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Design Tip of the Day 02: Learn the techniques

Posted on Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

If you are serious about design, you probably take other people's work pretty seriously - especially if they're good. A lot of designers always talk about the great things they encounter on the web and in magazines, and wonder when their skills are going to match those of others. I have one word for them: Copy.

By trying to replicate the techniques other designers use in their work, you can learn how to approach things differently. For example, when I was new at Photoshop, I would always try to achieve various results by experimenting with all the tools, layers, masking, and so forth. If you think you lack the technical knowledge to do this, a simple Google search will perform wonders.

Things to do for Web Designers:

  1. Put together a list of websites that you love.
  2. Open your application of choice for web design and start laying out one of the websites.
  3. Try to replicate color, gradients, shapes, and placement of content elements as best as you can.
  4. If there is something you cannot do, you can find a tutorial, or do something you are familiar with that will look just as good.

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Posted In: In the News

MacHeist App Bundle – An offer you cannot refuse

Posted on Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 at 3:09 am

MacHeist Bundle 2009

In a little under 20 hours from the time this post was published, your chance to get your hands on this amazing app bundle will be up. First thing's first, click the link below to view the MacHeist page with ALL the information.

View the MacHeist Bundle information, and buy it!

Yes, I have purchased this myself and strongly believe that it's steal, not the mention that 25% of every sale's proceeds goes to a charity of your choice. Whether you're a designer, blogger, an online show host, or an advocate of all things cool, in this package you will find something that greatly impresses you.

For $39, it's probably the best investment I have ever made! Well, what are you waiting for? Check it out already!

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Posted In: General Stuff, On the Web, Productivity, Technology

iPhone future looks stronger than ever, thanks to Palm Pre

Posted on Sunday, April 5th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Palm PreJust before the iPhone 3.0 software was announced, I was ready to publish an article saying how the Palm Pre was going to give Apple a lot of trouble. Then, I realized how wrong it would have been if I had done so. Now I will tell you why I think the iPhone is here to stay, and push the competition out of the way.

The Palm Pre, for the longest time, had the biggest chance to put a little fear in Apple. And so it did. Just a couple of weeks ago, the iPhone 3.0 software was revealed and most of the iPhone's nuances have been eliminated. I actually believed that if the Pre kept up its game, it would force me to switch, but thankfully, that is no longer the case.

Palm has claimed that OS X on the iPhone is not a true mobile platform, thus it will never be as speedy and sleek as what they are cooking up. I respectfully disagree! Let's just put it this way; Smooth scrolling and seamless portrait/landscape transitions is not what makes a great device. Yes, the Pre certainly competes in the visuals department, but that will only take the device so far.

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Posted In: Design & Code, On the Web, Technology