Mobile Domains are Moving Out: What’s New?

Your mobile traffic means a lot, and it also effects how you design your site. In the past few years, there’s been an increased amount of attention paid to “mobile” versions of sites, which tend to come with their own m.domain that’s distinct from the primary desktop version. By using the m.domain, site owners previously …

Is 2015 the Year of the Animated UI?

User interface designers are always on the lookout for ways to make the experience pop for visitors, and one of the best ways to do that in the past has been with animations and user interaction through elements. In the far gone days of web design, it was seen in “roll overs” that made buttons …

Three Things to Look for in a Font

Your font choice matters, but how do you choose the perfect font for the job? Here’s a quick list of three qualities that can help you to pick the best option. Distinct Letters 1s, Is, and lowercase Ls. In some font families, these characters look exactly the same, and that can be bad if you’re …

The Fundamentals of Responsive Branding

Responsive branding itself isn’t exactly new. For nearly a century, companies have put a lot of time and research into determining which color choices and lay outs resonate with different parts of the world. In some cases, they’ve experienced wild amounts of success; Coca-Cola, for example, basically created the red, black, and white look that …

On the Edge: Microsoft’s New Browser Has a Lot to Offer

Tentatively called “Project Spartan,” Microsoft has released its brand new browser, Microsoft Edge, which gives the company yet another introduction into the world of online browser programs. In the past, Microsoft relied on Internet Explorer, a program that was baked into its operating system, and its sales, for well over a decade. Microsoft’s history with …

Music Site Design Tips

Music sites can be equal parts an artistic representation and a marketing tool, but they need to have certain qualities to really stand out. With social media’s influence on new and upcoming artists, the need for the right site has become all the more important, and that’s where you might come in as a designer. …

Is Flash Dead? Yes. Yes It Is.

We’re all familiar with Adobe’s Flash plugin. For years, it provided multimedia presentations that were interactive, engaging, and even fun, especially when it came to games that were created in Flash. Unfortunately, Flash had a few “minor” problems. Security. If you’ve ever experienced malware, ransom ware, spyware, rootkits, or anything in between, there are a …

Easy Design Mistakes to Avoid

Mastering design is a learning process, and in that process, there’s a great deal of trial and error. As you refine your own sensibilities, techniques, and capabilities with the different types of technology available to you, you decrease your average amount of mistakes, and increase the amount of work that you can do in a …

6 Great Design Plugins for Word Press

Word Press is a light weight, very flexible platform for creating and publishing content. It also makes management and auditing a site a breeze. Used by both professionals and amateurs, it’s the weapon of choice for hundreds of thousands of creators on the web, and much of that success is owed to its expansive library …