Clients are an important part of any business. But when it comes to web design, clients are everything! Whether it is an individually run enterprise or an establishment owned by several stakeholders; acquiring new clients and retaining old ones is an essential...
Nothing is more important than readability when it comes to the text on your website. Absolutely nothing. If you can’t read the words, then what good are you doing? Who is getting your message? Just as important as the words themselves is the design of the text –...
Born in London, England in the early 1950s, Alan Meeks began his career as a trainee artist, typographer and typeface designer in 1970. He joined Letraset as senior designer and studio manager in 1975, where he was responsible for artistic output, including 40 of...
Building stuff for the web is fun. Want to know what isn’t? Waiting on a client to give you content so that you can launch their bloody website. Before I founded my startup, I worked as a freelancer and built websites for all kinds of clients. I often found that my entire process...
If you run your website on WordPress, chances are you use at least a handful of plugins. That’s what’s so great about a CMS like WP: rather than some huge bloated system with every feature under the sun, the use of plugins lets you add just the functionality...
It will come as no surprise to anyone, that slow buffering of a video is highly likely to see viewers give up, and go and do something less boring instead. Think about all the hours you’ve wasted staring at a progress bar. A few seconds here, a few seconds there,...
It seems that everyone is on the logo change bandwagon. Why are so many companies choosing now to change logos that are no older than their teenage customers? Take the CBS (a major U.S. commercial broadcasting television network) “eye” logo, that has remained unchanged...
The November edition of what’s new for web designers and developers includes new web and Mac apps, JavaScript and jQuery tools, productivity tools, UI testing tools, CSS and HTML frameworks, app building tools, wireframing tools, color scheme creators,...
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...
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...
It is a commonly held view that the minimalist approach to design is what lifted Google, in the early days of the web, above the arguably better search results of engines such as Alta Vista. The famous white page with the centered search box is iconic, but the subsequent...
In August 2011 7.12% of all website hits worldwide came from a handheld mobile device. By August 2012, that figure had risen to 11.78%. We can literally watch as tablets and smartphones become our default choice for connecting to the internet. People have long gotten...