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.
WordPress 3.0 is, without doubt, one of the most exciting updates to the platform in a very long time. As well as things that all users will notice such as custom menus, custom backgrounds and a new default theme, there are also massive additions to the code-base such as the ability to run multiple sites from a single install and custom post types. These things bring WordPress up to speed
For the past week, we’ve been running a great contest to win sets of awesome playing cards from Typefaces. These super cool cards feature world renowned designers such as Veerle Pieters, Jeffrey Zeldman and Jason Santa Maria, among many others. The official Typefaces site also carries wallpapers for each of the designers which you can download for free. All winners were
The trend of creating unique designs for each post on a blog is growing. A few years ago the idea of creating a custom design for each post on a blog either meant you had to forgo traditional blogging software or hack the source code to allow for custom designs. With the advent of WordPress plugins like Art Direction it’s now relatively simple for a designer to create a custom design
The process of designing a type-based logo is similar to that of designing a shape-based logo. Both logos need to convey a message, do it quickly and appease the client’s taste. All of these objectives can be accomplished by defining goals, favoring message over convention and questioning our assumptions as designers—even to the point of considering Arial or Helvetica. Anyone