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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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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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The Design Evolution of Popular Websites

By / Nov 9, 2009 / Inspiration

It seems like only yesterday I was designing my first website. The year was 1997 and apparently I had an affinity to blue lightning bolts and animated gifs of my initials. When the project was complete, I had created the most beautiful design I’d ever seen. At least that’s what I believed at the time….

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404 Error Pages for Your Viewing Pleasure

By / Oct 14, 2009 / Inspiration

No one likes seeing the dreaded error page on a website. It usually occurs when a link is bad. Error pages, also known by their street name as 404 pages, are depressing. They make you feel sad and confused and angry at the web designer. Perhaps all of this is irrational, but it happens. As…

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Most Used and Abused Web Design Trends of All Time

By / Oct 5, 2009 / Tips

The year is 1999. You’ve just watched the Matrix, and it’s blown your mind. You sit down in front of your computer to work on a web design and then create or download an animated Matrix background for your Geocities website. You’re so cool. Fast forward 10 years, and you say to yourself, yikes, what…

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The Definitive Guide to About Me Pages

By / Sep 2, 2009 / Tips

One of the most important and least used aspects of any website is the “About Me” page. It’s not enough to have an interesting site and great product if your visitor can’t find a way to relate to you. Never under-estimate the power of personality. The internet isn’t a cold, sterile environment. As a matter…

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Interface Design: Login/SignUp

By / Dec 1, 2008 / Inspiration

Interface design in websites focuses on the user’s experience and interaction. Where as traditional graphic design seeks to make the object or application physically attractive.

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10 Signs of a User-Focused Design

By / Nov 24, 2008 / Tips

When building a new website or re-designing an existing one, web designers are faced with all kinds of significant challenges, including keeping the client happy, creating a site that gets results, and catering to users at the same time.

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10 Amazing Designers that Influence the Community

By / Nov 6, 2008 / Inspiration

I come from a print background of 9+ years. The last 4-5 I have been designing for the web. I have been following these 10 amazing designers that have influenced and taught me plenty through their books, websites & even recent portfolios.