Category: design

As a web designer you always want to stay on top of the latest ideologies. User experience design is the process of building around what the user needs to do. You have to consider specific reasons for why users are coming to your website in the first place. And the goal is to build a layout which is ease to use, easy to navigate, and provides quick access to the most important information.

In this article I would like to share a few ideas for studying UX trends among other websites. While browsing the Internet you should consider these ideas and pinpoint good design vs bad design. As you understand what to do(and what not to do), the planning process will be a lot easier. And building a usable website will follow an understanding between what your users need and how they interact with a typical webpage.

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A good piece of art always contains the aspect of attraction, which provides the initial prompt of glances from potential onlookers. But a great piece of art is able to capture and compel their gaze to linger for that extra span of time. Every true artist shoots to achieve this secondary level of interest, but few know the techniques to use to create that deeper level of interest. Adding texture to various aspects of your designs is an easy way to do this quickly and effectively through the use of Photoshop brushes and patterns.

So we’ve put together a list of more than 30 brushes and patterns that you can add to your text, backgrounds, or other digital art layers in your composition to add interest and intrigue to your designs. And when your goal is to stand out, what works better than to use abstract designs?

Check It Out! Our 30+ Top Freebies for Abstract Brushes and Patterns

Make your designs “pop” with this Dot Splatter Brush
Dot Splatter Brush

A website is considered responsive when it is designed in such a way so that the viewers can read the content of the website, navigate through it with easy from different kinds of devices like Android phones or Smartphones, computers, tablets and other such gadgets. Since the number of mobile internet users are increasing at a fast pace, the webmasters should also take some serious steps to provide the browser with the best experience so that they take the initiative to come back to your site time and again.

Building a CSS stylesheet is not often the most difficult task when constructing a website. However putting together readable styles which still make sense months down the road may be a challenge. Web developers often get lazy and struggle to keep their documents organized.

featured photo css code comments and stylesheets

Thankfully there are some easy steps you can take to build your stylesheets with a very clean codebase. In this article I would like to introduce some ideas for writing clean CSS comments in your code. Commenting is a useful practice not just when coming back to your own files in the future, but also for other developers who are picking up your work. Play around with just a couple of these techniques and you will certainly notice a difference in the readability of your stylesheets.

Designing a website portfolio can be difficult because of all the different options and various layout solutions you can choose. Ultimately you want to use a portfolio to focus on projects you have created, or are currently creating & working with. This showcase is helpful to people interested in your work.

For this gallery I have put together 26 inspiring portfolio project listings. Each page layout focuses on the projects and offering details for potential clients. Freelancers and agencies alike can learn and study from similar techniques already created online. If you enjoy the post and want to share some ideas feel free to drop a comment in the discussion area below.

Grain & Mortar

Grain and Mortar website portfolio