PNG Compression for Mac – ImageOptim

I love working with PNG’s because they offer true alpha transparency, with the downsides being that IE6 doesnt support alpha transparency and their file size can be not so great compared to a .jpg image. Sometimes you will see a difference of up to 100k between a .jpg and a .png. I have seen websites that use optimized .png images and have always wondered how they keep them so small.

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Top 10 Job Websites for Open Source Web Designers and Developers

If you are a web designer, front end developer and/or an open source web developer looking for a job or freelance work, there are many websites online with job postings targeted to just what you do. Here is the top 10 in no particular order that I have found, used and highly recommend.

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Sensational Jobs offers freelance and full-time jobs for web professionals.

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Fresh Web Jobs targets web designers and developers that are looking for freelance and/or fulltime opportunities.

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From the creators of Basecamp and Backpack, the 37 signals job board is a great place for web designers and open source developers to find jobs.

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Creative Hotlist is a great resource for finding creative jobs, they also offer a place for you to host your online portfolio.

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Authentic Jobs was created by Cameron Moll, a revolutionary in the CSS/Web Development space. His site is a great place to search/find web design and development positions across the USA.

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Think Vitamin is an online publication/resource for web designers, they also have a jobs section for css/web designers looking for work.

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Freelance Switch is the ultimate resource for freelancers. They have an extensive freelance job board where you can apply to jobs for $7/month, but its free to post jobs.

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Slashdot is a more general web developer/programmer job board, their tagline is “Jobs for Nerds”.

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Krop is a site dedicated to listing creative and tech jobs, they have a history of listings for many notable fortune 500 companies such as Facebook, New York Times and Apple to name a few.

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Coroflot is similar to Creative Hotlist in that they offer job listings and portfolios, its like a community for creatives.

This list is comprised of the most popular open source web designer and developer job boards, if you see a site that fits into this post and you believe should be added, please let me know.

JobPile aggregates all of the above job sites into one site, allowing you to search all of them in one place. Its a great site!

What is it about Bad Design?

Bad DesignReally, what is it about bad design that draws people in. I have been thinking perhaps someone needs to tell someone that they dont have what it takes and they shouldn’t be designing. How much of design is something that is inside of you. Can anyone become a designer? Would a banker be able to design? If you put a banker into a thorough design program, would he come out as a designer? I would like to think NO! Bad Designers in online coursesI am currently taking classes online and there are some fellow students that just shouldn’t be allowed to design. I would say in most of my design courses online, if there are 15 students in the class, usually only about 3-4 can really be creative. I know everyone has to start somewhere, but I am in advanced courses and still there are individuals who cant properly mask an image or choose colors that dont clash. Perhaps I am looking at this the wrong way, perhaps we need those bad designers, so that our designs stand out that much more. Accepted by allSomething can also be said here for a college that accepts anyone. For example, my fiancee went to Syracuse University and was accepted into the Visual Communications program. The key word here is accepted, I was accepted in Westwood Online by paying the college tuition. There was no interview process, I chose Westwood because it seemed like the easiest and most convenient way for me to finish my college education. I think this is where the bad designers fall through the cracks, if they dont make it into big name schools with serious art programs or if they decide that they want to become a web designer, they will eventually end up in a community college or online college program.Bad Design as a result of Bad CritiquesAnother thought is that the reason that these designers are poorly unskilled or just plain bad is because no one has ever really told them what they think. We have weekly critiques in my classes, where we need to point out what works and what doesnt. I feel like most of these people think a critique means I should tell them “It Looks Great! I like the colors! Nice Type” and thats it. I get a lot of those, but I actually learn more when someone from a different point of view really pulls apart my piece and tell me what they really think of it. Give an honest critqueWould you think being honest online would be a bad thing? I critique people as I expect them to critique me. I give them my honest opinion, or constructive criticism. So I gave a critique to this one girl, and she took it as an attack on her. Then she brutally attacked my design and me. After our little online tiff, she stated that it would be better if we didnt speak for the rest of the semester. Imagine That! To summarize Im going to say that not everyone should be allowed to design. And if you do decide to try design, expect comments, criticism, etc. And if you can\’t handle the criticism, becuase face it – your first design will never be your final winning piece, then choose a different career path.

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