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Over the last few years, Google’s Chrome has steadily gained in popularity over all of its competitors. It is rare to find someone who doesn’t use Chrome as their default browser, especially in the web design community. As a result, there are tons and tons of extensions geared towards making the lives of designers and developers easier.

Here is my selection of some of the best from these extensions.

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As the web has evolved over the last few years into a powerful, dependable platform, web apps have grown in popularity as well as complexity. There are web apps out there for pretty much anything you want to get done — even something as unthinkable a few years ago as replacing Photoshop for image editing. This development has come at a cost though — web apps are more powerful than ever with their own learning curves and subscription costs.

As has been the case with any popular platform though, the web has also been a breeding ground for utilitarian applications that do small things well, and at the unbeatable cost of free. In this post, I’ll be listing some of the best small design utilities that I’ve come to use on the web to get very specific tasks done. They’re tiny, focused and get the job done with little fuss. (more…)

WordPress has been the base of many people’s blogs for quite a while now. It offers many great features on a stable platform and is also very easy to operate. The best part is customization: there are thousands of WordPress themes and plugins to enhance your readers’ experience. You can make WordPress do almost anything.

The only problem with having so many themes is that they’re not all the best for everyone. There’s WordPress themes to fit every taste and style imaginable, but that means you might have to pick through dozens to find the one you want. Today, I’m going to give you some insight on 20 WordPress themes that are clean and beautifully designed, especially if you like simpler themes that emphasize your content.

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We’re surrounded by beautifully designed sites and apps nowadays. Every new app, it seems, has an increasingly intricately designed icon, and bad designs almost feel startling. Unfortunately, when most of us set down to design a new icon or lay out a clean interface on our sites, we feel like we come up short. Whether you’re an advanced designer or haven’t ever opened Photoshop, sometimes we all need to learn from others and get feedback on our work.

Design is an iterative process. It takes inspiration, perhaps from others’ work, and it takes feedback from others on what you’re doing right and where you’re missing it. After all, don’t forget Picasso’s famous quote that’s been popularized by Steve Jobs: “Good artists copy. Great artists steal.” After the break, we’ve put together a list of a dozen of our favorite sites that can get you inspired to create and help you get feedback on the things you’ve created.

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Tumblr. With its creation it tried to usher in a new style of blogging, something more like an expanded tweet and yet still a rather shrunken weblog. The focus on mixed content, pictures and video and audio and text, was well received by the web community, and as a platform, Tumblr continues to grow.

From the design world, Tumblr’s easy themeing capabilities helped it gain a quick following from amateur and professional alike. Today we’ve roundup 15 awesome Tumblr themes from some of the best designers in the field.
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In the Internet Universe, looks are everything. Your website design should be beautiful enough to catch the attention of the visitor. Having a neatly designed website is a must for online store owners, as shoddy design tends to cast aspersions over your business itself.

We have put together a list of fabulous eCommerce themes and templates that will go great with your eCommerce site built on popular platforms like Magento, Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, osCommerce and Zencart. After the jump, you can choose a perfect look for your online store from the list of 40 fabulous themes.

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This is for all you web app developers out there. There are ten resources every app should make easily available to members of the press, including bloggers, via their website. These are resources for people interested in sharing information, reviews or thoughts about your web app — with a few being tremendously helpful for your users.

If you offer a web app or service, you need to check this list to see what kind of marketing you’re missing.

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We all want our stuff to look good, right? For those more serious about Twitter, such as businesses and social media guru’s, the appearance of their Twitter profile is a key element to their success. It’s not just the pros that get to have great looking Twitter designs though! There are plenty of amazing custom backgrounds and apps available to give your Twitter profile a face-lift.

We’ve gathered ten great sites to get custom Twitter backgrounds and even full themes. Some are free, some may cost a bit, but they’re all great and have something fantastic to offer to spice up your Twitter profile page.

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Taking photos or making beautiful digital artwork is activities most people enjoy doing. Most people have heard of, and might be familiar with, Adobe Photoshop. It’s arguably the most popular image manipulation app around, especially for professionals. However, most people’s image editing needs would be met by apps available right in their browser.

While you won’t have the extensive capabilities Photoshop has, this list of the top eight image editing web apps will likely offer more features than necessary for most people in most instances.

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WordPress offers an easy way to change the design on your blog without having to get elbow-deep in code. It’s just a matter of finding the right theme for your blog and uploading it. These fifteen themes will give you a good place to start.

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