Many e-commerce websites are not well designed and presented, so it is a real pleasure to find those ones that are. It is a juggling act for the designer to create a great user experience, whilst projecting the style of the company’s products at a glance. The plethora of slider and carousel plug-ins that are currently available go a long way to helping with this dilemma, but a beautifully presented e-commerce website still remains a relative rarity compared to the amount of poorly designed sites.
Many advocates towards mobile web design recommend starting with a smaller layout and scaling up through responsive design. This is a popular set of techniques which have been adopted over the past couple of years. However I would argue there is still room for mobile-specific websites in some particular instances.
In this article I’d like to look over the major differences between a single responsive design and two separate desktop/mobile layouts. There are some obvious benefits to both methods but I think the best solution ultimately depends on the type of website. This means freelancers should understand the needs of their clients and which solution works best on any particular project. The design process isn’t always straightforward and usually requires time for introspection.
Freelancers are generally interested in their field by first reading about it online, or hearing about the experience from a peer. Once you start landing projects you begin to realize how lucrative the freelancing track can be. However building up a portfolio is one task which requires a bit of background study. You’ll need to good work to showcase, along with looking over some example websites for layout structure.
I have put together this huge collection of 40 stunning freelance portfolio layout designs. You can go through our gallery below and figure out which interfaces look right. What kind of portfolio design would work best for you? What would make you confident in your work to share your link around with potential clients? By asking yourself these questions now you’ll be prepared when the time comes to finally sit down and build your portfolio!
In this article I list several useful tools for designers to simplify their work. Many of these tools are very simple but they allow us to save a lot of time.
Responsive website design are some of the most advanced trends we can see bridging the gap between desktop and mobile. There are more Internet users on mobile devices and tablet PCs than ever before. And designers are crafty people who pick up on these statistics. There are so many great examples of modern website layouts with responsive functionality.
In this gallery below I’ve put together a complete set of websites based on a responsive design. You can find inspiration for navigation menus, headers, and completely fluid layout schemes. It will take practice but once you find success in responsive design it’s a powerful tool for web developers.
Macro photography gives us the opportunity to see our world in a little more detail and from some different and interesting angles. Macro lenses are capable of achieving higher magnification than life size, enabling the photographer to show us things we can’t see with the naked eye, such as insect eyes. Here is a selection of some outstanding examples of macro photography bringing us closer to nature.
Photo manipulation is one great way of learning Photoshop and at the same time achieve stunning results. It’s also one of the topics where you can find more tutorials online to learn and explore this type of work.
In this post we show you some great Photoshop tutorials that help you explore this type of technique.
The open source movement has created a lot of new web developers. Over the past decade it’s been common to work on code projects in a private setup. But libraries such as MooTools and jQuery allow for rapid development of newer plugins and add-ons.
In this gallery I’ve collected 28 plugins for jQuery users. Some of the plugins also include a tutorial for building it yourself, but all the links have a free download included. This gives you incredible flexibility when constructing a new website. If you know of any similar JS libraries recently published on the web you can share with us in the comments area below.
There are so many various names to define the first page of a website that even many graphic designers get confused. Distinguishing among them is very important because each has a different goal. Home page, landing page, squeeze page are only a few examples, and you can probably find even more. All of them represent the very first approach for potential clients to your website.
Putting order in definitions is important to create meaningful content. A valuable first contact can open the door to success. Content and graphic elements not only have to be attractive and beautifully designed but also consistent and aimed towards the intent.
In this article we will see Home Page, Landing Page, Squeeze Page definitions and differences.