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Paul Andrew (526 Articles)

Paul is the founder and editor of Speckyboy Design Magazine. He has many years experience within the web design industry and a passion for the latest web technologies and design trends. He lives in the small town of Inverness in the north of Scotland. Follow him on Twitter.

An Introduction to Web Usability

The main reason web sites are built is so that they are functional to be USED. It’s a simple as that. They are tools, references and resources, nothing more. And as web designers, we need to always remember that.
Designing a web site needs to be about the user and only for the user and every possible need of said user has to have been foreseen and catered for. Only then can a web site be usable. That is what USABILITY is.
Ok, that might be the worst description of web usability that you have ever read, but I am sure you get the point. Usability is important. Very important. The most important.

CSS References, Cheat Sheets, Conversion Tables and Short Codes

Werther you are a CSS guru or a CSS novice you will always need some help, some resources, some tutorials, some references and, of course, some cheat sheets. In this article we have collected the best resources for answering all possible CSS questions as well as how to understand CSS and how to use it properly. There are also CSS property references, cheat sheets, not only typical cheat sheets, but also cheat sheets for CSS frameworks, conversion tables and CSS short hand.

25 Last Minute Traditional and Downloadable Halloween Masks

Have you remembered your Halloween mask? If you haven’t, we have a cheap and cheerful solution to your problem: Downloadable traditional Halloween masks. Yep, click on any of the mask images below and press ‘print’, and hey presto you have your very own DIY Halloween mask, you will be the envy of everybody (not, really!).

Five Free Social Bookmarking Icons for our Readers

If you have followed this design magazine for a while, you will know how much we love well designed icons, especially the free variety. So, when Iconshock offered us the opportunity to have an icon-set exclusively designed for our readers, we jamp at the chance.

The Blueprint Framework – Tutorials, How-to Guides and Tools

CSS frameworks are a Gods send. They speed up development, ensure usability, meet all W3C standards, compatabile across most browsers and a hell of a lot more. Sounds marvelous doesn’t it. Why doesn’t everybody use them? Well, for the novice developer, frameworks, may be a little bit tricky to get there head around? That is were this article comes in, to hopefully give everybody a better understanding of what a framework is and how to use it effectively.

13 of the Most Popular Web Design Podcasts

As marvelous as it is browsing the net seeking new resources, keeping up to date with fresh web trends, new web app start-ups and learning new techniques, it can be very time consuming and not very productive. An easy solution is to subscribe to a podcast dedicated to web design. You could listen to it while you are ‘working’, at the gym or even while you are making dinner.

Gritty Animation and Twisted Humor from Animator and Director Darcy Prendergast

Animator and Director, Darcy Prendergast mixes a gritty animated style with a twisted sense of humor to create his amazing and unique animations. Over his many young years, he has won a host of prizes and awards, most notably the 1999 Junior Stanley award, the $20,000 Nescafe Big Break prize, and most notably, being selected for the Annency Festival International du Film d`Animation and Stuttgarts Internationales Trickfilm.
All this and he is only 24.

15 Creative MAC Mini Mods

The MAC Mini is not only "The most affordable and most energy-efficient Mac ever", it is also the smallest, the sleekest and by far and away the most versatile computer available. By versatile, we mean for modding, making it perfect for any computer modders creative vision.
In this post we have a selection of unbelievably creative MAC mini mods.

Web Design Horror Stories

In the grand scheme of things every seasoned web designer has had an experience of a bad client, and will most certainly have there own horror story that will creep back into there minds from time to time. If you are one of the lucky ones yet to experience a client from hell, brace yourself, they are coming! You can’t avoid them, they are lurking in the deep recesss of the memories of every web designer they have already tarnished and scarred.
Of course there are good clients, and they out number the bad one 10 to 1, it isn’t them, those saintly people, that you will remember. It is those needy, clueless, ignorant, time-consuming and money-grabbing clients that you will sadly remember.

49 Amazing Resources for Free Vector Graphics

Your search for free Vector graphics is over. Below we have compiled a list of the best free web sites to freely download Vectors, most of the sites don’t qualify into a category, we’ll call them general, but in the second half of the post you will find specialized resources dedicated to vector logos, brands, cartoons and icons.