Web Design articles

By setting images in type, you are able to express more than words or pictures can alone. The effect packs a lot of information into a tight space. But it can get ugly if the text and imagery are at odds with each other. Designers can steer clear of...
IconDock is the brain child of renowned designer Nick La, more known for his popular blog, Web Designer Wall, and his portfolio site, N Design Studio. IconDock features professionally designed pixel and vector stock icons suitable for print...
The content of any website is paramount to a site's success. High quality content, regardless of whether the site aims to inform, entertain, or sell a product, will increase the site's likelihood of converting visitors. But beyond providing...
Lex parsimoniae is the Latin expression of what is known in English as Occam's Razor, a philosophical rule of thumb that has guided some of the world's best and brightest minds (including Isaac Newton). It is named after the 14th-century logician...
Some designers view frameworks as constricting and limiting in their creative efforts. They look at a framework as something they have to bend their work to fit. And for a lot of designers, that's just not something they want to do. But with the...
A design may have impact. It may have style. But having these isn’t enough. To work well, a design has to have elements that play off each other’s strengths. Fortunately, every piece of content has inherent guidelines. Layout, or the arrangement...
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,...
Photoshop's Curves is a flexible control that can brighten or darken parts of a layer based on the layer's luminosity. Editing tones in an image—not just grays and not always photos—can do more than fix highlights and shadows. Curves can...
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...
Defined as ‘the structural design of shared information environments’, information architecture focuses on bringing the principles of architectural design to the online world. Just like the blueprints of a dream home or the outline...
Navigating unfamiliar information on the web requires aids. These aids don't have an agenda or bias the way advertising does. Instead, navigational aids help people find the right path based on their interests. Signposts are one type of navigational...
It's been nearly five years now since the redesign vs. realign debate began. Many designers are still approaching website changes as redesigns, with little thought to whether they should be redesigning or realigning the site for their clients....