There’s a phenomenal focus on generating traffic in the online marketing world. Businesses fight for clicks, stage immensely competitive bidding wars and spend thousands of hours pushing their websites to the top of search pages. Top-ranking websites and prominent ads, often on auto-pilot, generate thousands of dollars a day. But is this the most profitable way to secure
The semantic web has brought on a new generation of Internet technology. As designers and developers work together to redefine the rules of the web, the number of open-source projects and third-party APIs continues to grow. The opinions of web scholars differ on the use of grid systems. Many argue that setting grid points limits the creativity of designers. Others contend that a grid
32 comments/ Mar 10, 2011
We’re excited to bring you another great free resource to our expanding collection of freebies here on WDD. This one is called “Funkies Patterns” and includes 10 amazing psychedelic/retro pattern designs that you can use in Photoshop. The patterns were designed exclusively for WDD by Kendra Gainez (also known as Kgainez). She’s a talented 22 year old
9 comments/ Mar 9, 2011
Fuzzy, sketchy, bubbly, viscous, sleek, shiny, retro, futuristic: you can do it all in Adobe Illustrator. In this showcase, we have collected 40 tutorials that show you how to create awesome typographic effects in Illustrator, step by step. Some of these tutorials require the use of Photoshop for finer details. With these tutorials, you’ll learn how to create these typographic
New apps and websites appear on an almost daily basis, but trying to find the good ones among them can be tough, especially considering how many are not that great. That’s why every month we research and showcase some of the best and latest resources available for web designers. This round up includes great tools, apps, fonts and other great resources for web designers and developers.
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
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It is assumed in the online business, especially in the design field, that most big clients are international. But that doesn’t mean that all lucrative projects are with international clients. As companies such as the controversial BlitzLocal have discovered, there’s a vast and lucrative market for providing local businesses with online visibility. While such
As a designer, especially one without a lot of experience, it’s normal to look at the designs of others and think how great their work is compared to our own. It’s a frustrating experience for many, especially when we can’t quite put our finger on why their design is so great when ours is merely good. The thing about design, though, is that greatness is usually quantifiable.
Irina Werning is a photographer who loves to look at other peoples’ old photographs. Instead of just admiring the photos, she wonders how people would feel and look if they were to reenact the same photos today. This project, titled Back To The Future features a collection of her photographs of individuals and groups of people reenacting a photograph that was taken in the past
A few things can be learned from this latest roundup of new WordPress themes, all released within the past five months or so. First of all, there’s a definite trend toward more premium themes, with fewer high-quality free themes available. Minimalist and simple, clean themes are definitely the favorite of designers at the moment, representing the vast majority of the themes
We’ve got a lot to thank Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and the computing world’s other leaders for. They’re responsible for some of the greatest leaps forward in communications and business in the last 30 years-and many of the biggest innovations in design, too. Without them, our industry wouldn’t be what it is today, and many of the world’s top designers