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Our 7 Favorite jQuery Template Effects

By Cubert on July 26th, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , ,
Posted in BoxedArt, Inspiration, Web Markup | 2 Comments »

jQuery Favorites Regular visitors of BoxedArt will have noticed the recent jQuery section on the site. If you’re still a little green to jQuery, the best way to explain it is that it is a client side scripting language (meaning that all activity occurs in your web browser, and not on the web server), and it creates an interaction between simple HTML and Javascript. What this means, is that there can be dynamic and interactive action on a website without using a scripting resource that requires a browser plug-in, such as Flash or Swish. It also lets you use simple HTML text within the content, so it doesn’t require additional software to manage a site.

Anyway, for those of you that don’t need the lesson and are here for the eye candy, below you’ll find a list of our 7 favorite jQuery scripts and effects that we have used in our new jQuery template category so far:

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50 Ways to Earn Commissions

By Cubert on July 22nd, 2010 Tags: , , , ,
Posted in BoxedArt | 1 Comment »

The BoxedArt affiliate program is offering a special increased commission rate of 35% (usually 25%) through Halloween (October 31, 2010). We’re also giving high performing affiliates (affiliates that provide a dozen or so sales per month and/or 75+ hits or so a day), the opportunity to permanently retain their rate. To help in promoting your affiliate links, we’ve assembled a large group of our banners, and have composed a list of promotion ideas to the tune of Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.”

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Eerie Technology Predictions from 1982

By Cubert on July 20th, 2010 Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Nostalgia | 6 Comments »

I recently came across an old copy of a “Video Review” magazine from December, 1982, a publication that now seems to be out of print. This issue contained an editorial column called “VIEWPOINTS” with the subtitle “New Ideas for 1983”, which featured guesses at what might be developed in the near future. While the technology did not show up the following year, the predictions were freakishly ahead of their time, and nearly each one now appears in our modern lives.

In this post, you’ll be amazed, astonished, flabbergasted, and drunkened by the accuracy of these technology predictions from Video Review’s David Hadju back in ’82. If by the end of this post you still don’t feel drunkened, don’t worry, I’ve drankened enough for the both of us.

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A Decade of Design Evolution

By Cubert on July 10th, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in BoxedArt, Inspiration, Nostalgia | 3 Comments »

Web design styles have been evolving rapidly in recent years, and the design industry has sprouted up like an over watered Chia Pet, incubated in an industrial green house, and crammed full of Miracle Grow laced with crystal meth. I clearly remember the time (circa 1990′s) when the only sites available to help you put up your website were along the lines of cgi-resources.com and htmlgoodies.com. You got a basic script that did mostly what you wanted, hacked away at it, and tried to figure out how to make some sort of basic layout nesting and re-nesting tables until finally a family of birds moved in.

Themes? Templates? Skins? There were a few “free template” sites around back then, but they were fairly obscure, and commercial templates were virtually non-existent. A script came with one look – plain, and if you wanted to change it, you spent a few weeks in Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop pasting together graphics and inserting rotating gifs. If you have no idea what I’m talking about then you haven’t been webmastering until sometime in the 2000′s when starting up a site had become easier and prettier.

Since commercial template design entered the scene in the 2000′s, the styles on the market have been constantly changing, especially over the last few years. Below, we’ve compiled a comparative sampling from 2001 through 2010 showcasing the evolution of designs. You’ll be shocked at where we started with our layouts and just how far we’ve come.
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A Handy Guide to a Carpenter’s Logo

By Cubert on June 12th, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , ,
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It takes the right tools to make the right tools, and using those tools can be easier than you think. Today’s tutorial guides you through the making this handy carpenter’s logo, and shows you that you can make a design pop with several simple but invaluable methods. In conclusion, you should keep these techniques near the top of your tool bag, as they might just be the right tools for your next job.

You can download the Nailed it Logo or the Nailed It Promotions Products Set with full PSD and AI source in BoxedArt’s members section, as well as thousands of other website templates and web design products. Get a membership here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Designing the Cover of a Lingerie Menu

By Cubert on May 29th, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Tutorials | 5 Comments »

We’re now well into spring with summer on the way, and nothing represents warm summer beauty better than dark black leather bras and panties. Today’s tutorial teaches the effects we used on our Flower Blossom Lingerie Menu, including the use of water color brushes, creating the look of movement in color, applying tanner looking skin, using glow to pop a figure out from a background, as well as a variety of other effects and brushes. However, our research indicates that 0% of our users will have read past the word “panties”, and will have immediately begun scrolling thereafter. Therefore, it will not matter what I write past this point, so I will simply post part of a poem written by Data on Next Gen: “Felus catus, is your taxonomic nomenclature, an endothermic quadruped, carnivorous by nature? Your visual, olfactory, and auditory senses contribute to your hunting skills and natural defenses.”

You can download the Flower Blossom Menu Template with full PSD and AI source in BoxedArt’s members section, as well as thousands of other website templates and web design products. Get a membership here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Design a Grungy Door Hanger Template for a Dirty Job

By Cubert on May 11th, 2010 Posted in Tutorials | 1 Comment »

Today we have a tutorial that Mike Rowe would be proud of; a dirty and soiled door hanger template for the tire industry. It may come as no surprise that getting filthy on the Internet is easy to do, however we’re going to show how do it using rubbers. Why does nothing I type come out right? Before I continue to make things worse as usual, we’ll just move along to the tutorial.

You can download the Fully Inflated Door Hanger Template with full PSD and AI source in BoxedArt’s members section, as well as thousands of other website templates and web design products. Get a membership here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Design a Fresh Floral Logo in Time for Spring

By Cubert on May 10th, 2010 Posted in Tutorials | 1 Comment »

Now that Mother’s Day has come and gone, you might think that flowers would be so yesterday, however with our leap into spring, there’s still plenty of time left to enjoy a bright colored bouquet. So, in the spirit of the season, today’s Photoshop tutorial takes us though the steps of arranging an attractive floral logo design, which we ourselves used in the Bright Day Bouquet Brochure Template. By the way, did you know you could make wine from elderberry flowers? Yep, you can get drunk off pretty much anything that grows in nature.

You can download the Bright Day Bouquet Brochure Template with full PSD and AI source in BoxedArt’s members section, as well as thousands of other website templates and web design products. Get a membership here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Add Simple, Yet Elegant, Effects for a Cool Looking Fashion Postcard

By Cubert on May 9th, 2010 Posted in Tutorials | 1 Comment »

The Internet is full of big flashy effects, immense graphical work, pictures of cats, and images of women under-dressed for any occasion. In today’s lesson, however, we will take a look at the flip-side of things, and discover how a few simple, tasteful, effects can not only complete, but comprise an entire design. It’s a reminder that sometimes simple works, and you don’t need to go overboard to achieve an effective design.

You can download the Purse Card post card template with full PSD and AI source in BoxedArt’s members section, as well as thousands of other website templates and web design products. Get a membership here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Create a Rockin Photo Frame and Collage

By Cubert on April 18th, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,
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In the world of photography, you will often hear the term framing relating to the positing of the subject matter of an image. In today’s lesson, we take things more literally and create a graphical frame around the musician of our Tight Music website template to draw attention and emphasis so that we highlight the photo’s beauty and style. It also just looks really cool.

You can download the Tight Music Template with full PSD source files and sliced table free HTML pages for this template in BoxedArt’s members section, as well as thousands of other website templates and web design products. Get a membership here or take a quick tour. Read the rest of this entry »

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