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20 Travel Related Websites for your Inspiration

Monday, August 30th, 2010

I don’t know about others, but when I go travelling I judge the place I’m going to on the quality of the website as well as the pictures and information. Why? Well, I feel that if a certain place has taken the time and money to invest in a decent website to attract tourists, then they’re serious about that destination/attraction. (this is just one of many weird theories I have :P)

I have been looking at loads of travel related websites recently while I plan my next adventure and these are a few of the nifty bookmarked websites that caught my attention. (more…)

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Creating a Upload/Download System Using PHP Classes

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Making a PHP upload script can be a very challenging task when you are just starting out, heck; it’s still hard to some extent when you are an experienced developer. So today, I’m going to show you how to make one using PHP5 Classes and a simple form. In the script we will be able to upload files with certain file extensions and set a limit to the size of the file we want to upload. This will all go along with a sharing link and a force download script. If you want an easier file upload client, try YouSendIt.

The Basic Upload Form

First we are going to start out just by making our upload form where we will be able to select a file and then press the upload button to upload the file into our certain directory we will define. It is quite basic so you can just copy and paste it.

<form action="<?php echo $_SERVER['PHP_SELF']; ?>" enctype="multipart/form-data" method="post">
<input name="file" type="file" />
<input type="submit" value="Upload" /> </form>

Developing the Upload Class

The Class and Variables

Now we need to start on the server side part of our project. We need to start by defining a simple class with the name of “Upload”. Inside of that we are going to want to have 3 protected variables; $path, $max_file_length, and $extensions. Our $path variable is going to be the relative path to the upload directory. Our $max_file_size variable will be our maximum allowed file size in megabytes and our $extensions variable will be (more…)

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Our 15 Favorite Mac Design and Development Applications

Friday, August 27th, 2010

There’s no shortage of web designers and developers working on Apple hardware. From part-timers and freelancers to major studios, it’s becoming rare to see a major development company without an assortment of Apple gear in the office. From giant iMacs to the in-need-of-an-update Mac Pro, most designers are quite comfortable with Cupertino’s most well-known company’s hardware.

We think it’s something that goes beyond the interface and questionable increase in stability – Macs do have a great assortment of design applications. These fifteen applications are our personal picks, reflecting the best of what Mac OSX has to offer designers, developers, and online workers.

Note: Obvious picks like Photoshop, Illustrator, and other Adobe applications have been left out of our roundup. It’s not that we don’t like Adobe (we’re not Steve Jobs), just that we’d prefer to support smaller application developers and suggest less obvious software. (more…)

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30 Inspirational Email Newsletters

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Email newsletters are becoming more and more popular on the internet as businesses begin to use them as a viral way of communicating with their audiences/customers. They are, without doubt, great marketing and communication tools.  It allows your site visitors to be constantly kept ‘in the loop’ with what’s new and what’s to come in the future. The whole point of owning a website that operates as a business is to drive traffic to the website. Email Newsletters are a great tactic to achieve those repeat visits. Windows 8 Themes

Email Newsletters Designs can be much like Website Designs. After all, they exist to serve similar purposes. So a well designed, clean Email Newsletter/Website is a must for any successful business. Here’s a collection of 30 beautiful inspirational email newsletters for your inspiration. (more…)

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7 Products that Changed the Visual Style of Their Industries

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

The world of technology is packed with examples of disruptive design. From Apple’s near endless rollout of slick products to the hundreds of design-is-function startups that have popped up online, it’s difficult not to witness the way that sleek design and careful usability have entered the business world.

It’s tempting to think that we’re in the middle of a design revolution, although we’re not quite sure that’s the case. Industrial design has resulted in new inventions, sleek products, and ultra-popular devices for hundreds of years, and it’s certainly not a discipline that’s limited to the 21st century.

We’ve tracked down seven products that define industrial design as a discipline. Some are rugged and built to last, while others remain somewhat delicate and immobile. What brings them together isn’t their function, purpose, or technological ability, but the way they present it. Each one of these design innovations gave technology a user-friendly and (more…)

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Web and Graphic Designers from the Netherlands

Monday, August 16th, 2010

In this first post of the series, we’re featuring eight web and graphic designers (as well as studios) from the Netherlands: Yummy Gum, Erika van der Bent, The Olifants, Mark Dijkstra, Illutic Web Design, Rutger Ontwerp, Whoooz, and Jonnotie. The post in total features 40 great pieces of work. Windows 8 Theme

In the next post of the series, we’ll be featuring a selection of Australian web and graphic designers/studios, so stay tuned!

Yummy Gum

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Yummygum is a design studio from Amsterdam that is all about tasty designs and refreshing ideas. They create websites and web applications, and also design logos. (more…)

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