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Is UX Really That Important?

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 4 hours ago
One of the most oft-repeated criticisms of any design is that it’s “poor user experience”. UX is set up as the ultimate achievement for any design project. But is this an over-simplification of the designer’s role? Should everything be about user experience? To paraphrase Leonard Hofstadter: “UX is a ‘smart decision’; it is like a […]

Popular Design News of the Week: June 12, 2017 – June 18, 2017

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 5 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, […]

3 UX Rules for Conversational UI Design

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 1 week ago
You may have heard that “conversational interfaces” are the new hot trend in digital product design. Industry leaders such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook are strongly focussed on building a new generation of conversational interfaces. Several trends are contributing to this phenomenon—artificial intelligence and natural language processing technologies are progressing rapidly—but the main […]

Free Download: 100 Nature Icons by Vecteezy

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 weeks ago
This set of 100 nature icons designed by vecteezy.com is the perfect antidote to the austere, minimalist line icons used everywhere. Drawn in a friendly, clean, emoji-style, they’re perfect for social media, kids’ sites, and any project where you want to communicate health, innocence, and positivity. Our favorites include the round bee, the wild cactus, […]

3 Essential Design Trends, June 2017

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 3 weeks ago
Sometimes a simple design tweak can move your website design from ordinary to trendy. Each of this month’s trends is that type of technique, from tiny typography to geometric features to blurred imagery. Any of these techniques can work in a new design project or as an adjustment to an existing design. Here’s what’s trending […]

4 Smart Ways to Use Illustration in UI Design

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 3 weeks ago
As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Human beings are highly visual creatures able to process visual information almost instantly—90 percent of all information that we perceive and that gets transmitted to our brains is visual. A single image can convey more to the observer than an elaborate block of text. […]

Comics of the Week #391

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 4 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 […]

10 Essential Rules for UI Design

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 1 month ago
Design never really used to matter all that much. It’s hard to imagine now, but before Apple’s meteoric rise to global popularity, design usually took a backseat to functionality. Today, design has become a world onto itself, and the community of designers and developers have united to develop a coherent set of rules for the […]

Wow Clients with Eversign’s Electronic Signatures

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 1 month ago
If you’re a freelance designer, or developer—heck, if you’re a globally renowned digital agency—you must not do business without binding paperwork; don’t even pick up a sketchbook unless the client is signed up and committed. Every designer has a horror story about the client who seemed trustworthy, and then pulled a fast one. Whether it’s […]

How to Design Gesture-Driven UI

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 1 month ago
Remember the days when hovering and clicking with the mouse were the most used triggers for interaction with a site or app? Those days are gone. When Apple introduced the first iPhone, multi-touch technology became mainstream and users learned that they could not only point and tap on the interface, but also pinch, spread, and […]

6 Essential Open Source Tools for Web Designers

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 1 day ago
The web runs on open source software. Most of it is in the back end, with most of the world’s servers running on some form of Unix or Linux. Those servers run hundreds, if not thousands, of open source utilities, script interpreters, and so on. Once in a while, though, the open source stuff gets […]

Comics of the Week #394

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 6 days 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 […]

10 Sites Doing Vertical Navigation Right

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 1 week ago
The majority of web navigation menus flow horizontally across the page. This comes from a history of traditional monitors being wider rather than taller. But with so much screen space it’s now possible for websites to use vertical navigation menus instead. And many of them look fantastic. These 10 examples of vertical menus are perfect […]

Improve Your Design, Using Hotjar to Really Understanding Your Visitors

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 weeks ago
Being a designer is tough: you can spend months crafting the perfect experience, ensuring your usability is inclusive, writing careful copy, testing on every browser known to man—even the copy of IE on that old laptop that props open the studio door; then you check your analytics and discover that your labor has resulted in […]

Popular Design News of the Week: May 29, 2017 – June 4, 2017

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, […]

Outgrowing Growth-Driven Design

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 3 weeks ago
I’ve been designing for the web for a while. Since the days of table-based sites when we spliced our images and added them into <tr>s and <td>s. The days of hit counters, Flash splash pages, and keywords stuffed into the bottom of pages (along with text links bought and sold like penny stocks) to fool […]

How You Can Compete Against DIY Site Builders

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 4 weeks ago
How does the little guy compete? How do you win against these giant companies? It’s inevitable right? The big guy always wins. Walmart decimated the Mom & Pops. Home Depot killed the local hardware stores. And now, it’s your turn. Squarespace, and Wix, and Webydo, and a dozen others are winning and putting you out […]

Comics of the Week #390

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 […]

What’s New for Designers, May 2017

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 1 month ago
This month’s collection of new tools has a theme – they are mostly time-savers. Many of these elements are small in weight but big in helpful nature. Almost everything on the list this month is free, with the exception of a few more premium typefaces. They’re sure to be useful to designers and developers, from […]

Opera is “Reborn”

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 1 month ago
Opera have released a major update to their browser. Codenamed “Reborn”, the new browser has been in development for months and includes several features that were pioneered in Opera’s experimental Neon browser. The most prominent feature is the addition of native support for WhatsApp, Messenger, and Telegram, via the sidebar. Quick-access icons have been added […]

The 10 Best WooCommerce Plugins For Boosting Your Revenue

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 days ago
Online sales climb higher year after year and now is the best time to get into the ecommerce game. If you’re looking for a platform to start with then WooCommerce is easy to setup, very secure, and it runs on WordPress which means it’s 100% free. But just launching WooCommerce is only the first step. […]

Twitter Launches a Redesign

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 1 week ago
Twitter is launching a redesign of its iOS, Android, TweetDeck and Twitter Lite apps. The redesign is intended to make the service “feel lighter, faster, and easier to use” and features a number of changes that mean an update is pending for twitter.com too. As with any redesign, there’s some good, some bad, and some […]

20 Best New Portfolio Sites, June 2017

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 weeks ago
Welcome readers, it’s June, and the Brutalism bug is back. No, really. After disappearing into the phenomenon I called “post-minimalism”, plain old Brutalism seems to be making a comeback. Oh, it’s had a few refinements; good designers would never let their brutalist sites actually look bad. But the underpinnings of the style are definitely there, […]

Affinity Photo for IPad is Unveiled

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 weeks ago
Affinity Photo for iPad was announced this week at Apple’s WWDC. The desktop version is one of the most elegant pieces of design software on the market, and that excellence appears to have been successfully transferred to the iPad. The iPad edition of the award-winning software has been built specifically for the iPad’s hardware, and […]

Comics of the Week #392

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 […]

7 UI Choices That Damage UX

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 3 weeks ago
User experience is one of the most important aspects of modern web design. The Google Trends graph for ux design shows how much this field has grown in recent years. Yet there are still so many websites that push certain design trends which seem like the antithesis of usability. Some are done by accident or negligence, […]

11 Shocking Designs Straight Out of the ‘90s

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 4 weeks ago
The Internet has certainly been through a lot over the past 20+ years. We’ve watched web design change from the most basic of HTML markups to complex JavaScript, CSS and HTML5 coding. But remembering the past can be fun and that’s why, this Thursday, we’re throwing you back to the 90’s for a look at […]

5 Ways to Use 404 Pages Well

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 1 month ago
Let’s face it, it’s happened to all of us. We clicked a link on social media or on a website to be taken to another website to see some content that we were interested in. Unfortunately, things change over time and links become broken. Pages get moved or redirected, and the inevitable happens. You get […]

Popular Design News of the Week: May 8, 2017 – May 14, 2017

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, […]

Getting Started with Vue.Js

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 1 month ago
Vue.js is a micro JavaScript framework for creating reusable and reactive components on your site. Front-end frameworks vary widely in both size and scope, where Vue.js stands out is in its minimal design and focus on adaptability. You have the choice of building your entire site using Vue.js, just a making a single element of […]

4 Ways Vibrant Colors Boost UI Design

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 3 days ago
Color is one of the most powerful tools in the designer’s toolkit. It can draw attention, set a mood, influence users’ emotions, perceptions and actions. With the lingering presence of Flat and Material Design, color holds even more prominence in UI design today. Bright colors are equally well suited for both playfully cartoonish designs focussed […]

4 Tips for Building a Standout Creative RéSumé

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 1 week ago
Most of us are familiar with the saying, “Show, don’t tell.” For those of us working in creative industries, this should be your mantra when building up your résumé. With the rise of the gig-economy and freelance job platforms, which are now home to an abundance of talented freelance designers, illustrators and more, it’s essential when […]

Popular Design News of the Week: June 5, 2017 – June 11, 2017

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 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, […]

Giving Popular Apps the Brutalist Treatment

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 weeks ago
Every time someone talks about Brutalism, I have to ask, “Wait, that’s still a thing?” Brutalism is for people who think flat design is a bit too skeuomorphic, and as a community we seem to have agreed that Brutalism takes things a bit too far, and that prettier websites are usually better. I myself have no […]

7 Reasons Clients Don’t Trust Your UX

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 3 weeks ago
One of the most frustrating scenarios for a UX designer is when a client’s team takes time to think things over and comes back with a batch of design changes without any explanation. Everything may seem fine: you had perfect communication with the client, gathered and formulated all the requirements for project deliverables and put […]

7 Ways to Design at Lightning Speed (and Still Be Good)

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 4 weeks ago
Some of the world’s best designers – and even the best designers where you work – all have something in common: Many of them know how to work at lightning speed. And the work is still good. While part of this speed work comes with experience, some of it is comes back to solid work […]

4 Ways Use Functional Animation in UI Design

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 4 weeks ago
Just a decade ago user interfaces that used animations were avoided, being most often associated with popups and flashing ads, but this has changed. Today details of interaction design and animation make a fundamental difference on modern websites and in modern apps. This mindset shift is clearly expressed in Zurb’s statement: We’re no longer just […]

3 Ways to Pimp Shopify for Better UX

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 1 month ago
Shopify is one of the most well-known and widely used e-commerce platforms on the web. Merchants from all industries can easily use it to sell their products or services online. The platform currently boasts thousands of merchants. Shopify’s premise is to allow users without much sophisticated tech and programming know-how to open up their own […]

Comics of the Week #389

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 […]

Is .Design the Must-Have TLD for Designers?

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 1 month ago
You’re a web professional, so we don’t need to explain the value of a good domain name. Your domain is your identity, and that’s priceless. Sometimes it feels like an appropriate domain name is as hard to find as a unicorn playing an accordion. There’s a few tactics you can use, misspellings and hyphens being the […]

What’s New for Designers, June 2017

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 4 days ago
There’s a mix of function and fun in new design and development tools this month. From adding emojis to links, to fonts that wow, to CSS tricks, there’s a little something for everyone in this collection. Plus, almost everything on the list this month is free, except for a couple typefaces and tools. They’re sure […]

Supercharge Your Site With a CDN

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 1 week ago
As a web designer, you already know that great design is essential for a website—it’s the concept of design you trust, unless a website looks absolutely amazing, it’s going to be hard for new visitors to trust that site. That’s how essential great design is to a website. However, there’s another essential part of having […]

Comics of the Week #393

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 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 […]

?Discover Actionable Page Insights with FullStory

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 weeks ago
When you’re designing for users, and you’re always designing for users, you need to understand them. The problem with user-centered design is that with over seven billion of us, sometimes it’s difficult to pin down exactly what makes us tick. Building a relationship with customers through your sites and apps is essential, and the only […]

NBC News Redesign is On Its Way

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 3 weeks ago
NBC News is getting a new design! Read all about it! There are so many young people who may never get that joke, unless they like watching period movies. Well, much like humor itself, NBC News is moving with the Times (sorry), and building themselves a whole new design system, in conjunction with the external […]

Popular Design News of the Week: May 22, 2017 – May 28, 2017

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 4 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, […]

This Red Goes to #FG0000: Wide-Gamut Color with ≪Picture≫ and Cloudinary

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 1 month ago
Recently, I had the pleasure of reading Craig Hockenberry’s short, sweet, and informative Making Sense of Color Management. In the book, Craig points out that while new, Hi-DPI screens present us with more resolution than our eyes can actually see, they’re nowhere close to being able to produce all of the colors that we’re capable […]

12 Essential Free Sketch Plugins

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 1 month ago
As Sketch 44 exits beta, we take a look at one of Sketch’s best features: the huge selection of open source plugins. The Sketch community is wildly supportive and you can find tons of amazing plugins that’ll radically improve your workflow. In this post I’ll cover the 12 best Sketch plugins that every designer should […]

Free Download: 48 Nolan Business Icons by Icons8

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 1 month ago
We can never get enough icons, especially icons with a fresh approach to business concepts. So we’re delighted to be able to bring you this free set of icons designed by Icons8. Created in their new “Nolan” style, the icons are great for adding some personality to an otherwise corporate site. Startups will love them, and […]

The Best New Portfolio Sites, May 2017

Posted by Web Designer Depot - 2 months ago
Hello everyone! This month is a much more colorful month than the last few have been. It feels like designers have been shying away from the monochromatic beauties of months past, and are letting loose with the color palette. I for one, am not complaining. I love my black-and-white-and-maybe-one-other-color affairs, but it’s nice to see […]