Aesthetics for the Web - Speed is a fundamental aesthetic in Web design. One of the biggest Web myths is that you can't design well without high bandwidth.
An Introduction to Image Compression - Compressing an image is significantly different than compressing raw binary data.
Appearances Can Be Deceiving -Fast transfer time is critical to a decent Web page. Most serious-minded Web authors understand the need for minimizing the sheer volume of data pumped out to their readers. But there are some tricks that can make it appear as though a Web page is loading more quickly, without actually affecting its load time
Bad Bandwidth, Good Design - High bandwidth! Fat pipes! Fiber to the curb! Feh! A slow Web is a better Web.
xat.com software for faster web sites, JPEG, Image Optimizer - JPEG Optimizer and Image Optimizer are popular software packages for image compression and web site acceleration.
Compressing Web Graphics - The two main graphic file formats used on the web GIF and JPEG treat picture compression in different ways
Compression - Optimizing Web Graphics
Evolution of a Home Page - The HTML optimization continues. While taking a usability survey of the competition, I discovered that the average size of Web developer home pages
GIF Wizard Compress your graphics up to 90% with GIF Wizard!
How to Make Smaller Gifs - The smaller your Web images are, the faster your site will load and the happier your visitors will be.
HTML Optimizations - Cut back on extra and unnecessary HTML code that can be cut out without impacting end users or the intended visual effect.
Image Compression Examples - So, what should I use, GIF or JPG? - Both. Each has its uses and advantages. For web authoring, the vast majority of your images should be gifs. With gifs you can get right in there and manipulate the image and its colors on a pixel level.
Internet Delay Effects - How Users Perceive Quality, Organization, and Ease of Use of Information
JPEG image compression FAQ, part 1 of 2 - This article answers Frequently Asked Questions about JPEG image compression.
JPEG image compression FAQ, part 2 of 2 - This article answers Frequently Asked Questions about JPEG image compression.
JPEG Image Compression - While compressing text files is useful, compressing still image files is almost a necessity. A typical image takes up much more storage than a typical text message, and without compression images would be extremely clumsy to store and distribute.
The Need for Speed - Research on a wide variety of hypertext systems has shown that users need response times of less than one second when moving from one page to another if they are to navigate freely through an information space.
Web Graphics - his article will show you how to minimize
file size and dithering for Web graphics.
Site Optimization Tutorial -taking a look at all the different ways to get pages down to their leanest and meanest.
Slice up Your Web Graphics -slicing large images can significantly reduce the time it takes your pages to load.
Speeding Up Your Web Page - Download Times are Always Important
The 8-Second Rule - If your webpage hasn't loaded within 8 seconds, chances are your users are history.
Web Images Should be Small - Learn to Resize Web ImagesWeb images
Web Site Optimization: Build Web Pages that Download Fast - Web Site Optimization is Easy!
Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part II
Today we continue looking at business cards that stand out, and here’s hoping you get some inspiration and ideas! After all, you only get one first impression, so your business card should be something that showcases the best of your design abilities. On Wednesday we looked at the use of interesting shapes, 3D business cards, [...]
Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part I
As a graphic designer, your business card should do more than let people know how to contact you. If you’re interested in truly making a good first impression, the business card has got to stand out. Whether through color, design, die cutting, unique materials, 3D shapes, or actual samples of your work, a stand-out business [...]
Collaborating and Negotiating: Part II
Today, we’re looking at the collaboration side of negotiation and collaboration in graphic design. Because your work is ultimately for the client, at times you as the designer must be willing to compromise to reach a mutually agreeable goal. Here are some tips to help you collaborate with clients. Ways to Collaborate Listen. On page 28 [...]
Collaborating and Negotiating: Part I
It’s there in the design brief: the problem your client wants you to solve. But whether your objective is to create an advertisement, exhibition or public announcement, sometimes you and the client aren’t quite on the same page about what exactly the best design solution is. OC Photographer asked a great question about the collaborating [...]
When Things Go Bad: 5 Tips for Firing Clients
Most graphic designers will be in a similar situation at some point: the client will not pay, the client is never satisfied with your work yet won’t collaborate to fix it, or you simply realize that you and the client are not meshing. Regardless of when and why you need to fire a client, everyone [...]
Tips for Working with Clients: Approaching the Relationship
Whether you’re looking for design classes, design degree programs, internships or first jobs, it’s important to choose an option that will help you learn clear communication, especially when it comes to designer/client relationships. Knowing how to work with clients should always be part of a successful graphic design education. The following tips can help you [...]
Working for Good: Pro Bono Design, Part II
If you’re interested in doing pro bono graphic design work, it’s important to educate yourself about smart ways to do it. Once you’ve got some guidelines, you can approach your pro bono work with creativity; unless your client specifically requests it, you don’t need to limit yourself to a brochure. Consider these ideas for pro [...]
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