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20 Best New Portfolios, May 2018

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 days ago
Welcome back, readers. It’s May, and that means the weather’s getting hotter. Stay inside, away from the evil, evil sunshine. Relax, grab a lemonade, and browse through this month’s collection of portfolios. This time around, we have a whole lot of grid-based minimalism with black borders, and some other stuff, too. Note: I’m judging these […]

Popular Design News of the Week: May 14, 2018 – May 20, 2018

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 days ago
Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, […]

Material Design Redesigned

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 3 weeks ago
Material Design came into the world in 2014, announced at the Google I/O conference. It combined and reinforced many of the concepts of flat design that designers at large had already embraced; it also enhanced it a bit. Material Design was also one of the first major design systems to stray back into skeuomorphic territory […]

5 Common Portfolio Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 3 weeks ago
Your portfolio is often a company or client’s first impression of you. Yet while we would dress up and prepare our talking points for an interview, we tend to neglect our portfolio or follow design trends that don’t represent us well. In my work with Semplice, a portfolio system for designers, I’ve seen hundreds of […]

UX Fundamentals: 3 Ways to Apply Availability Heuristics

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 3 weeks ago
Every decision to buy something is made via a whole range of mental shortcuts. Understanding these heuristics is essential for any marketer, as most purchases are far from rational, considered judgements.

4 Best Practices For Push Notifications

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 1 month ago
Push notifications are an essential part of mobile marketing. They get users’ attention faster than any other means of communication. At the same time, push notifications are one of the most challenging things for implementing. Badly implemented push notifications can easily harm your bottom line. According to an Appiterate Survey, 71% of all app uninstalls […]

How to Become a Full Stack Developer

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 months ago
Much has been said about the skills and capabilities of a full stack developer: On one hand, there are people who believe that a full stack developer is a “jack of all trades, master of none.” The range of skills that a full stack developer is expected to have means that those skills do not […]

Popular Design News of the Week: March 26, 2018 – April 1, 2018

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 months ago
Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, […]

12 Fixed Sticky Navbars That’ll Grab Your Attention

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 months ago
Sticky menus, sliding navigations, fixed navbars…there’s quite a few names for this trend. But they all mean the same thing: a navigation that follows you around the page while you scroll. Not everyone likes this design style because it takes up extra space on the page. But it also gives users direct access to all […]

4 Most Hated UI Tricks

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 months ago
Nobody wants to create bad design, and yet it happens all the time. And while the cause of bad design varies, the final result is the same—bad user experience. Bad user experience frustrates users and often leads to abandoning the product. In this article, I’ll focus on one particular aspect of bad design—using UI techniques […]

9 A11y Tips for Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 days ago
The 17th May 2018 is Global Accessibility Awareness day, which makes today the ideal time to consider how inclusive our experiences are for those users who may be disabled, differently-abled, or temporarily inconvenienced. 2017 was a big year for website accessibility lawsuits. Seyfarth and Shaw reported that, by year’s end, there were 814 ADA Title […]

6 Pointless Design Achievements You Should Totally Go For

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 days ago
Web design is a process of carefully planned and researched steps. You have a job to do, and users to satisfy. Ideally, everything you do has a purpose. There is a point to it all. But life is weird, complex, and even fun sometimes. Sometimes, you end up doing something that might seem a bit […]

Monolith Vs Microservices: Which is the Best Option for You?

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 3 weeks ago
First let’s define what we mean by “Monolith” and “Microservice”. A monolithic architecture is built as one large system and is usually one code-base. A monolith is often deployed all at once, both front and end code together, regardless of what was changed. A microservices architecture however is where an app is built as a […]

Popular Design News of the Week: April 23, 2018 – April 29, 2018

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 3 weeks ago
Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, […]

3 Essential Design Trends, May 2018

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 3 weeks ago
Attention grabbing designs are a goal for almost any project. But there are some techniques that draw users in faster than others. Those are just the elements that this month’s trends are all about. From funky, tiny navigation, to fun cut out and layers, to fast movement that you can’t look away from, here’s what’s […]

10 Reasons to Love (and Use) Gradients in 2018

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 1 month ago
After years of flat, material and completely minimal styles, the gradient has made a comeback. Everywhere you look, designers are using color fades to add visual interest, create user engagement and just design something that’s worth looking at. If you aren’t a fan of gradients, maybe it’s time to rethink your stance on the issue. […]

The Role of Place-Onas in the Future of UX

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 months ago
Most people are familiar with the concept of a persona—a fictional character that embodies the traits of your target audience. Marketers gather details from user research and generate a representation of their ideal client. When developing a website or smartphone app, designing for a persona helps identify how users will interact. Recently Bill Buxton took […]

Comics of the Week #431

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 months ago
Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD. The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers. These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world […]

How to Survive GDPR: The Essential Guide to the Web’s New Privacy Regulations

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 months ago
With less than 2 months before the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into force on the 25th May, tens of thousands of businesses are woefully underprepared, and many businesses outside of the EU do not realize that GDPR also applies to them. Passed by the European Union (EU) to protect the privacy of Europeans’ […]

Google Web Designer Reaches 3.0 Beta

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 months ago
Google Web Designer just released its 3.0 beta version for public consumption and testing. Despite the product’s name, you still can’t design websites with it. For those of you who figured that out when it first released—and have ignored it ever since—here’s a refresher: Google Web Designer is an app that makes it easier to […]

Take Control of WordPress with New Elementor Pro 2.0

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 days ago
Elementor 2.0 is an innovative approach to site building in WordPress that lets you customize any part of your site, with absolutely zero coding knowledge. A plugin rather than a theme, this flexible approach means that you can use Elementor 2.0 to manage your site design, and unlike some WordPress site builders, you won’t be […]

Frictionless UX: How to Create Smooth User Flows

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 days ago
Almost two decades ago Steve Krug first advised us not to make users think. Today designers strive to create experiences that require no extra effort on the user’s part. Frictionless interaction has become a popular qualifier for evaluating user experiences. As designers and developers, it’s beneficial to familiarize yourself with methods that allow you to […]

Comics of the Week #433

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 3 weeks ago
Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD. The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers. These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world […]

Popular Design News of the Week: April 30, 2018 – May 6, 2018

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 3 weeks ago
Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, […]

What’s New for Designers, April 2018

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 1 month ago
Are you one of those designers who loves to test new stuff? Then this month’s collection of what’s new will be a treat! New tools and resources are everywhere this time of year, here are a few that you’re sure to enjoy. If we’ve missed something that you think should have been on the list, […]

Popular Design News of the Week: April 2, 2018 – April 8, 2018

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 months ago
Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, […]

Reddit Launches Judicious Redesign

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 months ago
Reddit, the self-proclaimed ‘front page of the internet’ is getting its first redesign since the heady days of IE7, and George W. Bush’s presidency. First announced over a year ago, the challenge for Reddit’s in-house team of 22, has been how to update the platform to appeal to new users whose expectations are much evolved […]

Free Download: Extinct Animals Icons by Iconshock

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 months ago
We can never get enough of the icons drawn by Iconshock, and this awesome free set is no exception. Designed to honor the thousands of animals that are extinct, or endangered, the set depicts some of the creatures we have sadly already lost. Included in the download you’ll find 15 animals that have gone extinct […]

Popular Design News of the Week: March 19, 2018 – March 25, 2018

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 months ago
Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, […]

What’s New for Designers, March 2018

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 months ago
Spring is in the air with plenty of new tools, particular color and CSS options. We hope that the change of season has you inspired to create and that these new design tools can make your work life just a little easier. If we’ve missed something that you think should have been on the list, […]

Adobe XD CC is Now Available for Free

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 days ago
In a step clearly intended to maintain dominance in an increasingly competitive market, Adobe have announced that XD CC (eXperience Design) is being released to the community as a free application. XD is amongst the most well-rounded, reliable, and innovative UX design applications available; by making it free of charge to both Mac and Windows […]

How to Be a Work From Home Professional

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 days ago
Let’s face it: The web design industry is very competitive. The barriers of entry are low, the technology (platforms, coding languages and DIY services) are always ever changing and with search engine optimization always keeping us on our toes, the ability to offer exceptional web design at competitive prices is a becoming an increasing challenge. […]

Introducing Opera Touch, a Mobile Browser for Large Devices

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 3 weeks ago
If there’s one thing that we all have in common it’s having to use two hands to do anything on own phones. Am I right? Well, lucky for most of us, Opera has just released a new web browser for Android (sorry iPhone users) that makes it easier to operate interfaces with while one handed. […]

The Secret Designer: The Time I Almost Worked for Satan

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 3 weeks ago
No matter how much we might wish otherwise, money is integral to our society and our lives. It’s a powerful motivator, and it can tempt even the most morally upright and ethically-concerned among us. And let’s be very clear: I try to be a decent person, but I would not call myself the “most” anything. […]

Popular Design News of the Week: April 9, 2018 – April 15, 2018

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 1 month ago
Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, […]

The Secret Designer: The Abusive Employer

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 months ago
This is a true story. The events described in this article took place at some point in the author’s career. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the clients, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred.

The Psychology of Price in UX

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 months ago
As humans, we tend to rely heavily on one piece of information when we make decisions. We often anchor on the first piece of information we are introduced to and judge all subsequently received information in relation to it. The first piece of information offered automatically becomes the anchor, from which subsequent judgements are made. […]

6 Reasons to Adopt a Long-Form Content Strategy

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 months ago
Recently I have encountered more and more people asking for one specific thing: words, and lots of them. No, truly, I mean a lot of them. They want long-form content: articles that go from 2,000 to 5,000 words, and sometimes longer. Then I ran across our glorious lea… ahem… Zeldman’s article on the subject of […]

5 Best RSS Aggregator Plugins for WordPress

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 months ago
Regardless of what kind of WordPress website you’re running, chances are an RSS aggregator plugin can help you deliver more value through it. RSS feeds give you the option to curate content from multiple sources and share it with your site’s readers. This way, you don’t have to worry about creating original content regularly or […]

Popular Design News of the Week: March 12, 2018 – March 18, 2018

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 months ago
Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, […]

What’s New for Designers, May 2018

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 days ago
Do you ever get bogged down with some of your tools? They work, but you know there’s got to be a better way to do something. Hopefully, this month’s collection has the solution. It’s packed with design tools that are lightweight and functional. If we’ve missed something that you think should have been on the […]

A Simple Introduction to Intrinsic Web Design

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 days ago
Every industry has its jargon, and almost its own language, in some cases. God knows web design has a lot of jargon, even if half of our made up phrases are fancy and nonsensical job titles. But for all of the silliness that comes with having to invent our own words and acronyms for things, […]

Build Dynamic Sites Fast, With Wix Code

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 3 weeks ago
Wix Code is a powerful new tool from cloud-based site builder Wix, released in December 2017. Using Wix Code you can build scaleable applications and webpages. Pages can even pull data from the built-in database collections, to be fully dynamic. Plus you can add JavaScript to customise your front-end entirely. Wix Code gives designers the […]

8 Free JavaScript Image Cropping Scripts & Plugins

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 3 weeks ago
You can build some pretty cool stuff with JavaScript. And you can build most of that stuff with plugins to save yourself the trouble of coding from scratch. One of the toughest features to build is an image cropping UI. This has to support image uploading from the user, then it has to take that […]

Comics of the Week #432

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 1 month ago
Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD. The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers. These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world […]

20 Best New Portfolios, April 2018

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 months ago
It’s that time again, readers. We’ve got a variety of sites, here: presentational and simple, colorful and nearly monochromatic. We’re also doing something a little new: we’re including the platform each site was built on, according to my best guesstimate. At least the WordPress ones are easy… Enjoy. Note: I’m judging these sites by how […]

3 Essential Design Trends, April 2018

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 months ago
Shapes and typography are two elements that can add a lot of impact to a website design project even when they don’t always occupy the greatest amount of space. How to design shapes and typography with a little extra something is definitely on the trends radar this month, with plenty of projects using this concept. […]

Are Your Lack of Client Boundaries Costing You Money?

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 months ago
It’s every business owner’s goal to provide a fantastic experience for every client or customer and ensure that each of them walks away happy. But when you work in a service-based capacity, these aren’t just clients you deal with once. As a web designer, you have to develop a relationship with them as projects could […]

NBC Unveils Ambitious Redesign

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 months ago
It’s here, people! NBC has gone (more) digital, because we as a society have decided that this was better for the environment, and also because the news gets to our phones so much faster. It’s also cheaper. Okay, I’m going to stop messing with the print guys—they’ve done nothing to me—suffice it to say that […]

Comics of the Week #430

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 months ago
Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD. The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers. These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world […]