Design a Portfolio Site with a Textured Background

by Steven Snell

August 10, 2009 in Tutorials

Today we will be going through the process of creating a portfolio home page. The design uses a textured background created with Photoshop brushes and a featured content area to show off your work. At the end of the post you can download the PSD file used to create the tutorial, or you can get a two-page PSD set (home page and a secondary page) for free at Folio Focus.

The End Result:

Here is a preview of what we will be designing in this tutorial (click to see it in full size).

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17 Tips for Designers on Starting a Freelance Business

by Steven Snell

August 5, 2009 in Business/Freelance

As I interact with readers of my blogs, I continually encounter designers who are just getting started in the world of freelancing. In some cases they are very experienced designers/developers who are going out on their own for the first time. Others are trying freelancing part-time to see how it will work for them, and some are planning for a transition process but have not yet started to freelance. Since a large number of readers are facing issues that go along with getting started as a freelancer, I thought it would be helpful to share some tips from my own experience.

The tips in this post will cover all aspects of freelancing and the lifestyle that comes with it. In many cases unexpected issues and adjustments are what new freelancers struggle with, so hopefully this article will help to prepare new freelancers to meet the challenges that will be presented.

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25 Examples of Mega Menus in Web Design

by Steven Snell

August 4, 2009 in Inspiration

Mega menus are a growing trend in web design (see Mega Menus: The Next Web Design Trend from Sitepoint). For sites that involve a lot of pages and/or products, a mega menu may be able to improve navigation and usability. In this post we’ll look at 25 examples of mega menus in action.

Many of those featured in this post are from e-commerce websites. Mega menus are common on e-commerce sites because they typically include a lot of categories of different products, and so mega menus can be very useful. They are also a possibility for other large websites where fewer clicks can be used to get to a specific page with a mega menu.

Little Kids Bedrooms

Little Kids Bedrooms

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Sticky (Fixed) SideNav Layout with CSS

by Soh Tanaka

August 3, 2009 in Tutorials

Today I would like to go over how to create a fixed sidenav layout for your blog or website.

Having a fixed sidenav comes in handy when dealing with blog style websites where the content is extremely tall and there is a need for good amount of scrolling. The fixed navigation allows the user to cruise through the content without scrolling back up to the top to navigate through the rest of the site.

Fixed SideNav with CSS

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