JumpeyeComponents has recently come out with a new product: FlashEff 2.0 for Flex, which is their advanced Flash Animation component library that lets you make complex animation effects with as little coding as possible.

We’re giving away five FlashEff 2.0 for Flex licenses. All you have to do to participate is to leave a comment on this post that talks about your favorite place online to visit to learn about Flex. It could be a blog, a website, forums, anything on the web that has helped you in your education about using Flex.

This giveaway ends on December 8, 2009 after which the comments section on this post will be closed. We’ll use your email address to contact you if you win. The winners will be randomly selected and announced on a separate post. Please note that comments that don’t follow the instructions on how to participate (described above) may not be published.

How to Make Beautiful Gradient Typography with Photoshop

In this Photoshop type treatment tutorial for beginners, you’ll discover a quick and easy process for making captivating gradient text. Be sure to check out the Gradient Typography in Web Design showcase for inspiration.


There are many German designers and developers (such as myself) using their skills and experience to design and create user-friendly and world-class quality websites. In this web design collection, you will find a fantastic and handpicked selection of creative and successful web designs from "good old Germany".

This design collection was inspired by the Smashing Magazine’s "Global Web Design" series (they already have a showcase for Russia and Ireland; you should check theirs out after).

1. My Lane

My Lane


Choosing the right colors for your design is a task not to be taken lightly as it will have a direct effect on the mood of your page viewers. Bold and bright colors may stand out and say "Hey! Look over here," which is great when you have a very limited area to work with, but what happens when you’re not trying to tell a story at the top of your lungs?

One color that has been trending lately is teal. Teal has a very disarming quality that seems to welcome you in and invites you for tea. In this collection, we share 25 websites displaying great use of the color teal.

1. Owltastic



Since the first websites in the early 1990’s, designers have been experimenting with the way websites look. Early sites were entirely text-based, with minimal images and no real layout to speak of other than headings and paragraphs. However, the industry progressed, eventually bringing us table-based designs, then Flash, and finally CSS-based designs.

The Evolution of Web Design


A successful promotional strategy on the web is critical to the ubiquity of your product. When done in a way that relates to the target audience, not only can you get your product out in the minds of people, but you will also have contributed to the betterment of the web as a whole by contributing knowledge and information.

A 4-Step Process for a Positive Web Marketing Approach


I’m not sure if you’ve ever had a look at the prices on some non-stock photography sites (pictures of Gummy bears for $769.00 anyone?), but they reach far beyond the budget of the typical designer/developer. However, many places online allow you to obtain high-quality stock photos for free, giving the average starving artist a chance to create wonderful works of art/design without having to use next month’s rent on stock photos.

15 Best Places for Designers to Get Free Stock Photos Online