As websites like Carbonmade and Dribbble (where designers share and promote their portfolios) make their way into the mainstream, there is an ever growing demand for branding work. In this environment, professionals can dive into the web head first and share their prized designs, without having to host their own portfolio. Forrst is the latest addition to this niche. Though hiding
Last year we published a post on 7 Great Podcasts for Web Designers which went down well with our readers. Since then, several of the podcasts have dropped off the radar including arguably the most famous one of all time: BoagWorld. At the same time a whole load of new web design related podcasts have sprung up, so today we’re going to take a look at the best way to get your web design
On screen, the colors of pixels are a mix of red, green and blue values. A fourth value, opacity, controls how pixels blend with pixels laid over them. In image-editing programs such as Photoshop, changing the opacity of a layer is easy but not always precise. Setting a layer to 50% opacity  makes all of its pixels half-visible. If the situation calls for variable visibility, then layer
Textured backgrounds in website design are common, especially in grunge designs. But they’re used in a variety of other design styles, too. Textures can add visual interest to an otherwise-minimalist design, or can add that extra bit of detail that really makes a design pop. Paper textures are by far the most common, but other regularly-seen textures include stone, concrete,
Sometimes, web stores get too artsy with their designs. Some use flash animations that can slow down the shopper’s browser, while others use color schemes that send the wrong signals to shoppers. There are many cases where experienced web designers might overlook usability issues, though creative elements might look very attractive from the design standpoint, they can be a nightmare
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
Tumblr. If you’re a savvy tech maven, you may have heard of, or had the chance to use, this powerful microblogging platform. No wonder; millions of people have chosen Tumblr as their blogging service, and the average Tumblr user creates 14 original posts every month. Half of those posts are photos, and the rest consist of text, links, quotes, music and video. Tumblr is nothing
The most obvious job for a web designer is working for a web design agency, but if you’ve never done that before… then how do you know what to expect? Is it even the right path for you? Setting foot in an agency for the first time can be daunting. It’s filled with people who have probably worked in the industry longer than you and who probably know a lot more than you. Perhaps
After more than 300 comments on last week’s Sticker Mule giveaway, we finally have the results. As you know, Sticker Mule makes awesome custom stickers in all different shapes and sizes as well as skins that you could use, for example, for your laptop, iPhone or iPad. These are not only great fun, but can also be used as excellent promotional tools, or even gifts. Each of the 5 winners
Do you browse the internet often? Are you amazed at how many internet web pages there are in the world today? Don’t you wish you could get a piece of that action? You’re probably thinking that in order to build an internet web page, you have to be some kind of computer genius. You probably think you have to go to college for at least one year to learn to make internet web pages.
Icons can add a lot of meaning to a website or web app design. Used appropriately, they can make it faster for your visitors or users to complete the tasks they need to complete. But not every website design has space for normal, full-size icons (often 32×32 to 48×48 or sometimes even larger). That’s where mini icons can come in handy. With the smallest versions of these