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Graphic design is a dirty business. It’s filled with people who excuse theft with tags like “inspiration,” backstabbin’ under the guise of “competition” and design by committee likenin’ it to the need for “betterin’ the product.” Of course, that’s the good part of the industry. Me, well, I was the worst. A private investigator, a hired geek, handlin’ the
As businesses continue developing websites to peddle their wares and services, marketers are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of user engagement and user experience. Creating opportunities for a user to become engaged has led some websites to use gamification techniques to make the site more fun and interactive. Others offer polls, surveys or free eBooks to encourage
The psychology of logo design is one of the most oversimplified aspects behind the process of creating a logo. It’s usually associated exclusively with the choice of colors but is actually much more than that. While “logo design” refers to the activity of creating a logo, and the term “logo” is used to refer to any symbol created for the purpose of identification,
By nature, the web is a chaotic place where people hop from page to page at will. Unfortunately, this freedom can work against those websites whose content is best followed in a certain order. Design techniques make it possible to direct users along a path with varying degrees of persuasion. But when is it best to direct users, and how? What defines linear content? You’re reading some
Every week we tweet a lot of interesting stuff highlighting great content that we find on the web that can be of interest to web designers. The best way to keep track of our tweets is simply to follow us on Twitter, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the best tweets that we sent out this past week. Note that this is only a very small selection of the links
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 cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world today. So for a few moments, take a
The advent of CSS3 has introduced a world of possibilities for web designers and developers. With animations, shadows, rounded corners and more, elements can be easily styled, and still weigh less than ever before. The navigation of a website is one of the most fundamental aspects to make or break a user’s experience. Instead of loading your menu down with individual images
Commercials and websites essentially serve the same purpose: they exist to captivate an audience and retain their interest long enough to inform them about their product or brand. If executed successfully, they will both garner more interest and goodwill toward the product that ultimately leads to heightened brand awareness and the generating of revenue. While both require artistic
There was a time when toys didn’t plug in and the batteries were your imagination. They had sharp edges, eye-poking points, were violent, racist, sexist, and promised to make boys into men and girls into mommies. Every boy had to have a cap gun and every girl wanted a play kitchen. Our parents go goo-goo over these toys when they see them in an antique store or see an old ad on YouTube. What
Responsive design isn’t just a change in layout or the use of media queries here and there, it is a mind-state and an action that has clear meaning. Responsive design is essentially saying that we care more about the content than we have in the past. In fact, we care so much that we will even optimize content to be read and viewed on devices that haven’t been launched yet. In
While kerning of type is a common practice in print design, it seems to be less common in web applications. But it does not have to be. Properly kerned type adds an extra level of professionalism and control to the typography on your site. While there are some software add-ons that can add (or remove) automatic kerning, most designers prefer to manually adjust lettering as necessary.
Every week we tweet a lot of interesting stuff highlighting great content that we find on the web that can be of interest to web designers. The best way to keep track of our tweets is simply to follow us on Twitter, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the best tweets that we sent out this past week. Note that this is only a very small selection of the links