Showcase of Twitter Integration on Blogs

You’ve probably noticed that Twitter links and updates are now very commonly found on blogs. There are a few different ways that Twitter can be used and integrated into a blog, and this post will showcase 30 blogs that are promoting a Twitter account. Some show the most recent Tweets and others are simply icons and links to the Twitter page. There is a good bit of variety from these featured sites, so hopefully you’ll find some that you like.

If you like getting design inspiration by looking at excellent blog designs, you’ll love our new gallery site Blog Design Heroes.

Ondrej Vertat

Ondrej Vertat

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Guide to Completing Projects On-Time

Part of being a web designer (or any other type of service provider for that matter) is dealing with the reality that deadlines are going to be a part of your job. Deadlines often have a negative stigma, but they actually freelancers and independent designers to keep themselves on track and to promote efficiency and productivity, which will lead to a profitable business.

Last week I wrote about some various steps to achieving a productive workday, and in many cases your days will involve the need to meet deadlines, or at least to make progress towards meeting the deadlines at a later date. In this article we’ll take a look at 10 different things that you can do to help yourself in terms of meeting deadlines on client projects.

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Button Design Showcase

Button design is something that may be considered a small detail and doesn’t often get a lot of attention, but well-designed buttons can make a big difference in the overall look of a site. In this post we’ll look at 40 buttons that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, styles and colors.

If you enjoying seeing great examples of button design, you may also like:

GoodBarry

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25 Photoshop Tutorials for Working with Textures

Being able to work with texture in Photoshop gives you endless possibilities for your design. There are a variety of different approaches when it comes to adding texture, some are simple and others are more advanced. The 25 tutorials featured in this post will help you to learn a number of different techniques that can be used in your own design.

Add Visual Texture in 3 Easy Steps

Add Visual Texture in 3 Easy Steps

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15 Steps to a More Productive Workday

Freelance designers, as well as those who work for small design studios, often face the challenge of getting the most productivity out of their time and achieving maximum efficiency. While this can be a struggle for anyone in a more “typical” job, freelancers have added distractions, unique challenges, and no one to hold them accountable. To be a successful freelancer you’ll have to place a priority on productivity and find ways that work for you.

Each of us is unique and no process will work for everyone, but all of us have plenty of things that we can do to improve our workflow. In this article I’ll cover some of the lessons that I have learned through my own experience. For me, productivity is a constant goal, and always interested in finding new ways to get more out of my time. I’m far from perfect in these areas, but making consistent improvements. Hopefully some of these things will help you in your own work.

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Review of Markup4U – PSD to HTML Services

I recently had the opportunity to use the services of Markup4U, a company that offers coding services for designers. There are no shortage of PSD to HTML service providers, and from a designer’s perspective it can be difficult to know who you should hire for these services. Over the past year or so I’ve received a number of emails and comments from designers who were looking for a quality service provider in this area. I thought it would be useful to review Markup4U’s services here so that readers can get a better feel for them and how they work.

Markup4U - PSD to HTML

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20+ Tutorials for Working with Photoshop's Tools

There are a lot of great Photoshop tutorials online that will teach you all kinds of techniques and tricks, but sometimes you may find that the basics of the tools are not always covered in the tutorials. If you’re looking to step up your Photoshop skills, understanding the basic tools and knowing how they work will make a huge difference in your work.

This post features more than 20 tutorials that will teach you essential techniques in Photoshop. In addition to tools, we’ll also showcase some tutorials that cover the Photoshop basics of layers and actions.

Pen Tool:

Photoshop’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive Guide

Tutorial for Photoshop's Tools

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12 WordPress Plugins for Theme Development

One of the great things about using WordPress as a content management system is the huge community of users and all of the resources that are available. While all plugins could be used by theme developers, the ones featured in this post have features that can be especially helpful for various aspects of theme development.

If you design and develop themes for you own use, custom themes for clients, premium themes for sale, or free themes to distribute, I think some of these plugins will be very useful to you.

Theme Switch

When you’re designing and developing a WordPress theme, you obviously won’t want the public to see your theme until it is ready. However, it’s helpful to also be able to test the theme in a live environment in attempt to find any flaws before officially changing over to the new theme. The Theme Switch plugin will allow you to control what theme is seen by logged in users with specific access privilege, and what theme is shown to regular visitors. This is a great way to test your theme before going live. It’s especially useful when you’re designing a new theme for an existing site or blog.

Theme Switch

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