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Design patterns are optimal solutions to common design problems. As common problems are tossed around a community and are resolved, common solutions often emerge. Eventually, the best of these rise above the din, self-identify, and become...
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...
A few years ago, it was relatively easy to design and build websites. Websites were simpler, and were viewed on desktops and laptops with little variation in screen sizes. Today with mobile devices taking over viewers’ browsing time, a website...
Words are hugely powerful. They are what mostly make up the Web. Without copy the Web would be nothing. Yet in many design projects words are seen as an afterthought when they should be the focus from the off. Jason Fired of 37 Signals fame says...
The last century has seen a tremendous shift in the value we place on artisans. Particularly in light of the mass market style production of products, craftsmanship is still sought after for its quality and distinct style. Today, web designers...
For many people the day does not start until they have tasted that first sip of coffee. The drink is thought to stimulate the brain and creativity and includes a great caffeinated pick-me-up. (And thankfully, you can find a coffee shop on almost...
Smart web development agencies follow a standard process when designing new websites, starting from the client's brief and moving smoothly and logically through a variety of steps to website launch and maintenance. The way to achieve this is...
There are an almost-infinite number of well-written “best practice” articles on the subject of form design that focus on usability, layouts, and length. These articles tend to dive deep into UX tactics to increase form completion. While...
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...
Just three short weeks since The New Yorker unveiled its brand new, responsive site, there have already been a slew of updates. Whilst it's not unusual for issues to come to light after a launch, the current online version of the classic American...
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...
The best advice I’ve ever had came from a tutor at college. She told me that the biggest obstacle to producing good design work was judging quality too soon. The best approach, she said, was to churn out as much work as you could until your creativity...
The Web has evolved a lot from being a simple document repository, and we now have browsers capable of rich visual interactions on desktop as well as mobile. Because I’d like to talk about where the Web is headed in this article, many of the features...
Email continues to be one of the most popular ways that companies interact with their customers. As with everything else in the design world, how you design an email will have a tremendous impact on things like the click rate and the retention...