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About pixelhorse

Founder of webdesign-women. Graphist and webdesigner with a high school diploma (1996). Photographer for myself and horse lover and long distance rider. If you are interested in my work visit www.pixelhorse.de - and if you love horses and speak german there is a blog www.rasso-k.de, too.

The best free templates

March 15th, 2010 | Posted by pixelhorse in Design - (0 Comments)

Sometimes you need a quick layout or nobody wants to pay for the design.  This is when your looking for free templates – we did it and found some amazing ones.

In all cases you have to take care if free is really free. Sometimes adapting is possible, sometimes there are a free and a licensed version as well.

I think, individual is the best way even for developers, because adapting an exsisting code is often more complicated than coding in your style.

Another point is inspiration. Creative people have ideas but looking at examples will give us new ideas, too. This doesn’t mean copy but modify and take parts. In the best case it’s just an idea and it doesn’t look as a copy afterwards.

Here are some resources for free templates and inspiration

TEMPLATES

http://chocotemplates.com/

http://cssmayo.com/

http://www.freewebtemplates.com/

http://www.styleshout.com/

http://www.freewebsitetemplates.com/

http://www.cssplay.co.uk/ – more a coding resource, but endless

http://www.templateworld.com/free_templates.html

PSD

http://freepsdfiles.net/

http://photoshopcandy.com/category/free-psds/

EMAIL

http://freemailtemplates.com/

Women in Webdesign – where are you?

March 14th, 2010 | Posted by pixelhorse in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Maybe it started in 1999 with the http://www.womendesignersgroup.net/ that women arrived in webdesign. The next milestone – I don’t know but later in 2007 when this article about women in webdesign was written: http://www.zeldman.com/2007/04/19/women-in-web-design/ by a man :-(.

Ok let’s go on, here http://whdb.com/2008/100-awesome-webmaster-blogs-by-and-for-women/ a really large list is published – about active female webdesigners.

What happend elsewhere? In germany the http://www.webgrrls.de/ network started in 1997 – unfortunately it is not free to participate.

I think it’s time to talk a bit about our work. We do it and we can show it.

Write a comment if you are a webdesign-related woman! Say hi and leave a url – that’s enough, don’t loose time.

About Tooltips in Menues and for Links

February 21st, 2010 | Posted by pixelhorse in Coding - (1 Comments)

Tooltips are a good thing for a better usability in webdesign – you find a good description about them in wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tooltip. They are shown when you hover a link or menu element. With css you can modify the tip as you like.

Design of tooltips for links – with javascript

A javascript based library by Walter Zorn you find here. Another Version at dyn-web.com. Based on the javascript library jQuery a plugin helps to design tooltips – find more about it here.

and css only

A better way for all users would be to use css  http://lixlpixel.org/css_tooltip/ and as whole popups here: http://meyerweb.com/eric/css/edge/popups/demo.html

Some love it some hate it

In case you design a menu an extra tooltip could disturb the user. Often tooltips are used to explain a link – but in a menu it’s clear and not good to use. What can you do – where does they come from? Each link with a title attribute will show a tooltip. So the easiest thing to do would be to delete the title attribut within the link.

Special Joomla: In the basic mainmenu there are no titles – fine – but some people think they need them, so you use the extended menu module to add them.

For SEO reasons, titles can be useful. They are good if they give extra information about the link – but in a menu you should avoid just to repeat the link name in the title.

Are there any female Webdesigners out there?

February 6th, 2010 | Posted by pixelhorse in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Welcome to webdesign women!

If you are a woman related to webdesign your welcome to participate.

If not you’re welcome to view this women made webdesign blog for all in webdesign interested people.

My hope is to develop another important source for webdesign related topics. The main difference to other blogs should be not really visible or readable, maybe you cold read between the lines. So what is the main difference? It is made by women not by men. That’s all.

Our authors can introduce themselfes, their work, and of course leave a link on the blogroll. We are a network, so connections are welcome.

For all more or less active users I offer a link in the blogroll – this is a free backlink to your homepage. So: Let’s talk about webdesign and make ourselves more visible.

Come on. Join us! It’s free. REGISTER NOW.

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