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Must Know Usability Tips for Web Designers

Design maniaThe hot topic in design news is all about usability. Developers must concern themselves with properly functioning interfaces and applications via the web. However as designers we must tackle projects from a different angle, trying to design beautiful webpages which also run smoothly from a user’s standpoint.

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Roundup of Free & Exclusive Social Media Icon Sets

Design maniaWe gather for you free and absolutely fresh social media and other design related icon sets for download. Blogs on the web release and offer free icons for free download and with commercial license. These icons are very handy and useful in any design related project or whatever you want to design.

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Limitations Are An Opportunity

Design maniaPlanning, sketching, and building are a big part of the architecture process here in the Meier workshop: Every new hire goes through a prototyping bootcamp, doing a six-month stint in the model shop as a rite of passage. Meier stresses the importance of scale, space, and light – elements that can only be grasped by stepping away from the computer and creating a truly tangible object.

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Bouncing a Ball Around with HTML5 and JavaScript

Design maniaAs many of you right now, the <canvas> element is one of the most popular additions to the HTML5 standards. It is widely supported by popular browsers like Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera (Internet Explorer supports it in their IE9 beta version). This guide will explore the use of HTML5’s <canvas> element through a fun example: bouncing a blue ball around.

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Simple Ways to Get Paid More by Clients

Design maniaAs freelancers, we all want to make more money. But freelancing doesn’t scale, so there’s always a ceiling. There’s a limit as to how many clients you can take on, right? So how do you make more money, if you can’t or don’t want to take on more clients?

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Expressive Web Typography: Useful Examples and Techniques

Design maniaWherever we turn online, typography jumps out at us — sometimes literally, with the assistance of some clever coding. And now more than ever, we are seeing greater focus on this design element and its varied implementations around the Web.

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Generative Digital Art: Tutorials and Inspiration

Design maniaGenerative art is a sort of blanket term for any sort of art which is created or composed using algorithmic or random processes, such as Brian Eno‘s 77 Million Paintings, which composites Eno’s visual art in such a way that there are literally 77 million possible combinations.

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Leaves Turning Yellow – 30 Inspirational Autumn Designs

deisgn maniaAutumn is a season which lavishes with wonderful colors, an exuberance of seasonal fruits and sometimes it makes us feel nostalgic. Today, I put together a collection of beautiful autumn related images to inspire you. Check them out!

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Freebie release: Professional Business template in Photoshop PSD

deisgn maniaThis exclusive freebie is a pack of 5-page Professional Business Website Templates  in Photoshop .PSD format. The design uses a clean, slick and professional look throughout the templates with blue as the accentuating color. The design is ideal for your business or corporate website.

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HTML5 and CSS3 Web Page Tutorials

deisgn maniaThe arrival of HTML5 and CSS3 has given web designers a major sense of excitement by offering a broader range of options, creative opportunities and shortcuts for designing a web page. We could talk about all of these new features endlessly, instead, to keep things simple, we have highlighted four web tutorials that make use of HTML5 and CSS3 perfectly and that demonstrate effectively the potential power of these fantastic technologies.

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Ordering CSS3 Properties

deisgn maniaOrdering CSS3 Properties By: Chris Coyier on 9/7/2010  When writing CSS3 properties, the modern wisdom is to list the “real” property last and the vendor prefixes first:

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Inspirational Advanced CSS Based Web Designs

Design maniaWe would like to share with you the great and well designed CSS based websites. These web designs are based on advanced CSS and web standards and we can call these web sites prestigious and high quality. Some of the web designs in this post are also the award winning designs and recommended by the most experience and professionals web designers in the world.

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Fresh Web Designer Tools and Resources

Design maniaFor today’s design news we have highlighted some fresh tools and resources for all you web and app designers out there. There are a couple of tools to help with any CSS3 and HTML5 development issues you may have, there is a marvelous new technique for styling buttons, and finally, and perhaps the coolest of all,some time saving iPad actions for Photoshop.

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Inspiring Portfolio Designs

Design maniaPortfolio designs can be a great source of inspiration. After all, a portfolio is not only a place to showcase one’s work, but is also a designer’s home on the web. It’s a portfolio piece in itself that represents what the designer is all about. For this reason, you’ll usually find extra amounts of creativity and attention to detail. A designer will put in this extra effort in order to show off their stuff and to attract new clients.

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Unusual And Desirable Bookshelf Designs

Design maniaDesign is everywhere, all the buildings, cars, planes, clothes and even bookshelves are designed by the designers. Such different visual design is  good inspiration source for web and graphic designers because it’s totally different creative  field somehow related of course.

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On the Concept of Process

Design maniajust don’t follow the same steps every time.There are a couple of different reasons for this. The first is the nature of the project. Using web design as a primary example, there are some projects which just lend themselves better to being done primary through a combination of my code editor of choice (Coda) and the browser, using Photoshop only to create really simple graphics. For other projects, however, I just find that it’s better to start mocking things up in Photoshop.

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Fresh and Useful jQuery Plugins

Design maniaWhen it comes to adding JavaScript functionality to a website, jQuery has become the solution of choice for web designers and developers. With it’s ease of use and ever-growing selection of plugins, there’s really no point to look elsewhere. Awesome jQuery plugins are popping up everyday, and we’re always on the look out. So for this post, I’ve gathered 10 fresh plugins that you should find very useful.

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Beautiful Michael Jackson Fan Art Graphics

Design maniaMichael Jackson is the King of the Pop. He started his career in the mid 1960s as a member of The Jackson Five Group and he began his solo career in 1971. Jackson’s 1982 album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time. On June 25, 2009, Jackson was passed out in his bed at his rented mansion at 100 North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills district of Los Angeles. Today we are paying tribute to this great pop star by showcasing some of the best fan arts featuring Michael Jackson.

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latest print ads – Clever and Creative!!

design maniaHave you ever wondered why we yell out for “Mc Donald’s” when out for lunch and opt for “Fedex” to send over a courier? It’s the strong and catchy advertisement of these brands which have overpowered our minds. Advertisement is not about creating a boring manual of a product but to say the innovative features of your product in a catchy way.

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