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07:15 pm GMT - Wed, January 30, 2013
Web Designer Depot Typographic furniture
While typography is typically a two-dimensional proposition, the communication design students at the University of Applied Science in Dusseldorf have expanded the practice to 3-D. As an exercise in t...
02:15 pm GMT - Wed, January 30, 2013
Web Designer Depot Web IDEs: the future of coding
Still using desktop code editors? Web integrated development environments (IDEs) are a new way to build your web projects directly in the browser, often saving development time and making collaboratio...
07:15 pm GMT - Tue, January 29, 2013
Web Designer Depot Superb redesign will save lives
One of the most challenging briefs any designer can take on is to design for a cross-cultural organization that needs to appeal to disparate groups from diverse backgrounds. As designers we’re f...
02:15 pm GMT - Tue, January 29, 2013
Web Designer Depot Trend alert: 20 animated website designs
In order to be a great designer, you need to be on top of the trend before it becomes a trend. Being able to have this sense of what’s going to take off is key in creating a wonderful product. Y...
07:15 pm GMT - Mon, January 28, 2013
Web Designer Depot Is it time to abandon privacy?
Whilst the trend for online business continues to grow, there is a significant increase in the number of consumers choosing not to do business online. The most oft-quoted reason is privacy. Six months...
02:15 pm GMT - Mon, January 28, 2013
Web Designer Depot The new rules of the responsive web
Responsive web design has become a near ubiquitous buzzword on the web. Try searching for #rwd on Twitter to find equal parts content and Twitter spam. This is a common phase in the maturing of a new ...
02:50 pm GMT - Sun, January 27, 2013
Web Designer Depot Our favorite tweets of the week: January 21, 2012 January 27, 2013
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...
02:31 pm GMT - Sat, January 26, 2013
Web Designer Depot Comics of the week #166
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 ...
07:15 pm GMT - Fri, January 25, 2013
Web Designer Depot How to manage deadlines
Freelancers (and anyone else who works for him or herself) know that the tide of work ebbs and flows. Theres little question, then, that given the rather capricious nature of incoming projects, its cr...
02:15 pm GMT - Fri, January 25, 2013
Web Designer Depot 19 approaches to color
With over 9 billion indexed sites on the web and counting, sites are having to do more to get noticed and encourage users to spend time on them. With more websites competing for users’ attention...
07:15 pm GMT - Thu, January 24, 2013
Web Designer Depot Punk rock + Swiss modernism combined
I’m a huge fan of punk rock, particularly punk bands from the 70s and 80s. And I think it’s safe to say that most designers (myself definitely included) appreciate Swiss modernism, even if...
02:15 pm GMT - Thu, January 24, 2013
Web Designer Depot How to find your niche
Are you trying to grow your freelance web development or design business? Do you want to spend more time designing websites and less time trying to figure out what the client really wants and needs? B...
07:15 pm GMT - Wed, January 23, 2013
Web Designer Depot Free WordPress themes!
A lot of us can never get enough WordPress themes. It’s not like we get a merit badge for having a couple hundred of them residing on our harddrive, “just in case”. That being said, ...
02:15 pm GMT - Wed, January 23, 2013
Web Designer Depot 20+ bold and beautiful websites
For a while now, designers have been absolutely infatuated with all things subtle. We love subtle patterned backgrounds and intricate decorative elements; we are even into the muted color palettes. We...
07:15 pm GMT - Tue, January 22, 2013
Web Designer Depot Flat design vs. skeuomorphism
It seems that there has been a line drawn in the sand. A few brave design pioneers have all but denounced skeuomorphic design as yesterdays news and have voted it off of the proverbial island. Are we ...
02:15 pm GMT - Tue, January 22, 2013
Web Designer Depot How to build user confidence in your UI
The key to great user interface design is user confidence. But designing user confidence isnt the easiest thing in the world. It requires more than correctly labeled buttons and interactionsalthough t...
07:15 pm GMT - Mon, January 21, 2013
Web Designer Depot Barry McGees monumental mural
What do you get when you cross an eccentric street artist, a traditional car manufacturer, and a trendy publication? You get extravagant, larger-than-life, mind-blowing art, of course. Commissioned by...
02:15 pm GMT - Mon, January 21, 2013
Web Designer Depot Whats new for designers, January 2013
The January edition of what’s new for web designers and developers includes new web apps, jQuery plugins, API tools, design tools, content creation resources, CSS and HTML frameworks, InDesign r...
02:36 pm GMT - Sun, January 20, 2013
Web Designer Depot Our favorite tweets of the week: January 14, 2012 January 20, 2013
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...
02:25 pm GMT - Sat, January 19, 2013
Web Designer Depot Comics of the week #165
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 ...
07:15 pm GMT - Fri, January 18, 2013
Web Designer Depot Friday fun with Beertone
Pantone recently released its chosen color of the year, emerald green. But ask the advertising duo behind the new beer guide Beertone, and you might think golden yellow, amber red, or chocolate brown ...
02:15 pm GMT - Fri, January 18, 2013
Web Designer Depot How to build a threaded comment block with HTML5 and CSS3
Blogs and forums often have threaded comment replies built into their network. Popular social networksRedditandHacker Newsboth support threaded comments, which allows users to directly reply inline wi...
07:15 pm GMT - Thu, January 17, 2013
Web Designer Depot Fantastical infrared photography
While these stunning images may look like still shots from a J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation, theyre actually the handiwork of amateur French photographer David Keochkerian. Davids style of infrared photogr...
02:15 pm GMT - Thu, January 17, 2013
Web Designer Depot 15+ music artist websites
Musicians and bands are frequently young, and usually working within a tight budget, often funding promotional material from their own pockets. As a result they’re one group of people who try th...
07:15 pm GMT - Wed, January 16, 2013
Web Designer Depot The stunning natural phenomenon of light pillars
In our technologically driven society, its tempting to exclusively draw inspiration from electronic sources. A creative block hits and soon youre surfing the web, checking out Pinterest, clicking from...
02:15 pm GMT - Wed, January 16, 2013
Web Designer Depot 10 donts when designing for email
Email marketing is probably the oldest and the most successful form of marketing for the web. Broadly, email marketing involves sending specialized custom emails to generate leads, promote an offer, s...
07:15 pm GMT - Tue, January 15, 2013
Web Designer Depot Obsolete tech transformed into art
Of all the available New Years resolutions, going green in 2013 is certainly an admirable one. But if youre not sure where to start, take a cue from British artist Nick Gentry, who specializes in recy...
02:15 pm GMT - Tue, January 15, 2013
Web Designer Depot How to market your design, the integrated approach
Picture this: youre a freelance designer just starting out. You dont have much of a reputation yet, but you know what direction you want to go in and who to design for. Your budget is low to non-exist...
07:15 pm GMT - Mon, January 14, 2013
Web Designer Depot The incredible flying houses of Laurent Chehere
If the thought of flying houses conjures up images of Dorothy, Toto, and ruby slippers in the wake of that famous Kansas tornado, then youre in good companybut the wonderful Wizard of Oz has nothing o...
02:15 pm GMT - Mon, January 14, 2013
Web Designer Depot The harsh truth about HTML5s structural semantics (part 3)
In the first part of this series we looked at the failings that lead to the structural elements new to HTML5; in the second part of the series we looked in detail at the consequences of those failings...
02:24 pm GMT - Sun, January 13, 2013
Web Designer Depot Our favorite tweets of the week: December 7, 2012 January 13, 2013
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...
02:59 pm GMT - Sat, January 12, 2013
Web Designer Depot Comics of the week #164
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 ...
07:15 pm GMT - Fri, January 11, 2013
Web Designer Depot Zurb acquires Forrst
Design and development community Forrst is a great resource for designers and developers who want to share their work and get feedback from others in their field. They made news last year when they we...
02:15 pm GMT - Fri, January 11, 2013
Web Designer Depot Schoolhouse Rock!: 40th anniversary of the best animated innovation ever!
Forty years ago this coming Sunday (January 13th 1973), the American Broadcast Company added to its lineup of Saturday morning cartoons a cool, musical, three-minute mini-episode that brainwashed Amer...
07:15 pm GMT - Thu, January 10, 2013
Web Designer Depot How to use any font you like with CSS3
Custom fonts are among the most potentially appealing aspects of CSS3 for designers. With thefont-facerule, you can render any font you have online within your web page text, regardless of whether the...
02:15 pm GMT - Thu, January 10, 2013
Web Designer Depot The harsh truth about HTML5s structural semantics (part 2)
In the first part of this series we covered the failings that lead to HTML5′s structural elements, in this second part we’ll look in detail at the consequences of those failings. Ive said ...
07:15 pm GMT - Wed, January 9, 2013
Web Designer Depot 3D printing with Foldify
Sometimes apps are just appsbut other times theyre cultural phenomena (think Angry Birds). And while the jurys still out on what place in history the new app Foldify will assume, we may have something...
02:15 pm GMT - Wed, January 9, 2013
Web Designer Depot How to develop a great portfolio
Developing a good portfolio is an absolutely indispensable part of building a client base, or getting a good job for that matter. And developing a good portfolio can be a very difficult thing to do if...
07:15 pm GMT - Tue, January 8, 2013
Web Designer Depot Beating creative block
Cards on the table: First and foremost, Im a writer. And while Ive worked with more than my share of design gurus, Im not one myself. But that doesnt mean we dont share some commonalitynamely, an affi...
02:15 pm GMT - Tue, January 8, 2013
Web Designer Depot The harsh truth about HTML5s structural semantics (part 1)
HTMLs structural elements article, section, nav and aside are, at first glance, some of the easiest parts of the HTML5 specification to understand and implement. However, theyre actually some of the...
07:15 pm GMT - Mon, January 7, 2013
Web Designer Depot Norman Rockwell in Gotham City
Few things scream Americana more than Norman Rockwells iconic Saturday Evening Post covers. Inherently charming and idyllic, the 323 original illustrations remain heart-warming reminders of simpler ti...
02:15 pm GMT - Mon, January 7, 2013
Web Designer Depot How to sell your web design business for top dollar
I decided to sell my web design company when we were a top 3 agency within our province for medium-sized websites. We were profitable, had 17 employees and life was good. Naturally I believed I’...
02:03 pm GMT - Sun, January 6, 2013
Web Designer Depot Our favorite tweets of the week: December 31, 2012 January 6, 2013
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...
02:58 pm GMT - Sat, January 5, 2013
Web Designer Depot Comics of the week #163
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 ...
07:15 pm GMT - Fri, January 4, 2013
Web Designer Depot What responsive design is not
Every year the world of web design gets a new catch phrase that trends on just about every discussion platform there is.Some time ago, responsive web design was a blip on the radar that picked up a ma...
02:15 pm GMT - Fri, January 4, 2013
Web Designer Depot 25 vivacious vector sites
There’s just something about vector illustrated websites; they’re fantastical and breathtaking; they’re exciting and bold. Designers are able to create worlds and people that only ex...
07:15 pm GMT - Thu, January 3, 2013
Web Designer Depot Business cards from a galaxy far, far away
In the epic battle of Jedi vs. Sith, it never hurts to wield a trustybusiness card? A tongue-in-cheek collection of Star Wars business cards has popped up on The Mary Sue, and according to one collect...
02:15 pm GMT - Thu, January 3, 2013
Web Designer Depot The device-agnostic approach to responsive design
Techniques, technology and terminology change constantly in web design, and keeping up with them is crucial to your success in online design and development. Device-agnostic and responsive design are ...
02:15 pm GMT - Wed, January 2, 2013
Web Designer Depot Dont break rules, reinvent them
People build websites for many reasons: to reach a wider audience; to sell, promote, or express; to appease peer pressure.Noveltystopped being a reason circa 2001. In its place, we haveof course: of c...
02:15 pm GMT - Tue, January 1, 2013
Web Designer Depot Future trends in web design: predictions for 2013
Another year has passed, which means its time for our annual instalment of design predictions for the coming year. In technology, one year can make a world of difference, and the changes can shape the...
07:15 pm GMT - Mon, December 31, 2012
Web Designer Depot Typographic art
Good typography is an art: choosing the best type to complement the meaning of the content, balancing sizes and spacing for optimum readbility, and not drawing attention to itself in the process. But ...
02:15 pm GMT - Mon, December 31, 2012
Web Designer Depot 15 New Years resolutions for designers
It’s hard to believe that 2012 is coming to a close. We lived through the Mayan “apocalypse”. And we’re now looking at the start of another year. It’s traditional to make...