Inspiration articles

Hello all! And welcome to January’s portfolio roundup. There will be a lot to appreciate about each portfolio listed here, so why not grab a coffee and browse through some of the best new sites to showcase design work. You’ll find some of...
There’s probably no style and technology that are quite as well paired as the International Typographic Style and CSS. When Detroit-based designer Jon Yablonski was looking for a way to flex his front-end muscles without client restraints,...
Nothing sells design work quite like a good portfolio. Whether you contact your clients in person, over the Internet, pitch to them, or what-have-you, they’ll want to see your existing work. We’ve gone hunting for the latest portfolios...
Color is one of the most significant elements of any design. It creates emotion, guides us through an interface, and reinforces a brand. It’s rare that you find a truly black and white design, more often monochrome designs are dark gray, or...
Parallax scrolling is defined as a site on which the background image scrolls faster than the foreground, creating the impression of depth. That rigid definition is at the root of most of the myths about parallax: it’s not suitable for multiple...
2015 has inherited a lot of trends from previous years, there’s been a steady evolution of ideas — Flat Design into Material Design for example — but nothing as revolutionary as Responsive Design. However, we are starting to see trends...
We all have great ideas, but some people are a little better at making them real than others. And kudos to them, the dedication it takes to slave away creating a new take on USB ports, a standing desk for a laptop, or a political action figure —...
When it comes to design, photography is a fundamental tool that every design puts to work at some point. What I want to dissect here is not the trends in actual photography, but rather trends in the way photographs are used and manipulated in web...
Web design tastes change so fast that it's hard to keep up. As with all trends, it’s hard to tell what will be a short-lived fad from what will be around for a long time: there was a time when a Flash introduction was the hottest thing going around;...
All designers need a little inspiration from time to time. So it’s lucky for us that there are thousands of designers, educators, philosophers, writers, and business people willing to hand out advice for free. What is more, the Web is packed...
The web has changed a lot over the last decade, and at the same time it hasn't changed at all. If we look back 10 years we will find that the web had a very common layout pattern at work across the bulk of sites. This go-to pattern consisted of a header,...
In the last few years, there’s been a real shift in design trends that focuses on gorgeously designed landing pages. Whether it’s for an iPhone app, a web app, a service or a physical product, the bar for landing page design has been raised...