This is a two-part tutorial on how to create an artistic and un-typical CSS list menu as seen on Web Designer Wall. In the first part (this article), I will show you how to design a watercolor effect menu in Photoshop. Then in next tutorial, I will show you how to slice the menu and code in CSS. If you need some inspiration on creating an artistic menu, visit our previous post on artistic websites. Ready? Let's begin Part 1. (Update: Part 2 is ready - Advanced CSS Menu)
Don't miss out the hottest upcoming design event, Future of Web Design 2007, New York, USA. It will take place November 7, 2007 at the Javits Convention Center, New York (read the venue page for details). There will be numbers of great web designers sharing their thoughts on the future of web design. Some of the speakers include: Joshua Davis, Jeffrey Zeldman, Andy Clarke, Khoi Vinh, David Martin, and Elliot Jay Stocks (see the speakers page for more). The conference pass is $195 and student pass is just $50. Visit the Future of Web Design official site for more information.
There are several thousands of WordPress plugins in the WordPress community and new plugins are coming out everyday. However, not all plugins are useful, in fact some are very bad written that will mess up your site or harm your WordPress installation. So how do you know which plugins are right for you? Well, here is a list of plugins that I have used or played around before. Hopefully you will something useful here.
WordPress was originally created as a weblog or blog platform. But now WordPress has grown so powerful that you can use it to create any type of website and use it as a Content Management System (CMS). In this article, I'm going to share some of my WordPress tricks with you on how to make a better WordPress theme. I'm not a programmer nor developer, so I will focus more on the frontend development. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that WordPress has made it so easy that even a non-programmer (designer like me) can build a wonderful website. My WordPress sites included: N.Design Studio, Best Web Gallery, Web Designer Wall, and some free WordPress Themes.
Next2Friends combines new and exciting services with an enriched online social experience that will rival all existing social spaces. Each quarter they will give away a new Dell Laptop; and each month they will give away an iPod Touch. All you have to do is pre-register (it is free) and be the first to experience the fun and innovative web technology. Next drawing for the laptop is Dec 15th. Next drawing for the iPod Touch is November 15th. For more details, visit Next2Friends.com.
Note: Web Designer Wall does not host the draw.
Based in Geneva & Lausanne, Switzerland, David is the founder of dache - a creative studio specialising in creating high-class logos and concepts to local, national and international clientele. Taking inspiration from his surroundings, David focuses on creating designs which are contemporary, innovative and unique, in line with his "out of the box thinking" philosophy. His work has received numerous recommendations from design websites and is showcased on a global scale. David's other interests include music, sculpture, the suprematism art movement and the works of painters such as Picasso and Mondriaan. He intends to travel in the near future to increase his inspiration.
As you probably know, illustration is a big trend now. We see them every where from fashion design, print media to web design. Here is a nice collection of over 30 sites that demonstrated excellent use of vector illustration. This set of site has proven that illustration is suitable for all type of sites — from personal blogs, to designer showcases, and even professional or corporate sites. Not only illustration can set the mood and characteristic of the site, but it can also establish an icon (branding) of your corporate image. Here are some good examples...