Are your fresh design ideas no longer fresh or are you a designer who continually re-uses the same old and trusted design patterns that have followed you for many a year? Or, you might just be a UI designer that is stuck in a rut?
If you are looking to change all that, then this is the post for you.
Web design trends change with the wind – what is popular this year will undoubtedly not be popular next year. There is only one web design style that you can rely on and be deemed timeless – and that is the Vintage style. And alongside that, and similar in style, there is the permanently cool and always creative – retro(ism)….
Using illustration in web design gives the designer the opportunity to convey there own personal and unique style, and be able to say "this site is mine, and look what I can do". Very few web design styles give an artist this opportunity.
When designing the homepage of any web design agency it has to be well thought out, researched and planned. It basically all comes down to what clientele you are going to target? Is it corporate businesses and professional individuals or would you target corner-shop stores and small B&Bs? How your agency is first portrayed to any potential client is the cornerstone to your success. Yes, being good and professional designers and developers certainly helps, but won’t guarantee good business.
The conservative web designer can design a dark web site or a light web site, and will design everything in between as gray. Are you this type of designer? Or, are you bold enough and brave enough to let your creativity rein free and allow bright and vibrant colors to shine through in your next design project? What does the level of color on your web site say about you? (I must be a conservative).
Unlike other web design styles that can use larger images to compliment the design, Magazine is limited to being designed within the parameters that the content (namely, the text and the occasional thumbnail) dictates, and that is were the problem lies. How do you design a web site that is purely text and make it visual eye candy?
The most important factor for minimal to work well, as it should be with all design styles (but, not always the case), is the content. Without good writing or a strong portfolio, the style has no impact and the web design looks cheap. And that is the key to minimal, in the hands of a skilled web designer, they know that the site design has to accentuate the content, and the content, in return, accentuates the web design.
Not only do we showcase typography in the classic sense, but also illustrate that the combination of web design and great typography can be used effectively, along with clever color selection, and create usable web sites thats base design is dominated by text, for either navigation, a good headline, a logo or even used for the entire content.
Spending months and months building an effective and useful web application or service is only half the battle that any developer must face. It might be potentially the most powerful and useful app ever created, but will users like it? Will they understand how to use it? And most importantly, will they come back and use it again? These are the three questions developers must ask themselves before they launch any app.
Joomla, the popular professional content management system, has a lagged behind Wordpress for a number of years now. This is due to its slower development and, due to its smaller community, but don’t let that put you off. Joomla is a very solid foundation for any web site, and has you can see by the sites below they can help you create beautiful and very functional web sites.
Creating your own personal portfolio website will probably be the most difficult design project you will do. We are our own worst critics, and no matter what, we could have always done something better or changed something. Have a look at these portfolio designs for some inspiration, they range from web design and developers (these, as expected, are pixel perfect), graphic designers (always colorful and bright) and photographers (great use of space).