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Metro Website Template Guidlines

What are some of the rules and guidelines needed to design a Windows 8 "Metro" style website template? I notice using blocks is one of these guidelines. I'm also noting something about the colors, ...
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Colors appear differently on webpage when saving in sRGB

I've made a webpage with an image next to text, set as the same color I thought I had used for the image. However when I looked at the webpage on Safari (on Mac) I noticed that the actual color of the ...
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Recommended Font Size and Font Style for a Website content

What Font Size and Style is recommended for a web site's content? To make it more readable for the readers or visitors.
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Capture clean Retina screenshot of web page without post production

How can I take a screenshot of a web page on a MacBook Pro with Retina Display (rMBP) that: Is at a reproducible size Looks sharp on Retina displays Without any browser chrome / accouterments ...
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How to create a responsive web design?

How do you exactly create a very responsive web design? Do you create application for your website to be responsive when using mobile and/or tablets?
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How to use H1, H2 etc. tags properly? [closed]

I'm confused on how to use the header tags properly so, I need help for this. Since, it is a very important part of web development.
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Adding visual interest to a website without cluttering it or making the visuals detract from the content

In working on a redesigned website for my university program I feel like I've got a pretty solid foundation. The purpose of the website is to be both informational but, also, to be "fun" and ...
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How to accomodate different text lengths in translated web content?

I was recently working on a website design and I naturally based my work on the content supplied by my customer. I knew from the beginning that the site will be accessible in different languages but ...
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Layout Desgin and Color Scheme for a Crisis Mapping Web Application

here are a few screenshots of a web-based crisis mapping software, basically built for both governors and people. The design is somehow combined by ideas from different persons, so we are interested ...
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Modern design - What's that?

I am working on redesigning my website and iterating through fivesecondtests. The overall feedback is improving but no matter what I change, several people have mentionned that my designs look ...
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Where would I find a high quality version of a wooden floor like this?

It is to be used for background on a website. I like it exactly the way it is except that the image quality is not good enough. Looking for quality that will look good on a Retina screen. Must be able ...
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Advice on what to put on my home page

I need a little help, and general advice, on what I can put on the front page of my software company's website. I realise that this question is not as specific as some may like it to be, but I hoped ...
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How to improve this design?

How can I improve this design? I'm kinda new to this and I've just felt a bit demotivated because I've been dealing with a difficult person. I intend to make the color of the copyright notice darker ...
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Crop canvas to unique outline of image in Photoshop

I have unique shapes for my menu background, the problem is that the .png's are linked in the transparent area. I am looking to crop the canvases of these images in Photoshop to their exact unique ...
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Is it possible to divide one Photoshop document into multiple source files?

I am new to Photoshop and therefore in need to get familiar with it fast. I wonder, if there is a way to divide Photoshop like a website, to make every picture (such as a website logo) editable ...
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Creating negative company logos?

Is it standard practice to create negative copies of a companies logo if they don't provide one. I'm asking as I'm creating a website which will have a companies page where I would like to list the ...
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Music Player on Website that continues playing between pages [closed]

I know that having a music player on a website isn't necessary nowadays. But I have a client that really wants one on their website. The problem is making the music player play constantly (the user ...
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What materials should a web designer using Photoshop send to a developer?

I have been implementing mainly web and desktop applications and this is the first time that I actually started working with a graphic designer on a web site that is for public use. In this case the ...
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Best resolutions for display on the web for high resolution image?

I have a RAW image taken with a Canon 5D, so the image's resolution is 5,616 × 3,744. I am going to display a different resolution of the image depending upon the requesting user's display. I'm ...
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Is a 8-Bit IPS display necessary for web designing?

I'm doing web design (not print or photography) and I'm wondering if I should spend extra money on a display that provides more accurate colors. I'm already set on buying IPS since they're easier on ...
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Laptop screen for digital design

I am searching for a laptop with a screen that is suitable for digital design purposes What I am particularly concerned about is a statement made by a poster (on here): (the objective is to) make ...
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Presenting PNG screen comps

Just wondering if anyone has hammered out any good solutions to presenting PNG screen comps to clients, especially if there are more than a dozen screens. Adobe Bridge has some half decent HTML ...
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How to design sites with dark colours (red and black palette)

The graphic designer for my club created a red and black logo (major color is black highlighted with red). Everyone thinks it looks great, and I agree. The issue lies with designing the site. We've ...
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What should I do regarding color profile when designing for the web?

I have read this article by Doug Avery where he explains how to disable Color Management in Adobe Photoshop and the follow-up article in response to the uproar of the commenters arguing against it and ...
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How can a design be balanced and yet have a focal point?

The concept of a focal point seems to be a fundamental one in web design, yet doesn't a focal point mean a page cannot be balanced? Surely by definition a focal point means that the page's 'weight' ...
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Why does Google want a vertical scrollbar on search page when it's not necessary

On Google's search page there is a visible vertical scroll bar even when it is not necessary. This can be avoided by deleting the following style from body selector overflow-y: scroll; When this ...
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How to “draw” pointed corner drop shadows in Adobe Illustrator CS5

I have this image which I want to re-draw/reverse engineered so that I can use it at different sizes as resizing it cause it to look bad. But I can't seem to figure out how to do it. The drop ...
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Different sizes/dimensions on export & save as web in Illustrator CS5

I have a file which is 1020px X 200px Artboard/Document dimensions and the drawings coves the whole artboard as follows. When I "Export" the file as "png" (File>Export) it's dimensions change to ...
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Need suggestions on elements arrangement and picking colors

I'm making a new site, but I feel like colors or elements dimension aren't that good at all, I want it to look elegant and makes the user comfortable when looking at it. Right now I'm not getting that ...
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Are dotted pictures a new trend in Web Design?

I've noticed lately that some of the websites I visit regularly are adopting a new and bizarre trend in Web Design: "the dotted pictures". Not sure what to call it. It looks as if a pattern of ...
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Objective reasons to center or left-align tables and images within text columns?

First, let me emphasize that while I am asking a question about preference, I am looking for objective reasons to prefer one answer over another. I am not interested in your personal, subjective ...
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How to make a image fade out to both sides

I want to use an image in different screen resolutions with fading and the same background color. In a website, the image will not scale, but the background will. Something like this:
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Shadow below images [duplicate]

I have this image that I got from slidesjs.com It looks awesome when used as a frame, but I want to "elongate" it. Steps on how to accomplish this? I know it looks like a simple shadow, but the ...
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Helvetica Neue Equivalent on Google Fonts?

Does anybody know a font on Google Fonts that is very similar to Helvetica Neue?
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Image Sizing problem from photoshop to web

I'm new to the web designing stuff, so I bought a template. I want to change some text in my header. It is saved as a png image. I opened the PSD file in photoshop and changed the text. I then ...
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How can I improve my website design? [closed]

I'm launching a company and currently working on the website. Here is the link: http://goo.gl/HKbIK As I'm not a professional webdesigner your comments / feedback / suggestions of improvements would ...
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Should a period be included in a drop cap letter that represents an abbreviation?

I have a paragraph that is drop capped and begins with the word 'U.K.' Currently, the CSS (cascading style sheet) standard for Web browsers is to include the period following the 'U' in the drop cap, ...
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Pricing for Website Design (Graphics Only)

I was wondering if someone could advise me on pricing for a website design. I'm redesigning a blog/travel site for an individual. The site is about 8 pages plus some modules, etc. I'm also ...
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Need advice for alphabet search option

(I was going to post an image but I don't have enough reputation, so here's the link of the website: http://www.galco.com/) I'm redesigning a website and one thing the CEO of the company liked was ...
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Can anyone suggest an alternative to Copperplate Gothic for web use?

Designer sent comps for a site using copperplate, I was wondering if anyone could suggest a good alternative that exists either on google fonts or as a font squirrel kit (preferably the former). ...
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What is the widest character in the “Helvetica Neue” font? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: what is the largest glyph width in Arial? Doing some web design and I need to give a div a specific size. However, I do know how many characters are in the text box, so ...
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Why do people keep telling me my site looks awful?

I've developed a website, and recently was looking for a job. Practically all interviewers, after taking a quick glimpse at it, told me my site was designed awfully (but liked the concept). I should ...
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Learning how to design a webpage [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tips and sources for beginning designers I am now completing my first website written in python. I started learning front-end development languages such as javascript ...
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What is the fastest way to copy a colour in Photoshop as HEX?

A lot of designers use Photoshop as a design and mockup tool. And in doing so, one of the last steps can be to get a lot of the colour information out so things like gradients and dynamic text can be ...
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Charging an Intellectual Property transfer fee for design work

So, you've finished a design job (eg. a logo design) and the client asks for your IP surrounding the logo, eg copyright, original artwork files, notes, sketches, all of that stuff that went into ...
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illustration tools for beginners

I'm a software developer and am working on a personal project (website + iphone/ipad app). I need simple illustrations for these to fill in the blanks until the project gets "some" paying customers or ...
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waves, tide minimal effect.. some ideas on to improve a attraction “hotspot”

Some advise is wanted from you great guys and gals on the below image. the idea is to represent a "hot spot" of "waves" where your eyes are drawn into. This concept makes you feel like clicking the ...
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Different Logo Colors for Different Uses, Appropriate?

I am finalizing the last step of my logo redesign process. Is it ok not to have a regular color when presenting my logo? I am thinking about having a defined list of colors for different use cases ...
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Fireworks slices for Dreamweaver

I am designing a website and am planning on slicing up my template in Fireworks and then exporting it to Dreamweaver. When this is done it does of course go into a table. I have a title and nav bar ...
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Anticipating problems with a Google Webfont's rendering cross-platform

Web fonts can sometimes look great on one machine, but awful on another, due to differences in rendering not just between browsers, but also with the same browser between operating systems. Most ...