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Hi. I’m Troy McClure. You may remember me from such self-help tapes as “Smoke Yourself Thin” and “Get Some Confidence, Stupid!” When will I learn? The answers to life’s problems aren’t at the bottom of a bottle, they’re on TV! Human contact: the final frontier.


WPBundle: A WordPress Themes Bundle by Function

For many people, this is the first you’ve heard of this. We’ve not really spoke about WPBundle before, we’ve just had our heads down working hard on it for a few months now. WPBundle is a Bundle of WordPress Themes we’re busy building and we’ve just launched the WPBundle Progress Blog.

What is WPBundle

WPBundle or WordPress Bundle, is as it sounds, a WordPress Themes Bundle, built by Function. It will include 10 core themes, and multiple style variations. We’ll be adding style variations throughout the life of the project to offer you regularly updated designs to work with your themes, as well as core fixes and upgrades. Each theme has its own design style and unique functionality. The idea is that the bundle will give you the chance to have a theme for any kind of site and style.

The Bundle will contain all sorts of extra treats, not to mention one massive set of icons that we’re designing especially for the set.


We’re Joining forces with WooThemes for WPBundle

The partnership allows us to offer our customers the save level of support that people know and love over at WooThemes. The guys at WooThemes have a solid support system in place that is well known for it’s high quality and efficiency, and now anyone who buys from WPBundle will receive the same level of support at no extra cost or monthly fee.

All of our themes will now be built on the WooFramework, the exact same framework used in all of the WooThemes products.

The Framework allows some extended controls, features and functions and allows us to have a standardized framework across all of our own themes, which is great news for future updates and additional features. (more…)


How to Spot Quality within Web Design: Examples & Tips

Quality is a word that a lot of people like to use when describing their web design services. But what is quality, how do you know if a design is quality or not. Well, I think that there’s quite a few ways to spot quality within web designs. Once you can see just what goes into making a quality web design, you can use the techniques to perfect your own style.

I’ve put together a few pointers, and collected some examples to explain just how I look for quality within a website design→


Useful Adobe Photoshop Techniques, Tutorials and Tools

As web designers, we always have something new to learn. Over the last decade our workflow has changed dramatically — it’s become more sophisticated and highly diversified. Not only do we have a much larger variety of improved tools to use; there’s also an endless stream of new techniques emerging and spreading within the web design community via social networks.

And this is where the opportunity to learn new useful, practical approaches and techniques comes in. We can learn by exploring the different design approaches other designers have taken, when solving their problems and apply these approaches to our work to become more productive and skilled. Therefore, our editorial team is permanently looking for interesting techniques, tools and tutorials, which we carefully select and present in round-ups on Smashing Magazine. You needn’t love our lists, but they often will give you some useful ideas and advice.

Below you’ll find an overview of new useful Adobe Photoshop techniques and tutorials that we’ve found and collected over the last months. We sincerely hope that at least some of the techniques presented there will help you improve your graphic design skills in Adobe Photoshop. And sincere thanks to all designers and developers whose articles are featured in this review. We respect and appreciate your contributions to the design community, folks!


Create Great Websites, Without Any SEO

Search Engine Optimization, also known as SEO is a subject which gets talked about to death all over the web. There’s a fairly large group of people who believe that SEO is the be-all and end-all to anything on the web. They believe that without it, you are nothing and with it, you are everything. Today we’re going to look at why that isn’t true and why you can create a truly great website which performs well in search engines, without any seedy SEO tactics. We’ve also included a case study of WooThemes and QA with Adii Pienaar and his views on SEO.


This is a Note

I hope I didn’t brain my damage. What’s the point of going out? We’re just going to wind up back here anyway. Fat Tony is a cancer on this fair city! He is the cancer and I am the…uh…what cures cancer? Duffman can’t breathe! OH NO! He didn’t give you gay, did he? Did he?!