Design Focus on Social Networking Website Layouts

by Jake Rocheleau
on May 31, 2013

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Ever since the early days of MySpace there have been social networking websites getting online with each passing year. The whole world is taken in this craze of social networking, tweeting, blogging, and lots of other similar tech-based activities. I have found that many social networks are utilizing common interaction techniques within their designs.

facebook social networking website homepage

I want to share just a few examples of my insights towards building a usable social network. This means designing a captivating landing page with easy instructions and rules for the users. Profile pages are also a big point in the design critique. You want to make your network as easy to use as possible. This is obviously much simpler said than done, but I am sure all observant designers will pick up quickly and follow suit with their own ideas.

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Budding Design Trends for Custom Video Players

by Jake Rocheleau
on May 17, 2013

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Video players both HTML5 and flash-based are becoming more popular. Faster Internet connections are leading towards a full technological breakthrough all around the world. We are now able to share content with people in almost every country – and streaming video is one of the cornerstones to Internet media.

I want to look into just a few video player styles from some popular social networking websites. Of course YouTube is known as one of the titans in the industry. But there are some other savvy companies and startups which are pushing the boundaries for online video players. The user interface design is a very important concept and it is worth a deeper study.

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45 Exceptionally Useful Photoshop Shortcuts

by Brant Wilson
on May 3, 2013

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Shortcut Commands for Photoshop

Photographers use Photoshop to edit their photos but this software can be a bit time consuming especially for beginners. There are different tools you can use with Photoshop and switching from 1 tool with the next one is what would consume most of your time. Here are 45 exceptionally useful Photoshop shortcuts that will bypass all those mouse clicks you need to switch tools and it will make photo editing a lot more convenient for you. There are many shortcuts out there and it can be a bit overwhelming at first. You won’t be able to memorize all of them. If you want, you can make a chart so you can easily remember what the shortcuts to use to execute what you desire. Choose your favorites and try to memorize them.

Beginners may be overwhelmed with the complexity of Photoshop but with practice you will eventually learn how to control and finally properly edit your photos with this wonderful program that is also used by professionals. You can transform an ordinary photo into an exceptional one with the help of this program but it takes a lot of skills to create such art. Slowly learn your way around the program by trying out the different tools and see what they’re used for and how they can transform your photos. What users normally notice is that there are a number of menu items and buttons to click and open then click again for the execution you want and that can really be time consuming. These tools are there for a reason and because Photoshop is very complex and comprehensive photo editing software, it has a lot of executions and tools available. If you don’t want to waste your time finding your way through all these buttons then these shortcuts will surely help you out.

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23 Flat Design iPhone Apps

by Brant Wilson
on April 18, 2013

in design Inspiration

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Flat design is becoming increasingly popular in the design and development space. When we say “flat” we are referring to the minimalist approach to design. We remove borders, shadows, variants, 3d elements to come up with a very clean simple and flat design. Minimal design has been popular for a while and it seems that flat conceptual working is taking that to next level. In this post we have put together some beautiful iPhone applications with flat design. If you like these designs you might also want to check out our previous post below.

30 Beautiful iPhone Application Websites

34 Incredible Brand New iPhone and iPad App Icons

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