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
Today we’re partnering once again with the good folks at UPrinting to bring you another fantastic giveaway. UPrinting is a great printing company that prints all types of stuff, from postcards to flyers and even door hangers! They have over 25 years of experience and you can trust them with all your printing needs. One week from today, we’ll be giving away 10 Custom Rolled
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 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