As we are stepping in a new decade, I can foresee that web design in 2010 is going to be fun and filled with experimental works. With the new CSS3 and HTML5, designers and developers are trying to utilize the new features to create impressive designs. Sketchy and large background styles are fading out. Serif fonts and texturized background will be popular. Thanks to CSS3, we are going to see a lot of rounded corners, RGBA transparency, and drop shadows. With the rise of smart phones, mobile web design is going to pick up this year.
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.
After 3 years of using the Pheonix theme on N.Design Studio, I finally redesigned it with a Koi theme. The new look has improved a lot in terms of design and WordPress implementation. Every section has a unique layout which gives you a refreshing feeling. This post will summarize everything about the new design as well as show you the process images. Also, I will talk about how other sites inspired me.
I just wanted to update you the new coupon code on Design Jobs on the Wall. Enter coupon code "promo" on your first job post to get a 75% discount. Some of the potential employers who have posted on the wall include: Fi, The Brick, CTV, Fanshawe College, Hallmark Channel, Peace Corps, eHarmony, TechSmith Corporation, cPanel Inc., Washington Post Digital, Lime Wire LLC, MTV Networks, and more.
Some characters (e.g. the less than and greater than signs) are reserved for HTML markup. In order to display these characters as text, you must enter the HTML entities in the source code. For example, to display the less than sign (<), you need to enter
< (entity name) or
< (entity number). Among the entity list, there are quite a lot of symbol entities that we can use in layout design. For examples: → ♥ ♫ ✓ ✗ • ☞ ✁ ★ “ ⊕. Have you seen the snowman ☃ symbol before? If not, continue on this post to find more surprises.
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.
Since 2007, every year I do a round up of best of CSS from Best Web Gallery (check out 07 and 08 collection). Well, it is the time of the year again — Best of CSS Design 2009. This year I've selected another 50 nicely designed web sites. Among the list, I notice a lot of them are minimalistic design with beautiful serif fonts. The grungy and sketchy styles are still strong. However, the large background is no longer as hot as in 2008, instead, texturized background is popular in 2009.