Fireworks vs Photoshop Compression 318

Fireworks vs Photoshop Compression

Surprisingly enough, based on the findings from my recent survey there are quite a bit of Fireworks users. Personally, I never used Fireworks. Photoshop is alway my first choice for designing—from image editing to designing mock-ups. But, did you know that Fireworks is way better than Photoshop in term of image compression? I'm not a software engineer, I can't explain why Fireworks can compress better. But I can prove it to you by showing a series of experiments I did.

FOWD NYC 2009 Ticket Giveaway 253

FOWD NYC 2009 Ticket Giveaway

The Future of Web Design (FOWD) is returning to New York City on 16th & 17th of November! If you haven't heard of FOWD, it's a conference which brings together the web industry's leading designers and delivers two days of workshops and talks from the likes of Dan Cederholm, Jason Santa Maria, Molly Holzschlag, Joshua Davis, Vimeo and lots more. I have one conference pass to giveaway. Enter a comment in this post before November 3rd, 2009 for your chance to win a ticket.

Update: The winner is: #178.

Follow Me on Twitter @nickla 167

Follow Me on Twitter @nickla

Finally, I've joined Twitter (follow me @nickla). At the moment, I don't really have any tweets yet. The main reason I've started Twitter because I'm redesigning N.Design Studio and I want to be able to post updates and in-progress images for readers. Also, if you have a moment, please let me know what kind of tweets best interest you.

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SWFaddress and Best Samples 83

SWFaddress and Best Samples

Don't you find it frustrating to browse Flash sites because you can't use the browser's back/forward button or send your friend to a certain section? The solution to this problem would be SWFaddress — a small Javascript library that lets you create virtual URLs for Flash and Ajax. SWFaddress has been around since 2006, and surprisingly not all Flash sites are utilizing this tool. In this post, I've collected 20 sites (Flash and Ajax) that are using SWFaddress.

Free DelveUI Workshop Tickets 76

Free DelveUI Workshop Tickets

I have 5 last minute DelveUI workshop tickets to give out. Comment in this post before Jul 31, 2009 for your chance to win one. DelveUI is a two-day workshop that focuses on UI design. The event will take place August 5 and 6, 2009 at the Pfizer Auditorium in Brooklyn. This is their first year, but the speaker list is impressive. Visit delvenyc.com for more details.

Sumo Beanbag Giveaway 1,274

Sumo Beanbag Giveaway

Are you getting tired from working hard on your computer? Well, take a break and enter a comment in this post for your chance to win a free beanbag chair sponsored by Sumo. It is a super-sized beanbag that is perfect for playing games and relaxing in your lounge. I've been using Sumo beanbags for several years, so I can tell you they are quality products. Enter a comment now before August 7, 2009.

Update: This contest is closed and the winner is: #176.

Breadou Donut Giveaways 550

Breadou Donut Giveaways

The Breadou giveaway is back! This time, I'm giving out donuts. For those who have no clue what is Breadou about. It is a memory form wrist rest that looks, smells, and feels like a real bread. I own two Breadous. They are fun to use or show off to your friends. Submit a comment in this post before Jun 26th, 2009 to win a free Breadou Donut for yourself now.

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