The old saying is that the optimist sees the glass as half full, while the pessimist sees the glass as half empty. It is, however, the opportunist who drinks the water while the other two argue about the amount of liquid in the glass. The term, “negative space” is akin to that old saying because there is always something in the space. It may not be type or color or an image, but
Let me start by saying this, I will not be including any point-and-click design tools in this list (think Adobe Edge Reflow). The reason is simple enough, I believe that they’re bad for everyone; designers, clients, coders… everyone suffers. It’s not a question of the quality of code output by these programs. It’s not because it makes design “too easy”. It’s because
An absolute must-have for any typography buff, these wood type alphabets, available as a Flickr photoset from Patricia M, make up one of the most visually stunning collections of wood type currently available. Each of these 84 unique alphabets has been scanned in by hand and is available as a high-resolution image under a Creative Commons Attribution license. Whether you choose
Web Designers are typically thought to only solve design problems and create trendy sites. Little credit is given to the subtler role we play in commercial sites. Viewers’ focus and time are an increasingly rare commodity that pays for the vast majority of free content online — through ads, sponsors, product placements, and other means. Though many don’t realize it, often
Name That Blue is a deceptively simple online game that asks you to identify which household name brands go with which shade of blue. Is that IBM or Nokia? Twitter or Skype? Just click on the brand name for instant feedback and feel the pressure rise along with your score. Think you’re up for the challenge? Is color one of your superpowers? Got any deadlines you were planning to blow?
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The Web is constantly growing and its easy to forget that all of those pixels sit on top of hardware. That tech is only going to become more and more important with the rise of the mobile web and the impending wearable-tech revolution. Any web designer worth their salt knows that to stay on top of their game, they have to keep up with tech news; and the best way to do that, without spending your
Great content connects. It speaks to visitors, makes them want to share it, and motivates them to buy. In a world that spews unending streams of promotional diarrhea, these often overlooked pillars are essential to build relevant and valued content that establishes trust, credibility and authority in any industry.
The goal of responsive web design is to seamlessly adapt the look and UX of a website to different platforms. The technique is still very young and in many areas outstrips the available technology. Trilibis has announced the launch of SNOW — Software eNabling One Web — that aims to improve our ability to deliver responsive design by making websites truly device-aware, and by addressing
The blogging platform Ghost has been getting a lot of attention recently due to its recent move from beta to public release (if you somehow haven’t heard of it yet, head over here and read up). Like other platforms, Ghost supports third party ‘themes’. In this article we’ll design a simple, responsive and content-driven blog. Then code it into a fully-functional
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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
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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
We know from both our educations and our personal experiences that color has a huge impact on how a design or piece is perceived and received by those who cross its path. Across the Web we see the color spectrum being put to work in numerous ways. From large involved colorful creations, to the more sparse and minimal colorful inclusions, color gets used in some powerful ways in web design.
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