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Top 10 Favorite Inspirational Websites

Top 10 Favorite Inspirational Websites

Inspiration comes in many forms - When it comes to design, These are our top 10 favorite inspirational websites.

There are several important aspects to a quality inspirational website. You need high quality project pieces, an interactive community, design freebies, and cohesive overall presentation. With several years in the industry, it's safe to say inspiration drains out of the best of designers from time to time. Here are a few sites that should push you past that occasional "writer's block" and inspire your next portfolio worthy project.

Stitch Wallpaper

Stitch Wallpaper - Mac Wallpaper Mockup

This Stitch Wallpaper is a simple stitched Apple Icon... A Mac wallpaper tribute.

This months submission - Stitch Wallpaper is simple, wintery in color, and a great way to coordinate your new tech gear ...especially since Santa is gonna be late with the new MacPro's.

What is Schema? - A Schema Microdata Tutorial

What is Schema? Schema Microdata Tutorial

"What is Schema" is an important question for web developers. This Schema Microdata tutorial will answer that question for you and get you started on implementing it on your own website.

Structured data is becoming a more important element of the web development puzzle, but with that reality comes a few questions. Which structure should I choose and how do I implement it? With those dev / design concepts in mind, we'd first like to start by asking one question... What is Schema?

10 Responsive Frameworks You Need

10 Responsive Frameworks You Need - Bootstrap vs Gumby vs Foundation 4

Bootstrap vs Gumby vs Foundation - We take a look inside all the popular frameworks on the market and find the 10 Responsive Frameworks You Need.

Responsive Frameworks are springing up everywhere lately, but crowding the market occasionally leads to confusion. Whether you call them responsive grid systems or a css responsive layout - they are a web designer's best friend and we love them as much as anyone. The only issue we have with responsive frameworks is that there are just so many out there and Bootstrap vs Gumby vs Foundation 4 vs every thing else, can be a tough decision to make. With that in mind, we'll try to save you some time (and give you a few more tools)... because these are the only tools you need to provide good responsive design to your clients.

Avedon Wordpress Bootstrap Theme

Avedon Wordpress Bootstrap Theme Mockup

Avedon's framework is built using Twitter Bootstrap. It features a 100% responsive grid, retina ready font based icons, a clean layout, and much more.

We've kept the code minimal (to improve page load speeds), but this WordPress Bootstrap Theme feature several easy to use options including a full page rotating background image! Take a quick look at the features below and stay tuned for theme updates.

Dropbox Database Sync for Testing

Dropbox Database Sync for Testing

Database management is very important, but it's always presented a problem.

Keeping computers in a local testing environment in sync can be a nightmare. Creating a Dropbox database sync is an ingenious, often overlooked approach to this daunting problem.

Pinterest Branding and Marketing Strategy

Pinterest Branding and Marketing Strategy

This Pinterest tutorial will help build your Pinterest marketing and branding strategy... and also has a few tips for using it effectively.

Pinterest continues with steady growth in the "Social Networking" market. With 2.5 billion unique page views per month, this is an audience you need to convey your brand to and a site that can help you build that audience... as long as you address it properly.

Pacman Fever Wallpaper

Pacman Fever Wallpaper

Pacman Fever Wallpaper - Giving your halloween season desktop a little retro-awesomeness.

This months submission - The Pacman Fever Wallpaper is proof that Halloween should be approached with class and dignity. Let's be honest, nothing says "dignity" more then Pac-Man... The classiest of all retro video games.

Terminal Icon Vector (AI)

Terminal Icon Vector

A free Terminal icon available as a vector for all you coders out there.

High quality icons are a necessity for designers. This vector version of the famous Terminal application should more then exceed any project standards that you may have.

Calvin Power Wallpaper

Calvin Power Wallpaper

Calvin and Hobbes are American heros. This months HD Wallpaper is a simple tribute to them and the amazing powers of the imagination that they advocate.

Scottish naturalist John Muir once said "The power of imagination makes us infinite" and to me nothing embodies that feeling more then Calvin and Hobbes. I remember Spaceman Spiff, the endless shenanigans, and the tolerant folks. The seed that was planted in millions of kids minds from one frame to the next, was that imagination makes all the difference... I couldn't agree more.

Free Site Ranking Utilities

Free Site Ranking Utilities

Free site ranking utilities provide easy ways to measure how your site's doing (and usually easy ways to fix them)

Tracking your website's metrics can be an overwhelming task. Gauging results through analytics is one thing, but actually tracking a specific page's performance can be a nightmare. Traffic only covers one aspect. How are the page's being disseminated online? How is your page's "meta" working? You usually have two choices - hire a SEO company or purchase a pricey programs to run the numbers for you (usually w/ a monthly fee attached). As with most computer nerds, I hate paying for something I can do for free... That's why our Design Concepts, Design Theory, Design Inspiration, and Design Heros all have one thing in common... This is our web design and development blog added a few free SEO tricks along with a few free site ranking tools that are absolutely invaluable. So in the interest of sharing, here are a few sites with a free site ranking checker for you to use.

Be Frank Wallpaper

Be Frank Wallpaper - Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright is a god to pretty much every designer I know.

Frank Lloyd Wright is an american hero and idol to every designer I know. This wallpaper is an homage and features his quote - "The truth is more important then the facts".

Raleigh Food Bank Charities and Local Farms

Raleigh Food Bank Charities and Local Farms

Give the triangle community a hand by supporting Raleigh food bank charities and local farms.

There have been substantial cuts in government assistance and in this time of need, providing food for our community should be at the top of our priority list. Sometimes that means volunteering at local food charities, but it can also mean simply supporting our own local agricultural industry. Here are a few ways that anyone can help out.

Can't Stop / Won't Stop Wallpaper

Can't Stop / Won't Stop Wallpaper

It's neither hyperbole or sarcasm that allows me to say - Puffy Combs is a veritable fountain of wisdom.

OK... It's probably my sarcastic nature that makes mocking public figures so enjoyable. I will however say, I have adopted his "Can't Stop - Won't Stop" mentality as a mantra.