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80+ Absolutely Gorgeous Free PSD Files For Designers. One thing that is great about viewing other graphic designers Photoshop PSD files is that you can examine what kind of methods and techniques they used to achieve their design. In this post I have assembled an amazing set of high quality free PSD files such as Paper ticket, iPhone, Record button, Sliders, iPhone Camera App UI and much more for you to download. I am confident that you will find one of these free PSD files to fit your every design needs. Enjoy! Want more articles on free PSD files? Check out some of my previous posts: PSD Files: Collection Of Exceptional Call To Action Buttons Top 20 Websites To Download Free High Quality PSD Files PSD Files: 60+ Must Have Photoshop Files For Designers PSD Files: 60+ Must Have Photoshop Files For Designers (Part2) PSD Files: Free High Quality Photoshop Files (Part2) Windows Style Dashboard Unique Green & Blue Buttons Paper coffee cup icon (PSD) Blueish Cloud Growl Style Paper Ticket iPhone Music Player (PSD) iPad Application Mockup (PSD) Record Button.

A Collection Of Fresh Web UI Kits. Today, we have a comprehensive collection of web UI kits and templates for you. All of the kits are editable, in .psd format and all are perfect for creating low-fidelity web mockups. you will not find any individual elements, only complete kits, meaning that each individual template does include all of web elements you will ever need (buttons, search & form fields, radio buttons, sliders…) allowing you to have uniformity across your design. Transparent UI Kit Transparent UI Kit → The Bricks – User Interface Framework The Bricks – User Interface Framework → Piou UI Piou UI → Media Black UI Kit Media Black UI Kit → UI Kit UI Kit → Pandora UI Pandora UI → Transparent UI Kit Transparent UI Kit → Black UI Kit Black UI Kit → Tron Glow UI Set Tron Glow UI Set → Dark UI Kit Dark UI Kit → Minimize UI Kit Minimize UI Kit → CSS3 UI Kit CSS3 UI Kit → Stylish User Interface Kit Stylish User Interface Kit → Mega UI Pack Mega UI Pack → Crisp UI Kit Crisp UI Kit → Leather Mac App UI Kit Leather Mac App UI Kit → Silver UI Kit Futurico.

A Better Project Model than the "Waterfall" - Jeff Gothelf. By Jeff Gothelf | 8:22 AM July 6, 2012 This happens every day: A “solution” is handed to a team to build. The team determines the scope of the work, develops a project plan and promises a set of features by a specific date. It is assumed that these features will solve some business problem or meet an executive directive because someone with a paygrade higher than the execution team has blessed the work. And with this set of features and project plan the waterfall cycle begins again. The team begins to define the work in painstaking detail, outlining every possible scenario, use case, back-end integration point, and business rule. Despite the confidence inspired by all of this upfront planning and design, the only guaranteed thing to come out at the end of this waterfall process is the wrong solution.

Example of a requirement:We will build three new conversion paths using three new content verticals to attract new customers. The problem with requirements is that they are often wrong. | Your free online color matching toolbox. Responsible responsive images. I’m in Belfast right now for this year’s Build conference, so I am. I spent yesterday leading a workshop on responsive enhancement—the marriage of responsive design with progressive enhancement; a content-first approach to web design. I spent a chunk of time in the afternoon going over the thorny challenges of responsive images.

Jason has been doing a great job of rounding up all the options available to you when it comes to implementing responsive images: Responsive IMGs, Part 1,Responsive IMGs, Part 2—an in-depth look at techniques,Responsive IMGs, Part 3—the future of the img element. Personally, I have two golden rules in mind when it comes to choosing a responsive image technique for a particular project: The small image should be default.Don’t load images twice (in other words, don’t load the small images and the larger images).

I like Mark’s simplified version of Scott’s original responsive image technique and I also like Andy’s contextual responsive images technique. Yoav concludes: PSD to XHTML, HTML 5, CSS 3.0, JQuery, HTML Newsletter, CMS Template, Shop Template. Coding a Clean Web 2.0 Style Web Design from Photoshop. In this web development tutorial, you’ll learn how to build a web page template from a Photoshop mock-up from a previous tutorial called "How to Create a Clean Web 2.0 Style Web Design in Photoshop" using HTML/CSS and the jQuery library. This is the second part of a two-part series that will teach you how to create the layout in Photoshop, and then how to convert it to a standards-compliant (X)HTML web design.

Final Result Click on the figure below to see the live demonstration of the web design that you’ll be creating in this tutorial. Download Jan Cavan, who wrote the first part of this tutorial, has provided us with a Photoshop source file that we’ll use to build the site template. (ZIP, 3.4 MB) Introduction In this tutorial, we’ll create a fixed-width web layout using some basic coding techniques. Prepare for a long journey and make sure you have your favorite caffeinated drink handy, because this tutorial will be a very long one! Setting up the file structure. 20 Responsive Web Design Tutorials. March 15th, 2012 Since Template Monster launched the production of responsive website templates it is essential to give you some tips on how to customize the site based on this type of templates. Responsive design is not just an adjustable screen resolution and automatically resizable images, it is a whole new way in thinking of the web design and a great collection of techniques and ideas.

In this post you can find various responsive design tutorials that will help you improve the managing process of your site based on the responsive template. As you know this type of templates is optimized for various screen resolutions starting from the smartphone layout 320px and up to 2048px monitor resolution. Responsive template transforms automatically depending on the device you browse with.

“Today, anything that’s fixed and unresponsive isn’t web design, it’s something else. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. wmuSlider, a jQuery Responsive Slider 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Website Optimisation tool. This week, I was asked to evaluate a longstanding slow website problem. One of the most challenging questions that CIOs receive is the "application is slow, can you fix it? " problem. Root causes range from underpowered laptops, virus infected desktops, slow wireless connections, firewall congestion, web server memory leaks, storage I/O bottlenecks, database indexing, and poorly written HTML.

For this particular issue, I suspected application issues in the use of Javascript, style sheets, graphics, and flash objects, not infrastructure. A quick search on Google yielded this great website optimization tool , which is a companion to an O'Reilly book Website Optimization: Speed, Search Engine & Conversion Rate Secrets by Andrew B. It diagnosed the problem immediately as an inefficient web page design. A great tool and an O'Reilly Book for optimizing website performance - that's cool! Get better data from user studies: 16 interviewing tips. One of my favorite parts of my job is interviewing a huge variety of people about their habits, needs, attitudes, and reactions to designs. I like the challenge of quickly getting strangers to talk freely and frankly about themselves, and to try figuring out new designs and products in front of me.

User research shouldn’t be like the boring market surveys they read from clipboards in the mall. Great research interviews should be like listening to Terry Gross on Fresh Air — engaging and insightful. That’s what I aim for. Here are some tips and techniques that have helped me get the most out of user interviews. 1. Before I conduct usability studies and research interviews, I take a minute to consciously shift myself into my Researcher Persona. 2. Before I greet a research participant — even for phone interviews — I take a deep breath and smile. 3. Like a good host, my Researcher Persona also strives to be fascinated by whatever participants have to say. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Why? 9. 10. 11. 12.

The 100% Easy-2-Read Standard. By Oliver Reichenstein Most websites are crammed with small text that’s a pain to read. Why? There is no reason for squeezing so much information onto the screen. It’s just a stupid collective mistake that dates back to a time when screens were really, really small. So… Screen vs. magazine: 100% is NOT big; image by Wilson Miner. Don’t tell us to adjust the font size We don’t want to change our browser settings every time we visit a website! Don’t tell us busy pages look better Crowded websites don’t look good: they look nasty. Don’t tell us scrolling is bad Because then all websites are bad. Don’t tell us text is not important 95% of what is commonly referred to as web design is typography. Don’t tell us to get glasses Rather, stop licking your screen, lean back (!) Five Simple Rules 1. The font size you are reading right now is not big.

We don’t want to click bigger or smaller buttons and we don’t want to change our preferences. 2. Let your text breathe. Good Nielsen – bad Nielsen. 3. 4. 5. Automated stress testing for Web 2.0 applications helps Web developers find programming errors. Public release date: 27-Feb-2012 [ Print | E-mail Share ] [ Close Window ] Contact: Gordon 49-681-302-70741Saarland University Web applications such as Google Mail, Facebook and Amazon are used every day. However, so far there are no methods to test them systematically and at low cost for malfunctions and security vulnerabilities. Therefore, computer scientists from Saarland University are working on automatic methods of testing, which check complex web applications autonomously. For the first time, they will present this work at exhibition booth F34 in hall 26 at the computer fair Cebit.

"Ineffective and inefficient" is Valentin Dallmeier's assessment of the methods that web developers and responsible project leaders rely on to try to find programming errors and security holes in web applications. Web applications run centrally on an online server. Subsequently, it will generate and carry out test scenarios. See also: Dr. . [ Print | E-mail. 25 Google Chrome Extensions for Web & Graphics Designers at DzineBlog. Learn how to earn $125 or more per hour as a freelancer - Click Here Looking for hosting?. We recommend MediaTemple for web hosting. Use Code MTLOVESDESIGN for 20% off There’s no questioning the popularity of Google. What started as a search engine for the WWW has transformed into an enormous conglomerate media company which has truly changed the way we live. In this gallery below I’ve put together a beautiful set of extensions.

ColorPicker Font Editor IE Tab Multi HTML Validator Sight Stylebot Palette for Chrome Web Developer Google Font Previewer Awesome Screenshot Google Similar Pages Greplin Instachrome CSSViewer Firebug Lite for Chrome PHP Console Window Resizer TabCloud BuiltWith Profiler Speed Tracer MeasureIt! LastPass Google Mail Checker Pixlr Express Chrome Sniffer About Jake Rocheleau. 30+ Valuable Chrome Extension For Web Designers & Developers. Google chrome is the most commonly used web browser and it has achieved huge fame with its extra ordinary performance and features. Google chrome has also launched the number of extensions and add-ons for the ease of web developers and designers. These extensions help them effectively and save more time. On the other hand Chrome is the first browser to incorporate machine translation in the browser itself.

Google chrome provides a platform “Chrome Web Store” it is an online marketplace where you can discover thousands of apps, extensions and themes for Google Chrome. Today we have compiled some of Google chrome extension for the ease of web designers and developers. Just Scroll through this list. I guess you will find number of new extensions to make your work more effective with ease. Color Picker 0.9 This extension is ‘mainly meant for experienced web developers’ who need to Pick colors on any web page, either pixel exact or within an area.

Palette for Chrome Colour Tweaker Web Developer. Top 50 Free Online Web Apps For Designers and Developers From 2011. Designing and maintaining a website is not an easy task and it requires a lot of time, that is the reason designers and developers are always lookig for apps that can help make their work easy and quick. Many web apps are present out there, but not all of them are good. So today we have a list of some web apps, that will definitely prove to be helpful for you. Those web apps include designers and developers toolbox, webmasters tools, developer toolbar and apps to create comprehensively designed charts, diagrams and flowcharts, as charts and graphs are a great way of representing information. We also have a list of awesome apps that will help you know what the error you encountered means and apps that let you test site loading time testers, optimization testers, site comparison tools, and performance tools of any web page.

Check them out and pick the one that suits your needs that best. Designers And Developers Toolbox Advertisement Logotype Maker BgPatterns FreshGenerator Bannersketch 20 Free Wireframe and Mockup Applications. Learn Web Design, Web Development, and iOS Development - Treehouse. 3 Mistakes Web Programmers Need to Stop Making. Jonathan Goldford is a partner at Wired Impact, a web design company that builds websites for nonprofits. You can connect with Jonathan on Twitter and on the Wired Impact Facebook page. Sometimes as programmers, we forget that 99.9% of the population doesn’t care how a piece of text, a button, an image or a video ends up onscreen.

Most people just care that it’s fast, easy to use and gives them the content they want. Otherwise, they get upset — and rightfully so. 1. Ever since they started using the Internet, users have been trained how to interact with a website. They hover over an object they think is clickable, but become confused when they see an arrow instead of a hand pointer.They click on blue, underlined text, but find it’s not a link. Web design doesn’t always meet our expectations. Clickable Elements Should Have the Pointer on RolloverEverything clickable should switch to the hand pointer when a user hovers over it. 2. Users hate slow websites. Rest of the page... 3. 4 Tips to Keep Your Website Ahead of the Curve. This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business.

Sure, having a website for your business serves a practical need: to draw net-surfing users to your product or service. However, it's also much more than slapping on a run of the mill two-column template and calling it a day. Nothing kills an online buzz like a poorly designed or drastically outdated website. Dry and boring default templates, broken assets, confusing pages and invasive widgets do nothing but harm a page's style, which in turn reflects poorly on the company. 2012 is heralding a new wave of innovative web technologies and design, and a page that stays in step with these trends is bound to pique interest and lower your bounce rate. 1.

Don't Be Afraid to be Bold Mail Chimp. A bold design can be obtained with very little money, especially for those who aren't necessarily experienced in coding. 2. 3. 4. Gimmicks and Patterns in Interface Design. Why you should move that button 3px to the left. Techniques in responsive web design. Little Big Details.

Usability Design for Online Web Forms. Hey Dummy: This Is What "Responsive Design" Means. Web Page Analyzer - free website optimization tool website speed test check website performance report from web site optimization. Responsive Web Design Templates and Frameworks. Six questions for analyzing a website.