Explicit Grid-based Website Designs: Showcase and Practice

Nataly Birch  •  Inspiration, Websites Examples  •  April 10, 2013
Explicit Grid-based Website Designs: Showcase and Practice

Nowadays, majority of website designs are based on grids; days of chaotic layouts are gone, and today is the era of ordering and structuring, although it is invisible to the naked eye. Such layouts are well-balanced, and, as a rule, aesthetic and neat. Grid frameworks that are the basis of all modern sites do all the work, providing the end-user with perfect undistorted...

Using the Parallax Trend to Create Visual Interest and Surprise

Carrie Cousins  •  Design, Website Design  •  April 9, 2013
Using the Parallax Trend to Create Visual Interest and Surprise

Cool scroll effects are begging to pop up on more and more site designs. The most popular and trendy of these effects is parallax scrolling. The technique – in which website screens or panels seem to flip with a quick scroll, or objects animate or move – can add an extra level of interest to a site and generate increased user interaction. But you need a solid...

How to Obtain the Right Color in Adobe Illustrator

Iaroslav Lazunov  •  Adobe Illustrator, Tutorials  •  April 8, 2013
How to Obtain the Right Color in Adobe Illustrator

Topic: Adobe Illustrator Difficulty: beginner Estimated completion time: 15 minutes In this tutorial we will discuss a couple of ways in how to obtain the right color in Adobe Illustrator. Then we will select the most optimal one, which will let us work on professional level. Color Models First, that you need to know is in what color mode you need to work. Some beginners...

How to Choose a Typeface

Zolani Stewart  •  Design  •  April 5, 2013
How to Choose a Typeface

Something I hear from a lot of people is that, when choosing typefaces, they go straight to the popular ones because it’s a lot simpler for them. It’s possible that the process of choosing typefaces is complicated and frustrating for a lot of people, so I figure it might be helpful to write up a guide on the best way to do it without exploding. Let us start. You already...

Flat Web Design: Beautiful Examples of Websites

Christian Vasile  •  Inspiration, Websites Examples  •  April 2, 2013
Flat Web Design: Beautiful Examples of Websites

Flat Design is a new trend labeled by the community as an interface striking similar to Microsoft’s Metro UI because it leaves drop shadows, embossing, subtle textures and gradients behind, while favoring clean layouts, sharp typography and solid colors. The new Google design and Microsoft’s come-up with Windows 8 is actually based on an older trend called Flat Design,...

10 Wireframing and Prototyping Tools for 2013

John Conor  •  Resources, Tools  •  April 1, 2013
10 Wireframing and Prototyping Tools for 2013

Creating a website or application is not limited to deciding what to put on the homepage or what photos to use to match the site’s subject. Visual designs are necessary to attract searchers and be user friendly. Therefore, project developers must first be able to visualize a good output and see how it could get the interest of people. Well, this requires lots of creativity...

Use of Ribbons and Tags in Web Design – Inspiring Examples

Nataly Birch  •  Inspiration, Websites Examples  •  March 31, 2013
Use of Ribbons and Tags in Web Design – Inspiring Examples

It was not long before creative layouts become popular not only for portfolios or online design agencies but also for any other regular website. Creative approach and high attention to details dictate modern criteria of creating website outward, from year to year updating the list of current trends. Something disappears without a trace, something becomes habitual so it’s...

Free and Premium CSS/HTML Admin Templates And Skins

Adrian  •  Resources, Templates  •  March 30, 2013
Free and Premium CSS/HTML Admin Templates And Skins

There are lots of website templatesthat you can download for free. Even so, it is not a secret for any developer that it can be very difficult to find a professional high-grade and flexible admin template. You will also have to pay attention to it being user friendly as this is also pretty important. You can create one on your own, but it will take lots of work and it might...

50 Time-Saving Web Design – Developer Tools

Ezequiel Lavaca  •  Resources, Tools  •  March 29, 2013
50 Time-Saving Web Design – Developer Tools

In our field it is important to know how to do specific tasks and use creativity to achieve our goals, however it is necessary to have the right tools in order to get our aims in a more efficient way. Here you have several tools for different steps on our daily work, from scratch to production: Mock Up Tools MockFlow MockFlow is an application based on Flash which allow  you...

Designers Workspace: Creative and Inspirational Examples

Paula Borowska  •  Inspiration  •  March 28, 2013
Designers Workspace: Creative and Inspirational Examples

What’s in a desk? A pen and a laptop, with a chair and maybe a mug? On a typical desk, yes of course – however, on a creative’s desk there is so much more. There is inspiration, passion, ideas and sweat. We all can agree that our workstations are anything but a simple desk. They are our friends, our companions – partners in crime – that help us get our ideas into...