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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
A few weeks ago I went to the movies to see the new James Bond movie: Quantum of Solace. The movie was nice, even though I’m not a really big fan of the series, however one thing that really caught my eye was the opening credits. I really liked the effects and the style. The studio that did that animation was MK12 and I love the way they mixed sand and some sort of vector elements, it reminded
If you ever heard the phrase ‘you can find inspiration everywhere you look’, then this article is for you. Today we look at rusted metal textures as both an unusual source of inspiration as well as an option for unique backgrounds. Textured backgrounds are a great way to add an extra dimension to any graphic design project. Magazines and printed media can resort to textured paper for added impact however, this is impossible to do on
In this article, we list several great applications for project and time management as well as collaboration between you and your clients. There are free and commercial options available. These project management apps are here to save you time, but they can also be very time consuming and not intuitive. If you have a team who works with you remotely, then this is an ideal choice. If you
When someone visits a website you’ve designed, the odds are that they don’t care much about the colors, images or sounds, they’re immediately looking at the text. No matter how many bells and whistles you’ve built into a website, everyone relies on text to accomplish whatever they’re visiting the site to do. That alone should make typography, the
If you’ve found a greater purpose for your iPhone besides calling or Googling directions, then you’d probably like to explore what your iPhone can offer you in the realm of graphic design. I’ve compiled a collection of the most useful 13 iPhone apps for graphic designers that I’ve come across. Each contributes and offers a unique ability to aid you on your
Just when you thought you were done with IE 6 and its hacks and exceptions, now you’ve got a new browser to consider: Google’s Chrome. The good news is that Chrome is a lot more compatible with web standards than IE 5 and 6. However, Chrome has its own idiosyncrasies and bugs. No one knows if Chrome is here to stay, but it has already captured a surprisingly decent share of the
In the first part of this series, we presented stock photography from a marketing and advertising perspective. You learned about different license types, the photo subjects most sought after by stock agencies, copyright, licensing and more. In this second part, we’ll present the technical and design aspect of stock photography. You, the photographer, will learn the technical
Its seems like the desktop and office style websites have been a popular design idea for a few years now. While many of these design share some of the same elements, it is always interested to see the random extras and nic-nacs that people add to them. What is even more interesting about this style is how it has crossed over to many other genres of business aside from designers. You will notice
Most web design companies are one or two person operations, with little to no free time for items like after-sales service. You are usually so busy with current projects that answering calls from past customers can seem like an unnecessary and non-profitable chore. Here is how you can plug back in to your client base and turn customer service into the profit center that you never thought it would be.
In this tutorial, we’ll create a complex glowing wallpaper using Photoshop. We’ll be using custom brushes, several blending modes, lightning techniques, and blurs. The tutorial was created using free resources, so you can easily recreate it by following step-by-step. To make it easy for everyone, we have included the PSD source file at the very end of the tutorial
Content Management Systems have become one the internet’s most powerful web developer tools since PHP. In a market where websites need to be built faster and easier, many developers are turning to Open Source CMS to get the job done. Unfortunately there are now thousands of CMS’s floating around the web and finding the right one has become somewhat of an ordeal. This article