One of the most invaluable features of Photoshop—arguably, the feature that powered it ahead of its competition—is blend modes. Blend modes take two pixels laid on top of each other and combine them in different ways, for example the darker color blend mode will simply render the darker of the two pixels. When expanded across a whole image, blend modes can produce some stunning
How do designers use their own websites to promote themselves online? What are some good ways to set up an online presence that gets you found, puts your best foot forward and actively builds your design career? This is something we’re wrestling with (again) at our studio, and I thought I’d share a few of the ways we’ve been breaking it down. As designers, we’re primarily a service,
Personally, I prefer to start coding any project with just a grid, and build from there. I’m picky like that, and I like to have control over as many variables as possible. There are times, however, when this just isn’t practical. Maybe you’re building an app, or an exceptionally large and complicated site. Maybe you just don’t have time to style every single element from scratch,
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but a recent experiment shows that eyes don’t just vary from person to person – they vary from culture to culture. Journalist Esther Honig of Kansas City, Missouri sent an unedited image of herself to roughly 40 photoshoppers in different countries. The 24 year-old accompanied the photo with a simple request: “Make me beautiful.”
In the U.S. alone, e-commerce sales are expected to reach over $434 billion per annum by the end of the year; European sales are expected to hit nearly $250 billion per year by then, too. That’s a lot of money, and doesn’t take into account the rest of the world. E-commerce is big business, and has been for a long time. While e-commerce sites were once treated with suspicion
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
/ / Jun 29, 2014
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
For designers passionate about the latest developments across the full spectrum of visual design, there’s a new site that features some of the most exciting, innovative and inspiring design projects taking place today. Every day our sister-site,, trawls the web seeking out the projects with the most buzz surrounding them and delivers a compact, visual
Crisp, clear and communicative icons are a must-have for every designer. This amazing set from Icons Solid, features 1075 pixel-perfect icons that will suit any situation. Icons range in groups from communication and business, to hardware, user interfaces, to people and objects. Right now, thanks to our sister-site, you can download this set at less than
/ / Jun 27, 2014
Over the past few years, web design has been rocked by various trends that have come and gone. One of the trends that has staying power, is minimalism, simply because it’s a timeless concept that has been popular in various mediums throughout the ages. So why not in web design? One of the things about minimalism is that it also enhances the user experience, besides looking nice. A complaint
In this article we will discuss how to implement a fully content managed multi-level navigation system within a Shopify theme. Shopify themes use Liquid, a flexible and powerful template language, to output data from a store into a template. If you aren’t familiar with Liquid, and Shopify theme building in general then I recommend checking out the official Shopify
The hamburger icon—three little bars used to indicate a link to a menu—is one if the most controversial techniques on the Web right now. Designers, we are told, all hate it; customers, we tell everyone, hate it too. Why then, is it everywhere? The hamburger icon is easily scaleable and it fits cleanly into a pixel grid. It was originally a list icon that has been press-ganged into