Are Modals In Web Design A UX Disaster?

Modals, a nifty little feature that allows you to display different messages at the top of your website, have been touted as extremely useful. Some even claim that they are helpful enough to completely replace the banner ads we all hate so much. But are modals in web design a UX disaster? If you are… Continue reading Are Modals In Web Design A UX Disaster?

10 Great Places to Find Music for Videos

Creating videos for social media or to embed on your site can be a fun and creative way to promote your brand or business. More importantly, time spent on a page is a significant SEO ranking factor, so providing a video to watch is of enormous benefit. However, coming up with the music for your… Continue reading 10 Great Places to Find Music for Videos

Quiz: The Super-Difficult Website Speed Quiz

Users expect websites to load quickly. As a result, companies like Amazon and Target spend millions of dollars optimizing their sites to make them load as fast as possible because there is a direct correlation between site speed and conversions. Websites typically don’t have load bars, so a user waiting for a site to load… Continue reading Quiz: The Super-Difficult Website Speed Quiz

Competition: Win One of Four Free Online Passes to MUXL

The fourth edition of MUXL (Mobile UX London) conference kicks off on the 21st of March, and you could win one of four free passes to the five-day digital event. Running from the 21st of March to 25th, MUXL is a digital festival of UX and design, entirely online, meaning you can attend remotely from… Continue reading Competition: Win One of Four Free Online Passes to MUXL

25 Top-Notch AdSense-Optimized Themes For Higher Ad Earnings

No matter how many new ad networks enter the market, it’s almost next to impossible for them to outrank Google AdSense as the best ad network in the world. Many bloggers and internet marketers from all over the globe use it as their primary income source. The number of website owners is growing swiftly with… Continue reading 25 Top-Notch AdSense-Optimized Themes For Higher Ad Earnings

Poll: The Ethical Dilemma at the Heart of GitHub’s Copilot

On June 29th, GitHub announced Copilot, an AI-powered auto-complete for programmers, prompting a debate about the ethics of borrowed code. GitHub is one of the biggest code repositories on the Internet. It hosts billions of lines of code, creating an unparalleled dataset with which to train a coding AI. And that is exactly what OpenAI,… Continue reading Poll: The Ethical Dilemma at the Heart of GitHub’s Copilot

Poll: Is Basecamp Right To Shutdown Politics At Work?

This week, in a move like something from a particularly eventful episode of The Office, popular project management app company Basecamp banned political and societal discussion in the company’s internal communications. In a post that has been revised for “clarification,” the company’s co-founder Jason Fried listed six rules for employees: No societal or political discussions… Continue reading Poll: Is Basecamp Right To Shutdown Politics At Work?

Poll: Is Environmentally Conscious Web Design Really Worth It?

We’re no longer arguing about whether climate change exists because climate change is now extensively documented. Instead, we’re arguing over whether climate change is a natural cycle or human-accelerated. At this point, the reasonable best-case (yes, best-case) scenario is that global temperatures will rise by 2˚C — if we don’t meet our global emissions targets,… Continue reading Poll: Is Environmentally Conscious Web Design Really Worth It?

7 Skills You Need To Thrive As A Web Designer In 2021

Web design is an ever-evolving field. Those of us that have been in the industry a long time (i.e., six months plus) have seen the launch of more products, the establishment of more ideas, and the promise of more growth than most industries see over a whole career. While the tools we use, the terminology… Continue reading 7 Skills You Need To Thrive As A Web Designer In 2021

21 High Quality Photoshop Actions for Photographers & Designers

23 Shares Photoshop Action can transform your photos into Oil painting photo effect, newspaper effect, abstract art, glowing skin retouch, watercolor effect, comic and halftone dots effects with just one action effect. Mostly Photoshop actions available with video tutorials that shows how to setup action files and how to use. Every time you run the… Continue reading 21 High Quality Photoshop Actions for Photographers & Designers

Poll: Is It Time to Merge Browser Engines Into a Browser Protocol?

We tend not to think about it, but the Internet has a physical dimension. It’s a complex network of wires, cables, servers, and technical odds and ends — if you really want to, you can track it down; doing so is particularly easy on small islands because there tends to be a single cable tethering… Continue reading Poll: Is It Time to Merge Browser Engines Into a Browser Protocol?

Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Anatomy of a Typeface?

The constituent parts of a typeface design have some bizarre names. Any ideas what a beak might be? How about a crotch? Take our fun quiz and find out how well you know typeface anatomy. Featured image via Unsplash. Source p img {display:inline-block; margin-right:10px;} .alignleft {float:left;} p.showcase {clear:both;} body#browserfriendly p, body#podcast p, div#emailbody p{margin:0;} The… Continue reading Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Anatomy of a Typeface?

Google’s FLoC Promises a Radically Different Web

Advertising knows you better than your friends, better than your family, perhaps even better than your partner. Look up pizza recipes, and advertising will show you promotions for pizza ovens. Download a marathon training plan, and advertising will show you the latest running shoes. Buy a car, and advertising will show you adverts for other… Continue reading Google’s FLoC Promises a Radically Different Web

Poll: Is Minimalism a Dead Trend Walking?

Since the skeuomorphism of the early 00s, the design trend of choice has been minimalism. In fact, minimalism has been de rigueur for substantially longer than that. You can make a fair case that minimalism was the defining theme of the 20th century. Beginning with the widespread adoption of grotesque typefaces in mass advertising the… Continue reading Poll: Is Minimalism a Dead Trend Walking?

8 Easy Ways to Improve Your Website Typography in Under 30 Minutes

Typography is one of the most important elements of any site, having a measurably large impact on brand and experience. So fundamental is it that making wholesale changes to your typography — opting for a new font, changing the measure, increasing leading — is complex and fraught with potential time-sinks. But there are some simple… Continue reading 8 Easy Ways to Improve Your Website Typography in Under 30 Minutes

6 Tools for Rapid Cross-Device Website Testing

When creating a website, it’s vital to remember that not only does it need to work and look great on the device you are creating it on, but on all the other devices, it might be used on too. Mobile and tablet optimization is important not only for the user journey but from an SEO… Continue reading 6 Tools for Rapid Cross-Device Website Testing

9 Ways To Boost Your Domain Authority

Domain Authority (DA) is a ranking metric that predicts how well a site will rank online. It goes by a scale of 1 to 100 — the closer you are to 100, the better your odds of ranking in search engine result pages (SERPs), thus giving you more clicks. To see how your site currently… Continue reading 9 Ways To Boost Your Domain Authority

Why AI & Automation Are Actually Friends to Design

Artificial intelligence. Just hearing the phrase has been a trigger for many in the technology world since that creepy Haley Joel Osment film circa 2001. But more recently, artificial intelligence and machine learning strike fear into the hearts of skilled workers for an entirely different reason: job security, or lack thereof. Smart-home devices, streaming services, self-checkouts,… Continue reading Why AI & Automation Are Actually Friends to Design

When Does Emotional Design Cross a Line?

Designing for emotion in and of itself is not a problem. Websites are bound to elicit an emotional reaction from visitors, even if it’s as simple as them feeling at ease because of the soft, pastel color palette you’ve designed the site with. I don’t want to outright villainize emotional design. Unless there is some… Continue reading When Does Emotional Design Cross a Line?

How to Design the Perfect Developer Portfolio

As a freelance web developer, how many clients do you get from your website? If you’re like most, you’re probably lucky to get one client every 2-3 months. Unfortunately, that’s very common. These days it’s not enough just to be a web developer if you want to make really good money. You have to be… Continue reading How to Design the Perfect Developer Portfolio

Looping Measures of Effectiveness Back to the Creative Team

When analysts for professional sports teams noticed that marketing promotions that included the team’s logo vastly outperformed similar creative assets that featured player imagery — something which, to the casual observer, this may simply sound like good analyst work — it showed something significant: creatives rarely receive an analytical assessment of their work. More than half… Continue reading Looping Measures of Effectiveness Back to the Creative Team