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Google+ Hangouts have been at the heart of some of the hottest video conferencing technologies since it first debuted as part of Google+ several years ago. The Hangouts’ technology creates a dynamic place to engage your social network through video, chat, and other applications. Let’s uncover how to use this unique video conferencing system from Google as an attendee, and as
What makes an infographic successful? As designers, we want it to achieve a balance of two main things: Did the reader get the message we wanted them to get? Was the message memorable? Doctoral student Michelle Borkin of Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences worked with collaborators to collect, analyze and present 2,070 single-panel visualizations from
The March edition of what’s new for web designers and developers includes new web apps, photoshop plugins, productivity tools, graphics programs, CSS frameworks, jQuery plugins, and some really great new fonts. Many of the resources below are free or very low cost, and are sure to be useful to a lot of designers and developers out there. As always, if we’ve missed 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
Do you know why book stores are closing at a frightening pace? Because people don’t read books anymore. They say they do, but overruns on actual books are killing publishers… and distributors and stores. It’s a sad fact but what does it have to do with my website/blog content? Everything, because it’s a trend a savvy businessperson will heed—consumers aren’t
We all use stock images everyday. Whether it’s a business man in a suit, or a girl riding her bike, images enhance the way our designs are perceived. But have you noticed how often, when the figure in the foreground of an image is perfect, the background is all wrong? Sure, the suited guy is perfect for your design, but the New Mexico backdrop he’s standing in is useless for
In an era of information overload, words by themselves can fall flat.  Infographics do more than present data — they capture the eye and tell a story, engaging the viewer who might otherwise have ignored the content. When text, images, and creative design come together in one smart package, a sort of visual shorthand is produced. Besides taking complex information and presenting
Web design came of age the day webfonts entered wide-spread usage. Prior to that point it’s arguable that we were less designers than engineers. However, the enthusiasm with which we’ve grabbed at font options in web design has lead to a bewildering array of choices; so much so that many designers opt for the path of least resistance, allowing the desire for simple implementation
There’s a trend right now, that wavers between irritating and inspired, for redesigning corporate logos in a hipster style. Certain that hipsters could take it as well as dish it out, and inspired by the nearly infamous hipster logo generator, recently Whit Hiler and the team at Cornett Integrated Marketing Solutions decided to turn the trend on its head and redesign a
Search for “woman” on virtually any stock photo site and you’ll get plenty of options. Women in skimpy dresses. Women in bikinis. Half-naked women. Fully naked women posed so that it’s not technically pornography. Women working out in what basically amounts to underwear. Women in wedding dresses. Women indulging themselves in a massage, or chocolate-covered
Welcome, friends, to WebdesignerDepot’s monthly WordPress plugin roundup, March 2014 edition. Every time I write one of these articles, I aim to include plugins that meet a variety of needs. This month however, there is a common thread amongst some (not all) of them: communities. More specifically, some of these plugins would be most useful on WordPress-based community