The best advice I’ve ever had came from a tutor at college. She told me that the biggest obstacle to producing good design work was judging quality too soon. The best approach, she said, was to churn out as much work as you could until your creativity was literally exhausted. And only then, begin the process of editing. It’s an approach that’s always helped me avoid creative
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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 summary
How you present your design solutions (whether it be to another team member or a client) has an impact on how they view the quality of that solution as well as you the designer. When I say presentation, I’m not talking about the words you use etc. Yes, knowing how to use the correct words is valuable when presenting your ideas, but what I like to focus on with my presentations is making sure
A lot of designers and creatives overlook the need for a brand style guide (also called a brand bible by some, or included as part of a brand bible) — something that gives a clear set of rules for how the marketing materials online, and off, should look. Style guides can save you time, money, and tons of frustration down the road, making your marketing materials easier to maintain and
By now I’m sure you’ve heard of Sass and how “You really need to start using it!” Learning a new tool can suck and finding the time to do so is next to impossible but sometimes a tool comes along that changes our industry and is too good to ignore. As our web pages and apps get more complex our style sheets get larger and harder to maintain. CSS preprocessors like Sass help by keeping
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
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
404 pages are one of the most overlooked aspects of any website design, and when they’re not overlooked, the tendency is to create something fun—in the hope that a bit of humour will lessen the user’s irritation at the missing information. Many designers opt for the default 404 believing that the rest of their scheme is so full-proof as to not require a back up plan. Others
Smashing Magazine always produces high-quality articles, loved by designers and developers alike. And that same quality carries over to their awesome eBooks. The Smashing Library is a collection of more than 60 eBooks that is continually being updated; it’s an amazing resource for web design newbies, and old-hands alike. And with each book averaging 175 pages, it’s sure
The Web has evolved a lot from being a simple document repository, and we now have browsers capable of rich visual interactions on desktop as well as mobile. Because I’d like to talk about where the Web is headed in this article, many of the features I’ll cover may have limited support, so it is important to use resources like which has a robust list of features and charts
Email continues to be one of the most popular ways that companies interact with their customers. As with everything else in the design world, how you design an email will have a tremendous impact on things like the click rate and the retention of your subscribers. When you design for email, you should make the most of the fleeting opportunity you have to make an impression on your subscribers.