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42 Design/Tech Magazines To Read

Regardless of what it is that you're selling, in order to remain competitive, you have to know exactly, what's going on in the field you're working in. More than that - actually, you have to know what happens next, which trends are coming up and which technologies will become big in the future. Achieving that is a solid foundation for successul development and right decisions at the right time.

What is right for business, is also right for online business. To catch up with the latest developments in design, development and web-related areas, it's reasonable to read design/tech-related online-magazines. However, the choice is huge, and the quality of magazines isn't always as good as you'd probably like it to be. Therefore decent references can be extremely useful, particularly if you don't know where to start from.

This overview of over 40 established international design/tech-related sources is supposed to give you an overview of magazines you should read or at least scan from time to time. Some of the sources are well-known by (almost) everybody; hopefully not all of them.

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Inspire Yourself: 58 Creative Logos

Logotypes stand for Corporate Identity. The better a logo is designed, the greater is the probability that your potential clients will remember your CI and get back to you once your service is needed. Consequence: designers have to be creative and put many efforts in designing beautiful, unique and catchy logos. And the results they come out with are sometimes stunning and spectacular. Both in graphic design and web design.

This isn't just another collection of logotypes. These are 58 creative logos you can inspire yourself from. Nevermind how different the logos are - they show the current trend in modern logo design. The logos we've selected below have been created and optimized for Web.

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Web 2.0 Tutorials Round-Up

Web 2.0 can be beautiful. In fact, many designers manage to create really amazing, particularly dark and fresh web-designs, which are visually appealing and make a great first impression. However, if you are planning on designing a web 2.0-project, you probably should know how and where to start from. Badges, Gradients, Mirror and Shadow Effects as well as Shiny and Glassy buttons are trendy. But do you know exactly how to design them?

We've collected over 65 tutorials, references and related resources, which are supposed to help you to create graphics in Web 2.0-Look. It's nice to have them ready to hand if you need them. It's nice to be able to look at them if you need a source of inspiration.

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IT/Tech Job Boards

If you are a freelancer, you know exactly, how hard it can be to build up your reputation and find a good job in a good company with good financial perspectives. If you are a company seeking for IT-professionals, particularly developers and designers, you know exactly, how hard it can be to find some good ones, the ones you could rely on and get well-done job from.

In fact, it's important to keep an eye on some job openings and/or job seekers, who/which might help you to improve your financial situation or make another important step in your career. The list below delivers 47 good starting points you could begin your search for new IT job opportunities from.

Keep in mind, that most of the sites offer RSS-subscription to new job offerings; some "fresh" sites listed below present not so many job offerings yet, but they were included in this post, because they might become popular in the future.

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Firefox Themes in an Overview

It's amazing if you think about it. The new generation of web-browsers has become so flexible, so adaptable and so easy to use that you can design and use it according to your personal taste and needs. So if you are a Mozilla Firefox user, you can add almost any functionality you ever thought about via external extensions. Furthermore, you can also personalize your web-browser, changing its look with Firefox Themes. Thus you can let your browser have a fresh Vista look or appear like Opera, Internet Explorer or Mac-Browser. But which look can you choose to guarantee the most enjoyable browsing experience? Well, it's a tough one.

In fact, there are many of them. We've selected some of the most beautiful Firefox Themes, which work in Firefox 2 and listed them below. Usually the changes concern not only the visual appearance and interface (icons and background colors), but also the functionality of the "adapted" Firefox - e.g. extensions.

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More Creative and Beautiful Wallpapers

Wallpapers can be creative, inspiring, gorgeous and hilarious. Recently we've posted an overview of Selected Wallpapers for Desktop and Web Design and Christmas Wallpapers. However, there is more to showcase. And these wallpapers are definitely worth a look.

Now it's time for something fresh, original and creativie. Let's take a look at some more creative and beautiful wallpapers for your personal desktop.

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Free Design Templates

Free design templates don't have to be unattractive, inaccurate and boring. Some web-sites offer high quality templates for the best price you would ever get - for free. You can download Flash-based templates as well as CSS-based layouts absolutely free; furthermore, you can use them for your personal and commercial projects without any restrictions whatsoever. Still, before using some of the templates, throw a glance at the license agreements - they're changing all the time.

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