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Paul Andrew (531 Posts)

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

49 Photoshop Tutorials from 2009

What a year it has been for Photoshop… so many new techniques, so many fresh ideas and so many new and creative web sites offering free tutorials. In this post we have collected the best of them, focusing on photo manipulation, design and drawing, poster design, caricature design and finally, illustration within Photoshop. We have purposely omitted icon design, text effects and GUI tutorials, these will be following in the coming weeks, keep an eye out for them.

HTML5 Resources and Tutorials

By now everyone has heard of HTML 5 and its new functionalities. Pretty exciting isn't it.
Of course, there are two sides to this, most developers love it, others feel it has come to soon and we are not ready for it. What ever your feelings are on this issue, it doesn't matter, it is here, so lets work with it.

Free WordPress Folder Iconset for our Readers

Iconshock had again offered us the opportunity to have an icon-set exclusively designed for our readers. This time we asked for a Wordpress folder structure icon set. There are four icons in the package, they are the the main Wordpress folder, WP Uploads folder , WP Plugins folder and finally, WP Themes folder.
I hope you enjoy them.

25 JavaScript Plugins for Feature-Rich Graphs and Charts

Creating an accessible data chart or graph in HTML is very tricky to achieve, especially with some elements, such as images, that allow only the most basic features that give textual information to non-visual users. What are the solutions?
PHP, Flash, Javscript (jQuery, MooTools, Prototype) and CSS can all be utilized successfully to implement interactive visualizations, and there are many techniques and solutions from each that will allow you to display them on web pages and apps.

10 Web Apps for Freelance Developers

Not having the same funds or resources of a web design agency can certainly be one of the downsides to working as a freelance developer or designer. Established web design agencies have the finance to be able to have expensive full blown usability tests on a project, they will have accountants to mange invoicing, managers to project manage and have multiple developers and designers to covering several different aspects of any given design.
As a freelancer you have to do it all!

50 Bright and Vibrant Web Designs

The conservative web designer can design a dark web site or a light web site, and will design everything in between as gray. Are you this type of designer? Or, are you bold enough and brave enough to let your creativity rein free and allow bright and vibrant colors to shine through in your next design project? What does the level of color on your web site say about you? (I must be a conservative).