Posts Tagged ‘Web Design’

Web professionals have been getting pretty excited lately, and it’s no surprise why. The latest spawn of Microsoft’s browser, Internet Explorer 9, has just been released. Many people have been talking about the changes and whether the latest version is a solid step forward, or if it’s too little, too late.

In a previous article, Jacob Gube (this site’s founder) had a more positive view of IE9. I’m here to play devil’s advocate and present the other side of the coin. [read]


Joe Randeen – 3 Penguins Design


The iPad has only been on the market for six months, but already it has had an impact on the way content is created and consumed. Already we’re seeing more and more people at airports, coffee shops and on the train using their iPads to read books, browse the web and watch video.

We’re also seeing web designers transform their websites and web apps to look more like iPad apps. In the last few months, several high-profile websites have adjusted their designs to look and feel more like the iPad. We’re dubbing this, the “iPadification of the web.”

We think this is a trend that will only continue to gain momentum as the iPad continues to sell and subsequent tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the BlackBerry PlayBook hit the market. [read]

Typography on the web is anything but simple, and for many, it is a troubling mystery. Today, we’re going to review six ways that web designers and developers can improve the typography of the sites they create.


Typography is the art of designing letters, words, paragraphs, and how they interact with each other. Many designers and developers often equate typography with choosing a font or typeface, while others simply forget that 95% of web design is typography and tend to forget about it. Clearly, if typography is really 95% of web design, it should be at the forefront of the mind of every designer and developer. Here are Six Ways To Improve Your Web Typography. [read]

Here are some great pointers from my friend Bobby Owsinski.  Even though Bobby is referring the band/artist centric sites, these tips are universal to any website.  ENJOY!
With so many band and artist-centric sites like MySpace and ReverbNation around these days, it’s easy for a band to believe that a website presence isn’t required, yet it’s an important piece of your online strategy. Your website is directly under your control, can be customized specifically for your message, and you never have to worry about a hosted site going out of business or changing the terms of service suddenly one day in the future.

That being said, there’s a way to build it that’s very friendly to your fans, visitors and search engines, but unfortunately not everyone chooses that route. So if you’re about to build your own site or if you have one already, take a look at the following practices that are guaranteed to turn off your visitors. You know what they are yourself because you probably see them on other sites every day, but that doesn’t mean you should emulate a bad practice.

In November 2004 I had my first real encounter with marketing people. It was a horrible experience.

I come from the user experience (UX) crowd, indulging in usability, interaction design, information architecture and other such altruistic endeavours rooted in a desire to make the web work better for “the customer”. The marketing guys had an entirely different agenda with no real concern for anything but the bottom line. [read Unbounce]

Less than six months after its most recent redesign, is releasing internal numbers that show sizeable jumps in its traffic.’s audience is up 22 percent for the first quarter of 2010 compared with the same period last year. The site also received 35 percent more users in March of 2010 than it did in March of 2009. Referral traffic is also up 125 percent year over year, fulfilling one of Salon’s primary objectives for its redesign. [read]

Web Design Fundamentals is a survey of Web design and development techniques and technologies, fundamental concepts, terms, and best practices involved in professional web design. Instructor James Williamson examines popular web development tools, server-side software solutions, content management solutions, and cloud-based software, providing a high-level overview of the world of Web publishing.

Topics include:

  • Understanding web page technologies, such as HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and Flash
  • Exploring the different disciplines of web design
  • Reviewing industry standard design tools such as Dreamweaver, Coda, Flash, and Photoshop
  • Organizing web content
  • Making web content accessible
  • Comparing server-side solutions such as PHP, ColdFusion, .NET, and JSP
  • Creating interactive content with AJAX and Flash
  • Registering domains and hosting sites

Web Design Fundamentals with James Williamson