Today we’re going to compare the websites of two monumental companies: Apple and Microsoft. The two giants pride themselves for producing cutting edge consumer and business products, and are leading the developments in software and hardware. But what about their websites? How do they both compare, and more important, which one is better and more usable? Well, in this article we’ll take a look at both websites for closer examination from a usability point of view.
I don’t know about you, but if you’re anything like me, you probably can never have too many design goodies such as brushes, vector shapes or fonts. I collect these on a weekly basis and I love them! I’ve partnered with Designious to bring a massive giveaway of Photoshop brushes, vector shapes and fonts to the WDD audience. The prizes are really amazing and include: 10 Mega Packs, 10 Brush Packs, 10 Vector Packs and 5 fonts! (each of these packs contain multiple graphics). To participate in this giveaway, simply leave a comment below about what you love about Designious or what you would like to see next in the Designious website. [UPDATE] The contest has ended, thanks for the massive participation. All winners will be contacted by email shortly, however, if you do not receive this email, please contact us. The winners were selected at random and are the ones with these comment numbers: 228, 43, 441, 404, 5, 101, 31, 301, 179, 379, 314, 199, 388, 340, 382, 425, 219, 218, 251, 401, 82, 227, 447, 391, 444, 335, 416, 448, 232, 236, 297, 220, 250, 155, 191.
The 960 Grid System was created by Nathan Smith as a way to streamline web development workflow by providing commonly used dimensions, based on a width of 960 pixels. The 960.gs (or any CSS framework) was primarily developed for rapid prototyping, cutting down on repetitive and tedious tasks, but is also more than suited to be used for any web design project. It will give your site a structured and solid foundation for you to build and style your design upon. In this article, you’ll find tutorials, a showcase of sites designed using the 960.gs, spin offs, basic WP themes built on the 960.gs and possible alternative frameworks, if for some reason you don’t like the 960 grid system.
583 Shares/ May 27, 2009
Paper art can be traced back to Japan, where it originated over a thousand years ago. From complex paper cutting to book carving, this is an ever expanding area of design that is hardly talked about. These intricate paper designs grace museums and exauhibitions throughout the world and is becoming yet another exciting medium of expression for many designers. Some of the artists featured here use simple materials, such as A4 printing papeel, while others resort to unexpected materials, such as actual books, as their prime materials. In this article, we’ll take a look at 13 remarkable artists and showcase their truly amazing pieces of paper art.
Cell phones have evolved immensely since 1983, both in design and function. From the Motorola DynaTAC, that power symbol that Michael Douglas wielded so forcefully in the movie “Wall Street”, to the iPhone 3G, which can take a picture, play a video, or run one of the thousands applications available from the Apple Store. There are thousands of models of cell phones that have hit the streets between 1983 and now. We’ve picked a few of the more popular and unusual ones to take you through the history of this device that most of us consider a part of our everyday lives.
In these tough economic times, many designers find themselves applying for jobs and freelance gigs on a regular basis. So, how can we stand out from the rest and grab the attention of a design agency when they’re usually bombarded with hundreds of applications? The best way to do this is in the design of your resume. Assuming that you have the skills that they’re looking for, a striking and visually appealing resume will go a long way at getting you the creative job that you want. In the worst case scenario, it will at least buy you a few seconds by catching the eye of a recruiter and may become the difference between getting hired or not. In this article, we’ll take a look at 30 creative resumes that can inspire you to think outside the box when designing your own resume.
It’s really easy to find yourself wondering how your CSS got to be such a mess. Sometimes it’s the result of sloppy coding from the start, sometimes it’s because of multiple hacks and changes over time. Whatever the cause, it doesn’t have to be that way. Writing clean, super-manageable CSS is simple when you start off on the right foot and make your code easier to maintain and edit later on. Here are 11 tips for speeding up the process, writing CSS that is slimmer, faster and less likely to give you a headache.
A graphic symbol is often used as part of logo design in order to convey a particular idea or concept in an effective and eye catching way. The shapes of these graphic symbols vary a lot, but one of the most commonly used shapes is the circle. Circular logos have been some of the most popular trends in logo design. A circle is timeless, simple and memorable. In this article we’ll take a look at 50 excellent circular logos. These logos make use of the circle in many creative ways, sometimes containing typefaces, symbols and images as seen in the examples below.
206 comments/ May 19, 2009
First of all, what is a brand? A brand is a symbol. Symbols are designs which represent something else, and a brand is meant to package all of the associations, experiences and characteristics into an abstract construct. This construct can be evoked using consistent imagery, sounds, phrases and logos with which people come into contact. Brands are very important as they help you win customers and they also help you to keep them. They do this by awakening the associations and experiences you previously had with the brand, or have seen through advertising, when you come into contact with the brand at key stages. For example, when deciding what product to purchase out of a selection of similar items. Here are 9 tips to help you to build a brand with web design.
Whichever business you’re in, and especially for anyone in the field of design, such as web designers, a business card can be as important as your website identity. A business card creates a physical connection and bond between you or your business and your customers. Just like in a website, business cards can become great interactive elements, but with the added ability to have real textures, different materials and shapes. In this article, we’ll take a look at 100 truly outstanding business card designs which show that there are truly no limits to the design of a business card.
307829 Shares/ May 15, 2009
In this tutorial we’ll create a realistic 3D text scene using Photoshop with a little help from Illustrator for the 3D text. You need to have medium to advanced knowledge of Photoshop in order to complete this tutorial. To get started, go ahead and download all the images used from the Sxh.hu website. All images are free to download and here are the links: 1, 2, 3, 4 Let’s get started and create a truly awesome 3D effect in just a few short steps. Try it out and feel free to post links to your own variations, we’d love to see what you come up with.
Do you want to enter the blogosphere like a quiet librarian enters a classroom, or do you want to rock the stage? I am definitely one to rock stuff out and in this article I will share a few tips to help you make an attention grabbing launch. If you want to give your blog an exciting launch, your blog needs to be valuable to your target audience, otherwise your hard work will be in vain. Ask yourself this simple question “Does my blog provide something that a thousand other blogs don’t?” If you don’t have something special to offer, no one will care when you launch or how you launch. There will always be a certain category of blogs that will not qualify for a special launch and it is up to you to determine if your blog fits that category. Now let’s look at 10 ways that you can launch your new blog with a ‘bang’.
115 comments/ May 13, 2009