Let’s face it, we designers love to start from scratch. For example: How may times do we revamp our own portfolios? Staying simple is crucial when starting from scratch. We hear this “staying simple” phrase a lot these days. Is it just a bunch of jargon or is there something to it? We found one approach that you probably haven’t considered. We all know that we need to focus the website visitor’s
For years, web designers have been using graceful degradation principles to make sure visitors in older browsers can at least see the content on their websites, even if they don’t see it exactly how the designer intended. Graceful degradation let designers design for the newest and best browsers without completely alienating those using older browser versions. And just
Who’s ready for some great freebies? This time, we’ve partnered with Sticker Mule to bring you another awesome giveaway. If you haven’t heard of Sticker Mule yet, they make truly 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
When designing a website with a minimal number of pages and not a ton of content, a single-page design can be an innovative way to set the site apart. Single-page websites often utilize JavaScript and Flash, along with HTML and CSS to fit more content on a page without substantially increasing load times. Navigation has to be given some special consideration when it comes to single-page
We often complain about the multitude of limitations which we’re faced with every day as designers. From browsers, to screen resolutions, to user interactions, we seem to constantly be struggling to find some way of thinking outside the tiny little box of “best practice” which we’re constrained by. Limitations are abundant but are they really such a bad
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
When creating a website, so many things need to be planned and considered before even beginning the design — content, audience, goals, usability, color schemes, and so much more. The design of a microsite, on the other hand, would seem to be an easier task to execute. But this isn’t always the case. A microsite will sometimes have more sensitive issues to deal with, and could
Today we’re giving away a wonderful set of social media icons designed exclusively for WDD by Orman Clark, a web designer from the UK. The icon set is called “Buddycons” and includes 126 vector social media icons. Included in the set are PNG versions of all 126 icons in both circular and rounded variations as well as a vector source file for easy resizing. The icons
As designers, we need to be creative in order to be successful at our jobs. Coming up with ideas and creative solutions to problems is what we do on a daily basis. But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy to do so. Sometimes we get blocked creatively, and it seems like no matter how hard we try, we just can’t come up with a creative solution to anything. The good news is that
In the past, we featured creative business cards on WDD that show incredible creativity in order to promote a business, however, business cards seem to pale in comparison to some of the card designs you’re going to see next. As you’ll see below, weddings invitations have been overflowing with creativity, with couples wanting the guests to start experiencing their special
Flickr is probably the most famous of all photo communities on the web. It’s a place where photographers from all over the world come together, share their work and admire the work of others. Flickr however, like any other social network, has its own economy and social conventions. There are professionals, celebrities, enthusiasts, beginners, networkers, the list goes on.