There are two main reasons people utilize the web: to share things and to be informed. Sure, we could pick up a newspaper or switch on the television, but I’d argue that it’s much easier to whip out your phone or laptop to find info.
The wonderful thing about the web is that you’re never alone. No matter your interests, there’s probably a group of like-minded individuals who have made your interests available online. The most popular way of doing this is via blogging.
With news websites and most blogs, you don’t need a journalism...
It’s time to welcome a new member to the WebdesignerDepot family of sites!
Say hello to DeveloperDrive.com, our brand new blog dealing with web development. We’ve been in beta for a little while so you may have bumped into it already, but if you haven’t yet, we highly recommend checking it out!
While at WDD we focus mostly on the visual aspects of web design, we hope DeveloperDrive becomes your ‘go to’ place for web development, tutorials, and coding in general.
Blogs can often be left out in the cold when it comes to design. A lot of us discount the need for intensive design when it comes to our blogs—whether for our companies, or ourselves.
But it is important that we realize every aspect of our identity online should be designed in a clean and intuitive way with whatever style you prefer. This elusive aspect of web work is something we should constantly strive for. And yes, that includes the time we spend working with blogs.
A lot of the time blogs get lost in the shuffle because we think of them as massive ‘text dumps’ when it comes to information architecture, and that certainly...
You have a broken blog. In fact it is not just your blog. Its pretty much every blog out there. The problem is that blogs are fundamentally flawed.
Blogs are great if you use them for their original purpose. However, we often use them for a lot more than a chronological series of posts that have a short shelf life.
Take this website. The articles posted here are a valuable resource and yet, like most blogs, when they have slipped off the front page few will ever read them again.
This is the heart of the problem. Despite attempts to use categories and tags, most content posted to a blog is lost in the ever-growing archive. This is such a waste both from the perspective of the user, who is missing...
Are you a freelance designer? Are you interested in boosting your credibility, building your client base and increasing your number of paying projects? The answer is obvious, but knowing where and how to get started can be daunting, especially during the periods of low client work (you know what I’m talking about).
Having worked with a ton of design and development professionals in the field, I’ve seen that some of the most successful, most productive and busiest contractors have a blog attached to their main website or portfolio. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. By not having a blog, you could be missing out on some serious contract work.
A blog could be one of your most powerful assets in getting your name out there and securing new jobs. In fact, considering how simple it is to get started,...
Gabriela Herman is a fine art, portrait and lifestyle photographer who is recognized for her intimate approach and ease with her subjects.
Gabriela has traveled worldwide; her work has always traveled with her and as a result has been exhibited in several countries.
This post features Gabriela’s most recent portrait project, featuring nineteen shots of nineteen different reasonably well known bloggers.
The photographer reads blogs, and reads a lot of them. This project was inspired by the digital age and the ways in which we spend our time.
Blogs have become an integral part of online culture.
Practically everyone reads blogs now, whether they’re “official” news blogs associated with traditional news media, topic-based blogs related to one’s work or hobbies, or blogs purely for entertainment, just about anyone you ask has at least one favorite blog.
But it wasn’t always so. Blogs have a relatively short history, even when compared with...
We have looked at the different types of designers, developers and clients in previous articles, but there is one viewpoint from which we still haven’t looked at ourselves.
We all have our designer, developer and client hats on as we surf blogs such as this one, but many of us are also bloggers. Anyone can be a blogger, but not every blogger improves the quality of content on the Internet.
A successful blog is the result of a lot of hard work by the blogger(s) who run it. The extent of its success depends on the blog’s style, its content, its focus on...
The trend of creating unique designs for each post on a blog is growing.
A few years ago the idea of creating a custom design for each post on a blog either meant you had to forgo traditional blogging software or hack the source code to allow for custom designs.
With the advent of WordPress plugins like Art Direction it’s now relatively simple for a designer to create a custom design for each post on their blog.
The sites below are some of the best examples of sites that use custom designs for many or all of their posts. Some play around with the general layout and color scheme of each post, while others create completely unique concepts for every post.
Working with a company as large as Virgin Atlantic was something of a dream come true for me. I it’s something that a lot of web designers aspire to.
Over the last few months, I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to fulfill this dream.
I was about to write this post up over on my blog but Walter very kindly invited me to share this case study with the much larger audience here on Webdesigner Depot and across the Smashing Network.
I’m no Elliot Jay Stocks and I certainly don’t claim...
As the first thing visitors see, home pages and headers often steal the design spotlight.
But above-the-fold thinking neglects the natural flow of vertical page layout. What happens when people reach the end of a page?
You can bet that a simple copyright statement won’t hold visitors’ attention, but many pages are designed with the expectation that people will find their way… or so we assume.
The bottom of a page is not the end of a website. An informative, compelling footer is the natural...