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Great Reads for 2010

The beginning of the new year came with lots of plans and resolutions. In my opinion, it's very important to share our experiences and to learn from others as well, and because of that, in this post I will show you some books that I got and that I think are really good for designers or anyone tech-savvy. Some books I have already read, while others I am currently reading or looking forward to start. There are books more technical about web standards and usability, but there are also good motivational ones that I'm sure will boost your confidence for the new year. In the end that's basically all it's about, doing what you love and having confidence. Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion Publishers Weekly Review Yet another rallying cry to the banner of turning your passion into a career, from braggadocio-ridden entrepreneur Vaynerchuk. After taking over his father's local liquor store, Shopper's Discount Liquors, and building it from a $4 million business to a $50 million one, he created the wine-tasting blog Wine Library TV and discovered the power of the Internet for driving sales. This book shares his experience and step-by-step advice for using Twitter, Facebook, etc., and suggestions for monetizing an online persona, reiterating that the Internet makes it possible for anyone to make serious cash by turning what they love most into their personal brand. His enthusiasm is admirable and his advice solid, but there's nothing new here, and his unappealing swagger—repeated stories of how he crushed it and dominated grate particularly—gives his story more the tone of adolescent peacocking than of worthwhile and sober business advice. (Oct.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Abduzeedo Review I have been following Gary for quite some time now and I have always admired him for his passion. The book is all about passion with some incredibly valuable tips on how to start doing what you like to do professionally. It's a motivating book, perfect for the beginning of this year, so you can start putting to practice your new year's resolutions. Great read, short and effective. Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities Editorial Review There are a lot of books out there that show collections of logos. But David Airey’s “Logo Design Love” is something different: it’s a guide for designers (and clients) who want to understand what this mysterious business is all about. Written in reader-friendly, concise language, with a minimum of designer jargon, Airey gives a surprisingly clear explanation of the process, using a wide assortment of real-life examples to support his points. Anyone involved in creating visual identities, or wanting to learn how to go about it, will find this book invaluable. - Tom Geismar, Chermayeff & Geismar In Logo Design Love, Irish graphic designer David Airey brings the best parts of his wildly popular blog of the same name to the printed page. Just as in the blog, David fills each page of this simple, modern-looking book with gorgeous logos and real world anecdotes that illustrate best practices for designing brand identity systems that last. David not only shares his experiences working with clients, including sketches and final results of his successful designs, but uses the work of many well-known designers to explain why well-crafted brand identity systems are important, how to create iconic logos, and how to best work with clients to achieve success as a designer. Contributors include Gerard Huerta, who designed the logos for Time magazine and Waldenbooks; Lindon Leader, who created the current FedEx brand identity system as well as the CIGNA logo; and many more. Abduzeedo Review I'm currently in the middle of this book. It's a very useful resource for designers who want to specialize in logo design. The book has good examples with the story behind the logos. Besides that it's a very well designed book, beautiful layout and typography. I will prepare a more in-depth review as soon as I finish reading it. A World in HDR Editorial Review High dynamic range (HDR) photography lets you capture the myriad colors and levels of light that you can see in the real world, and the results are amazing photographs that run the gamut from super real to surreal. Explore this fantastic realm of photography through the unique vision of renowned travel photographer Trey Ratcliff. In this book, Trey shares his phenomenal HDR photographs as well as all the backstory on the adventurous circumstances of their origin. He also reveals the techniques he used to get the final shot. The breathtaking images gracing these pages and the author’s real-world advice for capturing and manipulating images will inspire you to create your own HDR magic. So Trey also includes his simple and straightforward tutorial that teaches you everything you need to know to make your own HDR photographs, whether you’re a beginner, amateur, or professional Abduzeedo Review Gisele is preparing a complete review of this book following the tutorials that Trey prepared especially for it. I took a brief look at the content, and there are some gorgeous photos. If you love HDR like I do you must get this book. Designing with Web Standards (3rd Edition) Amazon Review Standards, argues Jeffrey Zeldman in Designing With Web Standards, are our only hope for breaking out of the endless cycle of testing that plagues designers hoping to support all possible clients. In this book, he explains how designers can best use standards--primarily XHTML and CSS, plus ECMAScript and the standard Document Object Model (DOM)--to increase their personal productivity and maximize the availability of their creations. Zeldman's approach is detailed, authoritative, and rich with historical context, as he is quick to explain how features of standards evolved. It's a fantastic education that any design professional will appreciate. Zeldman is an idealist who devotes some of his book to explaining how much easier life would be if browser developers would just support standards properly (he's done a lot toward this goal in real life, as well). He is also a pragmatist, who recognizes that browsers implement standards differently (or partially, or not at all) and that it is the job of the Web designer to make pages work anyway. Thus, his book includes lots of explicit and tightly focused tips (with code) that have to do with bamboozling non-compliant browsers into behaving as they should, without tripping up more compliant browsers. There's lots of coverage of design and testing tools that can aid in the creation of good-looking, standards-abiding documents. --David Wall "Some books are meant to be read. Designing with Web Standards is even more: intended to be highlighted, dogeared, bookmarked, shared, passed around, and evangelized. It goes beyond reading to revolution" - Liz Danzico, Chari, MFA Interaction Design Once You're Lucky, Twice You're Good: The Rebirth of Silicon Valley and the Rise of Web 2.0 Editorial Review Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good is the story of the entrepreneurs who learned their lesson from the bust and in recent years have created groundbreaking new Web companies. The second iteration of the dotcoms—dubbed Web 2.0—is all about bringing people together. Social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace unite friends online; YouTube lets anyone posts videos for the world to see; Digg.com allows Internet users to vote on the most relevant news of the day; Six Apart sells software that enables bloggers to post their viewpoints online; and Slide helps people customize their virtual selves. Business reporter Sarah Lacy brings to light the entire Web 2.0 scene: the wide-eyed but wary entrepreneurs, the hated venture capitalists, the bloggers fueling the hype, the programmers coding through the night, the twenty-something millionaires, and the Internet “fan boys” eager for all the promises to come true. Abduzeedo Review I finished reading this book at the end of last year. It's another motivating one because it tells the story behind the web services we have been using now. All this revolution with the Web 2.0 and with user participation becoming the center of the equation. It also really encourages us to try to do what we believe is right. Eyetracking Web Usability Editorial Review Eyetracking Web Usability is based on one of the largest studies of eyetracking usability in existence. Best-selling author Jakob Nielsen and coauthor Kara Pernice used rigorous usability methodology and eyetracking technology to analyze 1.5 million instances where users look at Web sites to understand how the human eyes interact with design. Their findings will help designers, software developers, writers, editors, product managers, and advertisers understand what people see or don’t see, when they look, and why. With their comprehensive three-year study, the authors confirmed many known Web design conventions and the book provides additional insights on those standards. They also discovered important new user behaviors that are revealed here for the first time. Using compelling eye gaze plots and heat maps, Nielsen and Pernice guide the reader through hundreds of examples of eye movements, demonstrating why some designs work and others don’t. They also provide valuable advice for page layout, navigation menus, site elements, image selection, and advertising. This book is essential reading for anyone who is serious about doing business on the Web. Next week I will have a few more books to share with you so stay tuned. Also I'd like to thank David Airey, Pearson Education, and Trey Ratcliff for sending me books to read and share my thoughts with the design community.

Nestliving: a Beautiful site featuring Design furniture

I just love to look around for design furniture... I really like to check out the great products that some designers come up with. The style of furniture that I like to see is that classy-minimalist-stylish stuff that just get our attention and make us want to change almost every piece inside of our place. I was browsing around looking exactly for that kind of thing when I found this great site called nestliving.com and got amazed by their design - both web design and product design. The website is clean, minimalist and beautiful. As for the products, they are stunning. I have to say that I loved almost everything they sell at the site, but I have managed to control myself and put together this selection for you. From beds to coffee makers, toys and bicycles, these products are perfectly designed. They are so beautiful that you don't even want to use them... you just want to admire them. To check out more beautiful stuff go to nestliving.com and let us know what is your favorite product from their list! I hope you enjoy... :) Website Home Furniture Beds Muir Bed By Amenity Coffee Tables Isamu Noguchi Coffee Table Offi Scando Coffee Table LAX Series Coffee Table by MASH Studios Mag Coffee Table by Ali Sandifer Kids Playforever Enzo Speedster Playsam Jetliner Red Playsam Saab Roadster Ride On Car Offi Doodle Drawer Desk Orange Playsam Wooden Yo-Yo Outdoors Perch! design Birdfeeder Seating Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair - LCW Womb Chair and Ottoman Nelson Coconut Chair Cherner Arm Chair George Club Chair by Ali Sandifer Wiggle Side Chair by Vitra ETC Bicycles ABICI Granturismo Uomo in Rosso Clocks George Nelson eye clock by Vitra George Nelson petal clock by Vitra George Nelson Tripod clock by Vitra Coffee Chemex 6 Cup Coffee Maker Media Players Geneva Sound XL Music System in Black Geneva Sound L Music System in Walnut Ceramics Perch! design Plant Orb Skagerak of Denmark Plint Gourmet Set Perch! Design Bonnie and Clyde Salt and Pepper Shakers

Inside the Studio of Design By Front

Design By Front is an amazing web design studio from Northern Ireland. Front is an eclectic team of creative thinkers, designers, technologists, project managers and writers which makes them one of the top web design studios of the world. Here you will take a look inside the studio and find out more about their work. I encourage everyone to visit their website designbyfront.com. The Studio People often tell us our studio is ‘really cool’, and more often than not, clients ask to have meetings here. We usually blush, say shucks and move on – but we’re genuinely proud of where we come to work. We’re asked to be creative on behalf of our clients, so we need a space that encourages the building blocks of creativity; collaboration, exploration, and good old fashioned hard work, but also a space that feels like home. It has to help us do our job, and be ourselves. We have areas for both client and internal team meetings and when required groups of us migrate to the conference room or get comfy on the sofas. A collaborative space doesn’t need to be all bean bags and lava lamps… it can be the kitchen, a park bench or the parking lot. To find out more about their studio visit The Front Studio: Creating a Great Environment Their Work Abbey Theatre The National Theatre of Ireland gets a fresh rebrand. Book online with a view from your seat and catch up with behind the scenes blogs. NoPostie A new online service for sending unique animated messages featuring Tatty Teddy & Violent Veg to friends, family and loved ones from Carte Blanche Greetings. BBC Irish Portal Promoting Irish Language Culture through a huge audio, visual and editorial archive. Starring Me to You A lovely new mini-site for the Christmas ad featuring Tatty Teddy. We love stop-motion animation! TLC LSDA asked Front to create a place for educators to share, collaborate and learn. We created TLC, with just enough tenderness, love and care.

Playing with CSS3

When I was working on the new version of Abduzeedo, the current one, I decided to learn and use CSS 3 to enhance the visual of some elements. Instad of using images to create shadows and round corners I used CSS 3. Of course I knew that it would not be compatible to all browsers, more precisely, the Internet Explorer. From the statistics of the site, the majority uses Firefox (51.05%), followed by Safari (25.38) and then Internet Explorer with only 11.73, I thought it would work alright, and for those readers that use other browsers they would be able to access the site but would not be able to see these little details. So for this tutorial I will show you how I created some of the effects you see on the Abduzeedo UI. We will play with Box-Shadow, Round-Corners, Tex-Shadow and CSS gradients. The idea is to practice, in my opinion the best way to learn. Final Result This is the final result we will have by the end of this quick tutorial. The idea is to play a little bit with CSS3 even though this might not work perfectly on IE an Opera. Click on the Image to see the DEMO - It works only in Safari, Firefox and Chrome Step 1 The first thing to do is to create the HTML file with our data. Also let's create the link to our CSS file (<link rel="stylesheet" href="tut.css" type="text/css" media="all">). There's great places to learn more about HTML and CSS, I recommend CSS Tricks, Nettuts, Smashingmagazine, W3C, 24ways, Woork and others. Below you can se the page without any style. Step 2 Here's the HTML file, as you can see we're using HTML 5, once again to practice. That's the best thing of personal projects, we can practice and learn. Basically we have a Section called "Box" where the content will be inside. Then we have the navigation (Nav), another section with the content (content) and then inside the content section we have the messages. We use the tag article to them. Step 4 Let's start it by changing the "body" style. So let's define the font, the font weight, margins, paddings and the background color. It's really important that you have some CSS knowledge already, especially about the CSS Box Model to understand how Padding, Margins, Border, and sizes work. I highly recommend that you read this great article by Chris Coyer: The CSS Box Model body{ font: 14px/140% "Helvetica Neue", Arial, Helvetica, Geneva, sans-serif; font-weight: lighter; margin: 0; padding: 0; background: #ddd; } Now for the box we will play with a new CSS 3 property, Box Shadow. Basically we can add shadows to elements without using any image. It's pretty simple to use, you set the Horizonal Lenght, Vertical Lenght, Blur and Color. Example: box-shadow: horizontal lenght vertical legnth blur color = box-shadow: 0px 0px 10px #666. For more information about Box-Shadow check out this article: Box-shadow: shadow effect on elements in css3. #box{ display: block; position: relative; width: 500px; margin: 20px auto; border: 1px solid #666; -webkit-box-shadow: 0 0px 10px #666; -moz-box-shadow:0 0px 10px #666; box-shadow: 0 0px 10px #666; } Step 5 For the navigation I created a PNG image with alpha transparency to use to create bevel effect to the navigation bar. nav{ position: relative; display: block; clear: both; background: #444 url(imgs/bg-gradient.png) repeat-x left -25px; height: 25px; padding: 10px 20px 10px 20px; } I highly recommend that you use a RESET.CSS for your projects, but here I'm not using, so I will just reset the UL and LI behaviors in order to create my navigation buttons. To understand why we reset our CSS, read this article by Eric Meyer: CSS Tools: Reset CSS. nav ul, nav ul li{ list-style-type: none; padding: 0; margin: 0; } The goal of a reset stylesheet is to reduce browser inconsistencies in things like default line heights, margins and font sizes of headings, and so on. Step 6 For the buttons we will use round corners, box-shadow and text shadow to create a very nice effect. Take a look at the code below. Text-shadow is pretty much the same as box-shadow but for text, it's the same syntax. Now the round corners is different and it's one of the most wanted effects, we won't need to add a lot of markup and images to create this effect anymore. I recommend 2 articles about Round Corners: Border-radius: create rounded corners with CSS! and Have a Field Day with HTML5 Forms. The last one will cover another HTML 5 and CSS 3 new features. nav ul li{ float: left; background: #555 url(imgs/bg-gradient.png) repeat-x left -35px; padding: 0 10px; margin: 0 10px 0 0 ; color: #fff; font-weight: bold; height: 25px; line-height: 25px; font-size: 13px; cursor: pointer; -moz-border-radius: 20px; -webkit-border-radius: 20px; border-radius: 20px; -webkit-box-shadow: 0 -1px 1px #333; -moz-box-shadow:0 -1px 1px #333; box-shadow:0 1px -1px #333; text-shadow: #000000 0 -1px 1px; } Step 7 When the user hovers the button we will change the color of the background, font and effects. nav ul li:hover{ background-color: #ccc; box-shadow: 0 -1px 1px #fff; -webkit-box-shadow: 0 -1px 1px #fff; -moz-box-shadow: 0 -1px 1px #fff; color: #333; text-shadow: #fff 0 1px 1px; } Step 8 For the search field it's going to be pretty much the same, however we will use another image for the background, the magnifying glass icon, and position it on the right . input{ background: #ddd url(imgs/mglass.png) no-repeat 135px 2px ; outline: none !important; position: absolute; right: 20px; display: block; padding: 5px 10px; top: 9px; border: none; -moz-border-radius: 20px; -webkit-border-radius: 20px; border-radius: 20px; box-shadow: 0 -1px 1px #333; -moz-box-shadow: 0 -1px 1px #333; -webkit-box-shadow: 0 -1px 1px #333; } For the focus state let's just change the color of the backgroun. input:focus{ background: #fff; } Step 9 For the content let's play with gradients via CSS3. This will work only on Webkit based browsers. (Safari, Chrome, Webkit). Basically we set 2 or more colors that will create the gradient. I highly recommend that you take a look at this article: Introducing to CSS Gradients. Because only Webkit browsers will show the gradient I added 2 backrounds, the first one is set to grey (#ddd) and it will work on other browsers that will ignore the gradient. section#content{ display: block; position: relative; background: #ddd; background: #ddd -webkit-gradient(linear, 0% 0%, 0% 90%, from(rgba(100, 100, 100, .5)), to(rgba(90, 90, 90, .1))); padding: 20px 20px 10px 20px; } .clear{ clear: both; } Step 10 For the thumbnails lets once again use Round Corners and Box Shadow. Besides that, use FLOAT:LEFT to align them to the left and a 3px solid white border. #thumb img{ float: left; border: 3px solid #fff; -moz-border-radius: 4px; -webkit-border-radius: 4px; border-radius: 4px; -webkit-box-shadow: 0 0px 3px #333; -moz-box-shadow:0 0px 3px #333; box-shadow:0 0px 3px #333; } Step 11 The idea for the messages is to create a dialog box. Apply the Round-corners to all sides but the top left. Also I added the Box Shadow, and the CSS Gradient. div.msg{ float: right; width: 320px; padding: 20px; background: #f0f0f0 -webkit-gradient(linear, 0% 0%, 0 90%, from(rgba(100, 100, 100, 0)), to(rgba(90, 90, 90, .2))); -webkit-box-shadow: 0 0px 5px #333; -moz-box-shadow:0 0px 5px #333; box-shadow:0 0px 5px #333; margin-top: 40px; -moz-border-radius-bottomleft:0px; -moz-border-radius-bottomright:10px; -moz-border-radius-topleft:0; -moz-border-radius-topright:10px; -webkit-border-top-left-radius: 0px; -webkit-border-top-right-radius: 10px; -webkit-border-bottom-left-radius: 10px; -webkit-border-bottom-right-radius: 10px; } As I didn't reset my CSS, the H3 was using the browser default style for it. So I had to change the margin to 0 and for the padding I changed the top, right and left to 0 just adding 10 pixels for the padding bottom. h3{ padding: 0 0 10px; margin: 0; } Step 12 One of the coolest things about CSS 3 is that we can play with shadows and also create glows by just changing the color of the box-shadow. div.msg:hover, #thumb img:hover{ -webkit-box-shadow: 0 0px 5px #0cf; -moz-box-shadow:0 0px 5px #0cf; box-shadow:0 0px 5px #0cf; } Conclusion Once again the idea of this quick tutorial is to show you the possibilities, there's much more to learn and of course everything has to be tested to make sure that it will work fine on different browsers. It is all about practicing. Click on the Image to see the DEMO - It works only in Safari, Firefox and Chrome Download the Files used for this Tutorial Click here to download the files used for this tutorial

Web Design Process: Zee Site

I started Zee back in 2004 with a friend of mine, Fabiano Meneghetti. Throughout these years we have learned a lot, from our successes and of course from the failures. It's part of the game right, even though we try to succeed more than fail. One of this mistakes, was to partnership with people that did not share the same thoughts that we have, with different perspectives and ideas. Because of that, Zee had been suspended for 6 months. But after this period we thought that our way of thinking and everything we had gone through was worth it and could have not been simply forgotten. Abduzeedo, for example, was born after a robbery at Zee. Now we are back with Zee and we want to show you how we created our new website. Goals and Inspiration Our goal for the new site was that it would have to be super simple. Also we wanted to show that we were still in the game, that we’re always in the loop. That was the tagline we used for the teaser page and kept for the site. Simplicity One Page Only Big Slogan Short Texts Magazine Style The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction. - The Laws of Simplicity We had some ideas in mind however our inspiration came from magazines and books, we wanted a big text for the slogan, and short texts describing what we do and who we are. Portfolio For the portfolio we wanted to show a few works but keeping the user at the same page. From our statistics we knew that the visitors didn't spent too much time on the site, therefore, they couldn’t see all the information we had. Team As the site would have only one page we decided to use only thumbnails for the team section. We hid the descriptions and then showing only via Javascript when the visitor hover the image. The photos were taken by John Arlington, an excellent photographer friend of ours. We believe that a professional photo gives much more value to the design, and that’s why we contacted him. Layouts First idea after adding all the elements in the document. We didn't like the fonts though Second idea was with a different background and sort of a sheet of paper. Basically the second idea without a different background. Still it wasn't exactly what we were looking for. Creating the Site in Photoshop Step 1 First thing we did was to get a template model, we have been using a lot the 960 Grid System (http://960.gs/). So open the Photoshop Template to have the guides for reference. Step 2 We started playing with the logo and slogan, we broke the slogan in 2 lines so we could use one of the blocks as reference of width for the other texts, in this case the "the loop" block. We didn't pay attention to the text size because we were just laying down the elements. Step 3 Using the Rectangle Tool (U) we added a placeholder for the portfolio, in this case with the Abduzeedo logo. It's aligned in the center of the word "Always". Also with the Ellipse Tool (U) we created a basic navigation system inspired by the Apple iTunes Store. Step 4 Now we added a text that will describe what we do right next to our logo. For the font size we used 17. Also right next to the words "always in" we added another block of text that is a placeholder for a clients citation. Step 5 We tried to create a nice flow so the visitor would read the Logo and the text that describe our company, then our big slogan, our services and expertises with the portfolio for reference, then who we are and finally some personal projects. Step 6 A few adjustments especially the text alignments. Step 7 - Adding Colors We added a very light blue for the background and also a dark blue for the texts. Step 8 To create a nice effect on the slogan we started by adding a Drop Shadow via layer style, we used white for the color, 90º for the Angle, 1 pixel for the Distance and 0 for the Spread and Size. Also for the opacity we used 100%. After that we added the Inner Shadow. This time we used black for the color, 50% for the Opacity, 90º for the Angle, 2px for the Distance, 0 for the Choke and 1 px for the Size. Step 9 For all texts we added a white shadow like we did in the previous step. That will be done with CSS later on when we will be doing the HTML part. Step 10 We wanted to use some textures that's why we added the noise (Filter>Noise>Add Noise) on the background. We used 2% for the Amount and Gaussian. After that we added the same noise effect on the big slogan text. Step 11 With Layer Styles we added a white stroke and a shadow on thumbnails. Use the image below for reference. Final We added a few elements like the connection between the "in" and the "the". Also the quotes and the language navigation at the top. Basically this layout was used for reference for our HTML/CSS version. We did this version pretty quickly using Skype and sharing screen but we knew that a few things would change because of the texts and the versions, like the portuguese that required a new slogan. Conclusion With the layout done in Photoshop we created the HTML and CSS for the site. Most of the shadow effects were created using CSS3. Also we used Javascript for the tooltips and portfolio effects. We will publish a tutorial on how we did this part very soon. HTML sites Portuguese version with the new slogan English Details Portfolio work description Team description For more details visit the Zee website at http://zee.com.br

Beautiful Hand Drawn Websites

Illustrations are a nice way to give to your site a less formal style. With hand drawings, the style gets even less formal and also it gives to the site a super unique feel, allowing the designer to show off his/her skills. This type of element can be used for small details or even for the whole site layout. One thing is almost certainty, hand drawings will make your site looks more friendly, however it's very important to find the balance and make sure that they fit with the theme and subject of your site. In this post I will show you some beautiful hand drawn websites. They push the style close to the perfection, in my opinion, and I'd like you to pay attention to the usage, as I said, in some cases they use the hand drawings just for details, while in others, it's the whole site. I hope you like them

Super Cool Free Icon Sets

Yesterday I was looking for some icons for a project I am doing lately, and it's just great how DeviantART got some awesome free icons! It is a great place to find just the right icon to pimp your designs, so I've selected a few! These are pretty cool, and the best thing about them is that it's all free. So hurry up and go catch these great sets of icons... So, I hope you all enjoy my selection! Cheers. ;)

The Future of Web Design - New York City 2009

Next week the famous Carsonified Event "Future of Web Design" takes place in New York City and here you will see what to expect from this great event. The best web designers in the world will take place to talk about different topics that will bring up your web game to the next level. Check it out! First you need to visit the event page http://events.carsonified.com/ to get a good felling of what's going on. This year FOWD will take place in NYC on November 16th and 17th. To Find out about Event Location and Schedule visit http://events.carsonified.com/fowd/2009/nyc On November 16th you can choose from 8 different workshops to attend, here is what's on the list. Open Web Standards for the Rich Web - Molly Holzschalag Real World Accessibility for Web Designers - Derek Featherstone WordPress Theme Development for Web Designers - Elliot Jay Stocks How to Design Effective Web Content - Kristina Halvorson How to build a HTML5/CSS3 Website Today - Steve Smith Design Secrets of digg.com's User Interface - Daniel Burka How to use JQuery to Enhance your Web Design - Karl Swedberg Best Practices in Web Typography - Dan Rubin On November 17th, the Conference will take place and this is what will go on: Progressive Enrichment with CSS3 - Dan Cederhom Feedback informing design: Listening, really listening, to your users - Daniel Burka 3 Dimensional thinking for web designers - Mike Kus Accessibility in a Web 2.0 World - Derek Featherstone Stop Worrying & Get On With It: Tips and Tricks for designing for the Modern Web - Elliot Jay Stocks Partner Presentation - Bill Buxton New York Shorts: Vimeo - Blake Whiteman Familiar Futures: Making Mars Feel Like Home - Kyle Sollenberger The Long and Short of It: Panel Discussion - Liz Danzico, Jason Santa Maria, Paul Ford, and Kristina Halvorson. HTML5 Killed XHTML2: And the Mysterious Future of Markup - Molly Hozschlag FOWD Keynote: "Space: What does it mean?" Joshua Davis Meet the Speakers We’ve got some awesome speakers lined up for you this year at FOWD. Here's who we've got lined up so far. Don't forget to check back for updates to the speaker list. Click here to check the list. For all the abduzeedo users, I will be attending the event and would like to meet up with all our users that are going, leave a comment and will set it up. Last year FOWD was in New York as well and here you can watch all the content: Dan Mall The Experience Layer: Using Flash, JavaScript, and other technologies to engage users. Derek Powazek The future of community and crowd-sourced design Hillman Curtis Then minutes of Design Inspiration Mike Kus Whatever happened to the Art in Design? Nicholas Felton Charting Daily Data Nick La Finding Inspiration from your Environment Patrick Haney Web Design Fundamentals: Learning from the past to the better future Paul Boag Educating clients to say yes

Web Design in Pixelmator

The newly released Pixelmator includes a very important feature: the Slice Tool. Now we can slice and save pieces of the layout to create Web sites. That is really handy! Because of that, I decided to create a tutorial showing how to create a Web site design using Pixelmator. Step 1 Open Pixelmator, go to http://960.gs/ and download the template files. Open the PSD version so that you will have layers with guides. Select them all and go to Layer>Merge Layers. After that, fill the background layer with dark grey (#333) using the Paint Bucket Tool (N). Step 2 Go to Filter>Stylize>Noise. Use 1 for the Amount. Also make sure that Monochrome is not selected. Step 3 Add a new layer, and fill it with white, again using the Paint Bucket Tool (N). Then go to Filter>Generator>Stripes. Use 6 for the Width and 100 for the Sharpness. After that, change the Opacity to 5%. Step 4 Add a new layer, and, with the Gradient Tool (G), fill the layer with a gradient from Grey (#666) to black (#000). You will have to resize the layer as well because, when you fill the layer with the gradient, it will fill the whole area. Go to Edit>Free Transform. Step 5 Add another layer and fill it with black using the Paint Bucket Tool (N). That layer will be beneath the layer with gradient. After that, change the opacity of this layer to 70%. Step 6 Create a new layer with the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), and then fill it with white using the . Go to Edit>Free Transform (Command +F). Then resize the rectangle until you achieve a 1 pixel height line. After that, change the Opacity to 20%. Step 7 Place the logo on the header now. Use the Type Tool (T) to create the text. Step 8 Let’s import an iPhone template. You can download the PSD file at http://www.teehanlax.com/blog/?p=447. Place it in the document. Use the image below for reference. Step 9 Choose an image, and place it in front of the iPhone. Then, with the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), select the visible screen area of the iPhone and mask the image you have just imported. Step 10 Import some icons and then create blocks of text using the Type Tool (T) for the titles. Use Lucida Grande Regular, 14pt and white. For the description text, use Lucida Grande Regular, 11pt and grey (#999) Step 11 Now add a slogan, again using Lucida Grande Regular, 24pt and white for the color. Then add a little text below that, again using Lucida, but now in 14pt and grey (#999). It’s important to create a big block of content with the slogan and description aligned to the left and with the block of features. Step 12 Add the App Store Badge with some text next to it. Step 13 Add a new layer beneath the iPhone, and go to Filter>Generator>Clouds. Use black and white for the colors. Step 14 With the Eraser Tool (E), delete most of the layer, leaving just a few parts beneath the phone, as if it is smoke coming from behind it. Step 15 Add a new layer on top of the smoke layer, and fill it with dark yellow (#f88b00). Then change the Blending to Color Dodge. With the Eraser Tool (E) again, delete most of the layer, leaving just the parts over the smoke. That will create a nice flame effect. Conclusion Now, with the Slice Tool in Pixelmator, we can start creating layouts. In this tutorial, I covered basic tips such as creating a nice stripped background, subtle 3D effects, and, of course, a nice light/fire effect. Download the Pixelmator File Click here to download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial

Abduzeedo Gets a Facelift

After almost a year, we have a new design! As web designers we’re always thinking about what to change in order to make the site more friendly for those who are looking for inspiration and tutorials. Our main goal was to simplify the design and also add more white-space. The images of the articles have and always will be the main asset of the blog so we wanted to drive the user’s attention to the images and text, and less to the interface itself. That’s why we have removed the stars on the header but still kept them on the footer. Also we were very inspired by magazine designs, that explains the text overlapping the images. New Features Among the main changes on the new design we could list: Bigger images Preview image at the top of the articles More white-space Thumbnail view on the home-page Threaded conversations on the comments CSS 3 for effects (sorry IE users) Big preview image with text overlapping Thumbnails view Reply to comments Navigation In terms of navigation, we split the menu in two. The main menu consists of the most important categories on the blog: Tutorials Photoshop Illustrator Pixelmator Fireworks Quick Tips Case Studies InspirationArchitecture Illustration Photography Daily Inspiration Sites of the Week Best of the Week Popular Post Wallpapers Inspiration Meebo Bar Another great feature we added (and that we're really excited about!) is the Meebo Bar! The Meebo Bar allows you to drag and share any images of the site via Twitter, Facebook or email. Also we will be able to chat while navigating on Abduzeedo. That way we might even be able to help you guys on tutorials or any questions you might have regarding posts and so on. Meebo Bar It doesn't just stop there. Abduzeedo is always under development. We try to learn as much as we can from you and we’re always open to suggestions. Our idea is always to make the experience as better and simpler as possible. We still have some features up our sleeves that will be released very soon! One thing I can reveal right now is that our iPhone app is 95% done ;) iPhone app is coming Also we want to mention and thank our hosting (mt) Media Temple for the great support during the redesign process, we were working with the 2 versions and sometimes doing crazy things but they guys over at Media Temple kept Abduzeedo up and running.

Web Design: Grain Texture

I'm designing my new portfolio, and lately I've been checking many sites to get somekind of reference for inspiration. One of the main style that I've check as a cool trend is the Grain Texture, that can be done really easily in Fireworks. So I've made a list of sites that use this simple, yet awesome texture! Also, do you guys know anymore sites that "wear" this texture? If you do, tell us! Leave a comment! I hope you enjoy these! Cheers! ;) Radium "Radium is an internet marketing agency specializing in SEO, SEM and social media marketing. We provide a high level of interactive consulting services that deliver measurable results. With a holistic approach to online marketing, we ensure technical alignment with strategic objectives and create winning online campaigns that succeed in an ever-changing environment. We have offices in Austin TX and Boston MA." Mark Jardine "I’m the designer for Tapbots, a tiny iPhone & Mac software company. When I’m not pushing pixels, I like to take pictures, draw, and play with cars." MetaLab "We are an interface design agency, we have been in business since 2006, we work from two different countries, we strive for pixel-pixel perfection, we believe simple is beautiful." atebits "atebits – suspiciously simple software" Bohemian Coding "Although I use the plural everywhere when I talk about Bohemian Coding, there's only one person in this company. Bohemian Coding was founded early 2008 in the Netherlands and is being run by Pieter Omvlee. We develop a number of great (at least in our opinion) shareware applications for Mac OS X and have many things planned for the future." Utterly Ingenious Digital "UiDIGITAL continue to provide full digital services that are invaluable to our business. Having engaged UiDIGITAL for a Strategic review of our web activities, we continued to a successful re-launch of our site, with an immediate upturn in performance. Not only that, but UiDIGITAL deployed a simple system that lets us update our own site at last!" Note & Point "A gallery devoted to making your Keynote and Powerpoint presentations look that much better." Shadowbox.js "Shadowbox is an online media viewer application that supports all of the web's most popular media publishing formats. Shadowbox is written entirely in JavaScript and CSS and is highly customizable. Using Shadowbox, website authors can showcase a wide assortment of media in all major browsers without navigating users away from the linking page." Robert Alan "I'm truly first and foremost a Web designer. From the moment I created my first table-based site in 2000, I was hooked. Since then, I've bootstrapped my way to standards-based design with XHTML and CSS. There is nothing I love more than the feeling of working an original, hand-crafted Photoshop comp into fresh, validated code." Jason Stockman "The design process involves heavy research and analysis of competing sites for your niche to uncover the best ways to improve the user experience." Make Film Work "I specialize in shooting. It's what I love. Give me a camera and I'll get to work. I'm also an experienced Final Cut Pro editor, having logged hundreds of hours over dozens of projects. I've worked on everything from sixty-second business spotlights all the way to feature films. If you've got it, I can cut it."

55 Beautiful Green Layouts in Web Design

And continuing the series 'Beautiful Layouts in Web Design', today is all about green! As any other color, green has tons of beautiful shades... sometimes it's even a bit hard being sure that it's green that we are looking at. But anyways, here is a great selection of Green Layouts for you to enjoy and get inspired about. Once again you will find here a bit of everything: flash, html, drupal, etc. It's amazing the enourmous amount of good and beautiful websites we can find out there. There are for sure a lot of talented and creative designers and for sure many other great sites that are not listed here. So if you have anything to share, go ahead!! For this selection I browsed around: CSS Gallery - Design Shack, cssperk, CSS Import and Best CSS Gallery between some other sources such as deviantART. So I recommend you to check out these places, they have several websites to show. And also, click at the images to visit the websites we will show here... Hope you like it! :) And in case you have a suggestion for a next post (another color, style, etc), let me know via twitter.com/GisMullr. Aenemya - Digital art and web design portfolio of Marie 'kReEsTaL' Guillaumet Eco Environments Ltd Freelance Switch onehub Visual Elixir lionite portfolio devthought Nathan Sanders markup4U quadrifolia psdtolife mint Silverbackapp e-invent Pink Cactus coldcactus SprintBio Monk Development The Foster Mobley Group QueroMedia Simply Invoices Create a Revolution Stormlab frexy Mint: A Fresh Look at your Site graphiceyedea Bepeck Envato Essences d'ici et d'ailleurs RIPIE6 CSS Mania ASDA Financial Services CSS Import Sprouter Big Cartel Sofitek Lilly's Table I Avion Crazy Xhtml LAQED hrasti Lipton Green Mint Nybble Tech Lisa Bun Green Infrastructureinc And some samples from deviantART (under development) by KRoNiC-fx by SencerBugrahan by pho3nix-bf by spaka by koenigpersoenlich by gajdoslevente by detrans by BuBBaspa Suggested by @earthdesigner EMOTIONS by Mike Christine Galvin Design Green Any Site

52 Beautiful Blue Layouts in Web Design

One of the things that I like most about web design is its results... yeap, I love to see great designed websites, and for sure we can find a bunch of those out there. Today we will show some beautiful blue layouts in web design. At this selection you will find a bit of everything: flash, html, drupal, etc. As I'm looking around for some inspiration for my personal site (that I'm putting together) and I know that everybody loves to check out a good design, I decided to make this selection to show you. Most of the sites from this selection were found at CSS Gallery - Design Shack and cssperk between some other sources, so I recommend you to check out these places. And also, click at the images to visit the websites we will show here... Hope you like it! :) And in case you have a suggestion for a next post (another color, style, etc), let me know via twitter.com/GisMullr. Lucino & Gene Abogados Best Electrical Safe Driving Academy Envira Media Inc Bartelme Design Maniac Monkey Media Tropical Sky Diving Graham McDonnell Glacial Multimedia dgerelo CSS Garden Alex Swanson ZCOPE Ballpark cmsthatsuitsyou.co.uk MonAssoc FeedStitch Kosh Creative EyeDraw Owltastic leihu.com Bluedots Design Thermometer App Have you flossed today? Sourcebits Istanbul Dental Works Insight Studios reichweite.cc marketing-informatico.com nclud nitobi Amit Khera Squared Eye Post Box Sohtanaka Drupalcon nys.wri sIFRvault Koves Technologies LLC Blue Bonnet Cafe Ahlera Jack Flavored Rums Opal Cove Resort dg web design portfolio nirmal Sphere Powerset LocalSearch in a Box Carron Media Design Disease Designed by Fabio "abduzeedo" Sasso, Eduardo Sasso & Fabiano Meneghetti Openjobs Sikbox

Big Fonts in Web Design

Web design has its own limitation, and us, web designers, have been working and learning how to overcome these constraints to create better solutions. Typography is our most important asset and we're seeing that designers are applying old concepts that they've learned from print design and applying to web design, in the right way. That's why we've been seeing more and more big contrasts in font sizes. In this post we selected some pages that we have for inspiration to show you that.

Web Design: Awesome Magazine Style Sites

It's been a time since we had a web design post. There's one trend that I find really awesome and I enjoy very much everytime I find a site featuring this style. Magazine style sites are usually very beautiful and well design, and here are some examples. From Fubiz to Justin Timberlake's site, these are great inspirations for every designer. There's not much to talk about it, so if you know any more of these magazine style sites, please, drop a comment! We'd love to check it. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. Cheers! ;) One Nation Magazine Zaum & Brown Justin Timberlake B I G K I D Food Tease We are hunted Typographica Iinsight CreativeDepart The Book Cover Archive UGSMAG J Taylor Design Kosh Creative IndiePit Fubiz Filtersage Sexxx Church Cleveland Clinic Sower of Seeds

Web Site Design Tutorial: Wellknown.as Case

Last month I met some guys that are working on a really nice project that involved an iPhone app. So they invited me to design the web site, called Wellknown.as. I loved the idea and started looking for references and inspiration so I could start the design itself. So in this tutorial I will show you a little bit of how I created it using Fireworks. Of course you can do the same thing in Photoshop, the commands will change a bit but the process is practically the same. Design References Step 1 The first thing to do is of course have a concept in mind of what you want to do. In my case the guys over at Wellknow.as told me exactly what they wanted for the layout. Also I used a CSS Framework and the Fireworks template. You can download it at http://960.gs/ Step 2 With the Rectangle Tool (U) create a new rectangle with the document size. For the Color use Solid and #191D22. Then on the Properties Panel, click on the Add Icon (+) and select Add Noise. Use 1 for the Amount. Step 3 With the Rectangle Tool (U) create another rectangle but make it like a stripe starting on 200 pixels in the Y axis. For the Color use #1c202a. Step 4 Click on the Add and to to Shadow and Glow > Inner Shadow. Use 0 for the distance, 40% for the Opacity, 1 for the Blur and 270º for the Angle. Step 5 Click again on the Add icon and choose Shadow and Glow>Drop Shadow. Use 0 for the Distance, 65% Opacity, 4 for the Blur. The angle won't make any difference because the Distance is 0. Step 6 Now again let's add some noise so the rectangle won't have that solid color, but instead a nice plastic feeling. Step 7 Here I placed the iPhone image right in the center of the image as it was sitting on. They didn't want to show the interface of the app right now so that angle was perfect. Step 8 Duplicate the layer and go to Modify>Transform>Flip Vertical. Then change the Opacity to 50% and go to Modify>Mask>Reveal All. With the Gradient Tool (G) select the black and white preset and apply it on the layer mask. What is white will be visible and what is black transparent. So, create the famous wet floor effect. Step 9 Add a new rectangle with the Rectangle Tool and fill it with a gradient using white for the both colors. Just change the opacities one will be 100% (1) and the other 0%(2). Use the Gradient Tool (G) to apply the gradient in a angle of 90º. Step 10 To create the light effect it was very easy. With the Ellipse Tool (U) create an ellipse, then use white for the color and change the Edge to Feather and 100 for the value (1). After that just change the Blend Mode to Overlay (2). Step 11 Now duplicate to make the light stronger. Also add different ellipses to make the light effect more realistic. Another thing that is very important is to play with the opacities. Use 50-60% for the new ellipses. Step 11 For the slogan, I used Arial 35px for the typeface because Arial is the iPhone's font, and a gradient from a light grey to white. Also I added a shadow using 1px for the Distance, 90% for the Opacity, 1 for the Blur and 90º for the Angle. Step 12 With the Round Rectangle Tool (U) create a rectangle, fill it with grey and change the opacity to 80% (1). The with the Rectangle Tool (U) create another rectangles but beneath the grey one. Also make it smaller (2). Again with the Round Rectangle Tool (U) create another element (3). Then select the 2 round rectangles and go to Modify>Combine Path>Punch. Select all elements and group them. After that add a noise like in the first steps. Step 13 With the Line Tool (N) create a line then go to Modify>Mask>Reveal All. Select the gradient tool and the black white preset with oval for the type and paint over the layer mask. That way the edges will fade. Step 14 With the Ellipse Tool (U) add an ellipse in black and change the Edge to Feather and use 60 for the amount. Then with mask, hide the part below the line. To do that is super simple, create a rectangle with the area you want to show and go to Edit>Cut. Then select the ellipse and go to Modify>Mask>Paste as Mask. Step 15 Repeat the same process to mask the Id Card. Step 16 Now let's add the lanyard. Again repeat the same process to mask it. Also add a little shadow to the card and lanyard. Step 17 Place some icons on the left column and it's time to add the content. Step 18 Make the guides visible so we can have a visual reference to create the columns and place the content. That will be really important when you code the CSS. Conclusion The layout is done, I need to do a few adjustments to make the slicing process a little bit easier but we have the whole home-page created. The design process was quite simple even the tools and filters we used, the most important thing was to define the concept before going to the tool. The same thing could be done in Photoshop or a different tool, however, with Fireworks we have the super useful vector capabilities and the non-destructive filters that make the process much easier. Also the way we can play with gradients in Fireworks is simply unbeatable. Click the image to visit the web site

Web Design: 22 Great Drupal Sites

For some time now, I'm getting to know Drupal, a really powerful, open source cms. With it, it's possible to do virtually any kind of site you want, and it's great for magazine style sites. If you don't know, Abduzeedo is made on Drupal. Equipped with a powerful blend of features, Drupal supports a variety of websites ranging from personal weblogs to large community-driven websites. So I went through the internet, looking for some nice sites made on Drupal, and for my surprise, it looks like people don't explore it too much, making mostly magazine, journal style sites. Anyways, here's a selection of sites, and at the bottom, the sites made by our staff. Sites made by our staff