Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Who is Killersites?

Monday, September 6th, 2010

In this shameless, self promoting video, Stef talks a bit about Killersites and what we do … in a nutshell. Jody Killersites.com

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How To Make Glass Buttons Using Adobe Illustrator

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

In this simple tutorial, we are going to use Adobe Illustrator make buttons that have a glass-like look to them. I’m using Illustrator rather than Photoshop because once you make your button in Illustrator, you are left with a much more flexible button graphic that can be used to make more buttons of different sizes. […]

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The Dubious Advantages of a Web Design Degree

Monday, December 21st, 2009

I got a call last week from someone who was considering a three year college program in web design. The whole thing was going to cost him tens of thousands of dollars … and that’s just what you have to pay the school! He called to ask about my video tutorial courses; he saw that […]

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Smart Web Designers Play to their Strengths

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

One of the biggest mistakes people make, is trying to develop skills in areas that they suck in. For example, you maybe good at writing HTML and CSS code but in the end, your pages don’t look all that great.

… Let’s face it, some people just don’t have that artistic/designers eye.

Play to your Strengths

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Pixarra TwistedBrush Review

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Pixarra rebranded its digital drawing Sketchbook program into the new TwistedBrush application and I don’t like it. The program claims that it is “one of the most versatile and powerful brush engines in existence packaged in into an easy to use program”. TwistedBrush has over 5,000 brush styles, with all the customization choices, but I […]

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Professional Web Designer’s Roadmap

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

The skills of a professional web designer are constantly changing because the Web is constantly changing. This fast-paced nature of the Web is considered good by some (because it opens up opportunity) while others hate it because you have to be ready to learn new web design skills regularly. … Personally, I see it as […]

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Adobe Illustrator CS4 Review

Monday, October 5th, 2009

At version number fourteen, finding more features to improve the already near-perfect Illustrator app is probably quite the challenge for the developers at Adobe. Yet, they’ve managed to do it again and we’ll go into these features in just a moment. The basics about Illustrator: it’s compatible with both Mac and Windows, has a bevy […]

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Corel Painter 11 Review

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Corel’s Painter software, especially since the release of version X, gained quite a following from serious digital artists. Now, Corel Painter 11, a refined, more customizable version of an already great program, lets you carry an entire artist’s studio on your laptop. Painter is a bit steep – at $429 (box) or $399 (download), with […]

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Table to Tableless

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Table to Tableless Migration This tutorial requires intermediate knowledge of HTML/XHTML. It only requires basic knowledge of CSS. All of the properties I am using are being added to an embedded page style sheet, which is between the <head> tags in the document. You must use this to define header CSS: <style type=”text/css”> and </style>. […]

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The Universal Principles and the Business of Web Design

Monday, June 8th, 2009

It has been a while since I’ve posted on this subject – I’ve been busy working on upgrading the clarity of my videos. You should see the results of that work soon enough. What are the ‘Universal Principles’ … and how do they apply to the business of web design? These are some of the […]

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How To Properly Use Web 2.0

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Using Web 2.0 for the Right Reasons The term, Web 2.0, has become so common that it’s now almost one of those labels that everyone knows, but nobody knows the definition of. In fact, clients often ask me—with complete seriousness—if I can provide “Web 2.0 ” for their site. My reply is typically along the […]

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