Tools of the Trade In my bookmarks bar, I’ve got a folder named “Tools” where I put all the useful widgets and sites I come across. The list was getting quite long so I decided to clean it up a little, and I thought it would be interesting to share the result. Without further ado, here are the sites, bookmarklets, and apps I use regularly in my design work. Readability Readability Read Now is a nifty bookmarklet that extracts the content of a page and displays it in a nice, readable layout. The Marketer’s Guide to Tumblr Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock for the last year, you more than likely have heard about the micro-blogging platform called Tumblr. The reason you’ve heard of it is simply because of its staggering rise to stardom. By November 2011, Tumblr had grown by 900% in less than a year…passing up its competitor WordPress. If you haven’t by now, you need to be looking at how to effectively add Tumblr to your marketing efforts. This guide will show you where to start, how to grow your efforts and even how to monetize your Tumblr.
50 Useful and Free Web UI, Mobile UI and Wireframe Kits Here we are featuring 50 useful, free and spanking new Web UI and wireframes resources that you will definitely love. Web designers always require some fundamental user interface elements to produce a model of user interface either of a website or software. For that, they require wireframing and UI design kits which help them to replicate the user interface. In this round-up, we have collected some web and mobile user interface kits which are practical in creating low-fidelity illustrations for your projects.
Using Great Storytelling To Grow Your Business Every two months, I pull together a community of innovators. We meet somewhere in New York City, usually a boardroom overlooking a park or cityscape. But last month we all found our way into an acting studio operated by The TAI Group to learn about storytelling. 7 Essential Features a CMS for Beginners Must Have When you are looking for a CMS, there are many factors to consider. Obviously, the feature it has is one of them. However, you also need to consider your skill level because when you are a beginner, you can’t take advantage of all the advanced features a CMS can offer. If you are a beginner looking for a CMS, or if you are an expert who needs to recommend a CMS to beginners, here are 7 essential features to consider when choosing a CMS for beginners:
Google Analytics Blog: What’s happening on your site right now? The web is getting faster, and not just the speed of the pages, but also the speed of change. Before, it was fine to build a website and modify it only when new products were launched. All of us avid Analytics users know that’s just not good enough. We need to be constantly on the lookout for problems and opportunities. Currently, Google Analytics does a great job analyzing past performance. 10 Crimes A Web Designer Can Do For Call-to-Action Pages Call-to-action pages are dedicated to prompt visitors to take a desired action, whether an opt-in, a sale or any type of click that brings a user one step closer to a company’s goal. Basically, any website can be classified as a call to action page because virtually every person who creates a website has a specific action he/she wants a visitor to take. Most websites commit at least one of the top crimes listed below. Do you agree with the choices? 1. Graphic Clutter
Crowdfunding Law Will Turn the Start-Up World Upside Down - Tim Rowe - Voices Remember that special moment when we all realized that the Web was going to remake yard sales and auctions, but we didn’t know yet who was going to win? (And then eBay left the rest in the dust?) Such a moment has come again, and with a choice prize: Investing in start-ups. The House has already passed crowdfunding legislation, by a whopping majority. The president supports it. 25 Examples of Perfect Color Combinations in Web Design Today we will show you some examples of websites that are using beautiful and inspiring color combinations that match perfectly and create an eye candy result. From delicate and smooth colors to strong duos and super colorful pages, we have several styles to show you. Color is definitely a very important element of web design, and if you are familiar with the Color Theory used in visual arts, you may know that even with a lot of studies, the reaction to colors is pretty subjective and people react differently. Some reactions are based on background, others are based on personal taste and even psychological feelings. The color theory is actually a science that helps us design our projects, and it’s certainly something to consider when creating a website.
How to Automate Your Social Activities Are you looking to simplify management of your social activities? If so, then Ifttt is for you. Don’t be put off by Ifttt’s crazy name. This is one handy tool that you should definitely know about. Ifttt stands for “If this, then that,” which is a very basic way of explaining the site’s whole premise. The Ins and Outs of Dynamic Navigation Menus All web designers go through phases struggling with creative ideas. It’s a natural part of the creation cycle, but it can become frustrating as you’re stuck on a website project for more than a few days. There isn’t any one-size-fits-all solution. But we can take a moment to analyze the design process for better solutions. The main goal of any website is to lead visitors through your pages. This is accomplished via a navigation of some type, most commonly links.
How to Build Profitable Hyperlocal Websites I’m often asked what kind of sites I’d be building if I wasn’t running Copyblogger Media. Actually, I’m in the process of producing a few new projects, and they are all of the hyperlocal variety. Hyperlocal websites provide content related to a very limited geographic area, such as a town, neighborhood, or even a single zip code within a city. The content can range from local news and politics, to information about schools, restaurants, and other businesses in the area. There has been much sound and fury about the possibilities of hyperlocal, adding up so far to mostly hype. My interest in building these sites stems from the fact that I made a lot of money from them between 2002 and 2005, back before I started Copyblogger.
14 Essential Magazines for Graphic Designers In spite of the tremendous expansion of the Internet, the power of the printed word remains strong and popular. Print media is where it all began and today we take a close look at some amazing design magazines that can really boost your productivity and expand your design knowledge. In addition to their printed versions, some magazines also offer online versions on their websites as well as PDF downloads and single issue orders. Order online or pick them up at your local bookstore.