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SEO for Web Designers: Best Practices

SEO for Web Designers: Best Practices

By / Jun 29, 2014 / Tips

As web designers, are we diametrically opposed to search engine optimization? We know that, at its center, web design is about elevating bland information on a screen into something aesthetically delightful and intuitively recognizable. It’s also about communicating an idea with other humans. Cave men had cave paintings, Ancient Egyptians had hieroglyphs, modern man has…

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A Serious Look At Card Based Design

A Serious Look At Card Based Design

By / Jun 12, 2014 / Trends

Cards. You may be unfamiliar with the term, but you’re no doubt familiar with the concept. Cards are ubiquitous in web design these days, and the trend seems to be catching on. In fact, the revered web trinity of Google, Twitter, and Facebook are all doing it, so it must be worth at least a…

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You’re Not Emotional: Emotions and Web Design

You’re Not Emotional: Emotions and Web Design

By / Jun 2, 2014 / Trends

How does this website make you feel? On the surface, it may seem that reading an article on a website is an emotionless experience, but science tells us that we use emotions to inform our understanding. So, yes, you are experiencing an emotion right now, but what could it be? Let’s come back to that…

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How Wearable Technology Will Impact Web Design

How Wearable Technology Will Impact Web Design

By / May 16, 2014 / Trends

Remember how wearing a calculator watch back in the day made you feel like George Jetson or his boy Elroy? Technology has come a long way from spelling out naughty words (upside down) on your calculator. These days, you can make calls, record videos, check your health, and buy coffee from your smartwatch–and that’s just…

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Web Design Trends in 2011

By / Jan 4, 2011 / Tips

There is a thin line between design and development, and as we move into a new decade, this line is becoming extremely blurry. Is it enough to draw beautiful mock ups in Photoshop? Maybe 5 years ago. These days, the average internet user requires more. All beauty, with no substance, gets boring after a while….

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Top 8 Dreaded Favors Asked of Web Designers

By / Mar 9, 2010 / Tips

Long before you officially take the profession of graphic or web designer, your friends and family will support your ambitions by developing your talent. At first, your loved ones inspect your work and if they like what they see, you’ll get flooded with their requests for one page flyers, t-shirt designs, logos, and company websites….

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10 Tips for Creating Compelling Web Copy

By / Dec 10, 2009 / Tips

You are the most important person in the world. Wow, I got you to read the second sentence. Your interest is now piqued and you want to read more. If you do read this article, you will learn exactly how important it is to create compelling web copy. Between you and me, most readers just…

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45 Advertisements You Will Never Forget

By / Nov 30, 2009 / Inspiration

Advertisements are everywhere. Consumers have a need and advertisements direct the consumer to the company that has a solution for their need. For years, we have tried in vain to escape advertisements, but aggressive advertisement companies have stepped up their creativity. These days, instead of relying on the simple goodness of lemonade and children’s laughter,…

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40 of the Best Horizontal Scrolling Websites

By / Nov 17, 2009 / Inspiration

Horizontal websites have become an underground phenomenon. A horizontal website is a lot like your artsy younger sister who dresses weirdly and doesn’t seem to acknowledge a world outside of her own imagination. Since horizontal websites are not universally embraced by the web design community, those who design in this genre must live with a…

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Web Design Trends for 2010

By / Nov 2, 2009 / Tips

With a new year on the horizon, it’s time to pack away the old, worn web designs and prepare for the brave, new face of tomorrow. Although trends don’t start and stop on January 1st, there is a definite shift from what we craved at the beginning of the year to what we are seeking…