Responsive design isn’t just a change in layout or the use of media queries here and there, it is a mind-state and an action that has clear meaning.
Responsive design is essentially saying that we care more about the content than we have in the past. In fact, we care so much that we will even optimize content to be read and viewed on devices that haven’t been launched yet.
In essence, we are trying to present information as clearly as possible and be as efficient as possible all at the same time. Here’s a common misconception; mobile first means designing as though your entire site revolves around the mobile phone. That isn’t quite accurate. Mobile first simply means to design for the simplest experience first, which often leads us to cut out overheads that we are experiencing or may experience in the future.
In the world of design; quick decisions; responsiveness; and creative content we need to be vigilant first and...
While kerning of type is a common practice in print design, it seems to be less common in web applications. But it does not have to be.
Properly kerned type adds an extra level of professionalism and control to the typography on your site. While there are some software add-ons that can add (or remove) automatic kerning, most designers prefer to manually adjust lettering as necessary.
For some text and letter combinations, kerning adjustments are a must. In other situations, it can...
Every week we tweet a lot of interesting stuff highlighting great content that we find on the web that can be of interest to web designers.
The best way to keep track of our tweets is simply to follow us on Twitter, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the best tweets that we sent out this past week.
Note that this is only a very...
Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD.
The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers.
These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world today.
So for a few moments, take a break from your...
Recent technology developments have sent traditional media into a tailspin, turning nearly every proven marketing strategy into a gamble.
Across the world, in every industry, companies are scrambling to update the marketing tactics on which they’ve relied for generations. At the same time, consumers are craving engaging, relevant content that complements both their interests and their lifestyles.
The most popular search engines have responded to these demands with fundamental changes that have shaken the advertising industry’s foundation.
As marketers, publishers and business owners strive to keep up with this critical juncture in online media, two things are clear: multiplatform...
While MODX has powerful components for skilled coders to use, there are many advantages for less tech-savvy designers too. The most important of these is the creative freedom that MODX provides. It allows you to easily make your web site look exactly the way you want it to, with no compromises.
MODX was developed by web programmers who were frustrated with the creative limitations of other CMS platforms. They hated having to work on systems that had built-in notions of...
When designing a website, mobile app, or other user interface, you might have some very set ideas as to what you want before you even get started (or your client might have established some strict guidelines).
But maybe you’re not really sure if your ideas are the best possible solution. Or maybe you’re struggling to come up with ideas at all.
That’s when you need to turn to some outside inspiration and resources. To do so, you could spend hours going through general web design galleries, looking for ideas. Or you could spend a lot of money buying packs of elements you may or may not end up...
The 2012 Olympic Games are soon to start, and there are a growing number of bloggers and websites, especially those from the social media sphere, raising awareness to the controversial role branding is playing in London 2012.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, or LOCOG for short, have put in place some really aggressive guidelines to protect the interests of the official sponsors.
I personally believe this subject will only get more heated as the...