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Most people know that good feedback is essential to designing and developing quality websites. But what constitutes “feedback” can be ambiguous: for some, it is little more than a hasty spell-check; for others, it is akin to submitting and defending a PhD dissertation. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for those seeking feedback on their work, there are
Years ago, HTML tables were the standard for laying out web pages. CSS and semantic thinking changed that, and today CSS frameworks make designing relatively easy. But they can also generate a surprising number of superfluous elements. The 960 Grid System encourages the addition of <div> elements and class attributes, especially on complicated pages. Is this really an improvement
Watercolor is such an old school element. Artists have been using watercolor for hundreds of years, and web designers have adopted the style for good reason. Watercolor is a great way to add depth, interesting subtle textures and colors. It can really give your site an authentic, natural feel. The examples compiled in this collection use watercolor in different ways; whether it’s
Since March 9 of this year Microsoft has been rolling out their new design of MSN.com. Backed by countless hours of testing and roughly 70,000 pieces of feedback from their users, the design has been tweaked over the last four months to its current state. Visitors who cannot yet view it at http://www.msn.com can access it at http://preview.msn.com. In this post, we take a look at the
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
Google Buzz made a loud and controversial entrance when it launched in February shrouded with privacy issues and various other concerns. Like it or not, it seems that Google Buzz is here to stay with many blogs adding ‘buzz’ icons to their posts. Today, we’ll make it easier to add some buzz to your posts with a free and exclusive set of icons for Google Buzz. This set
Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities by David Airey is a fantastic place to start if you’re interested in creating logos that aren’t just visually appealing, but are also memorable, easily recognizable, and timeless. The book includes a ton of real-world examples from a variety of businesses; everything from the brands of Fortune 500 companies to local restaurants and other businesses have space devoted
Last week’s contest from SitePoint is now officially over. The giveaway was really successful with almost 800 entries from all over the world. Many thanks to all of you who participated and to SitePoint for their generous prizes. Each of the 5 winners has won a full copy of their latest and very successful book “jQuery: Novice to Ninja”. All winners were chosen at
Today’s bridges not only symbolize our world’s advancement in design but its advancement in technology as well. Consequently, architects and engineers have been able to merge design and technology together in order to create bridges that are bigger, better, and more spectacular than ever before. Several of these are simply stunning – a true marvel of classic
An image’s dimensions on screen are measured in pixels: width and height. An image’s quality is determined by less tangible factors: composition, mood, style, contents. But none of that matters if people get impatient waiting for the file to download. Web images change in file size when compressed. Smaller files are faster to download, which makes for a better browsing
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