Amazing Collection of Best Flash Components, for web and applications,

Now, you can add a professional looking flash banner ad or a flash intro to your site without banner making software.

Flow List

Flow List Component loads external images and creates a 3D flow animation. Flexible API makes it easy to integrate this component into your web application. At only 40K (raw) Flow List is the perfect tool for displaying dynamic image sets.

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Excellent Free Tools for Evaluating Your Design’s Colors

In this article, you’ll read about excellent free tools for checking to see if the colors you are using are consistent with standard color contrast, brightness, readability, and accessibility best practices.

1. Check My Colours

Check My Colours

Check My Colours is a web-based tool for checking your website’s foreground and background colors. It’ll check all stacked web page elements based on W3C’s WCAG recommended luminosity contrast ratio and color brightness. It’s easy to use: just plug in your web page’s URL, press “Check!”, and it outputs a nice tabular report for all elements.

2. Color Oracle

Color Oracle

Color Oracle is a desktop tool available for Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems: it simulates color vision deficiencies. The creators of the tool also have a Design Tips section on their site that shares a couple of useful whitepapers on color accessibility. Note that Windows and Linux users require Java 6.

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Create Flash Websites With Ease: Wix

Wix is a free web-based service for creating simple to advanced Flash websites.

It offers 100s of ready-to-use and well-categorized free Flash templates (like e-flyers, photographers, business & more) or everything can be created from scratch with a blank one.

Wix

Wix is very easy to use with its drag’n drop editor that enables anyone to add:

  • any type of media (sound, video, images)
  • shapes, cliparts, animations, effects
  • advanced photo albums (slideshows, coverflow, carousel & more)
  • & lots of widgets like Google Maps, RSS, contact forms

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Useful Web Design Books for 2009

1. Web Design: Navigation – Julius Wiedemann

Web Design: Navigation

This addition to the popular ICONS Web Design series focuses on very carefully crafted navigation systems, where usability and narrative are taken in consideration in the development of the website.

Featuring over 90 projects from more than 20 countries, as well as case studies on outstanding work by the world?s leading studios such as Fahrenheit, Clusta, and Sequence, this collection illustrates the ingenious solutions to one of the most difficult and important aspects of web design.

Released: March 2009

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2. The Findability Formula: The Easy, Non-Technical Approach to Search Engine Marketing

The Findability Formula

Whether you?re a seasoned search marketer, a paid search advertiser, or a complete novice, this book will help position your business front-and-center when prospects are searching for solutions online.

In simple, non-technical language, renowned search engine marketing expert Heather Lutze reveals how to achieve ?findability? through the use of the ideal keywords applied to both pay per click campaigns and organic search optimization. She includes a wealth of creative strategies for keeping campaigns fresh and effective, so that you can re-energize stale Web sites or tweak successful ones to make them even more profitable.

In addition, Lutze explains how to respond to your customers and understand their issues, wants, and needs so that you can more easily turn prospects into customers. Her step-by-step approach, up-to-date research, and warnings about common pitfalls make this the ultimate practical guide to getting your business noticed on the Internet.

Released: March 2009

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3. A Project Guide to UX Design: For User Experience Designers In The Field or In The Making – Russ Unger and Carolyn Chandler

UX Design

This book presents a chapter-by-chapter guide through an appropriate User Experience process, as well as provides additional information on the creating SOWs and Proposals, Project Ecosystem, best practices for meetings, and understanding business requirements.

User Experience neophytes and professionals alike should be able to find information relevant to any phase of a project in this book.

Released: March 2009

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