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Posts Tagged: layout

Flat Design: Trend or Revolution?

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Filed under: Design Inspiration, Web Development.

Over the last several months, I’ve been reading post after post about “Flat Design”. It seems like every designer is adopting the trend of so-called “Flat Design” and applying it to their work. Even larger companies like Microsoft and Google have followed this “trend”.

Flat Design: Trend or Revolution?

So is “Flat Design” here to stay, or is it simply a passing trend that will be eclipsed by the next great thing to come up next year?

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The current reading experience of the web

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Filed under: Typography, Web Development, Website Layouts.

I think most of us would agree that the reading experience of the web is pretty broken.  Whether it’s too many ads and distracting elements on a blog, text that is set to 11px (which is completely unreadable), or even lines of content that have a too long line length – the reading experience of the web can definitely be improved.

Today, more and more things are being read on the web every day. Not only do we visit websites to find out information about a company, but we also read e-books, blog posts, and articles online.

Improving the web reading experience

Over the last few years, we’ve begun to read more things on our smartphones, tablets, phablets, and laptops then we ever read in books or printed material.

One of the great things about web articles and books is that you can access them from where ever you are, at any time and from any device.

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WordPress Reimagined in a More User-Friendly Way

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Filed under: Wordpress.

WordPress is the most popular Content Management System to date. But is it really up to the task of managing your website? Over the last several articles we have looked at several main problems of WordPress including WYSIWYG Editors, Not enough control over document structure, and a somewhat confusing admin panel.

Wordpress Reimagined

In this article we are going to look at some ways we can improve WordPress to make it way more user-friendly for content editors and business owners.

So let’s jump right in and look at 6 ways that we can improve the editing experience of this awesome Content Management System known as WordPress.

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How to Design the Layout of a Website – Part 4

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Filed under: Web Development, Website Layouts.

Many times in the world of the internet, website designs and layouts are endlessly copied and reused between different websites. Some top design firm will release a new design for a successful company, and it will suddenly become the “thing to have”. We saw this in 2011 with the introduction of Parallax Scrolling.

Layout Mini-Series

Let’s stop and think for a second. Should we really be blindly copying other designers just because it’s the popular thing to do? Or should we step back and take an objective look at whether that layout style really fits and accents the purpose of our website?

In this article we will look at 2 new popular layout styles on the web and whether or not we should be using them for our projects.

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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…