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6 Steps to Effective Web Design Planning [VIDEO]

April 17, 2014 by Spencer Ploessl

web design tips from The Beard

One of the toughest challenges that comes along with designing or redesigning a website is the planning. In order to make sure your project runs smoothly from beginning to end, you'll need to put together a solid strategy to achieve your goals. Today I'll take you through six easy steps that will allow you to set up an effective planning strategy.[read more]

View From the Top: 9 Examples of Desk Top View Design

April 14, 2014 by Jacey Gulden

Effective web design

Desk top view is a web design trend that relies heavily on the use of photography as a website background. Typically these are photos of a desk or table top and they look as if you were viewing them from a first-person perspective. Take a look at these great examples for inspiration.[read more]

The Psychology of Great Web Design

February 26, 2014 by Kelsey Jones

Know how people think and design for it.

As many a great graphic and web designer knows, human behavior is just as important to a new design as the required elements themselves. Knowing the normal patterns of the human brain can help your designs have more influence while conveying the right message to your clients’ target audience.[read more]


Free Tools to Aid Your Web Design

February 25, 2014 by Sunil Gupta

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Good web design is so much more than simply making a website look good. You have to ensure it conforms to the standards put in place by Google. There are so many things you have to take into account with web design. Here are some free web design tools recommended by web design experts.[read more]

13 Common Mistakes in Web Design

December 20, 2013 by Zsolt Bicskey

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It’s easy for companies to rush websites. Why? Because crafting a searchable, readable, and enjoyable website takes time and money. Here are 13 common mistakes in Web design you have most likely already made.[read more]

7 Essential Tools for Web Development

December 9, 2013 by Ajay Prasad

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For a web developer, a graphic designer or system technician to achieve success, there are a variety of tools to choose from, many of which are available on the internet. However, some are very essential if web development is to be expertly done - and here's a list to get you started.[read more]

From Bland to Beautiful, 9 Big Brand Christmas Landing Page Designs

November 8, 2013 by Shell Robshaw-Bryan

Gorgeous holiday marketing

I love working with clients to plan their Christmas campaigns and design their artwork and web pages. Here I'll share a selection of Christmas landing pages created by big name retailers, some which I think capture the spirit of Christmas beautifully, as well as some that have failed to impress.[read more]

Is Your Website Eco-Friendly?

September 27, 2013 by Jacey Gulden

Eco-friendly website

The Internet has a pretty significant carbon footprint: 830 millions tons of CO2 annually. You might be thinking that these emissions are the result of streaming, downloads, general web traffic etc. But the reality is that 40% of the Internet’s total carbon footprint is created by those who design for the web.[read more]

Your Blog Sidebar's Dirty Little Secret

August 14, 2013 by Stanford Smith

Sidebars are ineffective places to promote your call to action, engagement items, or social media channels. Like most things, sidebars used to work but not anymore. Unfortunately, your readers’ overtaxed attention is tuned to do two things exceptionally well. Ignore advertising or anything that “might” be advertising and ignore anything that doesn’t change.[read more]


Why Wordpress Is the Right Choice for Your Website in 2013

January 24, 2013 by Sam Philips

Responsible design is the most discussed trend in the web design industry in 2013. How can you take advantage of WordPress to optimize your website's performance?[read more]

ViDEO: How to Steal from the Competition and Get Away With It

March 30, 2012 by Tommy Walker

Have you been derailed from your path only to find that your competition is enjoying thriving success? Prevent this from happening and learn from what they're doing.[read more]

Google Analytics for Marketers (& Designers, Too!)

August 17, 2011 by Steph Parker

Google Analytics can be really useful if you’re looking to measure performance, or launch a keyword campaign to boost your SEO. There are a few things in particular you’ll want to understand (and pay attention to); use this guide to teach you or refresh your knowledge.[read more]

Five Easy Ways to Boost SEO

February 9, 2011 by Len Ostroff

Why Search Engine Optimization is absolutely vital, and great ways to start improving it.[read more]

SEO Friendly Three Column WordPress Theme

May 28, 2008 by Tilak Bisht

A couple of you have asked me about the SEO friendly theme in the past. Now WordPress theme SEOpal is available for public download! This theme for WordPress created by me and Sprightly Media. It is absolutely FREE :-). It is a three column SEO friendly WordPress theme with using smooth colors and rounded corners. Its nice, clean and...[read more]

If you want a busy homepage, let your users organise it

May 24, 2008 by Dan Thornton

My interest in web design is generally based on usability and accessibility, due to the fact I'm not the most artistic person in the world. I can appreciate attractive designs, but there are far better people than me in the world at creating them. But something has struck me that I think could be a good rule for web architecture and...[read more]

Designing a blog for ROI

February 5, 2008 by Blog Biz

ProBlogger Darren Rowse says he's got a contest going for people to win a copy of Web Design for ROI, a book that he's been enjoying in the past few weeks. The book is called Web Design for ROI, and I have not read it, but I know that there's plenty of research out there [...]Link to original post[read more]

Understanding Web Design

November 23, 2007 by Jon Keefe

Jeffrey Zeldman has written an excellent article over at A List Apart concerning how we perceive web design as a discipline. It's an easy mistake to think of web design as an extension of graphic design, many designers have made the move directly from designing for print to online designs. Those of us with some experience in these...[read more]