• How to Display Round Gravatar Images in WordPress

    Recently, we showed you how to style your comments layout and how to style your comment form. One of our users emailed us and asked “how did you make your gravatar images round? Are you storing gravatar images locally to get them to be round?” In this article, we will show you how to display […]

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  • JavaScript Design Patterns and CSS Windows | Treehouse Show Ep 38

    In this episode of The Treehouse Show, Nick Pettit (@nickrp) and Jason Seifer (@jseifer) talk about JavaScript Design Patterns and CSS Windows.   Here are the links for the week: JavaScript Patterns http://shichuan.github.io/javascript-patterns/ Crocodoc http://blog.crocodoc.com/post/46369766700/3d-ifying-documents-using-css-transforms windows http://nick-jonas.github.io/windows/ csscss by zmoazeni http://zmoazeni.github.io/csscss/?hn=1 digitalBush » Masked Input Plugin http://digitalbush.com/projects/masked-input-plugin/ Polychart.JS http://www.polychartjs.com/ Cypher by djave-co http://djave-co.github.io/jCypher/ Dashing http://shopify.github.io/dashing/

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  • How to Build a Brand Bible & Visual Style Guide

    Every brand, from the smallest website or startup, to corporate giants such as Nike or McDonald’s, need a set of branding guidelines and rules to maintain their identity. This document, which can range from a couple of pages, to several hundred, is the thread that holds together what the public sees from a company. A […]

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  • Mistakes to Avoid on Your Design Job Application

    Filling out job applications can be one of the more frightening parts of the job process. How do you come across as confident and not egotistical, all while showing that you have a laid back side? Well, here are some tips on preparing your next application. 1. Prepare a Cover Letter for Each Application This […]

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  • It’s all about the context

    In the near future everything we design must be hooked to context, says Joe Johnston This article first appeared in issue 236 of .net magazine – the world’s best-selling magazine for web designers and developers. Until recently, advertisers have understood one thing better than web and app designers: context. Advertisers have had to be context-sensitive […]

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  • Farewell to Fireworks

    Last week, Adobe announced that there will be no further development of their Fireworks application. Security updates will be provided and bug fixes may arrive, but for all intents and purposes Fireworks CS6 is a dead man walking. The petitions for clemency have already begun, but it seems likely that at some point Adobe’s CEO […]

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  • Four Behind-the-Scenes Ways That Google+ is Changing Social Media Marketing

    A lot has been said about Google+: that it’s a ghost town, that no one really uses it and that it will fade out as quickly as it faded in. But what most people don’t realize is that Google+’s implementation is already changing the world of website optimization. In fact, you’ve probably already used some […]

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  • The freelance pricing trap and how to get out of it

    Freelancing is riddled with challenges. First, freelancers are left to figure out how to land new clients. They have to cold call potential leads, effectively display their portfolio, and expertly request for referrals to keep a steady stream of work coming in. Once that’s taken care of, they have to manage their time and their […]

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  • A Showcase of Flat Design Websites

    Less is more. Minimalism in design has become a popular trend today especially in UI design for websites. Characterized mostly by minimalist and flat colors and icons, flat design promotes a clean user interface that is clear and easy to understand. While some people just didn’t like it, saying it is boring,  more and more […]

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  • Quick Tip: Create a Set of Neon Art and Scatter Brushes in Illustrator

    Follow this quick tip and create your own collection of Neon Brushes in Adobe Illustrator. You will create Art Brushes and also Scatter Brushes, different colors and sizes that you can use in your projects. You’ll continue to see how you can save a set of brushes for use in the future and examples of […]

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  • Publishing High-Quality Digital Media on the Web

    Before posting large media files onto your blog or website you should consider the best means of transferring from the server to your readers. Large HQ video and image files will take up a lot of space on your server. This also means that they require loads of bandwidth to push out to everyone. Images […]

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  • 30 Plugins And Tools That Will Improve Your Work And Save You Time

    Hi everyone. We know it’s always better to keep your attention focused on doing a good job than losing time looking out for resources. That’s why we bring you a handy list of tools and plug-ins to save you time and keep your work going. Enjoy. Responsive Navigation Be responsive with this JavaScript plugin that […]

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  • How to Build a Sortable Portfolio with Twitter Bootstrap + Quicksand.js

    Today we’ll be looking at extending Bootstrap’s built-in functionality with another popular jQuery plugin, Quicksand.js, to build a single-page gallery with categories. Additionally, we’ll show how to have each item open its own modal box. As a sort of bonus, all of this will be done without needing any extra CSS. View Demo | Download […]

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  • How to add a PDF document download to WordPress

    PDF: The most universal document format This will show you how to add a PDF document download to WordPress. Adobe PDFs are a universal, media rich format that will display on a variety of different screens and devices. They can be used for resumes, eBooks, printable coupons, spreadsheets, posters and training courses. How to add […]

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  • Web Design: Getting Started With Chrome Developer Tools

    Google Chrome is a (relatively) new kid on the block who quickly gain good market share in the browser niche, and it’s is equipped with a Handy Tool for Developers. In this post, we are going to explore it and utilize some of its features that might help you during the web development process. To […]

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  • 20 Beautiful FREE Ribbon Elements For Your Website

    Despite gaining some enemies in the design world, ribbons can still be useful within your designs.  We’ve selected 20 of the best designed ribbons elements we could find. You can use them in nav bars, buttons, call to action graphics and more. If you still like ribbons, this one’s for you. Corner Ribbons These are […]

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  • How to Install WordPress on your Windows Computer Using WAMP

    Did you know that you can install WordPress on your personal computer for learning and testing purposes. The process of installing WordPress on your personal computer is also known as setting up a local server environment or localhost. Often theme designers and plugin developers install WordPress on a local server environment to speed up their […]

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  • Side project: Type Fight

    The side project series is a series of posts in which we’ll be taking a look at the best of designers’ side projects. To get things started, this week we’re going to be looking at Type Fight, a side project by designers Drew Roper, Ryan Paule and Bryan Butler. Type Fight plays host to weekly […]

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  • The Importance of Online Reputation Monitoring

    Long before any company can apply itself to the important work of defending its online reputation, it must first know what its online reputation actually is. This is a fancy way of saying that online reputation management begins with online reputation monitoring. Knowing what people are saying about your brand, on the Web, is a […]

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  • Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day!

    Today, May 9th, is Global Accessibility Awareness Day #GAAD a whole day devoted to learning about web and mobile accessibility. I encourage you to take some of your time today to learn a bit more about this important topic. Accessibility is a subset of UX that aims to makes websites usable by the most people […]

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