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.
Christmas is here, and the wife has ordered me to take the next three or four days off. I haven’t had more than two days off at any given time in the past year, so perhaps she is right. I have handed over my laptop, handed over the power lead to the desktop and at this moment she is trying to pry my mobile phone out of my hands. I will fight this one, I love my mobile!
As an added bonus, Iconshock, designers of these amazing icons, have allowed us to publish another free icon set for our readers. This time around the icons are humorous caricatures of famous world political figures.
I hope you enjoy them.
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.
By now everyone has heard of HTML 5 and its new functionalities. Pretty exciting isn't it.
Of course, there are two sides to this, most developers love it, others feel it has come to soon and we are not ready for it. What ever your feelings are on this issue, it doesn't matter, it is here, so lets work with it.
Not having the same funds or resources of a web design agency can certainly be one of the downsides to working as a freelance developer or designer. Established web design agencies have the finance to be able to have expensive full blown usability tests on a project, they will have accountants to mange invoicing, managers to project manage and have multiple developers and designers to covering several different aspects of any given design.
As a freelancer you have to do it all!
A pictogram is a graphical symbol that can represent a sign or even, simple instructions, in essence, a concept that has been stripped down to its bare essentials, yet still recognizable as the original idea.
Pictograms can be of help with usability and accessibility on your web site. It is a universal language, everyone understands and can read the icons.
At this moment, the iPhone and the HTC Hero are, quite possibly, the coolest, feature rich and the most advanced commercial mobile phones available. What is next, though? What is the next step in mobile evolution?
In todays post we have ten mobile phone concepts that are not only technologically advanced, but look damn good as well. Can you imagine yourself in the next five years having a mobile like the ones below?
The main reason web sites are built is so that they are functional to be USED. It’s a simple as that. They are tools, references and resources, nothing more. And as web designers, we need to always remember that.
Designing a web site needs to be about the user and only for the user and every possible need of said user has to have been foreseen and catered for. Only then can a web site be usable. That is what USABILITY is.
Ok, that might be the worst description of web usability that you have ever read, but I am sure you get the point. Usability is important. Very important. The most important.