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  • What’s Hot Now: Infographics for Your Site

    What’s Hot Now: Infographics for Your Site

    Carrie Cousins  •  January 10, 2013

    Nothing seems to be hotter right now than the infographic. You can thank Pinterest for allowing us to share them all and startups like Visual.ly for helping designers everywhere...

  • Working with Color: Create a Monotone Design Scheme

    Working with Color: Create a Monotone Design Scheme

    Carrie Cousins  •  December 18, 2012

    Creating a dark color scheme can result in a beautiful, elegant design. There are a variety of ways to do it, from creating pop with sharp contrast or working with a more monotone...

  • Design Tools: Website Review UICloud

    Design Tools: Website Review UICloud

    Carrie Cousins  •  December 10, 2012

    Ever wish you could search one place for user interface design tools? There are so many icons, buttons, navigation elements and forms out there. And it is tough to find them all...

  • Get in on Gamification: Tips for Building Easy Site Badges

    Get in on Gamification: Tips for Building Easy Site Badges

    Carrie Cousins  •  December 4, 2012

    It seems like almost every website is adding a game to its interface these days. Are these play-along gimmicks just a fad? Or is the game add-on something that your site needs?...

  • Tools for Identifying Fonts and Creating a Palette

    Tools for Identifying Fonts and Creating a Palette

    Carrie Cousins  •  November 22, 2012

    Typography is a big part of web (or any) design project. It can be a fun, but also challenging process for those who are uncomfortable with the basics of typography. But it is...

  • Design Stereotypes: Masculine and Feminine Design Techniques

    Design Stereotypes: Masculine and Feminine Design Techniques

    Carrie Cousins  •  November 9, 2012

    A user’s first impression of your site can be a lasting one. In the first few seconds, a person decides to stick with your content or move on. They will also make decisions...

  • Using the Rule of Thirds as a Grid Outline

    Using the Rule of Thirds as a Grid Outline

    Carrie Cousins  •  October 31, 2012

    Designers talk about grid structures all the time. It’s not surprising. Grids are the backbone of just about any design project. But what about the rule of thirds – a...

  • Create Interest with a Novelty Typeface

    Create Interest with a Novelty Typeface

    Carrie Cousins  •  October 19, 2012

    Novelty typefaces are everywhere. They are some of the most commonly found free font available for download and can be fun and interesting. But will a novelty font work for your...

  • A (Background) Picture is Worth 1,000 Words: Using Photo Backgrounds in Web Design

    A (Background) Picture is Worth 1,000 Words: Using Photo Backgrounds in Web Design

    Carrie Cousins  •  October 11, 2012

    Using a photo as the background image for a website is becoming more and more popular. Great images are hard to beat. They sell your site, draw in visitors and can be a great way...

  • Typographic Style: Identifying Type Categories

    Typographic Style: Identifying Type Categories

    Carrie Cousins  •  October 9, 2012

    Typography is about so much more than just picking a couple of fonts and working them into a design. A designer must understand some of the basic characteristics of type in order...