Elegant Themes Giveaway!

If you’re looking for a new theme for your WordPress blog or website, you’re in luck. Nick Roach of Elegant Themes has offered to give four one-year memberships to readers of Vandelay Design.

I’m sure many of you are already familiar with Elegant Themes, but you may or may not be aware of their business model and how it differs from most premium themes. With Elegant Themes you can pay $19.95 per year for unlimited access to their marketplace of themes. There are currently 16 themes available, some with multiple color schemes to choose from, and more themes are being developed.

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Interview with Brian Gardner of Revolution Two

Those of you who have been around the WordPress community for a while are no doubt familiar with Brian Gardner and his popular line of Revolution themes. The Revolution themes have been incredibly well-liked by bloggers, website owners and designers, and they’re probably the most recognizable of the premium WordPress themes.

In recent weeks Brian and Jason Schuller have taken some bold steps with the new generation of Revolution themes, Revolution Two. These high quality themes are now free and open source (the original Revolution themes are no longer available). Since WordPress is an open source platform, the idea was to align the focus of Revolution with that of WordPress in general.

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21 Ways Websites Communicate with Visitors

One of the most important responsibilities of a website is to communicate with its visitors. Regardless of whether the site is a blog, a portfolio site, a corporate site, or an e-commerce site, it exists to communicate with visitors.

The communication in some cases is two ways (blog comments are an example), but in many ways the website is communicating to visitors before they even offer their feedback. In order for the site to communicate effectively the designer and site owner need to clear purpose of what messages should be evident to visitors.

In my opinion, improving the communication is an ongoing process. As I evaluate my own sites, or those of clients, these are some of the factors that I consider.

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35 Tutorials for Creating Website Layouts in Photoshop

Photoshop is an excellent tool for creating attract websites. Fortunately, if you’re looking to brush up your skills or learn some new tricks for creating layouts and designs in Photoshop, there are plenty of tutorials specifically for this purpose.

The 35 tutorials featured here will each take you through the process of creating an example website design in Photoshop. The are all different types of websites and styles of design represented, so you should certainly be able to find some useful tutorials from this group.

Create a Sleek, High-End Web Design from Scratch

Sleek layout

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October's Best: This Month in Web Design

It seems like each month there is more and more design-related content available. That means there are plenty of opportunities to learn and be inspired, but it also gets hard to sort through everything to find what you really want. Hopefully this collection of the best posts from October will help.

Web Design and Development:

50 Stunning Examples of a Great Redesign: My Top Picks – Function

10 Tips to Avoid Designer’s Block – GoMediaZine

How Much Should You Charge for a Website? – CSS-Tricks

How to Use sIFR 3 (Screencast) – CSS-Tricks

37 Ways to Design the Comment Form – Blog Design Blog

13 Awesome JavaScript Animated Flash Like Menus – DevSnippets

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25 Impressive Blog Footers

Footers are often an afterthought in blog design. I know firsthand, because my footer is about as basic and uneventful as it gets. The blogs on this list are excellent examples for the rest of us that the footer can be a helpful and interesting aspect of the design.

Some of the examples shown here use visual elements to make the design of the footer more interesting, and others simply focus on providing navigation or information in the footer that will help visitors.

CSS-Tricks

CSS-Tricks

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Top 10 Tutorials for Developing WordPress Themes

Being able to design custom WordPress themes is almost a must for today’s web designers. The fun thing with WordPress is that there’s always something new that you can learn to make the platform work better for you and your clients. These 10 tutorials will teach basic WordPress theming as well as some more advanced skills.

Designing for WordPress

Chris Coyier of CSS-Tricks has a three-part video series for downloading and installing WordPress, all the way through everything else involved with designing a custom theme. The example theme that is built through the series is a personalized homepage theme.

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