Web Design Trends 2013
Flat design Skeuomorphism has been the industry standard for a long time or since Windows 1.0 at least and probably reaching its hight in the last few years with the OS X Mountain Lion on the Mac. These days the trend is all about flat design like seen in Windows 8 and according to rumours Apple might also be headings this direction. I think this is a good trend that fits well with economical and...
Is RSS dead? Not even close!
RSS is not for everyone. People who are into reading and have a large list of blogs and news sites to follow can use it to keep track of hundreds of sources at the same time with out having to manually check them for updates. RSS was never ment to be a commercial product like Twitter or Facebook but a way to subscribe to content. RSS is pluming, most people don’t even know they are using RSS...
Designing For Start-Ups: How To Deliver The... →
As a designer at a tech startup, I feel very lost and out of place most of the time. I feel my coworkers do not understand design and why should they? The developers I work with think that I should work like them and they almost feel like I’m being silly when I suggest that designing is nothing like programming. This has taught me a lesson, I have to become a teacher. I have to teach the...
Is Twitter Bootstrap good for all projects and...
Twitter Bootstrap is a good idea but not all teams will benefit from using it. TB is great for small teams and startups that do not have a designer or a front-end guy on board. If that’s the case I highly recommend using it. For teams that have an experienced front-end person then TB could actually hold you back. I have been using TB now for 2 months and the cracks are starting to show. The...
corropted: sensory perception sensitivity fool. →
corropted: What our life is about besides basic needs like eating and sleeping, is people, communicating with people, fólk. To be around and communicate with people, is the most problematic and confusing challenge that we face in life. But some people seem to be good at it and others not, and why is that? I…
Five things startups should consider when hiring
Not playing the “You can get a pice of the pie” card too soon Invest in solid office equipment. Quality does not mean too expensive Communicate often and be open and transparent with employees Let people use the tools they are used too working with for increase productivity Inspire your employees to do great things and trust people to do their job and do it well
CSS frameworks can hurt usability and slow you...
I was faced with a tough question today. My boss wants me to redo everything I have built for the last few weeks using Twitter Bootstrap. Now I have nothing against TB as a framework, specially for teams that do not have a dedicated front-end programmer. But for teams that have one and that person is also the designer, forcing him to use a 3rd party framework can have some negative drawbacks. ...
Web Trends 2012
Content Structure First Know the structure of the content before you design, so you know what type of content you are dealing with. You don’t have to have all of the content or texts before you start, but you need to know some facets about the content before you dig in. The “Content is King” mantra is getting a bit old, but the reality is that content writers still aren’t...
What are we waiting for?
The internet has already provided us with tools that allow citizens to participate in direct democracy. This has been the case for years, and yet here we are, still waiting for meaningful change. The politicians, as in other instances, are refusing to let go of the past, and are thus simply holding back on innovation. By using the web and open source software, we open up the decision making...
Introducing Fluidable: A fluid/liquid CSS grid...
Since I started making responsive sites, I have been building a fluid grid system that fits my needs as a designer and a developer. Since there aren’t NEARLY enough CSS grid systems out there, I decided to write some documentation and put the code up on Github. Fluidable works on IE7+ and is built using LESS. It has fixed gutters set in ems and can do nested columns. It also has basic media...
Responsive Design: Why use a fluid layout?
When developing a responsive web site, one of the first decisions one has to make is whether to use a fixed (pixel/em) or a fluid percentage based layout. As a developer and a designer, a fluid layout can offer a robust and flexible way when building responsive web sites. Here are a few reasons to go fluid: Fluid layout can help you future proof your design, making your site adaptable to new...
Requirements for a responsive CSS framework
I have been working on a CSS framework for using when building responsive web sites. In the process, I have been thinking about the requirements for such a framework. Here is a list that I am following: Moible first: Mobile devices should only load the needed CSS, and nothing more, to optimize bandwidth usage. Fluid/Liquid layout: No questions about it, responsive sites have to be percentage...
The Select Menu Navigation Pattern →
oktavilla: Andy Clark continues the discussion on select menu navigation and concludes: Let’s design something better. Totally agree, let’s!
Chances are you have heard about the concept “Mobile first” in relations to the mobile and responsive design paradigm shift. Firstly, mobile first can be one of two things: A way to prioritize resources like CSS and images to optimize the bandwidth needed for mobile devices. This is an essential part of creating a responsive web sites. New design philosophy of designing first for...
Spend your money on creating
The web is still a teen by all measures, and there is certainly much room for improvement in how web sites are created. I am not talking specifically about technology so much as I am referring to the web content that is currently out there, and more importantly, the web content that is lacking altogether! As companies morph into software companies of their own, they will need to re-think...
History of layout in web design
In the beginning (back in early nineties), there wasn’t much in the way of design or layout on the web. Everything was basically a single column layout, with very long lines of text. Around that time, somebody got the fine idea of using tables to create columns that could include many paragraphs of text and photos and not just simple data. This would cause quite the debates for many...