This Weeks Twitter Design News Roundup N.21

This is our weekly Twitter Design News Round-Up, a collection of fresh design related resources that we have shared via Twitter in the past week.
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Design Reviver Q&A

Twitter News
Last week Design Reviver launched a question and answers community exclusively for web designers. Anyone can post a question and anyone (after registering) can answer.
It is a service that the community has sorely lacked, and is great way for developers to find new ideas and solutions and also give back at the same time. Have you asked a question yet?

I’m done: Star Wars opening crawl, using only HTML…

The Star Wars opening crawl, using only HTML & CSS. It only works in Snow Leopard in Safari 4.0.4 and the WebKit nightly, nothing else supports the CSS 3D transforms and animations that were used.

20 Best Twitter-likes And Useful Tutorials To Work With Twitter

Twitter News
Twitter design and its features are having a big influence on web design and development. This article gives you 20 tutorials and resources that are Twitter-like and useful for your web projects.

jQuery Plugin Design Patterns: Part I

Twitter News
jQuery plugins come in all shapes and sizes. They perform very simple or very complex tasks depending on their intended use. When it comes time for you to design your own plugin, its really important to understand what patterns other developers use and what will best suits your needs.

33 Best of the Best Open Source Content Management Systems

Twitter News

20+ .htaccess Hacks Every Web Developer Should Know About

Twitter News
Apache's .htaccess(hypertext access) configuration file can be a very powerful tool in a web developer's toolkit when it is used properly. It can be found in the webroot of your server and can be easily edited using any text editor., and in this article you will be shown 20 useful .htaccess hacks and how to use them.

Tips for Coding and Designing Usable Web Forms

Twitter News
While it is fairly easy to slap together a form in HTML, it’s not as easy to code, style, and design your form in a manner that makes it usable and accessible to the majority of users. Since forms play such a large role in website conversions and success rates, the tips in this post, as well as the resources provided at the end of this article, should prove valuable for developers creating and coding web forms.

A Guide to Wireframing

Twitter News
Wireframing is usually one of the first steps to really mapping out your user flows, and is a place where all the ideas can be brought together to build a better picture of what the final project will be like. Its important to understand the purpose of a wireframe and communicate this to either your client or colleagues.

How To Design A Clean and Minimal Portfolio Website

Twitter News
In this post the author will show you how to codeand design a clean and minimal portfolio website – more specifically you’re going to learn how to build the front page of his recent awesome Satoshi WordPress Theme which you can also download for free.

12 really useful CSS tools

Twitter News

How to Make a Website – A Modern Guide

Twitter News
There are 5 parts to this guide that cover the complete design and development process of a modern web design. This guide requires that you have a copy of Adobe Photoshop, and make a few purchases (for a minimal cost) at, of course they are not necessary.
You will learn how to make a website starting from the concept design, to the html and css.

Beautiful Typographic Business Cards

Twitter News

The Best Icon Sets for Minimal Style Web Design

Twitter News
With so many free icon sets available now, sometimes it makes more sense to not spend countless hours designing and creating your own. However, it’s important that you do find the right style of icons to match your design. In the case of minimal web design, it’s all about clean layouts, little use of color, and few design elements. This means that when icons are required, they should have the same minimal design qualities. Here are some of the best icon sets for this type of design style.

25 Unique & Creative World Map Design

Twitter NewsMaps of the world are often either ‘political’ or ‘physical’. The most important purpose of the political map is to show territorial borders; the purpose of the physical map is to show features of geography such as mountains, soil type or land use. Geological maps show not only the physical surface, but characteristics of the underlying rock, fault lines, and subsurface structures.
But in this post they share some unique world map designs, some are fun, some are weird, but all are creative.

27 hilarious stuff you wish, were Photoshopped

Twitter News

How to Create a Stylish Pair of Headphones

Twitter News
In this tutorial, you'll see how to create a sleek pair of headphones, mainly using the Pen Tool and Blending Options. The tutorial is based on teaching some simple ways of using the Layer Styles to create some great shadows and a realistic sense of 3Dimension. This tutorial also involves showing you some interesting ways of using the Gradient Overlay option to create a metal effect.

Create a crumbled paper effect in Photoshop + PSD

Twitter News
In this tutorial, we will be learning about the GRID LINES in Photoshop and how to use them to create perfectly aligned objects. We will also learn about the advantages of Clipping masks. Finally, we will be creating a framework so that any picture can be added and made look like an icon. This is a very simple Tutorial and can be achieved in basic steps.
12 free colorful patterns!

Mobile Icon Set

Twitter News

12 free colorful patterns!

Twitter News

10 Quick Tips for Running a Website Optimization Test

Twitter News
Running website optimization tests can be a very rewarding process. You are able to see firsthand the fruits of your labor. You may be surprised how the smallest of changes can have such large impacts in the overall outcome of a website. Many times, once you get started testing different elements of a website it is hard to stop. You will keep looking for things to test and ways to improve your website. This is great but it is also important to make sure that every test you conduct is worth your time and effort; not simply testing for the sake of testing.

Redesign Vs. Tweaked Design: What’s Best for Your Website

Twitter News
When the urge to redesign hits, take time to consider what’s best for your website: an all out makeover or simple, calculated tweaks? This article examines both and helps you decide.

BBC News – German government warns against using MS Explorer

Twitter News
The German government has warned web users to find an alternative browser to Internet Explorer to protect security.
The warning from the Federal Office for Information Security comes after Microsoft admitted IE was the weak link in recent attacks on Google's systems.
Microsoft rejected the warning, saying that the risk to users was low and that the browsers' increased security setting would prevent any serious risk.
However, German authorities say that even this would not make IE fully safe.

Fix IE7 scrolling background problem in textarea form fields

Twitter News
E6-7 incorrectly scrolls an applied element background for textarea field or overflows an input field in forms. Even the most common css hack suggested is to use the fixed position for background attachment, sometimes this isn’t enough.

Mozilla revs up Firefox 3.6 speed by 15%

Twitter News
Mozilla's new Firefox 3.6 is about 15% faster than its predecessor, Firefox 3.5, but still is a slowpoke compared to the current speed demons, Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome, benchmark tests show.
According to tests run by Computerworld, Firefox 3.6, which Mozilla launched on Thursday, is the third fastest of five Windows browsers tested. Firefox renders JavaScript three times faster than Opera 10 and more than four times faster than Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 (IE8). It's also 14.5% faster than Firefox 3.5, the Mozilla browser that debuted in June 2009, a slightly larger speed increase than Mozilla has claimed.

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