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InDesign boxes are as simple as click-and-drag. Photoshop’s layers let painters color pixels anywhere they please. But layout with HTML and CSS is a game of nudging and cascading. It happens every day: Photoshop-savvy art directors mock up designs, honing their spacing, carefully choosing appropriate typefaces and colors. They hand off their work to an eager HTML developer,
Yesterday, Adobe used the keynote slot of their ‘Create the Web’ event in San Francisco to preview what they hope, will be the next generation of tools that you and I use to build the web. For those of us not lucky enough to be in the hall with them, the event was streamed online — ironically displayed using Flash Player. That was however, the only dated aspect of the presentation.
With the right fonts, we can do anything, and create anything. Fonts help portray a mood or emotion. Your font choice can make or break your designs, so you must careful in choosing the right one. Typography matters not just because it looks good, but because what’s being said is extremely important. Typography in web design is becoming huge. We can now embed and show all sorts
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
Running a web development business isn’t an easy endeavor at all. You have to manage multiple projects, tough clients, and a constant stream of relentless deadlines. One key methodology which enables a web designer to generate more return on investment for his clients’ websites, web ads, email newsletters, offers and promotions is A/B testing. Don’t worry if the
The web design field has gone through immense advancements and in some cases overhauls over the last decade. These advancements have undoubtedly introduced new technologies and innovations in order to make online consumer experience more pleasurable. However, they have also brought about new challenges as well, especially when it comes to mobile sites. Ever since e-commerce
I’m not sure whether it’s Instagram, Hipstamatic, or some other smartphone photography app that should be thanked (blamed?) for the advent of applying vintage or other effects to every photo taken, but regardless of who started it, it doesn’t appear to be a trend that’s going away any time soon. Whether you love vintage-looking photos or not, chances are,
The law: stuffy, complex and boring. You’re a designer; you’re bleeding edge; you laugh in the face of ‘the rules'; if you wanted to be hemmed in you’d have become a banker. Right? Well if that’s the way you think you’re heading for a fall. Design is a profession. As with all professions you need to protect yourself. Sorting out the details of a
Optimizing how space is used on a screen is a key component of good web design, and especially of responsive design. There are a number of ways to approach this kind of challenge, and one of the most popular is auto-arrangement of elements within a parent container. It’s efficient, and when well-executed, creates a layout that’s both visually appealing and functionally
It’s hard to identify universally accepted rules in web design, but if there is one that the whole community agrees upon, it’s that you should always separate your content from its style. On almost every webpage, data is output as HTML and style rules are applied using CSS. Nobody mixes data and style in the same file anymore… …Except you. And me. In fact we all do it,
Every now and then I’m approached by design students and clients asking me to critique their logos. While I’m not particularly fond of critiquing anyone’s work, especially when it’s hard to find something positive to say, I’m happy to help students raise their game and charge a consultancy fee to any client looking for a professional opinion. Specializing in the creation