A Web Developer’s Experience with 99designs

Dec 9 2013 by Eric Rowell | 13 Comments

Early on, nearly every startup arrives at a crisis.

And I’m not talking about a crisis involving capital or co-founders or legal issues.

I’m talking about the company’s logo.

Most customers won’t think twice about your logo. Unless it’s hideously ugly.

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How I Made Web Design Profitable by Not Doing Web Design

Dec 3 2013 by Brent Weaver | 7 Comments

The first website I ever created for money was back in 1999. I earned $900. It was a flat-file database for an import/export business. After that, I made a $500 website for a Michigan-based cookie company. I was just in the last year of my high school career, so that kind of money was pretty sweet.

I formed a partnership with a high school classmate, and a web agency was born.

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50% Discount Sale on All Products at TemplateMonster (+ Giveaway)

Dec 2 2013 by Jacob Gube | 5 Comments

Sale ends on December 3, 2013. Website templates, WordPress themes (click here to see their WordPress themes), Magento themes, Joomla templates (click here to see their Joomla templates), and all other TemplateMonster products are on sale for 50% off.

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Free Responsive Email Template: Thanksgiving Theme

Nov 28 2013 by Julia S. Grey | No Comments

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Free Download: Metro Tiles UI Kit (PSD)

Nov 10 2013 by Bogdan Condurache | No Comments

Free Download: Metro Tiles UI Kit (PSD)

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Why the Long-Table Approach Leads to Better Designs

Nov 6 2013 by Toke Nygaard | 5 Comments

The best startups today understand that great design is a team effort.

We need to deliver a seamless design and brand experience throughout all the things our customers see and touch.

And that’s no easy task when we silo our designers into teams like Marketing and Product Development.

At my company, Zendesk, we’ve adopted a long-table approach where the entire design team works at a single communal table.

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When Flat Design Falls Flat

Nov 4 2013 by Rick Debus | 51 Comments

Flat design is the most popular trend in UI design right now.

Superficially, flat design is simple:

  1. Don’t use gradients, shadows and textures
  2. Use simple shapes, bold colors and clear typography

I believe that a few prominent flat designs sacrifice usability and best practices such as consistency for the sake of aesthetics — and this is what I’ll primarily be talking about. But first, I’d like to discuss flat design in a historical context.

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