Design articles

According to Newton's Law of universal gravitation, what goes up, must come down.... but that's not always the case! One of the great things about design is that we can use our imagination to break free from the norm by rewriting the laws of physics....
Recently I picked up an old design book that I hadn't touched in a while, and it reminded me of a design principle that many of us put into practice probably only subconsciously, if at all. The book deals with designing for print, but I thought it...
The ampersand is one of the most unique typographical characters out there. Typography designers can exercise a lot more artistic freedom in the design of the ampersand, ranging from very traditional representations to those that bear little...
Many of today's design styles derive from Swiss-style graphic design, now more commonly known today as "modern design." The style is recognized for its unique and rather groundbreaking attention to typography. Needless to say, Switzerland's...
Drop-shadows and gradients are two of the most common design elements on the web. You’ll find them accompanying many different styles. They’re handy effects for web designers because they’re attractive, useful and easy to create...
On behalf of myself and the entire WDD team, we'd like to wish you a very happy, healthy and successful 2010!!! Thanks for your support in 2009; we hope you learned a few good things here while having fun and getting inspired at the same time. The...
What makes a design look coordinated, planned and professional? The answer is: 'color'. Not every project needs bland corporate blue to look professional. Planning color means creating a framework that describes which colors to use and...
As seen in our previous article on the subject and examples around the web, minimalism is quite the trend. When the theory behind it is well implemented, it makes for some beautiful, simple and yet modern designs. Because it is a trend, everyone...
Wikipedia is currently undergoing a much needed redesign to improve the user experience. Anyone can preview this redesign by creating an account, logging in and then clicking the "Try Beta" link at the top right of any page. The "Wikipedia...
As designers, we all know that a minimalist design can achieve beautiful results. Still, many designers have trouble creating one; either they have a hard time making a page with so few elements look good or the final result just doesn't look...
Artists that produce photorealistic sculptures, for the most part, aim to show us our bodies and life as it really is. Technically, artists who strive for a high resolution level of detail in painting or sculpture are called "hyperrealists",...
The concept of the left and right brain only lately popped up in the late 1960's, but since has become a well-known part of human psychology. While we all use both sides of the brain, each of us has a dominant side, and this dominant side makes up...