Less is more
This quote is becoming more sensible, especially for designers who have adapted the minimalist design approach. Over the years, minimalism, or the act of putting away irrelevant things to make space for the relevant ones, has become a regular part of every modern design principle. As web designers, we too, practice the same maxim. In fact, we even want to make this philosophy for living our lives. We strive to achieve such state that we even want our office setups or work space to reflect what we believe in.
For one, having a minimalist design in your office setup has its advantages:
- It makes us focus more on ‘work’ than goofing around
- It lessens the distraction and makes you think that you have fewer tasks to accomplish
- It is beautiful to the eyes
- You can actually make a small room bigger
WebGL(Web Graphics Library) was released on the Web early last year. Its ability to use HTML5 Canvas elements to generate graphics dynamically made it easy for web designers and developers to create smooth 2D and 3D effects. Here are some WebGL examples and demos you should look at.
Big and Bold – one of the growing means nowadays to catch the viewers’ attention. Bold colored websites are fast becoming a trend because of its ability to catch the attention of the readers due to their size and boldness. That is why websites that adapt bold texts using catchy taglines have become more and more prevalent.
How do designers achieve this? In the present trends, if you want to make a blindingly unforgettable statement, you need a few things:
- A saturated color scheme which is bright enough to catch one’s interest without blinding him or her
- An awesome and probably mind-blowing image (a photograph or a graphic illustration)
- A uniquely remarkable tagline.
One of the must-haves of a web designer (and even graphic designers and bloggers) is a business card. Call it a little bit old fashioned but business cards are still very useful. They contain the most available point of contact for the possible employee. It makes your clients realize that you are a legit artist and very good one at that.
This calls for a very good and catchy business card. In order to attract clients, you have to be clever in designing your cards. They should also reflect the trade you do and details on how to contact you.Read More
As a web developer, you are in charge of making the website do things. You are responsible for creating interactivity on the site, which may may include jQuery and Ajax validation forms, submitting forms to database, rollovers, sliding menus or many other aspects of the site that needs programming. But how about the website’s design?
In my previous article Why Being a Web Designer Who Codes Is Way Cooler, I talked about why web designers should learn how to code and its benefits.
For this article, I encourage developers to learn proper web design process and how this will benefit them.Read More
It may seem unimportant, but for a web designer, the ability to produce good-looking photos using Adobe Lightroom is an edge, particularly in attracting more clients. With the sudden influx of high-resolution and cheaper Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras, photos are now becoming must-haves for websites.Read More
Once I saw a bumper sticker that says,
There’s no place like 127.0.0.1
Bumper stickers are very good means of relieving stress in the road. It takes our minds away from the pressure of work, traffic and the seemingly endless string of daily mishaps in life. Putting them in your car somehow helps those behind you. Somehow, you’re telling them a good joke and subtly whispering, “Read and laugh with this one instead of hitting my car from behind.”
Since one of our fundamental goals is to promote world peace (or should I say, road peace), 1WD is giving you 15 bumper stickers! We hope that you have fun with them and share them by putting them on your car. You’d do a great help, swear!Read More
Is it important that web designers need to know how to code?What are the advantages of the web designer who codes? The term “web designer” is a subjective matter. Many believe this person is responsible for doing web layouts in Photoshop while others think of him or her as the one who does the HTML markup.
In the field of web development, there are arguments and opinions whether a web designer should know how to code or this person should just focus on his/her craft by creating quality web design layouts.Read More
Fonts are essential for the feel of the website. Font developers, like you, need to be smart when creating and selling fonts. In media, where typefaces are very much used, fonts have changed in the same rate as any other web page elements, adjusting to the need and time of its use. As there are people who are able to read, fonts will continue to evolve in its styles, uses and forms.Read More
Why is it necessary to have a portfolio website? Is it a requisite for all designers? Here are 10 portfolio websites that can lead you to the answers.Read More