This giveaway is for three sets of 100 4×6 postcards printed on 14pt card stock, courtesy of our friends over at Next Day Flyers. The postcards will feature full color printing on the front, and black and white (or blank) on the reverse side. They’ll print them and ship them anywhere in the continental U.S.

For a chance to win, leave a comment below answering the following question: What would you do with the postcards if you won?

This giveaway ends on March 16, 2011 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 Please note that comments that don’t follow the instructions on how to participate (described above) may not be published.

User Interface Patterns for Dealing with Interactive Content

Websites and web applications are getting more and more interactive each day. Content on websites have the advantage over their printed counterparts in that, if we wanted to, we can let our users interact with them.

We have already discussed site navigation patterns and popular web content presentation patterns. Now, let us explore some UI patterns for our interactive website content.


10 Tips for Decreasing Web Page Load Times

Patience is a virtue, but for many, it is often a difficult concept to practice. That is especially true for web users visiting a website that takes a long time to load. Users are enamored with speedy websites, and when a site responds slowly, visitors lose their patience and are less likely to come back.

Improving the speed of your website is important not only to users, but to search engine rankings as well. Last April, Google announced that they are now including website speed in their search ranking algorithms.


Shine Styles: Free Photoshop Style Layers


DesignContest teamed up with Six Revisions to provide five people with Amazon Kindle 3Gs. Over 300 people participated!

Here are the winners of the sponsored giveaway:

Recently, we teamed up with Stockfresh on a giveaway that offered five winners 100 credits to use any way they want on the Stockfresh site.

Here are the winners:

How Much Traffic Can Your Website Handle?

Most websites load reasonably fast when visited by their average number of users. However, performance rapidly deteriorates when a site is overwhelmed by peak traffic (the times when the site’s traffic is the highest) and during traffic spikes.

In a quest to learn about the art and science of peak traffic estimation, I began to study some publicly available data to see if I could try to discover a connection between peak traffic and the average traffic of a website, as well as the type of traffic it can receive.