Great jQuery plugins for fresh websites


One can only imagine how tough it was to practice web design back when everything seemed so new — during the days of Netscape Navigator and Microsoft FrontPage. Looking back, it seems like such an archaic time in the history of web design. It was almost impossible to design something of supreme and intelligent creativity. Back then, you were seen as creative if you had an awful flashing background or colored scrollbars.

There wasn’t a ton of flexibility really when it came down to the nitty gritty of design. Many of the layouts were the same and mimicked what was seen in magazines and newspapers. I mean just think about it: not too long ago we were able to finally figure out a way to use decorative fonts online. Beforehand, it was all Arial, all Verdana and all Times New Roman — in 2012, can you imagine living that life?

Tables were the norm and those weren’t too flexible. Speaking of flexibility, how did we ever live without responsiveness? If you wanted to design a website a while ago, you pretty much were boxed in to work with what you had. No one complained then, but thank goodness for progressive technology.

Now…
Fast forward to now, and we can pretty much design anything the way we want to, in whatever we want to. These types of things shouldn’t be taken for granted, but as new generations of designers and developers enter this realm, it pretty much is. I mean, just a few months ago, we were finally able to use style sheets to create rounded corners — how quick do we forget? Leer más “Great jQuery plugins for fresh websites”
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Here are 35 great Free Ecommerce Icon Sets


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Ecommerce refers to the buying and selling of products or services over electronic systems such as the Internet, mobile network and other computer networks. Nowadays, organizations creating their websites for expansion of business and of course for greater customer service. Ecommerce web design brings some unique requirements, and this usually includes the need for specific icons such as shopping carts, credit cards, and others related to the online shopping experience.

 

Here’s a collection roundup of 35 great Free Ecommerce Icon Sets. These sets of free ecommerce icons are excellent for use on ecommerce websites or other ecommerce project. As always when you’re working with thisfree ecommerce icons, be sure to read the terms of use or license agreements stipulated by the designer. Hope you like them all!

 

1. Shopping Cart Icon by Bartelme

ecommerce icon 1 35 High Quality Free Ecommerce Icons

2. Sienna Ecommerce Icon

siena ecommerce icon 35 High Quality Free Ecommerce Icons

3. Payment Method Icons for Ecommerce Website 

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4. Weby Icon set

Weby Icons set 35 High Quality Free Ecommerce Icons

5.Glossy Ecommerce Icons Leer más “Here are 35 great Free Ecommerce Icon Sets”

Less is More: 32 Clean & Minimal Websites


By Brant Wilson | http://designm.ag

 

In this post we have put together some clean web designs for your inspiration

 

ducttapeandglitter

colorgrade

drxlr

kernandburn

wearyoubelong

happycog

builtwithmomentum
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Design is About Solving Problems

Web design is, and always will be, about problem-solving, and galleries generally can’t teach you how to be good at that.

You won’t find inspiration in design galleries: just a solution to someone else’s problem.

I’m keen to reiterate this, especially to young designers in the industry who look at the huge number of inspirational galleries and treat them as definitive answers on how to create user interfaces and experiences, rather than just as examples of good visual flourishes in other people’s products.
Other Designs Can’t Solve Your Problems

When a project brief is submitted, there’s an inherent danger in the designer asking the client what other websites they like. Getting an idea of the sort of thing the client likes and would want to see in their own project is usually considered harmless.

But I’ve stopped asking this, simply because it plants a seed in their mind of the sort of visual features they like on someone else’s website. And once you start down that path, you’re in trouble. Clients often focus on what their competitors are doing, without considering the possibility that the features they see might not even be effective. They’re not considering their own users or the strengths of their own product. Rather, they’re chasing their competitors. It’s amazing how many times you’ll see this happen in our industry. Not making the same mistake in your work is vital.

When you look at an inspiring gallery or attractive website, remember that what you’re seeing is merely the result,
not the process.

You usually have not been party to the process that got to that result, which could include a range of things such as user testing, multiple iterations and prototypes, A/B testing, various stages of client input and so on.

Often, even the simple things you see on a website or in a design gallery are the result not only of a process but also of the experience of the designer behind the result.
So, Where Else Can You Look To For Inspiration?

Whenever anyone asks how to get inspired, I always point to people themselves. Watch people as they interact with the things around them and solve problems. You’ll learn an immense amount.

National Geographic Magazine

If you can, study people, and look at their stories. One source of real inspiration for me is National Geographic. I’ve had a subscription for years, and seeing how people all around the world solve problems in their lives, on both big and small levels, never fails to inspire me.


Web design is, and always will be, about problem-solving, and galleries generally can’t teach you how to be good at that.

You won’t find inspiration in design galleries: just a solution to someone else’s problem.

I’m keen to reiterate this, especially to young designers in the industry who look at the huge number of inspirational galleries and treat them as definitive answers on how to create user interfaces and experiences, rather than just as examples of good visual flourishes in other people’s products.

Other Designs Can’t Solve Your Problems

When a project brief is submitted, there’s an inherent danger in the designer asking the client what other websites they like. Getting an idea of the sort of thing the client likes and would want to see in their own project is usually considered harmless.

But I’ve stopped asking this, simply because it plants a seed in their mind of the sort of visual features they like on someone else’s website. And once you start down that path, you’re in trouble. Clients often focus on what their competitors are doing, without considering the possibility that the features they see might not even be effective. They’re not considering their own users or the strengths of their own product. Rather, they’re chasing their competitors. It’s amazing how many times you’ll see this happen in our industry. Not making the same mistake in your work is vital.

When you look at an inspiring gallery or attractive website, remember that what you’re seeing is merely the result,
not the process.

You usually have not been party to the process that got to that result, which could include a range of things such as user testing, multiple iterations and prototypes, A/B testing, various stages of client input and so on.

Often, even the simple things you see on a website or in a design gallery are the result not only of a process but also of the experience of the designer behind the result.

So, Where Else Can You Look To For Inspiration?

Whenever anyone asks how to get inspired, I always point to people themselves. Watch people as they interact with the things around them and solve problems. You’ll learn an immense amount.

National Geographic Magazine

If you can, study people, and look at their stories. One source of real inspiration for me is National Geographic. I’ve had a subscription for years, and seeing how people all around the world solve problems in their lives, on both big and small levels, never fails to inspire me. Leer más “Design is About Solving Problems”

Como saber si una foto ha sido retocada con Photoshop

La forma en que trabaja es así, salvar en jpeg una imagen una y otra vez. ¿Por qué? Las imágenes en formato jpeg pierden calidad cada vez que se salvan, por ejemplo, si uno tiene una imagen al 90% de la calidad original, y la guarda, tendrás una imagen que es el 90% del 90% de la original (alrededor de un 81%).

De esta manera, al salvarlo una y otra vez, esta aplicación va detectando las zonas donde la resolución se pierda en menor medida que en otras, desplegando un mapa térmico donde las áreas que han recibido edición aparecen de un color mas “vivo”.


Autor: r.avila

Gran idea que tuvieron aquí, nueva aplicación web nos dice cuando una imagen ha sido retocada con photoshop.

Sitio que identifica si una foto fue retocada o alterada en photoshop

Hay ciertas imágenes que al verlas de reojo uno puede identificar que han pasado por un editor de imágenes, y las hay que han sido modificadas por un maestro de estos software (Todos conocemos a alguien que utilice Photoshop), con un grado de error tan bajo que se necesita de cierta ayuda para saber si es real o fue alterada.

Por suerte, para aquellos que se nos dificulta identificar la viabilidad de las imágenes, hay un nuevo sitio web que nos ayuda con esta difícil tarea.

Ingresando al sitio errorlevelanalysis, indicamos la url de la imagen que queremos comprobar, aunque únicamente trabaja con formato jpeg, es una gran ayuda en un apuro donde necesitemos comprobar que tanta fantasía fue añadida a la imagen. Leer más “Como saber si una foto ha sido retocada con Photoshop”

The distinction between interfaces & graphics. by Michael Dick

A very common question I encounter with in our industry is sort of a trick question, they ask me if I do graphic design. I reply with, no. Then the next question that follows asks me who designs my graphics.
In any industry there is terminology and that terminology gets mixed up. Some people use it one way and others use it their way. The case against Interface and Graphic design is the most often encountered in ours. Trying to explain to someone that I’m an interface designer but not a graphic designer can get tricky.
Let’s settle the score here.

Interface design is when one is designing something that will be used by humans. The understanding of how a user thinks, learns and adapts is important knowledge.

I’m not down playing graphic design in any way, it’s just different. For example, graphic designers have the intention to grab an emotional response visually. While Interface designers have the intention to grab a logical response mentally.


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http://m1k3.net/

A very common question I encounter with in our industry is sort of a trick question, they ask me if I do graphic design. I reply with, no. Then the next question that follows asks me who designs my graphics.

In any industry there is terminology and that terminology gets mixed up. Some people use it one way and others use it their way. The case against Interface and Graphic design is the most often encountered in ours. Trying to explain to someone that I’m an interface designer but not a graphic designer can get tricky.

Let’s settle the score here.

Interface design is when one is designing something that will be used by humans. The understanding of how a user thinks, learns and adapts is important knowledge.

I’m not down playing graphic design in any way, it’s just different. For example, graphic designers have the intention to grab an emotional response visually. While Interface designers have the intention to grab a logical response mentally.

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7 Secrets Graphic Designers Won’t Tell You about Effective Website Design

Ever had a run-in with a graphic designer who promised you a brilliant design but all you got was a big mess?

No, you’re not an expert, but you know what’s good and what’s not. You also know when you’re being taken advantage of. All you wanted was a website that would help you succeed online, and what you got instead wasn’t worth the pixels it was painted on.

And what’s worse is you have to start over. You’ve lost months of time, burned through thousands of dollars, hurt your business reputation, and gone through the emotional turmoil of it all, and now you have to do the whole thing over again.

It’s scary, because let’s be honest. What if Take Two is just as much of a nightmare?

Well, we’re not going to let it happen again. Here are some secrets many graphic designers won’t tell you, and knowing them can save you a bundle of both time and money…


By James Chartrand | //blog.kissmetrics.com

Ever had a run-in with a graphic designer who promised you a brilliant design but all you got was a big mess?

No, you’re not an expert, but you know what’s good and what’s not. You also know when you’re being taken advantage of. All you wanted was a website that would help you succeed online, and what you got instead wasn’t worth the pixels it was painted on.

And what’s worse is you have to start over. You’ve lost months of time, burned through thousands of dollars, hurt your business reputation, and gone through the emotional turmoil of it all, and now you have to do the whole thing over again.

It’s scary, because let’s be honest. What if Take Two is just as much of a nightmare?

Well, we’re not going to let it happen again. Here are some secrets many graphic designers won’t tell you, and knowing them can save you a bundle of both time and money… Leer más “7 Secrets Graphic Designers Won’t Tell You about Effective Website Design”