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Absolutely Useful Web Apps For People Who Run Business

This is one of the very best list of its kind where you can find incredibly amazing and Absolutely Useful (Yet Free) Web Apps For Business People.  These would be great enough to bookmark or just for get in your knowledge. I hope everyone of you will like this list. This is absolutely helpful for business owners, entrepreneurs, office workers, managers, designers, web designers, developers etc. Just take a look at them and share your thought’s here.

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smartQ

smartQ is a web-based visual project board for tracking tickets through a multi-step process. You can distribute the work, track the progress, identify the bottlenecks and store team communication in one central place. It is really adjustable to fit any workflow.

Skylight

Skylight puts powerful but easy-to-use business management tools in the hands of the whole team, in or out of the office. Skylight helps business users achieve success while providing anytime, anywhere access to important business information. Projects, contacts, resources, accounts and files in one place.

Gantt

GANTTIC is an online project management software for scheduling resources and projects. This online scheduling software provides user-friendly graphical interface and interactive Gantt chart for real time collaboration. This is really perfect for resource management and project scheduling of any business.

Teamlab

TeamLab is a free open-source platform for business collaboration and project management. It allows you to use social networking tools such as blogs and forums, organize business tasks and milestones, as well as communicate with your team members via corporate IM.

Perq

Perq makes leave management painless with an easy-to-use policy creation tool, automated tracking with accrual, and a simple time-off request process.

SmartPointment

SmartPointment is a simple but effective way to schedule appointments online. With this, You can let your customers schedule appointments at their convenience. SmartPointment analytics give you the insight you need so you can direct your efforts into what has the most impact on your business.

Mavenlink

This is one of the best project collaboration applications which can be used to manage your projects, track time spent on each project, communicate with team members, manage payments, invoices and do a lot more.

Disqourse

It’s easy to use communication and task management system. Disqourse is best for teams that are communicating with their customers and mainly it’s perfect for B2B businesses like design shops, webdevelopers etc

SkyLedger

SkyLedger will change the way you look at bookkeeping and accounting forever.This system makes it so any small to medium size business can be up and running with a fully robust accounting system in seconds.

Producteev

Producteev will help you manage your tasks from wherever you’re comfortable working like E-mail, IM, Web, iPhone, Gmail, Google Calendar…

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Gender Disparities in the Design Field

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Walk into any design classroom, at any college in America, and you’ll see a comfortable mix of male and female students. Turn your attention to the front of the classroom, or down the hall to the faculty and staff offices, and that wonderful gender balance starts to skew. Travel outside the campus, and there’s really no balance at all.

But why? If there are design classrooms across the country with a 50/50 blend of men and women — and in many classrooms, there are more females than males — then why doesn’t the design field represent the same ratio? Why does creative employment still showcase a male-dominated presence? What happens to these passionate and educated females? Certainly, there must be more to it than child-bearing — or is there? Is a more gender-balanced field really all that important? Why, or why not?

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These questions and many others accompanied me to a design and technology conference this past fall. Minnebar, an annual Twin Cities conference that celebrates vision, niche technology and collective wisdom, provided the perfect platform for such inquiries. I hosted a session aptly named “The Equal Sign” to pitch the dilemma of the field not representing the classroom. I played the role of discussion facilitator, and was eager to see where the conversation would go. What I hadn’t realized, was that I wasn’t the only one perplexed by this phenomenon.

First, the Stats

According to Findings From A List Apart Survey 2009, a poll created by and for Web designers, 82.6% of Web designers are male. Ironically, 66.5% of the same respondents stated there is “definitely not” a gender bias in the design field. Web design is just one segment of the design world, but the statistic is nonetheless chilling.

My audience for the session? Predominantly female. It seems the topic itself is more intriguing for women than men. What these women had to say was sobering. One mentioned that it’s foolish to expect a male-dominated field to be able to design interfaces that appeal to how women want to interact with technology. In other words, young girls put off as consumers of technology aren’t likely to desire to create in that arena.

Another common theme during the discussion was that of heroes. So few female designers exist, and of them, few are known superstars in the industry. Of these, even less are known by individuals outside of the industry. Lack of visible female heroes results in lack of female interest. But there are countless male role models in the field; why can’t they be heroes for young girls with computers? The same reason why I’d rather aspire to be Run DMC, than Mariah Carey.

Second, the Perceptions

In the book Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing, two researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that “research shows that both males and females believe that males are better than females at computing” (Clarke, 1992; Spertus, 1991). This finding is nearly 20 years old, but this mindset could easily have been held by the parents of today’s college students. Going to college can be hard, but pursuing a degree with little support from mom and dad makes it even harder.

There is also an unspoken expectation that women are very creative and make great print designers, but aren’t wired to splice the intricacies of new and constantly changing software and platforms — as noted in a Fadtastic.net article written by designer Matt Davies. The field generally represents the occurrence of women holding positions in print, illustration and photography, with noticeable scarcity in more technology-dependent roles such as Web design, animation, game design and programming.

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Third, the Conditioning

Conditioning is perhaps the most obvious and potentially controversial (but definitely the most changing) of all the reasons why there aren’t more women designers. Video games and scrapbooks are cliché, but a telling, cultural phenomena. Traditionally, young boys have been fascinated with video games. The constant newness of the technological capacities; the integration with other male stigmas, such as television and computers; and certainly the intense competitive nature of the games, whether against a friend or the software itself, have all catered to masculine characteristics.

Scrapbooking, on the other hand — often a self-involved, self-rewarding, aesthetic, process-oriented affair — has appealed to feminine sensibilities. Great; but what do video games and scrapbooking have to do with gender gaps in creative fields?

Everything. And, it’s changing. In the Newsweek article “’Where’s My Crazy Hot Guy?’ A Female Designer On Women and Videogames,” award-winning female game designer Brenda Brathwaite confessed, “There was a time literally, within this decade, when I knew every single female game designer out there. Personally….” Video games, or more specifically, the video game format, have found their way into almost every media component of our lives.

Log in to Facebook, and in no time you’ll end up fielding requests from friends to play “Farmville.” Shop your favorite store online, and you may be prompted to click a link and dress a sophisticated cartoon character to help you with your purchasing decisions. Save some time at the grocery store by going through the self-checkout line, and you’re confronted with the all too familiar series of buttons, colors and graphics to ease your way through the credit card swipe and out the door.

Video gaming isn’t just something engaged in by teenage football players. It’s a format that is relevant to men and women, boys and girls, and this inclusion of the female population is invariably causing more females to ask themselves how it all works, and how they can be a contributing factor.

Fourth, the Status Quo

All things design — video games, Web design and graphic arts — can bring two genders together and create acceptance and encouragement, which fosters the potential to level the creative employment playing field. You must ask yourself, “Is this a good thing?” There are numerous reasons why more women are needed, and need representation; but is the “female designer dilemma” really all that bad? If a city of people stormed the doors of their school district demanding more male kindergarten teachers, they might be mercilessly scoffed at.

Similarly, few are tooting the horn for more female firefighters, or male nurses. Our culture has built functioning gender-based roles, and has birthed young boys and girls excited to fill them. Why fix it if it ain’t broke? If gender balance is achieved in the creative industry, will it be adding new jobs for females, or replacing jobs that males had? If the latter is the case, what will happen to these men? My audience at Minnebar had blank faces, and empty responses, when I asked them.

All of this matters for one reason: I don’t want to face my female students every day with the thought that more than half of them won’t ever be designers, and of the few that do, what exactly do they have to look forward to? They will have to deal with their peers, employers, clients and families being both impressed and confused when their sisters, friends and coworkers create designs that aren’t “girly” and “cute.”

Lisa Firke, a woman embodying that rare combination of female and Web designer, commented on Zeldman.com: “I’m sure it’s not a coincidence that 90% of my clients are women. Perhaps taking women seriously as designers goes hand-in-hand with taking women seriously as Web consumers.”

Sources

Fisher, A. and Margolis, J. (2002). Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing. Cambridge, MA. MIT Press.

Editor’s Note

This post is an article from our series of “opinion columns,” in which we give people in the Web design community a platform to raise their voices and present their opinion on something they feel strongly about to the community. Please note that the content in this series is not in any way influenced by the Smashing Magazine’s Editorial team. If you want to publish your article in this series, please send us your thoughts and we’ll get back to you.

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Web Designers vs. Web Developers (Infographic)

Let’s be honest. Being a web developer or a web designer doesn’t exactly give you an edge with the pretty girls (or guys) at your local pickup bar. If you were a part-time firefighter or investment banker, maybe. Nevertheless, the feud continues between web designers and web developers over which profession is the true calling. Like the yin and yang, these two are in constant battle to prove their dominance over the other, even when they work closely together.

Here is an infographic of the differences between web designers and web developers.

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Web Designers vs. Web Developers (Infographic)

Infographic by: Shane Snow. Shane Snow is an entrepreneur, writer, and recent Columbia MS/Digital Media graduate. Visit his personal site and follow him on Twitter @shanesnow.

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25 Photoshop Tutorials for Designing Abstract Backgrounds

Abstract backgrounds are very common in web design and for other purposes like poster and wallpaper design. Photoshop provides plenty of potential for designing amazing abstract backgrounds, and in this post we’ll showcase 25 tutorials that show how it can be done.

Create Abstract Colorful Balls Illustrations in Photoshop CS5

Create Abstract Colorful Balls Illustrations in Photoshop CS5

How to Create Abstract Colorful Background with Bokeh Effect in Photoshop

How to Create Abstract Colorful Background with Bokeh Effect in Photoshop

Blend Tool Backgrounds (video)

Blend Tool Backgrounds (video)

Create Electrifying Light Effects Around an Image

Create Electrifying Light Effects Around an Image

Chroma Wallpapers

Chroma Wallpapers

Quickly Build an Abstract Background of Colored Bars

Quickly Build an Abstract Background of Colored Bars

Digital Star Effect

Digital Star Effect

Stripy Abstract Wallpaper in Photoshop

Stripy Abstract Wallpaper in Photoshop

Creating a Mac-Type Background in Photoshop

Creating a Mac-Type Background in Photoshop

Abstract Lighting Effects

Abstract Lighting Effects

How to Create an Abstract Colorful Rainbow Background

How to Create an Abstract Colorful Rainbow Background

Lines Tutorial

Lines Tutorial

Creating Colorful Disco Lines Effect

Creating Colorful Disco Lines Effect

Aurora Borealis – North-South Polar Lights

Aurora Borealis - North-South Polar Lights

Design Eye-Catching Laser Particle Abstract Effect in Photoshop

Design Eye-Catching Laser Particle Abstract Effect in Photoshop

Hexagon Bokeh Effect in Photoshop

Hexagon Bokeh Effect in Photoshop

Really Cool Eclipse Effect in Photoshop

Really Cool Eclipse Effect in Photoshop

Create a Carbon Mesh Background in Photoshop

Create a Carbon Mesh Background in Photoshop

Design a Vista Styled Wallpaper

Design a Vista Styled Wallpaper

Windows Vista Aurora Effect Photoshop Tutorial

Windows Vista Aurora Effect Photoshop Tutorial

Creating an Abstract Background for Poster

Creating an Abstract Background for Poster

Create a Futuristic Abstract Wallpaper

Create a Futuristic Abstract Wallpaper

Creating a Stunning Digital Smoke Effect

Creating a Stunning Digital Smoke Effect

How to Create Vibrant Lighting Effects from Scratch

How to Create Vibrant Lighting Effects from Scratch

How to Create Brilliant Light Streaks in Photoshop

How to Create Brilliant Light Streaks in Photoshop

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Elecom Actrail headphone removes wire clutter from your iPod Shuffle

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Portable music players may let you enjoy music on the go, but the disorderly headphones cable suspending all over the body just messes up the tidiness. Providing a solution, Elecom has developed wireless headphones, named the “Actrail,” for the iPod Shuffle to offer clutter-free music to the listeners anywhere, anytime. Integrating a 3.5mm jack on the side to keep the Shuffle in place, the Bluetooth headphones replace the regular over-the-head band with the dorky wrap-around-the-back-of-your-skull design to attract the trendy users. Measuring 112mm in depth, 150 in height and 57 width, the wireless headset weighs 46g only and supports 30mW input and 20Hz ~ 20kHz playback frequency zone. Priced at ¥4,200 (about $50) a pair, the Actrail is available in Japan with pink and white color options.

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40 Great Examples Of Transparency In Website Design

Transparency is one of those things that can really add depth and make a website design pop – when it’s done right of course!

We’ve collected 40 websites that make great use of transparency. Some of them are using transparent PNGs and others are using the CSS opacity property. Enjoy!

Go Life Church ↓

Go Life Church

Blurb Creative ↓

Blurb Creative

Russ Kirby’s Portfolio ↓

Russ Kirbys Portfolio

Behance ↓

Behance

The Greenhouse ↓

The Greenhouse

Brad Colbow ↓

Brad Colbow

Tony Chester ↓

Tony Chester

Antonio Floro Flores ↓

Antonio Floro Flores

Evodence ↓

Evodence

Music Addict Designer ↓

Music Addict Designer

Go 4 Events ↓

Go 4 Events

About Andrew Vickers ↓

About Andrew Vickers

Design Attik ↓

Design Attik

4mula Design ↓

4mula Design

Bressane ↓

Bressane

Aurelien Reaut ↓

Aurelien Reaut

Mint ↓

Mint

GoMedia ↓

GoMedia

Housing Works ↓

Housing Works

Lift UX ↓

Lift UX

Sam Brown ↓

Sam Brown

Bulls And Arrows ↓

Bulls And Arrows

Envato ↓

Envato

Guillaume Verdon ↓

Guillaume Verdon

Fix Outlook ↓

Fix Outlook

Line25 ↓

Line25

Digiglass ↓

Digiglass

Respiro Media ↓

Respiro Media

Imaginaria Creative ↓

Imaginaria Creative

Matt Zeilinger ↓

Matt Zeilinger

WWF ↓

WWF

WebMedia Design ↓

WebMedia Design

DemeadBlu ↓

DemeadBlu

Bertu’s Gym ↓

Bertu s Gym

Koko Digital ↓

Koko Digital

Inspiration in a Box ↓

Inspiration in a Box

Christine Galvin ↓

Christine Galvin

Untorock ↓

Untorock

Avalonstar ↓

Avalonstar

24 Ways ↓

24 Ways

Your Turn To Talk

I hope you liked this post! Please take a minute to chime in and tell us what you think. Any sites we missed? Make sure you drop a link in the comment section :)

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60+ Fresh Single Page Website Designs for Design Inspiration

Throughout history, great artists always found new ways to show their creativity to express themselves and create new trends and techniques to remark their work apart from the rest of the crowd. The Definition of design is more critical in modern terms as now design is a way of communication; and, more specifically, Web design is a well define platform for content. There is no “Good” and “Bad” in design. It always define as a “Different”.

01. Efingo

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02. Curiousgenerationgroup

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03. Ormanclark

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04. Kaleidoscopeapp

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05. Creativemints

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06. Ideapark

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07. Crazyhunk

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08. Solidsoup

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09. Urustar

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10. Bcomebilly

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11. Designzoom

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12. Irontoiron

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13. Solidgiant

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14. Thecuttingchai

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15. Unionese

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16. Pierre-starkloff

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17. Robedwards

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18. Ericsteuten

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19. Johnharfield

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20. Leukocyt

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21. Imagemechanics

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22. Juandiegovelasco

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23. Joeylomanto

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24. Identyme

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25. Nl2br

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26. Wearesignals

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27. Linie42

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28. Iamsubzero

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29. Denisechandler

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30. Kalendiar

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31. Adpacks

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32. Milanzivkovic

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33. Pasxal

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34. Newstreamdesign

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35. Clivemoore

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36. Sivundesign

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37. Unbornink

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38. Talesfromtheyogastudio

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39. Antoniofrade

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40. Confitdesign

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41. Hippoapp

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42. Ianmintz

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43. Ontheroadindia

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44. Pixelflydesign

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45. Thirdculturestudios

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46. Kendallarneaud

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47. Elettro-luce

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48. Davismw

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49. Chappybarry

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50. Brokedesign

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51. Clientcontest

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52. Tripthemindandshine

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53. Visztpeter

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54. Souliss

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55. Vivi-kola

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56. Panoetic

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57. Waynerobins

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58. Jonathan-penn

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59. Banmeetsingh

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60. Roaaar

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61. Antemeridiemdesign

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62. Skittles

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63. Timachumba

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Find Something Missing?

While compiling this list, it’s always a possibility that we missed some other great single page resources. Feel free to share it with us.

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