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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…

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Less is More – A Collection of Braun Inspired Illustrations

The ground-breaking work Dieter Rams has done for Braun, and accompanied by his “less is more” ten commandments of good design, has influenced many and inspired all in product and graphic design for many years. Many designers as a tribute, or perhaps at the time seeking inspiration, have created many Braun inspired illustrations and artworks that will hopefully in turn…

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Designing Websites Using DISC Analysis

I first came across DISC analysis whilst doing a stint as a ski instructor in Canada last winter (every web designer needs a hobby right?!) and the technique helped me achieve the highest number of new private lessons booked across the adult ski school. To truly understand the value of DISC analysis to the web designer and usability expert we…

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Workwankers – Calling-out some of the unlikeable characters in design

Created by Peter Cortez and Joe Sayaman from digital production company Mizaplas.com, Workwankers is a creative series of illustrated slides that highlights some of the more annoying and unlikable characters that will undoubtedly be found lingering in your office. You can also Call out a Wanker, so Peter and Joe know that this may be ‘construed as mean-spirited,’ and thus…

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Current Design Trends for Blogs and Online Magazines

Digital website magazines on the Internet are becoming the easiest way to consume news & information. Many web designs are responsive which allows reading on mobile devices, and you aren’t even paying for the privilege. The popularity of simple open source CMS’ like WordPress makes it even easier to launch your own project online. In this guide I want to…

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UX Design for HTML/CSS Mobile Web Applications

Mobile iOS devices were a step towards popularizing the idea of web applications. Web developers could build pages with HTML meta tags creating app icons to be saved onto the homescreen. Modern JavaScript techniques are able to duplicate animations in combination with responsive web design. For this article I want to go over some user experience trends for mobile webapps….