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A lot of charities rely on voluntary funding. This funding is carefully distributed and there are often more important things ahead of a generous budget for the website. So how does a charity get the most out of its website? It needs to let users find out information about the charity, but the main objective of the site is to get people involved with the charity, usually resulting in the
Collaborating with clients you never meet face-to-face has become normal for most web workers. Ours is an industry where working remotely poses very few real obstacles — nearly every part of the web design process can be done from the comfort of a home office or coffee shop. We’re lucky to have this flexibility, especially in tough economic times when a swanky office doesn’t
Living in Vancouver, Canada, I’ve been seeing the logo of the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympic Games more and more around the city as the date draws closer. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at how the design trends in Olympic logos have evolved over the years. Noticeably, the logos seem to have changed from a monochromatic trend to a more multicolor approach in recent
In the workplace, we hear a lot about work-life balance and the need to be a well-rounded person. For many freelancers language like that is reason enough to never work for another person again. We aren’t very social animals and most of us aren’t normal workers either. Some of us do our best work at 2:00 in the morning after a feverish round of Halo 3. Perhaps this T-shirt from ThinkGeek says it best:
In this post, we feature 50 outstanding and beautiful snowboard designs. The vertical space creates unique design challenges and interesting compositions, in a multitude of design styles. Snowboard design is a growing and popular trend among graphic designers. In fact, there’s a number of competitions around the world centered exclusively around snowboard design, such
What is simplicity? Simplicity is the quality of being natural, plain and easy to understand. It is not surprising then that simplicity is often thrived for in user interface design. Most people naturally dislike complexity in devices and software. Yes, some people find joy in figuring out how something works, but for most of us, being unable to operate a device leads to wasted time
As a blogger myself, I’ve always wondered what other people’s workstations look like. I realize many of you probably wonder the same thing, so I’ve decided to prepare this post which includes photos of work spaces from popular blogs and websites. Most pictures show Mac computers being used, sometimes in conjunction with PC’s and/or laptops. It’s
In this tutorial we are going to learn how to create a breaking apart effect using some simple, but effective, techniques in Photoshop. One of the greatest tools in Photoshop which is often overlooked is layer masks and when used correctly, they can blend images together seamlessly, giving that professional touch. We are going to combine the masks with brushes to compliment the original
When I started crafting the idea for the Webdesigner Depot blog, I was looking for a designer that could create a design for the site demonstrating the fun aspects of design while being colorful, vibrant and using many different design elements. The blog was intended to be a relaxed, fun place to explore the different aspects of design. I found Radim Malinic and his exceptional work
It’s well known that Apple is one of the most creative and innovative companies in the world, so it’s no wonder that many software companies and web designers would choose to follow Apple’s style of branding. The Apple website is one of the best websites out there due to its ease of use, functionality and the beautiful environment that it creates. I looked at websites
A professional logo can enhance a company, an organization, or a product. On the other hand, an unprofessional logo can ruin a brand and mar an otherwise good designer’s portfolio. Many logos in use are unprofessional and carry all the tell-tale marks of an amateur or a beginner. Everyone thinks they can design a great logo, but simply knowing your way around Photoshop is not
Writing for the web is a skill set of its own. Website text, or “copy”, needs to be written in a different tone for the web than a brochure. It needs to be built around the target keywords for the site and be written for a lower literacy audience. Most web designers have a leg up on traditional freelance writers since they have their pulse on what the search engines like and don’t like to see on a site. While practice