Error pages are often neglected by designers because they are rarely seen, or at least that’s the plan. But we all know things happen. A visitor may incorrectly enter a url, or try to find something on your site that just isn’t there. These are times when the 404 page will receive a few visits, but visiting an error page isn’t necessarily part of a pleasant user experience. That’s why many designers these days are taking a little extra time and effort to get creative with the 404 page. Doing so helps ease frustration by the user and shows an attention to detail. In this post I’ve rounded up 40 Creative 404 Error Pages to Inspire You. (more…)
You’ve probably been hearing a lot lately about how Flash is a dying technology and how it’ll soon be replaced by HTML5. Personally, I think that it will slowly replace Flash for some things, but Flash will always have a place, especially for developing complex games and rich internet applications. If you’ve yet to see what HTML5 can do, I’ve rounded up 10 demos that show off some of its capabilities. (more…)
Goals are important to have in life. They are especially important for website design, because without any goals, you have nothing to shoot for in the end and nothing to measure your success by. Goals help designers focus on the important things and not lose sight of what you want in the end; goals are what help designers deliver outstanding sites every time. (more…)
Here’s a high-quality vector pack for our WDL Premium Members. Currency Ornaments contains 22 very detailed and ornate vector flourishes, swashes, crests, leaves, and other design elements that have a very Victorian and Baroque feel to them. You really have to see these up close to understand the details. (more…)
Update: Congratulations to Carrie Drazin, for being the winner of our Inkd One Year Subscription Giveaway!!
Inkd has teamed up with WDL to give one of our readers a 1 year subscription to their library. The subscription is worth $400 and will give you access to thousands of professional logos, layouts, photos and graphics ready whenever you need them. To be eligible to win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post and we will randomly select the winner. (more…)
I believe that everybody already understands the importance of social media, and incorporating it into a web design. To get the attention of your viewers to your social media links you need to use both strategy and good taste. To design a good call-to-action social media icon/link you need to think about its positioning, its color, approach, style, size, everything. You also need to keep in mind that you want to get the attention of your viewers to the social side of your website without distracting from what’s important, such as the content. In my opinion, a good social media link is one that you have no trouble to finding and when you find it, you like what you see.
To give you some ideas of how you might integrate social media links in your next project, I’ve put together a collection of 55 Examples of Well Integrated Social Media Icons in Web Design. There should be plenty here to inspire you. (more…)
Think about all the tools you use each day to do your job. Chances are, more than one of them are made by Google. Google puts out great products that help us perform our daily tasks. Whether it be email, creating docs, or communicating with clients and colleagues, there seems to be a Google service for just about everything. But just like other tools and applications there are lots of features, which means more stuff to remember. So if you’re like me and have trouble memorizing things like keyboard shortcuts, we’re here to help. Here are 11 Helpful Cheat Sheets for Popular Google Products. (more…)
When we see an image on a web page, it’s second nature for us to move our mouse over it or try to click it. We have come to expect some level of interactivity when it comes to images, especially with modern web design technologies, such as jQuery. If you happen to be working on a project that requires the images to have a little something extra, then jQuery is the way to go. To help you out, we’ve rounded up 10 jQuery Plugins and Techniques for Doing More with Images. (more…)
Eleven months ago we launched WDL Premium, and it’s been a huge success for our members, our premium partners, and us. If you’ve not heard about our premium membership, it’s a way for us to bring you high-quality design files and other goodies from top companies. It’s truly been a win – win – win situation for everybody. It’s given our premium members access to incredible design files at an unbelievably small price. It’s given our partners targeted exposure for their other products and services. And it’s given us a way to keep Web Design Ledger going strong. (more…)
Today we’re giving our WDL Premium members a premium texture pack from PremiumTextures.com. These grungy wall textures are a great way to give a design a worn and weathered look. They’re ideal for quickly adding a lot of detail and interest to a large area such as a website background. There are 12 high resolution textures included in this pack. (more…)