Friday, February 05, 2010

5 Web Design Articles Worth Reading

Web design is all about learning new techniques, discovering new and useful resources and, ultimately, it is about pushing the web experience forward. There is a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of all web designers and a lot of pressure trying to keeping up with it all – Everyday there is a new technique for this, a new technique for that, how can you possibly keep up?

Today's news does not answer that question, what it does is give you an opportunity to break away from the norm, to kick back and enjoy this collection of not resourceful, but insightful articles on web design for web designers. No work required, just good reading!

How to Grow as a Web Designer

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Getting in a rut is often the result of not staying up to date with the latest trends and technologies in the industry. Even if we do stay up to date, many of us at one time or another feel anxious about whether we're advancing.

If you're at a firm, you may be working towards a raise or promotion, or perhaps you're thinking of jumping ship to a bigger and better company.

For the freelancers out there, you of course determine your own destiny; but far too often our careers feel stagnant, too.

This article goes over some insightful ways to reignite your growth as a web designer.

How to Grow as a Web Designer

The Principle of Contrast in Web Design

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A web design is made of many different elements, each having varying levels of importance and some demanding prominence over others.

Some elements share a relationship, while others are not related at all. The tricky part is being able to communicate this visually and effectively. This is where the principle of contrast comes into play.

The Principle of Contrast in Web Design

Better User Experience With Storytelling

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Today we communicate a bit differently from days gone by. Our information is fragmented across various mass-media channels and delivered through ever-changing technology. It has become watered down, cloned, and is churned out quickly in 140-character blurbs. We've lost that personal touch where we find an emotional connection that makes us care.

Using storytelling, however, we can pull these fragments together into a common thread. We can connect as real people, not just computers. In this article you'll explore how user experience professionals and designers are using storytelling to create compelling experiences that build human connections.

Better User Experience With Storytelling

User Experience Of The Real Time Web

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There has been much talk about all of the businesses that are sprouting up in regards to the real-time web. But, it can be confusing for the user because there is so much out there. They key for users is to first recognize what they are looking to do on the real time web.

Once that is known, it is important to know where to go to get the information that is being looked for. The rewards can be plentiful as the real time web offers outstanding resources once the user becomes experienced with how to use it.

User Experience Of The Real Time Web

How to Make Money as a Freelance Designer

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Despite the glamorous reputation, freelance design is no walk in the park. It takes an incredible work ethic, significant entrepreneurial prowess, and a little bit of insanity to pull it off effectively. This article will discuss how to effectively make a living as a freelancer (designer or otherwise).

How to Make Money as a Freelance Designer

By Paul Andrew (Speckyboy and speckyboy@twitter).

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