Useful Cheat Sheets for Web Designers

Sep 7 2008 by Jacob Gube | 103 Comments

Cheat sheets (also known as reference cards, reference sheets, etc.) not only helps you remember things quickly, but can also serve as wall decoration for your workspace.

In this post, you’ll find 28 excellent, useful cheat sheets in various file formats for Photoshop, Dreamweaver, colors, typography, and other web-design related topics all in one page with pictures of each cheat sheet.

If you’re looking for front-end web developer cheat sheets (more CSS, HTML, and JavaScript) check out Cheat Sheets for Front-end Web Developers.

Photoshop

Photoshop CS3 Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

Photoshop CS3 Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet - screen shot.Downloads: PDF (Windows), PDF (Mac)

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10 Promising JavaScript Frameworks

Sep 3 2008 by Jacob Gube | 114 Comments

Popular JavaScript frameworks/libraries like jQuery, MooTools, Prototype, and YUI (to name a few of the most popular JavaScript frameworks out there) definitely have a solid foothold in the JavaScript framework arena. But for the more adventurous developers looking for new or alternative frameworks/libraries – there are some excellent frameworks outside the popular ones that’s worth checking out.

It’s always good to consider all of your options before settling on a JavaScript framework that’s right for you and/or your team – and though there’s definitely a lot of compelling reasons to stick to the big names – it won’t hurt you any to at least try the alternatives.

This article showcases 10 alternative and capable JavaScript frameworks/libraries to explore. Links to some of their demos (when available) are included in the entry so that you can see the framework in action.

1. SproutCore

SproutCore - screens hot.

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45 Beautiful and Creative (WordPress) Designs

Sep 1 2008 by Jacob Gube | 116 Comments

WordPress provides designers utmost control over a theme – resulting in unprecented flexibility in the layout and design direction he or she can take. WordPress – in the title – is inside parentheses because the designs you’ll see below are wonderful designs despite of the publishing platform they use (which just so happens to be WordPress).

In this collection, you’ll find some (45 of them to be exact) of the most attractive, creative designs by talented designers who push the limits of WordPress theming and raise the bar for the rest of us.

1. Matt Mullenweg

Matt Mullenweg - screen shot.WordPress version: 2.7-hemorrhage

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20 Websites To Help You Learn and Master CSS

Aug 29 2008 by Jacob Gube | 63 Comments

CSS can be both a tricky and easy to learn. The syntax itself is easy, but some concepts can be difficult to understand.

This article features 20 excellent websites to help you "grok" CSS. There’s a wide range of websites included – from blogs to directory-style lists and websites that focus on one particular topic related to CSS.

1. A List Apart CSS Topics

A List Apart CSS Topics - screen shot.

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10 Tools for Evaluating Web Design Accessibility

Aug 27 2008 by Jacob Gube | 28 Comments

Testing for web accessibility (how usable a website is by individuals with disabilities) is an often neglected part of web design and development. Web accessibility is important not only because your content will reach a wider range of audience, but also because correcting web accessibility issues have secondary benefits such as cleaner and more semantic code and better indexibility on search engines.

In this post, you’ll find 10 free tools to help you evaluate and correct issues which decrease your website’s accessibility. There was a high emphasis on the ease-of-use during the selection of these tools.

1. Firefox Accessibility Extension

Firefox Accessibility Extension - screen shot.

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10 Adobe AIR Apps for Web Designers

Aug 19 2008 by Jacob Gube | 34 Comments

Adobe AIR – a cross-platform runtime environment for rich-internet and desktop applications – is just starting to get popular outside of the early-adopter circles, but there’s already a growing amount of tools and utilities that can help web designers with various design-related and managerial tasks.

If you’re a web designer that’s into experimenting and trying out new applications (they don’t cost a dime), check out these 10 Adobe AIR applications perfect for web designers. Graphics designers, interaction designers, and web developers might also find this collection useful.

Em Calculator

Em Calculator - screen shot.

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Add Ratings, Polls and Reviews in Minutes Without Programming

Aug 14 2008 by Andreas Krohn | 19 Comments

Editor’s Note: Andreas Krohn runs the web hosting comparison site WebHostNinja.com and is blogging on digitalistic.com and on the swedish blog mashup.se.

Polling feature on WebHostNinja

There are many scripts that makes it possible to add polls, reviews and ratings to your web site relatively easily. Many of them do require a lot of configuration, uploading various files to the server and maybe even some programming to get them to work. Lately I wanted to add polls and reviews to my web hosting comparison site, but I did not have much time to spend on it, so complicated scripts where not an option. Thanks to js-kit I managed to add both a poll and hosting provider reviews in a matter of minutes. It didn’t require any programming and most of the configuration was done directly in the browser. It took me more time to style the poll and the reviews than it took to get them included in my site and working, and I suspect that most Six Revision readers are much better with CSS than I ever will be.

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