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You can easily split the design community into two groups: those drafted into Dribbble and those who aren’t.

Despite me being in the latter group, I find it difficult to ignore the fact that snapshots that are supposedly showing what designers are currently working on are no more than art and idealized designs that don’t reflect the actual principles and real-world requirements of a usable and function-oriented design.

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We lay increasing importance on doing things in the user’s best interest and meeting their expectations, but we often forget that content and design is the window to a website’s soul.

Our designs tell visitors something about us and build emotional bonds to brands through first impressions and reputation.

By taking advantage of communicative design, we can better engage audiences and more effectively serve user needs.

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Web Designers vs. Web Developers (Infographic Remix)

Back in November last year, a playful infographic exposed the differences between web designers and developers. In the infographic, a Venn diagram revealed one surprising characteristic the two groups seemed to share: a fear of women.

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In this giveaway, we’ve teamed up with Focal Press to give 10 copies of Interactive InDesign CS5.

To win a copy of the book, simply answer the following question in the comments: How can Interactive InDesign CS5 help you?

This giveaway ends on April 27, 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 Please note that comments that don’t follow the instructions on how to participate (described above) may not be published.

The Overblown Excitement Around Modern Web Browsers

In the past few months, there has been a lot of talk around modern web browsers (Firefox 4, Chrome, IE9, etc.). The software application we use to navigate to our favorite websites is seeing tremendous attention, increased competition amongst its vendors, and advancements in its features.

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For newbies in the business of crafting websites, the purpose and technicality behind server header responses can often be a little mind baffling to get to grips with. Although there are essentially so much to learn, only a few are common and essential to web professionals and the average user.

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Avoiding Unscoped Work from Unreasonable Clients

Have you ever had a dispute with a client? Most freelancers and contractors will answer this question with a resounding "no" because we tend to think of disputes as something which results in court proceedings, or at least, the intervention of lawyers.

However, ask them to tell you how many unreasonable clients they have had, and most businesses will reel off numerous examples!

Many people mistakenly believe that contracts are only useful in the event of a dispute, but this is not true. A good contract can save you time, money, stress, and even improve your sales opportunities and your brand image.

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