In this tutorial we’re going to look at how to speed up the user experience on small static sites using a few different methods. (A static site is one which doesn’t have any renewing content, so no blog posts or photo streams etc.) The way we’re going to be doing this is by taking out page reloads. So simply put, when the user uses some navigation links, only the main content
For many of us, our early days are filled with animation. Cartoons made up a big part of my childhood, and many others whom I have conversed with over the years have shared similar origin stories. The bright colors, and often playful imagery has appeal across a range of ages. Bringing that touch of whimsy from our youths into the now, to present content in a fun and engaging way, is one of
634 Shares/ Feb 11, 2014
WordPress is still a hot technology in 2014, and the CMS of choice for the majority of web designers continues to go from strength to strength. There are some great new – and free – themes that have been released or received major updates since the start of 2014. Now all you have to do is pick your favorite and install. What are you waiting for?
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
166 Shares/ Feb 9, 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
With Valentine’s day just around the corner, now’s the time to be decking out your blog, site, or newsletter with a few choice messages of love. This great set of 40 (almost) flat icons designed by roundicons.com is packed with all manner of hearts and assorted symbols of love. Our favorites are the heart with the band aid, and the teddy bear. roundicons.com currently stock
Origami, developed by the Facebook design team, is one of the emerging next-generation tools for designers producing interactive, flexible websites and apps. It’s also free. Origami is not a standalone application, but is actually a plugin for Apple’s (also free) Quartz Composer. While QC was originally developed to create motion graphics, Origami transforms (or evolves)
607 Shares/ Feb 7, 2014
Stock imagery is one of the toughest things to get right on a website. Hunting for the right image can be time-consuming, frustrating, and all too often fruitless. The key to getting it right is having access to the widest pool of stock images possible. That’s why we’re delighted to announce that our sister-site, MightyDeals.com, has managed to bring back one of its most
It’s looking to be the hottest trend to hit web design since large text: inline typefaces are the perfect marriage of character and clarity. Perfect for flat design, inline typefaces create texture without using bevels or drop shadows. Typically they have hairline strokes inside the thicker bold strokes; this gives them a bold, chunky legibility, coupled with a delicate
Despite the fact that it’s a huge trend these days, using large scale photographs, or just photography incorporated into your design at all, can be tricky to get right. If you’re struggling to get it right, you could do worse than read How To Use Photography in Web Design, a post from the archives that walks you through ways to pull this off. But when you decide to go all out
It’s that time of year again, when cupid draws back his bow, and florists quadruple their prices. As St. Valentine’s day rapidly approaches, it’s time to start thinking about who your special someone might be. And whilst the rest of the population buys cards for loved ones, as designers we’re in the enviable position of being able to create our own messages
843 Shares/ Feb 4, 2014
Templating; it’s a fantastic web design idea for pulling together a business’ online presence, and creating the appearance of consistency. It’s especially useful when there are multiple sites, product lines, and/or tons of content. Either way, the last thing you want is a clamor of different voices diluting the brand and confusing customers.