Design articles

Despite the somewhat provocative title, you shouldn't really stop designing aesthetics. Gradients and colors and contrast are all good, but there's a more important side to web design that many people overlook most of the time: Designing...
Icons are a great and quick way to enhance your projects. They add a certain personality to your designs and make things pop when they need to. Today we release a new set of icons which we call "Reflection". It's simple yet elegant and stylish at...
The ability to tint black-and-white photographs with color has been a staple of photography for decades, and modern image editors make warming and cooling grayscale images a snap. This concept of a steady progression of shades can be used...
Lex parsimoniae is the Latin expression of what is known in English as Occam's Razor, a philosophical rule of thumb that has guided some of the world's best and brightest minds (including Isaac Newton). It is named after the 14th-century logician...
A design may have impact. It may have style. But having these isn’t enough. To work well, a design has to have elements that play off each other’s strengths. Fortunately, every piece of content has inherent guidelines. Layout, or the arrangement...
As web designers and developers, we often overlook printed marketing materials. But on occasion, they can come in very handy: at conferences, when we meet face-to-face with clients, or when we happen to run into someone we might want to do business...
It's been nearly five years now since the redesign vs. realign debate began. Many designers are still approaching website changes as redesigns, with little thought to whether they should be redesigning or realigning the site for their clients....
Designers often don't take the time they should to learn about how basic psychological principles can effect the experience their visitors have on the sites they build. Psychological principles are either looked upon as unnecessary, or...
Being a designer is great. You get to spend all day being creative—that is, of course, if you have all day to spend and are feeling inspired. Unfortunately, sometimes you’re completely devoid of ideas, which can be demoralizing, especially...
Sometimes, choosing just the right image for a website that does not yet have a defined visual theme can be daunting. Should you use a drawing or a photo? Should you create it yourself or find stock art? How do you know whether it will set the right...
As designers, it's common to wonder what the differences are between our chosen discipline and others. After all, there are a lot of similar rules and guidelines that permeate design, no matter what the field. And sometimes that leaves us wondering...
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...