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If you’re anything like me, you’ve always viewed Adobe Illustrator as an incredibly intimidating program. I think Illustrator might have the reputation of being the most complex program designers use. And because of that, a lot of new designers are afraid to even start using it. They take one look at it and go back to Photoshop. Sure, I’ve used Illustrator for various
Not since Coke vs. Pepsi has there been such widespread debate and intense controversy on a singular topic. Technology and design blogs across web are engaging in hot debates about responsive design vs. mobile sites, arguing over which solution best delivers the mobile experience. Can’t we all just agree? No, not in this lifetime, especially for a topic as highly debated as this
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
Being a business owner, entrepreneur or even just a freelancer can sometimes have its slower moments. When things get a little dry or you want to really increase your business, you’ve got to do some networking. Networking often leads to creating relationships. Making relationships with the right people almost always guarantees increases in business. See, even if you
Restaurant websites have become infamous for their outdated designs, and frustrating user experience. How many times have you visited a restaurant website and asked, “What was this web designer thinking?” We see the same (often laughable) problems again and again: background music as you skip past another Flash website “intro”; PDF food menus (or no menu at all); all of
When I was in art school, before my senior year, I volunteered to help with the senior graduation. As an usher, I just had to smile a lot and wander the halls and back stage rooms at Lincoln Center. I think I did it more to able to go where regular civilians couldn’t go but eventually we seated all the parents and families of the graduates and the ceremony began. The guest speaker was
The relationship between text and the rest of a page is one of the key characteristics of any design. Rhythm, emphasis and tone are all compromised without correctly scaled type. However, selecting text sizes is often both a painstaking and frustrating experience, with no standardized starting point to inform us. As a result we frequently find web designers falling back on the default
The June edition of what’s new for web designers and developers includes new web apps, jQuery plugins, grid tools, icons, analytics tools, frameworks, productivity and business tools, responsive design resources, 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
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
I was getting ready to quit my job and start a new company. It was one of those moments where you psych yourself up and rack your brain for any good excuse not to go through with it. Sort of like that moment right before you go off the tall diving board for the first time. Naturally, a thousand pin-pricks of doubt tickled the back of my mind, coalesced into a cannon ball, and plunged to the pit