Most of us probably put a great deal of thought and effort into the design of a blog, but once it’s launched there is a tendency to type a post and hit publish without giving much thought to the visual elements of the post. I know I fall into that trap quite often, and I don’t think I’m alone.
The heart and soul of the blog post is the content itself, however, the design, layout, and formatting certainly impacts the attention that visitors give to the content. For the current re-design that’s in the works for this blog, this is a factor that I would really like to improve.
In the right situation, a dark website background can create a stunning look. As a follow up to the original collection from several months ago, here are another 25 dark websites for your design inspiration.
A few days ago I was contacted about a new site that targets the web design community. Design Bump is a niche social media site that was launched recently and is already building a bit of an audience.
Being built on Pligg, the popular open-source option for social media sites, Design Bump functions in a way that will be very familiar to many of you. The site has similar content and a similar audience to Design Float.
A few months ago I published a post of tips for attracting more local clients for your web design business, and today I’d like to take a more in-depth look at one of those tips. Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising can be an extremely productive and cost-effective method of generating leads for local design work. Of course, many businesses, including design firms and freelance designers, use PPC ads to promote their business worldwide, but targeting only you local area is a slightly different approach. The major PPC programs such as Google AdWords, Yahoo Search Marketing, and Microsoft Advertising all provide some simple ways for you to concentrate your advertising budget on a specific location.
When it comes to creating backgrounds for websites, posters, and other types of designs, Photoshop provides unlimited potential. Textures are often used in backgrounds in addition to abstract effects. Textures can sometimes be created from scratch using filters and other features of Photoshop, or they can be created with the help of photographs.
In this post we’ll link to 40 tutorials that will show you how to create impressive backgrounds and textures for your own work. Follow along with of few of these tutorials and you will be creating awesome backgrounds and textures that make your designs look great.
Most of us naturally form opinions about the websites we visit. Some of them we love so much that we come back several times a week, and others leave us with a bad experience that causes us to never return. But what is it that determines whether a website is good or bad? As individuals we each have our own opinions and we’ll never completely agree on which websites are good and which ones are bad, but most of us will base our feelings on similar factors. Here is a look at 7 factors that I feel are influential in this determination.
Reputation management has become necessity for most businesses in today’s internet environment. With a growing number of sites publishing user-generated content and the incredible ease involved with the average person setting up a new blog, anyone can post a harmful message online that will leave an impact on your business.
Recently there have been a growing number of individuals and companies that are specializing in providing reputation management services to clients to help them monitor and protect their good name. A few weeks ago Glen Allsopp of ViperChill released a 75 page eBook called Online Reputation Management: All You’ll Ever Need to Monitor and Manage Your Online Reputation.
For those of us who are interested in always learning new tricks and improve our design skills, we’re fortunate to have a number of very valuable websites and blogs that regularly publish high quality, informative tutorials. In this post I’d like to take a look at some of my favorite places for tutorials, and I encourage you to share your favorites in the comments.
While there are plenty of blogs and websites for Photoshop tutorials, PSDTUTS is the king. In recent months their team of writers have been publishing a new tutorial almost every day. You’ll find very high quality work here in a variety of different areas. I frequently work through their tutorials and always learn a lot from the process.
These are some of the best design-related posts that I came across this month. I hope you will find them to be useful.
Web Design and Development:
Which CSS Grid Framework Should You Use for Web Design from NETTUTS.
Improving Code Readability with CSS Styleguides from Smashing Magazine.
30 Websites to Follow if You’re into Web Development from Six Revisions.
SEO Guide for Designers from Web Designer Wall.
I’m sure you’ve seen advertisements for a few different services that will convert your PSD files into HTML and CSS. If you’re looking to save some time on your next project you may want to consider trying one of these services. In this post I’ve compiled 40 different options. If you have experience with any of these companies please feel free to leave a comment.
Turnaround – 2 Days
Starting price – $149
Additional pages – $65