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7 February 2008
Use Colour Effectively and Creatively
Topic: Website design
COLOURlovers™ is a resource that monitors and influences colour trends. COLOURlovers gives students and teachers - a place to check out a world of colour, compare colour palettes, submit news and comments, and read colour related articles and interviews.

Posted by tonywh2 at 7:44 AM EADT
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3 December 2007
The Secret To Getting A Lot Of Web Design Work
Topic: Website design
Here is an article from a freelancer with advice on how to succeed in web design. Topics include 1. Push Yourself and Get Good 2. Be Likeable, Excited and Enthusiastic 3. Be Referrable! 4. Design the portfolio you think your clients want to see 5. Focus on Clients and Be Flexible

Posted by tonywh2 at 7:43 AM EADT
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21 November 2007
Capturing Screenshots
Topic: Website design
Here is a list of services for taking screenshots of web sites. It is probably one of the most commonly done tasks on the internet - doubly so if you have a blog or work as a designer. Thumbalizr, is a service that lets you take screenshots of websites. However, there are several other tools for easy screenshot capturing - some standalone and some in the form of a browser plugin.

Posted by tonywh2 at 11:11 AM EADT
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Blog and Website Templates
Topic: Website design
Refer to this list if you are not satisfied with ready-made blog and website templates and want to build your own design, having a bare-bone structure might make it easier. Mashable have created a list of top ten tools to help you create that basic structure to kick-start your creativity.

Posted by tonywh2 at 11:07 AM EADT
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13 July 2007
Add Content From To Your Web Sites
Topic: Website design widgets allow you to add content on your blogs, wikis, social media sites , personalized homepages like Netvibes and iGoogle, as well as personal Web sites. Could this be an emerging trend that other magazines and newspapers will adopt.

Posted by tonywh2 at 6:05 PM NZT
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16 June 2007
Web Site Development Tool - Free
Topic: Website design
Synthasite is a powerful and easy to use website development tool. The construction tool lets you visually assemble your website using templates, components, widgets and services from the Synthasite superstore. Synthasite has a large and growing "superstore" of free web components to choose from including Widgets and Templates. Synthasite will host your site for free.

Posted by tonywh2 at 10:39 PM NZT
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2 June 2007
Create Your Own 3D Web Space
Topic: Website design

3B is a fun new web experience. 3B allows you take any web sites or photos and place them in a personalized 3D space, your 3B village. You can use MySpace, Hi5 or Bebo pages or photos you've loaded onto Flickr, Photobucket or any other web

Posted by tonywh2 at 10:18 PM NZT
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Free Website Creation
Topic: Website design
Use Infogami to create free websites. One-click editing lets you fix typos instantly. With customizable templates your site looks just the way you want it to. Detailed graphs let you see how many people are visiting your site. Full revision history lets you see who wrote what when. Fine-grained permissions let you decide what people can edit and what they can't. Every site gets a built-in weblog you can post stories to.

Posted by tonywh2 at 9:50 PM NZT
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27 May 2007
A New Way to Build Web Pages
Topic: Website design
Popfly is the fun, easy way to build and share mashups, gadgets, Web pages, and applications. Popfly consists of two parts. Popfly Creator is a set of online visual tools for building Web pages and mashups.  Visually Design Your Page without writing code using the same technology that powers the Microsoft Office Live Web Designer. Use Blocks to do things like get their photos from Live Spaces or Flickr and visually display them using Silverlight blocks like a slideshow or an interactive photo carousel, all without writing code. Choose from over 150 different themes, 10 styles, and 30 unique color themes for a unique visual design. Go beyond the traditional static Web page hosting offered today and embed mashups, gadgets, and other dynamic content built by you or the Popfly community directly into your site.

Posted by tonywh2 at 12:32 PM NZT
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Create Your Own Buttons
Topic: Website design
Make cool Web 2.0 buttons in only 4 steps and no registration required. MyCoolButton is a new Web 2.0 button generator that lets you choose the size, color, font and text for your button, then download it.

Posted by tonywh2 at 9:59 AM NZT
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6 May 2007
Website Users Counter
Topic: Website design

Go to this site if you want to know how many users are reading your website or blog in real time? Then simply copy and paste the code the page onto every one of your pages to bring up our nice little widget. No registration or setup required!

Posted by tonywh2 at 8:17 PM NZT
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20 April 2007
Drag and Drop Website Creation
Topic: Website design

Essentially, you create a free Zude account and start with a blank canvas, where you can drag and drop anything from the rest of the Web. When logged in, you simply open a new browser window and grab any piece of content you would like – a photo, a video, a widget, or even an entire Web page – and drop it on your Zude page. From there, it can be manipulated, resized, or even given functions such as alt text or hyperlinks. Thus, Zude can serve as anything form a simple personal site, to a tribute to your favorite band, or become the “ultimate mashup” where you combine information from all of your social networking profiles, blogs, widgets, and favorite web sites.

Posted by tonywh2 at 3:36 PM NZT
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16 April 2007
The Principles of Beautiful Web Design
Topic: Website design
Here is a really great article on design. Anyone, no matter what level of artistic talent he or she has, can come up with a design that works well and looks good--all it takes is a little experience and a working knowledge of some basic layout principles. The book from which this article is excerpted, The Principles of Beautiful Web Design , covers each of these principles in turn, showing even the least design-oriented of us how to create beautiful, elegant, functional designs -- see the Table of Contents  for details. You can download this article  -- Chapter 1 of the book -- in PDF format to read offline. So get started with the basics and before long you'll have the foundation necessary to design gallery-quality web sites.

Posted by tonywh2 at 10:20 AM NZT
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15 April 2007
Multimedia Website Development Tool
Topic: Website design
ZCubesTM is the world's first website where you can seamlessly browse, search, edit, paint, draw, hand-write, watch, listen, publish, type, print, network, teach, learn, and work. Z/cube is an online editing tool that lets you draw all over the websites you visit. Add notations, sketches and notes . They offer pre-selected portals to choose from when marking up a site. There are several ways in which this can be done, from freehand to text boxes. You can drag and drop images, video and hyperlinks onto your Zcube and publish your ZCube to the web.

Posted by tonywh2 at 2:40 PM NZT
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30 March 2007
Collaborative Design
Topic: Website design
Use this free web service to obtain or provide feedback on  your TAFE design projects. You can upload your designs, EMBED THEM IN YOUR BLOG,  and others can add voice or text comments and colour annotations. It's a great tool for collaborative design projects, particularly when you are looking for ideas from other TAFE students to help you overcome a 'sticking point'.

Posted by tonywh2 at 9:04 PM NZT
Updated: 30 March 2007 9:07 PM NZT
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10 January 2007
Five Simple Steps To Designing With Colour
Topic: Website design
Here is a tutorial on using colour in design. Designing with colour is perhaps the element of graphic design which is the most difficult to get right. Why? Well, because it is the most subjective. For some, a palette of dark grey with splashes of bright pink will be just great; to others it would just be all wrong. Too many designers, whether schooled in colour-theory or not, end up making subjective decisions about colour and then when it comes to explaining those decisions to a client, things begin to unravel.

Posted by tonywh2 at 8:17 AM EADT
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27 December 2006
Web Design Tutorial
Topic: Website design

Here is a link to basic web design tutorials. You can't just take all the design elements, throw them together and make a good web page, any more than you can take some eggs, sugar, flour and throw them together and get a cake.  Making a web page that works requires a lot of sensitivity to the various forces at work. A good design solution is one that balances those (often opposing) forces. And here is a link to a tutorial that focuses on Web 2.0 design.

Posted by tonywh2 at 1:13 PM EADT
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13 December 2006
Website Development
Topic: Website design

Try using this webservice to create and publish websites. Weebly is the easiest way to create and publish a great looking website for free. From personal to professional sites, Weebly will enable you to spend your time on the most valuable part of your site, its content. Features include * Drag and drop interface, * a variety of themes, * personalised sub-domains (WOW!), * export to zip filies and numerous content elements (photos, videos, maps, etc.

Posted by tonywh2 at 8:23 AM EADT
Updated: 13 December 2006 11:48 AM EADT
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14 February 2006
What is Web 2.0?
Topic: Website design
Web 2.0 refers to a new generation of Web sites that are far more dynamic than their predecessors. Instead of a solitary experience, like reading a newspaper or a catalog online, these Web sites allow users to interact with each other and help shape what appears on the screen.

Posted by tonywh2 at 7:02 PM EADT
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12 January 2006
Wikis described in plain english
Topic: Website design
Normal web sites are usually developed offline and then presented to users as a finished product. By comparison, wikis are first presented to users as a blank slate- an empty page. A new wiki is an empty wiki, no pages, no links. Instead of a team of designers developing a web site in private, a wiki is developed in public by the users of the wiki over the life of the wiki. Wikis are websites that are revolutionising the way organisations manage knowledge and their relationships with customers.

Posted by tonywh2 at 6:43 AM EADT
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