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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 MightyDeals.com, 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
Hot on the heels of Elegant Themes’ Divi, comes Divi 2.0; an ambitious enhancement to the already popular WordPress theme, it promises to build on its predecessor’s strong performance with a ton of new features. In development for several months, Divi 2.0’s main improvements are in the area of customization. Advanced options have been added throughout but are particularly
/ / May 21, 2014
Spring is in full bloom and WordPress designers are busy as ever. The market is filled with tons of new themes and the overarching theme is responsiveness. Not many developers are releasing themes that are not usable across multiple devices. This makes it a little easier for you to choose a theme that will work in multiple environments and look great at the same time. Every month we’ll
In Intel’s quest for uniformity and simplicity, Red Peak Branding and Dalton Maag have produced Intel Clear. This new proprietary type family not only works across all global writing systems—including Latin, Greek and Chinese—but it also spans all mediums, such as print, smartphones and tablets. The font is relaxed, open and approachable, due in part to the relative softness
Infographics aren’t new. And certainly, interactive ones aren’t either—but with the launch of recent data-driven news sites such as Vox, Fivethirtyeight and The Upshot, they’re becoming more popular. And since viewers are seeing those infographics on tablets, phones and desktops, building those graphics in HTML5 is the way to go—it’s likely the way your clients
Responsive webdesign has become a catch-all term for making your website work well at low resolutions. Smartphones revolutionized the mobile web, and tablets are throwing another wrench into the gears with their growing popularity. With all things considered, a website today could be experienced on a low resolution smartphone, a medium resolution tablet, or a high resolution desktop