Showing posts from: General Design

July 9, 2016

Golden Oldies | HMV “my inspiration” Posters

HMV "my inspiration" posters Almost nine years ago, I worked on a flash based project with an agency in Manchester to produce a wall based interactive journey which showcased artists and their inspirational quotes. Interacting with the wall gave a full screen version of the poster and latest albums and tracks. It was good project to work on as it wasn't run of the mill and was present on the main HMV website until 2013, so stood the test of time well. I just thought I'd pop theses wonderful pieces Read more [...]
July 7, 2016

Wooden Business Cards – The Arrival

Well, the wooden business cards actually arrived today, and I wasn't too sure what to expect based on the digital proofs, but they are actually better than I could have wished for! The guys over at Plasma Design (, have done a truly awesome job, from the customer service, to the packaging and the final product. Packaging The packaging was neat, protected, and made sure the finished product was going to be in tip-top shape when it arrived. The person who was responsible Read more [...]
July 6, 2016

New Branding, New Business Cards

After quite a few years of intense silence from Phireworx, I've decided to give it a reboot starting with the branding. The rest of the old versions of the site, will be available shortly, inlcuding the following, but not limited to (potentially avaialable with source code): Adobe Fireworks Extensions & Commands Adobe Flash Extensions & Commands Adobe Dreamweaver Extensions & Commands Flash Anthology (PDF), free downloadable of my Flash book from SitePoint But back to Read more [...]
April 4, 2016

Responsive Landing Page with Marketo Integration

As a very varied part of my day job as a technical marketing consultant, there are many varied tasks that are required of me, to maximise conversions for landing page sign-ups and lead acquisition. To this end we decided to take the baseline landing page for free trial reigstrations and give it a facelift and introduce some interesting conversion increasing features. Here's the original landing page, a straightforward light landing page, with the minimum amount of form fields that were originally Read more [...]
May 24, 2015

Golden Oldies: Design Tips That Stand The Test Of Time – Almost

Many sites today, in addition to a liberal sprinkling of graphics in the banner and in the body, have graphic navigation systems. Navigation systems have become more elaborate, as sites have evolved from 6-page brochure-like entities to full-fledged multimedia sites with multiple web applications. Coinciding with the shift in online content is a shift in the metaphor used for designing web graphics. Less and less do we see ourselves designing “pages”; instead, we now find ourselves designing Read more [...]
May 24, 2015

Golden Oldies: Page Speed Tips from 2001

Both Fireworks MX and Dreamweaver MX share many similar interface elements and editing procedures. In addition, the integration between the graphics creation program and the HTML authoring program are so tight that it is easy to produce a seamless collaborative workflow for graphics creation, optimization, and delivery into your web pages. When designing images and graphical components for your site, bear in mind that every single image, from an advertisement to a spacer increases the length of Read more [...]
May 24, 2015

Golden Oldies: Fireworks MX as a Wireframer

One of the best, and most often overlooked, uses of Fireworks is to create whole page designs with it. Its always editable vector graphics make the trial and error so important to the creative process painless. You can move things around, resize them, or change their color if you don’t like them. You can create a design and multiple variations by simply copying and pasting objects. Because Fireworks designs don’t rest on HTML like Dreamweaver designs do, you can redo entire structures using drag Read more [...]
June 23, 2013

Free Valentines CSS Template for Adobe Dreamweaver

I've decided to upload a load of old CSS templates that I created as starting points for Adobe Dreamweaver Site Extensions, the first being a Valentines CSS website template, complete with layout PSD (Photoshop files), HTML and CSS. All free and provided 'as is', so enjoy Free Valentines CSS Template with Source Files                     Source Files HTML Files / CSS / Images Photoshop PSD Source Files Read more [...]
August 5, 2006

Best Practices in Naming Assets

The following two lists encapsulate many of the best practices of asset naming conventions. As with any such lists, they aren’t so much hard and fast rules but general principles that should guide your practices. Read more [...]
July 2, 2004

Flash Interface Design Made Simple

Elegant interface design *is* achievable with Flash. You just need to know the basics, and be keen to experiment! Steve explains and applies the essentials as he creates a great interface in this step-by-step tutorial.

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