Inspirational Tips and Tools from a Designer

Sep 28 2009 by Angela Rohner | 33 Comments

I’d like to share with you some of the tools, ideas and resources that I use as a designer whenever I need some design inspiration. Some of the resources and ideas in this article may be things that you already know, and some may be new to you that you can try. Whatever the case, I hope you enjoy it!

Design-Related Websites and Blogs

Design-Related Websites and Blogs

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Popular Search Engines in the 90′s: Then and Now

Sep 12 2009 by Jacob Gube | 136 Comments

In the heydays of the internet – when Google wasn’t the only search engine people used to seek information on the web – web surfers (I bet you haven’t heard that term in a while) had several options for finding what they needed on the net.

This article harks back to the days of AltaVista, HotBot, and when Ask was still Ask Jeeves. You’ll see how the web designs of ubiquitous search engines of the past have evolved through time. Put your nostalgia hats on as we travel back to the ancient times of the internet!




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Five Popular Design Portfolio Website Styles

Aug 31 2009 by Tyler Denis | 73 Comments

Having a web-based portfolio is crucial for displaying your online and/or offline work. The key to an effective portfolio design is how you to set up the content. In this article, we are going to cover various ways designers and artists set up their portfolio site. We’re also going to look at some well-designed examples from each style.

1. Portfolio as the main focus

These portfolio websites are usually pretty simple, having some basic information on the front page. All the focus is geared towards the design work.

Leonardo Maia

Leonardo Maia

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Essential Tips for Designing an Effective Homepage

Aug 20 2009 by Kayla Knight | 39 Comments

The homepage is what many people see when first encountering a website, and it can lead to a lasting impression (negative or positive) that can affect their decision to return to it.

In this article, we’ll go over some web design tips for designing homepages and uncover some of the vital steps required to construct a powerful and successful front page.

Identify the website’s purpose/goal

A designer should understand the purpose of the site in order to build an effective homepage design.

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The Brads – Alignment in Design

Aug 17 2009 by Brad Colbow | 23 Comments

The alignment of elements in a web page is a very important aspect of a good web design. In this info-comic, The Brads illustrate important concepts and best practices for alignment.

The Brads - Alignment in Design - leading image

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10 Important Traits of a Great Blog Design

Aug 13 2009 by John Urban | 35 Comments

Your blog’s design can be the distinguishing factor that separates you from the vast sea of other weblogs out there. First impressions count and making sure that you have all the elements of a great blog design can ensure that readers will enjoy the content that you present.

In this article, you will read about the ten essential characteristics of a solid weblog design.

1. Good readability

One of the most important elements of a blog design is readability. Make sure that the background and foreground colors that you choose have sufficient contrast to make your text easy to read (look into some tools to test your design’s colors). Provide sufficient line-spacing for paragraphs to make longer blocks of text easier to read. Take a peek at the Viget Inspire‘s content layout, they’ve made it so that their text content is pleasant to read.

Viget Inspire

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12 Excellent Social News Sites for Web Designers

Jul 6 2009 by Jacob Gube | 43 Comments

Social news/bookmarking websites are a great for finding useful resources, tutorials, and information on the web. These sites typically puts users in the driver’s seat by giving them the ability to submit links, vote on other people’s submissions, as well as vote down stories that they don’t like. Because of this, they’re able to create a user-driven site and connect people who have similar interests.

This article features social news/bookmarking sites for web designers and developers. Whether you’re seeking tutorials, information on the latest trends and web technologies, or a design community that you can participate in, these are the websites to check out.

1. Designmoo


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