Details Make the Difference in Web Design

Feb 25 2011 by Jason Gross | 33 Comments

Details Make the Difference in Web Design

Details make a world of difference when distinguishing between ordinary and extraordinary.

A luxury car may have the same number of wheels, seats, windows and doors as a traditional vehicle, but what sets it apart from the competition is the time spent on the details. Heated leather seats, a push-to-start engine, keyless entry, automated parking and extensive digital consoles add value to an expensive, new car.

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Situational Design for the Web

Feb 21 2011 by Alexander Dawson | 16 Comments

Situational Design for the Web

During the browser wars, interesting problems presented themselves to the web design community. Many web professionals resorted to drastic measures and built separate websites for IE and Netscape — and later we had wireless markup language (WML) for mobile phones. This was because of inconsistent rendering and poorly implemented standards, and it was a means of avoiding the ugly hacking that was otherwise necessary.

This practice has evolved over the years (take print-friendly pages, for example), but the modern web almost shuns the practice entirely.

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The Wabi-Sabi Aesthetic

Feb 14 2011 by Michael Tuck | 13 Comments

The Wabi-Sabi Aesthetic

When I was in school, I fell in love with the same girl twice. Her name was Frances, and she looked something like Hillary Duff, only with short hair, less eye makeup, and more class. I’m not sure she ever knew I existed. I developed a massive crush on her in eighth grade, followed her around the halls between classes ("She takes English! She must really be smart!"), and never, ever told my friends about her. That would have spoiled it.

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How to Measure the Effectiveness of Web Designs

Feb 7 2011 by Claudiu Murariu | 12 Comments

How to Measure the Effectiveness of Web Designs

At the end of the day, the quality of a web design can only really be measured quantitatively in the results it brings a site. As they say, results speak for themselves.

Being a web analyst for more than four years now and regularly working side-by-side with a designer, the biggest thing I have learned is Data identifies the problem and Design solves it.

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Symmetry in Design: Concepts, Tips and Examples

Jan 27 2011 by Kayla Knight | 13 Comments

Symmetry in Design: Concepts, Tips and Examples

Symmetry creates balance, and balance in design creates harmony, order, and aesthetically pleasing results. It is found everywhere in nature, and is probably why we find it to be so beautiful. Symmetry is one of the fundamental principles in gestaltism, a human behavior theory that proposes that our mind naturally creates order and completeness in the things we see and encounter.

However, symmetry can get boring. Asymmetry is a break in symmetry, which when used effectively, can make things more interesting. We will also talk about asymmetry.

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Designing Websites with Personality

Jan 25 2011 by Jason Gross | 22 Comments

We all have personalities, and no one is exactly like another. Our relationships and memories are built on our interaction with other people.

Like every person, web designers have unique and intriguing personalities. But even with the clearly obvious level of impact our personality has in our lives and our work, there is still a noticeable lack of individuality in the web designs we see on the web.

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Are Current Web Design Trends Pushing Us Back to 1999?

Jan 17 2011 by Louis Lazaris | 134 Comments

Are Current Web Design Trends Pushing Us Back to 1999?

In 1991, a groundbreaking and forever influential album was released by a then-unknown band called Nirvana, led by guitarist and lead singer Kurt Cobain. When that album appeared on the music scene, it was during a time when rock music was, in many respects, dead. Not to say that rock albums weren’t selling; for about a decade prior to that time, the rock music scene was dominated by Glam metal bands (also known as Hair metal bands) like Def Leppard, Warrant, and Poison.

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