How We Built the Startup Theme for WordPress

DataArt  •  WordPress  •  November 28, 2014
How We Built the Startup Theme for WordPress

Designmodo’s Startup Framework is a great collection of ready-made components — headers, footers, contact pages and others — that can be used as building blocks for a variety of website types and perhaps tweak a style to better match your design. You can build an entire website by combining components using the simple drag-and-drop visual editor, Generator....

ON SALE NOW: 70% off all Designmodo products for Cyber Monday!

Adrian  •  Design  •  November 27, 2014
ON SALE NOW: 70% off all Designmodo products for Cyber Monday!

The Huge sale is here! For only 3 days, you can get the most popular tools for website creation. We have dropped the price of all our popular products — Startup Framework, Flat UI and Startup WordPress Theme! Use coupon code BLACK to save 50%. For the 70% discount, like or tweet this post with your friends using the form below. With the 70% discount code the prices drop...

Tips and Tricks to Design with Pixel Perfection in Adobe Illustrator

Andrei Ștefan  •  Tutorials  •  November 26, 2014
Tips and Tricks to Design with Pixel Perfection in Adobe Illustrator

Ever since Adobe Illustrator was launched, people wondered if they could make the transition and change the way they create and develop pixel-based artwork. As you know, before CS5 using Ai for vector pixel work was a kind of hard/clumsy process. Why? Because as opposed to Photoshop, which is a raster based software (which deals straightly with pixels), Illustrator is a vector...

How to Use Pastel Colors in Web Design Projects

Carrie Cousins  •  Design  •  November 24, 2014
How to Use Pastel Colors in Web Design Projects

The use of pastel colors in web design is more than a recent trend, it is a technique designers have used for years to create impactful visuals. When you hear “pastel”, pale pinks, blues and yellows might come to mind, but there is so much more to this type of color palette. Pastels don’t have to have the newborn baby feel to them. These hues can be quite bold when...

6 Ways to Improve the User Experience of Online Hotel Booking

Armen Ghazarian  •  Design, UX Design  •  November 21, 2014
6 Ways to Improve the User Experience of Online Hotel Booking

There is a lot of talk about the impact of user experience in the e-commerce checkout process on conversion rates and there is also a lot of useful advice on how to fix usability issues. But somehow these materials do not cover or even come close to a specific field of e-commerce – online hotel booking. This is a kind of overlooked topic in terms of user experience, which...

Communicating a Message Through Visual Hierarchy

Paula Borowska  •  Design  •  November 19, 2014
Communicating a Message Through Visual Hierarchy

The goal of every design is to successfully communicate a message. Visual hierarchy enables you to organize information and elements so that the message can be communicated easily. Hierarchies also enable the design to tell a story to communicate the message. What is Visual Hierarchy? When you organize information based on importance, that’s hierarchy. Visual hierarchy is...

A Closer Look at Mozilla Firefox Developer Edition

Sam Norton  •  Coding  •  November 17, 2014
A Closer Look at Mozilla Firefox Developer Edition

Just in time for Mozilla’s 10th anniversary of Firefox, comes a series of new projects such as Polaris, Interest Dashboard and the one that’s been talked about for quite some time – Firefox Developer Edition. Although there are a lot of developer tool add-ons that can be integrated in the existing Mozilla Firefox browser, this new version of Firefox is design...

Collection of Free Preloaders and Loading Animated Spinners

Nataly Birch  •  Resources  •  November 14, 2014
Collection of Free Preloaders and Loading Animated Spinners

We have ceased to notice that majority of components that need a little time in order to fully load or perform can be a time-consuming action accompanied by small, pleasant indicators that visualize the process. You can stumble upon these tiny assistants everywhere — apps in cellphones or tablets, personal websites, online services are highly populated with such animated...

It’s Not UX vs. UI, It’s UX & UI

Chris Bank  •  Design, UX Design  •  November 12, 2014
It’s Not UX vs. UI, It’s UX & UI

How differentiating the two will improve them both Chris Bank of UXPin — the wireframing & prototyping app — compares and contrasts web UI and UX, explains why we sometimes default to building a UI, and how UI shapes UX. For analysis of examples from over 33 companies, feel free to check out Web UI Best Practices. The web user experience (UX) is the abstract feeling...

Online Courses and Resources where Anyone can Learn to Code

Carrie Cousins  •  Coding  •  November 10, 2014
Online Courses and Resources where Anyone can Learn to Code

We are in the midst of a digital era of design. From websites to apps to wearables, understanding how digital design is written and comes together is increasingly important. That’s where learning and understanding code comes in. Your don’t have to be a star programmer, but every designer should have some basic knowledge of HTML and more to understand how the design will be...