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
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
What are TypeFaces? They’re “top-trumps” style card packs featuring 20 well known designers. For each designer, a typeface was selected to match their overall vibe. Each card has also been individually designed to reflect their vibe, supported typographically with the selected typeface. The official site also carries wallpapers for each of the TypeFaces characters which you can download
Contact forms have evolved a lot since the days of simple bland html forms. This holds especially true for portfolio websites and design agencies. The current designs are beautiful and can be extremely creative. Besides the common fields that everyone expects, forms can be enhanced by adding extra features such as maps, social networking information and appealing illustrations.
We recently published an article covering 20 reasons not to become a freelancer. The idea was that there are already a ton of articles out there talking about how great it is to be a freelancer, and all the benefits, but there are very few posts that talk about the flip side of all that. Freelancing is not for everyone. It’s an important decision that not only affects your career,
Today we have the results of last week’s Iconshock Giveaway. We received over 451 entries for this super awesome contest, where IconShock is giving away 10 licenses for ALL of their icons. Each license includes 800,000 stock icons, 250 icon sets, 500 logo templates and 250 animated icons. The total value of the prizes is $4,990. All winners were chosen at random and you can find
And it’s finally out! Please meet our new site: It’s a brand new and amazing technology blog that focuses on tech stuff that’s always fresh and never boring. You may have already come across it, or seen a few of the ads floating around the web. But now, it’s official, is out of beta and ready for prime time. I’m super proud and excited