Attaining Balance in your Website’s Color Scheme

Designing for astute balance is never an easy task. Although it should be a primary objective in each designer’s mind, balance tends to appear once a composition has reached a state of equilibrium. This requires some idea generation because it’s silly to assume that balance can be achieved from a blank page.

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In this post I’d like to cover a few guidelines and general tips for designing a clean color scheme. This stage may undoubtedly be one of the most complex yet significant parts of an entire website. Colors are used to convey a certain mood or attitude in the minds of visitors. Pairing the wrong colors together can be detrimental to the overall website. But with the help of color generators and some useful tips the color-picking process can become much smoother.

Qards: How To Become A Visual Storyteller For A Photography Blog

Everything becomes crystal clear through the lens of a camera. Imagine if all the inspiring stories would be highlighted on a beautiful photography blog. Well, you can give a helping hand by learning how to become a powerful visual storyteller.

It’s time to expose your art on the digital window

Designed to be user-friendly for anyone, those with limited or no coding knowledge included, Qards – a smart WordPress plugin – facilitates the entire process of building a photography blog. Its main benefits even surpass the appealing visual aspect (we’re going to showcase it later) mostly because it also represents a productive platform to promote your clients’ work.

Tips & Resources for Enhanced Checkout Forms

eCommerce websites are some of the most complicated and time-intensive projects. Each design requires many page styles like the products listing, single product page, user profile, and naturally the shopping cart. Adding onto the project is a concern of security, and just building a single eCommerce site can be quite draining and very stressful. But when you approach the whole design from a user experience perspective ideas tend to make a little more sense.

I’ve put together a few guidelines and free resources for enhanced checkout forms. These should prove useful on any website including responsive layouts. Checkout pages are certainly detailed but not overwhelming. Once you learn how to organize content the presentation becomes like second nature. Regular checkout forms work – enhanced checkout forms work even better.

Introduction to Grid-Based Typography in Web Design

What do math teachers and city planners have in common aside from indispensable yet low-compensating jobs? A love for grids, of course! This is one of those special topics that seems really important because it is really important but still doesn’t get enough attention. It’s on par with balancing a checkbook and learning to properly mimic funny accents.

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Thankfully grids can be useful to many career paths outside of mathematics and architecture. I want to focus on the benefits of grid structure when it comes to designing web typography. A typical layout often uses many small blocks of text which are crucial to a good user experience. This post should offer some introductory ideas for designers who want to create better websites focusing on organized typography.

Popular Web Design Trends for 2015

Although many designers have written on this topic, I want to share my thoughts on the future of web design as we forge ahead into 2015. The new year is always an exciting time and I love to contemplate the potential for young new web designers just entering the field.

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I do think these trends will resonate with most web designers who have kept their pulse on the changing tides of digital interface design. But although these trends are quite noticeably gaining momentum, it’s impossible to tell with absolute certainty what the future will hold. Looking onward into 2015 I expect to see lots of growth and ingenuity from older trends, along with some newer ideas finally coming into the spotlight.

35 Inspiring Website Designs for Zoos and Aquariums

It feels natural that every type of website deserves an inspiration gallery. Modern designers are working on hundreds of different projects each year and so many of them are dedicated to niche subjects. Zoos and aquariums serve a very similar purpose as an attraction to see a wide variety of nature.

Interestingly enough these two distinct facilities follow very distinct design styles. For this gallery I’ve put together 35 inspirational examples of zoos and aquariums. While there are plenty of examples online not all of them incorporate modern design ideas. I hope this gallery can offer a glimpse of the best each category has to offer – both for personal and commercial design work.

Aquarium of the Pacific

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How To Design Usable Audio & Video Media Players

If you’ve been living under a rock in Bikini Bottom for the past fifteen years then allow me to explain website media. You see, the Internet used to be a place dedicated to text and conversations. Eventually text & images blurred together. But at the turn of the 21st century Internet speeds were still very slow, thus streaming media wasn’t a reliable option.

Fast-forward to modern times and you have access to streaming video services right at your fingertips. Putting aside free video hosting services you can also stream movies and television through companies like Netflix or Amazon Prime.

I want to cover the subject of media players from the user experience perspective. Back just 10 years ago YouTube would have been the largest video streaming network on the planet. Now we have dozens of options located all around the globe, each with their own custom player. In this post you’ll find some tips and suggestions for how to design your own custom media players that entice visitors and draw attention from the crowd.

Using PSD Freebies to Create Fast & Efficient Website Mockups

Building website mockups in Photoshop is a lot like using Q-tips to clean your ears. Not exactly the original purpose but it works great! However unlike the household cotton swab, Photoshop is a large graphics editing program that takes hours of practice to learn even rudimentary tasks. For web designers this process can feel like a hopeless pipe dream.

But one of the quickest ways to start learning Photoshop is by creating your own simple mockups with existing PSD elements. You’ll find yourself editing shapes and colors to fit into a layout while organizing the composition from your imagination. In this post I’d like to share ideas for using free PSD files in Photoshop to get familiar with creating website mockups.