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Whitespace: The Underutilized Design Element

By / Jan 12, 2010 / Tips

There are a number of elements that make up a great web design, but probably one of the most overlooked and underutilized is whitespace. Every design has whitespace, but the problem is that not every design has enough. This could be due to the fact that inexperienced designers and their clients see whitespace as empty…

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Seven Useful Web Development Tips & Tools for Cross-Compatibility

By / Jan 6, 2010 / Tips

As a web designer, you would think that the major Internet browsers would’ve come to some sort of agreement on standards and best practices after all this time. In reality, browser compatibility is a minefield of confusing conflicts and picky platforms that refuse to play nice with each other. Here are some useful tools and…

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Adding Depth with Pixel Perfect Line Work

By / Dec 30, 2009 / Tips

A pixel is a single point in a raster image. Computer displays are capable of showing millions of these at a time. So how can one lone pixel have an impact on a web design? It probably can’t. However, if you extend that pixel in one direction, it becomes a line, and in the hands…

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13 Useful Code Snippets for WordPress Development

By / Dec 28, 2009 / Tips

WordPress has grown to be commonly defined as the core solution for your blogging needs. It is the most recognized and sought after Content Management System by writers and designers. Consequently, over the past few years there has been a voluble increase in WordPress blogs, this has caused the “need” for useful tips, tricks, and…

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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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An Idiot’s Guide To Accessible Website Design

By / Dec 8, 2009 / Tips

If you are designing web sites in the UK, you probably already know that the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) mandates web sites be accessible by visually and physically disabled persons. But even if you work in a locale that doesn’t have any accessibility requirements yet, web designers have an obligation to make their clients’ web…

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Tips for Effective Communication with Your Clients

By / Dec 7, 2009 / Tips

Communicating effectively with your clients is key to the success of  your projects and the structure of your freelance business. The process of communication begins before the client even agrees to have you work on their project, and it should remain as a constant throughout your entire relationship. When a client expresses their needs and…

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The Four Key Components of a Great Web Design

By / Nov 24, 2009 / Tips

There’s a lot that goes into creating a web design, but I believe it can be broken down into four main components. If you’re able to execute on all four, you will have a hit web design on your hands. However, if you come up short on one, the entire design will suffer. That’s the…

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20 Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Web Typography

By / Nov 16, 2009 / Tips

In a previous article here on Web Design Ledger, I broke down 20 do’s and don’ts of effective web design and today I would like to keep up with that topic and go over 20 do’s and don’ts of effective web typography. It’s an important part of designing for the web, yet it’s often overlooked…

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10 Tips for Writing Better CSS

By / Nov 11, 2009 / Tips

Writing your first piece of css code can seem really weird if you’re used to working with tables, or just haven’t written code before. In this article I want to talk about 10 different ways you can write proper and clean css code as well as streamline the process and ensure you’re getting the job…