An Inspiring Collection of Custom Facebook Pages

If you are a business, you know how important it is to have a presence on social media like Facebook and Twitter. But you also know that with thousands of businesses of Facebook, it is hard to get noticed.

One way to stand out from the crowd is to have a custom designed Facebook page that speaks up to the user. You can tweak your Facebook page in almost unlimited number of ways and design it however you want. If you don’t know where to start, take my advice and check out CustomFacebookPage.com

It is a great collection of some really inspiring custom designed Facebook pages. You can browse it by category such as Media, Auto e.t.c. or search by brand name. You can also browse through the pages of top brands by filtering the brands that have more than 1 million fans.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

CustomFacebookPage is a great inspiration for people who are interested in having a customized Facebook page. The collection gives you plenty of ideas about different design elements including layout, color schemes, graphics, fonts e.t.c.

Twitter Rolls Out Minor Design Changes, New Default Background and More Prominent Fonts

Looks like is paying more attention to its layout now that has started copying more of its features.

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In a refreshing change this morning Twitter has added a new default background which consists of clouds and have also made changes to the fonts they use to display the following and follower count.

The new design definitely provides a more pleasant interface. What are your thoughts about it?

Make Crazy Designs and Patterns with Repper

Repper is a fun and easy-to-use website to create eye-catching designs and patterns from your images. It enables you to  create, share and find cool patterns and designs. You can use Repper to create textile patterns, posters and beautiful patterns for your desktop, personal webpage  or social profile background.

Repper uses a kaleidoscope-style mirror effect to generate patterns from the image. You can adjust the width and height of the box to vary the effect accordingly.

You  can create your design in  just 3 easy steps,

1. Just load a random image or upload your own image onto the website.

 2. Resize  and drag the box to change the pattern.

3. Save your design. You can either link to it from your social profile or webpage, or download the pattern to your computer.

Repper will host the designs for you, so you can link to them on your social profiles. You can also search the pattern database for some cool designs by any combination of tags, color and size.

All designs can be used publicly under the Creative Commons license for non-commercial use. Check out the video tutorial here to see Repper in action.

Create Virtual Business Cards With SpartX

Everything is moving from physical to digital. Going to a publisher and having business cards printed is so 1990’s. The new trend is to create and share business cards online and SpartX is one of the best tools to do this.

SpartX is a web application that lets you create virtual business cards. You can either start from scratch or work on an existing template. You can completely customize the look of your cards by choosing the color, fonts and styles. Once created, you can download your cards in a printable format or share it through email. You can also use on nay social network, blog or website by simply embedding it.

Once you create a profile on SpartX, you get a URL like www.SpartX.com/John that will display your business card and profile when visited. You can also store and manage business cards from other SpartX contacts.

10 Awesome Design Inspiration Websites

So you have a free afternoon and think that it would be fun to tinker around with Photoshop for a while. Or perhaps you have a design project due which you would like to start working on. But when you load the software and sit before the canvas, you find yourself drawing a blank.   However, when the Internet is at your service, can inspiration be left far behind?

In this post I will be talking about websites that you can get design inspiration from. To make the list more diverse yet organized I will club together the websites according to the various design categories:

Logo Design

As logos present a concise pictorial representation of what a company is really about, they create the first impression that a consumer gets of the company. Presently, there is great demand for logo design with companies of all kinds fretting over The Logo that will help them get ahead of their competitors by appealing more to consumers.

One awesome website you can seek inspiration for logo design from is LogoPond. This website keeps stock of the finest logos submitted by designers from across the globe and you are sure to find lots of ideas going through these logos.

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BuzzShout is another comprehensive listings site which has a wide range of inspiring logos stored in its database.

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For more design ideas you could also try out LogoTwo which has a commendable collection of Web2.0 logo designs.

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Website Design

A good website with an elegant design is an absolute necessity in the corporate world. BestWebGallery offers a great collection of excellent design websites including both Flash and CSS based ones.

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If you want design ideas for CSS based websites, look no further than CSS Based, where there are many beautifully designed websites listed.

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Another great gallery for your perusal is CSS Hazard.

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Print and Graphic Design

Graphic design is a diverse field and when you are looking for design ideas, you can easily find yourself spoilt for choice.

CDDesign.com is most inspiring if you are seeking design inspiration for CDs, cassettes and the like.

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On the other hand, if it is inspiration for poster design that you are looking for, check out this post on Bittbox.

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Even business cards can be made cool, as is evident from this list of interestingly designed business cards posted on All Graphic Design.

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Finally, if you are looking for something quirky, here is an archive of various kinds of packaging designs at Imaginary World.

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The websites mentioned here are only a few of the tons of websites that you could turn to for design inspiration. Do feel free to mention any which you have personally liked in the comments. There can be no dearth of inspiration when life itself is inspiration, right? Enjoy!

Create CSS Dropdown Menus Online

Back in the days when I worked for a popular Indian web portal, my work day included receiving designs from the design team and painfully converting them into HTML based pages.

And I did do it using tables and font tags and it took me several hours to convert a design into a workable HTML page, however coming back to the future, everything is so easy these days, you can build full blown websites online without even having to have any coding skills.

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In a similar way creating drop down menus usually required lots of coding and CSS skills, but thanks to Pure CSS Menu you can now create CSS Dropdown menus online for free without even having to know a single bit of CSS or HTML.

The website is dead simple, you can add items, parameters configure links and choose from pre-defined templates.

Once you are satisfied with the menu you can download it to your local PC and then add it to your own website.

For more information watch a tutorial video on how you can create CSS dropdown menus online using Pure CSS Menu.

Tutorial Video to Create CSS Dropdown Menus Online

Couldn’t get simpler than this could it? Thanks Mayur.

Twitter Redesigns Homepage

has rolled out a new design for the homepage and it looks pretty good we must say, the new design makes use of bolder colors and rearranges the trending topics.

However you will have to logout first before you can see the new design.

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Nothing much has changed in the inside pages though, not new but they have also added a new section in the settings page for user widgets.

What do you think of the new homepage design?

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Firefox 4.0 Mockups has Hints of Google Chrome

It has barely been over a week since we wrote about the Firefox 3.7 mockups and there are already mockups of Firefox 4.0 mockups put on the Mozilla wiki.

Looking at these 4.0 mockups, we are quite surprised that Mozilla is almost trying to emulate the look and feel of .

Almost Chrome like look with tabs and top, and buttons for page options and tools, along with Omnibar like search options.

Tabs at bottom, just like current Firefox but with a additional bookmarks button.

Combining of the Stop/Refresh and Go buttons into a single one. The buttons will;

  • Turn green when you start typing.
  • Blend with the location bar when at rest.
  • Turn blue on hover.
  • Turn red when a page is loading.

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Please note that these are only mockups and not the final version of Firefox 4.0, there may be several changes and additional features in the finished version, however we definitely like the look they are thinking to implement.

What are your thoughts? Do you think Firefox 4.0 mockups look good enough to you?

Firefox 4.0 Windows Theme Mockups

Yahoo Homepage Redesign

is working on making the famous homepage much more better, by redesigning their homepage to make it more interactive and include information from several other sites like or your favorite blogs on the homepage.

The new Yahoo homepage has a redesigned header, a user content area, top news sections, top searches section and other news section.

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The new Yahoo homepage allows users to add their own content, including RSS feeds, however you will need to sign into Yahoo before you can start adding content, this is so that the content you add will be remembered when you sign-in again.

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Once you have added the new website, you can easily access them by hovering over the name in the sidebar.

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To access the new page, users will have to visit the http://www.yahoo.com/trynew which will then redirect them to the homepage with a new design.

Current there are quite a few widgets available that can be added to your homepage, including Facebook, AOL mail, and more, however is still missing from the list.

What do you think of the new Yahoo homepage design? Do you like it?

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HEMA: Most Innovative Product Website

Just got a new tip as a forward email, where I came across a really well designed and programmed Dutch product website.

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The website is really innovative and definitely keeps the user hooked on. Take a look at this site and enjoy a new programming experience.

Note: Please let the website load fully before viewing the programmer’s magic, do not click on links too. You may require a flash enabled web browser for this to work.

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