Via Logo Design Love: At the start of 2015, there were a record 5.4 million private sector businesses in the UK alone — an increase of 146,000 from the year before. With thousands of designers continually working on hundreds of thousands of logos, is it realistic to trawl every design in search of originality?
Via Daniel Burka: You know those obscure menu buttons on apps and websites that reveal even more menu options? They usually have an ellipsis “…” or an arrow ▼ icon on them and sometimes they’ll even have a More label. Or, better yet, a More with a ▼! These are called overflow menus. Overflow menus are […]
A site’s homepage has historically been little like the welcome mat for new visitors. However, with social media and search engines providing direct links to various areas of your site—the homepage’s prominence has slowly begun to fade. The question is: what should you do with your homepage and how can you utilize it effectively in […]
Via John Meese: How many emails are sitting in your inbox that you’ve never opened, and probably never will? Once you open an email, do you read it? Or do you quickly click away? There’s a science behind effective email marketing campaigns, and if you’re not paying attention you shouldn’t be surprised when nobody is […]
Via Rob Mientjes: After four years of design work, I’m proud to present Dover Display, a type family based on a simple theory: what if Caslon and Gill Sans had been designed by the same person? What if that person were me? What follows is the origin story of this project.
Today we have a special guest on The Rightly Designed show who’s known by many as “Grammar Girl.” Her name is Mignon Fogarty and, in addition to being the host of the Grammar Girl podcast, she’s the Founder of Quick and Dirty Tricks, and chair of media entrepreneurship at the Reynolds School of Journalism in […]
Via Michael Hyatt: Every day we’re bombarded with emails from friends, family, co-workers, employers, customers, companies, schools, potential clients, credit card companies, etc. It can be overwhelming and seemingly impossible to stay on top of. Email can either be a total nightmare or a indispensable productivity tool. In today’s episode, we give you the proper […]
WordPress has numerous powerful and useful features—one of them being that there’s a plethora of powerful WordPress themes out there that you can acquire and get a website up and running in no time flat. But did you know that you can take these pre-built, Premium WordPress Themes even further? It’s easy to think as […]
WordPress has undergone quite the transformation in the time since it was originally created. Starting out as a simple blogging tool, WordPress now powers millions of sites ranging from full-scale national news sites to powerful Amazon-esque online shops. To showcase WordPress’ transformation process, here’s an intriguing infographic, courtesy of On Blast Blog:
Via Jonathan Z. White: If you look at companies like Dropbox, Google, and Twitter you’ll notice that they each have their own unique aesthetic. Across all their products, both mobile and web, there is a sense of consistency and uniformity in their design. The way that companies and products achieve consistency is through styleguides. A styleguide is a […]
Building an Email list is pivotal to any successful web strategy. Today, we’ll explore two popular services, MailChimp and ConvertKit*, to determine which will help you accomplish your goal of building an Email list, more effectively. The topics we’ll cover in this episode: The pros of MailChimp Free Easy to use Beautiful templates and designs […]
Via Smashing Magazine: You deserve a vacation, don’t you think? Now, you might need icons on your website to indicate that you’re away, or even use some for your auto-reply. For whatever reason you decide to use today’s icon set, we’re sure they’ll bring happy summer vibes to anyone who comes their way.
Ever have a moment where you wanted to simply and easily explore some creative color combinations? Whether you’re getting ready to have a new logo designed, or deciding on a brand identity of some other sort, having a little inspiration can help.
So you’ve decided to use WordPress for your site—now what? As one of the most common questions I get when working with new clients seeking to start (or switch) their site over to WordPress, there’s a wide variety of different possible directions to go. In this episode we tackle the three main types of WordPress […]
Via Design Shack: Is your website slow? Be honest. Could it be faster? Users demand websites that load quickly and continue to deliver content without lag. If your website falls the least bit behind in meeting this demand users could abandon your site (and they might never return). Today, we’re going to look at ways […]
As web technology continues to advance, the tools developers are able to build have become more and more powerful. Photopea is a great example of this. The free online tool allows you to edit Photoshop files directly in the browser making it a great fallback tool if you’re in a pinch.
Via Medium: I was recently asked to do a color scheme redesign on the River Rochester website, which is awesome because it desperately needed it. Why did it need it so badly? I designed that site a little less than a year ago, back when I was still figuring a lot of this web development […]
Ever need a quick Email address that you can use temporarily and never worry about throwing away? This handy, free tool does exactly this. No login information required. Simply name your Email address and check it instantly.
Today, Chris Coyier of CSS-Tricks.com joins the program to talk about what it takes to build a successful online platform, community, and even self-publishing a book. During the interview, Chris made mention of the book Design for Community by Derek Powazek which you can check out here: Design for Community If you would like to […]
Via Vitaly Friedman of Smashing Magazine: “Be agile; release early; release often.” We know the drill. But is it strategically wise to keep rolling out features often? Especially once a product you’re building reaches a certain size, you probably don’t want to risk the integrity of your application with every new minor release.