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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
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
Creating buttons with CSS is one of the most experimented-with web design techniques around. Examples and tutorials abound. The biggest recent trend in CSS button design seems to be eliminating images, especially background images, from buttons. But there are plenty of other things designers are doing with buttons, some that do include images. Below we’ve collected more
Throughout his illustrious career as a designer and typographer, Erik Spiekermann has created dozens of commercial typefaces (FF Meta, FF MetaSerif, ITC Officina, FF Govan, FF Info, FF Unit, LoType, Berliner Grotesk) and many custom typefaces for world-renowned corporations. Erik and his wife Joan, revolutionized the world of digital fonts twenty-two years ago when they started
Symmetry is an age-old device of the visual artist. The word refers to two halves that perfectly mirror each other. In design, symmetry is closely tied to balance. A perfectly symmetrical design achieves balance and a sense of stability. There is also asymmetrical design, where the two halves are balanced but do not mirror each other perfectly. The majority of websites have an asymmetrical
There is a lot of buzz around QR codes at the moment, so we thought we would take a look at some of the most creative and stunning QR code business cards on the web. We love QR codes as they connect offline and online while challenging traditional design at the same time. First of all, in case you have been living under a rock, let’s answer the obvious question. What the hell is a QR code?! A