C.S.I in XHTML and CSS coding.

Let's start with the idea that code is design by itself - in some way. It needs to be organized, optimized, and above all it needs to have a decent and uncomplicated browsing layout.

The following technique I only started to work with on recent client works and realized it was the best method for me to code large CSS and XHTML files in order to keep them organized and easily managed anytime needed. Because as well all know ' it's never fun to search for a particular selector in such big mess.

 

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The entry "C.S.I in XHTML and CSS coding." was posted on February 08, 2008 at 00:00 by Dor Dan.

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8 signs to when and why you need to redesign your portfolio website.

Portfolios are very essential in any business since they are the "doors" for new and potential clients. They determine your unique style and if you are the right person for the job. It"s important to keep your portfolio site updated and built to it"s best. But what if you portfolio is old and useless?

Have you ever thought of redesigning you website " someday " but never actually knew when? Here are 8 tips that might help you understand why you might need to get a fresh redesign:

1. When your portfolio isn't actually a portfolio
I see quite often portfolio websites that have the usual homepage, about, services, works and contact pages. What I hate though is to see that everything is there except the portfolio works themselves. A portfolio website should contain it's portfolio items, because without the works it shouldn't be called a portfolio but rather a simple information site. I say, focus on creating your collection of works page before you get to anything else. People won't care who you are nor want to contact you if they don't have the reason to.

 

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The entry "8 signs to when and why you need to redesign your portfolio website." was posted on December 03, 2007 at 00:00 by Dor Dan.

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Sleeping for creativity.

It's almost 3 AM in the morning, and you are not tired. But what really is "tired"? Do you think being "tired" is just physically speaking? Do you think when you go to sleep you're doing your body a "favor"? Did you know that during the night, the human brain is very active and tends to think much more than during the day?

How many times have you being trying to find a solution for a problem during late nights, when doing the same in the morning after a good night sleep took you just 3 minutes to solve, uh? I am sure it happened to most of us, computer gurus, out there. Long time ago, when I used to stay up late until 3 in the morning on the computer (addicted to Internet), I remember this situation happening all over again. Before going to sleep, no matter how hard I was thinking and focusing on my problem, I just wasn"t able to solve it. However, after a good night sleep, I literally woke up with the solution to the problem, it kept amazing me all over again!

 

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The entry "Sleeping for creativity." was posted on November 22, 2007 at 00:00 by Dor Dan.

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Emails, IM programs, and phone calls: Advantages and disadvantages.

What"s the best way to communicate with your clients? Is it IM programs, emails or simple phone call would do? Communicating with your clients is very important, that"s why you have to make sure you are both comfortable with the way you are communicating, that"s so you both understand each other well. Emails

I bet you won"t (or at least have difficulties) finding a person from age 12 to 50 that doesn"t have an email account somewhere on the net. Emails have become a long way to interact and communicate with others around the world. We can see the power of emails regarding business; people are actually using emails to do business! Even with the goodness of this online application, emails can be very annoying to use as well as problematic. Let"s look at the good and bad of email communications.

 

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The entry "Emails, IM programs, and phone calls: Advantages and disadvantages." was posted on November 19, 2007 at 00:00 by Dor Dan.

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6 things (you might want) to avoid in web design!

There wasn't, there isn't and there will not be a perfect website design, ever! On the hand, reaching an almost perfect website design is certainly possible. In order to reach a good design, you might want to avoid some 'obstacles' on the way.

There are lots of things to avoid in web design, but I am going to go over 7 of them:

1. Pop up windows:

People tend to use pop ups for important information, why? Probably because of it's sound and meaning. 'Why not? It POPS up your face!'

Pop ups, to begin with, are meant mostly for advertisements, at least these days. And as we all know, advertisements are the least important thing when it comes to websites since about 90 to 95% percent of the time we never click them, is that correct? Now, what do you do when you see a pop up in front of your eyes loading the content in it? Do you wait for it to fully load and see what it 'has to offer', or do you close it right away because, as you know, it's just another poor and pointless advertisement? You would probably do the second choice.

I think I made my point.

 

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The entry "6 things (you might want) to avoid in web design!" was posted on November 16, 2007 at 00:00 by Dor Dan.

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Retouching portrait photos - mainly eyes

I have been using this effect lately for some of my portrait photos and thought of sharing one of the methods I use to improve those kinds of photos. I mainly want to focus on the eyes, but I'll go over some other extra quality touches as well. So let's start, uh?

1. First let's start by bringing up a portrait style photo into Photoshop. It can be obviously anyone, but try to get a photo that its main focus are the eyes. For this tutorial I will be using a photo of my little brother as an example. (If you wish to use this photo as well, please contact me and I'll send it to you). Now, if your photo is bigger than 2000 pixels in width, you might want to reduce it to max 1500 pixels for better control. Reducing the image size most of the time improves quality as well. (After we are done with everything, you can reduce the picture even a bit more to get the best quality).

 

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The entry "Retouching portrait photos - mainly eyes" was posted on September 28, 2007 at 00:00 by Dor Dan.

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