Gestalt Principles Applied in Design

Web designers, like other artists and craftsmen, impose structure on the environment. We enforce order and beauty on the formless void that is our blank computer screen.

We do it in different ways — creating an organized layout first, writing text and content first, or even basing a design concept on an image, a color palette, or something that visually trips your trigger, whether it’s a sunset or a Song Dynasty painting.


Last week, Wix provided two 1-year subscriptions to their Premium Combo Plan.

The winners are Hasib and HT. Congratulations to both of the winners.

20 XHTML Best Practices for Beginners

Most of the web pages you encounter is presented to you via HTML, the world wide web’s markup language. In this article, I will share with you 20 best practices that will lead to clean and correct markup.


3 Advanced CSS3 Techniques You Should Learn

If you’re reading this, then I can safely assume that you’ve at least heard of CSS3. The latest version of CSS includes properties that allow you to style your HTML elements with rounded corners, drop shadows, and even color gradients.

However, these techniques just scratch the surface of what CSS3 can really do. In this guide, I am going to be talking about three advanced CSS3 techniques.


I Never Meta URL Like You Before: A Short Domain Name Trick

I love a good domain name. I sometimes look wistfully back at my youth and think about the swell URLs I would have bought if I had an inkling about what the Internet would become.

Today you’re lucky if you find a relevant, memorable domain that isn’t parked or in use — luckier still if it’s short.


What’s stopping you from creating a functional app/website for the iPad? My answer was the Objective-C coding language, time constraints and having to deal with the infamous Apple App Store.

But if you’re a web designer, like me, and you think that designing for the iPad is outside the realm of possibility — think again.

Love it or hate it, the iPad is an incredible medium. There is no denying that the touch form factor will have an incredible impact on how designers approach user interaction. So get ahead of the game and start experimenting with iPad web apps now.


Inkd, an online marketplace for creative businesses, is giving away a standard custom logo design package (worth $299).

To win, simply leave a comment stating how you’ll benefit from Inkd’s custom logo design package.

This giveaway ends on August 18, 2010¬†after which the comments section on this post will be closed. We’ll use your email address to contact you if you win. The winners will be randomly selected and announced on a separate post. Please note that comments that don’t follow the instructions on how to participate (described above) may not be published.