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28 Sep 2009


The Pros and Cons of 10 Unique Photographers Portfolio Websites

The idea of browsing through a photographer portfolio is the same to open a photo book and smoothly go through all the photos, but depending on the design of the website the experience may not be so smooth.

The most important thing about a photographer website is not the design, but the structure that is going to show his portfolio. Each photographer has a different portfolio in every aspect therefore their websites are very unique to fit their own display of work.

22 Sep 2009


75+ Marvelous Hand-Picked Navigation Menus

Navigation is one of the most important elements of web page design, and it is often overlooked or not given much thought. A good designer will try to create more unique navigation styles, rather than just focusing on basic browser-safe type.

21 Sep 2009


How to Accurately and Effectively Research a Web Design Style

As we grow and learn as web designers, we all tend to lean to one style in particular, and it helps define us, and our work, as individuals. However, to grow, we need to learn new things.

Sometimes a client wants something else, so we need to abide — though we can (and should) learn to design in new styles for our own personal benefit as well. With that, we can discover and perfect our understanding of alternative design principles, learn how to work with new design elements, and overall broaden our skill set.

16 Sep 2009


20 Effective Download Buttons — Plus Tips and Examples

Especially for websites that center around user downloads, an attractive, easy-to-find ‘Download’ button is an essential design element. Here we’ll look at what others are doing, what makes a good button, and what you can do to spice up any download buttons on your site.

Whether you’re offering software, Photoshop brushes, free icons, or something else, a download button is an important part of your UI design. Here are 20 buttons to learn from- they come from a variety of sites in a variety of styles, but they all have something to teach us.

24 Aug 2009


50 Blue Websites: Variety in the Most Common Color

With blue being such a basic color, many designers shy away from it in hopes that an alternative color will make their designs more creative. However, just like all colors, blue can come in a variety of shades, hues, and moods. Applied in the right context, blue can truly be amazing.

21 Aug 2009


The Top 10 Typography Rules All in One Place

Typography has gained a lot of attention in the recent years of web design — as it should have. It’s a large part of any website, some saying that it takes up more than 90% of the website itself. With more options for design arising, we as designers must recognize good from bad typography for ultimate legibility.

17 Aug 2009


Conducting Collaborative Design Sessions – Part 4: Maintain

Make sure you never leave your participants hanging after an important meeting. Part 4 of this series will help you maintain a long term relationship with your participants.

13 Aug 2009


The Art of User-Centric Web Design

User-centric web design is a method of web design where the content, design, and usability factors are all placed in accordance to the target audience’s needs and goals — a design that is centered around the user. This article will cover the basics of what user-centric web design is, and how to achieve it.

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