Bootstrap Customization: Themes, UI Patterns and Tools Everyone loves Bootstrap, the front-end framework created by Twitter, because it’s easy to set up, it magically creates a responsive version, great for prototyping etc... Of course, its biggest defect is that it’s too visible. We can think of thousands of projects where the framework is clearly recognizable. This shouldn’t happen so often, as there are a huge number of resources for customizing Bootstrap, and we have to go out and find them. By making us of these resources we can easily modify UI patterns, typography, icons, color schemes, forms, alerts, etc... What we’re bringing you today is a complete selection of themes, plugins, UI patterns and tools for customizing the structure and visual design of Bootstrap layouts. WrapBootstrap WrapBootstrap is a marketplace for premium Bootstrap themes and templates.
10 Usability Crimes You Really Shouldn’t Commit Over time certain conventions and best practices have been developed to help improve the general usability of websites during their design and build. This roundup of ten usability crimes highlights some of the most common mistakes or overlooked areas in web design and provides an alternative solution to help enhance the usability of your website. Crime 1: Form labels that aren’t associated to form input fields Using the ‘for’ attribute allows the user to click the label to select the appropriate input fields within a form. Crime 2: A logo that doesn’t link to the homepage Linking the logo of a website to the homepage has become common practice and is now second nature for (most) web surfers to expect the logo to head back home. Crime 3: Not specifying a visited link state Visited link states do exactly as they say on the tin. Crime 4: Not indicating an active form field Crime 5: An image without an alt description Crime 6: A background image without a background color
20 Methods for Upping Your Current Web Design Skills Design All great designers are constantly improving their skills. There has never been a successful designer, or anyone of another profession for that matter, that has stopped at a certain point and said, "Good enough". Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to always be learning new things, and to always be improving. In this post we're looking into 20 different ways a web designer can improve their skills at any time. 20 Great Improvement Methods 1. Check out websites like UI-Patterns.com to explore the best user interface patterns for the web. User Interface Pattern Websites: 2. Look at the detail in everyday objects, and actively look at detail in other web designs. 3. Many clients love a designer that offers SEO services. 4. Trends are never something a web designer should solely rely on, but learning new trends is a great way to keep up with technology, and to keep you as a designer out of a rut. 5. 6. Image credit: Dey 7. 8. 9. Image credit: Jakob Montrasio 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.