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Opposites Attract: Tips for Designing a Clean Yet Colorful Website

February 17th, 2015
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Opposites Attract: Tips for Designing a Clean Yet Colorful Website

A clean website design does not have to be boring, and a colorful website design does not have to be obnoxious and overwhelming. Interestingly, usually all a clean site needs to jazz it up are a few bright or bold colors, and an obnoxious site needs a clean redesign to go from overwhelming to simply colorful. For these reasons, a clean yet colorful website is...

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Design Trend Hero Images: The Bold Way of Using Images

February 13th, 2015
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Design Trend Hero Images: The Bold Way of Using Images

Currently there are two seemingly contrary trends in web design. On the one hand, websites become more minimalistic – less colors, clear fonts and simple shapes. On the other hand, large-sized, full page images – so called hero images – are becoming more and more popular. Sounds strange, but in the end only appears to be contradictory. At second glance, both trends complement each...

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46 of the Web’s Most Creative 404 Error Pages (2015 Edition)

February 12th, 2015
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46 of the Web’s Most Creative 404 Error Pages (2015 Edition)

Entering a mistyped URL into your browser or clicking a link to a destination that no longer exists usually leads to a 404 error page. This 404 is generated by your server and if you do nothing about will look like a default server message looks – ugly and boring and unhelpful to the technically non-savvy. This needs not be that way, however. We...

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Blast from the Past #4: 100 Best Free HTML/CSS Themes of 2014

February 8th, 2015
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Blast from the Past #4: 100 Best Free HTML/CSS Themes of 2014

Here we are again with part 4 of our series “Blast from the Past”. By now, we have equipped you with a vast collection of 90 free carefully executed GUI sets, 100 icon packs and more than 100 free PSD website templates. With them, building up almost any kind of website, starting from stylish and sought-after one page portfolios and not ending with complex...

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Blast from the Past #3: 100+ Best Free PSD Website Templates of 2014

February 7th, 2015
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Blast from the Past #3: 100+ Best Free PSD Website Templates of 2014

Welcome to part 3 of our series “Blast from the Past”. By now, you are already in possession of a vast collection of 90 free carefully executed GUI sets and 100 icon packs. With them, building up almost any kind of website, starting from stylish and sought-after one page portfolios and not ending with complex e-commerce sites becomes a little less challenging. Of course,...

Infographics

Trends 2015: Five Brand-new Infographics for Website Operators

January 29th, 2015
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Trends 2015: Five Brand-new Infographics for Website Operators

This article covers some of the latest infographics on hot topics of the new year. We will have a look at current trends in 2015 – not only in web design, but also digital branding and social marketing that are equally important if you want to be prepared for the future. One of the infographics gives some tips on how to protect yourself from...

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Tracing Web Design Trends From 2004 to 2015: This New Interactive Infographic Web Site is All You Need

January 27th, 2015
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Tracing Web Design Trends From 2004 to 2015: This New Interactive Infographic Web Site is All You Need

If you are a web developer, keeping your finger on the pulse of time is vital to help you stay on top of things. Read a lot, try a lot, dismiss a lot and keep a lot. We call such an approach professional. There are trends that you wouldn’t expect to win through that still do and others who seem no-brainers at first, but...

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A Look into a Web Designer’s Toolbox – Today: John Siebert

January 24th, 2015
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A Look into a Web Designer’s Toolbox – Today: John Siebert

As a web designer, you must be well aware of how even a minuscule designing mistake can result in the failure of your website. One of the ways of avoiding the various pitfalls related to website design is using the right set of tools. The idea is to use such tools to simplify some of the more time consuming tasks related to web design...

Inspiration

For Your Blog Only? Think Again! These 35 Global Brands Use WordPress as CMS

January 21st, 2015
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For Your Blog Only? Think Again! These 35 Global Brands Use WordPress as CMS

WordPress has become far more than just a blogging software. Even large and highly complex sites with millions of visitors each month can be realized with this flexible solution created by Automattic. The worldwide success of the free content management system seems unstoppable. About 60% of all websites using a CMS run on WordPress – with an upward tendency. WordPress is the only CMS...

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Pretty Colorful: Webdesign for High-Context Cultures

January 13th, 2015
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Pretty Colorful: Webdesign for High-Context Cultures

Occasionally, Asian and Western webdesign are poles apart. If you want a proof, check out the German and Chinese websites of a famous fast-food chain, or the Chinese news portal Tom.com. With its animated sequence of images, it may put some Western viewers on edge. Websites are also part of the culture in which most viewers move. If you want to design a website for...

Inspiration

Enjoy Inspiration: Best Design Practices Daily

January 8th, 2015
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Enjoy Inspiration: Best Design Practices Daily

Creative workers need a mixture of different fuels. But one of the more important parts of this composite is inspiration. Inspiration is, of course, everywhere. Then again, sitting away long office hours cuts you from natural sources of inspiration and throws you back into virtuality. If you are like me, you’ll be happy about each new source of inspiration reachable from inside the cubicles...

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Creative Vandalism: Urban Street Art in Czech Republic

December 22nd, 2014
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Creative Vandalism: Urban Street Art in Czech Republic

Considered to be an act of vandalism, defacement and even a despicable crime, Graffiti is a controversial type of art that, as a matter of fact, has already managed to win over numerous artists and spectators and has amassed a large army of minions and fans. While authorities and communities hotly debate about pros and cons of this urban branch of creative activity, being...

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Christmas Experiments: Advent Calendar of Open Web Technologies

December 11th, 2014
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Christmas Experiments: Advent Calendar of Open Web Technologies

I don’t know how I could have missed this great project during the last two years. Invented in November of 2012, this project has grown to become a more than noteworthy exhibition of what open web technologies are able to do today, when used by skilled people. Christmas Experiments is not only an impressive collection of 24 outstanding works but also the best argument...

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SkitterPhoto: One Free Commercial-use Photo per Day

November 10th, 2014
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SkitterPhoto: One Free Commercial-use Photo per Day

SkitterPhoto offers commercial-use photos of high resolution and quality. If you kindly ask them, they might even give you the RAWs for free. SkitterPhoto is a project by three photographers from the Netherlands. More than 250 images are already in stock. The promise is to add at least one new picture a day. These images then "skitter" through the web, driven by the CC0...