30 Useful Open Source Apps for Web Designers

Jan 25 2009 by Jacob Gube | 74 Comments

There are plenty of open source applications that can help you tremendously as a web designer. Open source projects are great not only because of their price tag (free), but also because of the passionate community that typically forms around them. In these economic times, it’s often a worthwhile endeavor to see places where you can conserve, and open source alternatives are a good place to start looking.

In this article, you’ll find 30 exceptionally handy open source applications for web designers. There are a variety of tools here that include source code, WYSIWYG, and graphic/image editors, as well as useful software utilities that can improve your task management and production processes.

Source Code and WYSIWYG Editors

KompoZer

KompoZer - screen shot.

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Beautiful and Creative Examples of Vibrant Web Designs

Jan 17 2009 by Jacob Gube | 49 Comments

Colors – it sets the tone (no pun intended) and message of a website. Designers often spend hours, even days, researching and coming up with a harmonious and usable color scheme.

In this collection, you’ll find 30 brilliant (alright – pun intended) web designs with vivid and colorful themes that evoke feelings of vivacity and dynamism – to inspire your color palette.

Colourpixel

Colourpixel - screen shot.

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20 Websites with Beautiful Typography

Jan 8 2009 by Jacob Gube | 65 Comments

Typography in web design plays an integral part in setting the tone, theme, and message of a website.

For example, you can convey a site’s focus on modernity or traditionalism simply by choosing to use sans serif or serif fonts, respectively. You can call attention to particular parts of the content, and deemphasize others, by changing the font’s color, line-height, style, and size. An effective palette of fonts not only makes a design attractive, but also contributes to the readability and usability of the content.

In this collection, you’ll find a variety of sites that showcase creative and functional uses of typography.

1. Jason Santa Maria

Jason Santa Maria - screen shot.

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10 Promising Free Web Analytics Tools

Jan 2 2009 by Jacob Gube | 126 Comments

Web analytics is the process of gathering and analyzing your web content’s data in order to glean meaningful information about how your site is being utilized by your users. There are plenty of Web analytics applications out there, and you probably already know the big guns such as Google Analytics, Crazy Egg, and remote-site services such as Alexa and Compete.

We go off the trodden path and explore a few lesser-known Web analytics options. In this article, you’ll find 10 excellent and free tools and applications to help you gather and analyze data about your web content.

1. Piwik

Piwik - screen shot.Go to Live Demonstration of Piwik.

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25 Stylish Website Footer Designs

Dec 24 2008 by Jacob Gube | 66 Comments

Footers on web pages have evolved from being a simple section where you host your copyright information and additional links, to a multi-functional section where you can find a variety of site features such as twitter updates, a short bio of the author, and secondary navigation.

This collection aims to showcase just some of the ways talented web designers have decided to utilize their website footers to provide that extra bit of improvement in the user’s experience.

# bcandullo.com

# bcandullo.com - footer screenshot.

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40 Excellent Blog Designs

Dec 20 2008 by Jacob Gube | 54 Comments

According to Technorati, there are at least 100 million blogs currently in existence. With that much competition, it’s a true challenge to create a unique and stunning blog design.

In this collection, you’ll find 40 beautiful blog designs for your inspiration.

Viget Labs Web Design Blog

Viget Labs Web Design Blog - screen shot.

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30 Beautiful Examples of Grunge in Web Design

Nov 15 2008 by Jacob Gube | 80 Comments

Grunge is a stylish design trend that gives web designs a less uniform, less structured, and more organic look-and-feel. It’s characterized by textured/gritty backgrounds, uneven/torn edges, worn, faded and aged graphic elements inspired by urban and industrial architecture and scenery. It gives a way for designers to venture away from the glossy, flashy, and rigid design elements that characterize the "Web 2.0"style – a style that still dominates mainstream web design.

In this collection, you’ll find 30 excellent examples of grunge in web design for your inspiration. From portfolios and fashion websites to online stores and church sites – you’ll find a variety of websites that choose to "dirty up" their web design.

Cogitatur

Cogitatur - screen shot.

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