Partial color allows a designer to hone in on a particular part of an image and enhance it with color. This makes the images really “pop” and this technique can be used for many purposes. For example, in advertising or corporate designs, features of a product can be highlighted that the eye may not normally be drawn to. When used for artistic photography, non-focal points
Textures make a website feel tangible. They give content a relationship to the physical world, a sense of place and a reality that people can relate to. Unfortunately, simulating physical textures isn’t as simple as shooting a photo or running a few Photoshop filters. One has to blend random noise and recognizable patterns, striving for similarities rather than pure repetition.
The good folks at Art.Gen are providing WDD readers with an awesome and exclusive freebie… This useful PSD file includes a great selection of GUI elements that you can use for free for both commercial and free app development (with attribution). All elements are on their own layers which should make customization really quick and easy. If you’d like to share this PSD with your
It seems like every time you go looking for a new WordPress theme, you find countless roundups of the same old themes. And while many of those themes are featured for good reason, they’re also used on countless blogs around the web. We’ve all seen them a hundred times. But WordPress themes are being released on nearly a daily basis. Not all of them are great, but plenty of them
We’ve all read countless articles on the reasons you should consider freelancing. They often make it out like anyone still working in the corporate world is just a schmuck with no ambition. But the truth is, there are plenty of reasons not to start freelancing. Below are twenty such reasons, all laid out so you can make an informed decision about whether freelancing is really something
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
Digging Into WordPress by Chris Coyier and Jeff Starr is one of the most comprehensive looks at WordPress available. At over 400 pages long, it’s massive, whether you have the PDF version or the print edition. Whether you’re just getting started with WP or you’ve been using it for years, there’s something for everyone in this book. In this post, we’ll
Working with a company as large as Virgin Atlantic was something of a dream come true for me. I it’s something that a lot of web designers aspire to. Over the last few months, I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to fulfill this dream. I was about to write this post up over on my blog but Walter very kindly invited me to share this case study with the much larger audience
Finally, the day you’ve been waiting for is here… The contests’ results are in! 2048 comments were made for this amazing giveaway. This is certainly a record for any contest on WDD! A ginormous thank you to the generous folks at ActiveCampaign for providing us with some stunning prizes (total worth of $8,979). The prizes include 1 Apple iPad and free licenses to
Sleeveface is an intriguing phenomenon making its rounds on the web. It has become particularly popular on social networking sites. The technique is pretty straightforward and consists of photographs of one more people obscuring or augmenting any part of their bodies with album sleeves, causing an illusion. In this post, we’ve compiled a few of the most fascinating examples
Adobe will unveil its new Creative Suite 5 on Monday April 12th at 8AM PDT, just a few hours from now. You can catch the official launch online here, however, if you can’t wait, we’ll be revealing all the juicy details before the official launch… right now! The Adobe team kindly invited us to an exclusive sneak peak demo of Creative Suite 5 and they also provided us with