Designing in the browser used to scare me. Not because it seemed hard but because I thought I would end up with a design made up of a lot of little boxes, something that was so generic and bland I would end up redoing it in Photoshop. That fear turned out to be completely unwarranted. Not only did my designs become more focused, I also completed them faster and got clients involved earlier
Today Adobe are releasing a major update to Creative Cloud. It will see significant updates to all 14 major applications, and there’s more exciting news about the product range. Since the announcement of Creative Cloud, and more specifically the subscription model, Adobe have vowed to justify the new pricing with frequent updates. And that is something they have maintained since
Bic—internationally renowned maker of ballpoint pens, lighters, and razors—has a fantastic record for imaginative self-promotion. Their latest project is the Universal Typeface Experiment, a collaborative Web project designed to find the average letter shapes drawn by the human hand. The innovative microsite asks you to contribute by visiting with your mobile device,
Pitching is a toxic and addictive habit that sucks up valuable resources and ultimately demeans both you and the work you do. In the creative industries, pitching is understood to be the most commonly accepted way in which clients choose suppliers. And thus ‘the art of the pitch’ has become a critical way for design companies (and freelancers) to win clients, either for
When designing a website we have to strike a balance between the visual elements and the text elements of the site. This is no secret, but it is often not thought of in these terms of balancing between the visually expressed aspects of the design and those that are expressed through text. The use of large, expressive typography offers us the ability to combine the two approaches, conveying
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 15, 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
/ / Jun 14, 2014
When designing a lot of websites, we tend to focus on how to best use text for things like navigation. Images are primarily thought of as support for the text (with the exception of things like portfolio sites and the like). Beyond sites that use images as the primary content, there are also sites that forego text navigation in favor of icons. That’s a technique that, when done
With the current fashion for hand-lettering, any designer who isn’t at one with a brush and ink may find themselves at somewhat of a disadvantage in the current climate. Fortunately our sister-site,, has arranged a tremendous deal on Laura Worthington’s beautiful Gioviale typeface; the elegant swashes and curves of which, are the next best thing to taking
/ / Jun 12, 2014
You may have thought it was the extra caffeine intake that makes your coffee-house visits extra productive, but studies show that it may not be the beans that get your creative juices flowing. An American design and business development team have released Coffitivity, an app designed to mimic the sounds of a humming coffee shop and in turn increase your creativity—that at least,
The June edition of what’s new for web designers and developers includes new web apps, frameworks, grid systems, game platforms, inspirational resources, Photoshop plugins, text editors, 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
Storytelling is virtually as old as the human race itself. Ever since human beings could talk, they used storytelling as a way to communicate ideas, lessons and concepts. Web design is all about communicating ideas and concepts, as well, which is why storytelling on the Web is the perfect way to engage users. As web designers get more creative and look for new ways to enhance the user