Web Design articles

Few things are more stressful than a design critique. From that pressure, though, comes new viewpoints, action items, and an overall tighter product. I believe a successful design incorporates lots of viewpoints, and critiques are a great...
Landing pages are pages that are designed specifically to accomplish conversion goals. Occasionally, a home page functions as a landing page (though some would argue that a home page can never truly be a landing page), but in many other cases,...
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...
Once upon a time, Tim Berners-Lee and a few other very smart people made the Web. They looked upon what they had made, and saw that it was okay; but they would fix it up later. They never got around to it. On that day was born an information network...
Long-scrolling pages are at the heart of the above the fold vs. there is no fold debate. For a while, designers and marketers thought that your most important content (calls to action, contact info, etc.) should be above the fold because barely...
I’d like to find that guy who was the first to promote to customers the idea that they could manage their own website “as easily as using a word processor” and give him a good kick in the ass. I think he deserves it. Really and truly. Since that...
The Internet isn't all in English. I mean, I know this. You know this. But unless you actually have to stop and think about building a website in more than one language, you might not look closely at the issue. And there are a few issues to consider....
Have you ever heard the saying “web design is 95% typography”? If you have, it’s with good reason: it’s 100% true, the majority of what you’ll encounter on the Web is written content. The idea was coined back in 2006 by design firm...
Animation is one of humanity’s life-long dreams (if some historians are to be believed). The theory begins with cave paintings: In some cave paintings, it’s common to see creatures drawn with far too many limbs. There are a couple of theories...
Almost every web design story has three main actors. Each of them occupies a particular place in the story, and each has different motivations and expectations. These characters are the client, the designer, and the user. There is a particular...
As web designers, we are always trying to create websites that leave a lasting impression. Yet in today’s world, websites have evolved from digital brochures into fully-fledged content marketing platforms. Sites are no longer viewed...
Websites these days are taking hero images to the next level, embracing mega-images that fill whole screens. Sites ranging from ecommerce stores, to political sites, to Google Analytics itself are all using this device. Huge images...