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Articles by Benjie Moss

It's clear that the mobile web is on the rise. Taking a look at the stats, it's hard to see how desktop browsing can survive the onslaught. People use smartphones for almost everything. 91% of US citizens own a smart phone, and with the relatively...
For years premium design and development software has been the exclusive preserve of Adobe. Since they outmaneuvered Quark and purchased Macromedia, few tools have been able to compete with their products. However, for all the market dominance...
Microlancer is a brand new site from the Envato network, designed to simplify outsourcing small design jobs. Everything from websites to logos can be ordered from professional suppliers worldwide. Freelancers who would like to offer...
Button states saved as images and toggled by CSS are so out of date it’s painful. We should all be using CSS3 to create buttons. We all know why: they’re easily editable, cross-platform, lightweight, accessible; the list of benefits...
The web is full of advice on different aspects of UI design, but what no one ever seems to offer is a complete start to finish, blank page to finished app, step by step guide. Until now of course, because our sister-site, MightyDeals.com, has set...
We all love a good satire. It’s one of the highest forms of political wit and frequently bites at targets that would otherwise be unassailable. Case in point: Maentis’ Universal Unbranding project, an amusing reworking of famous logos...
This lovingly honed set, of 200 vector icons is fantastic for use on all manner of sites. With subjects ranging from science to entertaining, the vast scope of the icons means that you're bound to find something useful. There are some really...
If the recent flat design trend has demonstrated anything, it's how incredibly limited web designers are when it comes to composition. Now that we're no longer distracted by bevels, gradients and gloss it's clear that web designers have one...
Everyone loves a good WordPress theme. Whether you use it straight out of the box, or as a starting point for your own design, themes are a great way of achieving results quickly and on a budget. And of course, it's even easier to stick to a budget...
If you have one workhorse display font that you rely on again and again, make sure it's a slab-serif. In recent times slab-serifs have become understandably popular; they've been used at display sizes for decades and their relatively small...
/ / Jul 19, 2013
Google Fonts are a tremendous addition to any designer's arsenal, providing a basic library of typefaces that cover most requirements. But if you've ever tried to add them to a WordPress theme you'll know what kind of hacking is involved. Fortunately,...
Business can be a lot like an Olympic race; being world class isn't good enough, to be successful you have to out-perform your competitors. Nowhere is that more true than search engine optimization, when results are quite literally about your...
We're all looking for ways to insert some cool into our designs, and you'd have to go some way to be cooler than this week's deal from our sister-site MightyDeals.com; a great vintage typeface from Yellow design studio. The Veneer font is a lovingly...
/ / Jul 11, 2013
Flat design is all the rage, and trend-conscious clients are beginning to ask for redesigns to meet the current fad for all things flat. Most commentators agree that ultimately, flat design will soften into something flatter than skeuomorphism,...