10 iPhone Apps Every Web Designer Should Know About

Jun 21 2010 by Rob Thomas | 35 Comments

10 iPhone Apps Every Web Designer Should Know About

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.

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A Guide to Google Font API

Jun 1 2010 by Divyang Patel | 59 Comments

Make the Web Beautiful With Google Font API

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.

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10 Massively Popular Websites with Plain and Simple Designs

May 31 2010 by Corbett Barr | 71 Comments

10 Massively Popular Websites with Plain and Simple Designs

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?

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Negative Space in Webpage Layouts: A Guide

May 18 2010 by Joshua Johnson | 83 Comments

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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.

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9 Ways To Improve the SEO of Every Website You Design

Apr 10 2010 by Alex Cleanthous | 148 Comments

9 Ways To Improve the SEO of Every Website You Design

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.

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A Basic Look at Typography in Web Design

Apr 7 2010 by Shannon Noack | 50 Comments

A Basic Look at Typography in Web Design

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.

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A Brief Look at Grid-Based Layouts in Web Design

Mar 24 2010 by Shannon Noack | 32 Comments

A Brief Look at Grid-Based Layouts in Web Design

Take a look at some of the biggest sites out there today that are showcasing top-notch designs. It’s very likely they’ve used a grid of some sort. Grids enable stability and structure in a web layout, giving the designer a logical template to build the site on.

Grids don’t mean you have to have a boring design. A good designer will apply the fundamental rules of using grid-based layouts but also knows how to break these rules properly.

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