How To Make Your Blog A Time Lasting Brand

September 28th, 2009 | 7 Comments | Posted in Various

Back in 2003 when I started my very first blog on a free hosted solution, things were simpler. In 2009 there is an entire industry based around the mighty blogosphere. Now, in order to succeed, you must keep track of social networking accounts, comments, SE rankings, analytics stats and more.

This makes the problem of establishing your blog as a time lasting brand even harder, so here are some tips on how you can do it in 2009. These are simple tips that will help make your blog a memorable brand.

We are going to cover how to build an authoritarian social presence, learning new writing skills, moderation techniques, identifying reader needs and requests, design concepts, commenting, building a elevator pitch and some nice general tips and tricks.

First Things First, The Elevator Pitch

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30 Awesome Examples of Using Cartoons in Web Design

September 27th, 2009 | 6 Comments | Posted in Inspiration

Web designers are always on the look out for new ways to be creative with their designs. Using cartoons or illustrations in web design is a great way to create a memorable impression. These days cartoons can be seen in logos, headers, banners and backgrounds. Occasionally entire websites are based on cartoon characters. Using your own cartoon character to represent yourself is a growing trend and can be found in the portfolios of many web designers. Today we are showcasing creative web designs using cartoons/illustrations.

So here’s a list of 30 Awesome Examples of Cartoons in Web Design. Hope you like them all!

1. Brian Handley Design

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Interviews With 10 Great Web Designers Under 21

September 24th, 2009 | 14 Comments | Posted in Web Design

Over the past couple of weeks I have had the opportunity to chat with numerous great web and graphic designers from around the world. These people all have a few things in common: they are all talented designers, they are earning money by doing what they love, though most importantly they are all under 21 years of age. I highly recommend taking a read through the interviews as they are quite insightful and who knows, you might learn a thing or two.

Name: Blake Tallos
Age: 20
Website: http://www.cssispoetry.com
Hometown: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
Currently Reside: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

When did you start designing as a hobby and then for a living?

I started designing websites when I was a freshman in High school. I did a few projects for my school and it brought a lot of attention onto me and people were pleased with my work. I became more interested in this field and have learned a lot from it.
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8 Great Ways To Display Information To Web Users

September 23rd, 2009 | 9 Comments | Posted in Web Design

Fancyzoom, Shadowbox, Lightbox2, Mediabox, Highslide There are loads of great pop-up galleries, “lightbox” clones and mediaboxes around that are freely available to web designers. All can usually display images and text, and some html and video embeds.

Here we run through some of our favorites and looking forward to seeing your sites with these great tools in place.

Lightbox 2

The sequel to the original “lightbox” is compatible in all modern browsers, lightweight and easy to install. You can even add fancy pants transitions and group the images into sets.

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http://www.huddletogether.com/projects/lightbox2/

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How To Create Professional Looking Website Layout With Photoshop

September 21st, 2009 | 6 Comments | Posted in Photoshop

Want to design a professional looking website template using Photoshop. In this tutorial, we will learn how to design a web 2.0 type business template layout in Adobe Photoshop. I have made tutorial step by step with all images to make you understand very easily. I will try to mention each and every thing need to understand the design.

This is how our final layout will look.

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