8 Excellent Tools for Optimizing Your Images

Jun 7 2009 by Jacob Gube | 69 Comments

One of the easiest ways to reduce page response times is by optimizing your website images to reduce their file sizes as much as possible. Optimizing images not only makes your web pages load faster, but also reduces your bandwidth consumption, which can translate to significant savings in your hosting bills.

There are several free tools available at your disposal to shrink and optimize images. In this article, you will find convenient and user-friendly tools for making your web images as tiny in file size as possible.

1. smush.it!

smush.it!

continue reading »

25 Stylish Examples of Web Forms

Jun 6 2009 by Jacob Gube | 47 Comments

A web form is the primary mode of permitting users to interact with a website. Whether it’s for signing up to a service, leaving a comment on a blog post, or writing an email through a web-based client such as Gmail – forms are a staple to modern websites and web applications.

In this showcase, you’ll be able to set your eyes on a few remarkable and well-constructed web form designs for inspirational ideas on how to build and design engaging and effective HTML forms.

1. Alexandru Cohaniuc

Alexandru Cohaniuc

continue reading »

10 High-Quality Free Leaf Textures

Jun 5 2009 by Jacob Gube | 25 Comments

10 High-Quality Free Leaf Textures

continue reading »

How to Create a Blog from Scratch Using Ruby on Rails

Jun 5 2009 by Phil McClure | 73 Comments

This tutorial shows you how to create a basic blog using Ruby on Rails. By covering the design aspects of a Rails web application, it makes it easier to understand the concepts behind Rails and how they fit together.

Blogging Application

continue reading »

How to Stay Ahead of the Curve as a Designer

Jun 3 2009 by Aaron Irizarry | 66 Comments

How to Stay Ahead of the Curve as a Designer

With the lows of financial times, and bleak economic outlook lately it can be a bit unnerving for us as creatives. Will our jobs be in danger if there are budget cuts? Will our client/freelance work slow down as a result of small business having to cut expenses? Is there enough work out there for all of us? These are all honest questions that have probably crossed our minds at some point over the last few months, and rightly so, but before we get all doom and gloom (which this article isn’t) I think we should look at things from another angle.

continue reading »

Create a Dark and Sleek Web Layout Using Photoshop

Jun 2 2009 by Tyler Denis | 62 Comments

How to Create a Dark and Sleek Web Layout using Photoshop.

In this Photoshop web design tutorial, we are going to create a beautiful, dark, and sleek website mock-up centered on an elegant navigation menu that lends itself easily to CSS background sprites.

continue reading »

How to Design for Your Worst Client: You.

Jun 1 2009 by Francisco Inchauste | 108 Comments

As a designer, doing work for yourself is probably the most difficult thing you can ever do. In fact, most dread it. To add to the pressure, creating an online presence is not only vital to get right, it has to be the best. After all, if you can’t prove your skills on your own website then how can you expect someone to hire you?

How to Design for Your Worst Client: You.

In this article we’ll examine the barriers that hinder designing for yourself and reveal 10 rules to help you create the best design for yourself. Together we’ll squash that dark side in all of us.

continue reading »