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The other day my daughter, Sophia, announced that she wanted to set up a lemonade stand. Seeing as how I didn’t really want to spend the better part of my weekend selling lemonade, I tried to talk her out of it by showing her how much she’d need to spend to buy the lemonade mix, get the cups, that sort of thing. Regardless of my best efforts, there was no changing her mind. She wanted to go
We published the Ultimate Guide for Everything Twitter at just at the right time when everyone wanted to know about this Twitter thing, how to start using it, and how to sleeve it into their websites and blogs. The guide is still being tweeted at the rate of a few tweets per day, which is remarkable considering that it was published a few months ago. We’d like to thank everyone for
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
Vintage art reminds us of a time when we were dependent less on technology and more on skill and technique. But we cannot compare the typography of 100 years ago to that of today, with the arrival of so many new typefaces, new ways to create fonts as well as new ways to get our artwork out into the world. Even though the application of typography has evolved so much from a century ago until now,
Cats and dogs. Cain and Abel. Designers and developers. These are just a few of the great historical face-offs. Designers and developers often seem to come from different planets and have completely different brains. Developers want a website to work right, designers want it to look right. A few weeks ago, we explored the main pet peeves that web designers have with web developers, and suggested
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