Five Popular Design Portfolio Website Styles

Aug 31 2009 by Tyler Denis | 73 Comments

Having a web-based portfolio is crucial for displaying your online and/or offline work. The key to an effective portfolio design is how you to set up the content. In this article, we are going to cover various ways designers and artists set up their portfolio site. We’re also going to look at some well-designed examples from each style.

1. Portfolio as the main focus

These portfolio websites are usually pretty simple, having some basic information on the front page. All the focus is geared towards the design work.

Leonardo Maia

Leonardo Maia

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Build an Elastic Textarea with Ext JS

Aug 28 2009 by Nuno Franco da Costa | 28 Comments

Build an Elastic Textarea with Ext JS

Since it was first featured on Facebook, elastic textareas – <textarea> elements that automatically expand or shrink depending on how much text the user inputs – has become one of the coolest functional UI effects on the web. In this article, I will guide you through the re-creation of this astonishing effect using Ext JS, and I bet you that you will be surprised to see how easy it is to do it.

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Adobe Flash Accessibility: Best Practices for Design

Aug 27 2009 by Erik Johnson | 13 Comments

Adobe Flash Accessibility: Best Practices for Design

Norman Nielsen once said that "About 99% of the time, the presence of Flash on a website constitutes a usability disease."[1] However, this statement was made in 2000 when Flash lacked many of the accessibility functions that are available today. In 2002, the Flash Player began support for Microsoft Active Accessibility (a bridge between the Flash Player and screen access technologies) and eventually Freedom Scientific released a version of the JAWS screen reader which could access Flash material.[2] This was just the beginning and eventually Adobe created a version of the Flash application that enables developers to control the accessibility as an application is designed.

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How to Design the Web in a High-Def World

Aug 26 2009 by Arley McBlain | 29 Comments

One of the first design considerations a web designer has to make is the resolution that the project is going to be built in. Will the site be optimized for 800×600 systems? 1024? Will the width be fluid or fixed? Will it work for mobile devices? There are certainly a lot more screen resolutions to consider now than there were just a few years ago.

There are quite a lot of articles written about designing small for mobile devices, but what about the largest common resolution; High Definition (commonly referred to as HD or High-Def)?

This article is going to show you a process for making your site work for multiple resolutions by using a real-world case study: Debut Creative. Granted, you can use this without dealing with HD resolutions, but why not go extreme?

Debut Creative was recently designed to work in HDDebut Creative was recently designed to work in HD.

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CushyCMS Pro Giveaway

Aug 25 2009 by Jacob Gube | 113 Comments

CushyCMS Pro Giveaway

We’re giving away a 1-year subscription to CushyCMS Pro, worth $336 USD, to one lucky Six Revisions reader. CushyCMS Pro takes an already awesome CMS and makes it even better.

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10 Excellent Feedback Tools for Web Designers

Aug 24 2009 by Andrew Follett | 41 Comments

It’s easy to get caught up doing your own thing and even easier to stick to what you know already know. However, whether you’re a developer or a designer, seeking out constructive, third-party feedback can bring your projects to a new level. You may also know that finding objective, qualified sources of feedback can be near impossible (your relatives and roommates only cut it for so long).

That’s why I’m bringing you 10 fresh, useful and fun ways to get an outside perspective on your work. So no more excuses, it’s time to break out of your rut and start getting the feedback you need to learn, improve, and grow as a professional.

Free web-based feedback communities

1. Concept Feedback

Concept Feedback

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20 Stunning & Surreal Illustrations of Male Characters

Aug 23 2009 by Lilian Ostropel | 22 Comments

Character illustrations and digital paintings can inspire you greatly in your own works. Working with digital art means that you have a greater creative license to great stunning pieces of artwork. In this collection, you will see some fantastic illustrations of dudes.

If you like this collection, you may also wish to see a previous collection that features surreal illustrations of female characters.

1. Gangsta game character by Bernardo Barbi

Gangsta game character by Bernardo Barbi

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