Archive for May, 2012

Collection of black color wallpapers and background images

Thursday, 24 May, 2012
dark wallpapers and images

Is black actually a color?

Scientifically black is not a color, maybe we can call it a shade. Well, It’s a nice topic for a good debate. Personally I really like black and I use it extensively in my designs. Black designs or designs which are on black theme gives an elegant and professional look. A black and white or grayscale design looks more clean and it is less harmful to human eyes than a colorful one. Black and white minimalistic layouts are becoming a common trend in web design these days.

In fact, there are so many interesting facts about black color. A black cat crossing one’s path is considered bad luck in many cultures, except in England, where spotting a black cat is considered good luck. Another interesting fact is, Black implies weight – people will think a black box weighs more than a white one. Most of these images are very high quality vector based files which are best suited for creating designs for print media such as online poster printing, brochure printing, postcard printing, car magnet printing etc.

Anyway, enough chat – Onward to the wallpapers! Hers is a collection of more than 25 beautiful and high quality wallpapers / backgrounds in black color, which are created by those most creative and talented artists or photographers from around the globe. All of these images are linked to its original source. The images are bookmarked with the original URL, each of these image has its own copyright terms of usage. If you’d like to use one of these images, please contact the copyright owner for the right permission.

Do web designers need to know coding?

Friday, 18 May, 2012

Imagine a world where web designers do not know bean about development and web developers are clueless about design. And it is a nerd like me bridging the gap to have a beautiful site up and running.

Sorry for starting with a quote, but I just cannot help but feeling a bit strange when I see that still a vast majority of web designers are blissfully ignorant of the basics of HTML and CSS. Well, do not get me wrong but it sounds really awkward that a designer who is brilliant with Photoshop and all that finds it struggling when he is put to test with some simple HTML or CSS tags. “I am a designer and I cannot code my own design” is not something that you would love to brag about. However, there is an argument, in favor of not learning HTML and CSS since it does not involve that creativity; but when pitted against the advantages of learning coding, the argument sounds a bit lame.

What is the problem?

Let’s imagine a beautiful world, where peace remains forever and where graphics can easily be imported and converted into a compelling website or app or whatever you wish it to be. But the real world is seldom like this. Here you have to design the beautiful thing in Photoshop and then get that thing converted via Dreamweaver or something like that. Since the concept of designers empowering themselves with the knowledge of HTML and CSS is nowhere near the horizon, a designer must team with a bunch of coders to deliver the projects on time.

So, it is basically a team work in progress here. Absence of a teammate and the whole work comes to a standstill. Wouldn’t it be nice if you can play the role of a part-time developer for the day and get the work going? In fact, I would like to go to the extreme and say that every designer needs to know the tidbits of coding and all that. Moreover, learning the basics of HTML or CSS is an enjoyable thing and that means, there is no apparent reason why you should drag your feet. Believe me, you are not going to regret for learning HTML and CSS. Never, ever.

Responsibilities That You Cannot Shy Away:

Not every designer is lucky. Some designers have the bad luck of doing more than designing a great landing page. They have to co-ordinate the whole thing and sometimes, their bosses believe that the guy has the potential to render any ideas into the browser. And believe me this is not a bad thing to do. It will barely take a month or two to get the hang on HTML and CSS and this additional knowledge is going to add much weight to your otherwise ordinary CV. Ok, to be honest, CSS may sound a bit tricky and it might take a while to nail down the concept of positioning of elements but believe me it’s worth the effort.

However, if you are still adamant and not willing to see the reason why you should be learning the tidbits of HTML and CSS, here are top 5 reasons why you should be thinking of investing your time in learning the basics of coding:

It Liberates You:

Most clients nourish the idea that designers know anything about coding and that means, they should be taught and instructed in the process so that result can be satisfying. It sounds great but the only hitch is that as a designer you will have to bear with a greater level of interruptions and in some worse cases, you might have to bear with ridiculous suggestions that will play spoil sport in the whole designing process. But armed with the divine knowledge of HTML and CSS, the client would not dare you to give his/her free advices and so the project will be finished on time and the world will be a happier place again.

Do Not Split the Creative process:

Splitting up the responsibility of coding and design will inevitably make a developer muddling with the designing thing since it does not make sense to bother the designer all the time to do small things like setting up the tone of the color or applying a different gradient etc. So, it perfectly makes sense for a designer to hone his coding skills as this will make it easier for him to ramp up the whole thing.

The gap is small:

Yeah, believe me there is little difference between coding and design. In fact, some experts are of the opinion that HTML and CSS are more of a designer’s thing than a coder is. Moreover, CSS and HTML also let you fine tune the designing and therefore, it can be fairly said that it is a kinda designer’s job. You just need to take a baby step and a rock solid career is waiting for you at the end.

It is Time saving:


Since you already know where you have added the creative tidbits, you will take care of that thing while slicing in HTML and CSS. It will come up to your head effortlessly and that means, the whole process of designing and then coding it in HTML will not take much longer time. Moreover, since you are doing it all yourself, there will be no wastage of time pertained to sending and receiving of file and getting other people involved in the process when the whole thing is totally unnecessary.

Endless Opportunity:

If you wish to earn some extra bucks, you would need to know both designing and programming. Take this way, a client would never like the idea of awarding a project to a designer and then to a developer to get the project done. It is totally confusing and takes up much time. So, this is the reason why there is a huge demand of designers who also know coding.

This guest post was written by Michael Evans, who is a passionate writer and a regular blogger. He is good at Photoshop and he has also contributed different tutorials on web design and development.

Why is your health important as a web designer

Tuesday, 1 May, 2012

As a web designer, you are constantly worried about meeting deadlines on time while producing high quality content. Hard-working and dedicated to your job, you have the tendency to engage in more than one project at a time, multi-tasking in the best way that you possibly can. The responsibilities of being a web designer are numerous and sometimes they can be overwhelming; in such situations, it is only normal to ask yourself when you are going to finish the layout of a website, write the content for another project and also find the time to breathe. This is why you need to look after your health, because you have chosen a job/career that can be very pleasant and rewarding, while stressful and over-demanding.

The biggest mistakes that web designers tend to make whereas their health is concerned

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If you have seen a TV commercial made for various types of medication, then you will notice how they present the list of symptoms, so that you can easily recognize whether you are suffering from such problems or not. Borrowing this model, you should know that there are several symptoms that represent red signals, all of them leading to what the medical professionals present as the burn out syndrome. As a web designer, especially once who is passionate about working, you run the danger of over-stepping the limit and ending up tired, bored or stressed.

Web designers do not lead a peaceful existence and they are always under the stress of deadlines. One of the biggest mistakes that they tend to make is accepting other projects when they know that it is difficult already to handle the ones they have. Also, another mistake is choosing projects that are overly-complicated, above their level of experience. This puts extra pressure on them and only leads the trap for disappointment and frustrations. There is always the danger of losing a project because it could not be finished in time, so you might also want to pay increased attention to how many projects you contract. Plus, you have to think about the quality of the final work, because there are many web designers who tend to prefer quantity over quality, which is obviously a very big mistake.

Temptations to avoid

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Whether you have experience in working as a web designer or you have just started your career, you will still have to think about a lot of things. For example, at first, you might be tempted to finish one project after the other, without allowing yourself the necessary time to breathe, relax and, why not, think. Also, you might be tempted to choose projects that are offered mostly by anyone, without verifying their reliability and trustworthiness. Assessing such factors might not seem so important at the moment but you have to think long and hard; otherwise, you will risk working for projects that are never going to get paid.

Being the smallest fish might be a good thing at the start of your career because you do not have any responsibilities or they are very reduced in number. However, the field of web design is constantly expanding and it would be the biggest shame to remain the small fish, regardless of how big the temptation might actually be. Allow yourself to constantly search for progress and reach a new different level on a regular basis; in this way, you will gain even more experience and you will learn the best way in which to avoid temptations. Work hard, work good and you will certainly have an increased resistance to temptations, whether we are talking about the personal or professional experience.

Solutions to maintain your health while working as a web designer

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Follow the health tips presented below and you will never have any health problems in your successful career:

  • Set yourself a fixed schedule for working, with breaks in-between (for every 50 minutes spent working on the computer, you need 10 minutes of break).
  • Sit upright and do not slouch while working on the computer, otherwise you might end up with a serious problem in your spine (scoliosis for example).
  • Wear glasses that guarantee eyesight protection.
  • Allow yourself the time to complete a task and do not go back and forth from one task to the other; you will feel yourself tired and frustrated for not being able to finish.
  • Exchange opinions with other people who share the same career or job as yourself; do not believe that they are going to steal your ideas but rather try to get a feedback from them. In this way, you will reduce the amount of stress that comes with completing complex projects.

Conclusions and recommendations

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We live in stressful times and this doesn’t make a reference only to web designers. However, this job can place a lot of stress on the people who have chosen it and one’s health could easily deteriorate if the pointers above are not followed. Do not wait for a miracle solution to fall out of the sky and learn how to take care of yourself; preventing the appearance of work-related illnesses is always better than having actually to treat them. By protecting your eyes, you reduce the risk of cataract. By protecting your back, you reduce the risk of scoliosis. The list of reasons could go on for a really long time but the important thing to remember is that your health is essential.

The computer might be one of the biggest innovations and an invaluable tool for web designers but it can also damage our health. So, the next time you are signing up for a new project and you want to start designing a website, please think about the tips and information that was presented here in this article. An ancient Latin saying reminds us that a healthy mind is in a healthy body, so try to always remember this piece of advice. It is useful for your future career as a web designer.

This article has been written by Alexandra Vlasceanu, a freelance writer working for Go-Gulf.com, a website design company that provides web design solution in Saudi Arabia,Sharjah, Hong Kong and Middle East.