Gradients play an essential role in web design. There are many different possibilities of gradients that you can use, such as linear or radial. You can use a wide variety of shades and colors to add interest and depth.
Gradients are very important to making your website unique and attractive. No matter how you choose to do your gradients, it will make your website stand out amongst all the other websites.
Consider using the CSS gradients instead of a background image, because using a background image can be difficult. Even though it is difficult, it can still be done while you are integrating responsive design in your CSS.
The use of gradients has greatly increased among website designers in the last few years. This is because it has never been easier to use the CSS3 styling attributes. This allows almost anyone to be able to add gradients to their website.
Gradients also provide a great visual appeal to your site. However, it is important to remember to use your gradients within reason and not go too overboard with their use.
In this article you will see a showcase of websites who use gradients in their website design, mostly in their background. Some of these sites use CSS3 gradients while other simply apply them to an image. If you’ve ever thought of using this effect on one of the websites that you are working on, this is the inspiration that you need.
Besides the actual inspiration, I thought it would be helpful to you to have a few resources for this interesting effect, to save you some time searching for these.
User Interface (UI) has two parts: technological and aesthetic. The technological half is the logic and scientific method used to make not just a program work, but to ensure that users find access to the program simple to navigate. The aesthetic half provides users with an interface that is attractive visually and draws the user into the software program the way a good movie draws an audience into the story.
In some ways, getting the UI technological aspect is simpler. The program either works or it doesn’t. The aesthetic aspect is responsible for making the experience pleasant and to bring the user back to the program for additional sales or whatever the end goal may be.
Since the primary way users interface with their devices and software programs is visual, the emphasis must be on visual cues. When it comes to designing the visual cues of the aesthetic portion of the interface, color is the first thing to consider.
The correct use of color, as well as shading and contrast, will enhance any software product. Certain colors are associated with situations or positions and can influence accordingly. For example, purple has been a color reserved for royalty in many cultures. The right use of it can bring out a sense of importance to the user.
All color within the aesthetic portion of the interface must be coordinated and consistent within the program. This not only serves the purpose of supporting the UI, but a consistent use of color can also help to ‘brand’ the experience, pushing the company name and logo without jarring the user out of the experience of using their product.
In this article you will see colorful UI designs from mobile apps or mobile app designs that haven’t made the cut yet.
Since November when Android Lollipop was released, Google’s Material Design has created waves among the members of our design community. Many have created app designs since then and a lot of them have made really good ones. Not that it would be a surprise.
Almost every top designer wants to use this design language from Google because it looks good, it enhances usability and also because it’s a challenge due to its comprehensive documentation based on a rich set of design styles and principles.
While some may say Google’s Material Design still has room for improvement, this style is something that will not be just a trend; it will stay for a while due to its usability principles that it is based on and not just pretty aesthetics.
Material Design, which was at some point codenamed quantum paper, is a design with increased use of grid-based layouts, responsive animations and transitions, padding, and depth effects such as lighting and shadows. Unlike real paper, the digital material can expand and reform intelligently. Material has physical surfaces and edges. Seams and shadows provide meaning about what you can touch.
I made this inspirational article for you to see how beautiful and smart Material Design can be. You’ll see examples of this interesting design style as you scroll this article. Enjoy!
Every designer or artist wants to have the best possible online portfolio to showcase his or hers work in a manner that will make the visitors become clients. That’s the desired result, but how does a portfolio have to be to deliver those results?
The answer is that it’s all relative. Even if we like it or not, the answer actually depends on the person that’s viewing the portfolio, cause ultimately, that’s the person who decides if he hires you or not.
Even though that’s a little bit discouraging for some, there are still standards that we can follow as designers to create the best portfolio website. First of all, the portfolio has to be useful. It needs to put focus on your work and not on the aesthetics of your website.
If the only impression that the visitor has about your website is regarding its looks and appearances, then you lost a client. If, however, the visitor remembers primarily your work, then you have a possible client and that’s what you need to aim for.
I’ve watched discussions online and talked to people who have searched for a designer to contract for a few years now and I have also written previous articles about it and I’ve noticed that are a few characteristics that people look out for.
For example, a portfolio needs to have a clean style and eye for details, a simple site to make the work shine will most of the times get the clients that you want. You should keep the site as minimal and product-focused as possible. This shouldn’t be because the products speak for themselves, but because most of the time people that are visiting portfolios might be busy and won’t have much time to deal with your heavy loading animations or effects.
Still, you don’t have to develop a hate against modern websites with dynamic graphics generated by SVG or jQuery animations. For some designers, these are quite useful and show the visitor what he is capable of. Of course, if you fall into this category you must show restraint when it comes to what you put in your portfolio. Add too many ‘pretty things’ to your portfolio and some older folks will think it’s a Geocities trend all over again.
In this article you will see a collection of modern portfolio sites that you should take as example. They will showcase various styles and I’m sure there’s a little thing that you will like from all of them.
Every good web designer knows that a website needs to be harmonious as well as being functional. Some web designers, even those with years of experience, find it difficult to explain just what it is that’s crucial for harmony in a website. They instinctively know when they have created something that is pleasing to look at and flows well. Whether they are aware of or not, they may have achieved this result by using the golden ratio in web design.
Anyone who uses the golden ration in web design is working with the same concept that has been known to artists and architects over many centuries. This concept is based around a natural order of proportion that we as humans appreciate for its perfection.
Natural proportion is the basis of the golden ratio, also known as Phi from the Greek letter it has as its symbol. It’s a mathematical ratio that is sometimes referred to as the golden section or the golden mean. When the golden ratio is applied to any sort of design, it always creates a composition that looks very natural and is most pleasing to the eye.
In nature the golden ratio appears in many living organisms, including the human form. In ancient times the philosophers recognized this as being a divine proportion and it was used by the Ancient Greeks in all their designs for sculpture and architecture. We may not always recognize it in quite the same way, but the golden ratio is all around us in familiar buildings, art and designs, as well as existing in the natural world.