Web design

Adblockers’ impact on web design and web development

Approximately a quarter of all internet users in the UK use adblockers in order to circumvent pop-ups or ad banners. And while it may be nice to peruse through your favourite content unhampered by advertising, these extensions cut into the profits of both advertisers as well as those running ads on their brand or company. However, only few seem to be aware of the fact that it’s precisely these ads that are responsible for financing such free content. That’s why it’s up to the designer of these apps to come up with viable solutions so that website designers can adjust to today’s rapidly changing internet landscape. [...]  

Free Adobe InDesign alternatives

For creatives and those who are aspiring designers, many programmes from Adobe make up a key part of their standard equipment. InDesign is a very popular tool with large publishing houses as well as smaller publishers thanks to its huge range of functions. But quality (and name) come at a price: monthly fees put a hole in the cash register, especially for small companies and self-employed designers. Luckily, there are some good, free InDesign alternatives. [...]  

Adobe Illustrator alternatives: what free Illustrator alternatives are there?

Vector-based graphics programs can be used to create drawings and designs for web-based or print media. Of all of the applications on offer, Adobe Illustrator is by far the most popular with many professionals swearing by it. But the specialist software comes with a hefty price tag. However, there are several lesser-known vector graphic programs available free of charge. So, what free alternatives to illustrator are there, and which functions do they provide? [...]  

Responsive navigation: dynamic menus for mobile

Web design is an increasingly demanding and complex art, especially when it comes to adaptability. Websites must now satisfy far more requirements: they must look appealing on devices of all sizes, be easy for visitors of a wide range of abilities to navigate, and most importantly of all, the user experience must be perfect, regardless of the device used. Responsive design ensures that the content of a website adapts dynamically to the interface of any device, from PCs to tablets to smartphones. This creates interesting new challenges for web designers, particularly in the area of responsive navigation. [...]  

CSS tricks: useful snippets for your web project

The style sheet language CSS is one of the most important tools of modern web development. It makes it possible to separate a website’s content and layout from one another and is continuously being developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). CSS snippets facilitate the design of webpages significantly and can even take on functions of Photoshop and JavaScript. Here, we reveal some useful CSS tricks. [...]  

Web app of the week: WhatTheFont

The WhatTheFont tool from MyFonts allows you to find the web fonts you love. The latest winner of our ‘Web App of the Week’ series, this free tool identifies typefaces based on the nuances in their own, unique designs. All you need is a screenshot of some sample text; WhatTheFont does the rest for you. [...]  

The eight web design trends that are important for 2017

What are the web design trends of 2017? A glance into the crystal ball shows us that for web designers key features, such as excellent user friendliness, are at the top of the list this year. Good usability and valuable content build the basic framework for successful website design. We have laid out the most important trends for you here. [...]  

Databases for license-free images

You don’t have to look too far when searching for free stock photos and images on the internet. But just because images are free, doesn’t automatically mean that they’re all completely unrestricted for use. This is where special licenses come into play. We’ll guide you through an overview of the best sources for license-free images available online. [...]  

Web app of the week: Paletton

Are you on the lookout for a harmonious color scheme for your website, presentation, or infographic? The color scheme designer Paletton offers exactly that. With our web app of the week you can create complementary color palettes and export them as style sheets or Swatch file for Photoshop in next to no time. [...]  

Create sleek websites with attractive fonts

Once upon a time, typography was a rather uninspiring area of web design. But thanks to the huge strides taken in technology, the current situation looks very different. With the power of modern typography, you can easily display cool web fonts on your website without the user needing to have the font installed on their device. With millions of modern fonts available, choosing the perfect one is no easy task! Here are a few things to keep in mind. [...]