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.

A Look into Registration Buttons in Web Design

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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.

Collaboration Tips for Designers Working with Developers

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The Evolution of Web Design

Nov 28 2009 by Cameron Chapman | 67 Comments

Since the first websites in the early 1990′s, designers have been experimenting with the way websites look. Early sites were entirely text-based, with minimal images and no real layout to speak of other than headings and paragraphs. However, the industry progressed, eventually bringing us table-based designs, then Flash, and finally CSS-based designs.

The Evolution of Web Design

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How to Use Retro Colors in Your Designs

Nov 16 2009 by Tyler Denis | 28 Comments

Retro colors are a great way to give your website an older/vintage feel; it can give your design a little something different from the regular fully saturated colors that you see often in modern-themed designs.

This article is both a showcase of retro-colored themes in existing web designs, as well as a tutorial on how to achieve retro colors using Adobe Photoshop (you’ll learn about five different techniques).

How to Use Retro Colors in Your Designs

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Color: The Next Limited Resource?

Nov 11 2009 by Francisco Inchauste | 98 Comments

Color: The Next Limited Resource?

As a designer, it is important to be aware of the trending colors, and how they are being applied in products and work produced today. What really isn’t being discussed by the design world at large though are the limitations being set on color. Color is as free for us to use as the air we breathe… or is it?

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Can You Be a Web Designer?

Oct 4 2009 by Jacob Gube | 247 Comments

Image reads Got what it takes to be a web designer?

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Inspirational Tips and Tools from a Designer

Sep 28 2009 by Angela Rohner | 33 Comments

I’d like to share with you some of the tools, ideas and resources that I use as a designer whenever I need some design inspiration. Some of the resources and ideas in this article may be things that you already know, and some may be new to you that you can try. Whatever the case, I hope you enjoy it!

Design-Related Websites and Blogs

Design-Related Websites and Blogs

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