Design and Development

Posts Categorized: Web Development

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…

How to Become the Best Designer Ever

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Filed under: Design Inspiration, Web Development.

Some of the most top search terms on Google are “design inspiration” and “best website designs” etc. Web designers are all looking for places to get “inspired” so that they can create similar great design. Is this the best way to learn good design by looking at other’s works of excellence and trying to copy the design for your own projects and websites?

Caution: Great Design Secrets Ahead

Read this article to find out how you can finally create your own unique pieces of “original” artwork without cheating off the designs of others.

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What Makes an Amazing Website – Part 2

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Filed under: Design Inspiration, Web Development.

In Part 1 of this article, we looked at 5 out of the 10 elements in a website that make it stand out from its competition. By following these elements or principles of great design, you will ensure that you are meeting the needs of your users, as well as maximizing the profitability of your business.

Amazing Design - Part 2

Remember, don’t try to just “Get by”. Really analyze and study the needs of your users and provide them with an amazing, easy-to-use, content rich website. Don’t just try to get by, seek to exceed all expectations! I love the way Solid Giant really worked hard on their website to ensure their website is super user friendly. Read more…

What Makes an Amazing Website – Part 1

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Filed under: Design Inspiration, Web Development.

There are certain elements in a website that make it stand out from its competition. It doesn’t really matter what sort of website you have – blog, large retailer or photographer, there are key things that must be included in order to have a successful web presence and ultimately achieve higher returns on your business.

Be Amazing

Are you looking to just “Get by” or are you really looking after the needs of your users and providing them with an amazing, easy-to-use, content rich website. Don’t just try to get by, seek to exceed all expectations! 180byDesign seeks to provide all their clients with an ‘Amazing’ website. Read more…