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Site speed is one of the most important things about creating web content, and web applications. In fact, it has been noted by various analysts at Google that people don’t often sit through the first 30 seconds of a video, much less the first...
Forms are often considered one of the most painful HTML elements to program. But form design and development has progressed by leaps and bounds; it is not nearly as hard as it once was. That being said, while the industry has made tremendous progress,...
When it comes to designing and building websites, it never seems to happen fast enough. Given this fast pace, many small details that are eventually required to build the website are often left out of the design process. While these details...
Today's post is a big one and it's most definitely one for your bookmarks menu, because from time to time when speaking with clients it becomes necessary to have material to backup the statements which you are making. Sometimes clients will...
Designing for young kids is something not a lot of designers think about until approached by a client who wants to target that age group. But the truth is that kids in the 3-12 age group are using the Internet in surprising numbers. Ten years ago,...
For years, web designers have been using graceful degradation principles to make sure visitors in older browsers can at least see the content on their websites, even if they don't see it exactly how the designer intended. Graceful degradation...
Despite the somewhat provocative title, you shouldn't really stop designing aesthetics. Gradients and colors and contrast are all good, but there's a more important side to web design that many people overlook most of the time: Designing...
Content sliders are extremely versatile forms of navigation that can be used to display all sorts of information, such as images, popular posts, social information and product features. Some have automatic slideshow capabilities or buttons...
Wikipedia is currently undergoing a much needed redesign to improve the user experience. Anyone can preview this redesign by creating an account, logging in and then clicking the "Try Beta" link at the top right of any page. The "Wikipedia...
The beauty of being a web designer is creating a detailed, creative, and original web design in Photoshop, without having to (for the most part) think about how it will be coded. During the design phase, it's all about the look, and either the...
The appearance and usability of certain interface elements and functionality are crucial to the success any websites in today's market. Studies have demonstrated that even a split-second delay in thinking on the user's part will weaken...
On Monday, October 26, CNN.com introduced a new website design, making a number of major changes to their information-heavy layout. The new design is beautiful, clean, organized and well-structured. It invites the eye to scan and find something...
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...
Designers of e-commerce websites today face a number of challenges in attempting to build a user experience that increases the likelihood of visitors making online purchases. To battle fierce online competition and overcome the apprehension...