24 Great Niche Galleries CSS galleries can be a great source of inspiration, but if you’re looking for something in particular they can be a bit of a nightmare. They can also be a little repetitive, you’ll often find the same design repeated on many of the galleries. Since niche galleries have a tighter focus it allows them to be more detailed when adding sites to the gallery, and although they don’t update as often the quality usually makes up for it. Given their focus the same design is a lot less likely to be featured on more than one of the niche galleries. This is not to say the general galleries are going away, they provide a steady steam of inspiration, but when you’re looking for something in particular niche is nicer. Below you’ll find a list of niche galleries, that focus on things from color schemes, to layout, and specific content types.
Smush.it™ Image optimization is an art few have mastered. Useful image editing tools exist that allow images to be edited to reduce their file size while retaining image quality. Using these tools is a good start for optimizing images, but more can be done using advanced tools like Smush.it. Smush.it uses optimization techniques specific to image format to remove unnecessary bytes from image files. Inspired Rookies: The Most Popular and Ever Useful Web Designing Tools This is the fist post in a new Inspired Mag series dedicated to design newbies / beginners / rookies etc – designers with less than 20 different pieces in their portfolio and (almost) no followers on Dribble. If you feel Web design plays a great role in many aspects of a website; one of which is the physical or the overall layout. While some bloggers or webmasters do not dwell much on the physical side of their sites, it is still very important to attract visitors and boost readership.
Studio - the PHP IDE for professionals My first impression of Studio 10 is good! Eclipse itself seems more stable, more responsive and less CPU hungry, and the content assist seems to have a better response time. And having mobile application development in the same IDE as the backend work is great! Thijs LensselinkPHP Developer, www.mobiletulip.com Readers Pick: 16 Sites for Web Design Inspiration A while back I wrote "Where to Go to Find Design Inspiration", where I listed some of my favorite places to peruse when I’m looking for design inspiration. At the end, I posed the following question to the readers: "Where do you go for design inspiration?", and asked that you contribute suggestions.
Clean AJAX Clean is an open source engine for AJAX, that provides a high level interface to work with the AJAX technology. It can be plugged in any page or DHTML framework because it was designed in conformation with the separation of concerns principle, keeping focus on AJAX issues. Clean is a software based on well succeed design patterns and inspired on Java Message Service API, that offers reliable solutions to AJAX. It was created to solve real problems found on AJAX applications, and is used in many projects.
Uber Best: 9 Fresh Roundups With The Coolest Articles From The Design Community OK, here is an impressive list of over 150 amazing articles so please use it carefully. Do not read everything today, and if you get a headache while bookmarking, please call your doctor :] PSDtuts: Best of the Web – July 2009 XHTML Character Entity Reference This page contains the 252 allowed entities in HTML 4 and XHTML 1.0, as outlined in section 24 of the official HTML 4 specifications, published by the W3C. If you find it helpful we'd really appreciate a social share! Each entity is contained within a small box that contains four lines: The first line shows how the entity will be displayed on your webpage. The second line contains the entity reference, in the form &entity_name; (i.e. an ampersand, the entity name, and then a semi-colon). This is the code that you should place in your webpage.
Must Read Inspirational Blogs & Websites for Creatives #5 Here we are again, showcasing some 10 cool new blogs & websites we come across lately aka Inspired Websites. Feel free to leave a comment and suggest other interesting stuff for the creative community. MIX Online An opinionated group of designers and developers providing thoughtful, relevant articles & opinions that encourage friendly dialogue. 40 Incredibly Useful Web Design Tools You Should Use Daily This article will showcase tools which should and could be used by designers daily. If you need some inspiration – you can visit the most popular and recommended design showcase sites to find really good works and examples. Check out design related tools, online generators, free font sites, template sites, great websites helping to test and manage websites – those all have been created to save your time! Remember - not always the best way is to create everything by yourself. Be smart and you will accomplish your tasks much easier and quicker without struggling!
Must Read Inspirational Blogs & Websites for Creatives #6 What do you mean your RSS reader is already full? You don’t wanna see mine! Anyway, this week we’re featuring some new, inspirational and (unfortunately) must read blogs for all you design, freelancing & creative ppl out there. Type Goodness 10 Outstanding Data-Viz Blogs that You Probably Don’t Know – But Should! This is a special guest post by Tiago Veloso from Visual Loop – a non-stop stream of Infographics, Maps, Charts and many other Visualization Goodies, with lots of new posts everyday. Be sure to check out Tiago’s first massive hit on Inspired Mag – Info-Visualization Through the Eyes and Talent of 10 Brazilian Designers As the Christmas Season arrives, and 2010 comes to an end, nothing more proper than a “gift” for all you awesome Inspired readers. No, I’m not making a Christmas infographic round-up this time, as perhaps some of you might expected for my monthly contribution. Instead, today I bring a selection of Infographic blogs that are not as popular as the main ones, simply because most of them are new, but nevertheless, worth following.