Thanks to the might of JavaScript, the words “dynamic” and “illustration” no longer apply exclusively to Flash-based websites. Now that dynamic HTML is a reality in most commonly used browsers and that a lot of fancy JavaScript libraries exist to make using it easy, CSS websites can take back some of the street cred held so tightly by Flash. Of these new JavaScript libraries, jQuery has become one of the most widely
Just in time for the holidays, “Xmas Stickers” is an exclusive set of icons for WDD readers. Feel free to use them to decorate your websites and blogs and bring the holiday spirit to the web. The icons are free for personal and commercial purposes and are released exclusively to all WDD readers. The set is available in three different sizes: 64×64, 128×128
Although the web is a great place to look for quick inspiration for a project, nothing can beat going on a long walk in nature. The summer brings us sunny days, fields full of crops and plenty of insects and wildlife, whereas the winter brings us rain, icy roads and snow. When Christmas comes around we often find people looking at plastic tree decorations saying “snowflakes don’t look like that!”. That, of course, is where they are
We love to bring great contests to all our loyal readers and today we have another great one lined up for you. We’ve partnered with Grafpedia a great provider of Photoshop gradients, brushes and vectors to bring another great giveaway to some lucky WDD readers. We’re giving away a total of 10 premium accounts with access to ALL of Grafpedia’s content for 3 months. That
The modern web developer who does not consider Ajax when planning or building their websites is potentially missing out on a powerful tool to enhance usability. There are however, challenges in implementing Ajax functionality on a web page. In this article we’ll discuss solutions to five of the most common challenges that a developer faces when using Ajax to enhance the content
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
Levi Boree’s LinkedIn summary states “I just want to be remembered, when I am gone”. The 26-year-old abstract artist from Jacksonville, Florida grew up with dyslexia, making it difficult for him to communicate with words; instead he developed a great love for creating art. He says, “I can visualize things in my mind that I could never explain in words”. Most remarkable is the fact that Boree is entirely self-taught, with no formal art training. Boree creates mind-blowing abstract visual
If any assumption is safe, it’s that six months after launching a website (or sooner?), its owners will have a list of things they want to change, from minor typos to entirely new functionality. Is it possible to accept feature creep as a natural (or at least inevitable) process? Many websites begin to fail when their goals change or their scope expands. Feature creep sets in when a
As seen in our previous article on the subject and examples around the web, minimalism is quite the trend. When the theory behind it is well implemented, it makes for some beautiful, simple and yet modern designs. Because it is a trend, everyone wants to follow it. But can it be taken too far? And is it right for all types of websites? This article explores some of the potentially negative
Back in the day, it was considered to be very prestigious to have your artwork or photograph featured on a magazine cover, and some of the greatest artists of our time designed magazine covers. While we have by no means even begun to scratch the surface of what is available with this collection, you will see the work of Jean Cocteau, Dr. Seuss, and various international contemporary artists
Wikipedia is currently undergoing a much needed redesign to improve the user experience. Anyone can preview this redesign by creating an account, logging in and then clicking the “Try Beta” link at the top right of any page. The “Wikipedia Usability Initiative” has been divided into two phases. Phase 1 was the prototype phase, and it ended in the summer of 2009. The project team is currently in the second phase, which is the development