It’s all in the Details : 6 simple ways to increase the visual impact of your Web Page

October 30th, 2009 | 3 Comments | Posted in Web Design

It has been said that good design is that which cannot even be noticed. When the users’ experience is so seamless that they do not even realize that they have completed an action/transaction or received the information they desired, then a perfect balance has been achieved between form and function.

Most times, this balance can only be achieved by paying a lot of attention to details. Even if there is a minor misalignment, inconsistent spacing or typographical error, it is very discernible and can dramatically lessen the impact of an otherwise beautifully designed site.

Here are some simple ways to increase the visual impact of your site by paying attention to details.

Colors

While contrasting colors are eye-catching, they can also be distracting and cause the user to lose visual focus. Analogous colors (colors from the same family) work best in a screen-based environment as they are able to direct the users’ focus. Contrasting colors can be used as highlights, and should be spaced out in a balanced way so as to direct the users attention to the appropriate points of focus.

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10 New and Free Wall Textures

October 30th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted in Various

This is our first time distributing free textures on Reencoded. We decided to come up with a few interesting free wall textures, which we hope you will find helpful in your print and web design work.

In this freebie, we are giving you 10 free wall textures including plain, grunge and some with light effects. Feel free to use these in your personal or professional work.

If you would like to use these textures, download the pack at the end of the article and let us know your thoughts in comments. Thanks!

Free Wall Texture 1

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Dark Design Part 3 : 14 Blogs with Dark Themes

October 29th, 2009 | 3 Comments | Posted in Inspiration

Dark Design – there are lot of users and designers who do not like dark designs but I think a large part of the design community does  like dark designs and more and more new sites are using creative dark designs. The positive responses that “20 beautiful dark designs” and “20 great dark website designs for Inspiration” received inspired me to come up with another dark design showcase.

Today, I present some wordpress blogs which use their own custom dark themes. The list includes some web design, general and photo blogs. Have a look and comment if you are a fan of these dark designs. Thanks!

1. Abduzeedo

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Squiz Business Card Giveaway

October 29th, 2009 | 7 Comments | Posted in Various

We are going to be giving away 250 free Squiz business cards every week for the next month. Squiz business cards are unique plastic mini business cards that won’t wear or bend around the edges. They are waterproof and come with a keyring dispenser so you’re never caught without them. You make them through their unique browser-based editor and they are delivered worldwide.

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From Sketch to Screen: Sound Discovery Process to help in the conceptualization and design of a beautiful and functional website

October 27th, 2009 | 3 Comments | Posted in Various

We have all envisioned creating that amazing site for our clients – one that serves all their needs – from communicating copious amounts of data in an interesting way with seamless and transparent navigation, to loading in the blink of an eye and looking like gold in every browser, at every resolution.

Achieving this is possible with sheer genius and luck, but also with a bit of planning and foresight coupled with an ability to think out-of-the-box and multitask while being organized and staying on schedule.

Sounds impossible? It’s actually quite simple if the task at hand is broken into a step-by-step process with easily achievable goals at each stage. A simple breakdown of the process includes the following stages as an example: discovery, information architecture, design, technical implementation, testing and launch.

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