20 Websites to Help You Master User Interface Design

Oct 15 2008 by Jacob Gube | 56 Comments

As web technologies progress, websites and web applications are becoming more responsive, providing us with more ways and techniques to interact with the users. Form, more than ever, has been superseded by function.

The following websites deal with interface design, user experience, user-centered design, usability, and everything in between – all with the goal of enhancing the user’s interface.

1. Boxes and Arrows

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30 Beautiful Photoshop Illustration Tutorials

Oct 12 2008 by Jacob Gube | 25 Comments

Illustration is usually done in vector graphics applications like Adobe Illustrator or CORELDraw. But with the robustness of Adobe Photoshop, designers who don’t have access to vector graphics software can achieve vector-like objects and compositions with it.

In this collection, you’ll find 30 brilliant illustration/drawing tutorials using Adobe Photoshop from top-notch Photoshop tutorial sites.

1. Floating in Air USB Key Illustration

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15 Tools for Monitoring a Website’s Popularity

Oct 10 2008 by Jacob Gube | 153 Comments

As a web designer or developer building a site, it’s helpful to first scout similar websites (i.e. the competition) to help you make design and development decisions. Knowing what websites work and which ones tank can give you insights and inspiration on what design elements, website features, and website content is effective.

To help you in your analysis, here are 15 top-notch, free, and simple web tools to help you learn more about a particular website.

1. Yahoo! Site Explorer

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6 Exceptional Web-based Image Editors

Oct 6 2008 by Jacob Gube | 49 Comments

Web-based image editors have several advantages to its desktop counterparts. The most obvious benefit is that they allow you to work on any computer (that has a browser). In most cases, you can save your work online, avoid having to install desktop software, and interface with other web based services such as Flickr or Picasa. This article shares 6 of the finest, free online image editors that are capable alternatives to desktop applications like Adobe Photoshop and GIMP.

1. Pixlr

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30 Beautifully Blue Web Designs

Oct 4 2008 by Jacob Gube | 68 Comments

Blue is one of the most used colors in web design, therefore it’s hard to stand out from the sea of competition out there. This collection showcases some of the best, unique, creative designs that utilize shades of blue as a primary color and theme.

Without further ado – to feed your inspiration – here’s 30 top-notch blue web designs.

1. darkmotion

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8 CSS Techniques for Charting Data

Sep 20 2008 by Jacob Gube | 42 Comments

There are many ways you can present numerical, chartable data by styling elements using CSS. Using CSS to style your data prevents you from relying on static images and increases your content’s accessibility.

Below, you’ll read about 8 excellent techniques for styling elements into beautiful, accessible charts and graphs.

1. CSS for Bar Graphs

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6 Tools to Help You Analyze a Web Host

Sep 11 2008 by Eva Vesper | 28 Comments

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Eva Vesper who works with Web Hosting Search – a small, independent hosting review site. She’s here to share some insights on how to evaluate and analyze your hosting provider.

You have a website.  You are satisfied with the web hosting provider but you still think it could be better. What to do? There are fortunately a few excellent tools that will help you monitor how web hosts are performing.  We will cover 6 popular tools to help you analyze your hosting provider.

1. DNSstuff

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