Design and Development

How to Design the Layout of a Website – Part 3

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Filed under: Mobile, Responsive Design, Web Development, Website Layouts.

How many times have you been simply overwhelmed with all the different ways to design the layout of a website. Whether the navigation, photo slider, or number of columns, there are always lots of decisions you have to make for a website layout.

Layout Mini-Series

If you haven’t read our last article in this series, make sure you check it out before continuing with this article.

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How to Design the Layout of a Website – Part 2

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Filed under: Design Inspiration, Web Development, Website Layouts.

Like we promised, here is the next article in our Layout Mini Series entitled “Steps to Designing a Great Layout.

Steps to designing a great layout:

This article will give you practical step-by-step instructions on how to design an effective layout for your Clients. These principles of layout design are gathered from design experts like Jason Santa MariaBen Shneiderman, and Joshua Johnson.

Learn them, apply them, and you will be on your way to creating amazing, effective, user friendly layouts that will “Wow” your Clients and end-users. Read more…

How to Design the Layout of a Website – Part 1

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Filed under: Web Development, Website Layouts.

How many times have you hit a brick wall in designing the layout of a website? Have you ever given up completely on being “original” and simply copied off the layout of another website that is popular? Or maybe you’ve given up on custom designs long ago, and you’ve taken to modifying pre-made templates for your Clients.

Design the layout of a website - mini-series

I know we’ve all had one or all of these experiences from time to time in our career. The real question is how we can keep this from happening again. How can we design creatively without copying off others, or spending countless hours fiddling around without getting anything substantial accomplished.

Introducing the “How to Design a Website Layout” Mini-Series. This series is for any designer who is looking to rise above the mediocracy of poor layouts/designs and learn how to create vibrant, highly useful website interfaces. Read more…

What Makes a Website Load Slow?

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Filed under: Web Development.

As web developers, we are always looking for ways to make our websites better, more beautiful and faster loading. After our earlier article “The Case For Speed” which outlines how important it is that websites load quickly, we decided to take a look at five major retailers and analyze how their websites rank at following some of the standards for best speed practices.

What Makes a Slow Website? So let’s get started  and see how these companies rank against each other.

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How to Make Your Website Standout from the Competition

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Filed under: Design Inspiration, Typography, Web Development.

When visiting a website you may be thinking, “Man this website looks terrible, and is really hard to use!” Or you may be thinking “Wow, this website looks great, and I found everything I needed.”

Does your design standout? What is the difference between the design of a really amazing website and one that looks ugly and uninviting? This article outlines some design elements and principles that will transform your design from okay to extraordinary. Read more…

The Essentials of an Awesome Non-Profit Website

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Filed under: Design Inspiration, Web Development.

As we all know, website are a powerful tool we can use to impact the culture and communities around us. Non-Profit organizations are usually founded to improve the lives and communities of needy people.

Many of these organizations are either lacking a website, or are not effecting engaging their communities in order to provide the help and support they desperately need.

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This article will give you seven steps to build a successful Non-Profit website that effectively engages the community and really meets the organization’s needs.

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For Designers: How to Increase your Business

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Filed under: Web Development.

Have you ever had a hard time convincing your would-be Clients of their need for a new website? Have you ever made that proposal to a company that seemed really excited about a project who then backed down after hearing your price?

Meeting your Client's needs

If so, this article is for you. It will help you when working with businesses and individuals you have identified that need a new website. Read more…

Several New Code Editors you Should Keep an Eye On

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Filed under: CSS, Web Development.

As a web developer I am always interested in new tools that are purported to save me time in the development process. One thing that has always bugged me about most of the main code editors is that they only have a poor live feedback feature. Sure, you may be able to see a live preview of a simple HTML/CSS file, but who really works in such an environment anymore? We need an editor that will that will allow us to use all our modern languages and tools and give us instant feedback of any changes we have made.

A New Type of Code Editors

In this article we will take a look at several new editors that are being developed and determine whether or not they will be useful to us as a modern web development tool. Read more…

Designer Skills Matter More Than the Tool Used

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Filed under: Design Inspiration, Photoshop, Typography, Web Development.

After talking with many experienced designers and working on many projects, I have come to the realization that design skills matter more than tools.

Think about it, a carpenter could still build a house without an air-nailer; but if you’ve never built a house, you couldn’t get it done with the best tool in the world.

Designer Tools

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This article has the focus of improving design skills, rather than worrying about always having the latest and greatest Photoshop version (even though that may be important). Read more…