Background Hero Image Trends in Modern Web Design

The common use of website hero images should come as no surprise. Faster Internet speeds and larger monitors allow for a pristine viewing experience. Hero images can be found in layouts as banners, slideshows, or even fullscreen backgrounds. But these background images don’t always need to be fixed designs. Going beyond just static hero images […]

Are you a web designer? Tools, Resources and Services To Use

There are many WordPress themes, page building tools, design element sources, and related services on the market today. With each having its unique features. Some of these products and services are for general use, while others serve a more dedicated purpose, or are intended for use in a specialized niche. We have compiled a listing […]

iStock Promo Codes – New Coupons Good Thru September!

We have something a little different for you today. Our friends over at iStock reached out to us to let us know about a promotion they are running and gave us these promo codes to share with our readers for additional savings off any credit pack…

32 Detailed Text Effect Tutorials for Photoshop

The best way to learn Photoshop is to push the boundaries of your knowledge. If you don’t know the basic tools then it can be difficult to get started. But true learning occurs with practical real-world application of skills by creating unique projects from scratch.

28 Horizontal Scrolling Parallax Websites

Parallax web design has become a technique for designing single-page interfaces with extra pizzaz. Many of these animated parallax effects are stunning and fit perfectly into a typical portfolio or landing page design.

One of the newer trends in parallax design is horizontal scrolling. This has been around for years dating back to flash websites but has since made a resurgence. Now it seems that horizontal scrolling is concomitant with parallax animation, meant solely to create a more distinct user experience.

If you’re designing a custom parallax layout be sure to check out some of the following examples. Each design uses horizontal parallax scrolling in a unique way to both enhance the design and improve content consumption.

Future of Car Sharing

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How To Design Magnetic Banner Ads for the Web

Advertising is a massive industry with a lot of money and agencies vying for attention. But the purpose of this industry is generally to drive people towards something whether it’s a product or service. Great ads will draw your attention even if you don’t have a need for the product.

But poorly-crafted ads will come off as revolting and insincere. Nobody wants to deal with the metaphorical used car salesman, and this type of advertisement can be an immediate turn-off.

For this post I’d like to examine a few design techniques for polishing beautifully-magnetic advertising banners. Although designs can vary from each website the general techniques remain the same. Take a look at the BuySellAds marketplace to see some of the most creatively and well-designed banner ads online today.

Are eCommerce Multi-purpose Themes the Latest Trend?

Online shopping has been with us for some time, and more recently, the number of online shoppers doing their shopping from tablets and other handheld devices has increased to the point where they are rapidly becoming a majority.

WordPress themes’ initial focus was on being used as website development tools with the PC in mind. The increased use of handheld devices has however ushered in a new trend that featured responsive WordPress themes that were not only multi-browser compatible, but cross-platform compatible as well.

An even newer trend is now taking shape in the form of themes that specifically address eCommerce requirements. While multi-purpose themes can often suffice, themes that are focused on eCommerce are often the only ones that can meet the challenge of providing end users with realistic and user-friendly online shopping experiences.

What eCommerce Multi-Purpose WordPress Themes Bring to the Table

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Design Methods & Best Practices for Parallax Website Layouts

All of the many trends in web design have their own best practices and provisional guidelines for creating a great design. Although many rules are borrowed from traditional art, these techniques differ in the realm of digital design. When people are expected to interact with your design you’ll need to approach each problem from an experiential viewpoint.

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Parallax web design is a tricky subject because it encompasses many different ideas. But most of these ideas follow a similar trajectory of dynamic navigation, fluid content, and visualized ideas. This post delves into some practical methods for crafting usable parallax layouts that people will enjoy. At times it can be a balancing act but once you have a direction the whole creative process becomes much clearer.