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About font size in web design

I like web 2.0 style design - less info, more space, bigger font-size, etc. But my designer doesn't. So when we use a web 2.0 design template, she changes the font size of contents into smaller one ...
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Is DreamWeaver more efficient rather than coding manually

I have a client who want's me to use Dreamweaver for a project. I've always used Photoshop and Illustrator for mockups and coded the CSS manually (Actually I use SASS/SCSS). Does using a program like ...
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Best Resources for Facebook/Twitter Page Design

I'm currently in the process of creating a few custom Facebook and Twitter backgrounds for some of my company properties and I wanted to know if there are any extensive galleries and tutorial/template ...
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Graphic Design Conferences

Does anyone know of good/reputable graphic design conferences/conventions in the states? I'm looking to attend one that focuses both on web and print design. Your recommendations are appreciated.
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Can anyone recommend me the some color scheme for my website [closed]

i want to use this color as base color for my site I have navigation bar on left which is vertical around 220px wide and 47px height per tab i also have horizontal navigation tabs as well Now i ...
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Clickable stickers sticking out of a notebook

I'm trying to make clickable buttons that look like they're stickers sticking out of a notebook. Here's how it looks like: What's the best way to do this? Should each of them be PNG images with ...
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image as a background doesn't fill all the page

I changed my html code with for the multi image background to work with Internet Explorer. Since this change, I have a white border all around the page. Did someone know why it doesn't fill all the ...
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How can I ensure that users will think a button is clickable?

I had to make a page with a couple links on it, so I thought I would try to make the links big and decorative: But I ran into the problem that people didn't realize it was a button, so they didn't ...
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How to determine color transformations from given colors?

Our designer has provided us with some nice web 2.0 buttons, etc. I translated them into beautiful CSS3. Now I want to go overboard and generalize the color scheme using Sass color manipulation. ...
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Eye catching & useful web slides - what are the do's and don'ts?

I hope you don't mind a programmer barging in on the graphic design site....! I usually work with design agencies to turn their creative ideas into web-site reality. So I can appreciate a good ...
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How to design sleek magnifying glass effects like these?

I'm wondering how I can create the magnifying glass effect I've seen a lot lately on pages that sell software (either desktop or web-applications). Here are two examples. I really like the first one ...
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Golden ratio, with or without padding/margin?

Lets say I have 1000 px wide 2 column layout with 100 px gutter space (margin) and 50px on the left and right.. How do I apply the golden ratio to this layout? Method One c1+c2=800px; c1/c2=1.618; ...
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Title text color for header

I have this header image: And I'm trying to find the best colors for the text of the title. Any suggestions?
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What software do you use to design website layout mockups?

I use Adobe Photoshop but I find it kind of buggy sometimes. When I import what I do in photoshop to Flash the quality of the design drops down a notch...
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Graphic icons for using with “Appreciate this Post” & “Follow updates on this post”

What could be good graphic icons for using with "Appreciate this Post" & "Follow updates on this post" in a social web application? Thanks a lot for your suggestions.
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How improve my table-cell highlighting scheme?

In my daunting table of market numbers, seconds-by-seconds price changes in the Bid, Ask, and Last columns are highlighted for the user. Highlighting happens when the page is refreshed: click the ...
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Looking for examples of “thank you” e-mail designs

I've been tasked with creating "thank you for attending" HTML e-mails/graphics for a number of events. I've already done a few, but they all need to look distinct and I'm running out of ideas. Does ...
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Which unit should be used in web design to define space (margin, padding, etc.)?

In the CSS of a website is it better, for human readability, define margin and padding units in px, em or pt?
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Can I use vector images to increase site compatability?

I am familiar with vector and raster images, in theory. In practice I don't know how to use vectors properly. Can vector images be used in a web pages to increase site compatability? For example, ...
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How do I reduce the use of horizontal scrollbars with tables?

I'm creating a website whose sole purpose is to show users large datasets in tables. Many of the tables have upwards of 20 columns, and I absolutely hate having horizontal scrollbars. What are the ...
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Creating robotic interface

I know robotic might be the wrong word to describe it, but I've been looking into how to do this effect for like 5 years now, and haven't bumped into anything yet. If anybody could post a tutorial ...
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How to choose colors for a website layout?

Given that I'm new to graphic design and I'm trying to design the homepage of my website, I can't really understand the reason why I can't make the homepage color "shine". I'm sorry for the ...
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PSD format or cut up graphics?

I have asked a design company for a quote for a website design. They have asked me if I would like the graphics in PSD format or cut up graphics. I am assuming that the PSD format is an image of a ...
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I need a good tutorial for building a background image for a website search form in Photoshop

I'm building a website with a focus on searching so I want a very large search form in the header. I've been looking for a tutorial using Photoshop to create a background image to superimpose the ...
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Photoshop export for web and devices comes out pixelated.

When I export for web and devices in photoshop CS5 it comes out pixelated. What setting should I change? I have a picture of my export settings at http://www.brandonsdesigngroup.com/photoshop.png
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What is a good size for category box on web site?

I'm designing a web site which has a large number of categories. On one particular page each category will be displayed with a photo, light description and a a list of subcategories or products. ...
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e-commerce/webshop design template

Though I m not a designer, my boss asked me to make a design for a webshop (selling books). I love to work with GIMP and i wondered if there are any such templates which I could use as a start? ...
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How to choose embossing color?

I'm using css to emboss text with this: text-shadow: black 1px 1px 5px; My site uses different font colors and background colors. I was wondering how I can choose the "best" embossing color based ...
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Web design for retail / e-commerce site - essential elements?

I'm developing a Rails site for my company that's going to be a web store for our entire inventory. I don't really have a lot of experience with design (I am the one-man IT department at my company, ...
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How to direct users eyes on a website

There is a common principle in photography that a photo should lead the viewer's eyes. This is frequently accomplished with a line that runs across the photo. Recognizing how the observer will scan ...
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Inspiration Request: Retro, fashion, funky, artist, punk

First time poster, long time viewer...As the title suggested, I'm looking for some inspirational websites/designs that have a funky retro look, but with mix of artistry and fashion to them. It's ...
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Saving a layer to png in Adobe Illustrator

I am new to Adobe Illustrator. I want to save the header layer to a png for a web background. I get close, but always have a white border around the graphic. I am thinking there should be an easier ...
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I need advice on how to position key elements in a layout

I'm designing a video game display page. The page which has many items and I'm finding it really difficult to decide on a layout that makes logical sense. Can you provide me with any advice in terms ...
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Clients always think they are a better designer than I am.

When I am designing a new website or application I am very meticulous to get every detail right so it is beautiful while still user friendly. Almost always however, the client has better ideas. They ...
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I need some icons etc. designed, but where to start? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best Way To Find Independent Designers? Problem: I need some graphic design work done. I'm developing a website with a college friend of mine. I need a lot of icons, ...
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Where can I find a customizable arrow button?

I'm implementing an up/down voting system, and I want to find a standard but sleek button with an arrow inside it that you can customize by color, arrow size etc.
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Is there a trend away from left aligned web site designs?

Most web sites that I see are centered, and I'm wondering if there's some sort of unwritten (or written) trend away or against left aligned sites?
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Tips in how to create a site like Apple in Photoshop

I want to create a website with the same style as the Apple website. Where should I start? For the ones who don't know, this is the style I'm looking for: ...
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Letterpress effect with an inside glow

I have been using a letterpress effect on the buttons and titles of my website to great effect, but now I'm trying to incorporate a glow effect for mouse overs and such. I have been trying to ...
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Anyone know how I can add basic web form controls to my Assets library in Fireworks?

It has shapes and styles for shapes and things like that, but what I want is to quickly throw some basic form controls like radio buttons, input boxes, list boxes, drop downs, etc. for prototyping and ...
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What does “Great typography skills” mean in the context of a job requirement for a web developer position?

I'm looking at job requirements for Jr. web Developer positions. Some jobs need "Great typography and layout skills." What does typography mean? What skills are they exactly looking for?
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What's this type of abstract, blended-color image called?

I'm trying to create a landing page, and the main image which I have in mind contains a blended combination of mixed abstract colors. Something like those images: However, it seems I'm not using ...
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Which tools are used to create illustrations for the web?

I have seen quite a few great illustrations placed as headers or footers, for example, see this or this. I was wondering which tools are used to make such illustrations. Can I create this kind of ...
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How to get this design in photoshop?

I am working on a website and i want to add a menu bar which would look something like this Since my website has different look and also i want to change the size. I was wondering if anyone could ...
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Photoshop Guides for widescreen web designs

Does anybody know what the guides should be set at get a basic viewport for the typical 13" widscreen laptop? Anybody know of a template of sorts that can assist in this matter? Thanks in advance.
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Looking for inspiration: examples of a web calendar with fancy “pop-up” details for each day

I'm designing a web calendar application. The starting view shows a small-ish calendar with a number of events listed on each day. The calendar cell for today, for example, contains the words "March ...
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March Madness Bracket on Website

I've got a little site I built for myself and a friend that let's us run our tiny little March Madness pool. Functionally, it works great. But for the display of the brackets, it's, well, just plain ...
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Any idea when blending modes might be implemented in browsers?

I think it would be great for div's/img's to get some of the functionality that "layers" have in photoshop. Right now, using .png's, div's/img's/etc.'s have their RGB and alpha values. If you have a ...
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What layout and interface elements work well for a control panel-style app?

I'm working on a web-based app that's similar to a control panel, with lots of different settings and features to configure. The challenge is making it easy for users to find what they want without ...
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What elements go into a successful landscape phototographer's website?

Let's say that I want to design a website to sell photographs of landscape, wildlife, or general interest subjects. What tips, elements, etc. should be incorporated into the design to make it ...