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
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
The world cup in South Africa continues to be one of the hottest events of the summer and the fascination for this event continues strong as we approach the finals. Last week we featured the best website designs for the 2010 World Cup (check it out if you haven’t done so yet) and this week we continue with this theme. In this post, we’re featuring some great ads made for this
A design may have impact. It may have style. But having these isn’t enough. To work well, a design has to have elements that play off each other’s strengths. Fortunately, every piece of content has inherent guidelines. Layout, or the arrangement of content on a web page, is critical to a design’s success. Among other things, layout prioritizes content to lead people from one element
Sending postcards to your old clients to remind them of your services, or to prospective new clients, can be a great and often overlooked way to generate more business. As you probably know by now, UPrinting is one of the leading online printing companies in the world, with over  25 years of experience under their belt. They’re truly a great company to work with when you need to
Almost every major web designer faces this dilemma at some point: either continue working with “mom-and-pop” style businesses, enjoying effortless marketing and relatively simple projects, or transition to working with larger businesses and reap the benefits of bigger budgets. It’s a question of experience, and with enough design work under your belt,
With virtually any WordPress release (or the release of any open-source software, for that matter), there are bound to be bugs. In a lot of cases the bugs are minor, and are just annoying. In other cases, these “bugs” can completely disable your site. Kind of like the difference between a mosquito bite and being attacked by a swarm of wasps. WordPress 3.0 is no different.