Web Design Basics
More materials by author Jeff Orloff
Every web designer needs to be familiar with SEO practices to help their sites, or those of their clients, gain as much exposure as possible; even those who work with content management frameworks like Drupal. Find out more about SEO practices that work best with Drupal.
Odds are you have seen Font Awesome in use on a number of websites you frequent. This web font made up completely of scalable vector icons has quickly become one of the most frequently used tools in the web designer's arsenal. In this quick tutorial, we are going to call on Font Awesome icons to help spruce up a rather bland vertical menu bar.
As a web designer it is important to keep up with current trends and how they effect the user interface (UI) and experience of the sites you create. Some trends we hear about every time we visit a design focused web site or blog. Other trends don't gather quite as much attention. Below are a few UI trends that might not get as much coverage, but are still worthy of incorporating into modern day designs.
According to statistics published by the Online Marketing Institute a website with poor usability isn't too popular with visitors. Unfortunately, most people go on without realizing the effect that the way their site is laid out could be the reason they are unsuccessful. This article will help you avoid that mistake.
It is commonly said that 'Content is King'. To many people, that simply means written content. However if you consider the fact that the human brain processes visual elements 60,000 times faster than text and 90 percent of the information transmitted to the human brain is visual it makes you wonder if a text heavy website might be causing your visitors to miss your message.Enter the concept of visual storytelling.
Parallax scrolling is without a doubt one of the hottest trends in web design these days. The ability to make the background move at a slower rate that the foreground as the visitor scrolls down the page gives even flat designed sites a nice element of depth to make the site really stand out. But parallax design is extremely complex. And even those up to the challenge have voiced their concerns about parallax scrolling; but those concerns are exactly what we aim to tackle in this article.
CSS makes it easy to apply the look and experience of the latest design trends to a site in a matter of minutes when you use snippets.The snippets provided in this article deal strictly with the aesthetics of your website. Each one will help you stay current with the latest trends and wow your visitors.
While Microsoft and Apple may be at odds on many fronts one area in which both tech giants can agree is on the use of flat UI for their smartphone. Since 2010 the Windows Phone has featured a flat design and since iOS7 came out in 2013 the iPhone has also featured this design trend. Browse some of the more trendy websites out there as well and you are bound to see a number of other examples that feature this trend because people really like using it.