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  • How to Build an Interactive HTML5 Ad in 10 Minutes

    , by Ben Chong

    Today we’d like to demonstrate how to build an interactive HTML5 banner ad. This was a project we did for Carlsberg a while back, which we think can be useful for designers and programmers interested in front-end design work. Carlsberg is a multi-billion dollar, global beer brand that employs (...)
  • The Freelancer’s Guide to Success and Happiness

    , by Allie Shaw

    In 2016, 34% of the US workforce worked as freelancers, and by 2020, it’s estimated that number will rise to 43%. Freelance opportunities aren’t going anywhere, and more professionals are swapping in their office key cards for a home office. While the idea of sitting around in sweatpants or (...)
  • 8 Sites That Work Just Fine Without JS, Thank You

    , by Ezequiel Bruni

    Gather ’round, ladies, gents, and children. Lo, before your very eyes, we shall reveal several freaks of the Internet! Behold! Websites that don’t need JavaScript to display their god-given content! Oh, you think I’m kidding? Websites that are presented by plain old HTML and CSS are becoming (...)
  • Should the Web Have a Universal Design System?

    , by Ben Bate

    Unlike mobile applications, the web has no set design guidelines to which a designer can refer. Instead, each web project tends to be a blank canvas. There are frameworks like Material, Bootstrap, and others which provide a base, but no set guidelines which span the web as a whole. The result (...)
  • What’s New for Designers, January 2018

    , by Carrie Cousins

    Start 2018 by deleting some of those old tools from your computer that you never use in favor of some fresh, new options. While old favorites can be great for a while, there are so many great new elements out there that can streamline your workflow, or help add more creative spark to projects. (...)

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  • How to Build an Interactive HTML5 Ad in 10 Minutes

    19 January, by Ben Chong
    Today we’d like to demonstrate how to build an interactive HTML5 banner ad. This was a project we did for Carlsberg a while back, which we think can be useful for designers and programmers interested in front-end design work. Carlsberg is a multi-billion dollar, global beer brand that employs over 40,000 people around the world. Besides the household Carlsberg brand, they also house other brands such as Tuborg, Somersby (cider), Kronenbourg, and Dali Beer (a fast growing brand in Asia). What Is An Interactive Ad? Let’s do a quick recap. In the old days, we had text ads, which are (...)
  • The Freelancer’s Guide to Success and Happiness

    18 January, by Allie Shaw
    In 2016, 34% of the US workforce worked as freelancers, and by 2020, it’s estimated that number will rise to 43%. Freelance opportunities aren’t going anywhere, and more professionals are swapping in their office key cards for a home office. While the idea of sitting around in sweatpants or relaxing on a beach while working sounds like perfection, freelancing isn’t always a walk in the park. From juggling business responsibilities and invoices to finding your next gig, freelancing comes with its issues. Despite these challenges, a few tips can help you find success and happiness in your (...)
  • 8 Sites That Work Just Fine Without JS, Thank You

    17 January, by Ezequiel Bruni
    Gather ’round, ladies, gents, and children. Lo, before your very eyes, we shall reveal several freaks of the Internet! Behold! Websites that don’t need JavaScript to display their god-given content! Oh, you think I’m kidding? Websites that are presented by plain old HTML and CSS are becoming increasingly rare. At this juncture, I don’t know who to blame, and is it really worth blaming anybody? I could point finger at whomever or whatever I think is to blame, or I could point fingers at creative and sometimes large websites that do it right! Now, what do I mean about “doing it right”? Some (...)
  • Should the Web Have a Universal Design System?

    16 January, by Ben Bate
    Unlike mobile applications, the web has no set design guidelines to which a designer can refer. Instead, each web project tends to be a blank canvas. There are frameworks like Material, Bootstrap, and others which provide a base, but no set guidelines which span the web as a whole. The result is a wide-ranging and diverse web, but one with a lack of cohesiveness, particularly in terms of user experience. Navigations differ in placement, structure, and overall design. Layouts alternate in width. Text sizes and typographic scales vary wildly. And a wide range of differing components, (...)
  • What’s New for Designers, January 2018

    15 January, by Carrie Cousins
    Start 2018 by deleting some of those old tools from your computer that you never use in favor of some fresh, new options. While old favorites can be great for a while, there are so many great new elements out there that can streamline your workflow, or help add more creative spark to projects. If we’ve missed something that you think should have been on the list, let us know in the comments. And if you know of a new app or resource that should be featured next month, tweet it to @carriecousins to be considered! Let’s Enhance Do you ever have an image that is just too small for what you (...)
  • Popular Design News of the Week: January 8, 2018 – January 14, 2018

    14 January, by Cameron Chapman
    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, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week. Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily (...)
  • Comics of the Week #423

    13 January, by Jerry King
    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 today. So for a few moments, take a break from your daily routine, have a laugh and enjoy these funny cartoons. Feel free to leave your comments and suggestions below as well as any related stories of your own… Shot of tolerance Liquid (...)
  • 7 Great Uses of Gamification in Web Design

    12 January, by Ezequiel Bruni
    Gamification as a concept has been around just long enough for a number of experts to come out of nowhere. There was a brief moment where everybody wrote an article or five about it, and then it more or less became the preserve of “gamification experts” and business blogs. The thing is, we should still be thinking about it. Buzzword or not, it’s often incredibly effective. So, for the beginners: gamification is the practice of putting game-like features, mechanics, and sometimes UI elements into your website or app. In this article, we’re taking a look at several different forms of (...)
  • 9 Expensive Ecommerce Mistakes to Avoid

    11 January, by Alastair Brian
    An online shop’s shipping methods or rates have a significant impact on decreasing cart abandonment rates and driving up additional sales. Customers are just as attracted by low shipping rates, fast shipping options, and good packaging, as they are enticed by competitive market rates of products. Ecommerce sites that have not yet mastered the complexities of shipping are unable to reach their full sales potential. Many new business owners grossly underestimate the importance of shipping cost, which can have the most impact on the overall expense it takes to get a product moving. Moreover, (...)
  • How To Create a Living Style Guide

    10 January, by Adriana De La Cuadra
    Using a living style guide (LSG) to drive development is a practice that is gaining a lot of popularity because it has many advantages, including code efficiency and UI consistency. But, how can you create one? What should you include? And where do you even start? In this tutorial I will delve into the nitty-gritty details of creating a living style using DocumentCSS. The Beauty of Living Style Guides Similar to a standard style guide, a living style guide provides a set of standards for the use and creation of styles for an application. In the case of a standard style guide, the purpose (...)
  • 20 Best New Portfolio Sites, January 2018

    9 January, by Ezequiel Bruni
    And it’s here! January 2018 has arrived in all its cold, cold glory, and I just spent the first few days of it looking at portfolio sites. I do it all for you, dear Readers. I do it all for you. This month doesn’t have a particularly specific theme, unless you count pretty much every variation of minimalism. There’s nothing completely new, and nothing completely old. I’m seeing more and more effort being made to strike a balance between extreme design philosophies, and I have to say that I’m quite liking some of the results. Note: I’m judging these sites by how good they look to me. If (...)
  • Free Download: Ecommerce IOS11 Icons

    8 January, by Iulia David
    Setting up an e-Commerce site? Or looking for some high-quality icons to give your shopping a professional look. From the fine folks at Icons8 we’re offering this awesome set of 40 different iOS 11 glyphs icons dedicated to eCommerce. All icons are provided as PNG, SVG and EPS. Check the license here.    Pay with a Tweet Download now Please enter your email address below and click the download button. The download link will be sent to you by email, or if you have already subscribed, the download will begin immediately. Download files I agree to receive weekly newsletters from (...)
  • 3 Essential Design Trends, January 2018

    8 January, by Carrie Cousins
    If you are bored with everything you’ve been toying with in design projects, the start of a new year is a great time to try something new. While the end of the year, can be a slow season when it comes to web design projects, the start of the year is often when new work and concepts come to life. It can also be the start of a few new design trends such as simple corner branding, skinny vertical sidebars and peachy color choices—all of which are popping up in plenty of projects. Here’s what’s trending in design this month: 1. Simple Corner Branding Maybe it seems way too simple, but a text (...)
  • Popular Design News of the Week: January 1, 2018 – January 7, 2018

    7 January, by Cameron Chapman
    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, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week. Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily (...)
  • Comics of the Week #422

    6 January, by Jerry King
    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 today. So for a few moments, take a break from your daily routine, have a laugh and enjoy these funny cartoons. Feel free to leave your comments and suggestions below as well as any related stories of your own… Good design, bad food A long 5 (...)

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