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The Principle of Contrast in Web Design

By / Feb 3, 2010 / Tips

A web design is made of many different elements, each having varying levels of importance and some demanding prominence over others. Some elements share a relationship, while others are not related at all. The tricky part is being able to communicate this visually and effectively. This is where the principle of contrast comes into play.

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20 Different and Beautiful Icon Sets

By / Feb 2, 2010 / Freebies

We are accustomed to seeing icons as bright and glossy bundles of pixel perfection, but this typical style of icon doesn’t always work for all styles of web design. For instance, grungey designs need icons to be a little dirty. While icons on a hand drawn style site should have line marks or brush strokes….

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50 Inspiring Portfolio Designs

By / Feb 1, 2010 / Inspiration

We are always looking for inspiration, specially when it comes to web design. We just can’t get tired of browsing around websites to check out layouts, colors, typography, styles and everything else that a cool site can offer. At this selection I will show you some portfolio designs. Some of them you probably already know, others are new – some are minimalist, others are colorful and full of elements.

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Most Creative Ads Around the World

By / Jan 29, 2010 / Inspiration

As the economy develops, our world has been thick with commercials and advertisements. However, not all the advertisements have worked as well as what the advertisers thought. After all, no one wants to read a boring paragraph or a long list about the promoted product. It’s the creativity in the ads that can capture the…

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deCondo: A Premium WordPress Theme for Real Estate

By / Jan 28, 2010 / Premium

Today we’re releasing another beautiful premium WordPress theme from ThemeShift to our premium members. deCondo is a light and elegant real estate theme. A lot of handy features like a search panel, multi-agent support and a professional property exposée let you easily setup your real estate website. Be sure to check out the other great…

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20 Fonts Ideal for Big and Powerful Headings

By / Jan 27, 2010 / Freebies

Headings play a major role in the way users digest content. Through size and style, they help establish a hierarchy and make text easy to scan. Headings also help establish the mood created by a design. So it’s important to choose the right font to compliment the website’s style. For this article, we’ve rounded up…

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30 Creative and Inspiring Blog Designs

By / Jan 26, 2010 / Inspiration

These days, blogs are all over the place and they cover almost all areas you may think of. A really great think about the ‘proliferation’ of blogs is that we can always find great design inspiration while browsing around them. They don’t need to be famous to have an amazing look, and we can notice than more and more people are designing great blogs! So here we will show 30 great blog designs to inspire you and also to give you several different perspectives from a same idea: deliver content to the web. I hope you like the selection.

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Beautiful Black and White Nature Photography

By / Jan 25, 2010 / Inspiration

The beauty of nature can be very inspiring. So in this article we are showcasing examples of black and white nature photography. Without color, photographers must put more emphasis on lighting, composition, and context. Combined with this and the fact that there are no man-made objects, these photographs are an excellent source of inspiration and…

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20 Sets of Photoshop Brushes for Vintage Style Design

By / Jan 25, 2010 / Freebies

Vintage style design is all about making things look old. This can be achieved by using using elements in your designs that appear to be from decades ago, and when done well can create a mood for your web design that will leave a lasting impressions on visitors. In this article, we’ve rounded up a…

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Interview with Jeff Finley

By / Jan 22, 2010 / Inspiration

This is our first interview here on WDL, and we couldn’t have asked for a better interviewee. Jeff Finley is a well known figure in the design community, and as most great designers are…very busy. So we’re thankful that he took the time to answer a few questions for us.