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Paul Andrew (579 Posts)

About: Paul Andrew is the editor and founder of Speckyboy Design Magazine.

40 Detailed Drawing Tutorials for Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator can at first seem a little bit intimidating and daunting (speaking from first hand experience) to work with, whereas it is in many ways similar to working within Photoshop (or any other graphic editor), but in others very very different. And the thing is, quite often certain design techniques with Illustrator may seem at first complex, but in actual fact are very very simple – Its just about learning these techniques.

15 CSS3 Navigation and Menu Tutorials and Techniques

CSS3 is slowly but surely creeping into mainstream web design, more and more designers are using it, albeit in small doses, but it is certainly gathering momentum. It is an exciting time for web design.
A few weeks back we published an article called 20 CSS3 Tutorials and Techniques for Creating Buttons, just to start the CSS3 ball rolling, this time around we focus on some menu and navigation techniques that make use of the wonderful new properties that CSS3 offers.

50 Examples of Creative 404 – Page Not Found Pages

There are two ways you can go when designing a 404 page for your website – you could go the sensible route and make it usable and try to help the reader find exactly what they were looking for or, you could design a 404 page that not only defines the character of the web site or the designer, but also makes it a pleasure and surprise. Its amazing the effect a sprinkle of humor and some creativity can have on someone and it will certainly make your site that little bit more memorable.

Extend the Firebug Console with these 15 Extensions

There are a lot of useful tools for web designers and developers, they do tend to come and go and it usually depends on personal preference whether or not any tool is used. There is only one tool that has lasted the test of time and is not only universally used but also loved, and that is the Firefox extension Firebug – it is by far and away the best tool within web design.

25 Amazing and Fresh jQuery Plugins

Keeping up with the new jQuery plugin releases and developments sometimes feels like a full-time job! Every other day something new and better crops up that catches the eye and you think yourself “Wow, that looks good, I could use…