Category: Web Design

Good editing skills are important when working with photo content. While most web designers do not have a professional photographer’s skillset, having a basic knowledge of photography and photo editing are usually sufficient to fully support the visual portion of web content. Contrast, Saturation, Temperature – These three characteristics play important roles in determining a…

Modern startup design trends have come a long way since their initial inception in the early-to-mid 2000s. The field of web design itself has adopted a new paradigm with CSS3 properties, advanced JavaScript support, and loads of free open source code. It’s easier now than ever before to launch a captivating startup with free resources found online.

If you have an idea for a company or product then don’t wait around! Prototyping & wireframing should be the first step before launching a new site. The problem is that you may not even know where to begin regarding which page elements to include, what style of layout, or how to handle responsive design. Thus I’ve collected a series of powerful startup layouts for design inspiration. Base some of your ideas off these concepts and see what else you can come up with.

Realtii

realtii animated blue startup website

The ever-growing market for sports content has only strengthened through support over the Internet. Online interactive communities like forums or fantasy football leagues provide a digital connection to the real world. Nevermind the ability to track game scores, player stats, and a whole lot of other statistical information.

In this gallery I’ve put together 33 inspiring sports-related websites. Each design caters to the website’s content ranging from professional athletes, sports teams, television networks, mobile apps, and obviously sporting events. If you’re currently on a project or just need some sporty inspiration then try drafting a few of these design trends into your own creative work.

Golf Channel

golf channel tv network website

CSS3 has paved the way for clean website animation without any reliance on JavaScript. Unfortunately it can’t handle every task but it’s got a fantastic track record so far. Modern website animation has grown from simple dropdown menus to animated backgrounds and parallax scrolling.

There’s a lot to see in the way of digital interface animation and the more you see the more ideas you’ll excogitate. In this showcase I’ll be focusing on 29 websites that utilize interesting animated effects. They might be full-page effects or just slightly glamorous touch-ups to the navigation. Either way these examples are perfect for inspiration when planning your own animated layouts.

ReadMe.io

readme io website homepage animation effect

Not many designers place enough focus on the benefits of creative search fields. For content-heavy websites most users will be prepared to search for what they’re looking for. If the search interface sucks then people will be forced to leave and hit Google, or worse… Ask Jeeves.

Instead of driving people away like a repugnant foul pot roast, why not spice up the design and give it some flavor? Then everyone will simply adore the pot roast! In this analogy the pot roast is a stinky search input field that just needs a little TLC.

I’ve put together a selection of beautiful search interfaces from across the web. Some are big, some are small, others are more suitable for persnickety little babies like Goldilocks. But overall this gallery is quite diverse featuring a wide range of design trends for search interfaces. If I’ve missed any gems feel free to share your own ideas in the comments section.

Do you ever notice how familiar web content always seems to catch that twinkle in your eye? Fewer distractions allow for quicker reading material – and in these crazy times with Twitter and Justin Bieber it helps to remove as many distractions as possible. Another element which can help readers achieve deeper focus in a higher contrast between colors on the page.

Very dark text on a light background will read much cleaner than colors which are closer in value. But the reverse is also true, putting dark website backgrounds with lighter text colors. In this post I’ve organized some deliciously dark layouts which achieve brilliant minimalism in both form and function.

Perspective Mockups

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Flat design has seeped into the fabric of website design and mobile apps alike. Many popular interfaces are switching over to flat design because it’s simpler and easier to create. Some users prefer flat website layouts because they don’t use flashy graphics or distracting elements on a typically minimalist webpage design.

This gallery features 32 brilliant mockups created using flat interface pieces. If you’re thinking of designing a flat website yourself, this may be a good place to look for inspiration. Study the different types of interfaces and see how flat page elements will appear based on color scheme and the type of website. Generally speaking design should always serve content, but focusing a bit of time on aesthetics can provide a much more pleasurable user experience.

Dating Site Profile

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One of the most popular websites for finding WordPress themes is definitely ThemeForest. It’s easy to see why, too, with thousands of themes available for so many different industries and purposes. Just as with other WordPress theme sites, you do run the risk of purchasing a poorly designed theme, even with competition. Thankfully with reviews, comments, and feedback, you can usually tell if a theme is the right one for your project.

The only downside is that searching for a top-notch, easy to use theme can take time…lots of time. So in response to this problem is a list below of 30 of the best WordPress themes by ThemeForest. All are top-rated themes that came with excellent reviews. They are also themes that come with excellent support. All are themes that have been either created this year or recently updated. So take a look and see if any work for your upcoming projects. And if you still can’t find what you need, you may want to check out Best Responsive WordPress Themes or 30 Creative WordPress Themes.

1. 907 One Page Parallax

Looking back into history the Internet has gone through many phases. Back in the 1990s there was a lot of mis-direction among the changing character sets. These basically outlined a library of symbols which would be translated into certain characters of languages all around the world. It is an important topic to understand how we have gotten into the trends of modern web design.

printed character set lesson typography pieces

I want to go into a bit of depth on points of Unicode character encoding and HTML entities. I don’t mean for this to be a full master list. But to act as more of an introduction into a topic which many designers are not familiar with. Granted the UTF-8 charset has allowed for an almost unanimous configuration of every language on the face of the Earth.

The process of becoming a designer and developer can be excruciating and quite exhausting. Each of these fields has such a depth of study with a lot to earn. And becoming proficient in just design or development can be hard enough. Often times it is easier to pair up and work with a designer/developer for your own projects.

web designer developer office space photograph

But what are the easiest methods for handling such a relationship? I want to share just a few ideas on how designers and developers can work best together. If each person at least has an understanding of what the other needs to do, it will become a much simpler experience. These two job types should be guiding each other down the path towards creating a wonderful final product.

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