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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10 Ideas for Creating Innovative and Unique Web Designs

Jan 13 2011 by Jason Gross | 68 Comments

10 Ideas for Creating Innovative and Unique Web Designs

I am a big fan of Twitter. I consider it the one tool that helped me develop from a person who simply knew how to make websites to a web designer because the exposure to fantastic designers, tutorials, recommended readings, and impressive examples helped me build my design toolset and grow my abilities on both a technical and creative level.

So whenever someone asks my advice on how to become a better designer, things such as social networks (like Twitter and Facebook), design galleries and RSS feeds are at the top of my list of things that you should be using to learn and improve.

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Is Good the Enemy of Great in Web Design?

Dec 30 2010 by Jason Gross | 26 Comments

Is Good the Enemy of Great in Web Design?

The popular phrase "good is the enemy of great" echoes a cautionary advice for the inspired and hopeful. The phrase means settling for acceptable or "good enough" results will prevent you from achieving greatness.

This advice, by logic, does stand to be true–allowing our second best effort so that we can just get the job done by the end of the day will always leave us short of our true potential as web designers.

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Volunteer Work in Web Design

Dec 17 2010 by Maria Malidaki | 32 Comments

Volunteer Work in Web Design

Volunteering is an attractive option for every web worker at some point. Whether the motivation is for self-promotion (for example, to broaden one’s network) or purely to help others in difficult times, many of us in the web industry have thought of doing it at least once.

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60 Questions to Consider When Designing a Website

Dec 15 2010 by Alexander Dawson | 38 Comments

60 Questions to Consider When Designing a Website

We spend a lot of time asking ourselves, our clients and other people questions. Whether it’s choosing the perfect shade of green for our latest web layout or figuring out how to implement a complex typographical solution, the ability to ask the right questions is among the most critical of skills for a web designer. In this article, we’ll go over 60 specific questions that web professionals should ask before taking their website public.

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Fat Free Web Design

Nov 26 2010 by Jason Gross | 14 Comments

Fat Free Web Design

Everybody loves to have a little more. We want a little more money, a little more free time or maybe a little more chocolate on our ice cream. Living a life of excess is a great way to flaunt your achievements and to show everyone just how much awesome you are.

But this big-pimpin’ philosophy does not translate well in web design. Extravagant websites become a sloppy usability nightmare. Chunky websites that have too many things going are clogging up the arteries of the web. It’s time for some exercise.

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