Design

Graphic design is more than just good looks. Design is the process of visually conveying ideas or messages to a specific audience.

5 Ways Designers Should Develop Empathy

Empathy. It’s a virtue. It’s a valuable quality in any human being. It’s a distinct advantage in connecting to people.…

How to Design Banners That Clients Will Love

Before you start working on creating your client’s banners, you’ll need to understand who they are targeting and what…

9 Exciting Open Source Sass Frameworks

Every CSS developer should know about Sass to see what it offers. This superset of CSS has revolutionized stylesheets…

Is UX Really That Important?

One of the most oft-repeated criticisms of any design is that it’s “poor user experience”. UX is set up as the ultimate…

4 Ways Vibrant Colors Boost UI Design

Color is one of the most powerful tools in the designer’s toolkit. It can draw attention, set a mood, influence users’…

10 Sites Doing Vertical Navigation Right

The majority of web navigation menus flow horizontally across the page. This comes from a history of traditional…

Giving Popular Apps the Brutalist Treatment

Every time someone talks about Brutalism, I have to ask, "Wait, that’s still a thing?" Brutalism is for people who…

4 Smart Ways to Use Illustration in UI Design

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Human beings are highly visual creatures able to process…

Outgrowing Growth-Driven Design

I’ve been designing for the web for a while. Since the days of table-based sites when we spliced our images and added…

7 UI Choices That Damage UX

User experience is one of the most important aspects of modern web design. The Google Trends graph for ux design shows…

7 Ways to Design at Lightning Speed (and Still Be Good)

Some of the world’s best designers – and even the best designers where you work – all have something in common: Many of…

4 Ways to Use Functional Animation in UI Design

Just a decade ago user interfaces that used animations were avoided, being most often associated with popups and…

10 Essential Rules for UI Design

Design never really used to matter all that much. It’s hard to imagine now, but before Apple’s meteoric rise to global…

5 Ways to Use 404 Pages Well

Let’s face it, it’s happened to all of us. We clicked a link on social media or on a website to be taken to another…

7 Steps to a Flawless Design Review

The design review can be one of the most stressful milestones in any website project. While feedback is a valuable part…

How to choose the right look for your portfolio

I have been looking at a ton of portfolio sites. The good news is, I get paid to do this. I look at a bunch of…

Stoli Vodka Redesigns Website With Pop Art Focus

It’s not all the time that a major brand of vodka redesigns its website to be extra artsy, but that’s precisely what…

How to Move Your Design Workflow to the Cloud

In an era where using the cloud has become something of the norm, it’s worthwhile to look at how this technology and…