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Beautiful visual design isn’t enough any more, modern design needs great interaction to really stand out. Animations in your designs can provide clarity, direct attention, and create a delightful experience. Designing interactions is exciting, but costly. Often it takes back and forth between designers and developers to get animations just right; but it doesn’t need
/ / Apr 24, 2014
Your website looks slick, your products and services are amazing, and you’ve launched multiple marketing campaigns. So why isn’t your site producing the numbers you need? Getting buzz for your site isn’t always easy—but it’s necessary for your business to thrive. If you’re looking to ignite your audience and get them talking about your website,
Infinite scrolling has became a common design pattern in recent years. With many high profile social networks adopting the solution, it’s come to be one of the most widely adopted patterns out there. Though however popular, every design pattern always has its own unique strengths and weaknesses we have to plan for. Done badly, and infinite scrolling will wreck your UX and guarantee
It’s that time again! Open up your local WordPress install (the one that you use for testing plugins)—everyone has one of those, right? It’s not just me?—and get ready for another month’s worth of WordPress community goodness. This month we’ve got a variety of plugins, useful for everything from managing accounts to adding extra content. Let’s jump in…
Every week we tweet a lot of interesting stuff highlighting great content that we find on the web that can be of interest to web designers. The best way to keep track of our tweets is simply to follow us on Twitter, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the best tweets that we sent out this past week. Note that this is only a very small selection of the links
/ / Apr 20, 2014
Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD. The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers. These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world today. So for a few moments, take a
Typographic art is all the rage, with everyone from politicians to pop-stars finding their speeches, lyrics and quotes transformed into portraits of themselves. The trouble is, the old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words tends to be true; it takes a lot of time to rearrange words and letters convincingly so that they form a realistic image. So we’re delighted that
/ / Apr 18, 2014
User testing doesn’t have to be difficult at all. I’m going to talk about three lean research methods that are neither extensive nor expensive to carry out but will in turn provide you with valuable feedback. The methods can be used for anything, test a landing page or test a whole mobile app. The important thing is to gather feedback: design for yourself, and only your point
We all know intuitively what makes a website look bad: overused bevel effects, corny clip art, overcrowded layouts. These annoyances are easily corrected by developing with design fundamentals in mind—the same principles used by professional designers and artists alike. Great websites bring together form and function. In fact, well-designed websites are seen as more credible,
In this tutorial we’ll look at the techniques needed to make a navigation menu that is hidden off screen until the user clicks on a menu icon, at which point the content slides over and darkens, and the menu slides in. The menu will also be responsive vertically, filling the height of the browser window on whatever size screen it’s being looked at in. To achieve this we will
Bookstores are closing, newspapers are folding and magazines are rushing to publish online. The stock of print media seems to be falling, but two Japanese designers are challenging that process with a newly released collection. Masahiko Sato and Tatsuya Saito’s exhibit, “Putting Finger,” examines how viewers needn’t be passive bystanders where print
The latest, highly anticipated version of Sketch by Bohemian Coding, has just been released. It’s an application that has promised much in the past, with many designers embracing it wholeheartedly. However, the previous two versions felt too immature for professional-grade work; the question is, has version 3 addressed those concerns, and is Sketch ready to be used as