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

Designmoo

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10 Things Every Web Designer Just Starting Out Should Know

Jul 1 2009 by John Urban | 70 Comments

There are many aspects of creating a website design. Web designers often have to play multiple roles and be very knowledgeable about building effective and usable site layouts.

10 Things Every Web Designer Just Starting Out Should Know

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10 Unusual Places to Get Design Inspiration

Jun 23 2009 by Kayla Knight | 42 Comments

Inspiration isn’t something that just pops into a designer’s head. Most of the time, we must make an active approach to discover it. This obviously isn’t a new concept, and there are thousands of inspiration websites from CSS galleries to showcase blog posts. These are way overused, though; in order to create a truly successful design, one must find inspiration elsewhere.

10 Unusual Places to Get Design Inspiration

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Why Designers Should Learn How to Code

Jun 11 2009 by John Urban | 162 Comments

More often than not, designers have rightfully been accused of retreating into their cocoons of ignorance as soon as their work of creating a web design is finished, leaving the dirty and more hands-on work of putting it up on the web to developers. This apathy is prevalent not only in the web-building industry, but also in software and game engineering.

Why Designers Should Learn How to Code

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