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The New Shop Window / Home Page’s That Sell

By Matt Davies on April 1st, 2008.

Is your website working for you? Is it driving your sales, is it driving your brand image - or is it simply an after thought? The ugly duckling of the family trudging along your other marketing efforts? With the web becoming so important in business these days, one of the …

Beautiful sites with no (or very few) images

By Andrew Faulkner on October 25th, 2007.

Catchy title, I know.

In stark contrast to my last post about intricate backgrounds, I’ve decided to examine (by example) the characteristics of sites that are aesthetically pleasing even though no (OK - maybe one or two) images have been used. In essence, this could also be a testament to …

Big, Bold Backgrounds

By Andrew Faulkner on October 10th, 2007.

It’s one of the simplest things one could possibly add to a site. It’s extremely easy to achieve in CSS and it doesn’t present many problems at all for the designer who’s laying out a webpage. What am I talking about, then? Big background images (normally) on the body tag of course.
A bit of background to the post

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After seeing the ground-breaking Johuaink design (pictured) in early 2006, I imagined that many more designers would start using large, graphic-intense images on the background of their website and that the trend would escalate and break into mainstream websites. For the most part however, this hasn’t happened.

A Bite Of The Apple / Apples New Website

By Matt Davies on June 20th, 2007.

The New Website
Apple have redesigned their website and what a superb example of a good redesign it is. In this post we would like to take a little look at the new design and what has been done to move it on. Here is an example of the …

25 Ways To Improve Your Site Today

By Andrew Faulkner on June 10th, 2007.

Yes, the title may look like this post should be on an amateur blog and that it will be full of references to clip art and animated gifs, but this is serious. I’ve compiled a list of what I think are 25 ways to improve your website in as little …

Best of the reboots ‘07

By Andrew Faulkner on May 2nd, 2007.

For those who didn’t realise, May 1st saw the reboot sites (Standards Reboot and CSS Reboot) open their doors to the rebooters. Whether you love or hate the concept, it’s an ideal place to browse for inspiration for both graphics and coding.

This year, I have the honour of …

Design Your Content ~ Part 2

By Andrew Faulkner on April 11th, 2007.

As promised, Part 2 is here. For those of you who missed it (or for those of you who have a memory like one of those holey metal kitchen gadget things), Part 1 discussed the reasons and philosophies behind designing from the inside out. Part 2 now aims to …

Interviewing 9rules ~ A Group Interview

By Andrew Faulkner on January 31st, 2007.

It’s always a pleasure to interview a 9rules member and get their views on current web design issues. It’s even better to interview six at once. So without further ado, I present the 9rulers in question (in alphabetical order.)

Marco Jardim |
Tammie Lister |
James Mathias | …

WordPress books reviewed!

By Johan on January 24th, 2007.

WordPress is one of the most popular open-source blogging engines in the blogsphere. And recently two descent Word Press books have surfaced — this means good news for many bloggers in search of a solid book reference about installing, troubleshooting and managing the Wordpress Engine!! I have reviewed the following …

Don’t make me think - A common sense approach to Web Usability

By Johan on December 25th, 2006.

Steve Krug is a usability expert. Basically he is hired to evaluate websites and see what possible can be improved on usability issues. Web designers normally do not have a budget for usability reports. Therefore we need to do that part in the design process ourselves. Luckily, Mr. Krug just …

Is Less Really More?

By Al Newkirk on November 7th, 2006.

In terms of design and development, is less really more? I have been designing and programming on the web for over seven years and I still have not firmly answered that question. I have been on both sides of the spectrum and still, undecided. When developing an application’s GUI (graphical …

Jorge Frascara about Designing Effective Communications & Communication Design

By Johan on October 25th, 2006.

Wonderful books that deal with a variety of topics including design patterns, web usability, accessibility, design business, search engine optimalisation, CSS techniques, … you name it. These sort of publications can change your perception, broaden your views and give you new ideas. In your life as a webdesigner, interface …

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