Skillfully Crafted Event Website Designs

Nataly Birch  •  Inspiration, Websites Examples  •  April 25, 2013
Skillfully Crafted Event Website Designs

For many organizations that stay behind different kinds of events or exhibitions, including festivals or conferences, there comes a time when simple flyers, forums and traditional banner advertisements stop effectively working. Whether event becomes widely popular and it has to offer much more information than just a simple brief description, or whether organizers want to make...

Interview with Patrick Rogan and James Fletcher, The SmorrsCast Founders

Paula Borowska  •  Design, Interviews  •  April 24, 2013
Interview with Patrick Rogan and James Fletcher, The SmorrsCast Founders

We started with a simple idea: What drives our community of creators? We wanted to get to know the community and get a glimpse into the minds of designers, developers, and pioneers, while recreating the personal experience that one gets when meeting one in person. SmorrsCast also encourages designers to rethink their workflow, their opinions, and gives, we hope, a desire to...

Trending Now: Designing With Video Backgrounds

Carrie Cousins  •  Design, Website Design  •  April 23, 2013
Trending Now: Designing With Video Backgrounds

Looking for a new approach to website design? Why not try video? Done right, using a video background can create a jaw-dropping design that will stop users and encourage them to watch. (Just look that the popularity of Vine, the six-second video sharing app.) Using video, though, does come with its challenges and may not work for every project. But use of video backgrounds is...

How to Control Gradient Fills in Adobe Illustrator

Iaroslav Lazunov  •  Adobe Illustrator, Tutorials  •  April 22, 2013
How to Control Gradient Fills in Adobe Illustrator

Topic: Adobe Illustrator Difficulty: beginner Estimated completion time: 15 minutes Gradient fills are used to create transitions between colors. Most often they are used to add volume to flat vector objects, creating light and shadow. Today we’ll learn how to create gradients and control them. Adobe Illustrator has only two types of gradient fills. These are linear and...

Typography in Mobile Design: Important Aspects and Examples

Paula Borowska  •  Design, Responsive Design  •  April 19, 2013
Typography in Mobile Design: Important Aspects and Examples

What makes mobile typography special is the restrictive nature of mobile screens; they are small and used in brightly lit areas so that it is difficult to see anything. Therefore, when it comes to typography for mobile devices you have to be very careful about how you go about it. Most people would agree that there are three big components that help making mobile typography...

Use of Huge Sliders in Website Design: Best Practice

Nataly Birch  •  Inspiration, Websites Examples  •  April 18, 2013
Use of Huge Sliders in Website Design: Best Practice

Being one of the main conditions of creating website designs, multi-device support is a definitely hot trend and must-have nowadays. But when we are speaking about responsiveness we usually mean adaptation for mobiles and tabs, and only at the end recall wide screen monitors that actually permeate into offices by leaps and bounds. And since they are no longer luxury, more and...

Beautiful Examples of Flat Icons Design

Christian Vasile  •  Icons Examples, Inspiration  •  April 17, 2013
Beautiful Examples of Flat Icons Design

Flat Design is one of the newest approaches in web design, aiming for simplicity and powerful visual impact and using shapes as patterns and backgrounds. Microsoft’s Metro user interface is probably the most popular Flat Design example. We already discussed the Flat Design approach in-depth, and we did it for quite some time now. Most of you know Designmodo promotes Flat...

Cool Tools are a Must-Have for Web Designers

Carrie Cousins  •  Design  •  April 16, 2013
Cool Tools are a Must-Have for Web Designers

Admit it, as a designer you are always looking for cool new tips, tools and tricks to enhance your projects and make your life a little easier. Thankfully, new tools, products, apps and even great user interface kits hit the market almost daily. There are also a host of old favorites out there a well – some you may know about and others that you might think about trying for...

Interview with Drew Melton – Graphic Designer and Typographer

Paula Borowska  •  Design, Interviews  •  April 15, 2013
Interview with Drew Melton – Graphic Designer and Typographer

Drew lives by the words of the dear Chuck Close who said “Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.”  This mindset has led him through in taking action and becoming a well-known designer within our community. His typography, illustration and overall sense of design are beyond impressive and inspire many designer, new and veteran. I’ve...

Circular Elements in Website Design – Best Practice

Nataly Birch  •  Inspiration, Websites Examples  •  April 14, 2013
Circular Elements in Website Design – Best Practice

Despite of being one of the basic geometric shapes, circle is not such a frequent guest in website design; of course, I do not consider social media icons. There are a lot of reasons why designers resort to commonly used elements of polyhedral shape such as squares or rectangles. Whether it depends on grid structure and form of a web page that historically has right angles;...