Style guides of yesteryear are typically thought of as design-oriented documents focusing on branding and color usage. But with the advent of insanely large codebases for websites like Facebook or Google’s vast array of products, style guides have since evolved. These days, living style guides contain always up to date documentation of the current code base and its use cases. With these
Any time a brand redesigns its identity, there are huge risks that the public will reject the new look. It’s happened to everyone from Gap to Tropicana in the past. Southwest Airlines has just unveiled their new branding, and it’s a huge departure from the old. The new identity includes new paint jobs for their planes, a new logo, and a completely revamped website. It’s
I write articles about how to get a client to accept a contract, keeping your dignity and rights as a professional creative and, at times, how to really fight against a bad client. I receive emails from people asking advice on solving a problem with a client and even write a “Dear Abby-type” column for creatives to write in about design dilemmas they face. Some people who know
WordPress 4.0 is now available, and millions of sites worldwide are in the process of upgrading. Despite the fact that WordPress themselves have talked down the significance of the .0 version number, WordPress 4.0 may be the most significant update in years. There have been changes to the UI, enhancements to the writing experience, and some intriguing additions that hint at what’s
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
Smart web development agencies follow a standard process when designing new websites, starting from the client’s brief and moving smoothly and logically through a variety of steps to website launch and maintenance. The way to achieve this is all down to being able to visualize and verbalize the web design process effectively. Of course all web developers know what they
Building websites can be hard. Building them rapidly can be darn near impossible. So we’re extremely excited that our sister-site,, has managed to arrange a fantastic discount on BLOCKS. BLOCKS is an amazing drag and drop site builder based on Bootstrap 3. It’s absolutely perfect for pulling a site together quickly.
Creating a strong typographic hierarchy is crucial to the success of any dynamic design. It’s the difference between effectively sharing an important message and putting a road-block of meaningless text in front of your readers. If you can learn to use the core visual cues such as typeface, color and white space to organize your text elements, you’ll virtually guarantee
There are an almost-infinite number of well-written “best practice” articles on the subject of form design that focus on usability, layouts, and length. These articles tend to dive deep into UX tactics to increase form completion. While these tactical recommendations are an important piece of the puzzle, these articles often neglect to provide a larger strategic framework
Kickstarter has become a huge influencer in the startup space, as well as in the entertainment and arts industries among independent creators. Everything from movie sequels for popular TV shows to potato salad have been funded on the site, along with making a lot of dreams come true for creators and entrepreneurs. But after most Kickstarter campaigns are completed, companies and
Circles are a relatively new development in web design. From the boxy days of web design’s youth, our contemporary works have evolved beyond what many would have imagined in those early days of the www. This current embrace of the circular ways is most likely due to the fact that, until recently, it wasn’t easy to create circular elements without the use of images. With the ease