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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
After a really long time, we're bringing back our Web Design series. I had this in mind since the our last post in this series, but since we were exploring new areas, we didn't have the opportunity until now! This color will just pop out from any layout! I went through hundreds of site to find these... so, to inspire you guys, I've made a selection of some really good orange sites! I really hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;)
During the weekend I decided to work on the iPhone version of Abduzeedo. Firstly I thought that only a few tweaks in the CSS file would be enough, but it was a bit more complicated than that. However, there are quite a few ways to create a nice iPhone version for your site using services like Mobify.me. In my case, I decided to build a new Drupal theme from scratch. Before going straight to the code, I looked for some examples of good sites optimized for the iPhone. A really cool site to use as reference is the http://cssiphone.com, it's full of screenshots of the coolest iPhone sites out there. So here's my selection, hope you enjoy it.
One of the most enjoyable moments for a web designer is coding CSS. It's such a nice language that it actually gets fun to work with it... style your pages and actually watching your designs gain life and forms. But sometimes, a little help is welcome. Even being a fun thing to do, sometimes you run into some problems, trying to find the right way to get a certain look. But for our sake, there are many many great sites out there that help us during these times, such as the great CSS Play, Smashing Magazine, and others. Taking a quick ride thru my Delicious, I took a look at some of my CSS tag favorites, and I'd like to share them with you. These are really resourceful articles, worth the visit. From tools to simple techniques that will help you at some point. Hope you all enjoy these!! Cheers. ;) 50 Extremely Useful And Powerful CSS Tools 12 CSS Tools and Tutorials for Beautiful Web Typography 101 CSS Techniques Of All Time- Part 1 53 CSS-Techniques You Couldn’t Live Without Powerful CSS-Techniques For Effective Coding 25 Code Snippets for Web Designers (Part1) 25 Code Snippets for Web Designers (Part2) 25 Code Snippets for Web Designers (Part3) CSS Dock Menu Most used CSS tricks
When you check a nice designed web site, is kinda frustrating when you realize they didn't get a cool footer. Each has its body, and the footer is such an important part of it that I just can't understand how come people don't spend time designing it properly. It's really awesome when you surf the web and run into some cool footers... and here's a brief selection of some I found. Hope you like it! Cheers. ;) Tickerville Viget Labs Dale Harris Meet Crush + Lovely Brad Colbow Sarah Longnecker Fubiz The White House Kontain Kitfolio Sprocket House Fabio Carneiro Matthias Schütz
"Less is more". That's what some people say... and they might be right. Usually, minimalistic sites are really beautiful, and even with few elements, they deliver us their message, and that's just what we need. Even though we really like checking some cool sites with lots of elements, minimalistic sites tend to be more straight to the point, what give 'em lots of points. Also, these sites look really fancy like that. Anyways, here is my selection on minimalistic sites. Hope you all like it. Cheers! ;)
Every day I go through a lot of blogs and I always try to notice and understand why they display their post the way they do, so I decided to share with you guys by selecting a couple good blogs and talk about how they display their posts on the main page. Well, surfing on the web you can find thousands of blogs about everything and most of them will have different designs and different ways to display their posts on the main page, this is what we are going to talk about on this post. The most important thing about blogs and what make them be a good or not it's the blog's content, independent of it's look and style the blog content is definitely the main thing on a blog, even if you got the best looking blog on earth and don't have a good content there is no way your blog will succeed. You may think it's not but the way the posts are displayed on the front page can set you blog from being successful or not. You have to adapt the way you display your content to a couple things so you can fit the design and structure to it's content. I know there should be at least a little bit of study behind that for each blog, but sometimes it doesn't happen that way. I'm going to be showing a couple samples and talk about it so we can get a better knowledge about it. The things you see in most on the blogs when displaying their post is: (It does not always come in this order) Post Title Post Description Thumbnail Date Author Tags Category Comments Read More These are the most common things you see on a post display and I think it's good to have it all but in the right way depending on your needs, let's see how others do so we can get a good idea, I selected 3 big blogs that most of us know to show how they work. SmashingMagazine http://www.smashingmagazine.com/ As most of us know, this is a blog that has very useful and innovative information for designers and Web developers and it's very interesting the way they display their post, very different from most blogs. SmashingMagazine have very big and complex posts, because of that they don't post many times a day like a lot of blogs do, but I would say they post around 7 times a week and the way they display each post on the main page is very important, the index fit's 8 posts so if you come to the blog one time a week you are able to see everything they posted for that week without having to look any further. Because of the fact that they don't post all the time they make each post very known on the main page by using a very big way to display what they have, I would say that's a very smart move and it fits their need very well. They use a big title with the color green, a color there can't be seen anywhere else in the blog because that way when you see the big green letters what comes to your mind is that a new post is starting, and also is very well used to drive the readers attention to the post which is great. To follow that they have a very simple line that starts with a little icon to represent time and date and also has in light color text the name of the author, the date of the post, a link for the category and the number of comments. Notice that the category link has a lighter color than the usual links of the blog. After that comes a big description of the post where they use bold font to highlight the main words of the description since they have such a big post description, their thumbnail comes in between the description and it's always very direct, it doesn't take the whole width space and it comes in different sizes depending on the posts. To finish up a read more link (notice that if you click on the title or on the thumb it will also take you to the post) When the main element of a post it is the written content, the post description plays a big part and a lot of times it's even the begging of the written post, focused on that you need a nicely written description and remember that the post title is even more important because people want to know what they reading about. Also remember to put a thumb that doesn't take a lot of attention because thumbs attract eyes and clicks to see the full post. Fubiz http://fubiz.net/ Fubiz is a french blog that brings great design inspiration and has a very elegant way to display their posts. Fubiz has a simple but very elegant way to display their posts, it's a very busy blog with an average of 16 posts a week and it's main page fit's 12 posts. The posts start with the title in a darker text color than the rest of it and to help drive some attention it comes with a little vertical pink bar just enough to put you eyes in the right place to start reading the post. The title is followed by a small post description with light color text because the blog content is mostly images so the description is there but doesn't really need to be read. The thumbnail is the most important thing on their post, it takes the whole width and vary on the height. Having a good thumb up front is a big step for having a successful post. After that comes a link to read more, but you can also go to the post page by clicking on the title or the thumb. To finish up they display their tags highlighted and it's also a link for that tag, and a simple line starting with a icon that represents date and time followed by the author, and the date of the post. Their post has one extra thing that shoes how many votes their post have represented by a heart and the number of votes. On the right bottom part you can see an icon with the number of comments which make that stand out a little and maybe encourage people to read more and go on to the post page by the number of comments. For a inspiration website the main focus is the inspiration which are the images. That makes the thumbnail the main element on the posts so it's good to get a decent size thumb. PSD Tuts http://psd.tutsplus.com/ PSD Tuts is a very well known tutorial blog that post the best of photoshop tuts. The way they display their post is very cool, everything is always the same changing only the content. They post an average of 7 times a week and their main page fits 10 posts. What comes first on their post is a 200x200 pixels thumbnail on the left side and all the rest of the post info comes on the right side. Continuing on the right side we have a big post title with darker color and also big comment icon with the number of comments, I think if the blogs get a lot of comments it's good to show off the way they do, it also helps attract more readers, Under the title comes the line with the date, category, and author's name. I don't like the way this line has a red background because it takes a lot of attention and it's not the main thing that people look forward to see. Following that is a short description of the post in light color text and italic font, it comes out to be the most simple thing about the post. To finish up a Continue Reading link that is placed on the end and stands out after the light text description which is good. When it comes to tutorials, most people tend to see the title and the thumb because they want to see what is the tutorial all about and what the result looks like, very important to focus on these two elements More Samples Conclusion The main goal of a blog is to have it's posts viewed as many times as possible, and to make their posts very famous you have to make the very best display of each post. The blog content should play a good role on how you are going to display the posts on your blog. Hope this was useful information, I want to start writing more about this stuff and if you would like to hear more make you comment, any questions and suggestions are more than welcome. Thank you,
Collage is a cool style that deserves attention. Assembling random images to built a good looking site is one though task, but there are those who manage to do a fantastic job, worth of being showcased here. These examples bellow are really awesome, and show us the wide range of styles we get within collage. And please, don't forget to visit them!! They'll appreciate it. Cheers! ;)