Since the invention of the printing press, typography has evolved to become a complicated and beautiful element of modern design. Typography is ubiquitous in daily life; every single piece of media you see was meticulously crafted to give you a specific impression of the product and brand. The appropriate use of typography can elevate a brand to an identity that sticks in the mind of the client, or turn a blog post into an extension of the ethos of your work.
The perfect melding of typography and other elements of design can evoke more than just effectiveness in the viewer, but can be just as emotionally provocative as any other piece of art. Typography brings about cohesiveness in any work that it is in, from web design to album art. With proper type, a simple page of text can become a work of art, well-balanced and perfectly proportioned.
Almost every modern designer uses various methods and styles of typography in their work, ranging from classical fonts to custom fonts made just for the company. The font choice, which is just one tool in the typographer’s tool-belt, can help your graphics become more effective in both creating a brand identity and effectively communicating the information you need to get to your customer.
Because there are so many different styles and methods of typographical design, designers have multiple sources to draw inspiration from, ranging from posters to web design. This compilation of typographical works is composed of things I’ve found that may be both beautiful and a good resource for designers looking to be inspired.
WordPress designs used to be really rigid a few years back. They all looked like each other, almost like a PHP Nuke interface, but slightly better designed. Those who are young enough to not know what I’m talking about, Google it and you’ll understand quickly.
Nowadays, however, WordPress based designs are highly creative and can have a lot of different layouts with lots of graphical elements that a few years ago were only concepts that never left a .PSD file.
We have to admin that certain types of WordPress themes look similar in structure, but that only happens because they respect certain standards for the particular type of website they are designed for.
Creativity is king in this age of modern web design and there are lots of options to choose from if you are looking for a WordPress theme. On the other hand, if you want to design one, there are lots of creative examples from which to draw your inspiration from.
The term information architecture is now being widely used to describe the structure and organization of information on a website and how it all fits together. The information architecture of a site can be depicted through a site map, in a diagram or on a spreadsheet.
Designers and website owners who want to make a site work for a better user experience can achieve this by planning the IA before looking into the elements of navigation – the links, menus and other interface elements that are depicted in wireframes.
Modern web design has to put the needs of users first, and planning the information architecture for a site is an essential part of creating the best user experience, which leads to greater interaction and a higher conversion rate. To gain a good understanding of IA and how it can be used to help improve the user experience, you need to know exactly what is involved in the work of an information architect.
A good place to start is by looking at how information architecture differs from interactive design, and then learning how to prevent badly organized information architecture. By moving on to learn some of the techniques that can be used to improve the information architecture of a site, you will be able to see what it is about information architecture that makes web design more effective.
Designing dashboards is difficult, whether it is done for web or mobile apps. This is the case because you find yourself having to put a lot of data into a limited amount of space.
The easiest way to do a dashboard is to simplify. You don’t have to make it complex. On the contrary, you have to make it as simple as possible, containing just enough elements for the user to find out what he or she wants.
To design a great dashboard you have to put usability above else. I know designing something eye candy is tempting, but the function of the product that you’re designing must be above everything else.
Also, to make a beautiful dashboard interface you also have to pay attention to the colors that you are using. They play an important role in web and app design and you mustn’t ignore their importance. Pick a good color scheme for your design and make sure the elements are easily distinguishable. You want certain buttons to stand out from the rest, so a good contrasting color can do the trick easily.
To make it easier for you to design a dashboard, we picked a few great examples of dashboard designs that you can take as examples for elements positioning, colors palettes, typography etc.
Websites with magazine style designs have changed a lot in the past years thanks to the ever evolving web technologies and have reached a point where their design is a balance between clean, functional design and complex layouts.
Most websites with magazine layouts are based on WordPress and that’s no surprise at all considering its multitude of features, widgets and customizations that can make a website better both visually and in terms of usability.
This article is a showcase of how you should design a magazine WordPress theme, if you’re planning on doing that in the immediate future. In case you don’t want to design a WP theme for yourself and simply want to download one, this gallery will most likely help you set a standard for what you should be looking for in a WordPress theme for a news/magazine/blog website.