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”.
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?
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.
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.
A while back I wrote about typography and its importance on the web. Typography and content is really 90% of what the web is; so if you are going to create beautiful, consumable content, you really need to pay attention to your website’s typography.
Traditionally we’ve used static tools like Photoshop or InDesign to design our typography and then we recreate it in code. But this has always been a bit of a hassle when switching from static mockup to code and to an actual browser canvas.
This is all changing with great new tools like Typecast. Typecast is a web app that is built to help us as designers use the browser to design our typography and websites. It gives you access to over 1000 web fonts that you can try out on your live website content in an actual browser.
Typecast – Experiment with Type from Typecast on Vimeo.
After using Typecast for a while, I want to share my thoughts with the community about some of its great features, and where it could be improved.
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.
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…
History of Minimalism
One thing that always happens no matter what part of society you are in is synthesis and antithesis. Back in the early to mid 2000’s, web designers were getting very excited about all the new technologies available to them. This resulted in the creation of sites that were busy, overpowering, and full of fancy flash animations. Minimalism is a reaction to that movement to bring the focus of websites back to their core – presenting the content in a way that puts the user and their needs first. Read more…