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The ampersand is one of the most unique typographical characters out there. Typography designers can exercise a lot more artistic freedom in the design of the ampersand, ranging from very traditional representations to those that bear little resemblance to the original form. But many designers have little knowledge about the origin and meaning of the ampersand. The ampersand
Many of today’s design styles derive from Swiss-style graphic design, now more commonly known today as “modern design.” The style is recognized for its unique and rather groundbreaking attention to typography. Needless to say, Switzerland’s design culture has taken the world by storm. Of course, the style has grown beyond the graphic design industry
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
Apple products are well known for their simple and elegant design, and they are favored by many designers. Their products are often seen in web design, particularly on portfolio websites, and these products are also popular subjects for icon design. In this post we feature more than 35 sets of high-quality icons inspired by Apple and its products. You’ll find iPod icons, iPhone
Drop-shadows and gradients are two of the most common design elements on the web. You’ll find them accompanying many different styles. They’re handy effects for web designers because they’re attractive, useful and easy to create with any graphics program. But they have a dark side: they’re frequently abused. Using amateurish drop-shadows or gradients is almost as bad
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
On behalf of myself and the entire WDD team, we’d like to wish you a very happy, healthy and successful 2010!!! Thanks for your support in 2009; we hope you learned a few good things here while having fun and getting inspired at the same time. The next year will be also full of great content and inspirational posts, and we’ll cover a bit more of the technical side of design as
As 2009 draws to an end, we’re taking a look back at some of the most popular posts that we published this year on WDD. This collection is made up of the 50 most popular posts, with the most popular being at the top. Please let us know which ones you liked best and we’d also like to know what type of articles you’d like to see more of in 2010. Finally, a BIG thank you to all of
Artists are usually ahead of the curve when it comes to being green. The artists featured here exclusively use recycled and/or trash to make pieces of contemporary art. These artists practice the art of “upcycling”, or literally turning everyday trash into creative treasures. While Andy Warhol may have made the idea popular with his famous Campbell’s soup can
Einstein once said, “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” The same could be said of intelligence. What they don’t tell you is that the “smart” people of the world are, in most cases, just better at researching and learning things than everyone else. But researching is a learned skill, not something you’re born with. And while some people might be predisposed to learn things more easily than others,