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Designers of all types can gain inspiration from animals found in the wild. Many great designers exhibit behaviors similar to the movement, characteristics and instincts of nature’s creatures. Accomplished designers understand that...
Illustration is an incredibly versatile tool that can find many different uses in design. And when it comes to web design we can find an extremely wide variety of implementations. Today I want to dig into some key ways that this tool has been put...
In a previous article of mine, somewhere on the web, I mentioned finding a mentor. People commented that they would really like to find one or really needed one. None of them had any idea how to find one. The reward for opening my big mouth was a dozen...
Whether you are self-taught, fresh out of school, or a design veteran, continuing education has invaluable long-term effects on your ability to stay competitive and business savvy. The immediate benefits are also abundant. Emerging techniques...
The November edition of what's new for web designers and developers includes new web apps, frameworks, some JavaScript tools and resources, some great project management tools, and a number of great new fonts. Many of the resources below...
Navigation is one of the most important aspects of any website. Without good navigation, a site becomes useless to visitors. They can't find the information they need, and then seek out competing sites instead. It's vital that your sites be...
With the passing of Steve Jobs this month, designers around the world are creating tributes. Considering the impact Jobs had on the technology and design fields, it's not surprising to see the number of creative designs created to pay homage...
When I first covered the idea of symmetrical design patterns here on Webdesigner Depot I had no intention of digging into the notion of asymmetrical design. However, the more I thought about it, the more I felt compelled to cover the topic to...
The October edition of what's new for web designers and developers includes new web apps, boilerplates, some JavaScript tools and resources, useful documents for working with clients, and a number of great new fonts. Many of the resources...
I remember a time when truncating the UPC bar code on the cover of a magazine was a huge coup. Taking the huge, lumbering code, which took up too much real estate on the cover of a publication, was bothersome and affected the design space. Cutting...
I remember being 13 years old and just learning the joys of Photoshop 5 and 6. Looking back, I was so terrible, but in that moment you couldn't you tell me a thing. That was when message boards and online forums were extremely popular, and you were...
[Editor's note: This is a sponsored review for Parallels 7] One of the long-standing complaints about Macs is that there are more limited software options than for Windows-based PCs. While the gap has closed in recent years as Macs become more...
Even if you've never heard of Andreas Shabelnikov, you've almost certainly seen some of his work. Originally from Latvia, he's a freelance interactive designer and photographer who's been involved in a number of high-profile site designs,...
[Editor's note: As we approach the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took place on 9/11/2001 in New York City and Washington, DC, and the failed attack that resulted in a plane crash in Pennsylvania, we feel that it's worth discussing...