30 Magnificent Winery & Vineyard Website Designs

30 Magnificent Winery & Vineyard Website Designs

Jan 6, 2015 / Inspiration

It can be difficult to find high-caliber inspiration for niche design topics. There are hundreds of great portfolio websites but not as many examples for wineries, vineyards, or similar orchards. Over the past few years more businesses have pushed to get online and it has created a demand for quality web design in all areas.

45 Best Premium Responsive Portfolio Themes for WordPress

45 Best Premium Responsive Portfolio Themes for WordPress

Jan 4, 2015 / WordPress

Modern portfolios have expanded to include a panoply of creative types such as artists, designers, writers, photographers, and even architects. If you’re serious about your creative career then you really need to have a portfolio website. But what’s the best way to accomplish this task? For many people it’s easier to install a custom portfolio…

Icons in Web Design: Tips, Resources, and Examples

Icons in Web Design: Tips, Resources, and Examples

Dec 30, 2014 / Trends

Modern icons have become a staple for every digital interface. They can help organize content, they’re generally lightweight and even play mp3’s. No wait that’s iPods… well even iPods have a use for icons because they’re a quick visual method to convey information.

Flexible Image Carousels for Responsive Web Design

Flexible Image Carousels for Responsive Web Design

Dec 29, 2014 / Resources

Most web developers feel it’s redundant to create an interface from scratch when there are plenty of free code snippets online. Naturally this includes a broad range of interfaces from dropdown menus to accordion widgets. Another popular option is the responsive image carousel which has grown abundantly fashionable in recent years.

Free Code Snippets for CSS3 Animation

Free Code Snippets for CSS3 Animation

Dec 23, 2014 / Resources

Online tutorials are useful but not always plentiful when it comes to really detailed animation effects. But if you already know enough about coding then it’s easy to dissect someone else’s example to recreate your own. CSS3 animation is still a new topic hot off the presses with fresh source code examples delivered by your…

How To Remove the Background from a Photo with the Photoshop Pen Tool

How To Remove the Background from a Photo with the Photoshop Pen Tool

Dec 17, 2014 / Tutorials

Rendering is the process of separating a particular object from the background so you have a completely clear image. This is useful for almost everything from digital graphics to web design and magazine covers. Removing the background from an image leaves only the foreground which could be people, objects, scenery, or some combination of the…

Understanding & Designing Great Microcopy

Understanding & Designing Great Microcopy

Dec 8, 2014 / Tips

We all know about the importance of great copy on the web. It’s often easy to capture attention with visuals but strenuous to capture attention with verbiage. So if the word “copy” refers to the overall page text, then what’s microcopy? Well much like finding a great parking spot in a crowded plaza, microcopy refers…

Best Practices for Creating Fullscreen Website Backgrounds

Best Practices for Creating Fullscreen Website Backgrounds

Dec 2, 2014 / Trends

The artistic use of fullscreen backgrounds has become a large part of the web design lexicon. Many different layouts from landing pages to agencies and social networks have used this feature with great success. It’s a fantastic way to draw attention while simultaneously branding a company or project.

Ideas for Pushing Beyond your Creative Comfort Zone

Ideas for Pushing Beyond your Creative Comfort Zone

Nov 17, 2014 / Tips

Working under pressure can feel like you’re caught in the cross hairs of a critic scrutinizing your every move. Unfortunately you can’t see him because this critic sniper has mastered the art of hiding in plain sight – right inside your skull. We are usually our own worst critics and over time this can build…

Applying the Rule of Thirds to Web Design

Applying the Rule of Thirds to Web Design

Nov 10, 2014 / Tools

This is a fascinating subject that doesn’t always get discussed in the realm of web design. Photographers are probably familiar with the rule of thirds related to photo composition. But how can interface designers use the rule of thirds to create interesting digital designs?