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How to effectively use LinkedIn in less than 30 minutes a day

July 17, 2012 by Greg | 0 comments

Whenever I present on the topic of LinkedIn marketing inevitably the question comes up: “How much time should I spend on LinkedIn?” While there is no black and white answer, in general, you should be able to effectively use LinkedIn about 15-30 minutes a day.

Now, there are caveats. If you’re a job seeker or recruiter, then obviously you should be spending more time. But, if you are using it to market your business, or to keep your personal and professional brand in the forefront of your LinkedIn network, then it’s a great start.

I have a system for using LinkedIn and most of the time I stick to it. You should be able to do the same thing, by following these steps:

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Effective Image Use in Web Design

July 15, 2012 by Greg | 0 comments

Images can play a huge role in a web design. They can be used as a large background image that sets the tone for the whole site, or they can appear in the form of thumbnails in a grid. However you end up using images, great care and thought should be put into composition, layout, and style. For this post, we’ve gathered a collection of sites that are great examples of how images should be used in web design.


Photo Usage in Web Design

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10 jQuery Plugins to make your life easier

July 10, 2012 by Greg | 0 comments

jQuery has changed the way developers write JavaScript and the way users interact with websites and web applications. If you’re a developer, you know what a pleasure it can be to work with jQuery, especially the convenience of plugins. In this post, we’ve rounded up 10 jQuery Plugins that Will Make your Life Easier. In this collection of plugins, you’ll find a wide range of functionality, from navigation enhancements to image viewing.


blur.js is a jQuery plugin that produces psuedo-transparent blurred elements over other elements.

10 jQuery Plugins that Will Make your Live Easier

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Make Safari Address Bar like Chrome’s

July 5, 2012 by Greg | 0 comments

I use Chrome for my 9-5 job as a Marketing Specialist for Guild Mortgage company. It works well to sync work related bookmarks between my two laptops, amongst other things. I use Safari on my personal laptop that I do all my freelance web design on. For the most part I prefer Safari, mainly because it is native to the OS, and it works well with my iOS devices (I love the reading list). One thing that annoys me with Safari though is the inability to perform a search from the address bar, you have to tab over to the search bar. While this may seem trivial, you obviously searched for it too, and not from the address bar of Safari. Chrome does this great. So great in fact that a developer has kindly made it possible to do this in Safari with a new extension called Safari Omnibar. SafariOmnibar will work for Safari 5.0 (Snow Leopard users) and Safari 5.1 (Lion users).

Simply download this file

Close Safari

Install downloaded file.

Open Safari

If you see that the search bar on the right side of the toolbar in Safari has disappeared, you know that the extension has successfully installed. You should now see just one, giant address bar in Safari.

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Inspiring Package Design

July 4, 2012 by Greg | 0 comments

Package design can be a good alternative place for finding inspiration. From textures to color schemes and typography, we can get a lot of references from packaging designs. A good place to browse – other than your local shops and/or supermarket – if you are also a package lover is lovelypackage.com, a nice website that curates the best of the package world. Today we gathered a few examples of inspiring packaging design from their website to showcase here. Check out each one of them and click on the images to find out more about each design and their designers.

Rahal Farms

Inspiring Packages

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8 Useful Websites for testing code

July 3, 2012 by Greg | 0 comments

As a web developer, having a place to quickly test code can be extremely handy. For this post, we’ve gathered some very useful websites that allow you to do just that. And along with testing a debugging, many of these sties let you share and backup, which is a huge benefit when collaborating with other developers.


JsFiddle is a playground for web developers, a tool which may be used in many ways. One can use it as an online editor for snippets build from HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The code can then be shared with others, embedded on a blog, etc.

8 Useful Websites for Testing Code Snippets

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Create a Responsive, Mobile First WordPress Theme

July 1, 2012 by Greg | 0 comments

Let’s assess the situation. WordPress is an extremely popular, flexible, easy to use and open-source blogging and CMS system. More and more mobile devices are flooding the market every day, changing the way people use the Internet. And the need is growing for more beautifully designed and coded WordPress themes that work well across all of these devices. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s get to work!

How to create a responsive mobile first WordPress Theme

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20 Fresh CSS3 Tutorials

June 30, 2012 by Greg | 0 comments

The design industry is probably one of the fastest changing and growing. Designers have to keep their eyes on everything, including new trends in visual design, as well as interaction technologies like jQuery, HTML5, and CSS3. Designers are using these technologies to express more creativity in design production and make user experience richer.

In this post today, I would like to share with you some amazing and beautiful CSS3 tutorials for creating various web design elements and interactions. Use this collection to learn something new and be prepared for the near future of the web.

Quickly Build a Swish Teaser Page With CSS3

Quickly Build a Swish Teaser Page With CSS3

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to build a teaser page using just CSS, no images or even a Photoshop design. Use it for any app or website that’s getting ready to launch.

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15 High Quality PSDs You’ll use

June 26, 2012 by Greg | 0 comments

It now seems that every designer under the sun is offering free PSD’s to help entice new business and increase traffic to their websites. I’ll hold my hands up high as i’m one of these people. But out of all these free PSD’s how many of them do we actually find useful?

So, i’ve put together a small list of high quality PSD’s I know you’ll love! Be sure to take a look through each of the PSD’s authors websites too, they’ve put a lot of time and effort into providing other designers with these free PSD’s we can all use and learn from!

If you have any PSD’s or designers offering free PSD’s that you’d like to recommend, feel free to post them in the comments below!

World Map & Pin

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