Open source has taken the web design community by storm. Even just the past 1-2 years has seen a tremendous rise in the number of plugins, themes, and free codes for web developers. Notably WordPress is a fast-growing CMS engine for running your own blog or website.
There are millions of different websites powered by WordPress running online, with new launches happening each month. I put together this gallery focusing on 44 eye-catching websites running on WordPress. You can use these designs as inspiration for your own ideas. WP theming is a big topic and it’s worth studying so that you can build your own themes.
The open source PHP/MySQL WordPress platform is one of the most stable scripts for any webmaster. With the advent of Custom Post Types it is now possible to turn any WordPress website in a full-blown gallery of social network. I have been so impressed with recent advancements that I feel it’s worth cataloging some of the best resources for WP developers.
In this gallery I have put together 25 must-know WordPress blogs and online resources. From helpful code snippets to finding new plugins, there are always plenty of resources out there for WordPress lovers. Even premium themes and inspiration galleries can help when you sit down to code your own WordPress theme. I do hope these resources prove beneficial to webmasters all around the world. And if I have left out any great tools, feel free to share with us in the discussion area below.
A number of design resources are available online where you can build very simplistic logos from scratch. The incredible market of PSD freebies along with free font files creates an atmosphere of fluid creativity. It is much easier now to launch a project online and put together a quick yet efficient logo within an hour using Photoshop, or another graphics editor.
In this gallery I want to present a collection of logo designs for inspiration. Marketers and identity designers will know the amount of work it takes putting together ideas into a logo. But with enough practice you should be able to get the hang of things. It is my hope this gallery will provide a set of helpful minimalist logo designs for deriving other ideas on your own.
In this collection I want to present 30 of the most interesting jQuery slider plugins. Each one should work properly with the most current version of jQuery and they also provide their own documentation. It is a great way to introduce yourself into the system and start building websites with some more dynamic effects.
Both personal and corporate portfolios require careful attention to detail. There are lots of new user experience techniques which can offer a seamless interface for designers. And when presenting your work online it is worth spending a bit of extra time to ensure your strategy will impress visitors.
I want to share a few ideas for when you are crafting a new portfolio layout. These trends will obviously advance as time goes on. Digital creatives are often the first people jumping onto new trends, and so it is reasonable to assume portfolios may resonate newer design ideas in the future. But not every idea is going to be perfect for your website. It takes a bit of critical thinking to determine which design styles would fit best into your own personal or company portfolio layout.
There are some websites online that just scream branding. You immediately recognize the site based on their logo design, the font style, the icon symbol, even vector artwork. Branding is a crucial part of the design experience because your company and its brand is all you need to draw in some attention. Many popular brands such as Microsoft and Apple demonstrate what a good logo can do for your company.
But having a good logo is only the first step. Then you need to work this into your website layout gracefully, in a manner where users are impressed and invigorated by the design. I have put together this showcase of 34 various website layouts featuring beautiful website branding. I hope this collection may provide inspiration for other designers who are launching a new project online and need a quick fix of design ideas.
Bakeries and cake shops around the world are the sweetest treats. Business owners want their website to reflect this and draw in customers based on the unique and tasteful design. But this process can be difficult if you are unfamiliar with design techniques.
I want to offer a series of 29 brilliant cake shops and bakeries using fantastic website layouts. These are all very captivating and quickly remind you of the bakery itself. Designers will often include illustrations and vector artwork showing off cupcakes and other dessert treats. Keep in mind there is no one-size-fits-all solution. But there are many design ideas which you may tread the water and see how it fits into your own layout.
Comparing Japanese web design trends to the United States is a great difference. Icons and banners and Flash media is all too common, especially amongst video game websites and cartoons/TV shows. The Japanese culture is so different from the western world, yet we all share the same planet and the same Internet.
I want to showcase 45 Japanese animation & gaming website layouts for design inspiration. You may not consider using these techniques in your own layouts, but it is always good to know the market. Japan’s economy is within the top 5 worldwide and they spend a lot of money online. And you do not need to understand the Japanese language to appreciate beautiful website design. It is truly magnificent how designers may communicate across language barriers to share and understand more complex design trends.