Illustrated additions to websites can lend even the plainest theme an extra level of visual interest and complexity. Illustrations vary widely from one site to the next. Some look hand-drawn (whether they are or not) while others are obviously digitally rendered. Below are more than thirty great website designs that feature illustrations. Most common are illustrations in headers
By setting images in type, you are able to express more than words or pictures can alone. The effect packs a lot of information into a tight space. But it can get ugly if the text and imagery are at odds with each other. Designers can steer clear of disaster by keeping their purpose in mind: expressing the idea clearly should trump the “wow” factor of the technique. Setting
IconDock is the brain child of renowned designer Nick La, more known for his popular blog, Web Designer Wall, and his portfolio site, N Design Studio. IconDock features professionally designed pixel and vector stock icons suitable for print and web projects. The site contains a great collection of both premium and free icons. With today’s contest, we’re bringing you
In previous articles, we discussed seven types of designers and seven types of developers. Designers and developers form two parts of the design trinity: the client completes it. You can have the technology to build something and the design to make it magnificent, but if someone doesn’t fund the project, it usually falls flat. No one has the time to do such a thing for fun. Designers
The content of any website is paramount to a site’s success. High quality content, regardless of whether the site aims to inform, entertain, or sell a product, will increase the site’s likelihood of converting visitors. But beyond providing high quality content, a site also needs to organize that content in a way that makes it accessible to visitors. Prioritizing your
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
Logos can convey many ideas in one simple design and as designers we need to be fully aware of any hidden symbolism. You should be in full control of your design and use symbolism to convey messages to your advantage as this will further the impact of your logo. For this post, we’ve compiled some great logos that carry hidden symbolism that you can use for inspiration in your own designs.
Lex parsimoniae is the Latin expression of what is known in English as Occam’s Razor, a philosophical rule of thumb that has guided some of the world’s best and brightest minds (including Isaac Newton). It is named after the 14th-century logician and theologian William of Ockham. But what the heck does Occam’s Razor have to do with web design? I’m glad you asked. To put it
For the past 7 days we’ve been running a great giveaway from UPrinting. Many thanks to all those of you who participated and to UPrinting for a great giveaway. UPrinting is one of the leading online printing companies in the world, with over  25 years of experience under their belt. Each of the 10 winners has won a set of 500 free business cards of their choice with free shipping
When a web page demands respect from readers, few type treatments give it dignity like “small capitals.” This treatment makes all letters in a line of text uppercase, but retains hierarchy by making the initial letters of important words noticeably larger. When used properly, small caps make things look stable and reliable. They can appear official or solemn; stately text is
Some designers view frameworks as constricting and limiting in their creative efforts. They look at a framework as something they have to bend their work to fit. And for a lot of designers, that’s just not something they want to do. But with the dozens of frameworks available out there, why not look at it the other way around: why not find the framework that fits within your design