The Essential Elements of Modern Web Design: "Modern web design for the 21st century is very different from what we were working with back in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Simply put, we have come a long way in the last 15 years"
How to Optimize WordPress: A Guided Infographic | Hosting Captain: "We’re going to look at all the ways your website loading speed affects your success and your SEO. After that we’ll look at a powerful infographic filled with ways you can speed up your site. Finally, I’ll offer some tips of my own for putting the pedal to the metal."
Whether you’re designing a web page or just trying to find theme for decorating, having a good color scheme that looks good is important. The web site and iOS app Coloors makes finding new palettes as easy as pressing the space bar.
A Dao of Web Design · An A List Apart Article: "What I sense is a real tension between the web as we know it, and the web as it would be. It’s the tension between an existing medium, the printed page, and its child, the web. And it’s time to really understand the relationship between the parent and the child, and to let the child go its own way in the world."
30+ Websites to Download Free Photos: "If you are a blogger looking for free photos to use in your blog posts or a designer looking for free photography to use in your designs, then check out the websites below and you will find the best free stock photos."
"What if architecture was like web design? Posted on A List Apart, author unknown, but probably a contract web developer having attended too many client meetings. I find this incredibly funny, but maybe that's just because I'm a web developer myself."
"What we know as web design is on its way out. The process of briefing the web designer, reviewing a couple of options, implementing their best guess, and hoping for the best is ineffective and it won't be around for long.
It's time to reinvent the discipline of web design. Web designers are faced with a challenge: to be professional web site architects, or to seek work as decorators."
Excellent. Good material. Design is not the same as construction.
"A lot of people view web design as primarily a graphic discipline. It is not. Web design is a broader than simply making good-looking graphics. I’ll start by examining what design is. I will then put graphic design in that context, and finally describe the broader web design discipline."
Some good thinking about the difference between graphic design and web design.
"Excellent website design is vital to your website’s success. An effective design can expand your client base and increase earnings. On the other hand, a bad design can hinder website usage despite excellent products and service."
“Save the Pixel” is the best-selling ebook by Ben Hunt that gives you an easy-to-follow philosophy of Simple Web Design together with dozens of practical tips for making your web sites more direct, more appealing, and more successful."
The chapters deal with key components of website design.
"One of the most important and least used aspects of any website is the “About Me” page. It’s not enough to have an interesting site and great product if your visitor can’t find a way to relate to you. Never under-estimate the power of personality."
"Contact form is one of the most important parts for most of the website. It plays a vital role to interact with your clients or well-wishers. So, many of the designers pay plenty of concentration to design a contact form."
Wow. Some extraordinary ways to deal with the contact form.
"Colors communicate website themes, design and its main objective... Psychologists have also discovered that over 60% of approval/rejection of a design/website is dependent on this fact... Here is a list of some useful color palette resources to generate color palettes, schemes and themes for your design work."
Excellent list of tools to help pick colors for your website.
"We all come across some seriously bad websites in our day-to-day lives on the Internet. It’s just an unavoidable fact of life, like coming across monsters on the way to the market in video games. When you come across these things, you should approach them with a modicum of fear, for it is something you don’t know, after all. But, more than that, you need to be brave, and you need to relish the experience with full sense of humor employed. These are the 20 worst websites we could find from across the world."
"To understand which layouts work you only need to look at the industry gorillas. These are the online content publishers who have been around for years, and who have tested just about every layout combination. Good examples are some of the most read websites on the internet including:"
"Most books that claim to be about web design aren’t about web design at all. They’re about publishing in HTML and CSS, which by and large has little to do with the problems of the users we’re supposed to be designing for."
"Designing sites differently for men and women may strike some as sexist or old-fashioned. Choosing designs or designers based on gender raises even more issues. Nevertheless, gender differences play a large role in the way men and women design and view websites.
Researchers at the UK's University of Glamorgan have identified many differences in the website design preferences of men and women."
"Because of the current dearth of tutorials that take readers from concept to code, I'm going to go over three 'flavors' of Web design. We'll start with the Clean and Crisp flavor, where almost all of the layout and design is achieved through a style sheet. Then, we'll move on to the Edgy Eye-Candy flavor, adding some shadow and gradient effects. Finally, I'll wrap up with the Curiously Strong Retro flavor. "
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