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An image’s dimensions on screen are measured in pixels: width and height. An image's quality is determined by less tangible factors: composition, mood, style, contents. But none of that matters if people get impatient waiting for the file...
Learning new information quickly is very important to both designers and developers. That being said, regardless of your profession and whether it's for school, work, or personal improvement, being able to retain the information without...
Ugly designs abound on the web, and behind each and every one of them is a "designer". In many of these cases the designers behind the sites are simply incompetent. They're often amateur designers or those who have little or no design training...
Recently, the notion of killing the design community has come up on a few blogs (sometimes indirectly), creating many intense conversations on the direction the design community has taken over the past couple of years, and what can be done...
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...