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Don't do it. The days of moving content without user consent are over. In fact don't use splash pages or auto playing video. Users need to produce action for effects. However, mileage may vary. There is such a thing a novelty design, this is the reason splash pages worked in the past. Just be sure what you do adds to the user experience not just yours. ...


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There are a number of sites out there for folks to get a sense of what's going on in the design arena. Here are some on my RSS feed: Design Reviver - http://designreviver.com/ Six Revisions - http://sixrevisions.com/ A List Apart - http://www.alistapart.com/articles/ Smashing Magazine - http://www.smashingmagazine.com/ WebAppers - http://www.webappers.com/ ...


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Are there any creative or interesting usages of an animated favicon out there? There's a playable version of the Defender game that takes place entirely inside the favicon.


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It appears based on this and this that Android will use the rel type of apple-touch-icon-precomposed or apple-touch-icon, BUT that for it to work you need to use a fully qualified url, e.g.: <link rel="apple-touch-icon-precomposed" href="http://www.example.com/custom_icon.png" /> or: <link rel="apple-touch-icon" ...


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I would say "style guide."


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Stock.XCHNG is the best free stock photo site I've found. You'll have to read the license for each photo to make sure you can use for commercial purposes and if you need attribution, but I've generally found that I can use most of the photos on the site. Also see: 123rf iStockPhoto Corbis Images Shutter Stock Dreamstime StockXpert


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Scan or license a copy of an image of crumpled white paper In your graphics editing software, copy only the shadows of black from the image (in Photoshop I use the Select > Color Range feature with the darkest shade selected and medium fuzziness) Apply a threshold to the selection to ensure that only dark colors will be copied Paste the shades of black onto ...


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There are two problems I have seen with this.The first is that it makes your website look like it is never done loading, because users normally only see the loading favicon animated and naturally associate any animation with the browser loading. The second problem is that animated favicons distract the user, just imagine having 8 tabs open and each one ...


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search.creativecommons.org combines image search results from multiple engines using each engine's licensing filter to only return images that are licensed for commercial use under a Creative Commons license. The standard disclaimer about checking the license of each image you plan to use should apply to any answer given here.


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IE has had PNG support since at least IE4, the Mozilla suite had it back before Firefox came around. Opera, minority player that it is, has had it for about as long. Netscape 4.7 I think does not. So I'm pretty sure we're over 97% right now. At least, on my web-sites. I don't know anything about mobile/phone browsers, though.


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If I understand your question, and you already know that a sprite is really just an image-combining-image, then the last part you need to know is about the CSS. The CSS is what associates a portion of your image with a state. You create the html representing the button, assign it a class, then you write up your CSS. .my-button{ width:20px; ...


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Please be aware of W3C's Accesibility Guideline Guideline 2.3 asks you not to design content in a way that is known to cause seizures: "Web pages do not contain anything that flashes more than three times in any one second period, or the flash is below the general flash and red flash thresholds. (Level A)" see http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/#seizure


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All the newer versions (and older versions of many) of the major players support it. Something you'll want to look for is full Alpha and transparency support. There are hacks you have to perform to get even major browsers to recognize these, some times it's just not possible. Check here for a listing of png support status in browsers, major and minor. ...


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The GraphicsMagick -trim operator here. Does what I need. Thanks for the other suggestions.


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I guess an animated favicon is like all others animated GIFs : done right, it can be awesome and really add up to your website. But make sure not to overuse it, as it can really get visually annoying !


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Try Elance. Explain what you're looking for, just like you did here, and ask prospective designers to show samples of their work.


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Check out the OpenClipArt project - seems to be fairly extensive.


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Try this: http://jirox.net/AsButtonGen/ It's an in-browser Flash application that lets you create Web 2.0 buttons and export them as PNG files.


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You don't say which kind of database you're using so here are a few to consider:- http://www.dbfacephp.com/mockup http://www.inetsoftware.de/products/crystal-clear/designer http://devtools.korzh.com/query-builder-component/ http://mydbr.com/ http://www.freereporting.com/ http://datavision.sourceforge.net/ http://reportman.sourceforge.net/


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I have spent a few hours on this as well, and yes, check your fonts on Windows Firefox. On my setup (FF 13, Windows XP) every Google font seems aliased - must be the ClearType thing, but some fonts are a lot better than others. Compare Chau Philomene One to Francois On - http://clients.idea-bureau.com/font3.gif and Francois One actually looks decent at ...


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Try http://www.odesk.com. Make sure you: Ask to see some work they've done before. Ask them to complete a small task (e.g. 2-3 hours work) for you first, and see how it goes. Also try http://99designs.com


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Graphics Designers are just like any other workers..The more details they have the better they can perform. I will break down your question into 2... 1) What to look for in graphics designers... This is very tricky...everyone wants a good designer and wants to pay cheap prices. In my experience "good" and "cheap" do not go together..so you need to pick ...


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I don't know what this has to do with web 2.0, but CSS buttons are fairly straightforward to make. (That's their advantage over image buttons.) Just design the style for a single button and apply to all buttons of that class. If you want to use the same style of buttons across multiple sites, just copy and paste the code and change the colors. Unless you ...


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Wefunction has an awesome free set of icons http://wefunction.com/2008/07/function-free-icon-set/ This site has links to 44 free icon sets also. http://naldzgraphics.net/freebies/40-excellent-free-icon-sets-everyone-must-have/ also you can use iconfinder.com http://www.iconfinder.com/


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Google & Yahoo let you specify filters to restrict image results to those that have CC licensing. I built a JavaScript-based image meta-search app that fetches images with liberal licensing. Check it out..


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While the collection is not quite as extensive, you could try various categories in a Wikimedia Commons image search such as illustrations or drawings (or even drawings by children if that's more what you are after).


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If you intend to really buy them, I recommend searching for online stock vectors shops, like: www.myvectorstore.com www.istockphoto.com www.shutterstock.com vectorstock.com www.stockillustrations.com veer.com www.stockillustration.com www.stockart.com


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check out Big Stock Photo


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Here's are some nice comparisons and reviews of stock photo services: http://stock-photography-service-review.toptenreviews.com http://www.microstockforum.com/Stock-Photography-Review http://www.thewebsqueeze.com/tips-and-tricks/a-comparison-of-the-12-best-stock-photo-sites.html GOOGLE_KEYWORDS: stock-photo-comparison, And here's a nice ...



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