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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...
The visual language of a website impresses a visitor far beyond their first glimpse. In fact, in observing the best websites, you notice that the small details speak to you subconsciously and that consistency improves your experience of the...
In this Photoshop tutorial, we'll reproduce a fairly old camera: a Halina Super 35X. We'll use various tools and techniques to create a vintage camera from scratch, from the basic Marquee Tools (to create simple shapes) to the Brush Tool (for...
The size of an image in a website layout is important. From proper alignment to getting just the right amount of white space, sizing photos and graphics properly beforehand is essential to creating a balanced look. Images on the web are measured...
Accounting for every aspect of a new website isn’t easy, especially at the last minute. The problems aren’t the details themselves, but rather the process of making sure that seemingly minor details don’t add up to sloppy work. The best...
Though the methods used to gather website traffic statistics call into question the validity of the stats themselves, the fact is that some of your website's visitors will have JavaScript disabled. You could divide your traffic sources into...
The field of web design is constantly changing and growing. Getting in a rut is often the result of not staying up to date with the latest trends and technologies in the industry. Even if we do stay up to date, many of us at one time or another feel...
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...
Einstein once said, "The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." The same could be said of intelligence. What they don't tell you is that the "smart" people of the world are, in most cases, just better at researching and learning...
If any assumption is safe, it’s that six months after launching a website (or sooner?), its owners will have a list of things they want to change, from minor typos to entirely new functionality. Is it possible to accept feature creep as a natural...
Some people dream of being famous from the time they're quite young. They crave the spotlight, and will do anything to be the center of attention. They want nothing more than to become a celebrity, to have legions of adoring fans, and to have their...
The header is likely the first thing a new visitor sees on a blog, so it is the first impression — but why is a blog header so much more important, or at least different, than the header of a basic website? Blog headers need more functionality....
So many businesses out there set up a website and then think, "There, that's done with" and never bother to re-evaluate their website's design or position in the marketplace. But looking at a website as a static, unchanging bit of advertising...
Organic design is commonly applied to products such as chairs, electronic equipment, books and home décor. Following the same principles, organic web design has recently emerged as a trend. Professional designers and companies have taken...