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Most creative professionals have no problem coming up with ideas. In fact, too many ideas is more often the problem rather than too few. Where we usually run into issues, though, is in the follow-through. How do we take the brilliant ideas that we come up with on a daily basis and see them through to completed projects? That’s exactly what the book Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky
There is endless content available in the world of web design blogging telling us how to do things right, and how to succeed at our chosen profession. That’s obviously a good thing, and it will certainly continue that way. But once in a while we need reminders on the things we do (or fail to do) that are negative. That is, things that can have a detrimental impact on our progress as
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Almost everyone out there knows someone who’s a perfectionist, if they aren’t one themselves. Some people are perfectionists in only one aspect of their life (such as school or work) while others apply their perfectionist tendencies to every aspect of their lives. Perfectionism is often looked at by those who don’t share the same obsession as a negative personality
Having a video on your website can vastly improve your conversion rate. Whether the goal is for users to sign up for your web application or simply to get users to contact you via a web form, a video improves the likelihood of this happening. You need only go to the home page of any new Internet-based startup, and you’ll see an embedded video with a very large call to action beckoning
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
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