JPEG 101: A Crash Course Guide on JPEG

Dec 8 2010 by Catalin Rosu | 27 Comments

JPEG 101: A Crash Course Guide on JPEG

JPEG, a compression algorithm optimized for photographic images, is something we encounter on a regular basis. JPEG is not limited to a certain amount of color (unlike GIF, for example) and is popular due to its variable compression range, meaning that you’re able to more easily control the amount of compression, and consequently, the resultant image quality. In this guide, we will discuss the important things you need to know about JPEG.

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Which Designer Job is the Best? (Infographic)

Dec 7 2010 by Wix | 28 Comments

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs teaches us that food, safety and a roof over our heads all come before "self actualization". In other words, it’s hard to tap into your inner-unicorn if you can’t afford to pay the rent. To help you designers out there, we’ve researched different design sectors to see which one has the most fulfilling, unicorn-friendly jobs. And it turns out, you can’t have it all. When it comes to design jobs, you can be well-paid, well-employed, or love your job — but not all three.

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100 Exceedingly Useful CSS Tips and Tricks

Dec 6 2010 by Alexander Dawson | 40 Comments

100 Exceedingly Useful CSS Tips and Tricks

You can never have too much of a good thing–and two good things we rely on in our work are tips and tricks. Nuggets of information, presented clearly and succinctly, help us build solutions and learn best practices. In a previous article, we shared a jam-packed list of 250 quick web design tips. It seems only right to continue the trend by showcasing 100 fresh–and hopefully useful–CSS tips and tricks.

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Free Icons (with PSDs): 30 E-Commerce Icons

Dec 4 2010 by Rafi Md | 45 Comments

Free Icons (with PSDs): 30 E-Commerce Icons

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The History of CSS Resets

Dec 2 2010 by Michael Tuck | 48 Comments

The History of CSS Resets

When artists begin a new painting, they don’t immediately reach for the cadmium red and the phthalo blue. They first prime the canvas. Why? To ensure that the canvas is smooth and has a uniform white hue.

Many web designers prefer to use a CSS "reset" to "prime" the browser canvas and ensure that their design displays as uniformly as possible across the various browsers and systems their site visitors may use.

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How to Make an Elegant Patterned Web Design Using Photoshop

Dec 1 2010 by Jacob Gube | 9 Comments

How to Make an Elegant Patterned Web Design Using Photoshop

This web design tutorial on Design Instruct (our other website) walks the learner through the creation of a beautiful and trendy web layout using Photoshop. The web design is best used on a personal portfolio site.

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Sponsor Love: Companies That Support Six Revisions (Nov 2010)

Dec 1 2010 by Jacob Gube | 3 Comments

Sponsor Love: Companies That Support Six Revisions (Nov 2010)

It takes plenty of resources to bring you articles about design and development free of charge. Without our sponsors, we wouldn’t be able to bring you top-notch content that you can enjoy and learn from.

Thankfully, we’re able to do all of this with the help of our sponsors who support our community — companies that also create amazing products and provide excellent services to web professionals like us.

We’d like to thank our site sponsors between November 1 – November 30, 2010 and talk a little bit about what they do.

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