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Beyond The Boring: The Hunt For The Web’s Lost Soul

Has web design lost its soul? And is responsive design to blame? These questions, posed by my friend and colleague Noah Stokes 1 , are provocative to say the least. After all, the responsive web has made browsing on our ever increasing collection of Internet-connected screens not only possible, but enjoyable. Our priority as designers must be to solve problems ; perhaps more than anything else, this is what ...

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Design Principles: Compositional Balance, Symmetry And Asymmetry

A balanced composition feels right. It feels stable and aesthetically pleasing. While some of its elements might be focal points and attract your eye, no one area of the composition draws your eye so much that you can’t see the other areas. Balancing a composition 1 involves arranging both positive elements and negative space in such a way that no one area of the design overpowers other areas. Everything wo ...

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Weekly Design News for Web Developers

This is our popular weekly design news post where we share our favorite design related articles, resources and freebies from the past week. If you have spotted or want to share something that you’d like to be listed in the next issue, please feel free to let us know. You can also check out Webdesigner News for more great content from around the web that can be interest to web designers. Dropbox’s New Androi ...

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New Free Course: Building Websites With Basekit

Recently we've been introducing some free short courses to help you get a taste of what a Tuts+ subscription offers, but without a big investment of time or money. Our latest web design course is probably the shortest yet, clocking in at just over half an hour. But despite its size, Building Websites With BaseKit is packed with useful information to help you get started with the online website editing tool ...

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Effective Logo Design, Part 3: How Geometry Influences Logo Design

Galileo knew it. Every ancient culture that left traces of knowledge in their art knew it. Basic shapes compose the fundamental geometry of the universe. We can take credit for a lot of things, but human beings did not invent geometric shapes. We discovered them through the observation of nature 1 . Understanding basic shapes and their functions have taught us to mark time and space in a variety of ways ins ...

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Effective Logo Design, Part 3: How Geometry Influences Logo Design

Galileo knew it. Every ancient culture that left traces of knowledge in their art knew it. Basic shapes compose the fundamental geometry of the universe. We can take credit for a lot of things, but human beings did not invent geometric shapes. We discovered them through the observation of nature 1 . Understanding basic shapes and their functions have taught us to mark time and space in a variety of ways ins ...

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Effective Logo Design, Part 2: Using Nature’s Patterns In Logo Design

There are only a handful of fundamental patterns that create all of the natural diversity around us. Nature’s patterns perform three basic tasks that get the work of the universe done by moving, storing and connecting energy. Nature communicates within an interconnected and intricate system of checks and balances to weave patterns and processes together for perfect and purposeful outcomes. Nature is the ult ...

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Practical Techniques On Designing Animation

Animation , like any other facet of the web, must 1 be 2 designed 3 . As web developers, we think about the effects of typography, layout, interaction, and shifting viewports, but when incorporating animation we have another factor to consider: time. It’s not just an extra aspect to consider, either: it increases the complexity of each of the aforementioned parameters exponentially. Rather than viewing this ...

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