Where do you take inspiration from in the off-line world to ensure your designs are original and not just following a trend?
I am currently in the process of writing a post for Smashing Magazine about the importance of providing users with positive feedback. I won’t pre-empt the article here, but I did want to share one example that I didn’t include in the post. It relates to an ecommerce site we built for an audience that […]
Have you noticed how fuzzy some of your site imagery looks when viewed on an iPhone 4? Let me explain why, and how web designers are working to fix the problem.
I wanted to share with you a quick review of a new web application called Workfu. Workfu provides a ‘smart profile’ for your professional life. Think of it as a simplified (and in my opinion better) LinkedIn. Workfu provides a number of benefits I love: It provides a central profile you can refer people. This […]
Adobe thinks it is time for us to create wireframes and collages on our iPads, but I am not so sure.
Leigh Howells kicks off a series of posts looking at native iOS app design.
There are some tasks that are as fiddly as hell to do in Photoshop. An example of this is applying textures to 3D objects. I had to do this recently when working on the collateral that supports my new book “Client Centric Web Design”. I had to superimpose my book cover on a real book […]
Have you seen the cool new generation of animated gifs? Want to do the same but are worried about download speed? I am here to help!
Picking fonts in Photoshop sucks. The preview of fonts in the font menu is so small that they are pointless. You are also faced with an overwhelming list with no ability to compare and contrast. Fortunately, there are apps that specialise in managing fonts and font selection. Some of these apps look pretty amazing, like […]
If the Matrix teaches us one thing its that sometimes the client can make better design suggestions than the professional web designer.
When an organisation rebrands it is a massive undertaking. Not only is there the expense of engaging a brand agency, there is also the cost of reproducing all of their print material, not to mention the website. Rebranding is a big risk. It has enormous cost implications and it is often hard to tell whether […]
Don’t look now but animated gifs are cool again!
Why the new iPad proves that progressive enhancement and responsive design are still best practice.
Are you setting your site priorities or is your design doing it for you?
I have set myself a challenge this week and I want you to join me. I am going to improve my print stylesheet. I have done a fair amount of work on it already but there is still improvements that can be made. What about yours? In today’s audio tip I talk a little about […]
Two of the biggest changes on the web recently are custom fonts (thanks to font-face) and responsive design. One of the problems with responsive design are resizable images and by extension icons. When the interface adapts and changes size this can make displaying crisply rendered icons difficult. Fortunately a few smart people have turned to […]
When it comes to wireframing it’s time to branch out. Too many of us wireframe two or three versions of a page template before giving up. A better approach is to sketch out as many different versions as possible before narrowing the selection down. Producing large numbers of wireframes does not need to be time […]
Colour is not something I have spoken about before on my daily audio tips. However it is something I have blogged about in the past. Colour is an amazingly controversial subjects and the causes many design projects to be delayed. The reason for this is that colour is so subjective. Our opinions about colour can […]
Getting approval for a design concept can be difficult especially within larger organisations where there are multiple stakeholders. In this audioboo I share some of the techniques I have included in my upcoming book “Client Centric Design”. Ideas include: Avoiding personal opinion by asking for specific feedback. Focusing the stakeholder on user needs and business […]
Responsive design creates some enormous challenges, not just in build but also in layout and wireframing.