A Look into Color Theory in Web Design

Mar 8 2010 by Shannon Noack | 79 Comments

Unarguably one of the most important aspects of any design is its colors. Designers create the style of a site, as well as the movement it makes, the emotion it creates, and its purpose based largely upon the color choices they make. Colors are powerful tools and an important thing all designers should understand when creating websites.

A Look into Color Theory in Web Design

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The Comprehensive Guide to Saving Images for the Web

Feb 22 2010 by Joshua Johnson | 64 Comments

On the surface, saving images for the web can be a pretty straightforward process. However, if you dig deeper there’s a wealth of information and techniques you might be missing out on.

This article will focus primarily on the diverse features of Photoshop’s “Save for Web & Devices” command along with some best practices related to saving images that are optimized for web use. We’ll start extremely basic for all the beginners, but there will be plenty of advanced information for the seasoned veterans as we progress.

The Comprehensive Guide to Saving Images for the Web

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The Three Golden Rules of Site Redesigns

Feb 9 2010 by Jon Raasch | 31 Comments

Last month I made a New Year’s resolution to schedule myself as a client and rebuild my website. Basically, the design and code had become entirely embarrassing to me. Additionally, the chaos caused by three years of feature-creep and band-aids was extremely frustrating.

Rebuilding a site is a great feeling; it means out with the old and in with a new. A clean slate.

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Common Misconceptions about Web Designers

Feb 7 2010 by Shannon Noack | 153 Comments

As a web designer, I’m proud to be a part of an Apple-loving, forward thinking, technologically advanced group of people that devour tutorials and web design blogs, hoping to create a stellar design that that gets posted in every CSS gallery out there. Yep, we’re a group of people that works hard, plays hard and strives to meet our deadlines, while learning something new along the way.

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7 Tools You Should Be Using For Better Web Designs

Feb 4 2010 by Mike Takahashi | 33 Comments

We’ve all come across websites with amazing designs only to be frustrated because it was hard to find things or confusing to use. As a web designer or developer, how do you know if this is happening to your website?

Statistical applications such as Google Analytics can help, but that’s not enough. To gain greater insight, you should take the time to engage, interact and understand your audience.

7 Tools You Should Be Using For Better Web Designs

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A Look into Registration Buttons in Web Design

Feb 3 2010 by Dibakar Jana | 28 Comments

Designing an informational/content-centered website (such as a portfolio or a blog) is much easier than designing a website where we have to deal with registered users. The target of websites that enable user accounts (such as Amazon.com or Gmail, for example) is to not only highlight their featured items and services, but to also convert visitors to signed-up users.

Sites with user registration want to grab every visitor who goes their website. They list their website in every popular search engine, use advertising in other websites, work with bloggers to help promote their products, enlist the help of usability experts and go through great lengths to get noticed.

All the effort is for a single desired action, which is user registration.

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Collaboration Tips for Designers Working with Developers

Jan 7 2010 by Chris Spada | 32 Comments

As the web design field opens up more and more to designers with a limited technical knowledge, the prospect of developing a website can seem like a staggering and scary feat. This may seem even more difficult if you are new to working with developers who will be engineering the website to your design specifications. In this article, we examine some fundamental tips and tricks to help you work with developers and ensure your designs are pixel perfect. I’ll assume that you’ll be using Photoshop, but all these principles apply regardless of what design tool you use.

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