Design systems; the great connector

Like a backwards prism, design systems focus the energy of many teams into a single beam. They spread efficiency and consistency, but they also shape culture and hone brand expression. They’re about bringing it all together, across disciplines, to form alignment and a cohesive outcome. What’s the big deal about design systems, anyways? You might have heard… Continue reading Design systems; the great connector

Why blockchain and Web 3 user interfaces will suck for a while

How Web 2.0 grumpiness + Web 3.0 hubris are contributing to terrible user experiences on the cutting edge of tech. Statler and Waldorf definitely aren’t interested in Web 3. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF62EGPppFU My point in a nutshell: Web 3 people are generally not interested in lessons from the past, and experienced tech people don’t need Web 3… Continue reading Why blockchain and Web 3 user interfaces will suck for a while

UX and UI Logo Trends

26 Shares With the advent of online and mobile working culture, UX/UI trends have experienced a significant transformation over the years. Yet 2021 is just no exception. As a UX/UI professional, it is vital to keep updated about these continuously shifting trends and follow and recreate good UX design examples. The COVID-19 issue has transformed… Continue reading UX and UI Logo Trends

11 Reasons Why Digital Design Agencies Should Hire Students For Internships

Digital design agencies require fresh talent and fresh ideas constantly. Matching the marketplace and going one better means having a team of heavy-weights, mid-weights who can drive projects forward. However, those holding positions of responsibility can’t always keep those fresh ideas coming. Mixing things up and bringing in new faces is a fantastic catalyst. With… Continue reading 11 Reasons Why Digital Design Agencies Should Hire Students For Internships

40 Best Blackletter and Gothic Fonts for Designers

In tribute to Germanic style, here you’ll find 40 amazing Gothic and blackletter fonts which you can use to give your designs a rebellious and edgy look. Read on to discover our top picks from the font sections of Envato Market and Envato Elements, from authentic medieval styles to minimal and modern Gothic typefaces. What Is Blackletter? Blackletter,… Continue reading 40 Best Blackletter and Gothic Fonts for Designers

Tech and Politics: Worlds Collide

In 2011, protests across the Middle East were captured on social media, including platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Vine. Ultimately, Hosni Mubarak, then-president of Egypt, was overthrown. Many credit the viral social media “campaign” as the impetus for what was termed the Arab Spring. In the past 9 years since, the impact and use… Continue reading Tech and Politics: Worlds Collide

Top-Notch Cybersecurity for a Low-Budget Business

Most small business owners are more concerned about someone breaking into their offices than someone breaking into their systems. However, with cyberattacks on the rise, all businesses should invest as much as possible into cybersecurity. Data breaches can prove to be very expensive, even to a small business. More than half of all small businesses… Continue reading Top-Notch Cybersecurity for a Low-Budget Business

What Makes WordPress a Great Choice for Creating Websites?

If you’re planning on setting up a website for yourself or your business, chances are you’ve come across WordPress. You might be wondering what WordPress is and what sets it apart form other website systems. In this article, you’ll learn what WordPress is, how it compares to other web platforms and what its benefits are.… Continue reading What Makes WordPress a Great Choice for Creating Websites?

Metatags 101: A Simple Guide for Designers

One of my mottos in life, and in business is this: “If Google tells you to do something, you better get it done.” And when it comes to using HTML meta tags for SEO, none of us should be messing around. That said, you know how it is with Google search. The algorithms are always… Continue reading Metatags 101: A Simple Guide for Designers

How to Use Proven Industry Data to Guide Your Clients

As a web designer, you may be starting with little to no data of your own. It’s not until a website has launched (or relaunched) that you can start gathering real analytics on its performance. Even then, it can take awhile to draw any meaningful insights from it. So, in many cases, what web designers… Continue reading How to Use Proven Industry Data to Guide Your Clients

Android Fans Rejoice, Vivaldi Has Arrived

It’s time for me to go all fanboy on you guys, because Vivaldi is on Android, ya’ll! Vivaldi the browser, that is. You know, the one made by former Opera devs, and which is aimed at power users who want loads of customization and choice, plus a little privacy. It’s the browser I’ve been using… Continue reading Android Fans Rejoice, Vivaldi Has Arrived

Free Fall Pictures to Use for Your Next Web Design Project

Autumn has its own special magic, markedly different from the freshness of spring, the heat of summer, and the bitter cold of winter. The burst of colors that weave around the trees is both poignant and upbeat, a goodbye to languorous summer days and hopeful anticipation for a festive season.  For a website design project,… Continue reading Free Fall Pictures to Use for Your Next Web Design Project

5 Ways 3D Render Graphics Can Enhance Your Website

Looking for a way to stand out on the web? We designers have all sorts of tricks up our sleeves. From attention-getting animations to slick JavaScript interfaces, there are plenty of bells and whistles to keep users interested in our content. Yet, even with all of these advanced techniques, one simple mainstay … Continue reading 5 Ways 3D Render Graphics Can Enhance Your Website

Mason Is a Front-End Builder Worth Exploring

Building a front-end for your site from scratch might be the hardest part of building a great web app. The idea and logic can be perfect, but if the user interface is a wreck, you’ll never be a success. That’s where tools like Mason’s front-end-as-a-service become so valuable. With Mason, you can visually build a… Continue reading Mason Is a Front-End Builder Worth Exploring

To Land a New Job in Style

Are you eyeing a new position? If so, is your resume design current? And will it represent you creatively—allowing you to stand out distinctively in a crowded pool of applicants? Creative Professional Resume Template – One of the creative resume examples that’s trending in 2018. If you’ve recently seen a compelling job ad, or you… Continue reading To Land a New Job in Style

7 Things You Must Remove From Your Website Before 2019

December 11, 2018 by Alex Fox If you’ve got these things in your website, you better remove them before 2019. Here’s our “favorite” outdated or regrettable content choices. Mouseover Navigation Menus The most obvious problems with mouseover navigation menus is that not every visitor has a mouse. How does a mobile user “mouseover” something? Obviously,… Continue reading 7 Things You Must Remove From Your Website Before 2019

An Introduction to Photoshop Selection Tools

Your Photoshop selection tools are perhaps the most powerful part of the application. By making effective selections, you unlock the power of the rest of the application. This includes localized image adjustments, compositing, and accurate mockups and object placement. Sloppy selections always show in the final product, so it pays to learn to make a… Continue reading An Introduction to Photoshop Selection Tools

Tips on How to Pick the Right Icons for Your Website

When designing a website, we often spend a good bit of time considering which visual assets to use. Photos and illustrations, for example, can have a large impact on a design. However, those aren’t the only assets we should focus on. One asset that can get easily overlooked is icons. There are a lot of… Continue reading Tips on How to Pick the Right Icons for Your Website

Best Practices For Website Footer Design

September 17, 2018 by Alex Fox Almost everything in website design has changed over time, but the core elements have always remained the same. There’s a header, navigation, a body, and a footer. But what’s a website footer for? Is it truly necessary, in 2018, to run a footer on your site? Why should I… Continue reading Best Practices For Website Footer Design

How to Formulate an Email Design and Development Strategy

In this tutorial I’ll explain how to focus your efforts on the email clients and webmail clients being used by your target audience. Note: this tutorial is part of a whole week’s worth of email content on Tuts+ Web Design–check out the Mastering HTML Email learning guide for more! 1. Understand the Importance of a Strategy Your target… Continue reading How to Formulate an Email Design and Development Strategy

7 Key Factors In Interviewing Users for UX Surveys

When it comes down to it, you need to find out if your design works for the end user. That’s what usability testing is all about. As a designer, you live in a small bubble, intimately familiar with the design, fluent enough to navigate complex menus with ease. But will the user attain the same… Continue reading 7 Key Factors In Interviewing Users for UX Surveys

5 Reasons Why Stock Photos Are Essential for Web Design

June 21, 2018 by Spyrestudios Blogger Stock photos might not seem exciting at first glance but they’re actually valuable tools to impress and entertain website visitors. For example, posts with an image are more likely to be shared on Facebook — which can increase the number of people who visit your site. This means that… Continue reading 5 Reasons Why Stock Photos Are Essential for Web Design

Best Practices for Designing Push Notifications

Notifications are a crucial part of any app. Not only are they a key part of keeping users engaged with your application: many apps require notifications for their basic functionality. You won’t have much of an email app, for example, if you don’t have notifications. But the line between good notifications and bad notifications is… Continue reading Best Practices for Designing Push Notifications

Building Effective Navigation Menus

Designing effective navigation menus should be a core competency of any decent web designer. A good navigation menu will be short, well-organized, sufficiently descriptive and effective at corralling user intent. There no secret recipe involved: it comes down to empathy for the user and understanding of their intentions. Address The User’s Need Before you build… Continue reading Building Effective Navigation Menus