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Taking consideration for advertisements in web design

Can't argue that advertisements are an extra means of a web site generating income but should web designers take advertisements into consideration when laying out the pixels for a site? Should this ...
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Which colours should be chosen to match a metro theme and be easily readable?

I am colourblind, which makes choosing the colours of my website very hard (often I choose colours that appeal to me, yet look awful to everyone else). I have recently begun a new website (image ...
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Recommended grid systems or layouts for large display and responsive designs

I've been working with 960 layout for years – but was wondering if there are other grid systems that are strongly supported by the design and development community and also have blank or starter pages ...
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How can I manually create a pixel perfect image sprite?

I want to use one of the Adobe Creative Suite 5 programs to create an image sprite of all the small icons and images on my webpages. I've done it a number of times before in Photoshop but can't ...
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reasoning behind black and white color scheme of perfume sites

In preparation for an upcoming project, I've been looking over a lot of different sites for high end perfumes and/or high fashion. Noticed that most of them (at least the perfume ones) have almost ...
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How to present web design mockups to a client?

I'm working on a website redesign project. I will need to present a few different mockups to the client for review. Besides sending images in an email, what is a typical way of presenting mockups to a ...
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Save for Web with Layer Mask

I have an image which has a layer mask so that the image fades to transparent. However when I try to export the image (Save for Web) as a PNG the layer mask is lost. What am I doing wrong? Can this be ...
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Width and height pixels reduction with specific height and width

I am trying to reduce the pixels of an image for the web, but it looks very bad (for exam). 3200X1200 pixels is the original size of the image, but I would like to convert it to 530x411 for my web ...
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Vertical Rhythm - How important is it

I'm working on vertical rhythm right now for my website. It's hard / impossible with images of unknown size. There's a javascript plugin that helps with keeping vertical rhythm by resizing the ...
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Advice for creating a fluid and responsive graphic

So I'm creating an entirely responsive website, with the aim of using as few media queries and magic numbers as possible. I've found after a number of attempts, that using the content to create the ...
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How to give a site a mockup look?

Edit to clarify Thank you for the existing answers. I am afraid that you misunderstood my question. I don't want to create mockups (I have some, but they are not suited for my current purpose). I want ...
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Are graphic designers for web supposed to know JavaScript?

If you were to hire a graphic designer to pretty up your web pages, would you hire him/her if the person has no experience in JavaScript but has a very good understanding of HTML and CSS? How ...
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Need some font suggestions, please

I have two separate but related needs. First, the website. It is almost mostly forms (data entry) and tables. For many of the tables, I need a narrow or condensed font. I'm currently using OpenSans ...
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Styling clean flat-design buttons so they show affordance, and look 'well designed'

I started a tiny CSS framework recently. (http://minfwk.com if anyone's interested) I quickly banged out an initial design for some buttons. After asking for feedback on UX StackExchange (and ...
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How to choose a color palette for a website

We're completely color illiterate on our team. Our internal site has a lot of black and white, but I've heard that too much contrast is bad. And people don't respond well to the look of our site. ...
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How should I lay out a page made of only a small amount of text?

I'm making a website that only has text, and a small amount. What would be a good layout for it? Should I put the text in the top left? Center screen? Somewhere else? The site is a download ...
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What are key elements that define a design as vintage?

Curious to know what key elements out there that some use or see that defines a design as vintage. I know some would consider vintage by the typography or pattern used in the design but what are ...
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Alternative to Lorem Ipsum (dummy text) for websites

Lorem Ipsum has been the known default for dummy text. Per a search the last discussion in regards to alternatives is two years old. I thought I would post a new thread on this topic. So, what are ...
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Estimate number of characters to truncate

In website I am implementing I found that the maximum number of characters that I can display in a certain sidebar div is 17 M (uppercase M) plus the elipses. So that is the maximum I setup the code ...
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Which is a better design pricing model?

I'm curious which pricing model other feel best fits freelance design, in what situations, and why. I am not seeking dollar values. There are a few basic pricing models a freelancer can use: ...
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How to begin with UI design

Newbie here. I like web and UI design, I know what good UI and good design is, but I lack Photoshop skills. Sometimes, when I try to do design, my mind goes blank or gets mixed up because I see too ...
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Simple Line Fading Away At Both Ends

I am not much of a designer. Looks like a very basic thing to do but i don't know how to do it. I just want to create a line that is blurred from the ends and have this shade at the bottom of it. Its ...
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How do I create a button with two shadows in the bottom?

I am not much of a designer. I want to know how I can create Wix like buttons in Photoshop. They offer many kinds of buttons, but I want the one with a shadow on both sides of its bottom. Any help ...
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Why does photoshop import every third frame of a gif?

I have a 90 frame gif and if I file-import-videoframes-to-layers it will make 30 layers and the .gif will end up flashing too much. Any ideas?
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Why are my elements moved after being exported to svg

I'm quite new to Adobe Illustrator, but used to PS. I wanted to experiment with Illustrator to create SVGs that can than be manipulated with JavaScript. I created some kind of background-layer and ...
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What is the exact role/relationship of photoshop in web design?

I'm confused about the relationship of Photoshop (and any other image processing software) in web designing. I can see countless tutorials anywhere teaching on how to make web layouts from scratch, ...
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Is there a visual web editor based on bootstrap?

Bootstrap is a great framework, and I want know if there is a tool that gives you the possibility of dragging html components, re-sizing and moving them, changing colours, all while generating the ...
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Twitter bootstrap prepended and appended input text

we are working on a css framework for our app, having made the prototype with twitter bootstrap, we started by designing the elements of bootstrap we had used. One of them was prepended and appended ...
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How can I make this footer “more corporate”?

I created a footer for a dental lab. I was trying to keep it warm and inviting, but now being told it "looks too casual" or "looks too simple". I heard the blues and grays are "too subtle" So before ...
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Size in mm of website mock up using InDesign

I want to create my website mock up using InDesign. Based on a finished website resolution of 1024 x 768 what size should I create my pages in InDesign (in mm). Thanks
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Best image dimensions for downloadable wallpaper, for PC, HD, mobile and tablet?

Let's say I wanna make a website that would allow a user to download a wallpaper in sizes for PC, HD, mobile and tablet. What are the top used / best image dimensions I should host?
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What is the effect of ligatures in web, regarding SEO

All designers love ligatures but vanilla web typography just sucks. I heard of smartypants that solves many of thoses issues, bringing sexy quotes, gorgeous ampersands and all. It's just perfect, ...
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How can I create imagery for cyber security and cyberspace general while avoiding that late 90's early 2000's look?

If you were to do a google image search for cyber security you'd see exactly what I mean. Even the slickest images representing cyber security or cyberspace seem to fall under a style that IMO is very ...
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Any good example of electric waves incorporated in a web design?

The client I work with has undergone an internal branding exercise. The result is that all of their documentation standards have been updated to include a common header. The header contains a black ...
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Where to start when styling widgets for an app?

I'd like to improve the visual appearance of these widgets. What tools are available to help me? I am in need of advice on how to make widgets I create look and feel professional. I am no artist ...
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How can I make these links more obvious to click on?

Currently working on a redesign for a dental laboratory. While testing the home page with a user, they never clicked on the links in the subnavigation. They clicked on the larger buttons in the links ...
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Rotated tiling background

How do I rotate the this image by 30 degrees but still have it be tileable? http://i.imgur.com/OXQ8cD4.png
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What is a quick and concise way to explain online font licensing to a customer?

Customers are usually proud of their (offline) identities. As webdesigner, I regularly find myself having to explain that I can't legally use their licensed font in their webdesign. When I do, it ...
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Instructions to give a print designer looking to use non-system fonts for websites

So we often run into print designers who choose all these crazy fonts that don't look good for the web. As a backend web programmer, what do I tell print designers to help them select non-system ...
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How do I use a vector graphic to cut an image in Fireworks?

I am designing a website with Adobe Fireworks and I want to have a design where I have divs with rounded corners. Inside those divs I want to have an image that gets cut (rounded) by the containing ...
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Components of a site that might cause imitation concerns

I'm new to the web design and web comic fields. I'm a huge fan of The Oatmeal, and thought his tile layout was a good way to share the most amount of comics for given real estate. So, following the ...
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How to make a “highlighter” effect for text background in CSS?

How would I go about highlighting an inline part of a paragraph decorated with a "highlighted" effect as if it were marked by a real highlighter on paper. <p> The dog <em>jumped ...
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Rules for adding colors to a black and white palette in web

I am working on a fashion website for my own portfolio, that allows users to have their own account where they save fashion related items. A sort of Pinterest for fashion items. Now, I know that the ...
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What is the best way to design for a group where multiple people have equal input?

I am building a website for a student organization. Although I'm a novice at graphic design, I can do basic sites (bootstrap is a lifesaver) and am moreso of a pro when it comes to development. The ...
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Transparency dithering issue when saving for web

I am trying to optimize the graphics for a webdesign, since I am not satisfied with the performance in terms of load-times. The logo is quite big and in PNG24 so I experimented to see how much I could ...
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Can anyone offer some advice on the relationship between design and business goals?

I am designing a one page site, and I need to go back to basics and learn about how to translate business aims into a homepage design. Can anyone offer some advice on the relationship between design ...
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How to quickly create multi-page layout presentation? (image maps?)

How to quickly create an interactive presentation of the layout where user can click buttons to navigate through the site. Obvious solution from HTML side would be to use image maps, but these are ...
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Identify this website theme [closed]

http://www.proxybase.org Can someone help me identify what this website theme is? I have seen it a couple of times on other websites as well.
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How to design a modern/slightly futuristic-looking application

I was hoping to get some advice from some more experienced UI developers. I have been presented with a unique challenge by my customer, and I feel like I am failing. Specifically, they want a UI that ...
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Solid colours look ugly in web design? [closed]

I'm very new to the whole graphics and web design thing, and upon trying to put together the first few pages for a site im working on, have realized that nothing looks as good as i imagined it would. ...