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Jake Rocheleau (103 Posts)

About: Jake Rocheleau is a passionate web designer and social media entrepreneur. He is frequently researching the latest trends in digital design and new-age Internet ideas. He's also an advocate for the social media revolution - follow his updates on Twitter @jakerocheleau.

Tips on Designing Layouts Focused around Content

In web design we frequently assume any layout with a spiffy logo and graphics will work out perfect. But designing for the web goes much deeper than attractive page graphics. The entire user experience comes into play and you have to account for a number of anomalies in your layout. In this article I’d like to examine some tips on…

How the Cloud is Affecting Web Designers

By now you must have heard of the buzz labeled as cloud computing. The basics of the cloud are still unknown by many designers, but it’s not difficult. A general cloud setup may contain a large server farm which connects as one central “storage” or “cloud computer” hub. Web hosts have begun offering cloud packages where you only pay for…

Guidelines for Creating an Elegant E-mail Newsletter Layout

Marketing is the lifeblood of the Internet industry. Running your own brand and corporation can be tiresome, not to mention extremely difficult. But with a powerful e-mail marketing campaign you can gather a lot of attention very quickly. It’s a fast process to find new subscribers and build a unique newsletter. However there are many convoluted guidelines for creating such…

40 Dribbble Shots for Mobile and UI App Design Inspiration

Mobile designers have become more prominent in today’s extensible web. iOS and Android apps have flooded the markets and earned a lot of money for some small development studios. The smartphone era has taken off with a huge buzz, and now app designers and developers are in high demand. The local design community Dribbble often features shots from mobile designers….

Managing Your Time with Freelance and Personal Design Projects

Providing your services as a freelancer is hard work. It will require a lot of your time, patience, and gratitude towards your customers. Set aside the fact you’ll be slaving away on many projects just to pay bills, all the while often ignoring your own creative project ideas. The most important skill any freelance web designer can master is time…

Showcase of Beautifully Designed Charts & Graphs

Charts are some of the best graphical representations of data we have. On the modern web it’s very popular to share information via pie charts, graphs, plots, grids, and more. These can even be constructed dynamically with libraries such as jQuery and MooTools. And with HTML5/CSS3 standards moving towards mainstream it’s more common than ever before. Consider some of the…

Signup Form Usability and Design Best Practices

Honest usability techniques when applied properly will expand your site layouts beyond the elite in web design. When you can open your mind to new ideas it’s possible to manifest brilliant visions into your web pages. This hierarchy plays double for user interface objects and forms. I’ve included a few examples and tips below on building usable design forms. Best…

Useful Tools To Check Cross-Browser Compatibility Issues

With today’s modern web it’s not uncommon for many visitors to be using a different browser. The options seem almost unlimited with Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, and of course Internet Explorer. There are also many lesser-known browsers and 3rd party software for Mac and Linux Operating Systems. When it comes to designing websites you must take these specs…

Building Credibility with Responsive Website Design

Website traffic is the key component to building any strong community. As web designers we often forget about the user experience and focus on pretty graphics and pixel icons. However without users our websites would turn into bits of redundant data held on servers across the world. When building a credible website you must garner each user’s trust and reliability….

User Interface Case Study of Flash Video Players

Flash technology has overtaken the web by storm. Many designers and app developers have been utilizing Flash since it was created by Macromedia in 1996. Today modern standards have been taking over in regards to audio and video streaming, however none can compare to the quality and customizations allowed with Flash apps. YouTube has spurred more than thousands of viral…