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Here are some articles about web design trends and html, css tips.

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2 25 Inspiring Dark Website Designs

Since the majority of websites use light background colors, choosing a dark background color is one way to help a web design stand out from the crowd. Dark websites with light text often have an elegant look and feel. While dark backgrounds aren't always an appropriate choice for text-heavy sites, certain types of sites are well suited for dark backgrounds.

4 A Look at the Off-Canvas Menu Design Pattern

A popular navigation design pattern we're now seeing more and more of is the off-canvas menu. This is how an off-canvas menu works: The user clicks an icon or performs some sort of action (e.g. swiping left to right on a touchscreen device) that results in a vertical navigation menu sliding into the screen from off canvas. A popular icon

5 20 Fresh CSS Tutorials and Tools to Try

603 Views June 17, 2014 Design 3 min readWeb is evolving at a rapid pace and allows us, creators, to make ideas happen quicker and in more beautiful way. Web development community is extremely friendly and collaborative pushing the limits every single day. There are numerous quality blogs, communities and individuals sharing their knowledge, experience and tools in front-end development.

6 Recipe for Creating Infographics

Infographics are popular. They offer the ability to transmit information in a more digestible form than blocks of text and they're particularly good for explaining ideas. They are especially popular on image-driven social media platforms such as Pinterest, Flickr, and Google+. So what makes a good infographic? Ingredient One: Good Data SourcesIf you're explaining an idea or a trend, whether

7 5 Mistakes in Design Process While Building Large Scale Products

130 Views June 11, 2014 Design 4 min readLearn from your mistakes! Of course you should. But more importantly, responsibility is much more powerful tool in the process of making decisions, avoiding mistakes and improving as fast as possible. As a designer responsible for building app design from the ground up through research and prototyping to building UI with final

10 Is Storytelling Design the Future of Website Design?

Welcome to another installment of " 90 Seconds of Design with The Beard," featuring me, Spencer P, Lead Graphic Designer at SyneCore. One of the latest trends that has been hitting the newsstands is "storytelling design." While the pros may be calling " responsive web design " and "simple design: the top trends. Storytelling design may just have a greater

11 Web Design: Tiny Factors that Make a Big Impact

Web design doesn't only mean website design. If you're creating any digital product, be that a website, an app or even an eBook, then you may find that the temptation is there to rush out your final product and to 'make do' with work that doesn't represent your very best. The problem is that it's all too easy to create

12 13 Best Responsive CSS Grid Systems for Your Web Designs

When it comes to CSS grid systems there's a lot to choose from. Here are my top picks for open source, free CSS responsive grid systems. These CSS grid systems will help you create beautifully responsive site layouts quickly. There's a comparison table of at the end of this post. Skeleton is a collection of CSS files for web designers

13 Learning from Bad Web Design

Recognizing bad web design is often easy. But it can be difficult to know what makes it bad. In this article I will give you examples of bad web design and explain what good design practices could be used instead. Note that many of these examples are extreme cases of bad web design and there is more than one mistake

14 20 Web Designs with Stunning Video Backgrounds

The video background trend in web design is definitely still hot. I first featured roundups of website designs using full screen video background and video headers back in Spring, but I've stumbled across loads more designs making us of this new capability. This post rounds up 20 more fresh examples of websites that have adopted a stunning video background to

15 4 Keys to design a User-Friendly Website

Having a user-friendly website is as important as having a beautiful original website design. Sadly, in our pursuit of excellence it's all too easy to forget about usability and focus instead on aesthetics and originality. Yet it's the right combination of beauty, uniqueness, AND a user-friendly design that keeps our clients coming back for more. That's because a usable website

16 Characteristics of a User Friendly Website

Many businesses make the mistake of neglecting usability. Usability is critical for the success of any website and should never be overlooked. Good usability can improve the performance of your website and increase your chances of success. It can also boost sales and revenue for your business. For your website to successful, it should not only look good but also

17 The Psychology behind colors and their effects on modern Web Designs

So, What is the Color Psychology?The colors play an important role in every Website design. Each color affects Human mind. The Colors decide if the visitors are going to stay on your website or not and they decide this in only first 8 seconds! So you have to please your customers in these 8 seconds! You must have to follow

18 Grids Are Crucial to Good Web Design

Whether you are using a prebuilt, responsive, CSS-based grid system or simply designing around guides in Photoshop, grids provide structure and clarity to web design. Using a grid framework makes the design process easier and the resulting websites cleaner. Grids are crucial to good web design. The article helps understand the process of designing with grids. The BasicsA grid is

19 The Importance of Pen and Paper in Design

Designers love their software. From using Gimp to Photoshop, designers spend hours crafting on the computer. Unfortunately, many designers neglect an important design tool: sketching by hand with pen and paper. Drawing by hand can bring clarity to the design process and help designers generate ideas, get organized, and visualize their concepts. Generate IdeasComputers speed up the design process, increasing

20 Psychology and Web Design

Our psychology affects how we interact with websites. Designers can use this to their advantage. Here are a few ways to use psychology when designing your site. Establish TrustEstablishing visitors' trust is among the highest priorities of a website. People are often initially skeptical of websites - especially sites trying to sell them something. It only takes a few seconds

21 5 killer web design tips that will make your life easier

SkillcrushIllustration by Kristina Zmaic We all want to have a beautifully designed website and yet, it's surprisingly hard. So what is it that great designers know that the rest of us don't? The key to great web design is really very simple: you've got to understand the universal rules of good design and follow them, all the time. Let's make

22 How to classify fonts for the web

There is a power in the ability to name things, and that's no different when trying to name fonts. Although it will not make you a better designer, being able to call different type classes by their recognized names will always help you describe and choose the right typography for the job. I've been struggling while doing research for my

24 What exactly is the wow factor in design?

What exactly is the role of design? Is it to impress, seduce and wow us, or does it go deeper than that? Are we approaching design with the right attitude? Subscribe to these quick tips using iTunes or RSS | Download Audio I was up in London attending a pitch meeting. As is often the case I found myself sitting

25 Food-Based Web Design Tips to Make Visitors Hungry

It's the same routine every date night: "where are we heading for dinner?" To the web we go, looking for restaurants around us that whet our appetites. And the places we always seem to hit after this dinner search are the locations with websites that just make us hungry. Certain techniques, from color to photos to imagery, are common among

29 What Clients Should Expect When Building a Responsive Website

Building a website that works well on nearly every device is critical in today's multi-screen world. Responsive web design provides a viable solution and has become a "must have" for new websites. But while the concept seems simple, the planning and execution isn't. While most clients looking to redesign or build a new website understand the need for responsive design,

31 SEO & Web Design Myths Debunked For 2014

Nearly every client of ours here at Heitz Digital, LLC have their own ideas of what it means to be online and what 'success' is. Along the way many hear all sorts of things that are simply not true or by trying to guess what is right end up way out in left field, so to speak. Let's stop the

32 Web Design: Progressive Enhancement & The Power of Constraint

In his first post for ClickThrough Marketing, UX Designer-Developer Matt Hitchessends out a rallying cry for web developers, looking at progressive enhancement and French experimental literature along the way. Fun fact time. The latest collated stats from Mobithinking say 22 per cent of UK mobile users infrequently or never use desktop computers to access the web - and our fair

34 Best free web design software

Creating a website is a great way to promote a business or start a personal brand, but making something that looks professional for cheap can be difficult. There are templates online that can help guide you through web design and blog formats while keeping a website looking simple and clean. However, for those wanting to start from scratch, web design

35 The Beginner's Guide to Mobile Web Design & Mobile SEO

On the web in general, and on consumer-facing websites in particular, we are seeing a shift towards mobile search. Users are increasingly surfing the net on their mobile devices, enjoying the flexibility, speed and convenience it offers. This transition from desktop to mobile represents a change in search habits, and once new habits have been established, that's what people will

36 Top Web Design Trends In 2014

This week, we have taken it upon ourselves to outline and explain the most important trends in web design for 2014. The consensus among website design pros, regarding industry trends for 2014, is fairly cut and dry and most agree the significant styles for the year will likely fall under the headings of responsive design, simple design and storytelling design.

37 10 tips for efficient design

Being a good designer is not always enough to survive hard economic times. You need to be efficient too. I don't want this to be another 'recession' post. Sure, being more efficient in the way we work as web designers, makes us more competitive and keeps us employed. However, that is not the only reason we should endeavour to 'work

38 75 amazing uses of HTML5

We bring you some of the best HTML examples around and ask the designers who made them just how they achieved their goals. HTML5 is the latest version of HTML - the markup language used to display web pages. Although it's technically still in development, it's very much ready to use today, to build websites and web apps. And here

39 2014 Web Design Trends, Inspiration & Showcase

along with 43 JUST™ Creative CommentsDesigners are fast adopting innovative design patterns (trends) that in combination often deliver a highly satisfying user experience. Some of these patterns have been here for long and the others have just joined. So, let's take a closer look at seven web design trends that are ruling the roost and will continue to grow in

40 Web Design and Mobile Trends for 2013 eBook: download it for free!

It's finally here! A few months ago we began this rewarding project, the idea of which was to shed a bit of light on this period when everything seems to be born again and it's difficult to predict how it will evolve. We decided to ask a selection of outstanding professionals in the sector about their vision for the future

Added by Notiophile: “What is web design? Where does the web design come from? Here are some answers.

41 What is Web design?

Although web design has a fairly recent history, it can be linked to other areas such as graphic design. However web design can also be seen from a technological standpoint. It has become a large part of people's everyday lives. It is hard to imagine the Internet without animated graphics, different styles of typography, background and music.

43 Flat web design and skeuomorphism: the pros and cons

Flat web design and skeuomorphism are two design approaches that could not be more different. In terms of opposites we're talking a level equal to Take That vs. Slipknot, Barcelona FC vs. Accrington Stanley, The Godfather vs. Legally Blonde, basically, they are not similar! Microsoft and Apple have been at the centre of this design battle and fans of both

45 The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web

For too long typographic style and its accompanying attention to detail have been overlooked by website designers, particularly in body copy. In years gone by this could have been put down to the technology, but now the web has caught up. The advent of much improved browsers, text rendering and high resolution screens, combine to negate technology as an excuse.

46 Designing "Coming Soon" Pages

Deciding what to do once you've purchased a domain but haven't yet launched the website is always a bit of a conundrum. Leaving up your domain registrar or Web host's generic page seems unprofessional, especially if you're trying to drum up advance press for your new project. At the same time, you don't want to spend too much time on

Added by Notiophile: “There are over 600 typefaces in the Google web fonts directory. Many of them are awful. But there are also high-quality typefaces that deserve a closer look. Below are examples of these typefaces in action (click the link to the original website). Click the examples to get the typeface from the Google web fonts directory.

47 A showcase of the best typefaces from the Google web fonts directory.

50 Best Examples of Skeuomorphic Web Design

What is skeoumorphism? Even if you are not familiar with this concept, I'm firmly convinced that you deal with skeoumorphic design elements day by day. Take a look at your wardrobe. I bet you have some clothes (pants, dresses, suits, jackets, whatever) with fake, decorative pockets. These are skeuomorphic pockets, as they simply imitate real, functional pockets. Another catchy well-known

51 40+ Beautifully Flat Web Designs for Your Inspiration

For the last couple of months, flat web design has been really a huge topic on the Web. Up to now, it is steadily dominating the Web. From UI, to the latest portfolio update, icons and even the top web design blogs are now using flat web design, not to mention Microsoft, Android and just recently Apple is going flat

52 Ultimate Guide to Flat Website Design

The combination of bright colors and exotic typography has paved the way for unique flat interfaces. Minimalism is a big part of this design idea, and you can see how popular these trends have become in recent months. Flat website design is a brilliant concept because it focuses solely on the content. But many designers are unfamiliar with the latest

53 33 Examples of Login Form Designs for your Inspiration

Have you minutely ever followed the login page that appears when you sign up into a particular website? The first page that comes up whenever you are logging in is the first impression of a website. The design of the login form will itself define the nature of the website and hence it should carry pertinence with the website it

54 21 Examples of Excellent Navigation Menus in Web Design

Navigation is certainly a very important element in web design, especially if we keep in mind that the navigation of a page is there to orient and guide the user. I believe we know that it's extremely important that users understand navigation options to better explore a website and that is why today we are showcasing examples of navigation menus,

58 47 Amazing CSS3 Animation Demos

Here is a compilation of 47 jaw-dropping CSS3 animation demos. They demonstrate the possibilities of the CSS3 transform and transition property. Some are very useful and can be used as Javascript alternatives. Most of them are simply to look cool.

60 What is the difference between responsive vs. adaptive web design?

One of the hottest issues in web developer circles this year is accessibility of websites on various devices other than the standard desktop or laptop screens. While the subject is not new, it has taken on a relatively new approach with respect to how to deal with the opportunities ahead. With mobile devices, tablets, and similar gadgets gaining ground faster

61 50 Best Responsive Website Design Examples of 2013

Social Driver's list of favorite responsively designed websites has returned! Last year we shared our 20 top responsive design picks and now we are back with even more awesome sites. We've searched high and low to gather our 50 best responsive website designs and why we think they are so great. It's no secret we think responsively designed websites rock.

62 30 High Quality and Most Influential Web Design Blogs of All Time

I have spent some time browsing the Internet to find the highest quality and most influential web design blogs in industry. It turns out that it is really hard to find quality sources to trust. I was especially interested in the topics of web design, WordPress, UI, UX, HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, responsive web, and mobile design. I came to the

63 70 Stunning Responsive Sites for Your Inspiration

Over the last three years, responsive web design has been gaining popularity and is now considered to be one of the best ways to design websites that look great on any device, from smartphones to smart TVs. In this hand-picked collection, you'll find dozens of beautiful responsive sites in every category, and I hope you'll find them as inspiring as

64 13 killer website galleries to inspire your designs

Website galleries, aka CSS galleries: they're a great source of ideas, as well as keeping us abreast of the latest web design trends. We all have our go-to web design gallery for quick inspiration when the brief drops on your desk - but are there other sites you might not know about, that could be even more useful? Galleries come

65 Web Form Design: Showcases And Solutions

This overview features a hand-picked and organized selection of the most useful and popular Smashing Magazine's articles related to Web form design and published here over all the years. The input form is an essential element of almost any website or application these days. Input is a core method of interaction, and in many cases it represents the hard conversion

66 Original And Innovative Web Layouts

The layout is the foundation of your website. It guides the user through the sections and tells them what is most important. It also sets the aesthetic of the website. Therefore, you need to carefully think through how you lay out content. An original, creative layout goes a long way to improving the user experience of a website, although not

67 Useful InDesign Scripts And Plugins To Speed Up Your Work

Few applications feel as complete as Adobe's InDesign. First released in 1999 as a direct attack against the then-industry standard, Quark, the page-layout application has been made faster and more feature-rich with each iteration. But even the best applications lack some features. Luckily, Adobe realized this some years ago and opened the doors to allow designers to expand this beloved

68 Creating High-Performance Mobile Websites

Editor's Note: This article features just one of the many solutions for creating high-performance mobile websites. We suggest that you review different approaches such as Building A Responsive Web App, Improving Mobile Support and Making Your Websites Faster before choosing a particular solution.We'll demonstrate methods to identify how people interact with a website differently on mobile devices, and the design

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69 The inescapable websites of august 2013

L'été est synonyme de vacances et de repos, mais comme vous le savez le digital ne dort jamais. Je vous propose un retour sur les sites marquants de ce mois d'août 2013. Comme chaque mois depuis octobre 2009, la série des incontournables a pour but de rassembler les sites qui ont fait le tour des galeries design sur le web.

70 10 Useful Tips for a Captivating Contact Form | Design Shack

The "Contact Us" form too often gets thrown in as a quick afterthought rather than an element that sets the tone for the communication. Today we'll take a look at several easy techniques you can use to take your contact forms from boring to brilliant. Along the way we'll see several examples of great contact forms along with resources on

Added by Notiophile: “With Apple’s retina displays offering twice the old ppi, it’s just a matter of time before HD becomes less of a special surprise and more of a common expectation.

71 How to survive high-definition Web design

Sure, there’s some time left before high definition becomes universal, but looking at the statistics, it’s certainly moving that way fast. With Apple’s ret

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73 Graphic Design on Pinterest

Explore Ianïs Oikrime's board "Graphic Design" on Pinterest, a visual bookmarking tool that helps you discover and save creative ideas | See more about Typography, Graphic design and Behance.

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