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.
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.
I recently spotted an iPhone ad which inspired me to write this tutorial. It is a gift ribbon, consisting of various app icons, wrapped around an iPhone. This effect can be easily achieved with Photoshop Warp transform tool. Christmas is around the corner and I hope you may find this tutorial useful for upcoming projects. If you are not familar with the Warp tool, I sugest you read my Photo Strip tutorial first.