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Trend: Web Design with visible grid lines

Trend: Web Design with visible grid lines

In the modern Web Design, the implementation of a grid system is getting popular and become a common practice, thanks to the 960.gs and design pioneers like Khoi Vinh. With grid system, designers are able to lay out the structures in a more refined way. However, these grid guidelines are normally invisible on the design output. But I found that there are some websites that has visible grid lines as part of the design.

Well I think this definitely is a small trend in the current Web Design. By putting grid lines on the design, it somehow shows the professionalism of the designers on how he or she structures and align the design, while it also looks cool and geeky as well. Some grid lines are clear and some are subtle. Here I present you 17 websites that has visible grid lines. Please check it out.

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Designing newsletter – essential resources

Designing newsletter - essential resources

When becoming a web designer, sometimes we will need to design newsletter for clients or ourselves to promote and inform customers and subscribers about the latest news and get in touch with them. When designing and coding newsletter, there are quite a few things that we need to take a look to in order to create a perfect and good looking newsletter.

One remarkable characteristics of newsletter design is that it is still only supported by using HTML Tables because many email clients still not as advanced as modern browsers nowadays. Besides, there are also unsupported CSS properties too. Below, I gathered few article links that teach essential tips and tricks when designing newsletter and would like to share with you all.

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TokyoGenso: Illustrations of imaginative ruined Tokyo

TokyoGenso: Illustrations of imaginative ruined Tokyo

TokyoGenso is a series of amazing illustrations based on real locations in Tokyo but in ruined condition. It looks like the places has been abandoned for many years and become some sort of a dead city after an apocalyptic event. The artist of this series actually paint the illustration on an actual photo, thus the creation of this highly detailed, surrealistic illustrations.

TokyoGenso provides a very good imagination on how Tokyo will look like when abandoned. Well I think in real life this will not actually happen but it will not stop the illustrator’s imagination. Below are some of his works, and to see more please check out his deviantART gallery, Pixiv gallery (in Japanese and requires log in) or his Ameba blog.

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Interesting Time-lapse/Stop Motion videos of Japan

Interesting Time-lapse/Stop Motion videos of Japan

Japan definitely one destination that everyone loves to visit. Besides sight-seeing and taking memorable pictures, tourists are also getting more creative with the pictures taken by digital cameras or DSLRs and turning them into movie! The moving images normally constructed in two ways: Time-lapse and Stop Motion.

Because of using digital device, we can snap as many photos as we want (if the memory space is no issue). The characteristics of these kind of movies is that the animation is not very smooth, but it is interesting to watch: For stop motion, is to see how the creator stacks the photos, while time-lapse video, is to see the morphing movement. Below are the videos. Please enjoy!

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Inspiration: 16 websites in Pink

Inspiration: 16 websites in Pink

When talking about pink, we will have certain perception towards this lovely color, for example pink is a feminism color, a general color that represents female, spring season (cherry blossom!), breast cancer awareness etc. I really like pink, because I think women in pink are really cute! And there are quite a number of websites that uses pink too.

Pink has many shades and tints, ranging from shocking pink to cherry blossom pink. Different pink gives different feeling. Some of the websites shown below use pink as overall theme, while others using pink as a contrast color from dark color. Well, below are the 16 great example of websites in pink color!

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Amazing Illustrations from Zain7, a Japanese Illustrator

Amazing Illustrations from Zain7, a Japanese Illustrator

When I look at Zain7 (恖恄悓) artworks, my eyes went big. Her illustrations are very rich in color and vivid, with a bit mix of texture and 3D space, which making her illustration really unique. I really like the illustrations of urban environment and structure with a girl character in it. Below are some of her works and check out the links posted below for more artworks!

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Japan web gallery – 2010 edition

Japan web gallery - 2010 edition

Previously I wrote two posts introducing the web galleries from Japan that is worth visiting. And now in year 2010, I found more galleries and recompile all of them and make it into a year 2010 edition. These galleries showcased the best of XHTML/CSS and Flash web designs from Japan and you should really check them out.

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The common characteristics of Japan web design

The common characteristics of Japan web design

As you guys might have know, I’m a Japan design lover. I really like their sense of design in architecture, product as well as web designs. I always go and search inspiration from Japanese Web Design directories, and through out the years I found out that their designs are unique and having a few common characteristics which I would like to share it to you guys today.

After a few hours of mind-map and research, I categorizes the common characteristics into nine different categories with two web screenshots as example. Note that I write this article from an foreigner point of view and I might get wrong. Please do notify me there’s something needs improvement. Enjoy reading!

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Beautiful cherry blossoms

Beautiful cherry blossoms

When comes March and April, first thing that will spring to my mind is Cherry Blossoms! When Spring season arrives, the temperature is getting warmer and warmer which leads to the flower blossoming of Sakura trees. The color of Sakura are normally in shades of pink or snow white, and it is really beautiful when it is in full bloom!

The Cherry Blossom Viewing is an annual big event for the Japanese as they gather with friends, families or colleagues and sit under the Sakura trees, enjoying the beauty of Sakura, chit-chatting and drinking beers. There are several popular viewing spots in Japan and to reserve a nice place, the Japanese even need to stay overnight just to secure it. Besides Japan, other countries like United States, UK and China etc also having Sakura trees and the people can enjoy viewing without having going to Japan.

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3 Free Grid WordPress themes + inspiration & resources

3 Free Grid WordPress themes + inspiration & resources

Somewhere around a year ago, I wrote a post regarding the new trend in grid based designs. Well indeed the trend is getting popular now and is spotted by other website too like InspiredMag. I really like this design style because the layout is well organized and professional looking too.

Here I found three Free unique WordPress themes that utilizes grid as the main feel. The themes are really cool in my opinion and I would like to try it out somewhere in the future. Is it just me or what the grid based designs somehow concentrated in grayscale color?

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