Creating a Simple and Effective 404 Page

Creating a Simple and Effective 404 Page

Go ahead and take a look at the design of this 404 page; as you can see it is very clear. I have specifically chosen something so simple and clear so that we don’t get lost in the unnecessary bells and whistles.

The overall look and feel of this design is simple for the sake of the example; at the same time so is the layout. As I will explain to you shortly, a 404 page shouldn’t have a lot going on, so the layout is kept simple too. You don’t need clutter in any of your pages, including the error ones.

Building A Social Following as a Web Designer

Building A Social Following as a Web Designer

Working online provides a lucrative life schedule which many people have never experienced. Freelance web development, Internet marketing, and design jobs allow any industry professional to work from the comfort of their own home. But this also requires more dedication towards building a name for yourself and getting recognized by others in the field.

In this article I want to provide some tips for building an online social following. Being a web designer is tough and requires a lot of experience just to complete freelance jobs. But throw in the marketing side and you have a whole new set of issues. Hopefully these tips can alleviate the initial steps.

How To Balance your Skills Between Design and Code

How To Balance your Skills Between Design and Code

Web designers and developers are usually seen working together on various projects. Designers end up following a path of creating pixels, while developers pick up the frontend and backend coding techniques. If you find yourself leaning towards either side then it’s worthwhile to follow whichever path interests you the most.

But it’s also important for some people to have a balance between these two facets. In this article I want to share some ideas for balancing your own skillset between coding and designing interfaces. These topics mostly pertain to building websites but you could also consider these ideas for app & software developers, too.

Christmas Decorations: Free Festive Downloads for Designers

Christmas Decorations: Free Festive Downloads for Designers

Christmas, once again, is just around the corner, it is believed that 45% of the world’s population celebrates Christmas to one degree or another. Therefore, perhaps designers should be considering hanging decorations not only in their homes and offices, but also on their websites.

Introducing Twitter’s Bootstrap

Introducing Twitter’s Bootstrap

Twitter Bootstrap is an incredibly popular front-end framework that’s used by many designers, developers and companies. It’s a very well developed and maintained open source framework that is easy to use, responsive, cross browser compatible (they claim that it’s compatible up to IE7!). On top of that, there’s not much you can’t accomplish with Bootstrap.

Use Composite to Improve Your iOS Design Workflow

Use Composite to Improve Your iOS Design Workflow

Composite is an app for the Apple iPhone that connects with Photoshop (CS6+) so you can basically mirror your app design really easily. But that’s not all it’s capable of, what makes Composite special is that it is also capable of creating clickable prototypes right on the iPhone from Photoshop.

Bold, Bright and Beautiful Colorful Website Designs

Bold, Bright and Beautiful Colorful Website Designs

There is no doubt that it is not easy for designers to create websites using very bright colors and make them look good, however, some still try, and some do succeed. It is not for nothing that we call them ‘bold’ colors, it is a bold designer who dabbles in the use of bright colors.

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