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What makes a design look coordinated, planned and professional? The answer is: ‘color’. Not every project needs bland corporate blue to look professional. Planning color means creating a framework that describes which colors to use and how to use them. Color is the slipperiest design element. “Good” color is so closely tied to elusive things like personal taste
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 and this week we focus on Christmas. 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
Thanks to the might of JavaScript, the words “dynamic” and “illustration” no longer apply exclusively to Flash-based websites. Now that dynamic HTML is a reality in most commonly used browsers and that a lot of fancy JavaScript libraries exist to make using it easy, CSS websites can take back some of the street cred held so tightly by Flash. Of these new JavaScript libraries, jQuery has become one of the most widely
Just in time for the holidays, “Xmas Stickers” is an exclusive set of icons for WDD readers. Feel free to use them to decorate your websites and blogs and bring the holiday spirit to the web. The icons are free for personal and commercial purposes and are released exclusively to all WDD readers. The set is available in three different sizes: 64×64, 128×128
Although the web is a great place to look for quick inspiration for a project, nothing can beat going on a long walk in nature. The summer brings us sunny days, fields full of crops and plenty of insects and wildlife, whereas the winter brings us rain, icy roads and snow. When Christmas comes around we often find people looking at plastic tree decorations saying “snowflakes don’t look like that!”. That, of course, is where they are
We love to bring great contests to all our loyal readers and today we have another great one lined up for you. We’ve partnered with Grafpedia a great provider of Photoshop gradients, brushes and vectors to bring another great giveaway to some lucky WDD readers. We’re giving away a total of 10 premium accounts with access to ALL of Grafpedia’s content for 3 months. That
The modern web developer who does not consider Ajax when planning or building their websites is potentially missing out on a powerful tool to enhance usability. There are however, challenges in implementing Ajax functionality on a web page. In this article we’ll discuss solutions to five of the most common challenges that a developer faces when using Ajax to enhance the content
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
Levi Boree’s LinkedIn summary states “I just want to be remembered, when I am gone”. The 26-year-old abstract artist from Jacksonville, Florida grew up with dyslexia, making it difficult for him to communicate with words; instead he developed a great love for creating art. He says, “I can visualize things in my mind that I could never explain in words”. Most remarkable is the fact that Boree is entirely self-taught, with no formal art training. Boree creates mind-blowing abstract visual
If any assumption is safe, it’s that six months after launching a website (or sooner?), its owners will have a list of things they want to change, from minor typos to entirely new functionality. Is it possible to accept feature creep as a natural (or at least inevitable) process? Many websites begin to fail when their goals change or their scope expands. Feature creep sets in when a