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16Dec/090

Beautiful and Useful web site designs

There are lots of beautiful web site designs out there, but here are a few that I actually use often. Not only beautiful layouts, style and graphics, but also useful and usable designs.

Web designer wall blog

Web designer wall blog

A well known favourite among web designers, the Web Designer Wall always has a beautiful and intricate design. Plus  useful design and css tips.

Vimeo video sharing

Vimeo video sharing

Vimeo is a more friendly place than youtube, and it definitely has a much nicer design. The current layout has a really nice paralax scrolling effect.

Helipad online notepad

Helipad online notepad

Helipad is a simple online notepad, great for making quick notes at work, or on an iphone, to check later. But that doesn't mean it has to look bad.

Good Old Games

Good Old Games

I guess you could accuse GOG of looking a little too web2.0, but it's a nice clean design, but a nice site to use, which is important for keeping customers and building a community. Plus they are really nice, and have cheap games!

Deadline todo manager

Deadline todo manager

From the makers of Helipad, Deadline is a very simple To-do application, and it has a simple design to go with it. But it's a great design, one that puts the emphasis on what it actually does, but still has a bit of nice interactive eye-candy in the mouseover effects.

Colorlovers pallette site

Colourlovers pallette site

Colourlovers (with a u!) is a nice site for making colour schemes and patterns, and getting inspiration. Plus it has a nice design itself. They could do with integrating a couple of the separate beta apps though!

Aviary Graphics Tools

Aviary Graphics Tools

I used Picnik and it's firefox plugin to make the thumbnails for this post. But Aviary is fast catching up with Picnik as my favorite online editor. It's already much more powerful, plus they have a lot of other useful apps for vector illustration and making colour palettes. If I had a Aviary plugin installed I might have used that. And it has a beautiful design too.

24 ways - web design tips

24 ways - web design tips

24 Ways is a very cool web design advent calendar, full of useful tips and tricks. Plus it has a nice, simple, unique design that uses lots of RBGA alpha transparency to make an interesting layout without using images.

9Dec/090

10 Cool Xmas Gift Ideas For Web Designers

10 Cool Xmas Gift Ideas For Web Designers.  Just in case anyone is feeling in a festive mood. ( WRA2C53BA5J8 )

via 10 Cool Xmas Gift Ideas For Web Designers « WebM.ag | Web Design Magazine.

The GUI magnets might be useful, and Helvetica seems to have developed a life of it's own. Sitepoint books are usually well worth the time and money.

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6Dec/090

Sunday Web Design Roundup (06 Dec 09)

Sunday is for roundups of things I've been looking at this week. Mostly catching up on HTML5 and CSS3.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

4Dec/090

Quick Friday Roundup 12/04/2009

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

16Nov/090

Sunday Web Design Roundup 11/22/2009

This Sunday's collection of random links is all related to setting up this blog, security and upgrades. This, plus a cold and a vacation, have meant that setting up the blog has taken a lot longer than 60 minutes.  But once it's all assembled i'll put together a single post with a more streamlined system.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

11Nov/090

Sunday Web Design Roundup 11/11/2009

Diigo is a useful online tool, that is kind of hard to describe. It does too many things. Online bookmarking like delicious, online highlights and sticky note sharing, groups, and also the ability to post summaries to blogs.

That's what I'm testing out in this post. Which would be a compilation of pages that i've bookmarked this week... except I only bookmarked one. From this point on is auto generated:

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

6Nov/090

Setting up a blog in under 30 minutes

I found a useful tutorial on setting up a blog quickly, so I'm working through it.

It might be a little out of date, but the process still seems sound.

  1. Get the lastest version of WordPress, download and install
  2. Find a new wordpress theme with a good layout and upload
  3. Login for the first time and activate askimet plugin with API key. I also upload and enable WordPress.com Stats plugin using the exact same API key.
  4. Add first “welcome to the site” post, delete default post
  5. Delete first comment and “hello dolly” plugin
  6. Under “Settings->Permalinks” enable “custom” /%postname%/ for clean SEO friendly url’s
  7. Click update to .htaccess file, if it fails make .htaccess writeable
  8. Update the list of ‘ping’ services in ‘Settings->writing’. Be default there only one, and you want to notify as many services as possible every time you post.

(Bold points are my edits due to differences in terminology on my installation.)

Check out the original site for lots of useful links and extra information: http://www.jtpratt.com/best-practices-for-setting-up-a-new-wordpress-blog-in-60-minutes-or-less/

PS/ This is me at step 4.

Additional points I've discovered so far:

  1. Hello dolly plugin was disabled by default.
  2. Deleting the first post deleted the first comment.
  3. Didn't seem to need to update my .htaccess. I gather it pops up a message if you do.
  4. To enable ping services I first need to go to 'Settings->Privacy' and enable search engines/technorati, etc...
  5. The 'Settings->writing' section then seemed to be set up to ping http://rpc.pingomatic.com automatically, which seems to be all you need.
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