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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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30 Inspiring Dark and Sleek Web Designs

May 31 2009 by Jacob Gube | 46 Comments

The skilled use of color gradients, lighting and glow effects, and details such as inset pixel dividers can lead to a gorgeous and sleek web design. When choosing a color palette, designers can often decide among a dark theme, a neutral/light theme, or a bright/colorful theme; this showcase presents dark-themed web layouts.

In this collection, you’ll find some terrific and inspirational examples of dark and sleek web designs.

1. Tapbots

Tapbots

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Grunge Extreme Volume 2: 10 High Quality Free Grunge Textures

May 30 2009 by JC Parmley | 18 Comments

Grunge Extreme Volume 2: 10 High Quality Free Grunge Textures

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Coding a Clean Web 2.0 Style Web Design from Photoshop

May 29 2009 by Jacob Gube | 139 Comments

Leading image web design from Photoshop

In this web development tutorial, you’ll learn how to build a web page template from a Photoshop mock-up from a previous tutorial called "How to Create a Clean Web 2.0 Style Web Design in Photoshop" using HTML/CSS and the jQuery library.

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