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It used to be that if you wanted to create an animated, interactive interface for a website, you needed to use Flash. You might be able to get away with some basic animations using JavaScript, but if you made it too complicated, all you’d end up doing is bogging your visitor’s computer down and causing problems. Plus, JavaScript was potentially more complicated to use than
“If youth only knew: If age only could.” – Henri Estienne I reconnected with a former art school teacher the other day. I’ve tried to keep in touch with all of my old teachers, at least the ones still living. They were my mentors, and they cared about teaching students to enter the field as professionals and to succeed. He was at the top of the field then, an art director for a hugely famous magazine, and I took his class so that I
For some sites, image galleries are an absolute must. Portfolios are the first to come to mind, but galleries are also useful for blogs, e-commerce sites, and really any site that regularly displays multiple images on a single page. Below are 25 fantastic jQuery gallery and slideshow plugins. They’re all free (though some require different licensing for commercial use,
Step with me, if you will, into my humble DeLorean, and travel back in history to that time you fell asleep in your design theory course. You didn’t need Gestalt theories, you thought. You already knew how to make a killer logo. You had more important things to do, like daydream about becoming Sagmeister’s next protegee. I hate to break it to you, but those fundamentals of perceptive
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
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