Today we’re happy to announce the winners of the SitePoint book giveaway. Congratulations to @innervoices, @kmog, @sherri_g, @6bdesign and @TylorSkory. Each of you have won a full copy of the book “Sexy Web Design”. All winners will be contacted via email for details as to how to receive their prize. For the ones that didn’t win, don’t despair as
iPhone applications are hotter than ever. So how do these applications stand out and get noticed? One great way to do this is by creating a great website design that showcases these applications in the best possible way. These sites are usually very focused, professional and clean. You will also notice that there’s usually a video displayed in an iPhone casing that shows how
After reviewing your feedback on last week’s photomontage design challenge and knowing that you truly enjoyed the experience, I think it’s time for another great design challenge… Do you recognize the picture on the left? That’s Sharbat Gula, an Afghan woman whose photo became the world’s most famous portrait after appearing on the cover of National
Simply put, a portrait is a representation of a person.They usually focus on a person’s face, mood and expression. Traditionally portraits were sculptures or paintings however, in modern times, a photograph is the most recognized way of taking a portrait. In most cases, the subject looks straight at the camera in order to engage the viewer. In this article, we’ll be
These days we have great choices for Web browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chrome and the list goes on. Each browser comes with its own set of advantages and features and one of the greatest benefits of Firefox has been the ability to fully customize it through the use of plugins and add-ons. This feature is especially important for those of you using Mac OS X, when
The immediate challenge for smaller web design companies is how to attract new business and keep old clients in a downturn economy. Customers are falling off of maintenance contracts and smaller businesses may not be looking to start a website right away. Enterprise level clients are becoming more price-conscious. What can we do to make sure our collective heads stay above water in this tough climate? Here are 10
Typography is often a deciding factor in the success of a design. Its importance cannot be overstated. Effective typography can be achieved in so many different ways, as demonstrated in the 17 different categories below. Some of the most common ways to treat type is with size, color variation, creative illustrations, and use of textures. The examples below are just the tip of the iceberg
Ready for an exciting challenge? As you know, we always like to bring you great resources for inspiration, as well as tutorials and tools to empower you to become a great designer. Today, we’re trying something new… This should be a fun weekend project, where you can let your imagination run wild and put to practice some of what you have learned from reading WDD. The challenge
I’m always reading tons of design blogs as well as buying books and magazines to gain more knowledge on design and bring fresh ideas to WDD. A little while ago, I ordered Elliot Jay Stocks book “Sexy Web Design” and after reading it, I thought it would be a great idea if I could bring this book to the loyal readers of WDD. So, I’ve partnered with the publisher SitePoint, one of the leading resources
Web developers frequently launch websites with self-absorbed web copy, which turns off visitors and kills conversions. Who’s to blame? Self-absorbed copywriters and business owners. To engage prospects and turn them into customers, web copy needs to appeal to the visitor’s self-interest. Most would say that’s brain-dead obvious. Yet, it seems 90% of websites miss the
Web design is all about conveying information to the users in the most direct, clean and usable manner. A corporate website also needs to capture the feel of the company and its purpose, while remaining professional in order to attain a solid and lasting impression to its customers. Graphics, layouts and color palettes are all essential in how the customers perceive a company when
Today we turn the focus to you, the loyal readers of Webdesigner Depot… Through the Internet we get to know you through your websites, blogs and even more, your avatars. Avatars appear in most blog comments these days and they truly enhance a comment with each person’s unique personality and design. A few weeks ago, I was preparing to do a round up of avatar designs around