As web professionals, we’re always looking for ways to improve our knowledge and skills. Tips, tricks and checklists are often one of the most underused yet potentially useful models of providing great, quick and easy to follow pieces of useful information.
You may or may not know some of the tips below — and you may or may not agree with everything listed — but hopefully it will give you some ideas for your own sites or motivate you to create a checklist to help cover your bases.
With the huge development in mobile device technology in the past few years coupled with the ever-increasing media business sector, isn’t it time we, as web designers, started taking advantage of some of the fantastic mobile applications to make our job a bit easier?
From cheat sheets to running servers, here’s a list of the 10 most useful iPhone apps for people who make websites.
Despite the nascent technologies and web startups on the Web, one thing we’ve lacked in the recent past was rich and beautiful web typography.
Though we have so many typefaces to choose from, we could only use a specific set of regular fonts installed and supported by most computers — these fonts were collectively known as Web-safe fonts.
While most people will agree that design is an important factor in building a high-traffic website or blog, there are countless examples on the contrary.
How is it that some sites are able to become massively popular despite their pedestrian or lackluster designs? And, perhaps a better question is: Could those sites be even more popular with an improved design?
Negative space is often misunderstood as a tool to implement in certain designs that call for a simple aesthetic.
However, it is in fact something you should pay attention to and carefully structure in every design you create.
One of the biggest challenges that online businesses face today is maintaining relevance in the eyes of the search engines, especially Google. With Google controlling more than 90% of the search traffic in the US alone, it’s not surprising that the most important goal of any web-based marketing strategy is to be number one in Google.
Typography is an integral part of design. Think of all the different uses of typography on the web, from large headlines and bold blocks of text to smaller-sized text in body copy, and you’ll soon realize that not only is it a crucial part of a web design, but that it’s a pure combination of art and science.