60 Live-Saving Medical Icons [Freebie]

Today we are glad to release a Free Medical Icons Set, a set with 60 original medical icons in .png 32 bit in resolutions 32×32px and 128×128px. This set was designed by the user interface design agency Centigrade and released exclusively for Smashing Magazine and its readers.
The icons can serve as great in-app icons for desktop or RIAs in the medical domain. With perspective and reflective effects these can be a real stunner on landing pages or in touch screen application menus.

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60 Live-Saving Medical Icons [Freebie]

The Definitive Guide To Styling Links With CSS

Hyperlinks (or links) connect Web pages. They are what make the Web work, enabling us to travel from one page to the next at the click of a button. As Web Standardistas put it, “without hypertext links the Web wouldn’t be the Web, it would simply be a collection of separate, unconnected pages.”.
So without links, we’d be lost. We look for them on the page when we want to venture further.

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The Definitive Guide To Styling Links With CSS

Successful Strategies For Selling Ad Space On Low-Traffic Websites

Upon first thinking about it, the idea of selling advertising on a website or blog with limited traffic seems a bit daft. After all, aren’t most advertisers interested in putting their product in front of the highest number of eyeballs possible? Approaching them with piddly visitor numbers seems like a surefire way to end up in the deleted folder.
But though it may feel like putting the cart before the horse, there are many good reasons and ways to sell ad space on low-traffic websites.

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Successful Strategies For Selling Ad Space On Low-Traffic Websites

The Life, Times (and Death?) of Internet Explorer 6 (Comic Strip)

In recent years Internet Explorer 6 has become the browser web designers love to hate. Security issues, JavaScript errors and inexplicable CSS rendering quirks have made it the brunt of many jokes. With IE6 in its twilight and big companies like Google dropping support, it seems like a good time to take a fond look back at our old foe. In this post we’re looking at what Internet Explorer 6 used to be and why its image changed over the years.

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The Life, Times (and Death?) of Internet Explorer 6 (Comic Strip)

Better User Experience With Storytelling – Part 2

In the first part of this Better User Experience With Storytelling series, we explored some of the basic structures and story patterns found in myths and religions. We saw how these patterns continued into modern stories such as The Matrix and Star Wars. We also explored some of the basics of bringing storytelling into the user experience process and some places to get started.
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Developing Sites With AJAX: Design Challenges and Common Issues

Almost every movie has a scene in which a character pull the protagonist aside and says, “There’s something you should know about [insert another character’s name here].” Most of the time, we find out some dark secret about a supposed friend of the protagonist or that the main ally is actually an evil overlord. This is that moment, and I am here to tell you a few things about our friend in the Web 2.

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Developing Sites With AJAX: Design Challenges and Common Issues

Photoshop Shortcut Keys Cheat Sheet [PDF]

In this post we are glad to release Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts, a PDF-file with a handy overview of most useful keyboard shortcuts available in Adobe Photoshop. The cheat sheet was created by Kenneth Setzer and released especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.
Further Reading on SmashingMag: Mastering Photoshop: Unknown Tricks and Time-Savers Top 10 Killer Photoshop Combo Moves for Windows The cheat sheet is a mousepad-sized image featuring a typical PC keyboard.

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Photoshop Shortcut Keys Cheat Sheet [PDF]

Applying Mathematics To Web Design

“Mathematics is beautiful.” This may sound absurd to people who wince at numbers and equations. But some of the most beautiful things in nature and our universe exhibit mathematical properties, from the smallest seashell to the biggest whirlpool galaxies. In fact, one of the greatest ancient philosophers, Aristotle, said: “The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order, symmetry and limitation; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful.” Because of its beautiful nature, mathematics has been a part of art and architectural design for ages.

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Color Theory for Designers: How To Create Your Own Color Schemes

In the previous two parts of this series on color theory, we talked mostly about the meanings behind colors and color terminology. While this information is important, I’m sure a lot of people were wondering when we were going to get into the nitty-gritty of actually creating some color schemes. [Content Update: August 2017]
That’s where Part 3 comes in. Here I’ll be talking about methods for creating your own color schemes, from scratch.

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Color Theory for Designers: How To Create Your Own Color Schemes

How to Drastically Improve Your Designs

Design is everywhere. We see it in on billboards as we drive down the street. When we go to a restaurant and look at the menus, we see it. When we sit down on our couch and watch television, it’s visible on the commercials, advertisements, and even the movies and TV shows. It is all around us and it stimulates and motivates much of our decisions subconsciously every day.

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How to Drastically Improve Your Designs