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Have you ever gone to a website using anything other than your desktop or laptop (smartphone, tablet, etc.) and had a bit of a struggle enjoying the site, mainly because everything couldn’t fit inside the browser window? Fortunately most smartphones and tablets make it easier to see these sites by being able to zoom in or out, but even still, you end up missing something and being
When it comes to printing, whether business cards, posters, greeting cards or invitations, you will invariably be presented with a multitude of mind-boggling options. You can opt for digital, die cut, thermography, lithography — the possibilities are endless! But what about letterpress printing? And what exactly is letterpress printing anyway? For those that don’t already
[This is a sponsored review for Izzonet] There are a lot of options out there for building an online store if you don’t want to self-host or start from scratch, Shopify; BigCommerce; Volusion; and IzzoNet. It’s important to carefully consider your options for ecommerce software before making a decision. IzzoNet has an extensive feature list and full flexibility means you can adapt it to fit your needs, rather than the
Do you know why your clients’ websites have been losing traffic over the last few months? It most likely has nothing to do with your design skills, or how people are responding to the website. On April 24 2012, website owners all over the globe woke up to plummeting traffic levels that sent their businesses into a tailspin. The long-awaited Google update (aka Penguin) hit the internet
One can only imagine how tough it was to practice web design back when everything seemed so new — during the days of Netscape Navigator and Microsoft FrontPage. Looking back, it seems like such an archaic time in the history of web design. It was almost impossible to design something of supreme and intelligent creativity. Back then, you were seen as creative if you had an awful flashing
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
We’re back with some more good free goodness. Today’s freebies is a set of 40 fantastic icons called Bluetron. They are available as PNG files (256 x 256px). You can use them for free for both personal and commercial purposes. Attribution is not necessary, but will be appreciated. The icons were designed by Waqas Ahmed who’s the founder and blogger of The Art Times
Graphic design is a dirty business. It’s filled with people who excuse theft with tags like “inspiration,” backstabbin’ under the guise of “competition” and design by committee likenin’ it to the need for “betterin’ the product.” Of course, that’s the good part of the industry. Me, well, I was the worst. A private investigator, a hired geek, handlin’ the
As businesses continue developing websites to peddle their wares and services, marketers are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of user engagement and user experience. Creating opportunities for a user to become engaged has led some websites to use gamification techniques to make the site more fun and interactive. Others offer polls, surveys or free eBooks to encourage
The psychology of logo design is one of the most oversimplified aspects behind the process of creating a logo. It’s usually associated exclusively with the choice of colors but is actually much more than that. While “logo design” refers to the activity of creating a logo, and the term “logo” is used to refer to any symbol created for the purpose of identification,
By nature, the web is a chaotic place where people hop from page to page at will. Unfortunately, this freedom can work against those websites whose content is best followed in a certain order. Design techniques make it possible to direct users along a path with varying degrees of persuasion. But when is it best to direct users, and how? What defines linear content? You’re reading some