I’m a big believer in not reinventing the wheel when it comes to web design. If someone has already created something that fits what you need and/or want, and especially if that element is available for free, then why waste your time designing something that turns out virtually identical? Your time and effort is better spent on creating new and unique parts of your design, while
In my previous article, I presented a brief history of art and how principles from it might apply to the modern trade of web design. Here, I’ll continue the theme, but focusing on modern design movements (mainly 20th century) that have lessons to teach us and inspiration to offer. The challenge with modern design is that there are dozens of movements, and they all overlap each other
Sometimes it seems like Tumblr is the most often overlooked blogging platform out there. People are never quite sure what to make of it. It’s not quite like a “regular” blog platform (like WordPress or Blogger) and it’s not microblogging either. It’s tumblogging, but a lot of people don’t know what thadet means. And it can be a little daunting
Nowadays, 3-D technology is being used a lot in many media. Since James Cameron’s Avatar brought this technique to a whole new level, everybody is using it to try to attract more attention and create a powerful visual experience for consumers. Today, we’ll learn how to create a simple but effective anaglyph illustration. Before we begin, I suggest you buy a pair of 3-D glasses or
One-page websites are hot and popular — no doubt about that. But they aren’t for everyone or every business. It’s easy to want one because they’re popular; and if done correctly, yours could be a hit. But make sure you’re project qualifies first. A good candidate for a one-page website is not super-heavy on content. You only have one page to get your point across, and
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
An application programming interface (API) is a set of rules and specifications that software programs can follow to communicate or ‘interface’ with each other. As developers are well aware, there are hundreds of APIs out there for doing almost anything you could imagine online. Some are better than others, and some are definitely more useful than others. Below are
When it comes to the creative arts, a fundamental way to better understand the trade is to look to the past. People in every trade do this, including those in photography, painting, sculpture and architecture. Why should web designers be any different? Of course, we look to the very recent past through our countless web design showcases. But we can go much further back for inspiration,
Uprinting is back with another striking giveaway for WDD readers. One week from today, we’ll be giving away 500 magnetic business cards to 3 lucky WDD readers. Magnetic cards may not have been your first choice for your business card but they’re super cool and can be stuck on anyone’s refrigerator door, bulletin boards, and are sure to draw curious looks. The cards
New WordPress themes are released on what sometimes seems a daily basis. But not all themes are created equal. Differences in quality become more pronounced in free themes, but there’s even a lot of discrepancies in premium themes, both in terms of visual style and actual code. Below are more than sixty new WordPress themes released since March. Roughly half are premium themes
With the arrival of the iPhone in 2007, iPhoneography, a new art form for photography was born. Developers have been working fast and furiously to keep up with the frenzy of interest with apps that are moving photography to a new level. In this post we’ll take a look at a number of apps available for iPhones (and iPads) that compliment the native iPhone camera and in many cases, replace