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Custom Grid Design for Structured Website Mockups

The best print and digital designers are those who can master the use of grids. In many cases it’s possible to forego the grid, but you’ll generally create higher-quality work if you learn the rules of grid structure and composition....Show More Summary

Popular design news of the week: July 20, 2015 – July 26, 2015

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, […]

Introduction to Style Tiles for Web Design

Every designer should be familiar with the inner workings of a style guide. These guides are little print booklets or digital PDFs that contain information about a company’s brand, identity, color scheme, and other similar features. The concept of a Style Tile advances this idea for use on the web. Show More Summary

Comics of the week #297

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 […]

40 Free JS Libraries for Dynamic Content

Designers and developers can recognize the vast improvements in modern web design. From animated SVGs to customized web forms and movable typography, the list is practically endless. Dynamic content is the new norm and JavaScript libraries only make creation easier. Show More Summary

Free download: 200 flat icons from Smashicons

We love icons, nothing communicates a simple idea with less pixels, and as the mobile web grows and grows we’ll need them more and more. Helping you fill your collection is this awesome set of free icons from Smashicons. There are 200 premium icons in the set. Our favourites include a spartan helmet from ‘300’, a […]

Are you a web designer? Tools, Resources and Services To Use

There are many WordPress themes, page building tools, design element sources, and related services on the market today. With each having its unique features. Some of these products and services are for general use, while others serve a more dedicated purpose, or are intended for use in a specialized niche. Show More Summary

32 Real Estate Development Firm Websites

Tycoons and small-time businessmen alike can see the value of real estate development. Everyone needs a place to live and most companies need a place to work. Property is a valuable asset and it’s definitely big business. But are real estate developers cursed to use web design trends from the early 2000s? I say nay.... Read More at 32 Real Estate Development Firm Websites

How to develop the perfect web skillset

Understanding the true value of the work we do is one of the first lessons many of us learn. Turning away spec work, focusing on growing the skills that are important to us, and using those skills efficiently are among a few things we all go through early on. When it comes to valuing our […]

22 Tools And Resources That Make A Designer’s Work Easier

There is no shortage of WordPress themes, page building tools, and app design packages in today’s marketplace. Each has its own unique feature and potential uses, and the same can be said for supporting products and services a web designer might have a need for or require access to. Show More Summary

Great customer support solves two problems

Most customer support solves the customer problem, but there’s an incredible opportunity to solve the product problem, too. When you’re small, it’s easy for product engineers to keep a pulse on their customers’ frustrations and pain points. Show More Summary

Best Free Plugins for Adding Hints & Tooltips to Web Forms

The process of gathering user input has become an expected part of web design. But trends have advanced further with the expectation of snappy interface features. Examples are the little JavaScript hints added onto forms. These are used to increase readability and create a more straightforward interaction. Show More Summary

6 tips for successful design critiques

Few things are more stressful than a design critique. From that pressure, though, comes new viewpoints, action items, and an overall tighter product. I believe a successful design incorporates lots of viewpoints, and critiques are a great way to collect those opinions. Design reviews should happen early and often. Collaboration is one of the hallmarks of […]

How Font Choices can Make or Break your Design

When you get down to brass tacks every website is really about content. And while video is a huge market, nothing can ever replace text. Books have made it this far and I don’t think books are fading out anytime soon. One aspect of content is the content itself. The other aspect is the display... Read More at How Font Choices can Make or Break your Design

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Our friends at iStock reached out to us, and this month, they’re giving our readers two exclusive great offers that are good from now until the end of September! With these two great deals, you can save up to 15% off your next order from iStock. To reveal the coupon code, simply click the coupon... Read More at Exclusive iStock Promo Codes: Coupons Good Now Through September!

Interview: Macaw’s Tom Giannattasio talks Scarlet, workflow, & live design environments

Macaw is one of a new breed of web design tools. It’s one of the first design applications capable of generating clean code, and is endorsed by numerous industry figures. Now, building on the success of their first product, the team behind Macaw is preparing to launch a second tool named Scarlet, with a radical new workflow […]

Write books worth reading

They say everyone has at least one book in them. That might be true but the problem is getting it out and sharing it with the world. At Intercom we’ve published two books now, Intercom on Product Management and Intercom on Customer Engagement,...Show More Summary

Frontend to Backend: Tips & Tools for Learning Web Development

UI design is a relatively straightforward skillset compared to development. If you know how to make textures and style typography then you can do it for websites, mobile apps, even software. But development is a different subject broken down into many unique areas of study. Show More Summary

The ultimate guide to designing landing pages that convert

Landing pages are pages that are designed specifically to accomplish conversion goals. Occasionally, a home page functions as a landing page (though some would argue that a home page can never truly be a landing page), but in many other cases, special pages are created for specific marketing campaigns. Conversion goals can include everything from […]

8 Areas of Specialization for Web & Graphic Designers

Some designers prefer the jack-of-all-trades route because it offers more job security. But most specialists would debate that focusing on a particular skillset improves your recognition amongst clients and employers. This isn’t to say you should only learn one area of design and never try anything else. Show More Summary

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