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Content strategy has increasingly become a part of the web design conversation and in large part due to Kristina Halvorson, who has become a noted content advocate and activist. Kristina is the founder and president of Brain Traffic, an agency specializing in content strategy and writing for the web, author of the groundbreaking book, Content Strategy for the Web, and a frequent speaker at web design conferences
Mobile Internet usage is on the rise, and the world of Web design continues to evolve—so designers must learn to accomodate mobile devices. Thinking “Oh, my users won’t visit my website on a mobile device” is the worst mistake of all. No one can stop mobile usage from increasing, and the odds are that every website will receive visitors on mobile devices. So, the best strategy
When it comes to designing a new web site, most beginning and unaware designers only care about how amazing the site will be. Often times as designers, we can take off with a crazy idea for a site design and it ends up jam packed with design on top of design on top of design. Unfortunately, some of us don’t always consider one of the most important purposes of the site: to be found so that
Today I’m going to talk to you about setting up a local server to use with WordPress.  Using a local server is important for many reasons, if only to keep you from having to upload and download your files all the time.  Anytime we need to make changes, we can use the local server. To keep your website live without putting it in maintenance mode for a very long time, we can use the local
A friend of mine (xomiele, as he’s known on his personal blog), who represents photographers and illustrators, was amazed at the number of hits a piece he created for fun was getting on the internet. He took a few Smurf figures and some household props and made a tribute to “The Last Supper.” To his delight, it was selected by Bit Rebels as “One Of The Best Parody Illustrations
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
Today we have some an awesome set of Grunge Concrete Textures from Vandelay Premier where you can get awesome resources for designers for a very low cost. This texture set is normally for sale only, but you can download it today absolutely free! These textures were designed by Caleb Kimbrough and can be used for both personal and commercial projects, including theme and template designs.
Cross-Browser CSS3: Solutions and Considerations, by Louis Lazaris, is a compact and practical reference for dealing with browser inconsistencies in CSS3-based designs. When designing and developing CSS3-based websites, it’s common place to run into cross-browser challenges, especially when dealing with markets and niches whose audiences are still using older versions of Internet Explorer. In this eBook, Louis Lazaris
A friend of mine wrote me the other day and told me his company was stealing copyrighted work. He was very upset and said that his manager believes that anything on the internet is available to be put on a crappy T-shirt. He asked my advice on what to do. He was a creative who felt righteous indignation about stealing from other creatives. I had to think about what to say in response. The first
Whether you’re developing WordPress themes for yourself, for a client, or to sell commercially, having the ability to customize aspects of your theme via the WordPress control panel makes your theme infinitely flexible and many times more versatile and appealing. By giving backend users access to options that otherwise would involve delving into the php template files to change
The February edition of what’s new for web designers and developers includes new web apps, frameworks, jQuery plugins, WordPress tools, and some really great new fonts. Many of the resources below are free and are sure to be useful to a lot of designers and developers out there. As always, if we’ve missed something you think should have been included, please let us know