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20 Elite Themeforest Authors Reveal Their 5 Favourite Web Design Tools

I bet you think that WordPress theme development needs tons of web design tools? Well, think again. Recently I asked 20 elite authors from Themeforest a simple question: “If you could only use five design tools for WordPress development, which tools would you choose?“ My overall goal was to discover what actually are the best and most popular WordPress development…

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Creating Timeless Designs

We’ve all seen examples of ‘classic’ design – work that gets talked about for months, years, and even decades after it has served its initial purpose. Even people who have no idea what the original design was even used for will discuss its beauty, simplicity, and timelessness. What goes into creating work of that caliber? Today, we’re going to explore…

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A Look Back at the Popular Web Design Trends from 2013

This year has brought powerful new UI concepts, open source projects, and new hacks/tricks for web designers and developers. Those who are interested in what makes good web design have probably noticed the steady improvements. Looking back even one decade to 2003 you’ll find the Internet and the WWW have come a long way. In this article I want to…

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Designing a Successful Mobile Commerce App

A bad mobile app can make or break a company’s image and revenues. In fact, Google reports that 79% of surveyed respondents indicated they would turn to a competitor’s app after a bad mobile experience. Mobile commerce is steadily increasing with some brands such as JackThreads reporting 50% of sales from mobile. Brands that are excelling at m-commerce have done…

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Tips for Finding Flow

It’s late in the day and you’re working hard on a project. Hours have seemingly flown by in a flash. You haven’t eaten anything since this morning, but you don’t really feel hungry. The only times you’ve moved have been to refill your coffee and even as you are pouring a cup, your mind is churning over this project –…

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Flat Illustration in Web Design

At the moment it does seem that every newly launched site or app has adopted the flat design trend. What started just over a year ago as merely a unique design concept, has now exploded into a phenomenon that has literally changed the face of UI design. Perhaps forever. Some web designers have even taken flat design that little bit…

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Markdown Tools and Editors

When it comes to writing without any obstructions, the choices are plenty. There are many users who prefer the good old visual editor — however, most of the time, writers and developers tend to struggle when writing proper text using HTML markup. Similarly, even though the visual editor is easy to use, it can appear limiting to many users. It…

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Good vs. Great Web Design: The Difference

While there are no rigid rules when it comes to web design, there do exist certain metrics that can distinguish a bad design from a good one, and even more so, a good design from a great one. Yet, there indeed are many practices that you can implement in order to ensure that your web design endeavors rank among the…

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Designing for the 3 Second Rule

3-5 seconds! Yes that’s all it takes to make a great first impression. I know this sounds like an atrociously low time frame to create an impression, but that’s the way it is! What you see or hear in these initial few seconds, shapes your opinion of the person. Now, this got me thinking, isn’t it the same with websites?…

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Good Font, Bad Font: 5 Ways To Tell The Gems From The Junk

Type can be confusing for designers today, who have access to thousands upon thousands of different fonts, many of which are free to download and use. This results in an overabundance of typographical solutions to problems that aren’t really so complicated. Today, we’re going to look at 5 key rules for selecting an ideal typeface for any project, and how…