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Friday, October 12, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About Software Patent Applications

You have a great new idea for what you hope is the next big app. You did your research and you could not find anything out there that is even remotely similar. You have brought together investors and are working with a team of developers and now you are wondering whether you can protect your idea by securing a patent. But is it patentable? Can you patent an idea for software?


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Python Image Processing in Computational Photography | Toptal

Python Image Processing in Computational Photography | Toptal: "Computational photography is about enhancing the photographic process with computation. While we normally tend to think that this applies only to post-processing the end result (similar to photo editing), the possibilities are much richer since computation can be enabled at every step of the photographic process—starting with the scene illumination, continuing with the lens, and eventually even at the display of the captured image."

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Best Free UI Icons and Button Sets

Best Free UI Icons and Button Sets: "When it comes to web design, the devil is in the details. Icons and buttons play an important role in the design of a website or app. It could mean the difference between a good user experience versus a clunky one. For designers, finding a good user interface kit is like finding treasure. It’s akin to a geologist finding a really cool rock in his backyard."

Monday, December 04, 2017

Design Thinking – Great Questions Lead to Great Design | Toptal

Design Thinking – Great Questions Lead to Great Design | Toptal: "Great designers help teams and stakeholders make better decisions by using questions to identify opportunities, reveal underlying needs, and understand user context."

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Stay Cool: Take Design Feedback Strategically | Toptal

Stay Cool: Take Design Feedback Strategically | Toptal: "Design is part art and part science. You’re applying your skills and knowledge to solve specific problems and, very often, to support the goals of your clients as well as your end users. At each stage of a project, designers should receive—and should welcome—thoughtful feedback that will help them arrive at an optimal design solution."

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Design Delightful Experiences for the Internet of Things | Toptal

Design Delightful Experiences for the Internet of Things | Toptal: "One of the next technological revolutions on the horizon is the emerging platform of the Internet of Things (IoT). The core of its promise is a world where household appliances, cars, trucks, trains, clothes, medical devices and, much more would be connected to the internet via smart sensors capable of sensing and sharing information."

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Saturday, April 01, 2017

The End of Sandboxes: Changing the Unit of Design | Toptal

The End of Sandboxes: Changing the Unit of Design | Toptal: "Anyone working in design and technology—and probably anyone living in the modern world—will have noticed the swiftness with which we went from using terms like the “World Wide Web” to “The Internet of Things.”"

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Color Supply - A Hex Color Generator

Color Supply - A Hex Color Generator: "COLOR SUPPLY
The best color combinations from designers

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Essential Elements of Modern Web Design

The Essential Elements of Modern Web Design: "Modern web design for the 21st century is very different from what we were working with back in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Simply put, we have come a long way in the last 15 years"

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

The Webinar Blog: Colorstock Flips The Stock Photo Ethnic Balance

The Webinar Blog: Colorstock Flips The Stock Photo Ethnic Balance: "Colorstock Flips The Stock Photo Ethnic Balance

I just learned about a stock photography site called Colorstock (www.getcolorstock.com). It features a catalog of curated images featuring non-Caucasian models."

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

How to Optimize WordPress: A Guided Infographic | Hosting Captain

How to Optimize WordPress: A Guided Infographic | Hosting Captain: "We’re going to look at all the ways your website loading speed affects your success and your SEO. After that we’ll look at a powerful infographic filled with ways you can speed up your site. Finally, I’ll offer some tips of my own for putting the pedal to the metal."

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Design A Better Website: Foundations First | Toptal

Design A Better Website: Foundations First | Toptal: "Good design and user experience begins not with a pretty mockup, or even layout, but with a concept foundation that focuses on company goals."

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Coolors - The super fast color schemes generator!

Coolors - The super fast color schemes generator!:

Whether you’re designing a web page or just trying to find theme for decorating, having a good color scheme that looks good is important. The web site and iOS app Coloors makes finding new palettes as easy as pressing the space bar.

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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

A Dao of Web Design · An A List Apart Article

A Dao of Web Design · An A List Apart Article: "What I sense is a real tension between the web as we know it, and the web as it would be. It’s the tension between an existing medium, the printed page, and its child, the web. And it’s time to really understand the relationship between the parent and the child, and to let the child go its own way in the world."

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Friday, October 24, 2014

30+ Websites to Download Free Photos

30+ Websites to Download Free Photos: "If you are a blogger looking for free photos to use in your blog posts or a designer looking for free photography to use in your designs, then check out the websites below and you will find the best free stock photos."

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Infographic Looks At Web Design Trends | WebProNews

Infographic Looks At Web Design Trends | WebProNews: "Infographic Looks At Web Design Trends"

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Monday, September 02, 2013

Advertising Suit Secret #50 - Client Talk via...

Advertising Suit Secret #50 - Client Talk via...: "Advertising Suit Secrets"

What Clients Say versus What Clients Mean.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

How a Web Design Goes Straight to Hell - The Oatmeal

A very funny cartoon about the experiences of a web designer and a client. It made me laugh.

What if architecture was like web design?@Everything2.com

"What if architecture was like web design? Posted on A List Apart, author unknown, but probably a contract web developer having attended too many client meetings. I find this incredibly funny, but maybe that's just because I'm a web developer myself."

Funny stories about website design.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

13 Website Design Mistakes that Designers Should Avoid | Blog@PixelCrayons™

"Based on these lines, this post is to avail you with the most horrible website design mistakes that should not have been the part of the website ever. Just scroll down to see the list"

Some of the examples are laugh out loud awful.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Web Design is Dead! Introducing a much improved web design process.

"What we know as web design is on its way out. The process of briefing the web designer, reviewing a couple of options, implementing their best guess, and hoping for the best is ineffective and it won't be around for long.

It's time to reinvent the discipline of web design. Web designers are faced with a challenge: to be professional web site architects, or to seek work as decorators."

Excellent. Good material. Design is not the same as construction.

What is the Relationship Between Graphic Design and Web Design

"A lot of people view web design as primarily a graphic discipline. It is not. Web design is a broader than simply making good-looking graphics. I’ll start by examining what design is. I will then put graphic design in that context, and finally describe the broader web design discipline."

Some good thinking about the difference between graphic design and web design.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Website Design – Follow Top 20 Dos And Don’ts To Build Successful Sites

"Excellent website design is vital to your website’s success. An effective design can expand your client base and increase earnings. On the other hand, a bad design can hinder website usage despite excellent products and service."

Solid list of Do's and Don'ts.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Easy Way to Learn Professional Web Design Skills - Ben Hunt's best-selling Ebook Save the Pixel - London web designers (Scratchmedia)

“Save the Pixel” is the best-selling ebook by Ben Hunt that gives you an easy-to-follow philosophy of Simple Web Design together with dozens of practical tips for making your web sites more direct, more appealing, and more successful."

The chapters deal with key components of website design.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

The Definitive Guide to About Me Pages | Web Design Ledger

"One of the most important and least used aspects of any website is the “About Me” page. It’s not enough to have an interesting site and great product if your visitor can’t find a way to relate to you. Never under-estimate the power of personality."

A fresh look at a standard type of page.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

25 Exceptional Contact Forms to get Inspired - Geek Sucks

"Contact form is one of the most important parts for most of the website. It plays a vital role to interact with your clients or well-wishers. So, many of the designers pay plenty of concentration to design a contact form."

Wow. Some extraordinary ways to deal with the contact form.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Carsonified » Top 10 UX Myths

"So, let me entertain you with a list I compiled of my favorite ‘User Experience myths’. Then perhaps you, like many UX folks, will have some myths of your own to share …"

Website Design - top ten myths.

10 Useful Tools for Choosing the Right Color Palette | LimeExchange Blog

"Colors communicate website themes, design and its main objective... Psychologists have also discovered that over 60% of approval/rejection of a design/website is dependent on this fact... Here is a list of some useful color palette resources to generate color palettes, schemes and themes for your design work."

Excellent list of tools to help pick colors for your website.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

20 of the Worst Designed Websites In the World | Manolith

"We all come across some seriously bad websites in our day-to-day lives on the Internet. It’s just an unavoidable fact of life, like coming across monsters on the way to the market in video games. When you come across these things, you should approach them with a modicum of fear, for it is something you don’t know, after all. But, more than that, you need to be brave, and you need to relish the experience with full sense of humor employed. These are the 20 worst websites we could find from across the world."

These are so bad they are fun.

Monday, August 13, 2007

SiteProNews: The Best Page Layout and Design for Content Websites

"To understand which layouts work you only need to look at the industry gorillas. These are the online content publishers who have been around for years, and who have tested just about every layout combination. Good examples are some of the most read websites on the internet including:"

Excellent advice for website design.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Wikipedia:Public domain image resources - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"There are a number of sources of public domain images on the Web."

Comprehensive list of resources for free images on the Internet.

Monday, September 04, 2006

99% of Web Design Books are Not

"Most books that claim to be about web design aren’t about web design at all. They’re about publishing in HTML and CSS, which by and large has little to do with the problems of the users we’re supposed to be designing for."

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Designing for the Web

"Designing for a Web-based environment enacts a set of unique issues that need to be considered before implementation can be successful."

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Do Fuss

"Well if you can’t imagine it, start. I’ve heard it many, many times: “Don’t fuss over minute details that don’t really matter”.

Bull. I say, “Do Fuss”."

Friday, October 07, 2005

Iconico - Tools and Services for Graphic Designers and Web Developers

"Tools and Services for Graphic Designers and Web Developers"

Monday, September 26, 2005

B U D . U G L L Y . D 3 S I G N

This is a site that demonstrates every bad website design. If it is on this site, it is bad design, bud uglly d3sign.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Sex and Web Design

"Designing sites differently for men and women may strike some as sexist or old-fashioned. Choosing designs or designers based on gender raises even more issues. Nevertheless, gender differences play a large role in the way men and women design and view websites.

Researchers at the UK's University of Glamorgan have identified many differences in the website design preferences of men and women."

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

The leading free stock photography site

"Welcome to Stock.XCHNG, the leading FREE stock photo site!"

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Get Cooking with Photoshop and CSS

Get Cooking with Photoshop and CSS - 3 Low-fat Recipes [Design Practice]:

"Because of the current dearth of tutorials that take readers from concept to code, I'm going to go over three 'flavors' of Web design. We'll start with the Clean and Crisp flavor, where almost all of the layout and design is achieved through a style sheet. Then, we'll move on to the Edgy Eye-Candy flavor, adding some shadow and gradient effects. Finally, I'll wrap up with the Curiously Strong Retro flavor. "

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Website design is 'biased to men'

BBC NEWS | UK | Wales | Website design is 'biased to men':

"Websites could be missing their target audiences because their design is biased towards what appeals to men, researchers have found."

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Website Design Tool


"An Informal Tool For Early Stage Web Site and UI Design"

A website prototyping tool. It allows feehand sketch of the website, including links between pages. View the site in sketch form. Show the design to the client before extensive construction.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Webmaster Resources

Webmaster Resources: Free Graphics, Scripts Templates & Tutorials:

"Since 2001 Newbie Hangout's webmaster portal has been providing consultation services, affordable web hosting, domain name registration, custom web and graphic design, professional web templates and web services training for new webmasters and seasoned web professionals needing affordable solutions for their company small business. We take you by the hand and walk you through each step to help you establish, design and maintain a successful on-line presence."

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Ezine Privacy

EzinePrivacy.org - Defending the privacy of ezine subscribers: "The Ezine Privacy Button is Your Guarantee

Sites displaying the Ezine Privacy Button have committed to the Core Principles of Ezine Privacy.

Their display of the button guarantees that they respect you as a subscriber and will not track you and your actions through their ezine."

Website Credibility Project

The Web Credibility Project: Guidelines - Stanford University

We have compiled 10 guidelines for building the credibility of a web site. These guidelines are based on three years of research that included over 4,500 people.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Website Credibility

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"What Makes Web Sites Credible? A Report on a Large Quantitative Study"

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Online copywriting rules

Online copywriting rules according to Toronto writer Doug Lavender: "E-copy. Web text. Networked content. --When it's properly written, nothing has more impact.

But unlike the linear world of established media, interactive hypertext operates under unique copywriting rules."

Sunday, October 03, 2004

ColorMatch Remix

Having trouble picking colors? This tool helps mix and match colors.

Friday, October 01, 2004

Web design secrets

A highly readable 3 part list of the secrets of website design.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Usability and Web Design

Jakob Nielsen on Usability and Web Design. Essential readings about website design. Jakob Nielsen is widely sited and quoted by other website designers.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Internet Use Study

Fascinating study of people using the Internet. Great information for good design.

Monday, August 30, 2004

Website Design

Design is what is included in the website and how the website is to look.

It is not the same thing as website construction. Give the picture of how the website is to look to two different website developers, and they will create different code.

Design is just how it will look. It is what the visitor sees. It is not what is behind the veneer.

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