Articles by Benjie Moss

It’s almost incomprehensible in 2015 to build a website that isn’t responsive. The technique has developed to the point that most designers no longer say, ‘responsive web design,’ we say, ‘web design,’ and mean exactly the same...
Consistency, we’re taught, is the hallmark of quality. Whether it’s in copywriting or color, layout or lettering, consistency feels deliberate and reinforces ideas. Nowhere is this more true than for branding, where the visual identity...
Selecting a typeface for a project is a defining moment. Occasionally you’ll be looking to add personality to a design, although that is usually best left to display type. For body text, most of the time, you’re aiming for legibility. Legibility...
You cannot design without content. It’s a mantra repeated by designers worldwide, it’s a plea in countless emails to clients, it’s a cornerstone of responsible design. One of the most respected names on the Web, Jeffrey Zeldman, summarises...
You’ve probably heard that good typography is invisible, but it’s more accurate to say that good typography makes the act of reading effortless. When the eye travels along a line of text, it does so in jumps, called saccades; you don’t...
A little over a decade ago, British competitive cycling was nowhere. With a couple of notable exceptions — Tom Simpson in the ‘60s and Chris Boardman in the ‘90s — no British cyclist had made a significant impact on a sport dominated...
Design patterns are common solutions to common problems. When you add a slider to a homepage you’re employing a design pattern. When someone asks: “Why reinvent the wheel?” they’re advocating the adoption of a design pattern. On...
This time last year I made 7 predictions for web design in 2014, with mixed results (I’m looking at you SVG). This year, I’ve sought out 10 web design trends that will be big in 2015, and what you need to survive them. I’ve omitted predictions...
Unless you’ve developed the enviable skill of ignoring adverts on Twitter, you can’t have failed to notice The Grid, a new service promising “AI websites that design themselves.” The Grid “is not another do-it-yourself website...
Apple’s cool factor has been on the wane in the last couple of years. Successive iPhones have failed to advance as significantly as the first few generations; iOS7 was ugly and iOS8 hasn’t rectified that; analysts are even predicting a...
If you’re a front-end coder, you may well have been stunned yesterday, by Adobe’s latest release: Brackets. Stunned that is, because you’ve probably been using it for a year or more. The version you had been using was the beta release...
Just three short weeks since The New Yorker unveiled its brand new, responsive site, there have already been a slew of updates. Whilst it's not unusual for issues to come to light after a launch, the current online version of the classic American...