Great designers are always trying to push boundaries, creating and experimenting with new ideas, some of them resulting in revolutionary trendy design types that keep appearing in the constant shifting web design industry. I really like to see those new ideas coming to life considering that most of them are amazingly well designed, however alongside with such positive feedback, like everything in life, there is a great probability of existing a negative and critical side that acts like a turn point limiting great designs to just that… design.Read More
Everywhere you look on the internet there is a freeware option available that easily competes with its licensed premium version. This competition can become so close that the question of why the premium option is even a possible choice for one often arises. The comparisons of productivity suites Microsoft Office and freeware open source options like Open Office and LibreOffice are a great example of this predicament. This positive change for consumers of course isn’t just for applications. This freeware shift has found itself to every aspect of all content one can find on the internet, of course the font world is not excluded.
Let me attempt at painting a common scenario for you. Imagine that you are starting on a new project, and have come across two fonts. One is a premium licensed font, and the other is a free font. Now the typical answer to this situation would be to go for the free font, save some money on the project, and the client really won’t know the difference so no complaints there. However, is the typical answer the choice that is always right? Is there any additional value that can be gained by going with the premium font option versus choosing the free option? Let’s take a look a look at some reasons why fonts cost so much.Read More
Typography is one of the most difficult things to sort out when designing, especially because with the amount of typefaces a designer can use, it’s almost impossible to choose the best one without spending hours on it. A simple search on Google will show you that there are hundreds of thousands of fonts, most of them even free of charge; and the number increases weekly. This means the decision is even harder to make today than it was last year.
And it is not only about the typefaces available, but mostly about the skills a designer has. There are Universities that teach typography throughout years, because it is a deep field. Knowing alignment rules, kerning, hierarchy and other terms like these is crucial in making your text say something specific.Read More
What is Pligg? Don’t we use WordPress as the “default” Content Management System? Enough, you WordPress dreamers! The world outside WordPress is huge and you got to jump out of your favorite content management system so as to discover the rest of the virtual world. Today, we will break some shackles to travel outside our comfort zone. It is time to discover one Content Management System which has been doing rounds for quite some time: Pligg.
P.S. You will notice how by the end of the article I slowly drift into the favor of WordPress (even when I won’t mention this openly). After all, WordPress rocks!Read More
Are you looking for innovative ways to increase traffic to your website? Adding educational and entertaining video content to your website is a great way to do just that. Posting videos to your website sounds like a great idea, but recording traditional videos can be costly and time-consuming. In order to get around purchasing costly video equipment website owners can leverage Skype and Skype recording software to create video content for your website. In this article we will explain what Skype videos are, review the benefits of adding them to your website, review many different ideas for Skype videos that you can create, and explain how you can create your own Skype videos.Read More
There are lots of Content Management Systems on the internet and sometimes it might be difficult to choose one of them. Sure, WordPress is leading and Blogspot is following on the second place, but what if you want to have something else? If you are one of the ones who needs an advice, then this article should be perfect for you. Today we take a look at popular CMS all over the web and describe them so that you know which one fits you best. Although I could write about them, I would rather skip WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and Blogspot, because everybody knows about them and I do not think they need descriptions.Read More
Background is an essential yet often overlooked element of any artwork. A suitable background can turn good design into a great design and correspondingly moderate one into a good one. You can come up with a perfect background within minutes or squeeze something out in days. A good background has to be balanced yet giving the complete look to the artwork. So where to find those neat background for your next project/product presentation/print design and avoid yourself with messing in Photoshop?
Again Graphicriver is the answer. With just over 2000 backgrounds in sales you can be sure you’ll find the right one just for your needs. In this article we’ve compiled various backgrounds ranging from subtle textures and patterns to abstract desktop wallpapers to splendid lighting effects. Large part of these background are print-ready so you can use them in almost any way you can think of. Continue reading and check out these 60 useful and neat premium background from Graphicriver.Read More
Creating a showcase of photographs is not an easy task and most of the time the photographers have basic or no knowledge of design at all. Moreover, creating such a portfolio in which the images have to be in focus is a tricky task and even the more experienced designers might fail providing a good layout, therefore I thought of sharing with you a list of tips for designing photography portfolios.
The difference between a web design portfolio and a photography showcase is huge. The focus has to be on pictures, not on content, while the normal way of designing, with the header, content box, sidebar and footer changes totally from a layout to another. The more inspired and original you can be, the better your design will be. When you are a photographer, it is very important to have a platform where you can show clients your work – this has the same importance as for a web designer.Read More
Colors exist not only to make your site look pretty. Colors have a more important function – to make your site usable. A pretty site is not something to object against but when pretty colors make the text on site unreadable, this isn’t something to be proud of. This is why a designer must always think of readability first and beauty second when choosing the colors for a site.
When you think about the number of available colors, it looks easy to pick a bunch of them that go well together and are readable. If you stick with classic background colors, such as white (FFFFFF), or very light gray (F5F5F5, FAFAFA, FCFCFC, etc.) and foreground colors such as black (000000), or very dark gray (080808, 050505, 030303, etc.), or the lightest/darkest pair of the main color (i.e. red, green, blue or whatever color you are using) on your site you might wonder why readability is an issue at all. However, sooner or later you will get fed up with these classic combinations everybody is using and you will want something fancier.Read More
Are you looking for new ways to drive more traffic to your website? Having a blog is a great tool for keeping readers interested in your site and continuing to return week after week. Creating new blog content on a regular basis is great for SEO, but there are additional things that you can do to drive even more traffic to your blog/website. Using Blog Carnivals can help you attract new readers to your website. In this article we will explain what blog carnivals are, how they can be used to drive traffic to your website, how to submit articles to blog carnivals, and how to create your own blog carnival.Read More