Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: January 2012

We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one — desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for over two years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: January 2012

91 Holiday Season Vector Icons [Freebie]

Today’s freebie may be the last one for this year, but that doesn’t mean it will be the last of our freebies on Smashing Magazine — no siree! Before this year does come to an end, we are happy to present to you a fresh new Web UI set includig 91 icons created by August Interactive for the holiday season. The set is a collection of widely used UI elements, including volume, zoom, player, view, and download controls.

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91 Holiday Season Vector Icons [Freebie]

Internationalizing And Localizing Your WordPress Theme In 6 Steps

An important part of developing a WordPress theme is to prepare it so that users from every corner of the planet can translate its messages to any language. This article covers the basics of internationalization, which is the process of designing a theme in such a way that the end user can adapt it to various languages without having to change the source code, and localization, which is the process of translating text messages to a particular language.

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Internationalizing And Localizing Your WordPress Theme In 6 Steps

The Myth Of The Sophisticated User

As I sat in my local co-working space, shoulder-deep in a design problem on my MacBook Air, I could hear him. He was on the phone, offering screen-by-screen design recommendations to his client for the project they were working on. When this acquaintance of mine arrived at the subject of a particularly hairy task flow, he said, “Well, these aren’t going to be very savvy users, so we should probably put some instructions there.

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The Myth Of The Sophisticated User

Teach Them How To Hit The Ground Running And Faceplant At The Same Time?

A few days ago, a tutorial on how to Create A Christmas Wish List With PHP was published on Smashing Magazine’s Coding section that frustrated me. It frustrated me as it was incredibly easy to predict the comment reactions it caused. It also frustrated me as it was a classic example of a tutorial resulting in very happy readers who will go out and cause a lot of terrible things on the Web unless they understand that this was meant as a “beginner tutorial”.

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Teach Them How To Hit The Ground Running And Faceplant At The Same Time?

How Do You Deal With Overstressed, Irrational Clients? An Entrepreneur’s View

As an entrepreneur who has been on the client’s side of the design and development process, I’d like to discuss the thought process of the client, as well as some effective ways to interact with them. For example, why do they ask for Shakira music on the home page? And how do you respond to that?
I was recently referred to Sam Barnes’ piece on Smashing Magazine “How to Explain to Clients That They Are Wrong.

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How Do You Deal With Overstressed, Irrational Clients? An Entrepreneur’s View

Free New Twitter Profile Page GUI PSD

Today we are glad to release a yet another freebie: a Twitter GUI PSD for the recently released Twitter UI update, designed by Jon Darke of Every Interaction and released exclusively for Smashing Magazine and its readers. The PSD provides the full mockup with all layers in vectors, allowing you to scale up the design elements without loss of quality. The set includes two versions: one for personal accounts and also the new Twitter Enhanced profile page with 835×90 header image for brands and advertisers.

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Free New Twitter Profile Page GUI PSD

Create A Christmas Wish List With PHP (For Beginners)

Editor’s note Please notice that this article doesn’t provide production code to use in your live websites. Make sure to read the full article and study more on PHP security before using the code listed in this article.
’Tis the season to be jolly, and how much jollier could we make it than with a helpful Christmas wish list crafted for your family to ensure that you get maximum presentage this holiday?

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Create A Christmas Wish List With PHP (For Beginners)

Photo Contest – Holidays Around The World

A couple of days ago, we launched a photo contest in which you could submit a photo of how upcoming holidays are celebrated in your city. For those who have participated, thank you for taking the time to shoot the photos and sending them to us.
We’ve received hundreds of pictures from all over the world and we have to be honest and say that it was really hard to pick only ten winners!

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Photo Contest – Holidays Around The World

Introduction To Designing For Windows Phone 7 And Metro

Microsoft’s new mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7 (WP7), introduces a fresh approach to content organization and a different UX, based on the Metro design language and principles that will be incorporated into Windows 8. It also targets a different market than its predecessor: instead of being designed mainly for business and technology workers, WP7 is targeted at active people with a busy life, both offline and online, and who use social networks every day, whatever their background.

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Introduction To Designing For Windows Phone 7 And Metro