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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
A basic WordPress install offers one of the most fantastic blogging experiences available, but with a selective eye for the right plugins, it can easily turn into a really flexible and solid content management solution for an entire website. With over 20,000 plugins available, ranging from useful visitor statistics to somewhat less useful Airplane quotes, it is not always immediately
The one ECMAScript it’s still okay to like, JavaScript has in recent years shrugged off its ‘under-powered’, ‘bloated’ and ‘incomplete’ labels and grown into the universal go-to solution for front-end scripting. Go to your drawer and pull out that résumé from 5 years ago. Now find the skills section and see where you listed ‘JavaScript';
Sure, it’s happened to all of us. A prospective client contacts you and something just doesn’t feel right. The hair on the back of your neck stands up, you feel a cold chill in mid July or you just say to yourself, “this person is a wacko!” Of course, you need money and you hope that it’s just a bad smoothie you had for lunch and you agree to take on the project. You think that if you
We’re all familiar with the parable of the ugly duckling; spurned by its peers for being too ugly, it is miserable throughout the winter, only to discover in the following spring that it is in fact a swan. The moral of the story being that it’s what’s on the inside that counts; or perhaps that you shouldn’t spurn nerds because they’ll go on to make billions
In the densely populated design field, we are always looking for ways to make ourselves stand out from the crowd. Never is this need to stand out from the masses more pressing than when applying for a new job. So here we are going to take a look at one way to do this, that should give you that leg up over the competition. That is to tailor your design résumé for the job that you are applying for.
Usability testing is key in developing any kind of website. There are tons of tools out there for testing the usability of your website on a desktop or laptop computer. But with mobile devices quickly gaining a larger and larger market share among internet users, we need to have an easy way to test the functionality and aesthetics of our sites on these mobile devices. Plunk is a new app
Modal boxes are a frequently utilized tool in the web developer’s arsenal. Used for, amongst many things, login/register forms; advertisements; or just notifications to the user. However despite the fact that modal windows frequently contain mission critical information, they are routinely created with JavaScript, which does not sit well with the best-practices of
When VEVO redesigned their website back in March of 2012 and added Facebook Connect functionality, they saw a 600% increase in the number of Facebook-published or -watched videos. And they saw a 142% increase in new users over the previous month. Impressive numbers all around. Now they’ve gone and redesigned the site again. This time they’ve focused more on visuals
Some people think that branding is a highly expensive marketing activity that can only be pursued by multinationals with million dollar budgets while others regard branding as a highly complex strategy that only those well trained are able to use efficiently. These statements are not false, but they are only a small part of a bigger picture. There’s at least one aspect of
If you want to stand out in today’s digital age, it’s vital that you establish an online presence. Whether you’re a graphic designer, web developer or social media strategist, you need your own online platform for showing off your greatest pieces of work.  You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing exactly how you wedge your foot in the door of the World Wide Web, with
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