Recent technology developments have sent traditional media into a tailspin, turning nearly every proven marketing strategy into a gamble. Across the world, in every industry, companies are scrambling to update the marketing tactics on which they’ve relied for generations. At the same time, consumers are craving engaging, relevant content that complements both their
Many web site builders shy away from the MODX CMS because they think (or have heard) that it’s primarily for developers who are skilled at PHP and JavaScript coding. While MODX has powerful components for skilled coders to use, there are many advantages for less tech-savvy designers too. The most important of these is the creative freedom that MODX provides. It allows you to
When designing a website, mobile app, or other user interface, you might have some very set ideas as to what you want before you even get started (or your client might have established some strict guidelines). But maybe you’re not really sure if your ideas are the best possible solution. Or maybe you’re struggling to come up with ideas at all. That’s when you need to turn to some outside
The 2012 Olympic Games are soon to start, and there are a growing number of bloggers and websites, especially those from the social media sphere, raising awareness to the controversial role branding is playing in London 2012. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, or LOCOG for short, have put in place some really aggressive guidelines to protect
The July edition of what’s new for web designers and developers includes new web apps, JavaScript and jQuery tools, frameworks, responsive design resources, productivity tools, image utilities, educational resources, business tools, code editors, and some really great new fonts. Many of the resources below are free or very low cost, and are sure to be useful to a lot of designers
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
[This is a sponsored review for] We’ve pretty much all realized at this point that cloud hosting is where it’s at for a lot of things. Basically, if your site has outgrown shared hosting, then cloud hosting is definitely something you should be looking at. There are a number of advantages over traditional virtual private servers or dedicated servers. First among those advantages is the ability to scale
A lot of design work is shifting to mobile. More and more people are accessing the web on mobile devices, and designers should adapt accordingly. One element of that, is optimizing images for mobile devices. Sure, there are the technical aspects such as resolution and reducing file size, but what about the actual aspect ratio and content of the images themselves? Well, sometimes the
In the world of web design and really, any type of design, there seems to be one sector that is always behind the times; religious organizations and non-profits. Often, these types of organizations are limited by budgets and lack the know-how that allow them to go above and beyond with their designs. As a designer, it makes it tough to work with churches because there are very few sources
There’s no disputing the fact that WordPress is a fantastic piece of software, but one thing it’s never been very good at is search. WordPress has provided its own search functionality for years, but the sad truth is it just isn’t up to scratch; search results are sorted by date rather than relevance, which is practically useless in sites with a lot of content. So how can we improve
Anyone who writes about web design or runs a web design blog (like this one) is bound to get questions from new designers on a pretty regular basis. And most of us try to answer those questions as time allows (which, unfortunately, isn’t as often as I’d like). Since time can be an issue, I’ve pulled together some of the most common questions that get asked over and over