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6 Web design mistakes (and how to correct them) It happens to everyone at some point: You look back on a website design and realize that you made a mistake. And we’re not talking about a misplaced comma. You see a full-scale can’t-believe-you-did-that kind of design faux paus. While you can’t go back in time, you can make corrections so your design is flawless moving forward. Here we’re going to take a look at a few common design mistakes and how to avoid or correct them in the design process. (As an added bonus, each mistake is paired with an example of how to do it right to help you move forward.) Designing Without a Grid You sketched it out on paper and then just plopped everything down without a plan for organization or scale. However, as explained in Web Design for the Human Eye by UXPin, visual consistency is important and allows your users to easily flow from the top to the bottom of your site.

The fix: Go back to some of your early designs and try to make small adjustments to get on a grid. Photo credit: La Pierre Que Tourne. Awwwards - Website Awards - Best Web Design Trends. Tips for Designing a Beautiful Single-Page Portfolio Website. Why Designers Should Never Use Fake Text In Web Design. Jerry Cao is a UX content strategist at UXPin — the wireframing and prototyping app. To learn more about content-first design, download the free e-book Web UI Design for the Human Eye: Content Patterns & Typography. You might also like: 94% off the Learn to Code 2015 Course Bundle We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: content is king. That means content should not be the last stage in design, something to be filled in right before the launch. Content is the backbone of your site, and must be developed together with the visual design. Sure, using a placeholder like lorem ipsum is tempting with its convenience — but ultimately it will hold you back.

In this piece, we’ll discuss why real content matters, then review how you can take a more content-first approach to your site design. The Real Pitfalls of Fake Text It may seem like an insignificant point, but avoiding filler content actually does make a difference. Approach lorem ipsum the same way you would an early sketch. Source: UXPin. Minimal Form Interface. A very simplistic form interface that shows only one text input at a time and reveals the next input with a subtle transition. The concept is based on the form at the bottom of the PageLanes website.

View demo Download source Today we’d like share a very simplistic form interface with you. You’ve probably seen this kind of single input view form in several modern websites. We spotted one in the end of the PageLanes website and thought that this is a really nice and user-friendly concept for a form. So, the idea is to show the user just one input field at a time, without any clutter or distractions, but only with elements that are helpful in indicating how much needs to be filled.

Please note that we are using some modern CSS properties like pointer-events and animations which are not supported in older browsers. Initially, we don’t show the navigation arrow. The numbers in the bottom right tell the user how many questions there are in total and which question is the current one. This Year's 8 Smartest UI Design Ideas. A close-up of Matthaeus Krenn’s smart UI for touchscreens in cars.

Matthaeus Krenn When your family gathered for the holidays this year, did you take note of the technology everyone was using? There’s a decent chance you could’ve observed someone from every generation present ably navigating some sort of touchscreen. That’s kinda crazy! But it’s the new norm. With the rise of touchscreens, computers have become less confounding. But that doesn’t mean taps, swipes, and pinches-to-zoom are the final frontier. Here, big and small, are some of the best UI ideas of 2014. Lollipop’s Lock Screen Notifications Material Design is Google’s ambitious bid to write a new rulebook for interactivity.

Lollipop’s expandable notifications are slick. Google The new software makes the lock screen more functional. The takeaway: Google’s trying to let you skim the surface of your phone where possible without diving all the way in. Texting From Everywhere Texting texting everywhere. Apple I love this. Matt Krenn. The power of card modes. - or how to take the load off your templates with smarter CSS. I get the distinct honour of closing this year's calendar, so following tradition I'll share a little something with you that lifts my spirits these days. It's an approach that my team and I have been using lately to meet a high need for flexibility in layouts from designers and editors alike - while keeping the backend clean and not sacrificing visual testing and documentation.

It's not strictly tied to Umbraco, but rather something that impacts how we structure and communicate about the frontend. This post is not highly technical, so if you're just mildly interested in CSS and know the basics of pre-processors, I hope you will find this useful too. What's the matter? I guess I can best open this with an example. Say we need to display some different content bits, or cards, in a content panel that appears across a site. Consider the following fairly simple setup with seven card slots. On small screens we want to stack the cards. Transform Your Habits. Change your life the easy way with this scientifically–backed resource. The full guide is packed with 45 pages of information about the science of how to stick to good habits and break bad habits. The guide is filled with proven research on how to make changes, overcome obstacles, and reach your goals.

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Google introduced Material Design a few months ago. I watched the Material Design reel more than a few times to re-create portions in Framer: the music player and the white box sequence. I enjoyed making those, but I wanted to zoom out a bit and apply the guidelines to a more comprehensive flow. It’d be helpful in understanding Material Design principles and seeing how the guidelines influence the design process. The idea I’ll be designing an app for checking out NBA results. There’s still some room to work out a few of my own ideas. Sketches and screens I’ll be designing multiple screens to see how certain ideas work (or don’t) with the guidelines. Here’s an early sketch of the overall user flow: Details for each screen changed but I stayed close to the user flow and designed the following screens: Game listGame SummaryPlay-by-playGame highlightTeam stats Game Selection A look at existing solutions Sketch Picking Material components.

How to Create Guidelines and Standards for Websites or Applications. While some methods may vary one of the most important starting points for any project is a set of guidelines. Creating guidelines and standards for every project (even if it isn’t originally in scope) can increase your workflow and will also keep your design consistent and hopefully developed in the right way. SEE ALSO: 9 Photoshop Alternatives For Big and Small Tasks This really is a designer’s responsibility. You can’t blame a developer for not being the pixel freak you are. Guide them. Start by creating three main types of documents. Style guideComponents documentSpecs around pages This process is not recommended for a designer who is also doing the front-end development.

Two well-known examples of this process are Bootstrap and Purecss. 1. A style guide defines the style of each element within a design project. . * Tip: Name the elements. 2. In many ways this document is identical to the style guide but on a different level. . * Tip: Export components to separate .psb files. 3. 12 Must-Have Tools for Web Designers. Sometimes, it’s hard to keep up with everything on the web that can help you do your job better.

We love finding new tools for design, and we love sharing them when we do. Here’s a list of tools we love to use when we’re designing sites. See anything we missed? Let us know, in the comments section below :) 1. InVision InVision is a design mockup prototyping tool that brings your designs to life so that team members can interact with and give feedback on your work. 2. Essentially, Codekit works like this: Save a file and CodeKit automatically refreshes any browser so you can watch your changes happen in real-time and see your website across devices without ever hitting command+R again. 3. Hover is a super simple way to register domains–it’s like Flywheel for domain management :) 4. Webflow is a hosted platform that allows web designers to create responsive websites visually, without writing any code. 5. LayerVault is version control for Photoshop documents. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

60 Fresh Creative One Page Website Designs. One page design is a hot trend these days. Even though this is not a common trend to follow but still as the new design styles come up, and as more and more designers notice them and make use of them in their work, this kind of trends emerge. You possibly cannot imagine what designers can do with one pages as modern age designers love to experiment with things and observe how people interact with their work. The best one pages are those that help you convey your message into few quick scrolls. They are well designed and compatible with most Internet browsers. In this presentation, you’ll find a variety of highly-creative, beautiful and most importantly inspirational designs which is following the same trend of one page designs. Don’t forget to and follow us on Twitter — for recent updates. Creative One Page Website Designs for Design Inspiration Highway One Roadtrip Prerita and Jai’s wedding Vicomte Font 99 Reasons Black Creative Emotions of Sound Wistech The Kyoto Protocol Petition 20 let KIA Mabu. - Home. Interactive Portfolio and Resume Websites to Inspire You. Inspiration While creating a website, tons of aspects should be taken into account, especially when it comes to resume and portfolio sites. A portfolio helps all creatives to showcase their work, get new clients, and share information. It’s extremely important to make your visitors feel that they control the website and are completely involved. Interactivity is one of the tools to achieve that. Interactivity is the best way to keep your old clients and to get new ones. Interactivity means the degree of interaction between objects. In web design these objects are a client and a website. Today I have put together 40 interactive impressive online portfolio and resume websites from all over the internet for your inspiration.

Inspirational Interactive Portfolio and Resume Websites 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22 . 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. Conclusion. Examples of the Effective Use of Typography in Web Design. Typography is one of the oldest disciplines of website design – it's roots can be traced back to the 2nd millennium BC, when Mesopotamian cities used stamps to make impressions on bricks. Any form of text can be labelled typography – it is simply the art of arranging type either evenly or unevenly to make it readable. These days we use the term Typography as a beautiful arrangement of type, and it can be applied to both digital and hand-drawn/written type. Typography in website design has been forecast to trend in 2014, although there seems no great evidence of that just yet, but then we still have 10 months of this year to go, so it could still happen.

However, website designers have been using typography for a long time, evidenced by the fact we have been featuring typography in web design for some years, and today we bring you another collection of designs that effectively use typography for maximum appeal. Typography in Web Design London to Paris Richard Hill Moon Camp Inesplorato Moresoda. What’s new for designers, February 2014. The February edition of what’s new for web designers includes new web apps, icons, color resources, webmaster tools, graphics programs, CSS frameworks, JavaScript resources, and some really great new fonts. Many of the resources below are free or very low cost, and are sure to be useful to a lot of designers and developers out there. As always, if we’ve missed something you think should have been included, please let us know in the comments. And if you have an app or other resource you’d like to see included next month, tweet it to @cameron_chapman for consideration.

GV Library The Google Ventures Library is a great resource for entrepreneurs and designers alike, straight from Google. They offer founder interviews, design advice, and more. Nasty Icons Need something to spice up your designs? CSS Colours Want to call your colors by name rather than hex code? Feedthebot Feedthebot offers up a complete guide to complying with Google’s webmaster guidelines. DevArt BootstrapTaste Rrrepo Headlinr 900dpi. 20 Beautiful UI & UX Designer Portfolios For Inspiration. A modern world requires new rules and you just can’t be a successful graphic designer without a personal portfolio website. Even when it comes to mobile user interface or user experience, without the ability to showcase your skills, you will have a hard time acquiring clients.

In that thought, we have collected a showcase of breathtaking UI & UX portfolios by a few talented designers and carefully chosen a few work examples that bring out their true genius. Not only are they good with catchy mobile interfaces, they also take the cake when it comes to website design. Make sure to not only check out the samples of their work here, but also to check out their original sites for more of their work. Let us know which are your favorite and if you have other designer portfolios you would like to share with our readers. Recommended Reading: 8 Places To Build And Showcase Your Designer Portfolio CreativeDash Design Studio Cosmin Capitanu Mariusz Cieśla Flamy Miro Hristov Vitor Pinho Aleks Faure Ramotion.

ANTETYPE - Visual Responsive Application Design Prototyping Software - Design more beautiful UIs faster. 20 Free High-Quality PSD Website Templates. Trends and Predictions: How the Future Looks Like for Web Design in 2014. As a web design enthusiast, I’m constantly on the look-out for what’s hot and what’s not in the web design world. While some may think that trends are just passing fads, I beg to differ – trends are what makes ideas grow to fruition, and what better way jump early on the first bandwagon than to predict these trends yourself? Here are some web design predictions I collected. There are only single day left until the month of January is upon us – hopefully most of them would come true. Trend #1: Interactive Infographics will Continue to Shine Ask any web designer about the creation of infographics and you will be greeted with nods of approval. For years now, infographics have been making waves in the web design scene – it is an attractive method to showcase valuable information in a fun, appealing manner.

In 2014, though, infographics will tread an even more exciting path in the form of interactive infographics. Trend #2: The Long-awaited Emergence of Retina Displays Trend #9: Minimalist is in. How to really defer loading javascript. 35 Stylish Illustration Websites for Inspiration. 50 Powerful Minimalist Website Templates. Weebly - Create a free website and a free blog. Why mobile web apps are slow. 40 beautiful flat ui design inspiration. 30 Beautiful Landing Pages Optimized for Converting Visitors into Users.

Reflections on Web Design Trends in 2013. 21 Examples of Beautiful Color Use in Web Design. - quick, painless, javascript-free baseline overlays. Web Design Blog, Tutorials and Inspiration | Web Design Ledger. 21 Amazing Examples of Clean and Minimal Web Designs. 1stwebdesigner • Web Design Blog.

80 Dazzling Examples of Illustration Websites. Inspiration: 40 Black and White Websites. Web development tutorials, from beginner to advanced. Forked from: [Stardust] KiraKira Waypoints. HTML and CSS Tutorials, References, and Articles. Hues Hub: HTML Color Codes in Hexadecimal at intervals of hue, saturation, and light; Hue each 6 degrees.

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