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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

Web Security: Are You Part Of The Problem?

Website security is an interesting topic and should be high on the radar of anyone who has a Web presence under their control. Ineffective Web security leads to all of the things that make us hate the Web: spam, viruses, identity theft, to name a few.
The problem with Web security is that, as important as it is, it is also very complex. I am quite sure that some of you reading this are already part of an network of attack computers and that your servers are sending out spam messages without you even knowing it.

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Web Security: Are You Part Of The Problem?

Modern Art Movements To Inspire Your Logo Design

It’s always nice to go to a bookstore, grab a book of logo designs, sit down, inhale that new-book smell and absorb the goodness. But knowing where all of these designs, fonts and creative elements have come from is also good. In this article, we look at modern art movements and a series of diverse logos inspired by those movements.
Further Reading on SmashingMag: Pop Art Is Alive: Classics and Modern Artworks About Art – What Do We Really Mean Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration Eight Inspiring Stories Of ASCII Art You may be surprised by how easily these colors, shapes and strokes can be adapted to logo design.

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Modern Art Movements To Inspire Your Logo Design

10 Clever and Effective Series of Advertisements

Companies spend thousands upon thousands of dollars every year in advertisement. Some companies even spend millions of dollars. Print advertisements take up a large portion of those advertising dollars.
There are different types of advertising techniques that these companies use in their campaigns. One such technique is to use a series of advertisements to promote a particular product or brand. Today, we will look at 10 clever and effective series of advertisements as well as the reason why I chose to include each of them.

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10 Clever and Effective Series of Advertisements

Ask SM: CSS Quick-Question Edition

This is our sixth installment of Ask SM, featuring reader questions about Web design focusing on HTML, CSS and JavaScript. These entries are not all questions, but rather quick Twitter responses to the query, “What has been your most difficult CSS challenge?” Among other things, this post covers the sticky footer issues, positioning elements at bottom of a div, on having layout, aligning labels and inputs, auto top and bottom padding, z-index and more.

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Ask SM: CSS Quick-Question Edition

Business Card Design: Better Than A Plain Ol’ Business Card

Going to web conferences is a great opportunity to make new contacts and exchange business cards. Unfortunately, we have an industry filled with creative people who have no creative marketing for themselves. Sure, many have business cards, but one in a hundred have something really cool. These unique treasures, cards, items etc. get kept, talked about and usually photographed and shared. This post is an inspiration for all you creatives to step up your game, either by getting things made or by making them yourselves.

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The Effective Strategy For Choosing Right Domain Names

Naming is linguistic design, and a good domain name is an important part of the overall design of a website. A name plays a prominent role when people discover, remember, think about, talk about, search for, or navigate to a website. It establishes a theme for the branding of a website before people even visit it for the first time.
Coming up with a good domain name requires a combination of strategy, imagination and good linguistic design practice.

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