Designing for young kids is something not a lot of designers think about until approached by a client who wants to target that age group. But the truth is that kids in the 3-12 age group are using the Internet in surprising numbers. Ten years ago, it was rare for a child who hadn’t even yet reached school-age to use a computer. Now, there are a surprising number of websites specifically
Search Engine Optimization, also known as SEO is a subject which gets talked about to death all over the web. There’s a fairly large group of people who believe that SEO is the be-all and end-all to anything on the web. They believe that without it, you are nothing and with it, you are everything. Today we’re going to look at why that isn’t true and why you can create a
We’ve lined up another great giveaway for you today. This time, we’ve partnered with free website Flash builder to bring you 3 unlimited premium accounts. You’ve probably seen Wix ads all over the Web including several here on WDD…. but what is Wix exactly? It’s basically a free web based  tool that allows you to quickly and easily create
Typography is one of the most crucial design elements, and as such, finding the most appropriate fonts for your project can be a challenging task. Today we’re making it easy for you, with a collection of 70 free thin fonts that we gathered from the web and that you can download to use right now. Most of them are sans-serif although there are a few serif options as well. Thin fonts are
Do you want a simpler design for your blog? One that’s lean, elegant and attractive? Well, there are five easy steps to making your blog look better and to attracting more subscribers, customers and members. And you don’t have to be a design ninja or have worked at Apple to pull it off! These steps are simpler than you might think. Those who aren’t sold on simplicity might ask: why
Thanks to all of you who participated in our latest contest from UPrinting! Today we bring you the results… UPrinting prints all types of stuff, from postcards to flyers and even door hangers! They have over 25 years of experience and you can safely trust them for anything print related. Each of the 10 winners has won a custom rolled canvas print that can be used to print your own
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
Usually the subject of contrast is reserved for beginners. Books will say “black and white have contrast, red and orange do not” – but there’s so much more to it. Beginners books usually only touch on color contrast, but what about size and shape contrast? Often the easiest way to tell an amateur designer from a professional one is to look at their use of contrast. Creating a structure of importance using size, shape and color
A couple of months ago we posted a compilation of Smart Logos with Hidden Symbolism which was very well received. Today, we’re showcasing another great collection of smart logos, but in this case, their meanings are far easier to grasp. The logos featured here create the company’s name by combining intricate shapes made up of  fonts and illustrations. These are usually
Being a designer has never been easy. Working with clients, creative directors, marketing managers and other designers can take a toll on your patience and passion. It’s important, as a professional designer, to avoid practices that could hurt your career or the company you work for. Whether you work as a freelance designer or in a firm, avoid the following 15 bad habits that might
New apps and websites seem to appear on an almost-daily basis. Trying to find the best ones each week or month can be tough, especially considering how many come out that aren’t that great. In this post we’ve compiled some of the best apps and websites that have come out recently. Some are apps closely tied to a web designer’s daily work, while others aren’t likely to be used as