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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.
Welcome, friends, to WebdesignerDepot’s first monthly WordPress plugin roundup of 2014. If there’s one word that I would use to describe the WordPress community, it’s this: huge. It should come as no surprise, then, that there are plugins being released and updated every single day. Some of them bring features that we all wish WordPress had by default. Some of
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
Stereotypes are frequently wrong, but every legend has, as they say, a grain of truth to it. It seems that the image of the bespectacled typographer hunched over his intricate work may not be so far from the truth. Merging the world of fashionista and font nerd, the Japanese company Type has created typeface-inspired eyewear. More than just a fashion statement, these swanky accessories
In 2011, Adobe sent shockwaves through the design community by introducing Adobe Muse: design software that made websites. You could imagine my excitement as well as other non-coders worldwide. They created this WYSIWYG editor mixed with InDesign that could produce real live websites. How was this possible? What were the limitations? What took them so long? I must admit, I tried
As a designer, you want to provide a superb service to your clients, and one of the best ways to do that is to base your designs around an existing template; it speeds up the process, keeps costs to a minimum and covers all bases. Everybody wins! The better the template, the easier the job. So, we’re delighted that our sister-site, MightyDeals.com, has been able to arrange a huge deal
Before you first meet with project stakeholders for a website design or redesign, you’ll want to prepare yourself by researching the company the website represents and the nature of the audience it serves. You also need to familiarize yourself with any existing site’s content and features. That first meeting will be where you set the course of the design, establishing the goals
One of the biggest trends in 2014 will be geometric patterns, inspired by the low-poly look. So we’re really excited to be able to bring you these great geometric backgrounds absolutely free of charge. These high-definition PSDs provide the perfect backdrop to big typography, and the subtle textures add a lovely craft feel to any design. The different color schemes call to mind
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, DesignFaves.com, trawls the web seeking out the projects with the most buzz surrounding them and delivers a compact,
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As a website designer, I’ve always been fascinated by design (of any kind) that “works” and why. Of late, I’ve become particularly appreciative of the power of photography to anchor a visually appealing design that tells the right story, triggers the desired emotions, engages the viewer, and enhances the content (whether by breaking it up or calling it out). This
Last week Squarespace launched Squarespace Logo, a new addition to their service designed to provide individuals and small businesses with the means to create a professional logo. Within hours of the service launching, social media was aflame with designers decrying the slow erosion of design standards and accusing Squarespace of deliberately undermining their industry. After a