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Articles by Benjie Moss

Whilst many designers embrace flat design wholeheartedly, it seems a growing number have already tired of its charms and are casting around for the next big thing. One contender, being championed by some, is "long shadow" design. Long shadow...
Ampersand 2013 — held today in Brighton, UK — was the third iteration of the popular web typography conference. Describing itself as "an affordable one-day event for knowledgeable web designers and type enthusiasts", the event is increasing...
Web designers are expected to be masters of all trades; from responsive websites to email templates, animated banners to WordPress SEO techniques. It’s pretty hard to be great at everything. Take the obligatory Facebook page. It’s impossible...
One of the biggest problems designing websites in Photoshop is that time-consuming period after your design gets approval, when you have to work through it layer by layer, converting your design to CSS. There was a time when you could just slice...
Got a great idea for a site, but don't know how to create a WordPress theme? Maybe you've already built a site but your client wants a CMS and you're not sure where to start. Or perhaps you know exactly how to theme WordPress, but you don't have time...
This set of 25 Colorful Grunge Textures was designed by Florin Gorgan and is perfect for use as overlay textures on your photos. You can see more of Florin's work in his site or his Etsy shop. For best results, set the texture layer to Soft Light,...
Somewhere around 18% of the web is powered by WordPress. The humble blogging platform has grown into a web-titan of monster proportions. Substantially fewer sites are hosting on WordPress.com — Automattic’s free, hosted solution for...
The Secret Handshake is a fabulous project, aimed at helping young designers (18–25) find their way into the industry. You should always quantify the advice you take based on who's giving it to you, and The Secret Handshake — set up by...
A good cursive typeface is hard to come by; most have a tendency to look like either a hand-written note from the Marquis de Sade, or a grocery list written in haste by a particularly harassed doctor. Consequently, a script with both clarity and...
There has been furious debate in the last twenty four hours on the merits and failings of Apple’s iOS7 update, and the most hotly debated subject is the new icons. They’ve been hailed as a daring, and radical move, and they’ve been condemned...
Modus Versus is a free multi-purpose PSD template, designed on the 1170 grid system. Excellent for use with responsive frameworks like the popular Twitter Bootstrap, it could form the basis of a good corporate site. Designed by Dimitar Tsankov,...
There were plenty of announcements at yesterday’s Apple WDDC keynote speech: the new Mac Pro; MacBook Airs; and of course, iOS7. But the announcement that seems to be universally well received is the new version of MacOS X, Mavericks. With...
As expected, Apple used today's keynote presentation at their WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) to launch the latest version of their mobile operating system: iOS7. The launch has been greatly anticipated, not least because iOS7...
The web's increasing infatuation with flat design has lead to a rapid rejection of artifice like drop shadows, in favor of a cleaner more shape-based look. But this leaves the designer with a problem: how do you style type to be vibrant whilst...