Seductive France

Posted by: Anastasia on February 17th, 2009 in General

Do you know what I like about France? It’s passionate approach in everything. Sophisticated temptation, lust, willingness to attract. The works of French photographers, graphical designer and illustrators are full of these emotions and you can feel it in the air when you check their portfolios. I adore them and I adore their culture. Some of these people truly impressed me with their amazing works of art and today I’ll try to post the best of what I’ve seen and enjoyed.


Illustration and graphic design

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My Valentine’s Day: Love Is All Around

Posted by: Anastasia on February 13th, 2009 in General

Valentine Coffee


Valentine Cookie


Valentine Bath



Preparing Valentine Presents




Decorating my Desktop and Website

Valentine Wallpapers



Valentine Icons

Sharing My Love


Looking out of the window

British Airways  Ad


Ducati Ad


Playing With My Cat

Sheba Ad


My Fruit Valentines Lunch




Meeting My Love


My Valentine Dinner


Resources used:
Ads of the world, Flickr, Dryicons, Kitdashit.

Shake Your Brain: Smart Fish Ads

Posted by: Anastasia on February 10th, 2009 in General

Have you ever thought what makes an ad a success? That’s simple, this is just the product itself, the approach and the emotions that you have when you look at the ad. The most successful ads make us smile, feel sorrow or just think (usually the Greenpeace ads). The fun ads are probably the best ones as no matter whether you will buy the product or not, you’ll remember it and share it with your friends. This way the word of mouth will find find the potential customer. Besides smiling makes our lives longer and makes us feel better, so why not to enjoy the ads just as a fun thing not just yet another call to buy something. We hope that our small collection of smart and fun fish ads today will make you happier at least for a few seconds.


WWF: Fish

Text on ad: Stop climate change before it changes you.


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Common Elements of Luxury Web Design in Top Luxury Brands

Posted by: Anastasia on February 5th, 2009 in General, Website Design

What is luxury? Is it diamonds, expensive stylish clothing, the best cars, expensive watches and accessories? Or is luxury the feeling these things bring you — the feeling of wealth, certainty, or style? When it comes to website design, is there some definite style that gives the feeling of luxury — something that we could call the luxury style? We’ve done a bit of research looking into Web design for luxury brands, but we’ll leave the judgments up to you. Which website do you feel best represents the luxury lifestyle?


Let’s start with the best 10 luxurious jewelry brands. The research was conducted by the Luxury Institute, and we’ll study the websites of just a few brands.

Number 1

Harry Wilson Jewelry - Website:

This site features simple, strict and minimalist black, white, and gray design elements with a “rich” beautiful font. Light flash effects enhance the beauty of the showcased jewelry and you can almost smell the luxury. Even if you replace the jewelry photos with something else, the luxurious feeling will stay with you.



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10 Simple CSS Tips and Tricks for Better Web Design and Usability

Posted by: Mirko on October 30th, 2008 in Website Templates

If your website doesn’t achieve the success you’re hoping for, it might be due to a very simple reason: bad design. While professional templates are hard to achieve for a non-designer, these simple CSS tweaks can dramatically improve your design, make it more accessible, and make it more efficient.

1. Nice Pull Quotes
Using the blockquote HTML tag is a good practice that many web writers use to differentiate quoted text from the rest. However, you can improve the rendering of these by tuning it with CSS. Adding nice typographic quotes and a background color will make your citations really stand out.
Tutorial on SitePoint

2. Background Images for Bullets
Bulleted lists are a nice way to display links, archives, or categories but they do look very common and fail to blend into your site’s design if to stick to displaying default bullet points. Did you know that you can replace these bullets with custom images? Doing this, you’ll have a more coherent design.
Tutorial on MaxDesign - Tutorial on MacWorld

3. Rounded Corners
When creating a box in your design using basic HTML and CSS, it will look very square with hard corners. You can smooth those out and make them look less aggressive using one of these two easy techniques.
Tutorial using images - Tutorial without images

4. Styling Your Forms With CSS and Labels
Unfortunately, it is still very common to see people use tables to align their forms. It is actually easier and more accessible to use CSS and labels to achieve this.
Tutorial on Pete Freitag’s blog

5. Styling hCard with CSS
hCard is a simple, open, distributed format for representing people, companies or organizations using a 1:1 representation of vCard properties and values in semantic HTML or XHTML. It is a nice way to display your contact information and it is easy to set up using the hcard creator.
Tutorial on 24Ways

6. Creating Your Print Stylesheet
If your article is long, chances are that people will want to print it out to read it. Improving the layout of the printed version is quite quick to do, so why don’t you do it?
Documentation on CSS discuss

7. Link Labeling
Ever clicked a linked and been taken to a PDF, DOC or MP3 file? Remember how annoying it was? Knowing this, you should be kind to your visitors and give them a way to know what kind of file a link will open. This can be done by adding a little application icon using the following technique.
Tutorial on

8. Removing Dotted Outlines
Ever notice this dotted outline coming around focused or active anchor links? It makes your site look less professional, so you should get rid of it using the following technique.
Tutorial on CSS tricks

9. Image Replacement for Submit Buttons
There are three ways to deal with submit buttons when designing: leave the default browser button, customize the background and border with CSS, or replace the button with an image. The last solution is the one that will blend in with the rest of the design the best.
Tutorial on Ampsoft

10. Styling Tables with CSS
Even though you should avoid using HTML tables for layout purposes, there are still cases where it’s the best solution, such as for presenting tabular data.
Tutorial for zebra table with CSS on A List Apart - How to style tables with CSS

This article was written by Mirko Humbert, a Swiss designer running a popular design blog.

Corporate Blogging Gives Birth To Innovation!

Posted by: Hasan on September 29th, 2008 in Internet Marketing

Today’s virtual and globalized working environment finds company CEOs looking at employee engagement as a key challenge. Reaching out to its people in a distributed working environment is done through the global phenomenon – the internet.

The World Wide Web brings closer the physical distances and bridges these distances between people in the communities and the society as a whole. While this method of communication is not yet all pervasive, it is certain to become the basic standard for communication in the future.

Blogs, an abbreviation for “weblogs” are microsites on the web that stand by themselves or are part of traditional websites. A corporate blog is either published by or with the support of an organization in order to reach the organizational goals. External blogs help strengthen relationships with target groups and position the organization as industry experts. Internal blogs on the other hand are used as tools for knowledge management and collaboration.

From politicians to novelists, business pros and aspiring businessmen, everyone seems to be starting a blog. Many large corporations already use blogs to communicate internally to their employees on a regular basis. This helps the organizational heads to cut across hierarchies and deliver their views without the concern of misinterpretation. Blogs are also considered to be a less formal way of communicating with the existing customers, prospective customers and investors. While many of the blogs are authored by individuals, group blogs are also becoming popular in a company setting. Read the rest of this entry »

Ten Ways Of Getting New Product Ideas!

Posted by: Hasan on August 21st, 2008 in Internet Marketing

That’s all you hear all the time. Gotta have a GREAT product. That’s how you get the big bucks. Okay, but how?

For an internet marketer, one of the most difficult things to do is coming up with product ideas. For people who are new to internet marketing, it becomes even more difficult as they have no idea where to begin or even if their idea is going to be a success.

There is nothing better than creating your own product. Let us see how you can go about getting new products into the market. Once you come up with an idea that you like, make sure it is implemented immediately. This is where a newbie remains new for a long time. Because they are unsure of themselves and of their product, they do not implement many of their ideas.

“Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act.”
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Why Downloading Pirated Music Pinches!

Posted by: Hasan on July 19th, 2008 in General, Technology

Nobody likes being called a thief, even those that download pirated music online. But the fact remains that people who perform free music downloads or buy music online using credit cards, from controversial web sites may be part of international piracy.

For many shoppers online, “legal” and “legitimate” are two words that do not mean much and they would not mind buying music from unethical sources, if it means having to pay much less than what it actually sells for.

There are several websites that sell all the latest downloads from top American artists for pennies on the dollar. Music fans are only too thrilled at the prospect of getting music so cheap, especially with the quality and experience being almost the same as the music downloads found at legitimate music sites such as iTunes and others. They willingly enter into the black illegal world of piracy, where they are asked to use their credit cards to purchase music downloads.

What they fail to realize is that, by buying music from these illegal sources, they are becoming part of the theft and piracy racket.

Not many music aficionados who download music from these file-sharing sites really understand the extent of this crime, but even those that do, pay no heed because of the convenience associated with such sites, in terms of low prices and newest songs. Read the rest of this entry »

Negative Aspects Of Outsourcing

Posted by: Hasan on June 25th, 2008 in General

Outsourcing is subcontracting work to a third-party company or individual for product creation, design, or some other service. Outsourcing has always been carried out by both major businesses and smaller companies. As far as corporations go, this means business process outsourcing (BPO).

The Internet has long been bitten by the outsourcing bug and most online businesses tend to allot most of their product creation to outsourcing, and some have started outsourcing their marketing as well. Internet marketers outsource projects like e-book creation, article writing, Web development and design, software development, making lists of affiliate programs with all the details, sorting particular information into lists, and every other job that is either time consuming or that requires specific expertise they don’t personally possess.

Outsourcing is being described by some as an unfortunate by-product of a global economy. The thinking is simply that when the same work can be done by someone else cheaper, get it done. While this is certainly a more profitable way of conducting a business, it does have its negative side too.

Outsourcing is said to be for people who have little patience and a lot of money. There may be people who think that looking at the disadvantages of outsourcing amounts to thinking negatively; however, it is always better to consider all the disadvantages in advance to avoid any future surprises (or should we say “shocks?”).

One of the most crucial facts of life is that no third person or company can understand the product better than the owner. In spite of their best efforts, they may not be able to help business owners reach their goals.

The potential for a communication gap is said to be one of the demerits of outsourcing, where the person who the work is outsourced to may not be familiar with a particular culture and that lack of understanding could reflect in the work performed. Read the rest of this entry »

The Anatomy of an Automated Search Engine

Posted by: Hasan on June 23rd, 2008 in Search Engines

The creation of a large-scale search engine is an onerous task and one that involves huge challenges.

A perfect automated search engine is one that crawls the Web quickly to gather all documents regularly to keep them up-to-date. Plenty of storage space is required to efficiently store indices or the documents themselves.

The magnitude of data that has to be handled on the ever-growing Internet involves billions of queries daily. The indexing system of a search engine should be capable of processing huge amounts of data by using its space most efficiently and handling thousands of queries per second. The best navigation experience should be provided to the users in the form of finding almost anything on the Web, excluding junk results, with the use of high precision tools.

The anatomy of a search engine includes major applications such as those that allow for crawling the Web, indexing, and searching.

Web Crawling

Search engines today depend on spiders or robots (special software) designed to continuously search the Web to find new pages.

Web crawling is the most important aspect of a search engine and is the also most challenging. It involves interaction with thousands of Web servers and name servers. It is performed by many fast, distributed crawlers. They keep getting information regarding lists of URLs they need to crawl and store from a URL server. The crawlers start their travel with the most used servers and highly popular pages. Each crawler keeps hundreds of connections open at one time in order to retrieve Web pages quickly. The crawler has to look up the DNS, connect to the host, send a request and receive a response. It does not rank the Web pages, but retrieves copies of all them and stores them in a repository by compressing them. They’re later indexed and ranked based on different criteria. Everything from the visible text, images, alt tags, other non-HTML content, word processor documents, and more is indexed.

Crawlers usually visit the same Web pages repeatedly to ensure the site is a stable one and that the pages are being updated frequently. If a certain Web page is not functioning at some point, the crawlers are usually programmed to go back later to try again. However, if it is found that the page is either down continuously or not being updated frequently, they stay away for longer periods of time or index it slowly.

Crawlers also have the capability of following all the links found on Web pages, which they can then visit either right away or later. Read the rest of this entry »