July 2011

Psychological Manipulation in eCommerce Design.

Web designers and architects use an array of psychological tricks to manipulate users into specific behaviors. What can be learned from these tricks? And, more importantly, is it ethical? UxBooth has some answers.

The Must Have Jailbreak Apps.

Jailbreaking unleashes the true potential of iOS. In order to squeeze every bit of juice from iOS, you need all the best tweaks, enhancements and apps there are. Gizmodo has what you need.

Designing for Android.

Nobody can ignore that Android currently has the majority of smartphone market share and that it is being used on everything from tablets to e-readers. This article at SmashingMagazine will help designers become familiar with what they need to know to get started with Android and to deliver the right assets to the development team.

Meet the Top 15 Photographers on Instagram.

Learn how Instagram’s most-followed users are using the iPhone application to supplement their work and capture the world in unique ways. Mashable asked each Instagram user to share a favorite shot, and they augment those photos with their own editorial selections.

How to Add the Google +1 Button to your Website.

Google has released its Google +1 (“plus one”) button to compete with Twitter’s Tweet button and Facebook’s Like button. This is a big step towards adding the social aspects to the search results.  This button can generate potential traffic and exposure to your web site. All your visitors need to have is a Google account to use your Google button. WpArena will get you started.

A Manual Photography Cheat Sheet.

LivingInTheStills has created an attractive Cheat Sheet for those who eschew the Auto setting on their cameras. Manual Photography provides you with full control over your camera and this little chart explains the settings clearly.

Cutting edge examples of HTML5 Web Design.

CreativeFan have gathered up a bunch of different HTML5 design examples, to show you some of the possibilities for HTML5 web design and websites.  These designs show off some of the advanced techniques that you can achieve with both HTML5 and CSS3.

Five Copywriting Errors that can ruin a company’s Website.

The effectiveness with which a website converts visitors hinges on words. If a new website is going to hit all the right notes, its content must be just as well crafted as its design and programming. However, as you might imagine, there are many ways to go wrong with content in a Web development project. SmashingMagazine discusses errors that have the potential to undo a website.

50 wonderfully designed Wedding Invitations.

Wedding invitation design is one of the most creative areas of print design today. Talented designers really pull out all the stops and create some amazingly inspirational pieces. Check out the fifty astounding examples of wedding invitation design at DesignShack.

June 2011

Extraordinary Collection of Arabic Typography.

Arabic typography is easy to appreciate for ‘foreign’ viewers who cannot read the language. The flowing lines, use of swashes and swirls and a calligraphic expression are a beautiful marriage of typography and pure graphic design. Designzzz present a wonderful showcase of Arabic typography with a broad range of styles and treatments. Check out other examples here at TheGraphicPost by searching ‘Arabic’.