General Stuff

Exciting contest: InMotion Hosting is giving away 3 Power accounts (one-year) to WDW’s readers. To enter this contest, simply post a comment in this post before Feb 12, 2010. I’ve moved my hosting to them for about 2 weeks and very pleased with their services, particularly their 24/7 tech support. If you are looking for web hosting, check them out. They have a wide range of hosting packages from $5.95/mth shared hosting to $199/mth dedicated servers.

Hello Adobe lovers, I have some cute giveaways for you. MySuiteStuff is sponsoring three stuffed pillows to Web Designer Wall’s readers. These 12 x 12" stuffed Adobe CS4 icons are hand made with fleece. You can use them as a pillow, cushion, or decoration on your desk. To enter the contest, simply post a comment in this post with your choice of pillow. The contest ends Jan 29, 2010.

Update: the winners are 458, 984, and 1424.

As the new year is approaching, I have a Mac app giveaway that can perhaps make your freelance management less stressful. It is an app called Billings that allows you to track working time, invoice clients, manage projects, and keep track of your earnings, etc. Simply enter a comment in this post before Jan 3, 2010 for your chance to win one of the three license keys. If you are would like to buy the app, enter coupon code "webwall" to save 15% (valid until Jan 16, 2010).

Update: The winners are: 91, 403, and 212.

If you been following my twitter @nickla, you should probably know that I’ve been busy working on the redesign of N.Design Studio. After two months of designing and coding, I have finally launched the new design. Now it is running on WordPress 2.8 which supports a threaded commenting system. I will write a design process about the new site. For the time being, please check out the site and let me know your thoughts. You are welcome to post comments on this post or tweet @nickla.

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.