Design Networks to Find Brand New Freebie Downloads

by Jake Rocheleau
on June 2, 2013

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It seems as though every day there are new freebies to be released online. I am usually forcing myself to check out new websites once in a while to see what I am missing. The amount of networks online are simply tremendous! It would suck up at least an hour or more to go through all of the latest releases.

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I want to focus on a list of the more popular resources for locating design freebies. The list obviously includes freebie PSD and AI files to use in Adobe software. But icon sets are also typically common among designers. PSD/AI freebies are certainly the most demanded and will provide the best results when creating a website layout. I hope to share a few resources which will benefit web designers and developers around the globe.

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Must-Read Web Design Articles for Beginners

by Jake Rocheleau
on May 30, 2013

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There will always be new people getting into the process of learning web design. It is a convoluted topic at first, but if you stick with your studies it can be an extremely rewarding experience. The web design community is full of useful freebies and tutorials which you can find all through Google.

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I want to present a small collection of posts which are geared towards newcomers in web design. The technique involves both designing graphics and coding them into HTML/CSS webpages. These two main fields of study will require months if not years of practice before you feel confident with your work. But that is the beauty of web design! Just follow what the professionals do and you will quickly learn how to emulate the best design practices.

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High-Quality Video Backgrounds for Website Layouts

by Jake Rocheleau
on May 27, 2013

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Over the past year I have witnessed a rise in the popularity of background videos. There have been a lot of advancements with CSS3 and jQuery plugins to encapsulate the method of using fullscreen images within a website layout. This has been typical and expected for a while, yet designers are always breaking the mold for bigger and better ideas. Fullscreen video backgrounds are bandwidth-intensive and they also provide a unique browsing experience.

However the process of locating high quality videos for your background can be tough. There are not always places online you can go to grab a free download. And the other paid alternatives usually require a lot of haggling just to find what you need. I would like to present just a few solutions for those who are interested in using fullscreen video backgrounds. The technique does require some time and effort but in the end your website’s presentation will be phenomenal.

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jQuery Plugins Every Webmaster Should Try

by Jake Rocheleau
on May 23, 2013

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The open source jQuery library has penetrated fields of the old methods for coding JavaScript. New frontend developers have a larger toolbase to start building with, and so we can see loads of new plugins being released every month. This combination of open source codes along with plugin functionality means that you can extend your website using a single instance of jQuery.

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I want to expand on some of the more recent plugins I have found over the past couple weeks. These are based on all forms of Internet media and consider the interface aspect of building websites. Ajax and jQuery animations are also extremely popular among web developers. But check out a few of these ideas and see if you can find any gems.

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