Wireframing is one of the best parts of starting a new web design project. You have a blank canvas and you are allowed to let your creativity rein free. Your design may eventually be spoiled by the clients added input… but for that short time …
This is our selection of reader recommended and sites that I have discovered in the past week. There is a lot of new high quality web designs around this week, I hope you like them.
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Why would you ever need to optimize (or optimise, which ever spelling you prefer) or reFormat your CSS? Optimizing your CSS will not only allow your web page to load quicker, it also increases the durabilty and resilience of your site when there is a spike in visitors (i.e. the Digg effect) and, for me, the most importantly part is that it gives you more readable code (I am a very messy code writer).
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?
Again, we have another selection of cool resources that we have tweeted about in the past week.
If you have any cool links that you would like to share, do not hesitate to send them to us here…
Font Embedding Services are all the rage at the moment, and for some, maybe a little bit overblown. What if you wanted something simpler, a little drop-shadow here, a simple text animation or even dynamically resize text. In this post we have collected 20+ simple and easy to use jQuery text effects and animations.
The single page portfolio/bio sites is becoming more and more popular, a trend started by Tim Van Damme, with Marvin Y. Thomas and Oscar Barbers sites excelling in this style. Overall, it has been a strong week for great web designs, keep them coming. Oh, happy fifth birthday Firefox!
Although posters as a concept have been used for many centuries, in traditional art years, poster design is a relatively new. It has only been in the last 100 years that poster design has been elevated and recognized as an art-form, and has gained the kind of popularity that no other design category can rival.
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.
As per usual, in this weeks Twitter Design News Round-Up we have some great web design tips, tutorials and resources, including a magnificent HTML5 reference. We also have a couple of great Photoshop tutorials and a few odd-ball resources which should amuse you.
Werther you are a CSS guru or a CSS novice you will always need some help, some resources, some tutorials, some references and, of course, some cheat sheets. In this article we have collected the best resources for answering all possible CSS questions as well as how to understand CSS and how to use it properly. There are also CSS property references, cheat sheets, not only typical cheat sheets, but also cheat sheets for CSS frameworks, conversion tables and CSS short hand.