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Design Informer is 3 Months Old


I have been an avid follower of blogs such as Smashing Magazine31 and Web Designer Depot42 for a long time. A little over 3 months ago, I decided that it was time that I also gave back to the design community, hence, Design Informer was born. The blog officially opened on October 31st, 2009. During the first week, the blog didn’t really get a lot of visitors. Once in a while someone would drop in and leave a comment and retweet the articles but for the most part, the blog was pretty much void of any response.

Design Informer is 3 Months Old Link

Incredible Growth in Just a Few Months Link


I have been an avid follower of blogs such as Smashing Magazine31 and Web Designer Depot42 for a long time. A little over 3 months ago, I decided that it was time that I also gave back to the design community, hence, Design Informer was born. The blog officially opened on October 31st, 2009. During the first week, the blog didn’t really get a lot of visitors. Once in a while someone would drop in and leave a comment and retweet the articles but that was it.

During the second week of the blog, I published a post entitled 20 Extraordinary Blogs With Unique Post Designs5 and this post garnered a lot of attention. The following week, Smashing Magazine posted an article about the "Death of the Blog Post" and because of its popularity, my post received
lots of views and comments as well.

That was the turning point to the growth of my blog. Since then, slowly but surely, the blog has continued to grow week after week. We’ve had some great statistics that I will show you in just a bit.

How Did You Hear About Design Informer? Link

Through Twitter!

I believe it was through a retweet of someone I follow linking to the 20 Unique Post Designs page.

Found di after reading one of your Smashing Magazine articles.

we’ve been really getting into design lately and your blog came up. thought we’d follow you!

I heard about DI from @dougneiner11.

found your site through the Netsetter.

I found your articles with TheWebBlend than in some others designer blogs.

@designinformer201715 via a RT by Smashing Mag, and your article about daily design

@designinformer201715 I found you in this post but it’s your content that made me follow.

@designinformer201715 I started following you after your Smashing article about the 365 challenge.

A Big Thank You Link

I just want to say that without the amazing support that we have received thus far from the design community, then Design Informer wouldn’t be what it is today. Also, a shoutout goes to Vitaly and Smashing Magazine as well as to Walter from WDD for promoting some of my articles. These guys have inspired me to start the blog. I’m thankful to everyone for the retweets, moos, floats, bumps, stumbles and for the different ways that you have spread the word about Design Informer. I also want to thank the different sponsors as well.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that these people21 are awesome. They all have written some great, quality articles for the blog. Make sure you visit their sites as well.

Thank You!

Some Random Facts Link

Posts and Comments
To date, we have a total of 73 posts and 2,718 comments. These are the most popular posts so far on Design Informer:

Site Statistics
Here are the stats for our first three months.

  • 175,269 Unique Visits
  • 291,924 Pageviews
  • Average time on site is 01:42
  • 3,404 Twitter Followers
  • 832 RSS Subscribers
  • Pagerank 5 in Google
  • 23,531 Alexa Ranking


Design Something Every Day Link

The Community
So far, the response to the challenge25 has been amazing. There are over one hundred people who are currently doing it. I’m just glad that I was able to make a difference in the design community. I have recieved incredible feedback from many of the designers. If you’d like to see the best designs, make sure to follow me on Twitter26 as I will be announcing when the Smashing Magazine round-up will be showcased. Also, if you haven’t already registered your name and designs, make sure to do so here27.

Daily 365
Since I did start the challenge, I wanted to participate in it as well. I have my own side blog28 which I’ve been updating once in a while with my new daily designs. I’ll get around this week to updating it with all of my daily designs. Don’t worry, I’ve been keeping up with the challenge. I’ve just been extremely busy to update the site everyday. I will do a better job of it this month.

Chinese Proverb29

It's a Fight30

So What’s New? Link

Site Tweaks and Updates Link

Things have been really busy here at Design Informer, and that’s a great thing. We are still tweaking a few things with the site to try to make it load faster and work much smoother. We are also thinking of switching to another server to further accomodate the traffic that has been pouring in, so please bear with us if you experience performance issues from time to time.


A Redesign is Coming Soon Link

I’m also happy to say that we are doing a redesign of Design Informer. It’s actually going to be a more minimalistic design. Don’t worry, the colors will stay the same, except we’ve improved the typography, the site structure, navigation, and the site will load a lot faster. I’ve shown it to a few people and I’ve had tremendous feedback so far. Most people seem to like the redesign. I’m done with the CSS/XHTML of the design and the next step is to convert it to WordPress, which could take a while. Oh, and I’ve included a sneak-peek of our footer design on the new site.

Introducing Coding Informer Link

We’re glad to announce that a new site in the Informer brand is coming. Coding Informer is something that we’ve been planning for a while, and now, it’s finally coming to fruition. We don’t have an exact target date yet, but definitely watch for it. A friend of mine, Brendan Sera-Shriar31 from Montreal, Canada will be helping me with the new blog. Brendan is a popular guy in the WordPress community and he has organized multiple WordPress events. He is very much involoved in the development and open-source community.

Coding Informer will have the same exact top-notch quality as Design Informer. There will be lots of tutorials that will focus more on the development of websites. We will be posting about XHTML/CSS, HTML5, CSS3, WordPress, jQuery, and lots more. We’re very excited about this project and hope you will support it as well.

Coding Informer

We Would Love to Hear Your Thoughts Link

Again, we’d like to end this news post by asking you what you think. Please let us know what you think of Coding Informer, a redesign, and what you think of Design Informer? Also, feel free to offer us your suggestions and your thoughts on how we can improve Design Informer. Our readers are very important to us and we will definitely consider your suggestions and opinions. We have some other news that we couldn’t reveal yet, but might do so in the future. More excellent posts, interviews, and giveaways are coming this month so stay tuned.

Thank you for reading and please share this with the rest of the community by bumping, blending, stumbling and retweeting. Thanks again!

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    Congratulations on the exponential growth!

    You’ve had great success and I hope you’ll find it continues for you.

    If you need a hand converting your new theme drop me an email ;)
    .-= Alex Denning´s latest Blog Entry – Hello world! =-.

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    Congrats Jad your blog is growing very fast!
    I like the high quality content on this blog so keep up with the good work.
    Coding Informer is a great idea and I’m sure it’s going to be packed with high quality tutorials.
    New footer seems to look great but the picture is to small to tell more :)

    Thank you Design Informer for all beautiful articles so far!
    .-= Nikola Lazarevic´s latest Blog Entry – Free Wallpaper – I Love Typography =-.

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      Hello Nikola, thanks for all your support thus far. We will definitely try our best with Coding Informer.

      By the way, great job on your blog and redesign as well.

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    Congrats Jad, you deserved it with beautiful and useful posts for the community.
    .-= Antonio´s latest Blog Entry – Optimize your wordpress blog for search engines =-.

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    Yours is one of the best new ones out there and always a pleasure to read! Congratulations and Good Luck with all your endeavors!
    .-= Sneh Roy´s latest Blog Entry – Free Social Moleskin Icon Set For Bloggers And Designers =-.

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    Congrats! You put out quality articles that I enjoy very much, so you deserve all the success. Keep up the good work!

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    Congrats Jad. Your success is well deserved for your hard work and devotion. Best wishes to you!

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      Really nice to hear from you Jean. You have been doing a phenomenal jobs on your blogs and congratulations on the acceptance to Smashing Magazine’s network.

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    Honest congrats m8!! you really deserve this results!! What i feel is that in a few more months you´ll be 3x more higher… keep doing the great work for the design community! Personally and in name of designi1 i which you all the best and i´ll be in a clooser look as always :D

    .-= designi1´s latest Blog Entry – Wallpapers calendar – February 2010 =-.

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    Congrats Jad. This site is awesome, and I love the custom style to this post. Keep up the awesome work!
    .-= Mike Smith´s latest Blog Entry – How to completely back up your freelance life =-.

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      Hey Mike, glad you noticed the custom post style. :)

      Thanks for the compliments. I’m a big fan of your writing as well. I’ve seen your posts on so many blog. You are doing an excellent job.

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    Great job Jad, the site has come a long way! It looks great and there is always great content…

    I’m very excited about code informer, thanks for mentioning me in your post! I look forward to developing something that really contributes to to the community.

    .-= digibomb´s latest Blog Entry – FlashArt – The Art of Brendan Sera-Shriar =-.

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      It’s nice to be able to work with you on the upcoming site Brendan. I’m also hoping that Coding Informer would be a success. It would be nice to be able to give back more to the development community.

      Thanks again! :D

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    Excellent all around Jad. It seems that I’m about a month behind you with my blog. I launched on the first of December and today I launched a redesign for a custom look. I have been a big follower of your site over the last few weeks since I discovered it and I love, love, love the quality content that you continue to crank out.

    Keep up the good work and thanks for setting a great example. I can’t wait to see your new design.
    .-= Chris Thurman´s latest Blog Entry – A New Look for Visual Swirl =-.

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      Chris, I saw your redesign and it looks nice. Very easy to read and loads better than your previous template. ;)

      Anyway, I’ve been reading your articles and I’ve been following your blog. Great job man!

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    Design Informer is and always will be a great resource and the perfect place to discuss anything design related. The way you have managed to build such an active community in under 3 months is incredible and I wish you further success in the near future.

    Keep up the great work!
    .-= Liam McCabe´s latest Blog Entry – Understanding CSS – Padding, Positioning and CSS3 =-.

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      I’m flattered by your comments Liam! Thanks. We also hope that we will have the continued success that we have had so far. Thanks for the best wishes.

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    Brilliant – knew from day one when I first spoke to you that DI would do well! Just keep it up Jad!!!
    .-= Acuity Designs´s latest Blog Entry – 5 Free Non-Disclosure Agreements =-.

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      Hi Jad, Congratulations! You’ve gone a long way. This blog have done a tremendous contribution for the community. DI you are a blessing. Thank you.

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      Hello again Mel! Thanks for your contributions to Design Informer including the banner ad exchange as well as your guest posts. I wish you the best on your new endeavor, Lucidry. :)

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    Congratulations :)
    .-= Site Reviver´s latest Blog Entry – 7 Things to Ask Your Clients for Besides Money =-.

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    WOW! that is some serious growth in a short period of time, congrats and hope to see much more growth for this year :)
    .-= loswl´s latest Blog Entry – Create A Cool Typography Effect in Photoshop =-.

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      Thanks Mark. By the way, I just saw the new Inspiks design and it looks amazing. Great job all around. Keep it up. I hope to do another guest post someday. :)

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    I loved the design of this page, it is the best way I’ve seen so far to show the community your stats.

    I’m very happy for your growing, your website serves as example that high quality articles and awesome interaction with people are the best way to achieve success in the blogosphere.

    Looking forward to seeing the new designinformer design and the codinginformer website.

    .-= Paulo Miranda´s latest Blog Entry – Urban Hall of Fame: Parks =-.

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      Hehe, thanks Paulo. I’m glad that someone actually appreciates the custom post design. ;)

      And yes, we are excited about the redesign and the new site as well. Hope they won’t disappoint!

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    Congrats on all of Design Informer’s success, Jad. This just reinforces the theory that hard work and dedication do pay off.

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      Hello Josh, I definitely agree with you. I’m not very talented or I don’t know as much as others but I do work hard on the blog. :)

      Thanks for your guest post. Hope to work with you more in the future.

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    Congratulations on the massive success! Those kind of stats are seriously inpressive! I am really looking forward to ‘Coding Informer’, being someone who is very into web standards, XHTML and CSS driven development, I can’t wait to get reading and commenting!

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      Yep! We’re very much interested in web standards as well, and that’s why we took the next step and decided to start Coding Informer. We really hope that it will be a tremendous resource to the entire community. :)

      Hope you will check it out once it’s live.

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    Amazing indeed! In such a short period of time. Congrats and keep up the good work!
    .-= Dimi´s latest Blog Entry – Hooking My Little One On Photography – Vtech Kidizoom Review =-.

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    congrats buddy :) keep going
    .-= sriganesh´s latest Blog Entry – 180+ Resources sites to download Royalty Free Stock images =-.

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    Congrats Jad!!! It’s so good to know how your blog has grown exponentially in such a small span of time. You have not only given great content to the design community, but have also been instrumental in giving me a major boost as a designer in the community. you know that very well!! ;)
    I have some more articles coming up for Design Informer and I will surely continue to write more for your blog in the future. :)
    Moreover, I am equally excited to see your new blog – Coding Informer. I really hope that you will include Python at some later stage in this blog. I have a dozen articles and tutorials on Python, but it seems that nobody is accepting Python tutorials as of now. May be I can have them on your new blog :D
    Keep up the great work Jad!! :)

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      Thank you. I’m glad I was able to help you as a designer.

      I’m definitely looking forward to those future articles, and we’d love to also have you contribute to Coding Informer. Thanks for all your support. I really appreciate it and I don’t take it lightly. :)

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    Hey Jad, congrats!
    What a great achievement for making design informer a success in a mere 3 months. I can’t wait to enjoy coding informer too. There’s this saying, what does not kill you make you stronger and this is certainly the case here.

    .-= Aidan´s latest Blog Entry – 13 Useful WordPress SQL Queries You Wish You Knew Earlier =-.

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      Aidan, I appreciate your compliments. You have one of the greatest blogs around and I’m a regular reader. Keep up the great work and if there’s anything we can do for you, please let us know.

      We wish you the best for the rest of 2010. :)

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    Congrats, I really enjoy the blog! I just made a post on my site about my 1-month site statistics. its laughable compared to yours, haha. But I think our goals are definitely different. I look forward to the redesign!
    .-= Mike´s latest Blog Entry – 2 Email Newsletters You WILL Want to Subscribe to =-.

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      Thanks for commenting Mike. Just saw your blog and just wanted to say that you did an excellent job with the design. Just keep working hard and you’ll definitely increase your blogs’ readership. Don’t worry, the redesign will be coming real soon.

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    Congratulations Jad… This is really incredible growth in a short span of time… You deserve it buddy :-) Really appreciate your efforts… Way to go man. Keep going!

    .-= Deepu Balan´s latest Blog Entry – Jai Hanuman: Rare collection of Lord Hanuman Illustrations =-.

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    Congrats Jad for the success of your blog. Looking forward for the redesign of DI and new blog Coding Informer.
    .-= Smashing Share´s latest Blog Entry – Firefox Themes – 60 Most Popular Themes You Must See =-.

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    Your site is such a marvel to behold. The subtle details you place in every aspect of your site is admirable and incredibly effective. I’m rooting for you to dismantle Smashing Magazine one day.
    .-= Tony´s latest Blog Entry – The Seven Extensions I Use on Google Chrome =-.

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      Thanks for the compliments. Glad you appreciate the little details of the site.

      Oh, and I have no plans whatsoever to dismantle SM. They have inspired me and we are great friends with them. We also look forward to continue working with them in the future. :)

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    Congrats Jad, you did phenomenal work with Design Informer last 3 months. I admire your success and quality. The preview of redesign looks amazing, can’t wait to see live. Coding Informer? That’s great I’d like to learn CSS and WordPress tricks. Thank you for being professional and friendly. Best wishes for you and Design Informer.
    .-= Tomas´s latest Blog Entry – Various Black File Types Icon Pack =-.

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      Hey Tomas, how’s everything?

      Thanks for all your support as well. Web Design Fan just finished it’s fourth month and I can see that the site is also growing fast. Keep it up! :)

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    Good work you have really grown in a very short space of time, look forward to seeing the development in the next 3 months! G
    .-= Gareth Coxon – Dot Design´s latest Blog Entry – Quentin Tarantino Film Poster Designs – Remixed =-.

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    Design Informer is certainly one of my favourite reads at the moment. There is always a touch of elegance and charm in all the articles written here, supported by a thriving community of intelligent readers.

    Fantastic work Jad, you are truly a master of what you do. I am looking forward to future projects and of course the fantastic redesign. I love the new minimalistic direction you are taking. Congratulations Jad, you are a seriously brilliant designer too!
    .-= Josh´s latest Blog Entry – Redesigning Personal Projects – A Critical Analysis =-.

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      Oh man, I appreciate your kind words. I’m not deserving of them. ;)

      Anyway, thanks for your participation here on Design Informer. Your guest posts, comments, and advice have all helped in building Design Informer.

      Looking forward to your redesign as well. The preview looks incredibly awesome!

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    Hey Jad,
    Great show for a 3 month old blog! There is indeed a quality that Design Informer speaks of. Also looking forward to Coding Informer. Looks like an interesting idea.
    I am sure the redesign would just be fine as your other works so keep up with the awesome content you bring our way each day.
    .-= Tuhin Kumar´s latest Blog Entry – Statutory Warning: This Logo Is A Cliché =-.

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      Hello again Tuhin! Thanks for your comments about Design Informer. I’m glad that you are looking forward to Coding Informer. We will do our best to make it as awesome as Design Informer.

      By the way, your posts on Inspiring Pixel are great. Keep doing it! :)

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    Congratulations Jad, I had no idea this blog was so young when I first discovered it. I guess that’s a testament to how well it has been set up and maintained.

    I’m sure the next few months will be just as fruitful.

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      Yes, it’s definitely cool that people don’t think Design Informer is only 3 months old.

      It’s not really a testament to us, but rather to the design community and to the people who have helped us and supported us.

      By the way Ken, you recently have helped us out as well. Thanks! ;)

      Oh, and keep it up with those comics. They are great!

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    Congrats Jad! Such success in only a few months is really outstanding. Looking forward to the new design :)

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    Congrats Jad!!! I wish you further success… :)

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    Jad, tremendous work in such a short space of time. And I’m sure Design Informer will go on from strength to strength. There already seems to be a loyal fanbase in place so with the quality of articles on this site it can only be good things on the horizon!

    Congrats again and keep up the good work.

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      Thanks Martin. I appreciate it. Also, about the loyal fan base, it’s the excellent guest writers like you who have helped cultivate that community spirit here on Design Informer. It’s glad to be able to work with you. :)

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    Can’t wait for the Coding informer. Personally, it will be very useful.
    .-= Iniwoo´s latest Blog Entry – Desktop Backgrounds: 35 Cosy Moments of Frosty Winter =-.

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    Congrats Jad,

    Your website is great, and im avid follower of your twitter feed which is constantly on the go. I’m starting up my own blogs, one for my portfolio and one for my love of films, and if i can get even a tenth of your following i would be exstatic.

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    Congrats Jad and I can’t wait for the new design. Even when I have to go do “actual work”, I’m right back here again pouring through your great posts. I appreciate all the time and hard work you put into this site. Thanks. :)

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    Keep it up Jad!!! special thanks for your design 365..its a great concept

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    Congratulations on your first three months and the successes you had so far!
    I’m an avid follower of Design Informer since I first discovered it and I really love the high-quality content you publish on such a regular basis.

    I liked the design of this page, but I think it is difficult to add such a feature to a blog that wasn’t build for this exact purpose, still bold and creative move!

    I wish you even bigger and better success for the future!
    .-= ximi´s latest Blog Entry – Why a CMS Is Not Always The Best Choice =-.

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      Thanks Ximi. Yes, it was a bold move, and an even more difficult one to style, but it was worth it, as we were able to fit more content on the page.

      Anyway, these custom posts will only happen once in a while here on Design Informer.

      I appreciate your kind words about Design Informer. Thanks for following the blog. :)

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    Absolutely Brilliant!
    Well done Jad – you are a true inspiration.

    All the best for the rest of the year!

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    Congrats Jad! You are doing well, and your support for the community is greatly appreciated. I found you on SM being an avid follower of them as well. I Have been following you for a couple of months now. Thank you for being an inspiration and too a prosperous 2010!

    Brian Jones

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      Thanks Brian. I’m so glad you found our blog. We appreciate your following, and we hope to see more participation from you in the future. We appreciate it. :)

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    Congratulations to your blog!
    It’s definetly a big ressource of informations for me.

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    Very awesome work you doing here keep it going
    .-= Ahmed´s latest Blog Entry – Stitchpress WordPress Theme =-.

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    Congratulations, this is great!!!

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    Way to go man. Congrats on the 3 month mark. I’m really digging your 365 project as well. Keep up the great work.

    “The only way we get better is by trying and failing and trying again.”
    .-= Kyle Steed´s latest Blog Entry – Project 365 Week 04 =-.

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      No way! The amazing Kyle Steed has commented on Design Informer? That’s awesome!

      Thanks for your kind words Kyle. I appreciate it. By the way, I’m a huge fan of all your designs. Oh, and I almost forgot, cool avatar. Glad to see that you’re the captain of the Yellow team. I’d love to join your team. ;)

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    I have been inspired by DI. Consistently. I am ready to see who is behind the machine. Maybe a video shout out from DI to the fans!
    .-= bryan noel´s latest Blog Entry – Bryanjnoel: Good encouragement for you aspiring bloggers! RT @designinformer The Informer Volume 1 | Design Informer =-.

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    Congrats Jad!
    I’m very glad to hear.
    It is really a great achievement in the short time..
    You really worked hard & i know that…
    Congrats & all the best once again :)
    Keep up the good work :)
    .-= DesignFellow´s latest Blog Entry – CodeIgniter quick reference cheat sheet version 2.0 released =-.

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      Thank you very much! Yes, it was a lot of hard work, but I’m glad that there were excellent people in the community like you have have given me a hand in promoting the blog. Thanks!

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    Congratulations, excellent result. Thanks
    .-= SMiGL´s latest Blog Entry – Мнение =-.

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    Jad, this is awesome! Congratulations buddy, and keep up the fantastic work!
    .-= Konstantin´s latest Blog Entry – WordPress: Extending the Contact Form 7 Plugin =-.

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    Congratulations Jad! You’ve come a long way in a very short time. I love the custom post that you put together here. Looking forward to the redesign of DI.
    .-= Bluefaqs´s latest Blog Entry – 70 Exceptional Examples Of Night Photography =-.

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      Thank you so much Shawn, by the way, you are doing a phenomenal job with Bluefaqs as well. I’m really enjoying your detailed articles. :)

      Thanks for all your support! And yes, I am definitely stoked about the redesign.


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