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.
This is week 15 of our wed design inspiration round-up, and it has been a good week. I am loving the clean 31Three redesign and the dark simplicity of Friendly Ducks site, this weeks flash designs, as always, are rich full of creativity and oddly enough, a lot of yellow.
Think back to three years ago and to the standards of blogging platforms and to the power of the then themes. Wordpress and its community changed all that, the blogging platform has evolved into an industry standard power house CMS, yet it is still easy to use and build upon. That is why it is so popular.
Theme design has matched the WP CMSs evolution step for step, thanks to the many talented designers and developers, we showcase the best free, and the relatively fresh themes the Wordpress community has to offer.
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.
The big news in this weeks Twitter design news round-up, was Smashing Magazines creation of the Smashing Network, well it was big for us. We also have a couple of great Photoshop tutorials, a few inspirational showcases, some useful tools and apps, overall there is a lot of good reading.
One of the most sought after elements of any web design are icons. If you are creative enough to design your own icon set and tailor make them for your sites design, you are very lucky, and I am envious. For the rest of us, we have to settle for the work of the many talented graphic designers who release there icon designs freely, and to them we are grateful.
Over the last weekend, Smashing Magazine has not only had a major face lift, it also introduced everybody to the Smashing Network. And we are we are delighted to be apart of it.
There is a nice selection of sites in todays Weekly Web Design and Development Inspiration, especially IOKON and Slidedeck who have both created very clean and stylish sites and the redesign from Fubiz and Adii, as always, are awesome. And of course this round-up would not be complete without the obligatory minimal design (EMQuinn and Bobulate), my favorite web design style.
Have you remembered your Halloween mask? If you haven’t, we have a cheap and cheerful solution to your problem: Downloadable traditional Halloween masks. Yep, click on any of the mask images below and press ‘print’, and hey presto you have your very own DIY Halloween mask, you will be the envy of everybody (not, really!).