The Art of Color Coordination Colors affect us in countless ways—mentally and physically, consciously and subconsciously. Psychologists have suggested that color impression can account for 60% of the acceptance or rejection of a product or service. Good color choices should never be neglected in web design. A bad color combination can have the same negative effect as poor copy and slow load times. In this infographic, we will briefly discuss color coordination and how you can use this to your advantage when designing your site. Special thanks to @speckyboy, @smashingmag and @onextrapixel. Click on the infographic below to view a larger image: View an enlarged version of this Infographic » Click here to download a .pdf version of this infographic. Want to display this infographic on your site? Simply copy and paste the code below into the html of your website to display the infographic presented above: Website Color Scheme Examples Complementary Colors – Naturestable.com Analogous Colors – Simplebits.com
53 Steps to follow if you want to become Freelance Web Designer/Developer (60+ Resources) :Speckyboy Design Magazine In recent months I have been setting myself up as a Freelance Web designer/Developer, if I told you it was a rocky road I wouldn’t be exaggerating . If I had followed the check-list I have compiled below it would have made my life that little bit easier and stress free. But, like most things, entering into a new chapter can make you feel blindfolded and you stumble about trying to find the answers. But the truth of the matter is I have completed my transition, I am a Freelance Web Designer and couldn’t be happier. Please note that this post is fairly old and some of the points and resources may no longer be relevant. 53 Steps to becoming a Freelancer Web Designer/Developer 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. Essential Further Reading
Medieval Castle Layout: A Typical Castle Layout, Explaining Different Areas and Buildings The Medieval Castle Layout of Farleigh Hungerford Castle So let's look at the layout of an excellent example of a Medieval castle - Farleigh Hungerford castle, in Somerset, UK. Farleigh Hungerford has many traditional features of Medieval castles. Although it's not a totally perfect example (I struggled to find the 'perfect' one!) Farleigh Hungerford Castle was, first and foremost, a grand residence for the Hungerford family. Here's an image of the castle today taken from Google Earth. The Different Buildings and Areas of a Typical Medieval Castle Layout This is the layout of Farleigh Hungerford castle, as it would have been in Medieval times. Key to Plan The Great Hall Courtyards Kitchens Moat and Dam Bakehouse & Brewery The Keep Gatehouse Barbican Chapel and Priests' House Stables Dungeons This medieval castle layout diagram is adapted by E Morris/Exploring Castles from an original by HCHC2009 licence CC-BY-SA-3.0; via Wikimedia Commons. The Keep The Moat and the Dam The Kitchens
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35 (Really) Incredible Free Icon Sets - Smashing Magazine Advertisement When it comes to icons, web designers and graphic artists have an excellent opportunity to showcase their craft, prove their experience and explore their creativity. A sweet, nice icon set is a perfect showcase of designer’s work and a powerful instrument to build up your reputation online. In fact, designers make use of it, creating absolutely amazing icon sets and offering them for free download. The result: hundreds and hundreds of sets available almost everywhere, usually not that well executed and often duplicated from other sets. Below we present 35 incredible free icon sets which you can use for your web designs or your desktop to spice up your posts with some nice illustrations or enrich your desktop with outstanding dock icons. You might want to take a look at the following articles we’ve presented earlier: Free Icons For Your Web Designs Bagg & Box Telecharger Icon Pack5 70 high-quality free icons released under a Creative Commons license. Apple Mail Icons14
Copyright Website My app design workflow Start low-fi I always start with a non-Retina, 1× document size. For an iPad app, it’s 1024×768. There’s many reasons for starting like this. I don’t see my strategy changing any time soon, even though I own a Retina MacBook Pro (most of my design work is still done on a non-Retina Cinema Display though). 1×, 2× and 3× at the same time However, I’m not suggesting anyone should only work at the non-Retina size — the present and future is high DPI, and there’s a good chance you’ll care about the bigger assets more. If your documents are built the right way, you can have precise control over all sizes without any degradation when switching, and you can switch as often as you like. There’s quite a few techniques that allow elements to appear crisp and nicely rendered for all sizes. Edge effects with gradients If you can, build edge effects with gradients. Layer styles and contours If you’re after better control of layer styles, contours can help. 0.5pt and fractional strokes Subpixel nudging
Prettier Accessible Forms It can be time consuming to make web forms both pretty and accessible. In particular, laying out forms where the form label and input are horizontally adjacent, as in the image below, can be a real problem. We used to use tables, which worked well in this scenario—but forms don’t constitute tabular data, so it’s a semantic faux pas Article Continues Below I’ve tried to create a form-styling solution that is both accessible and portable (in the sense that I can move the code from one project to the next). Marking up the form#section1 The most important part of a form is the HTML we use to build it. fieldset and legend#section2 The fieldset element allows us to group form controls into logical, related “chunks.” legend then allows us to add a caption to that fieldset, which helps users understand the context of the form controls contained within that fieldset. label#section3 Let’s look at a simple fieldset example (line wraps marked » -Ed Styling the form#section4 Bugs#section5 We’re done.
31 Extremely Impressive Web Icon Sets for Free 31 Extremely Impressive Web Icon Sets for Free 13,185 views In Freebies by Sheila Mahusay Sep 28th, 2011 2 Comments Icons are one of the fundamental components of Graphical User Interface (GUI). In web applications, icons serve as an intuitive representation of hypertext links and quick navigation from a web page to another. Creating icons can be very protracted since certain design specifications are to be considered such as its color, shape, design, size and scalability. So, why squander much of your time creating them when you can avail free high quality icons in just a few clicks. You may also want to read the related article below. Don’t forget to Subscribe to our RSS-feed and Follow us on Twitter — for recent updates. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 10 Free Useful Icons for Designers 11. iPad 2 Icons 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. iCandies Icon Set 19. 20. 48px Web Icon Set 226 icons 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 16px Glyphs 31. You like this post? Author Sheila Mahusay 2 Responses