Create Vertical Rhythm on Your Webpage

Paula Borowska  •  Coding, Design  •  June 2, 2014
Create Vertical Rhythm on Your Webpage

The technical side of typography can be a bit tough to grasp since it means dealing with numbers and proportions. However, it means that you will understand typography more and be able to adjust it to make better designs and better reading experiences. Vertical rhythm is the term that comes to mind when talking about typography on the web, which can be difficult to get...

How to Choose the Best Website Builder

Chris Anderson  •  Resources  •  May 31, 2014
How to Choose the Best Website Builder

The tools available to designers for creating websites have evolved a lot over the years. As trends and technologies change rapidly, the plethora of different approaches for designing, publishing, and managing websites can be overwhelming. Of the countless options and tools out there, hosted website builder platforms have started to gain popularity in recent years, as a way to...

How To Build a Social Media Profile Widget in WordPress

Agbonghama Collins  •  WordPress  •  May 30, 2014
How To Build a Social Media Profile Widget in WordPress

One of the core feature of WordPress is widget areas, which are used to add content to theme sidebars or other widgetized areas. Activating a widget in your theme sidebar is as easy as dragging and dropping the widget in the desired widgetized area. (Recommended reading – Understanding and Using Widgets in WordPress.) Many of today’s websites contain social network...

How to Predict Web Design Trends

Carrie Cousins  •  Design  •  May 29, 2014
How to Predict Web Design Trends

So how will you know the next big thing when you see it? Flat design took designers by storm — evolving from a few simple projects to becoming a significant part of web, and especially application, design. But what’s next on the horizon? And how will you know it? Here are a few ways to predict web design trends (with a few trendy web design examples) … and maybe even...

9 Photoshop Alternatives For Big and Small Tasks

Dylan Feltus  •  Resources  •  May 27, 2014
9 Photoshop Alternatives For Big and Small Tasks

“That looks Photoshopped.” We have all heard (or used) that phrase. The very fact that we now use a program name as a verb shows how prevalent it has become on the market. From designers to marketers, Adobe’s flagship software is everywhere. And it has has fooled many into thinking it has a monopoly on image editing. Not true; there are many fantastic alternatives to...

How to Use a CSS Preprocessor to Avoid UI Inconsistencies

David East  •  Coding  •  May 23, 2014
How to Use a CSS Preprocessor to Avoid UI Inconsistencies

Inconsistencies in UI design can be quite bothersome to users. The problem can stem from CSS inconsistencies. By using a CSS Preprocessor like LESS, you can create mixins for components that generate needed styles. This process will create UI components that have a much stronger tendency to stay consistent as an application is developed. The video tutorial takes you through...

The Emotional Side of UX: Turning Casual Visitors into Brand Evangelists

Armen Ghazarian  •  Design, UX Design  •  May 21, 2014
The Emotional Side of UX: Turning Casual Visitors into Brand Evangelists

The web started off as a limited information medium and in its early years we had to focus our efforts on the functionality of websites more than anything else. There was little design and style in the very first websites. And it’s not that we didn’t have a sense of aesthetics, the technology just didn’t support it. But as the web evolves — with 200,000 websites...

10 Ways to Promote Your Design Project

Carrie Cousins  •  Design  •  May 19, 2014
10 Ways to Promote Your Design Project

The life of a designer is not always an easy one. There are projects that you do for clients and sometimes projects that you do just because you want to create something new. Getting those projects out there can be the toughest part of all. But it is not impossible. It just takes a little planning and work. Here are 10 easy (and mostly free) ways you can promote a design...

Premium WordPress Themes: 2014 Collection

Adrian  •  WordPress  •  May 16, 2014
Premium WordPress Themes: 2014 Collection

In the end of the year, we’ve decided to gather in one article a great collection of Premium WordPress Themes. This year was very rich in new themes that have made a leap forward after several root updates of WordPress. Why have we decided not to include in this collection free WordPress themes available for downloading this year? We’ve noticed that free themes are no...

Best Practices: Leading Brands and Promotional Websites

Nataly Birch  •  Inspiration  •  May 16, 2014
Best Practices: Leading Brands and Promotional Websites

Though it seems that such powerful, famed and instantly-recognizable brands as McDonalds, BMW or Samsung don’t need extra publicity since the names speak for themselves, they do face competition. They are fighting for the same potential customers as you are (and many others as well) with millions of dollars invested in advertising campaigns. For some time, leading...