Readdress Success

I am a failure. My side projects have not made me millions. I’ve not been featured on the App Store. I have not won Site Of The Day on Awwwards, I’ve not even had an Honourable Mention. I’m now over the hill and into my 30’s. My best is past me. I’ve failed at life. Or […]

Make Review: A Clean, Enjoyable WordPress Builder Theme

Make is a freemium WordPress theme that brands itself as “your friendly small business site builder.” Essentially, it aims to be a full-service website builder that lets you create a quality business website on WordPress without needing to know how to code. After personally using Make in the past and then revisiting it for this […]

UX at Scale 2017: Free Online Conference with 20,000+ Registrants

Scaling design is one of the greatest challenges faced by product teams today. That’s because design just doesn’t scale like engineering. As teams, products, and processes grow, things eventually break. Despite how daunting the challenge seems, plenty of companies have adapted their own best practices over the years. Now they’re going to share their stories […]

The Designer’s Guide to Color Contrast

The colors you choose while designing a website, poster, or any other type of image, will have a huge impact on whether or not the overall design is successful. After all, there is a lot of psychology behind the colors that people are attracted to, and designers need to incorporate this into everything they do. […]

5 Reasons to Fire Your Client

I like money. Clients give me money (when everything goes right). Ergo, therefore, and hopefully…clients = money, more clients = more money—I’m actually pretty terrible at math. When you first start out as a freelance designer or even agency. it can be pretty tempting to say “yes” to every single client that comes your way. […]

The Best WordPress RSS Feed Plugins for Syndicating External Content

RSS feeds are a great way to simplify and congregate all of the great content that can be found on the internet today. And, since most successful website owners aim to provide their loyal followers highly valuable content related to their industry, RSS feeds offer an excellent opportunity to do just that. Maybe you don’t […]

5 Techniques for Engaging Display Type

Sometimes your typeface needs to convey feeling as much as meaning, and for that function more designers are turning to dramatic typography. This type of typography is used for more than just legibility and readability (although that is still the primary purpose). Dramatic typography stands out. It reaches through the device screen, demands the viewer’s […]

Popular Design News of the Week: September 11, 2017 – September 17, 2017

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, […]

Comics of the Week #407

Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD. The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers. These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world […]

4 Tricks to Make Load Times Feel Faster

No matter how well-designed your user interface may be, at some point or another, people using it are going to have to wait for something to load. The loading time could harm the overall experience. Making users wait too long for your app to load can make users impatient. If users get that feeling, they’ll […]

6 Best Image Optimization Tools Compared

By now, you probably know the importance of website loading times and page speed. The internet has been abuzz with news about how loading times impact your bottom line and Google has been pretty clear about favoring fast loading websites and blogs. While there are many ways to optimize the speed of your website, one […]

What 3D UIs Will (Probably) Look Like

Okay WDD readers, this one is going to get real conceptual. I’m here to talk about leaving two-dimensional user interfaces behind. Ditching the screen. Going 3D in the real world. Well, you know what I mean. You know, the stuff of science fiction that always ends up looking sort of fun, but really tiring and […]

Ultimate UX Design Guide to SaaS On-Boarding, Part 1: Sign-Up Forms

SaaS Customer On-boarding is the process that users have to experience while initiating their journey as a customer on a company’s software application. Customer on-boarding initiates from the experience that employees previously had to undergo while joining a firm. The on-boarding process sets the tone for a good user experience. Long story short, special emphasis […]

Because Size Matters: 2 Million Free Icons From Iconshock

Icons are one of the most characteristic elements in many designs; they’re also one of the most readily available resources to be found online, with free icon packs all over the web. Free icons give designers and developers the tools for creating visually appealing demos, user interfaces, apps, and everything in between. Enter the team […]

Complete Guide: How To Choose And Install WordPress Plugins

WordPress plugins are helpful extensions that let you add extra functionality to your WordPress site. They can handle small things, like showing related posts to your visitors, as well as large things, like turning your WordPress site into a fully functioning social network or eCommerce store. Pretty much every WordPress site uses at least some plugins. […]

What’s New for Designers, September 2017

This month’s collection of new tools is a mashup of sorts—there are a lot of new elements, components and typefaces out there and they are all totally different. From patterns to UI kits to browser extensions that will make your workflows better, this list has it all. If we’ve missed something that you think should […]

Popular Design News of the Week: September 4, 2017 – September 10, 2017

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, […]

Comics of the Week #406

Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD. The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers. These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world […]

Is the Human Designer Facing Extinction?

In the last few years, machine learning and artificial intelligence have been hitting the headlines often. The technology has been making progress in leaps and bounds. The physical limitations on computational requirements which once hindered the progress of AI are long-gone. Today, we’re actually pondering a different kind of dilemma: Will machine-learning actually surpass human intelligence […]

12 Free AE Tutorials for UX Professionals

Modern web design involves a lot of moving parts like content design, icon work, and UX design strategies. One newer trend is the use of microinteractions on web and mobile projects. These look great in the final project but aren’t so easy to make with a static mockup. So designers have been picking up animation programs like After […]

How to Master Microcopy

Microcopy  is the little bits of text that guide users through an experience. In apps and websites, microcopy includes things like button labels, hint text, and error messages. Often an afterthought that gets quickly added at the end of the development process, microcopy actually provides a really simple way to assist users as they interact […]

20 Best New Portfolio Sites, September 2017

Greetings, Readers! Yep, it’s that time again, that sweet, beautiful time when all the kids go back to school and there is a daily eight-hour window when I can play online games in peace. But instead of doing that, I wrote this article about portfolios you really should be checking out. This month, what now […]

The Myth of Ugly Design

Have you heard the dangerous lie that’s going around? It goes like this: “Design isn’t that important. I have an ugly site and it sells like crazy. It outperforms the ‘well designed’ site I used to have.” This horrible myth is perpetuated by marketers. They tell us… Ugly sites outperform beautiful ones To make our […]

7 Best Call-to-Action Plugins For WordPress

Whether you run a personal or business site, there is no doubt that calls to action play an important role in your website. They help readers and visitors follow the path you want them to take and take a desired action. Depending on the purpose of your website, you might want to add a call […]

Popular Design News of the Week: August 28, 2017 – September 3, 2017

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, […]

Comics of the Week #405

Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD. The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers. These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world […]

What’s the Best Music for Designing to?

Madonna once said that music makes the rebel and the bourgeoisie come together. I find it difficult to believe that either of these demographics would spend much time listening to pop from the year 2000, but who am I to argue with Madonna? Now, for the young rebels out there, Madonna was our… ummm… Beyonce, […]

How to Start a WordPress Blog (Step by Step Guide)

When was the last time you had a wonderful idea that just had to be talked about? Do you have a remarkable story from your trip to Spain or several cool tricks you’ve learned from your years as a gardener? Everyone has a story that begs for exposure, and a blog gives you the tools […]

How to Design Checkout UX Like a Pro

The checkout experience is arguably the most crucial aspect of your online store. Any hiccups and the customer could get distracted, disappointed, or leave—outing your company (that pays your salary) of precious revenue. It needs to be perfect. As a user experience designer, it’s your job to ensure the checkout experience is seamless and effective. […]