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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 …

Branding your CSS Stylesheets

By Johan on October 20th, 2007.

I am not sure this is only a fad that has following in the web standards community; since CSS is part of their world. What am I talking about? Designers that add the color scheme of their personal website to their stylesheets. What motivates them? Let’s scratch the surface …

Mobile Moans - The Logos Of The Mobile Industry

By Matt Davies on July 17th, 2007.

Do you design logos? If you do, you will understand the importance of looking around at what other companies are doing in regards to their brand identities. A true designer will always spend a lot of time comparing, reviewing and familiarizing himself with logo design trends so that his work …

Are Gradients Great?

By Matt Davies on March 27th, 2007.

The wonder of the gradient – one colour blending into another colour. I’m sure we have all used them and we are all totally familiar with them. The reason for bringing the use of the gradient to your attention is to see if we can get your current views on …

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 …

Is readability a black and white issue?

By Andrew Whitacre on March 3rd, 2006.

You’re probably not a stranger to the real, physical pain of reading a lot of text online.

Between e-mails, blogs, news sources, and literary sites—let alone on-screen reading required for our jobs—we read a lot of long-form writing every day. And much of it is terribly designed when it comes to …

Living the highlight - Banners

By Andrew Faulkner on January 11th, 2006.

Something short and sweet:

Noticed some of the basic ‘banners’ on sites these days? Simple solid colour backgrounds on banners are slowly being replaced by a very slight gradient - a highlight at the top of the banner.


CSS Beauty
Ordered List

Why is this ‘in’? That’s something I …

A Darker Web?

By Derek Brown on December 18th, 2005.

Browsing through some of the upcoming websites at the Museum of Modern Betas, I noticed something a little, well, different. Many of the new ‘Web 2.0′ pages were getting darker. As in color. As in black. As in very little white. See for yourself:

Dark Eye
Eurekster Swicki
Inquisitor …

The Return Of Cream

By Andrew Faulkner on December 12th, 2005.

Think back now to the late nineties and imagine an amateur webpage - got it? Now what colours does it contain? I can bet that your background is a creamy beige colour. Yes?

The very fact that many websites with cream backgrounds existed put them out of fashion. Every time I …

Break Out the Earth Tones

By Phil Renaud on September 30th, 2005.

It’s nearing the end of September, and the change of season to Autumn hardly goes unnoticed. ‘Tis the season where we leave the patios and beaches behind and yield our afternoons to raking leaves off the front lawn.

At the car dealership down the street, all the display models are a …