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Colors of Spring: Color Palettes from Spring Flowers and Foliage

As the icy grip of winter closes in tighter many begin to dream of spring. That time of renewed growth and warmer days that tends to draw us back outside and into nature’s waiting open arms. With the seeming promise from the old groundhog that we will more than likely be seeing a few more weeks of winter, we thought our readers could use a little piece of spring a bit early.

February 22, 2012 Author: Daniela Vaseva Rating: Not enough votes

Developing a Color Scheme and Color Management Tips

In addition to finding and selecting colors that work for you, it is wise to develop and manage a color scheme for your project. It is simple to create a set of swatches in common image software such as Adobe’s Photoshop or Illustrator and organize colors in such a way that they are easy to find and use.

February 20, 2012 Author: Daniela Vaseva Rating: Not enough votes

Designer Myopia: How To Stop Designing For Ourselves

In this article, we’ll discuss “designer myopia”: the all-too-common phenomenon whereby, despite our best intentions, we sometimes design with a nearsightedness that results in websites and applications that please ourselves and impress our peers but don’t meet user and business goals.

February 16, 2012 Author: Daniela Vaseva Rating: Not enough votes

Stop Designing Pages And Start Designing Flows

In this article, we’ll show you how spending more time up front designing user flows leads to better results for both the user and business. Then we’ll look in depth at a common flow for e-commerce websites (the customer acquisition funnel), as well as provide tips on optimizing it to create a complete customer experience.

January 9, 2012 Author: Daniela Vaseva Rating: Not enough votes

How to Achieve Simplicity in Design

Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful. Simple designs are typically easier to use. The first step in achieving simplicity in design is, as Jony Ive said, to go deep. You have to truly understand what’s at the core, what’s the essence of the thing your designing.

December 8, 2011 Author: Daniela Vaseva Rating: Not enough votes

Minimalist Web Design

Minimalism, interestingly enough, is usually born out of excess. In all arts, in all ways of life, we start out by taking and adding whatever we can. When we start to realize that more is not necessarily better, and that we can get by with less stuff, we try to simplify by removing unnecessary elements so we can focus on what’s truly important.

December 5, 2011 Author: Daniela Vaseva Rating: Not enough votes

Custom Web Fonts Solutions

Over the past few years the number of fonts available for use in web design has dramatically increased. It wasn’t long ago that we all knew not to stray further than the basic Arial, Helvetica, Times, Georgia mix, but now there’s a range of services that allow the use of almost any font imaginable in your website design. This post rounds up the various custom web font solutions and looks at the pros and cons of each.

November 21, 2011 Author: Daniela Vaseva Rating: Not enough votes

Practical Design Considerations for Responsive Sites

The Internet is being accessed by people everywhere on countless incredibly varying devices and responsive pages provide an easy and functional way to account for these differences. There has been a lot of discussion lately regarding the techniques involved in responsive design from a technical standpoint: media queries, percent based widths, etc. However, once you master the CSS tricks for implementing a responsive design, you’re faced with a much bigger hurdle: the actual design.

November 2, 2011 Author: Daniela Vaseva Rating: Not enough votes

Photography Inspiration: Color Palettes of Fall

With the fall kicking off a sweeping change of nature’s color palette, we thought we would turn our inspirational spotlight once more in this direction. So with this mission in mind, we collected a range of new autumn photographs from some talented artists, and derived color palettes from them. Welcome to the Color Palettes of Fall! 

November 1, 2011 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

36 Exquisite Mobile iOS and Mac App Website Layouts

Graphic designers for Apple software often have a way of precision. Mobile iOS apps and Mac OS X have proven to bolster a community of developers publishing under one library. And from this we can see a trickle-down effect into application websites.

October 31, 2011 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes