Category Archives: Design Resources

Setting Up a Quality Website

The success of your business is heavily based on how well it's marketed. As the internet becomes ingrained in our daily lives, having a website has become a key part of a successful marketing campaign. While most people think that only large businesses are capable of having nice, professional websites, there are many tools available now that allow anyone to gain a top-notch spot on the web. You can even do it without spending tons of money on a web developer or graphic designer. Keep reading this article and I'll explain the tools you can use to make a quality website.

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60+ Beautiful Websites Showcasing Minimalist Design

Minimalism in design means removing the unnecessary elements and focus on simplicity. Minimalist design has been applied in different field such as visual art, music, architecture as well as wed design. It is highly influenced by Japanese traditional design, where it doesn’t have fancy colors or effects , and focus only on the fundamental features.…
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12 Free and High-Res Grungy Wall Textures

In this freebie, we share with you 12 free grungy wall textures that you can use on your future design projects in an innumerable amount of ways. They have a liberal Creative Commons license so that you can use them in any manner you choose, whether it’s personal or commercial. They come in various dimensions…
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This Is a Photoshop and It Blew My Mind

PhotoSketch is an internet-based program that can take the rough, labeled sketch and automatically turn it into a naff montage. According to authors, their software can take any rough sketch, with the shape of each element labeled with its name, find images corresponding to each drawn element, judge which are a better match to the…
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Hacker Tip | Hide Your IP Address

Are you safe on the Internet? Do you feel as all your personal information is secured behind a firewall on your computer? Well, thing is that you are not. As soon as someone has your true IP address they can find out just about everything about you. Even down to the exact street your at…
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Grid design basics: Grids for Web page layouts

Since tables were co-opted for layout purposes, columns have become key to many Web design layouts, and this thinking continued when CSS took over from tables (at least in the minds of savvy designers) for Web-page presentation. However, other fields of layout design don’t think in arbitrary columns, they work with grids, and these form…
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Amazing Drawings from Cataclysm-X

Nicolien Beerens, aka Cataclysm-X on deviantART, is a 21 years old self-taught artist from Netherlands. She likes all sort of arts: traditional art, digital art, poetry and writing! I found Nicolien's work at deviantART (while searching for some House Md. artworks) and loved it. Her drawings are amazing... full of details, personality, beautiful lines and…
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Learning jQuery: 11 excellent resources

Blog posts with tons of jQuery scripts are pretty cool, but you’ll have to know how to use them first. To be able to use these scripts, you’ll have to learn jQuery first. For that, here is a list of the best resources for learning how to use the javascript framework. View article source
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5 Ways to Use Twitter to Kill Your Business

There are lots of people out there with pretty strong opinions about how Twitter should and should not be used, particularly from a business standpoint. I’m of the opinion that Twitter is a flexible medium that you can mold, twist and bend to fit your individual needs; it’s there for you to use however you…
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30+ Coolest Free Premium Blogger Templates

Today some of our fellow bloggers decided to stay with Blogger platform, so really nice wordpress themes are converted to Blogger Templates. Some are so nicely done, you won’t be able to tell if it’s a Blogger or Wordpress. View article source
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101 High Quality CSS And XHTML Free Templates And Layouts: Part 1

If You have been following to latest articles, I compiled 43 PSD to XHTML, CSS Tutorials article some time ago. This should be considered as next step to web development process. There are a lot of really professional and high quality XHTML, CSS templates available for free – if You are familiar with coding, You…
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40 Free PSD Website Templates

Starting from scratch on a new web-design project can be tough for the beginner and even the advanced user when the ideas aren’t coming. A quick fix for this can be to start with a template as the foundation. It can be dissected for quick learning and can spark ideas that you may not have…
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99 High-Quality Free (X)HTML/CSS Templates

As you already familiar with the fact that your website represents you and your brand. It’s up to you how you set-up your website. Just because WordPress themes tend to get a lot of exposure and attention in the design community these days, It doesn’t mean basic (X)HTML/CSS templates are ugly, cluttered, and boring. You can…
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33 WordPress Plugins To Power Up Your Comment Section

33 Wordpress plugins, which can be used effectively to power up and evolve comment form possibilities and security. If programming is not your strongest side, then such automatized plugins will be irreplaceable for your blog. View article source
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Xobni Brings Twitter To Your Inbox

Earlier tonight, Xobni quietly released, at least to some users, a new version of its Outlook plug-in that brings Twitter streams into your email in an intelligent way. Instead of acting like any other Twitter client and showing you the full stream of everyone you follow, it shows you only the recent Tweets of the person whose email…
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Ink Blots: 20 High Resolution Photoshop Brushes

There are very few things more satisfying than converting a boring, clean design into amessy grunge layout. There are tons of ways to do this using brushes; sprays, drips, and splatters are all excellent brush types to use in a grunge design but if you’ve researchedgrunge design you have probably noticed that those types of brushes are…
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Taming Advanced CSS Selectors

CSS is one of the most powerful tools that is available to web designers (if not the most powerful). With it we can completely transform the look of a website in just a couple of minutes, and without even having to touch the markup. But despite the fact that we are all well aware of its…
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15 Great jQuery Plugins For Better Table Manipulation

DataTables uiTableFilter Scrollable HTML Table Tablesorter Flexigrid HeatColor JQTreeTable Ingrid jQuery ColumnManager plugin jQuery treeTable CSV2Table Table Pagination jQuery TableRowCheckboxToggle Table Drag and Drop jQuery plugin uiTableEdit Find downloadable links here
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30 Horrific Commercial Photoshop Disasters

Here’s a collection of horrific commercial Photoshop disasters made by professional graphic designers, who have made a poor job of not paying attention to detail when it comes to retouching photos. Check out original source
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10 Tips To Help Freelancers Prioritize Tasks

Being a freelance designer brings a lot of challenges to the daily work aside from the expected design-related issues. Running your own business means that you’ll have to deal with finances, customer service, marketing and every other aspect of the business on top of the design or development work that produces an income. For many…
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New free social icons vector set!

Here is a new free social icons vector set, which consists of 16 popular icons, available in both vector and PNG (64×64 pixels) format. Free for any use Download from here
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Practical Tips for Taking Design Inspiration without Copying

Designers of all kinds rely on inspiration for their work in order to achieve their best results. Inspiration can come from just about anywhere, but for web designers who are online virtually all day it frequently comes from gallery sites, design blogs, or just websites that you come across in other ways. The amount of…
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Recent Web Designs that Don’t Follow Recent Trends

Last month I wrote an article on why design trends don’t have to completely disappear, explaining why design trends should live on beyond their acceptance. However, we are now starting to see designs that don’t follow any popular recent trends. What makes the following examples great is that they stand out from the crowd and…
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10 Cool Non-Design Blogs You Should Check for Daily Inspiration

I know, I know, your RSS reader is more crowded than the gadget mall in China, but please – don’t hesitate to check out these websites. Most of them are not even related to design, but there’s a chance to inspire you more than the others. As usual, feel free to share other suggestions in…
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WordPress Hacks and Tweaks to Visually Empower Your Website

One of the best thing about Wordpress is that the various type of customization it allows. Some little items on a website can make it look unprofessional, busy and constricted. With custom-fields, plugins and hacks you can truly make your wordpress site function the way you want. In this post, we share some hacks and…
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10 Absolute Best Web Design Galleries

You’ve probably realized by now that the internet is overflowing with web design galleries. So I thought I would take some time to share with you my list of the 10 best Web Design Galleries out there. Feel free to let us know what your favorite galleries are. Check out original source
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IE6 and IE7 Solution for Vista and Windows 7 users

In my desperate search for a solution to make my Windows 7 support the older versions of IE, i found this site - http://www.my-debugbar.com/wiki/IETester/HomePage - . It's a smooth solution for running degrading browsers from Microsoft. (more…)
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70+ Awesome Free Textures and Texture Sets

Textures are used more often than one may think and in fact they are essential building blocks for designers. The reason why most people are not aware that textures are being used everywhere is that textures usually remain in the background or fade into other elements, supporting the overall design. This way textures are used…
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270+ Sets Free And Beautiful Watercolor Textures

Both grunge and watercolor effects are really cool and hot in web design industrial. There are a lot of website backgrounds using watercolor effect. Some people may think watercolor and grunge effects are “dirty”, but if you are able to mix the design with these effects, then you will have a beautiful layout which able…
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40 + simple and elegant business card designs

The business card is the first thing that is exchanged when meeting a new potential client or business contact. Even in new world of digital media, the business card is still an important piece of initial exchange in the world of commerce. Lately, I have noticed that many business cards today are being designed with…
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How to Design the Web in a High-Def World

One of the first design considerations a web designer has to make is the resolution that the project is going to be built in. Will the site be optimized for 800×600 systems? 1024? Will the width be fluid or fixed? Will it work for mobile devices? There are certainly a lot more screen resolutions to…
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Vital Tips For Effective Logo Design

There have been numerous creative logo design showcases, logo design resources and logo design tutorials posted across the Web. While these help you to create a powerful toolbox for your logo designs, first you need to gain a solid understanding of what makes a logo design good and what you need to consider before starting…
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20 jQuery Plugins and Tutorials to Enhance Forms

In this post we have a selection of jQuery plugins and tutorials for enhancing and aiding in the development of the dreaded form area. There are the always important validation plugins, plugins that will give the form added functionality (stretching text-areas, auto-tabbing…) and also plugins that will help you to style the form exactly as…
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35 Original and Creative Free Twitter Icon Sets

Most Twitter “Follow Me” buttons and icons are boring (look at mine, very dull),souless and cliched. How about something with some creativity, originality and a little bit of charcter. In this post that is exactly what you will find, 35 Original and Creative Twitter Icon Sets. Check out original source
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60 Stunning Satellite Photos of Earth

Looking at nature from different perspectives can create stunning compositions for your photographs. This couldn’t be more true than when we look at our planet from outer space and appreciate the reality of its beauty from such an incredible and rarely seen perspective. Check out original source
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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:…
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30 Creative Adverts For Your Inspiration

The world is full of advertising these days. Everywhere you go, adverts appear. Even in our video games! But there are a small minority of clever adverts that make you think twice. The creators of these adverts really thought outside the box. If you want to share any other creative advertising campaigns (there are loads…
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40 Free Unique Cartoon And Comic Fonts

Have you ever feel that traditional fonts are a little too boring and plain for your designs and artworks? Ever wanted to use fonts that are funkier, stylish and fun to look at? Check out original source
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30 PSDs of Outstanding Digital Paintings

I am reading and surfing around for design news and resources everyday. As usual, I will like to share my best findings here with the 10Steps.SG community. Today I found a whole new design portal over at ZCOOL. This site is gathering all the best Chinese artists to share their works and free downloadables. Check…
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60 Free, Yet Premium Quality WordPress Magazine News Themes

It happened so, that I’ve got 2 Wordpress related articles in the row. Again I worked very hard on this one post this time offering 60 really premium like Wordpress magazine news themes. Such themes are very handy if you have to display a lot of information on your site. For example this site should…
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10 Mini-Tips and Tricks in JavaScript for Beginners

As I have previously stated in prior posts, JavaScript is the one of the most utilized programming languages, because a large majority of the browsers are compatible with it and make use of it. JavaScript has become very accepted, very quickly, because it is so straightforward and has a wide-range of capabilities. Check out original…
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101 Helpful Tips and Tricks for Freelancers

As a freelancer, you are in total control of what you do with your time, who you work for, how you work, and when you work. You control all aspects of marketing, and servicing your clients. That is why it is the ultimate goal of a freelancer to reach a state where their work flow…
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40+ Awesome Tutorials and Techniques For WordPress Theme Developers

Wordpress is getting more and more popular and that tons of blogs are powered by it. The community around Wordpress is excellent providing free themes and plugings in nearly any form ans shape to meet your specific needs. Further on you can achieve amazing things if you know a few Wordpress hacks and have learned…
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