The creative field, which encompasses design, illustration, photography and anything else that is a commercial-based service and takes imagination and a certain amount of talent on the part of the vendor, is unregulated. There are no real guidelines for ethics among creatives to compare with such things as the Hippocratic Oath for doctors, or the BAR association that keeps lawyers
It’s long been accepted that building a solid grid is the foundation of a strong site design. Of course, the grid shouldn’t dictate design decisions, but it sure is a great way of making that blank page look a little less blank. Frustrating then, that Photoshop hasn’t evolved past its rather archaic approach to grids; one of the many issues that have contributed to
For designers passionate about the latest developments across the full spectrum of visual design, there’s a brand 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
The team at themeco think that their new X theme is the greatest theme ever created for WordPress—it certainly does look very impressive. But one lucky reader won’t have to take their word for it, because we’ve got one full license to giveaway! X features multiple designs in one. Using a system that they call ‘Stacks’ the team has built the theme to switch instantaneously
Quick, name a CMS! Let me guess, you said WordPress. Maybe Joomla? ExpressionEngine? TextPattern? It doesn’t really matter. We all know the big names, and chances are we’ve picked our favorites. Some try to use one versatile CMS to solve every problem. Some have a few they’ll consider, depending on the job. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt it’s to pick the tool that’s
A great way to catch the attention of a visitor to your website is a “splash screen” or an “intro screen”. However, making a successful one is very difficult for one simple reason: splash screens easily irritate users. Splash screens can work if they appear quickly and are easily dismissible. They can be visually striking, and beautiful, and make
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
/ / May 25, 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
/ / May 24, 2014
99% of the Web is text, and most designers agree that your choice of typeface communicates your brand more then any other single element. So when it comes to fonts, you can never have too many high-quality options at your fingertips. To help you fill your font toolbox, our sister-site, has arranged an awesome deal on 8 fonts from the TypeFaith studio.
/ / May 23, 2014
When mass printing dominated the mid-twentieth century, the number of colors in an image was reduced by replacing gradients with dots. The technique was seized upon by pop artists, like Lichtenstein and Warhol, to such an extent that it’s entered our visual language. However, despite it being one of the simplest ways to evoke retro printing, it’s not that easy a technique to produce
The Adobe Originals program launched in 1989 with its first type designs: Adobe Garamond, an historic revival with an emphasis on contemporary typography; and Utopia, an original type design. The launch of the program sent a very clear message to the communities of both design and type professionals that Adobe was getting serious about typography. Since the launch of Adobe Garamond
/ / May 22, 2014
We can blame apps like Hipstamatic and Instagram for the prevalence of filtered photos. Anyone with a smartphone can take a photo, slap a few filters on it, and publish it to the web in seconds. Which explains why there are a ton of filtered photos out there that aren’t particularly attractive, and also why filtering has gotten a bad rap in some cases. And yet, filtered photos remain