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List of nifty tools for drawing diagrams, charts and flow-charts
  » Aug 18, 11:53 AM  Add to Delicious!

Developing web-sites over the last few years, I’ve been stumbling over the same problem over and over again: how can I visualize my idea easily and quickly? Since human being is used to visualize things, trying to understand the idea behind them, recently I’ve spent hours googling for useful tools and tutorials which would help me to create images – mostly, diagrams, charts, flow-charts etc. to visualize my personal ideas to my potential clients.

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New Free Quality Fonts - Union & Vollkorn
  » Apr 17, 09:02 PM  Add to Delicious!

In the article “25 Best Free Quality Fonts” published in my blog few months ago, I’ve mentioned the font “Union” (s. below). This font, designed by the Danish Ministry of Education, was removed from the server in the December of 2005. Since then, I’ve received numerous inquires about the location of the font. To be honest, I just didn’t know where you could download it. I didn’t! Until Karasu has informed me about the copy of the page and the Union font which is stored in the cache of WayBack Machine. I am not sure how long the link will work, but now you finally have an opportunity to download the font I’ve written about few months ago.

Union: Description and Download

Union

Vollkorn: Description and Download

Vollkorn

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Icons Round-Up: Free Mini Pixel Icons
  » Apr 10, 08:53 AM  Add to Delicious!

Mini-icons are becoming more and more popular. You can use them every now and again – developing web-sites, weblogs or eCommerce-portals. Few hours ago n.design-studio has released a set of Mini Pixel Icons. The icons are divided into 5 categories – File Type Icons, Web Design Icons, Web Blog & CMS Icons, User Icons, E-commerce Icons.

Mini Pixel Icons

Over 320 free mini pixel icons are designed at 14×14px with transparent background. They are specially designed for header or side navigation buttons. Feel free to use these icons for your site (personal or commerical). However, if you are using more than 10 icons, you must give a link back to the sie you’ve downloaded them from.

If you are looking for more professional free icon sets, you may be interested in visiting the following links… [...]

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Free Quality Font - Charis SIL
  » Mar 31, 11:22 AM  Add to Delicious!

SIL International, the creator of Gentium, presents Charis SIL – a free quality serif font, proportionally-spaced and optimized for readability in long printed documents. Charis is similar to Bitstream Charter, one of the first fonts designed specifically for laser printers. It is highly readable and holds up well in less-than-ideal reproduction environments. It also has a full set of styles – regular, italic, bold, bold italic – and so is useful in general publishing.

Charis SIL

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20 Rules Of Smart And Successful Web-development
  » Mar 20, 03:45 PM  Add to Delicious!

Over the last 12 months, developing few web-sites, I’ve found out some interesting concepts and ideas which helped me to improve the quality of web design and information I present on my web-pages. Besides, I’ve realized some insightful facts I hadn’t know before. I’ve acquired a vision of what it means to create web-sites and what it means to create them well. Since this information might be of a public interest, I’d like to share it with you, presenting the key points in the list below.

So, basically, “20 Rules Of Smart And Successful Web-development” is my personal pick of the main ideas and concepts, which might improve the quality and popularity of your web-sites and provide a good foundation for successful development in the future.

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Creating graphs
  » Mar 13, 11:13 AM  Add to Delicious!

Have you ever wondered how you could create a nice graph or present statistical data for your presentation? Well, Wolfgang had.

Creating Graphs

Every now and then you may come into the situation that you have to present some sort of statistical data to your client. Of course you may use Excel’s graph tool to easily create a bunch of charts — but let’s face it, more or less all of those predefined designs suck. So you have to look for another option.

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Free Quality Font - NeueSans
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Belgian type foundry OurType presents a free quality font NeueSans, available for download as the bonus font of the month.

Neue Sans

From the license:

The free fonts may only be used on 1 computer. They may NOT be distributed on other websites, CD, DVD or other electronic media. The free fonts cannot be sold to other parties. All free fonts are subject to the normal license conditions.

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A Study of Website Navigation Methods
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In the beginning of 2005 Fidelity Investments, a web-design-agency based in Boston, has conducted a study of Website Navigation Methods. Aiming to find an effective approach to finding an optimal design solution, company has used an online study to evaluate six different navigation methods for the same website and chose one based on the results.

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