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101 Examples of Text Treatments on the Web

Typography is often a deciding factor in the success of a design. Its importance cannot be overstated. Effective typography can be achieved in so many different ways, as demonstrated in the 17 different categories below. Some of the most common ways to treat type is with size, color variation, creative illustrations, and use of textures. The examples below are just the tip of the iceberg as far as the possibilities for type.

Webdesigner Depot (2009). Design>Web Design>Typography


Best Practices for Designing a Social News Website

In this article I’ll showcase some of the current top social news sites, will identify trends and patterns in their designs and suggest some best practices to follow when designing such sites. Let’s begin by looking at four popular social news sites and see how their designs compare.

Fadeyev, Dmitry. Webdesigner Depot (2009). Articles>Web Design>Community Building>Social Networking


Breaking The Design Cycle: Get Creative To Be Creative

Designers, we have a problem. It seems we have forgotten how to be creative. It is true, the very nature of what we do is based on creativity, however more often than not we tend to be swept away by the latest trends or “what’s hot” rather than seeking out fresh inspiration.

Webdesigner Depot (2009). Design>Web Design


Fifteen Online Financial Tools for Freelance Designers

Efficiency and organization are critical for freelance web designers. Managing finances and tracking down payments is not what drew most freelancers into this line of work. Fortunately, while handling finances is a necessary part of the business of freelancing, there are many tools and resources to that can help to simplify things. These tools can be critical to keeping your business running smoothly and efficiently. In this post we’ll look at 15 online tools and services that can offer freelancers some help in the area of finances and billing. Most of these tools are paid, but limited free plans or free trials are available in most cases.

Webdesigner Depot (2009). Careers>Freelance>Software>Online


Fifty Inspirational Website Introductions

In portfolio web pages, especially in the field of design, one of the first things that you will notice is an introductory text consisting of a few words about the company or the designer behind the site. This can be extremely useful for readers, as it provides quick and direct information about the designer, or the company behind the site. These introductions are generally highlighted by the use of large text, positioned at the top of the site, and always catch the visitor’s eye. They give a more personal feeling to the site and tend to replace the traditional taglines under a logo for example. In this article, we list 50 examples of excellent web page introductions used in portfolio websites that you can use as inspiration for your own designs.

Webdesigner Depot (2009). Careers>Portfolios>Web Design>Writing


Fifty Monochromatic Website Designs

Color choice is a key element to the success of any design. It invokes an atmosphere and sets the mood. One method for using color is to use only shades of a color, which is known as a monochromatic color scheme.

Shelton, Michael. Webdesigner Depot (2009). Articles>Web Design>Graphic Design>Color


Five Simple Ways to Improve Web Typography

Type is one of the most-used elements of the web. Think about it. Unless you are YouTube or Flickr, chances are your site visitors are coming for your text content - not the fancy packaging that surrounds it. So why are web designers still treating text like a secondary element?

Wagner, Mindy. Webdesigner Depot (2009). Design>Web Design>Typography


Five Things Your Clients Should Know

What follows is a list of the five things that I believe will have the biggest impact on a client’s site. At least they should, if the client understands them and chooses to implement them.

Webdesigner Depot (2009). Articles>Collaboration>Freelance>Web Design


How to Make a Photoshop Montage

Anyone can cobble together a few photos and textures and create a humdrum montage. To elevate yours beyond this it takes a few simple tricks using Photoshop’s awesome array of tools. Do it right and the style has got dozens of applications from static navigation or graphics, through to animated banners and interactive collages. This tutorial explains how to create a great Photoshop montage in 19 steps, so let’s get started and have fun with it.

Webdesigner Depot (2009). Design>Graphic Design>Photography>Adobe Photoshop


How to Take Excellent Portrait Photos

Simply put, a portrait is a representation of a person.They usually focus on a person’s face, mood and expression. Traditionally portraits were sculptures or paintings however, in modern times, a photograph is the most recognized way of taking a portrait. In most cases, the subject looks straight at the camera in order to engage the viewer. In this article, we’ll be giving you simple techniques to help you take portraits and also self portraits, to make the very best of your photos.

Webdesigner Depot (2009). Design>Graphic Design>Photography


Is Self-Centered Web Copy Hurting Your Websites?

Web developers frequently launch websites with self-absorbed web copy, which turns off visitors and kills conversions. Who’s to blame? Self-absorbed copywriters and business owners. To engage prospects and turn them into customers, web copy needs to appeal to the visitor’s self-interest.

Webdesigner Depot (2009). Articles>Web Design>Writing>User Centered Design


Operating System Interface Design Between 1981-2009

Over the years a range of GUI’s have been developed for different operating systems such as OS/2, Macintosh, Windowsamiga, Linux, Symbian OS, and more. We’ll be taking a look at the evolution of the interface designs of the major operating systems since the 80’s.

Webdesigner Depot (2009). Articles>User Interface>Operating Systems>History


Seven Interface Design Techniques to Simplify and De-Clutter Your Interfaces

What is simplicity? Simplicity is the quality of being natural, plain and easy to understand. It is not surprising then that simplicity is often thrived for in user interface design. Most people naturally dislike complexity in devices and software. Yes, some people find joy in figuring out how something works, but for most of us, being unable to operate a device leads to wasted time and frustration, and that’s not a good thing. If you can take a complex device or a piece of software and somehow rearrange, reorganize and redesign the interface to make it easy to use and understand, then you’re well on the way to delivering a better user experience. In this article I’m going to talk about 7 practical techniques that you can utilize in web design to make your websites or web applications simpler and less cluttered.

Webdesigner Depot (2009). Design>Web Design>User Interface>Minimalism


Seven Mistakes To Avoid On Your Next Job Application

Whether you are a web designer or a copy writer, if you’re going to freelance, you need to learn how to look your best on a job application. Having worked on both sides of job applications, I’ve seen enough to recognize what gets a person through to the interview and what gets their applications tossed.

Edmunds, Ryan. Webdesigner Depot (2009). Careers>Resumes>Interviewing


Simplifying Website Usability: The Three Step Approach

Simplicity is key to any successful website or web app. If your site is too complicated, the user will have to go through too many hoops to find what they are looking for and won’t even bother trying it out.

Munroe, Lee. Webdesigner Depot (2009). Articles>Web Design>Usability


Ten Tips for Surviving The Economic Downturn

The immediate challenge for smaller web design companies is how to attract new business and keep old clients in a downturn economy. Customers are falling off of maintenance contracts and smaller businesses may not be looking to start a website right away. Enterprise level clients are becoming more price-conscious. What can we do to make sure our collective heads stay above water in this tough climate?

West, Angela. Webdesigner Depot (2009). Careers>Freelance


Ten Tips for Working With Clients Remotely: Part 1

Collaborating with clients you never meet face-to-face has become normal for most web workers. Ours is an industry where working remotely poses very few real obstacles — nearly every part of the web design process can be done from the comfort of a home office or coffee shop. We’re lucky to have this flexibility, especially in tough economic times when a swanky office doesn’t fit in the business budget. Even if you do have an office, chances are you will land a few clients who aren’t located around the block. But you quickly discover that working remotely has its downsides. Without face-to-face interaction it’s easy for major communication issues to develop… often without you knowing until it’s too late. Avoid a major meltdown with these simple tips.

Webdesigner Depot (2009). Careers>Freelance>Telecommuting


Ten Tips for Working With Clients Remotely: Part 2

When you’re working with clients remotely it can sometimes be difficult to keep everyone happy and your project on track. Without the benefit of face-to-face meetings, it’s easy for a client to feel neglected or out of the loop. The key to successful remote work relationships is frequent and honest communication and trust between both parties. The tips below will help improve your everyday interactions with clients, no matter how far away they may be.

Webdesigner Depot (2009). Careers>Freelance>Telecommuting


Ten Tips to Create a More Usable Web

Whether it’s your portfolio, a blog, a marketing web site, or a collection of games, we all want to attract visitors to our website and to ensure that they have a pleasant experience. Usability measures the level of a user’s experience and can be characterized by how easily a given task can be completed; whether it’s done with prior knowledge, or by having the user learn a new way to interact. In this article I hope to give you some form of a usability checklist, covering topics from form design to simple navigation tips that you can apply to any Web project.

Wright, Tim. Webdesigner Depot (2009). Articles>Web Design>Usability


Twenty Years of Adobe Photoshop

On February 10th, 2010, Photoshop turns twenty. To mark this anniversary, we’ve come up with an article that takes you through the evolution of Photoshop from its modest beginnings as a bundled program sold with scanners to its current version.

West, Angela. Webdesigner Depot (2010). Articles>Graphic Design>History>Adobe Photoshop


Understanding Your Brain for Better Design: Left vs. Right

This article will cover a basic understanding of what the left and right brains are, and each of their traits. We’ll also go into how we, as creative people, can harness this understanding of the left and right brain to be more creative, as well as succeed in other work-related tasks.

Knight, Kayla. Webdesigner Depot (2009). Articles>Graphic Design>Theory>Cognitive Psychology

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