Jan 7

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This post presents a
round-up of Adobe After Effects Tutorials for your visual effects and motion graphics-related work. After Effects is getting popular as the industry of Computer Graphics and Digital Motion is growing. With After Effects, you have choice to generate dynamic and expressive motion graphics with truly stunning visual effects — very easily and quickly. So here is the list of Adobe After Effects Tutorials. We hope that it will be helpful for you!

After Effects Tutorials

Glass Orbs





In this tutorial you will learn how to use After Effects to create shiny glass orbs in 3D and Create a spherical and reflection map from images.



Jumbotron Column





In this extended tutorial learn how to identify the field order of footage and interpret it collectly; create a realistic Jumbotron-style look using CC Ball Action, Glow, Levels and Curves; turn the jumbotron into a 3D column mounted on grungy wire mesh using Zaxwerks 3D Layer Warps.



The Dark Knight





In this 30 minute tutorial you’ll learn techniques and workflow used in Adobe After Effects and Illustrator to create the dramatic effect of the Batman icon shattering apart revealing a bright light source behind.



After Effects: Explosive TV promo graphics





In this screen capture of a recent Adobe After Effects e-seminar learn how Adobe Illustrator and Maxon Cinema 4D were used, along with stock footage from Video Copilot’s Action Essentials 2, to create explosive TV promo graphics.



Lightning Strike





In this tutorial you will learn how to Add Rain & Atmosphere then build a Lightning Bolt and hwo to use Action Essentials 2 and make Sam explode



Disintegration





Here you will learn how to build a furious procedural Disintegration effect in AE and Use displacement, turbulence and particle world.



Create a Sci-Fi Movie Title Sequence





This tutorial covers the creation of a space-like si-fi title sequence from scratch. Michael shows us how you can easily create a visually interesting and impressive title animation with some simple title cards and text animation.



The Birth Of A Logo





There was an explosion of characters and thus the Logo was born. In this tutorial we’ll be using some of the new options of Trapcode Particular 2 as well as some techniques with Trapcode Form to create an epic depiction of the first logo in history.



Motion Typo Act.1: Tutorial video animation typography





In this tutorial We are going to learn to give life to our text, animating each word in a rhythmic animation, you will find a lot of things in this detailed tutorial.



Create a MoGraph Urban Jungle





In this tutorial Naim Alwan ventures outside of After Effects for a little bit of 3D Matchmoving to create this stunning Urban Jungle effect where vector graphics are perfectly tracked to some city footage.



Animated Swirls in Adobe After Effects





Animated swirls are all the rage in the motion graphics world, and there are some pretty cool things that can be done with them. But creating and animating such elements is really not as difficult and time-consuming as it would seem, even if the shapes are detailed and intricate. Bring on the swirls!



3D Motion and Position of Text Characters with After Effects





Typography is one of the qualities upon which we base most of our design work, and the type animation engine in After Effects offers a gamut of ways to express typographic flair. One of favorite is the ability to control the 3D motion and position of text characters. When combined with simple camera moves, depth of field, and some real-world studio tricks we use every day, the results can be—literally—powerful. Let’s get started.



Create a Photo Montage with After Effects





Lots of programs and plug-ins create cool photo montages easily and quickly—handy for such things as photo DVDs and slideshows. But what if you don’t have those programs or plug-ins, or you want something a little more creative (yet still as easy to replicate and reuse) using a software program you already own? A few tricks and techniques in After Effects will have you up and running in no time at all.



Making It Look Great 5





A massive 7 Hours of Kick-ass Design, Production and Workflow Techniques for Adobe After Effects



Learn How to Create an Advanced Jumper Effect





In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a dynamic disappearing effect from a moving camera shot. Our camera will pan with the actor as he runs, jumps, disappears, and reappears. The actual disappearance also includes a dynamic dissolve and warp effect. And the best part is, no third party plug-ins are required.



Shine Some Light On The Situation





When working on VFX, you can often measure your success by how invisible you are. If the audience doesn’t know there was an effect created, then you did a good job. In this tutorial artist will show you all how to make turn a plain dolly shot into a dynamic room with light rays and a sky replacement.



Boharg II Breakdown





In this tutorial artist will show some Time Remapping, Distortion, and Color Correction tips that could even save you from running into yourself in an old building…



The Dancing Can





In 2008 John Dickinson did a series of roadshows for Adobe where he presented a neat little animation of a dancing can. In this series of tutorials he will walk you step-by-step through various After Effects techniques for creating this spot. This section deals with Puppet Pin tool basics and how to use the cool motion sketch feature to animate to music.



Create Whispy Spirit-like Text





Adam keeps digging through the good ol’ built in CC plugins and continues to come up with very clever and visually awesome solutions. In this tutorial Adam uses CC Smear as the basis to create text that appears in as if a spirit whisped into it.



Futuristic HUD





In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create 3D interface display as seen in Iron Man’s helmet and how to Build self-animating components and artificial lighting



Energetic Titles





In this tutorial you’ll learn how to use Sure Target preset to achieve advanced 3d moves and will learn advanced tips and create “3d-looking” titles.



Blowing Flowers





In this video tutorial, CreativeCOW leader, Eran Stern demonstrates how to create flower trails using Trapcode Particular in this special holiday episode. You’ll also work with the light emitter and use 3D layer to obscure particles.



3D Light Casting





In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create an energy-ball that re-lights the road surface and use reverse-tracking and build a volumetric point light



Colorful Universe





In this tutorial you’ll learn how to Create a dynamic space world with light streams and how to use an expression to create a 3D orbit



Growing 3D Vines





In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a growing 3D vines and animate it using After Effects.



Bitweiser Light





Problems with overerexposed footage? Need to work in 32bpc for nice depth of field and motion blur? Now you can! Convert your footage from 8bpc to 32bpc with new free plugin.



Youveelizer





UV mapping finally available in After Effects. Check out this amazing tutorial to learn how to integrate your 3D artwork with After Effects to improve your workflow, save time and money. It’s a must-see!



Color Grade and Enhance a Horror Shot





In this first part James will teach how to create 2 scenes. First how to take a shot of a mansion and give it an intense and scary look through sky replacement and colour correction. Second we will take a shot of a stone gargoyle face and create a subtle yet creepy effect in which it frowns evilly at an oncoming victim. Be afraid…be very afraid.



Shape Layer Tip #3: Trim Paths





In this video tutorial, Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to use shape layers to easily create that Old-School look where a red dashed line animates over a map to indicate travel destinations.



Animating Spray Paint and Stencil Effect in After Effects





In this tutorial artist is going to show you how to create a spray paint effect using After Effects. It’s a fairly simple process but I’ve got a few tricks that you may not have thought of. Here is a sample video of what you’ll be creating:



Keep Your Eye on the Ball… 3D in After Effects





Animating your After Effects design in 3D space is fun and, for the most part, easy to achieve. However, the camera and objects can have their own agendas in some instances, but a few tricks can change a seemingly uncontrollable camera animation into pure, cool cinematography…



Dynamic Bar Graphs





In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a dynamic bar graph with customizable values and streamline graph production without sacrificing quality



Speed Particles





In this tutorial you’ll learn how to use expressions to drive particles based on speed and how to create sandy like particles that fly off of text



P2. Lightning Explosion Part 2





In this tutorial you’ll learn how to Animate a person exploding from a lightning blast and composite footage elements from Action Essentials 2.



Light Streaks 2





Learn how to use light streaks with live action footage and enhanced coloring method and 3D layer control.



Bessie Potter





In this video tutorial, Michael Park demonstrates how to make a dark, cloudy title reveal similar to the one seen in the “Movie Which Must Not Be Named.” All textures and fonts are available in the project download as well as the final CS4 project file.



The Pusher





In this video tutorial, Eran Stern creates a watery liquid push effect and color corrects the shot using the bundled Color Finesse plug-in.



Designing a Graphic From Scratch





In this tutorial artist is going to take you through the steps in producing beautiful graphic.



Kung Fu Energy Ball





In this new tutorial from Pro Juice, Nick takes you through the steps of creating an energy ball with the Particle Filter in Adobe After Effects.





Using a layer of smoke, blurs, colour correction and some masking techniques, Nick shows you how to create the energy ball, give it a burning hot spot, animate it to fly towards the camera and reflect off the nearby fence.



Starting with After Effects





In this tutorial artist is going to explain how easy it is for any photoshop users out there that create a lot of effects-added branding to transform their work into a great and simple animation using After Effects, presumably to spice up your client presentation or intro to your website.



After Effects Tutorial Shatter Effect





A quick tutorial on the SHATTER Effect artist used in making the Promo Intro featured in his Vegas Tutorials on adding sound and sound FX to movie clips. This was made in After Effects CS4 and demonstrat…



3D Paper Crumple with Freeform AE





Now you can easily call it quits within After Effects! Rob uses the example of creating a paper crumple transition to show off the Digieffects plugin Freeform AE. Who knows… this tutorial might just save your job.



Integrating Cinema 4D into After Effects





The more you get into After Effects, the more you realize how cool it is to bring in stuff from outside the program. This tutorial shows how take a scene from Cinema 4D and bring it over into AE. After Effects is a compositing program and this is a perfect example of how to take a basic animation and add some “after effects”!



Earth Zoom





In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a cosmic Earth zoom in AE and use masking and parenting to link imagery,



Learn to Make a Custom 3D Wall Text Reveal





Using basic AE tools and some expressions you will learn how to create this 3D wall made of custom shapes and a nice laser beam to reveal your text.



Superperson Opening title in After Effects





In this tutorial, Chad Castleberry will walk you through an all new, updated technique to creating an opening title sequence seen in movies like Superman or The Last Starfighter. Concepts covered: The Echo Effect, simple keyframe animation, and using fractal noise to create an interesting starscape.



Fracture Design





In this tutorial you’ll learn how to fracture layers and manipulate in 3D space with ease and how to use expressions, scripts and create a distressed title.



Creating a Tracked Head Wound





In this tutorial Mathias shows that corner pin tracking can do much more than just replacing some pictures on a wall. We are going to compose a wound on a moving head and use the Mocha tracker in combination with his script MochaImport. Trust me, this is so much easier then creating a real head wound!



Create the “My Paper Mind” Effect





This tutorial will teach you how to recreate the “My Paper Mind” effect done by Javan Ivey, but with the environment in mind, Nicolas has come up with a way to save some paper (as well as about 3 days worth of paper cuts!) It is all done in After Effects without any third party plug-ins. Enjoy!



Advanced track and clone in AE





Visual-effects and motion-graphics specialist Angie Taylor shows how to use After Effects’ Clone Stamp tool to convincingly add to moving footage.



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Jan 6

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This post contains 35 awesome examples of Digital Art and Manipulation. You may find numbers of posts and tutorials about photo manipulation, but we are confident that the list that we are going to provide you with will make you look twice at it.

We really appreciate the work of these brilliant designers who have created these art wonders by their hard work, imagination and creativity it will refresh your mind when you start browsing through it in detail. Please share your comments with us!

Beautiful Photo Manipulation Artworks

Requiem



Summer Experiments



Ultimo-segredo



Sex Slaves



Disintegration



Desejo



VIBE



Altered state of consciousness



I see decay all around me



We All Fall



Digital



Flame and Ice



End of summer



Forever without you



Souvenir



Don’t Smoke



Freedom



Image-Diary



Feel My Greatest Temptation III



Migration



TIME



O Harpista e O Maestro



Touch the Sky of Dreams



Twenty



SlashThree



Candy Clouds



Crescendo



Green



Jan 6

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Today we are glad to release
Pictodeck, a set of
over 700 pictograms in vector format designed specifically for Keynote. That means you can rescale them to any size you desire without any loss in quality. All of the icons also support transparency. The set was created by
Aaron Richard. The icons are from four different sets:
PICOL,
Android Icons,
Pictoico, and
Freshpixel. All are licensed slightly differently under Creative Commons. Please respect their copyrights.

The last slide contains a series of 32×32 bitmap icons for popular social networking sites. These icons were created by
Komodo Media, which has also graciously chosen to license them under the Creative Commons.



Download the set for free!

You can use the set for all of your projects for free and without any restrictions. You can freely use it for both your private and commercial projects, including software, online services, templates and themes. The set may not be resold, sublicensed, rented, transferred or otherwise made available for use. Please link to this article if you would like to spread the word.









download Pictodeck v1.0 for Keynote ’09






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Pictodeck was created by Aaron Richard, who works as a strategist at
Big Spaceship, a digital creative agency in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit his personal blog at
ralphthemagician.com or follow him on Twitter
@ralphthemagi.

Jan 5

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Pricing a website design can seem impossible. A good website design can cost anywhere between thousands of dollars and under fifty dollars, depending on the type of site, how you build it and a hundred other numbers. Those numbers can make it difficult to decide where the right price point for your own work is: how do you know what your work is worth when other designers’ prices are all over the place?

All prices are not created equal: while it may seem to the lay person that all websites are similar, differences like the framework the site is built upon and the process the website designer uses can require drastically different prices. A website design that doesn’t require you to do much more than design a new theme for WordPress probably shouldn’t be priced the same way that an e-commerce site that expects to see plenty of traffic should be. It comes down to the question of what’s in your price.
In this article, we’ll look at how four web designers set their prices — and how you can learn from their experiences.

The Basics of Pricing

At the most basic, your prices must cover your expenses with hopefully a little extra left over, unless you have another source of income. The standard advice for determining your prices is to calculate what you need to live for a month — and then break that down to what you need to earn per hour. There are some nuances: it’s rare for a web designer to have 40 hours of paying work every week. It’s not impossible for a freelancer to have only 20 billable hours a week, especially when he’s just starting out. The rest of the week may be spent marketing to new clients, handling paperwork and other necessary tasks.

There’s also the danger of underestimating your expenses when you decide on your rates. It’s easy to miss one or two expenses, like health insurance, and wind up with prices that just won’t work. It’s important to build in a buffer when estimating the money that you need to bring in: your income needs to be able to cover savings, emergencies and even price hikes on your standard expenses. These factors mean that the price range you find by estimating what you need to cover your expenses should actually be the bottom end of where you set your prices. Your own expenses are only a small part of what goes into the price you charge for a website design.

1. Deciding Between Per Project and Per Hour

One of the biggest decisions you have to make as a web designer is whether you’ll charge per hour or per project. Most website designers think in terms of how many hours a project will take them to complete, which translates easily to charging by the hour. There are some other benefits, as well: an hourly rate makes it easy to revise an estimate if a client suddenly changes a project or needs an extra round of revisions.

Should I Charge Per Hour?



Mary-Frances Main is a web designer based in Colorado. She chooses to only work on an hourly basis. As Main says:

“We only quote per hour. Very very occasionally we will get a ballpark complete project cost, but rarely… We find that project bids very rarely end up in our favor. It’s too difficult to adjust for design dilemmas or changes in direction or lack of organization from a client. We make up for not giving whole project bids by only charging updates with a base rate of a quarter of an hour.”

The type of client Main usually works with is a big factor in her decision to work on an hourly basis. She prefers clients that need a web designer for the long haul — they need the web designer to handle updates, maintenance and any adjustments the site needs. Because Main charges an hourly rate, she can comfortably handle those updates, while still making enough money to cover her needs.

Charging per hour makes sense if:

Project requirements may change after you’ve already started working,





It’s hard to tell exactly how long a project will take,





You’re handling lots of small tasks or projects as they come up,





Your client wants something beyond what you ordinarily offer.

Should I Charge Per Project?



While charging per hour makes sense for some web designers, it doesn’t always make sense for everyone. There are drawbacks to pricing by the hour, as well. A client who doesn’t really know what to expect in terms of the amount of work it takes to create a website can look at an hourly rate and quickly become concerned. Having a rate of $100 per hour can scare off a client who thinks in terms of people working 40-hour workweeks. If you say that you can have the project done in 3 weeks, you can wind up with a client picturing a bill in the tens of thousands of dollars, no matter how large or small his project actually is. Giving a set rate for a whole project can eliminate that sort of pricing confusion.

Noel Green, a web designer based in New Mexico, takes a per project approach to pricing his work:

“While we have a per hour rate, we prefer to quote per project rather than per hour. After 8 years of doing this, we’re quite good at knowing, approximately, how long a project is going to take us, so giving a client a ‘flat fee’ lets them feel more comfortable with the process.”

Pricing per project has had other benefits for Green, as well. He’s found that clients are less likely to add on to the original project if they know that they’ll have to pay an hourly rate for any changes.

Charging per project makes sense if:

You do this type of project often enough that you know how long it should take,





Your client has a budget that doesn’t allow for an open-ended number of hours,





You want to offer a package deal, such as a website and hosting for a certain price,





The project is relatively short and specific.

Price Per Project And Per Hour

There is one other option, which Dixie Vogel, a web designer with more than 10 years of experience, uses. You can use per hour pricing in some situations and per project in others:

“For larger projects, I price by project (after figuring out a time estimate to multiply against my base rate). I dislike time tracking and the feeling of rushing through work to keep my clients from being overcharged. I’m also frequently interrupted, which made tracking difficult. For small, limited scope projects, I do bill hourly as I tend to underestimate the time on simpler tasks and ended up undercharging. Either way, however, I give my clients a range at the outset and stick very close to that.”

How Low Should I Go?

It can be tempting to price yourself below your competition, especially if you can bring in enough income to cover your expenses even at those lower prices. It seems like a lower price would get you more work and more clients. But it’s a temptation you should avoid: not all clients assume that a low price means that a particular web designer is offering a deal. Instead, many prospective clients will think that there is a reason your prices are below other web designers with similar portfolios and skills. Maybe there’s something wrong with your work or maybe you’re a particularly slow worker — a low price could be more easily explained by a problem than by a web designer trying to set a price lower than his or her competition.

Charging For All The Time You Spend

There’s a more subtle version of this problem that can appear depending on just what you charge for. Many new web designers charge only for the time the spend actually creating and implementing a website. When Main first started designing websites, about nine years ago, she fell into this trap. Now, her prices cover a lot more:





We used to have entire email exchanges and design processes that went uncharged, we now log all of that time and charge for it accordingly.





Beyond the actual time you spend on designing a website, you can and should bill your clients for the following:

Revisions: It’s rare for a client to like a design exactly the way you come up with it, but you can bill them for the time you spend revising your designs.

Education: With some clients, you can spend hours going back and forth, educating them on what a website design actually includes. That is time you’ve spent on your project and it’s time you can bill to your client.

Set up: Some designers take care of setting up hosting, if not providing it entirely. The time it takes to get everything ready on the hosting end of things is an expense your client can cover.

Explaining Your Prices

There may be a client or two who questions your prices. It seems to happen more with clients that aren’t familiar with the work necessary to create a website, but it can happen with a wide variety of client types. As long as you can explain your prices — and you remain firm on them — clients are typically willing to work with you. Green has had clients try bargain and barter with him on his rates:

We didn’t budge, so they chose someone else…the client who left because we wouldn’t go down in price ended up coming back to us after the company they DID go with didn’t deliver what they’d promised.

When a prospective client wants to argue prices with you, it can be hard to stand firm, if only because you want the project even if it means dropping your rates a little. But there are a lot of reasons that a web designer can ask for high prices and get them:

You can complete a project significantly faster than an amateur. It’s cheaper to pay your hourly rate and get a good design quickly than to let a non-designer drag out the process for weeks or even months.

You do more than just design — you manage the project as a whole, from creating a design to coordinating content.

You’re a professional. Your clients wouldn’t ask a vendor to drop their prices.

It can be hard for a new web designer to price a project high enough, simply because of a lack of confidence. As you build your skills and gain confidence, it becomes easier to quote higher prices to clients without worrying that the price is too high. Stephanie Hobbs, a web designer based in South Carolina, has increased her prices along with her confidence:

When I started in 2003, my first paying website was $450 for 5 pages. Once I figured out a reasonable time estimate, I offered a four page site for $600. As my skill level has increased and I’ve raised my hourly rate, that number has gone to $800, $1000, and now $1200. My hourly rate started at $40 (I think, it might have been $50) and is now at $75. But I’ve raised my rates because I was very low to begin with because I didn’t have confidence in myself.

When Should I Increase My Prices?

What you charge today isn’t necessarily what you should be charging for it a year from now. As you add to your skills, as well as your reputation, you’ll not only be more valuable to your clients but you’ll be able to demonstrate your worth with a larger portfolio of completed projects. You’ll be able to increase your prices — and you should.

Vogel started freelancing at $25 per hour. She actually considers clients not complaining about prices a bad sign: “If no potential client complains, you’re not charging enough.”

As she raised her prices, Vogel would start quoting new projects at her higher rates, as well as informing her existing clients.

For any rate increases, I’ve always sent out notices to my clients explaining what I was doing beforehand and giving them all plenty of opportunity to opt out. I’ve never lost a single client raising my rates.

Timing A Price Increase

Timing when you’re going to announce your rate increase can be tricky, especially when you have existing clients or you’ve already offered an estimate for a new project. New clients are much easier to deal with: it’s just a matter of quoting your new rate as you talk about new projects. With existing clients, however, you may find that they’ve gotten used to your old rates and aren’t prepared to budget more for your services. There are a couple of times that it can be easier to announce those new rates:

The New Year: With the end of the year approaching, you can simply send out a notice that your rates will be going up on the first of the year. The same approaches works with the beginning of a new month if you aren’t prepared to wait until the end of the year.

New Projects: If your client brings you a new project, it can be an ideal time to make the switchover. You can explain that for future projects, you’ve increased your rates, which provides you and your client a chance to talk about the matter.

Contracts: If you have a contract with your client to provide certain services, like maintenance, on a continuing basis, that contract should have an ending date. That date gives you an opportunity to renegotiate your rates.

Increasing your prices may not always be just a matter of making more money. If you want to be able to offer a discount on your work, as Hobbs does, having higher rates is necessary:

I do offer a 20% discount for people in my networking group, and a 30% discount to nonprofits (which is part of why I raised my rates from $1000… I’m actually making closer to what I intended to make, since many of my clients are from my networking organization).

Prices in the Wild

All the information on how to set prices may not be enough to help you decide what is a reasonable price for your web design work. Actually seeing what other web designers charge is necessary to decide if your prices are comparable.

Mary-Frances Main charges $60 per hour for most web design work. For programming, her rate is $72 per hour and for Flash, her rate is $65 per hour.

Noel Green charges between $2,500 and $5,000 for a complete website, guaranteeing a 4-week turnaround on projects. Projects at the upper end of that range typically involve more complex features, such as shopping carts.

Dixie Vogel charges between $60 and $80 per hour for most web design work.

Stephanie Hobbs‘s rates start at $1,200 for a 4-page website, add to her estimate for larger projects and sites with extra features, like Flash.

These prices differ due to factors like the designer’s location, their experience and even the type of clients they prefer to work with. But, in each case, the web designer in question has thought through not only what he or she needs to earn but how comparable those prices are to other designers and where the prices can be increased.

Jan 4

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Using
AJAX on websites and applications is pretty much taken for granted nowadays. Users expect it. They want to be able to edit a page in-place, they want search queries to be auto-suggested, and they want to be able to submit a form without refreshing the page. Why? Because those things make browsing quicker, easier and, more importantly, enjoyable.

As great as AJAX is, though, it is not for every website or application. Part of the developer’s job is to know exactly where AJAX (or any technology for that matter) is needed. Too little can lead to user frustration. Too much causes misunderstanding. A balance and some restraints are always needed.

In this round-up, we have collected
30 fresh AJAX tutorials and techniques, covering almost every aspect of AJAX development: forms, applications, polls, editing, parsing, visual effects and much more.

AJAX Tutorials And Techniques

An AJAX-Based Shopping Cart with PHP, CSS and jQuery





In this tutorial, you will create an AJAX-driven shopping cart and store all of the products in a MySQL database, using PHP to process the data. jQuery will deliver the AJAX on the page, and with help of the
simpletip plug-in, you will be able to deliver a high-end interactive check-out process.






View the demo.



Creating an AJAX Web App Using the Bit.ly API





Using Twitter’s URL shortener,
bit.ly, and the jQuery library, you will be taken through the process of building an AJAX Web app. This is a great beginner tutorial, giving a detailed introduction to APIs and the basics of PHP and jQuery.






View the demo.



A Twitter List AJAX-Powered Fan Page





Twitter recently launched its new “lists” feature, which allows you to compile a list of your followers and organize them into categories. Using the newly expanded API (with list-management functionality added), you will learn how to create a widget that flips lists the other way round: this fan widget that goes in the sidebar allows visitors to fill in their Twitter name and join a special fan list from your Twitter account.






View the demo.



Learn How to AJAXify Comment Forms





Learn how to take a simple boring contact form and add some simple animation with an AJAX post request to submit the form to your MySQL database asynchronously.



A Simple AJAX Website with jQuery





Using jQuery, PHP and CSS, you will go through the process of creating a basic AJAX website. The finished product will load pages through AJAX from the PHP back-end and even completely support the browser history (something that is normally difficult to achieve with any AJAX or Flash website).






View the demo.



Create a Twitter-Like “Load More” Widget





In this tut, you will learn the technique—used by both Twitter and the Apple App Store—for loading more information. Simply by clicking the link or button, more content will appear, as if by magic. You will use AJAX, CSS, Javascript, JSON, PHP and HTML to build this widget. This tutorial features both the jQuery and the MooTools versions of the script.






View the demo.



A Simple Twitter App with Ruby on Rails




In this three-part tutorial series, you will set up a simple messaging model that holds posted messages. You will also learn how to post a message asynchronously.






View the demo.

AJAX Multiple-File-Upload Form Using jQuery





With this article, you will learn to develop an AJAXified multiple-file-upload form that uses much less server-side code and has a nice user interface. Thanks to the power of jQuery, the time spent on actual development is substantially reduced.






View the demo.



How to Send Facebook-Style Mail with PHP, AJAX and jQuery





The Facebook website is choc full of unique features, especially the system for sending mail and messages. Using PHP, AJAX and jQuery, you can recreate this technique using this step-by-step tutorial.






View the demo.



How to Create Your Own Stats Program (JavaScript, AJAX, PHP)




Chances are, you use an analytics programs such as Google Analytics, Get Clicky or Urchin to track every move and twitch on your website. They all track page views, visits, unique visitors, browsers, IP addresses and much more. But how exactly is this accomplished? Follow this tutorial and learn how to create your own basic Web statistics program using PHP, JavaScript, AJAX and SQLite.






View the demo.

AJAX Post Pagination in MooTools





Patiently browsing through the archive of posts on your WordPress website can be frustrating. A fix for this problem would be to use MooTools and AJAX to do the loading.



jQuery AJAX delete





Being able to remove content with Ajax is useful for any Web designer. Using a few lines of jQuery, you can remove both a DIV and a record from the database with AJAX. In this demo, you’ll see a small red cross to the right of each comment. Clicking the cross will remove the comment’s DIV, and the slide-up animation allows you to remove the DIV.






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Voting System with jQuery, AJAX and PHP





Dzone offers users the chance to vote up or down on any particular link, giving an indication of how well an article has been received. In this tutorial, you learn how to recreate this unique voting system using jQuery, AJAX and PHP.






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Creating a Dynamic Poll with jQuery and PHP





When you combine the neat functionality of PHP and the cleverness of jQuery, you can produce some pretty cool results. In this tutorial, you will create a poll using PHP and XHTML, then use some jQuery AJAX effects to eliminate the need for page refreshing and to give it a nice touch of animation.






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AJAXify WordPress Comment Posting





Many WordPress plug-ins will AJAXify comments, but how do they do it? In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to enable AJAXed comments with client-side JavaScript comment-form validation for any WordPress blog.






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Create a Dynamic Scrolling Content Box Using AJAX





If you use Google Reader, then you may have noticed how it shows feed items. After you click on a feed, it loads a few items first, and as you scroll down to view more items, it adds more items dynamically to the list. This tutorial shows you how to create a similar content box that loads content dynamically as the user scrolls to the bottom of the box.






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Create an In-Place Editing System





Making users click through multiple pages just to edit a single field is annoying. This tutorial shows you how to create an in-place editing system, as found on popular websites such as Flickr and then take things further with AJAX.






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Submit A Form Without Page Refresh using jQuery





This article outlines a great way to use jQuery and AJAX to enhance the user experience, not just by validating the form but by submitting the contact form without having to refresh the page.






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How To Parse XML Using jQuery and Ajax





In this tutorial you will learn how to parse or process an XML document and display the data on a page in HTML. This process can be used to filter raw RSS feeds, set up a cool site map on your blog or even lay the groundwork for your own auto-complete search.






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Caching AJAX Results in Javascript





AJAX requests are usually faster than regular page loads and allow for a wealth of dynamism within the page. Unfortunately, many people do not properly cache request information when they can. The author shows you his improved method for caching AJAX requests.



How to Create an AJAX File Uploader





The application you will build in this tut uses jQuery’s versatility to allow multiple file uploads without a page refresh or redirection, complete with front- and back-end validation to prevent unwanted files from being uploaded to your server.






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How to Create a Simple Web-Based Chat Application





The multiple-user Web-based chat application that you will build in this tutorial includes a log-in and log-out system, with AJAX-style features. The finished product would be perfect for a live support system for your website, as seen on the Vodafone and T-Mobile websites.



Facebook-like Auto-Suggestion with jQuery, AJAX and PHP





This article shows you how to recreate the unique auto-suggestion search feature of Facebook using jQuery, PHP and, of course, AJAX.






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20 More Excellent AJAX Effects You Should Know





This article rounds up 20 relatively easy AJAX effects and techniques that can be used to spice up any page.



Record Text Selections Using MooTools or jQuery AJAX





This post demonstrates a useful technique for keeping track of what text users are highlighting and copying on a given Web page. It is helpful because it gives you an indication of what visitors really want from your website.



Automatically Update a Web Page with Dynamic Elements





You may know how to hide and display optional JavaServer Faces (JSF) components using JavaScript and CSS. To do this, you would first identify all JSF components and write them into JSF pages. But that is impossible when you are developing a Web page that contains dynamic elements that are unknown until runtime. With this article, learn how you can clear old UI components while automatically updating the dynamic elements of a Web page, as well as use Java code to add new elements and put them in their proper spot on a Web page. You’ll also learn how to bind different event handlers to different dynamic elements of a Web page, how to register a listener listening to changes of server-side data to invoke a page refresh, and how to use AJAX techniques to refresh only the dynamic parts of the Web page.



Build a Web Presentation Application using AJAX





How does Google Docs have such amazing functionality? It leverages Web 2.0 technologies, which provide robust functionality with relatively simple code. In this article, learn how to build a Web application to create slideshow presentations using AJAX.



Calendar Eightysix





Calendar Eightysix is an unobtrusive, developer-friendly JavaScript calendar and date-picker that offers a better user experience for date-related functionality. It is highly customizable and offers unique and quick navigation by jumping back and forth between months, years and decades without drop-down boxes.






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jCart: AJAX/PHP Shopping Cart





jCart is a customizable jQuery plug-in that offers a simple e-commerce solution by handling visitor input without reloading the page.



AJAX Fancy Captcha





The Fancy Captcha jQuery plug-in is an intuitive and fresh way to complete those “verify humanity” tasks, offering reasonable protection against unwanted guests, namely bots and spammers. It works by asking you to verify yourself simply by dragging and dropping an item into a circle.



Jan 2

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Today we are glad to release
Furry Cushions Social Icons, a set with 6 transparent furry social icons in .png. This set was designed by
Andrea Austoni and released especially for Noupe and its readers.



Download the icon set for free!

You can use the set for all of your projects for free and without any restrictions. You can freely use it for both your private and commercial projects, including software, online services, templates and themes. The set may not be resold, sublicensed, rented, transferred or otherwise made available for use. Please link to this article if you would like to spread the word.



download the set (.zip, 0.88 Mb)

Behind the design

And here are some insights from Andrea Austoni, the designer herself:

“It’s that time of the year again, when you just need a furry cushion to help you socialize. The Furry Cushions Social Icons set includes icons for Delicious, Facebook, LinkedIn, RSS, StumbleUpon and Twitter. All icons come as transparent PNGs in 4 popular sizes. Have a comfy social life in 2010!”

Thank you very much, Andrea! We appreciate your efforts!

Dec 30

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Not many of us will have the opportunity to attend or participate in a live web-related event, conference, or presentation. But that doesn’t mean we can’t benefit from the information exchanged at such events. Many of the sites associated with those events provide supplementary information, summaries, presentation slides, plus audio and video footage from the presentations given.

In this article I’ve assembled a short but diverse list of
presentations related to design and development that I think everyone will find both informative and entertaining. I’ve included a brief description of each presentation, along with some notable quotes and related links. The final presentation in this list is a tongue-in-cheek performance that is a must-see for anyone involved in web development for the past 5 or 6 years.



CSS Frameworks: Make the Right Choice

Speaker: Kevin Yank

This presentation was recorded on October 9, 2009, at
Web Directions South in Sydney, Australia.

Kevin Yank of
SitePoint discusses what CSS frameworks do, how to choose a CSS framework, along with some of the pros and cons of four types of CSS frameworks: CSS resets, grid-based frameworks, “pre-fab” frameworks, and frameworks that use CSS abstraction.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=7530607&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1

Notable Quote:

“By the end of this session, you might just decide that the right framework for you is no framework at all.”

Further Information:

JavaScript: The Good Parts

Speaker: Douglas Crockford

This talk took place on February 27, 2009 as part of the Google Tech Talks Web Exponents series.

The presentation is based on
Crockford’s book and reveals the good and bad parts of JavaScript, along with an audience Q&A.

http://www.youtube.com/v/hQVTIJBZook&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0

Notable Quote:

“JavaScript is the only language that I’m aware of that people feel they don’t need to learn before they start using it.”

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Search User Interfaces

Speaker: Professor Marti Hearst

This talk took place on November 23, 2009 as part of the Google Tech Talks series, and is based on Professor Hearst’s book
Search User Interfaces.

The discussion covers specific chapters in the book and presents “the state of the art of search interface design, based on both academic research and deployment in commercial systems.”

http://www.youtube.com/v/BpBAg4Ndi9w&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0

Notable Quote:

“The paradox of web search: Why is designing a search interface difficult? Why is it easy?”

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Design Inspiration

Speaker: Fabio Sasso

This presentation by the owner of
Abduzeedo, took place at
Front End Design Conference on July 31, 2009.

Sasso discusses his personal sources of design inspiration and includes some interesting comments on the challenges facing Brazilian designers in today’s market.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=5913249&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1

Notable Quote:

“For me, the only way to come up with a good design is to try.”

Further Information:

Panel Discussion from FOWD Conference

Speakers: Andy Clarke, Josh Williams & Jeffrey Zeldman

An older presentation from
Future of Web Design 2007.

A very funny, and thought-provoking panel discussion covering a number of topics including the recent trend of developers working more on personal projects, plus some thoughts on web standards, web design education, dealing with clients, and more.

http://www.viddler.com/player/a3eb377/

Notable Quotes:

“If you say you’re going to talk about web design, reporters aren’t interested. It’s web, so it’s kind of bad design, isn’t it? My kid can do it.”

“We have bad clients who say ‘Is that three pixels wide? Shouldn’t it be four pixels wide?’ They’re clients, so ‘Where did you go to art school?’ is not an approriate answer. So you say ‘That’s interesting, four pixels. We hadn’t thought about that.’

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A More Tangled Web

Speaker: Eric Meyer

This presentation by
Eric Meyer took place on November 5, 2009 at
Build Conference.

Meyer discusses universal uses for HTML and CSS, the death of the browser plugin, and shares an interesting viewpoint on the proposed completion date of 2022 for HTML 5.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=7863592&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1

Notable Quotes:

“The advancement of CSS is really a lot like a marathon, complete with the staggering dehydrated people at the end of the 26 miles, that you just want the medics to pull them off the course, and they keep waving them off, and it’s really sort of sad and pathetic. This is kind of what CSS development is like now.”

“The really big shift that is happening… is the shift to the web becoming a client-side computing platform.” (Tim Berners-Lee)

Further Information:

How to Bluff Your Way in Web 2.0

Speakers: Andy Budd & Jeremy Keith

This presentation took place in March 2007 at
SXSW Interactive.

This is an absolutely hilarious and well-prepared presentation by two of the most notable names in web development. A must-see video covering web 2.0 buzzwords, design, fonts, web 2.0 bingo, and more. The hour closes with a serious summary of the impact of web 2.0, what it really means, and what direction it should go in.

http://www.viddler.com/player/7e17eeb7/

Notable Quotes:

“Web 2.0 is a state of mind. It’s a zen thing. The sound of one hand clapping.”

“In this design, what’s important are the reflections; lots and lots of reflections. Everything’s wet in web 2.0 — wet floor, wet ceiling. So this is a great example of the web 2.0 design style.”

“And remember, Ajax is more than sliding, moving, and fading stuff. It’s an acronym, and that acronym stands for Accessibility Just Ain’t Xciting.”

“It’s all about community. Because none of us are as dumb as all of us.”

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