design, Inspiration, Resources

Showcase of Retro Web Designs

In this post we have put together some beautiful retro web designs for your inspiration. If you like these retro designs you might also want to check out some of our previous posts below. Enjoy!

Collection of Abstract & Retro Futuristic Designs

350+ Retro and Vintage Photoshop Brushes

Also, if you are looking for further inspiration for a retro web design. You might want to check out a couple of vintage advertising books. There are two listed below that I particularly like.

Ad Boy: Vintage Advertising with Character by Warren Dotz. Buy from Amazon.com
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Vintage Commercial Art and Design by Frank H. Atkinson. Buy from Amazon.com

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Business/Freelance, design

MOJO-Themes.com Version 2.0 plus Anniversary Bundle!

MOJO Themes Anniversary Bundle

A New Era at MOJO-Themes

In case you have not been formerly introduced the MOJO-Themes, now is the time. MOJO-Themes is a buy and sell marketplace for premium themes and templates.

We spent the last year building a solid product that has proven to provide quality themes and templates on the most popular CMS platforms. We have some of the most talented people who sell WordPress themes, sell HTML templates, and sell Tumblr themes. Seeing that we have an amazing community, we felt we had the responsibility for setting the standard for marketplaces on the web. It was necessary to step up and continue evolving and improving upon was has already been built.

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design, Resources

Techniques for More Efficient Coding

There is an old saying that “time is money”. It may seem somewhat cliched to read, but there remains definite truth to the statement, even in the world of the web. Whether you’re designing or developing (or, as is often the case, doing both), there is an element of time involved and, as a professional, that time comes with a certain price tag. That price may be something that you the pass on directly to the client through hourly billings, or something you may absorb yourself when working on a flat rate project, but the simple fact of the matter is that the is a direct connection between the amount of time you spend on a project and the amount of money that you can ultimately bill on that project.

If you’re anything like me, one of the things that seems to take the most time on many web projects is the coding side. It’s just so easy to spend hours and hours coding away, and then wondering if you’ve actually accomplished anything because you may not all that much that can be shown or interacted with a tangible manner.

Personally, I find this to be especially true in the more functional stages of a project. Coding up plain HTML and CSS can move pretty quickly, but sometimes coding the more complex, programmatic aspects of a site can be a long, laborious process.

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design, Resources

Creative Ideas for Writing Content

We may, by trade, call ourselves web designers and/or developers, but let’s face it: many of us also have to wear the hat of writer from time to time too. Whether it’s a matter of producing content for our own blogs or perhaps being enlisted by a client to pen some of the copy for their site, I would guess that a sizable number of readers find themselves in the author’s chair from time to time.

But writing in and of itself is not always easy, and sometimes blogging can be even harder. Often, the biggest hurdle of all is just coming up with an interesting and compelling topic to write about.

In this article, I would like to look at a number of different techniques that you can use to help take that first step and come up with a topic that readers will hopefully latch onto, and perhaps even talk about on social media, thereby driving more traffic to your site! Also, while a lot of the examples that I will be pointing to come from the design community, I don’t think that these techniques are necessarily restricted to writing about design. They can be applied to almost any niche at all!

Write the Impossible

One great way to come up with a truly creative post is to look at your niche and then write something impossible that still sheds light on your subject! Sound confusing? It’s really quite simple (though perhaps not easy to execute). It involves looking at your topic from the perspective of something that cannot actually exist, but which will still provide an interesting perspective on your topic.

Want an interesting example? How about discussing how a number of the most popular blogs in the web design niche would smell. Yes, that’s right, smell. Just over a year ago, the site ThreeStyles actually published a blog post in which the author took 10 of the most popular design blogs (including DesignM.ag, based on its design at that time) and actually tried to imagine how each of them would smell.

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