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Discussing blueprints with Chris Spooner

Chris Spooner is a very talented freelance graphic and website designer based in Sheffield (UK). He has a very impressive portfolio, but most people will know him as the founder from his blog: Blog.SpoonGraphics. He launched another blog a while ago called Line25. His second blog is already growing every day with high quality articles.

Last week, I had a chance of chatting with this friendly guy. You can read the full chat conversation here, sharing some personal and useful stuff with the rest of us.

Discussing blueprints with Chris Spooner

At first, I wanted to call this post "Spooning with Chris Spooner", but that would really turn some heads. I called it "discussing blueprints", referring to his new blog (that has a sweet blueprint layout).

Now, lets sit down, take a drink and chat with this creative man behind the scenes of SpoonGraphics and Line25 (he's a monster lover too).


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Extraordinary places you can leave your domain name

One of the main things you want when you're creating a website, is that (new) people are able to find you. People don't enter random URL's in the address bar of their browser, so they won't find your website that way. You'll need to share your domain name (URL) on as many places as possible. It's one of the tips that I gave a while ago.

The most common places to begin sharing your domain, are online places like commenting on blogs, placing it on forums, sharing your site with social networking sites; You've probably heard them before. But this article is listing extraordinary places you can leave your domain name for free.

Places you can leave your domain name for free

OK, I have to admit: Not many things in this world is actually free. You'll still need to do something (time / effort) to actually make it work. If you have any places where you can drop your domain name, feel free to share them in the comments! I'm pretty sure more people would want some innovative and creative ideas where they can share their website. Every visitor on your website is valuable, so every hit counts and letting people remember your name is critical to do so.


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Flash Web Roundup - Great tutorials and experiments

About the author:
Carlos Pinho is a web-dev geek and is founder of The Tech Labs, a blog/site which publishes free tutorials on Adobe Air, Flash and Flex. The Tech Labs is maintained by multiple authors. You can follow Carlos on Twitter.

Flash Web Roundup

The launch of the Flash platform, was perhaps the greatest revolution the world of the Internet has seen to date. One of the determinant factors is the high success on the rate of deployment in any browser from any OS. Its success is due also to the constant updating and development of new frameworks, API's as also the effort that Adobe and Community dedicated to show their experiences through the tutorials, whether through demonstrations and source codes. That is exactly what we are going to show today: Tutorials and experiments that will help to improve your skills.


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A fancy Apple.com-style search suggestion

Apple is known to create beautiful products (next to the needed functionality of course). I already wrote several articles on how you can transfer some amazing iPhone designs to your webbrowser, I own a MacBook Pro (which also looks pretty sleek) and many other products from Apple are well known for their amazing design.

The website from Apple isn't less: The layout is simple yet beautiful. Yet, one of the most awesome things about the website is the search functionality. It gives you suggestions (with images) about the several products they offer, making it really user-friendly.

Today, we're trying to recreate the effect from that website by creating a fancy apple.com-style search suggestion. Make sure you check out the demo (or visit Apple.com) to see this awesome effect work.

A fancy Apple.com-style search suggestion

This example makes use of several techniques: MySQL (for the database), HTML/CSS for styling, PHP for retrieving the data and jQuery for the AJAX request. How about that for some nice way of combining powerful techniques to create something nice like this. You do need some basic knowledge about these techniques to fully understand this tutorial.

Demo Apple.com-style search suggestion   Download Apple.com-style search suggestion

IMPORTANT NOTE:
As you can see, the demo is located on another server. The reason for this is, that every time a user presses on his keyboard, a call is made to the MySQL database. When loads of users do loads of calls (at the same time), this could result in slowing down the database. The answer for this would that the results should be cached - Something that isn't implemented right now.

Safari, Chrome and Opera are currently the only webbrowsers that support the drop shadow effect around the the search results. Other browsers will simply display the results without the drop shadow.

This technique would be great if it were converted to a plugin for a CMS (WordPress/Joomla/Drupal etc.), but also just very cool to have on your website.


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Show me some sleek and well designed game logos

The gaming industry can sometimes be a real source of inspiration. The designs, animation, graphics, music and storyline in each and every game can help you get your inspiration fluids running.

Although I don't play much games myself, I do like the way some game logos (and game covers) are designed.

Sleek Game Logos

On the picture above, you see Faith, the main character in Mirror's Edge. The game logo imitates the shape of the design around her right eye.

The list below shows some seriously sleek and well designed game logos for your inspiration. They all have one thing in common: The logo is more than "just the name of the game" in a fancy way. It's something where you can recognize the game of.


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