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Photography is one of the most potent tools in the designer’s toolbox. It is no surprise that it is used all over the web. And in the small subset of websites featured in this article, we find photography used very prominently. The samples shown...
You don’t get to 600 million friends without doing something spectacular. Mark Zuckerberg knows this more than anyone. But I wonder: do we have any hope of achieving similar success? Facebook's story begins, like most businesses, with...
Web content can make or break a website – no matter how good the design is. Most designers know this from first-hand experience. So it wasn’t surprising when WDD visitors who read How to spot and avoid web copy that kills websites demanded...
Today, we're going to show you a simple way to achieve a gradient-heavy illustration of a little monster. It’s got a 3-D feel, but it’s done using only gradients. So, stick with us; we’re going to use and see some really nice easy tips for...
Bookmarklets are special links that users can add to their browser’s favorites. These special links include code (i.e. not just a target URL), and they trigger various kinds of useful functionality, allowing you to modify and extend any...
Lomography and lomography-styled photography has been growing in popularity in the past year or two, largely spurred by smartphone apps that make it possible for virtually anyone to mimic the style. Lomography is characterized by its inherent...
Tumblr is a micro-blogging platform that allows users to easily publish snippets of information to the web, such as a photo or photo set, a video, a quote or just a paragraph. It is often used as an online diary because of to its ease of use compared...
As the number and variety of devices from which we access the internet increases, new web design challenges present themselves. It's no longer simply enough to have a mobile version and a browser version. Now, we have to consider whether the...
As with any new technology, getting started is often the hardest part. With this frustration in mind, we have put together some of my handiest tips, tricks and code snippets related to the jQuery Mobile library. Because this is not a full-on...
If you run an online business, drawing customers to your website is vital for your continued success. While lots of effort tends to be spent on SEO and gaining new visitors, ensuring they return is another matter. Email newsletters are the perfect...
As web designers and developers, we love to see how our sites and web apps look and function using a really good browser. It's true that with the release of IE9, Microsoft has made great progress in the so-called browser wars. And although IE9...
No amount of effort put into a pixel-perfect design, with eye-pleasing typography, and heart-warming content can ever offset the importance of an incredible headline. Without it, your efforts will go unnoticed. Yet some of the ugliest websites...