Wallpaper of the Week – Kiss

This is the tenth edition of Wallpaper of the Week. This design was actually created as part of my daily designs. This wallpaper is entitled KISS, which is short for “Keep it simple stupid!” It’s been one of my favorite quotes, especially in design. Go ahead, start keeping it simple and download this wallpaper. Be sure to check out the icy winter wallpaper and our best of wallpaper collection.

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Wallpaper of the Week – Kiss

Usability Review of Charity Websites Taking the Lead

Over the years designers have pushed themselves to create unique and inspiring designs. Companies have yearned to have websites which are innovative and make them stand out against their competitors. Yet charity websites have not progressed along with trends and expectations — they seem to have been designed for launch and then only updated with minor tweaks to suit the content.
It has become a recent trend for charities to look at their online identities and branding; spending money on creating user experiences which suit their user base, and over time getting people involved with their campaigns and messages.

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Usability Review of Charity Websites Taking the Lead

Finding Inspiration In Uncommon Sources: 12 Places To Look

Inspiration can be a fickle thing. Most designers, when lacking ideas, turn to design galleries to find ideas. But there are a few problems with that approach. The most obvious is that when taking inspiration from similar mediums, there’s a fine line between “inspired by” and “copied”. To some extent, looking at established website designs can also be somewhat limiting, especially if you’re looking for a fresh solution to a problem.

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Finding Inspiration In Uncommon Sources: 12 Places To Look

Art Manifestos and Their Applications in Contemporary Design

The way you express yourself with words is a crucial extension of your creative identity. Professional designers are usually busy focusing on the visual aspects of their craft, but visual arts and literary arts collide and coincide regularly. The two fields meet not just in typography, but also in press releases, social networking communication, slogans, promotional materials, ‘About Me’ pages, marketing strategies, and every single pitch, contract, and email you’ve ever sent to a client.

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Art Manifestos and Their Applications in Contemporary Design

Is John The Client Dense or Are You Failing Him?

Meet John the client. John runs a reasonably large website. He is a marketer who considers himself smart, articulate and professional. That said, he doesn’t know much about Web design, and so he needs your help. John comes to you with a clear set of business objectives and asks for a quote. But what happens next leaves John confused, frustrated and extremely unhappy.
Further Reading on SmashingMag: Turning All Clients Into Dream Clients’“) How To Identify and Deal With Different Types Of Clients How To Explain To Clients That They Are Wrong Becoming A Better Facilitator Invoice Like A Pro: Examples and Best Practices Explain Why You Are Asking About Money Before giving John his quote, you ask a little more about the project.

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50 Useful Coding Techniques (CSS Layouts, Visual Effects and Forms)

Although CSS is generally considered a simple and straightforward language, sometimes it requires creativity, skill and a bit of experimentation. The good news is that designers and developers worldwide often face similar problems and choose to share their insights and workarounds with the wider community.
This is where we come in. We are always looking to collect such articles for our posts so that we can deliver the most useful and relevant content to our readers.

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50 Useful Coding Techniques (CSS Layouts, Visual Effects and Forms)

Group Interview: Expert Advice For Students and Young Web Designers

Our readers have requested that Smashing Magazine conduct an interview with industry leaders
on issues that are relevant to students and those just starting off in their design career. With the help of our panel of 16 designers, we’ll dispense advice that should help new designers get their career off to a promising start. We’ve asked a few different questions to each of the designers; you’ll see all of their responses below.

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Group Interview: Expert Advice For Students and Young Web Designers

Expert Advice For Students And Young Web Designers

Our readers have requested that Smashing Magazine conduct an interview with industry leaders on issues that are relevant to students and those just starting off in their design career.
With the help of our panel of 16 designers, we’ll dispense advice that should help new designers get their career off to a promising start. We’ve asked a few different questions to each of the designers; you’ll see all of their responses below.

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Expert Advice For Students And Young Web Designers

You Can Use CSS3 Right Now

CSS3 makes a designer’s work easier because they’re able to spend less time hacking their CSS and HTML code to work in IE and more time crafting their design. It is the future of web design and can be used today.
This article will hopefully show you to care a little less about making everything pixel perfect in IE. It will inspire you to spend more time making your designs exquisite in the rest of the browsers while serving up a working and perfectly accessible website for IE.

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You Can Use CSS3 Right Now

Email Newsletter Design: Guidelines And Examples

The email newsletter is a powerful marketing and communication tool that has various useful functions. It reminds your users about you; it informs users about your products; it tells them what you have been up to; and it helps you build a unique relationship with them. Users like email newsletters if the newsletters bring them value.
The fundamental rule for creating an email newsletter is to give it interesting, relevant and up-to-date information that is enjoyable to read.

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Email Newsletter Design: Guidelines And Examples