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Page Speed & Image Sprites

If you’re concerned about the speed that your web page loads at then this is a great tool: Sprite Me makes it super simple to sprite up images with a little Bookmark tool. Excellent for sites that don’t already have their images sprited.

Flash Web Design – Is It Good For SEO?

A flash web design features animation, video and interactivity in its web pages. It is a recipe for entertainment because it provides attractive visual effects to a website’s visitors. It is an ideal design for websites on the arts, architecture, designing and games.

Insights On A Minimalistic Web Design

In a web culture where everything and anything is available at the Internet, often cheap and sometimes free, minimalistic web design is seemingly taking a back seat. In my recent searches, I stumbled upon several examples of this design, and honestly, I got stuck in most of them. There were Read the Rest…

Measure It and FoxGuide Firefox Plugins

Handy little plugin for Firefox that allows you to drag on the browser window to check the width and height of your layout. Measure It – useful if you want to quickly check widths to tweak your css without retyping / guess-timating 3 times…… FoxGuide – handy rulers ala Photoshop.

Auto Adjusting Screen Lighting by time of day

If you’re like a lot of people who work on the web and end up developing, programming, or fiddling with graphics until after dark, then the likelihood is you’re giving your eyes a hard time, and/or the odd headache. Handy little (free again) tool called flux that adjusts the colour Read the Rest…

Yep, the Golden Ratio Strikes Back With Free Tools!

The Golden Ratio, the Fibonacci sequence, oft mentioned in the same breath, are well known to those beyond the spheres of mathematics.  Always striving for the ideal layout, many designers use this simple 1.6 / 0.6 (approx!) ratio to fill our screens with well-balanced delights. Our widescreen TV’s, credit cards, Read the Rest…

Ajax Animated Gif Creator

Need an animated icon to feedback to your users that something’s actually going on before they start cursing your latest project? See the Ajax loading gif generator – loads of options, and as quick as a flash to get what you need. 3 steps and your done – Select the Read the Rest…

How to choose colours for your web design

Choosing a colour theme for your web design is one of the most important, and potentially most difficult things to do. it’s not just a case of choosing the right colours, which complement each other.  You also need to think about whether colours should be in relation to each other Read the Rest…

5 Tips To Speed Up Illustrator

If you design websites, and your Adobe Illustrator is running like an old dog, wheezing when you try to get it to ‘fetch’, smelling a little off, and piddling on the carpet, then this might help. I’ve had a few performance issues myself over the years (with my PC, with Read the Rest…

Will CSS3 kill Photoshop?

With the coming of CSS3 into the mainstream of web design, will Photoshop die a death for web designers? If the glory of rounded corners and multiple background images and image layers can be handled within CSS3, then will there be any use for trusty old PS or Illustrator even? Read the Rest…

New Forest Tree Surgery – Website Launch

Well, it’s up online right now as we speak.  We’ve created and crafted the latest of our Bournemouth web designs using a sprinkling of xhtml, a dash of css,  some flash and a handful of swfObject 2.  Graphic design was carried out in Adobe illustrator cs3, with a couple of Read the Rest…

Business Start Up Services Bournemouth

Pure and Simple Web Design in Bournemouth will soon be launching it’s new Business Start Up Service, helping local businesses with a complete business start up service, taking care of all the essentials – logo & graphic design, letterheads business cards and stationery, web hosting and website design. And all Read the Rest…

New Forest Tree Surgery Icon

Well, following on from my previous post about the Wacom Bamboo pen tablet, I’ve created my first icon using this lovely little bit of kit – for the New Forest Tree Surgery website – our latest web design project.  It’s a simple leaf icon, this may develop into a sprouting Read the Rest…

Web Design using the Bamboo Pen Tablet

Thought I’d take some time to briefly discuss the benefits of creating website template graphics using vector images with a Pen Tablet.  In my case it’s my new Wacom Bamboo pen tablet.  Somewhere around the £50-65 mark in the UK at present, depending on whether you shop online, or in-store Read the Rest…

Graphic Layout for Graham’s Website

Tinkering around with Illustrator, and have landed on something which looks pretty cool for Graham’s website design project. Man-imitating-nature and all that – hexagons are the way forward here I think.  It all ties in to the theme of

Pure and Simple Web Design Blog Edit

A little bit of ‘tinkering with graphics’ today (oooh, the pretty colours….!) for the Pure and Simple Bournemouth Web Design blog…..Header graphic has now been tied in to the colour theme of the main site, while having a slightly different, more ‘bloggy’ feel to the main site.