under-appreciated application platforms, but the number of applications available for AIR make it incredibly useful. There are apps for everything from business to shopping to image management to video editing. And plenty of applications are useful to designers and developers, including HTML text editors, Flickr search apps, color palette management
Every week we tweet a lot of interesting stuff highlighting great content that we find on the web that can be of interest to web designers. The best way to keep track of our tweets is simply to follow us on Twitter, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the best tweets that we sent out this past week. Note that this is only a very small selection of the links
Jennifer Maestre creates stunning sculptures out of pencils. Yes, you read right: pencils! Her work is hard to describe and difficult to compare with anything else that I’ve seen before. She was originally inspired by the form and function of sea urchins: “The spines of the urchin, so dangerous yet beautiful, serve as an explicit warning against contact. The alluring texture of the spines draws the touch in spite of the possible consequences.” I interviewed Jennifer and asked her about her stunning art, her sources of inspiration and her beginnings. I’ve
Creating a wireframe is one of the first steps you should take before designing a website. A wireframe helps you organize and simplify the elements and content within a website and is an essential tool in the development process. A wireframe is basically a visual representation of content layout in a website design. The wireframe acts as a prototype that shows the placement of page
Today, the cool guys over at Obox Design introduced their new line of professional WordPress themes called “The Obox Signature Series”. Thanks to David and Marc, we will be giving away a total of 10 copies of the “Arcade” and “Left Handed” themes (single user license). All themes are packaged with OCMX-Live, a powerful add-on to the WordPress backend which allows you to control and customize many of
High Dynamic Range (HDR) images can really take your photography to the next level. But creating compelling HDR images, whether through fake HDR techniques in Photoshop or multiple exposures and tone-mapping, can be tricky. Creating portraits can be even trickier, because human subjects are often less forgiving in HDR photos. But you can do a few different things to get better results
You often hear designers say, “Good designers copy. Great designers steal.” Well, anyone who says this is one of three types of designers: One who copies, one who steals or one who admits that not copying and stealing is hard but still tries not to anyway. For some reason, a lot of web designers believe that there’s nothing truly unique left to create and that there is no such thing as originality. I disagree, or at least I don’t want
Every week we tweet a lot of interesting stuff highlighting great content that we find on the web that can be of interest to web designers. The best way to keep track of our tweets is simply to follow us on Twitter, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the best tweets that we sent out this past week. Note that this is only a very small selection of the
Coffee or Latte art consists of the pouring of steamed milk into a shot of espresso generating a pattern or design on the surface. The barista becomes a true designer and is able to create beautiful creations with the most common form being the “rosetta” pictured on the left. Latte art is a hot topic and there are even several competitions around the world showcasing this
If you’re a power blogger, or someone who blogs regularly, across multiple blogs, with detailed, in-depth posts, a desktop blog editor can make your life infinitely easier. At least when it comes to the blogging aspect of it. There are a lot of blog editors out there. Some are browser-based, some are standalone. Some work across different platforms while others are only for
Today we bring you a set of 50 free and exclusive Twitter icons that you can use for your websites. The icons are provided in both raster and vector formats: The transparent PNG versions are 256×256, and we have also included Illustrator files so that you can resize the icons as needed. The icons are completely free for personal and commercial use and they’re being released exclusively