Some People Actually Read: Sparing a Thought for ‘Readers’ in the Design Community

The ever burgeoning web design community has received numerous plaudits for its incessant dedication towards collaborative information sharing. Tutorials, CSS website showcases and open source web development projects are some of the many treats available to the knowledge-seeking design enthusiast. Social media networks too have been thoroughly utilised in promoting the vast amount of material available for designers, amongst other like-minded visual arts aficionados. But what is there in store for the ‘reader’?

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Some People Actually Read: Sparing a Thought for ‘Readers’ in the Design Community

Critical Mistakes Freelancers Make

Seeing as we are all human (well, presumably whoever is reading this post anyway), we should recognize that mistakes happen. They even have that saying, “To err is human…,” which goes to show that it is not only commonplace for us to err once or twice: it is expected. But a method is behind this madness, because making mistakes is one of the major ways we learn. This is no different for freelancers.

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Critical Mistakes Freelancers Make

Designing Websites For Kids: Trends And Best Practices

How would you like to design a beautiful, colorful, stimulating website that is captivating, memorable and allows you to let your creative juices flow without the need to worry too much about conventional usability and best practices? In today’s Web design market, it’s rare that such a project would present itself — unless you were asked to design a website for children!
Websites designed for children have been largely overlooked in Web design articles and roundups, but there are many beautiful and interesting design elements and layouts presented on children’s websites that are worthy of discussion and analysis.

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Designing Websites For Kids: Trends And Best Practices

The Bare Bones That Every Freelance Contract Should Have

There are many templates out there for contracts that freelancers can adopt but eventually, you may have to create one for a specific unorthodox project or maybe you just want to take the time to devise your own template. In this article, you will find what could be considered the bare bones that every contract should address.
Here are some other contract resources that you can view to help you when writing your contract.

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The Bare Bones That Every Freelance Contract Should Have

Beautiful Illustrations By Photoshop Artists Around The World

It’s a magical tool for digital Photoshop artists and photographers, and it rules the digital imaging world. It is not just a tool, though; Photoshop is a blank canvas that invites you to perform magic with your creativity. It gives you room to creatively manipulate photos and explore the artist in yourself.
To celebrate the upcoming holidays, in today’s post we decided to step away from technical design/coding-related topics and showcase some beautiful digital illustrations and their creators.

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Beautiful Illustrations By Photoshop Artists Around The World

69 Sexy Portfolio Designs To Inspire You

Today designing a unique, compelling portfolio has become a crucial task for designers, studios, companies and everyone whose business is on the Web. Not only does it help one stand out among the numerous competitors, but it is also a great tool for self-expression and demonstration of skills.
Now designers face new challenges in attracting the capricious web audience – a plain web page with a project list on it is out of date and boring, while fancy Flash websites with intricate navigation are annoying.

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5 Useful Coding Solutions For Designers And Developers

This post is the the next installment of posts featuring “Useful Coding Solutions for Designers and Developers”, a series of posts focusing on unique and creative CSS/JavaScript-techniques being implemented by talented professionals in our industry. A key talent that any Web designer must acquire is the ability to observe, understand and build on other people’s designs. This is a great way to develop the skills and techniques necessary to produce effective websites.

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Zen Coding: A Speedy Way To Write HTML/CSS Code

In this post we present a new speedy way of writing HTML code using CSS-like selector syntax — a handy set of tools for high-speed HTML and CSS coding. It was developed by our author Sergey Chikuyonok and released for Smashing Magazine and its readers.
How much time do you spend writing HTML code: all of those tags, attributes, quotes, braces, etc. You have it easier if your editor of choice has code-completion capabilities, but you still do a lot of typing.

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Designing Social Interfaces: Overview and Practical Techniques

The standard approach to interface design is to craft a channel that allows you to easily and efficiently control hardware or software; it’s all about the interaction between people and computers. But today, the two entities on each side of the user interface are changing: it’s no longer about people interacting with computers, but rather about people interacting with people through computers. This is the nature of the social Web.

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5 Simple and Effective Things that Designers Should Do During Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the whole year. It’s a time when our families get together to have some food, fun, and fellowship. During Thanksgiving, there are some things that I try do as a graphic and web designer and I would like to share those 5 things with you.
You may also want to check out the following Smashing Magazine articles:
Freebie: Thanksgiving Icon Set (15 Icons, PNG, PSD, AI, SVG)’“) Examining The Design Process: Clichés And Idea Generation Send simple “Thank You” emails to your past clients.

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