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...

20 Most Rockin’ Behance Web Design & UI Case Studies

Ruaridh Currie  •  Inspiration  •  November 7, 2014
20 Most Rockin’ Behance Web Design & UI Case Studies

Behance: As designers we love it; it’s become entrenched in my daily online routine just as much, if not more than, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. I’ve been a member since 2011 and recently gained over 1,000 appreciations, which meant more to me than follows/likes on any other network. Individual pieces of work (case studies) have come a long way since the humble...

How to Create Off-Canvas Sliding Navigation Menu

Sam Norton  •  Coding, Tutorials  •  November 6, 2014
How to Create Off-Canvas Sliding Navigation Menu

Off-Canvas Navigation has been on the web for quite some time and is widely used on different types of websites to provide better user experience primarily for mobile device users. It’s a trendy sidebar design that is attractive to website visitors, giving users easy access to the menus of a website. What is Off-Canvas Navigation? Off-canvas navigation is used mostly on...

User Experience and Credit Card Payment Forms

Armen Ghazarian  •  Design, UX Design  •  November 3, 2014
User Experience and Credit Card Payment Forms

Everybody loves shopping, until you get to the checkout and have to swipe your credit card. This is not the most pleasurable part of shopping, is it? And when you add in the painful user experience of payment forms, you will get either a distressed customer or a user that eventually fails to convert. The importance of a good credit card payment form is huge. There is a whole...

Six of the Best Backup Plugins for WordPress

Agbonghama Collins  •  WordPress  •  October 31, 2014
Six of the Best Backup Plugins for WordPress

Websites get hacked every day. Our passwords are rarely as strong as we think. Sometimes we (or our clients) delete the wrong file or make a change that breaks something. How about waking up one morning only to discover your website was hacked; or worse still, your web host accidentally deleted your website. Since a backup isn’t available, it means you will have to...

Collection of Free Page-Loading Effects (Tiny User-Friendly Animations)

Nataly Birch  •  Resources  •  October 29, 2014
Collection of Free Page-Loading Effects (Tiny User-Friendly Animations)

The golden rule of creating great web-based projects that provide online audiences with good user experiences is to not let them wait. It seems like a really simple task, however it just sounds so. Completely upload your content-intensive website that is populated with high-quality, heavy multimedia data in the blink of an eye is simply impossible due to imperfections inherent...