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25 Ways To Improve Your Site In 5 Minutes

By Andrew Faulkner on February 12th, 2008.

A while back I wrote 25 Ways To Improve Your Site Today. Many people thought it was useful. I’m trying again now with a twist. I’m offering you, dear reader, tips to improve your site in various ways - each one only taking approximately 5 minutes.

This is starting to …

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 …

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 …

Weekly Thought: Web Designers Wishlist

By Ezekiel Bruni on May 24th, 2007.

May 20th, 2007, I turned eighteen. I suppose we all have things that we wish for on our birthdays. I was going through my list when I realised that at least half the things I wish for are web design related. So just for the fun of it, I’ve listed …

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 …

Design your content ~ Part 1

By Andrew Faulkner on March 25th, 2007.

Any designer worth their salt knows that designing a website is much more than creating a visually attractive design in Photoshop. It is about aesthetics but more about the aesthetics and presentation of the content.

How many times have you seen a website with brilliant graphics that let themselves down with …

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 | …

Will My Time Ever Come…

By Al Newkirk on November 10th, 2006.

I don’t know how to say this without sounding like an absolute Loser, but I get an orgasmic-like rush (giddy, I guess is the proper term) when I surf the Net and find new technology. I don’t sleep so well. I work as a web director for a small IT …

Are Tiny Pixel Fonts Dead?

By Kineda on September 8th, 2006.

Just a few years ago, tiny pixel fonts were all the rage. Popularized in the early 90’s by large Flash design studios like 2advanced and popular news gallery K10K, they are all about gone now in recent designs. Standards-based designs and the Web 2.0 trend in …

The Tagline Revisited

By Andrew Faulkner on June 17th, 2006.

Today, I felt inspired by Matt’s recent USP/Tagline post. Coupling that with an old article covering big header/banner areas and I have an “old-skool” fadtastic post - examining a very niche graphical trend for both mine and your interest. The trend in …

Logo design where 1 + 1 = 3 !

By Johan on May 28th, 2006.

Making a logo?

In a nutshell … a logo of a website is part of the brand of a website. Not to sound like a wiki but let’s regurgitate the definitions. It is a name, symbol, monogram, emblem, trademark, or other graphic device designed for easy and definitive recognition by …

The end of an era for Times New Roman?

By Andrew Whitacre on May 27th, 2006.

Times New Roman: it’s the Coke, the Kleenex, the Xerox, the Cheerios of typefaces. Times is a given. It’s natural. It’s expected. No one would ever look at a paper or article or memo and say, “Ew, why’d you choose Times New Roman?” Times is so ubiquitous that it’s invisible—it’s …

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