Giveaway: 15 Web Hosting Plans for 2 Years at Zyma.com

Feb 9 2011 by Jacob Gube | 443 Comments

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Up for grabs are 15 web hosting accounts for 2 full years from Zyma. This is a giveaway that you simply don’t want to miss. Read on to see how you can win this excellent prize.

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Guide to Website Navigation Design Patterns

Feb 8 2011 by Cameron Chapman | 40 Comments

Ultimate Guide to Website Navigation Design Patterns

In web design, there are certain common design patterns that are used for interaction. Site navigation has a wide variety of common and familiar design patterns that can be used as a foundation for building effective information architecture for a website.

This guide covers popular site navigation design patterns. For each site navigation design pattern, we will discuss its common characteristics, its drawbacks, and when best to use it.

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How to Measure the Effectiveness of Web Designs

Feb 7 2011 by Claudiu Murariu | 12 Comments

How to Measure the Effectiveness of Web Designs

At the end of the day, the quality of a web design can only really be measured quantitatively in the results it brings a site. As they say, results speak for themselves.

Being a web analyst for more than four years now and regularly working side-by-side with a designer, the biggest thing I have learned is Data identifies the problem and Design solves it.

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7 Common Project Management Problems (And How to Solve Them)

Feb 4 2011 by James Clear | 26 Comments

It doesn’t matter how talented you are, if you can’t manage your projects, then you will struggle to achieve success.

To help you avoid that undesirable outcome, here are seven project management problems that designers and developers often face, as well as how to deal with them when they arise.

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Working with Visual Weight in Your Designs

Feb 3 2011 by Kayla Knight | 19 Comments

In design, visual weight is the notion that design elements have varied weights; that is, some objects, even on a two-dimensional medium, can appear to be heavier than others. Visual weight is a powerful concept that allows us to create visual hierarchy, symmetry, balance, and harmony in designs. When applied strategically, the concept of visual weight can help us guide the viewer’s attention to the places we want in a design. This article covers the concept of visual weight and the factors that affect it.

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6 Essential Things All Freelancers Should Be Doing

Feb 2 2011 by Farhan Zafar | 31 Comments

6 Essential Things All Freelancers Should Be Doing

Awful situations can teach us a lot, and it’s almost inevitable that at some point in your freelance career, you’ll suddenly be dragged into tough client situations — situations in which you find yourself standing in no man’s land, with no alternative plan at the ready.

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Sponsor Love: Companies That Support Six Revisions (Jan 2011)

Feb 1 2011 by Jacob Gube | 1 Comment

Sponsor Love: Companies That Support Six Revisions (Jan 2011)

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 January 1 – January 31, 2011 and talk a little bit about what they do.

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