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Developers and programmers are meticulous individuals, and developers sometimes stand out even among themselves. We introduced you to 7 types of designers in our article 7 Personality Types of Designers Today. Developers have peculiar traits and habits of their own. This article looks at 7 types of developers today and their defining characteristics. “The best programmers are not marginally better than merely good ones. They are an order of magnitude better, measured by whatever standard: conceptual creativity, speed, ingenuity of design or problem-solving ability.” —Randall E. Stross Stereotyping is generally
Designers often don’t take the time they should to learn about how basic psychological principles can effect the experience their visitors have on the sites they build. Psychological principles are either looked upon as unnecessary, or too complicated. But the truth is that they’re neither. There aren’t that many concepts associated with basic design psychology,
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
The use of stickers in advertising is not only an innovative way to attract attention, it is also an extremely cost-effective way to create a lasting impression. Many companies, whose only form of advertising is stickers, have seen an increase in business by as much as 550%. The great thing about these stickers is that they can be easily customized and this is probably one of the main
Being a designer is great. You get to spend all day being creative—that is, of course, if you have all day to spend and are feeling inspired. Unfortunately, sometimes you’re completely devoid of ideas, which can be demoralizing, especially when it affects your profit and stress levels. Many designers I’ve met suffer from this problem occasionally. In such circumstances,
Design is a universal language. It transcends all cultural and national boundaries. It is diverse and ever-changing. Despite the fact that designs can be universally appreciated, the artists behind them are all unique and talented individuals. What kind of designer are you? What is your philosophy? How do you contribute to the design community? Designers from different walks
Purists will say that great design is timeless. Yes, in an ideal world, we should ignore trends. Pragmatically speaking, though, there is a lot of value in monitoring and incorporating design trends, especially with regard to websites. Let’s face it: the web changes at a rapid pace. Unlike in other media, design trends on the web are not just driven by aesthetics. Technology
Sometimes, choosing just the right image for a website that does not yet have a defined visual theme can be daunting. Should you use a drawing or a photo? Should you create it yourself or find stock art? How do you know whether it will set the right tone? Is that the best you can do? When the quest for perfection leads to indecision, you may wind up with a mediocre design. Two common causes of
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
As designers, it’s common to wonder what the differences are between our chosen discipline and others. After all, there are a lot of similar rules and guidelines that permeate design, no matter what the field. And sometimes that leaves us wondering how difficult it would be to switch between design disciplines. In this post, we’ve compared architecture and web design.