Articles by Benjie Moss

There's a good chance you're intimately acquainted with the work of Steve Matteson, it's probably right in front of you for much of the day. Arguably one of the most influential designers of the 21st century; his most famous achievement is the...
It's amazing how far we've come in the last 15 years; the web has developed at a rate it took print 150 years or more, to match. What's exciting is that we're still going, still exploring, still innovating. As designer's we're used to designing...
Typography is a subject of two extremes: you love it, or you hate it. Designers who love typography revel in all manner of archaic terminology like kerning, lining figures and ligatures. Designers who hate typography don't know what any...
The inspiration for Apple's color scheme in the iOS7 beta design has been a jealously guarded secret for months. Jony Ive, known for his rational, logical approach to design doesn't pull things like colors out of his hat. Where then, can Apple's...
Give your flat design a boost with this Flattastic UI kit, designed by Vlade Dimovski, free to download and simple to use. The PSD is properly layered, with intuitive naming, making modifying it for your own projects a synch. The design features...
With the amazing apps available for Mac these days, Windows users must get sick of hearing about "the latest must-have app" that they can't use. Fortunately there are still a few gems available, designed and build exclusively for Windows,...
For the average user there's little difference between products offered by Yahoo! and by market leader Google. Yahoo!'s position is largely dictated by brand; or rather by Google's superior brand. There has long been debate over Yahoo!'s...
The flat design juggernaut continues to roll on, crushing everything in its path. With an emphasis on simplicity, it's easy to manage basic design principles when you're working flat. Essential to any flat design is a consistent set of icons,...
Patterns have graced our designs for thousands of years. The texture, color and life added by patterns have enhanced design the world over. The love of pattern reached new heights with the advert of the web and our ability to easily tile graphics....
One of the very best frameworks to build new sites on is Twitter Bootstrap. Mobile-first, lightweight and powerful; it's a great starting point. The only issues with Bootstrap are that it's both easily recognized due to extensive use, and...
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...