Inspiration articles

Illustrated additions to websites can lend even the plainest theme an extra level of visual interest and complexity. Illustrations vary widely from one site to the next. Some look hand-drawn (whether they are or not) while others are obviously...
Logos can convey many ideas in one simple design and as designers we need to be fully aware of any hidden symbolism. You should be in full control of your design and use symbolism to convey messages to your advantage as this will further the impact...
The world cup in South Africa continues to be one of the hottest events of the summer and the fascination for this event continues strong as we approach the finals. Last week we featured the best website designs for the 2010 World Cup (check it...
It's always so interesting when you go to a website you've been visiting for months or years to find they've been redesigned. Some redesigns are immediately evocative of the old design, and can even leave you wondering if they have, in fact,...
The World Cup is currently taking place in South Africa and people all over the world are glued to television sets at home, in bars and in town squares, to watch their country play. The World Cup is actually everywhere one looks - all over TV, the...
François Robert is a photographer renowned for both his commercial and fine art photography work. In the mid 90's, Robert purchased three lockers from a school for $50.00 to furnish his studio. To his surprise, one of the lockers contained...
Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD. The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers. These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning...
While fountains were originally used as a source for water and for bathing, already in ancient Rome they started to be used as decorative elements in gardens and courtyards. From the beautiful world famous Fontana di Trevi in Rome to the Jet...
The use of stickers in advertising is not only an innovative way to attract attention, it is also an extremely cost-effective way to create a lasting impression. Many companies, whose only form of advertising is stickers, have seen an increase...
Design is a universal language. It transcends all cultural and national boundaries. It is diverse and ever-changing. Despite the fact that designs can be universally appreciated, the artists behind them are all unique and talented individuals....
Purists will say that great design is timeless. Yes, in an ideal world, we should ignore trends. Pragmatically speaking, though, there is a lot of value in monitoring and incorporating design trends, especially with regard to websites. Let's...
As designers, it's common to wonder what the differences are between our chosen discipline and others. After all, there are a lot of similar rules and guidelines that permeate design, no matter what the field. And sometimes that leaves us wondering...