Comics of the Week #398

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 today.

So for a few moments, take a break from your daily routine, have a laugh and enjoy these funny cartoons.

Feel free to leave your comments and suggestions below as well as any related stories of your own…

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10 Free Kick-Ass Ghost Themes

Ghost is a newer blogging CMS placing simplicity over all else. It’s one of the easiest platforms to install and learn on your own.

But it certainly doesn’t have as large of a community as WordPress so theme selection is limited. Thankfully there’s a big open source community around Ghost so developers who do create themes often release them for free.

And for this post I’ve curated the top free ghost themes you can use to spice up your blog’s design.

1. Ghostium

Medium’s layout is widely synonymous with blogging. It’s one of the most popular free online blogging platforms and Ghostium aims to mimic their minimalist design style.

With Ghostium you’ll get a clean sidebar area with links and extra details about the author. This also comes with a wider page area full of crisp dark text.

If you want something incredibly simple with strong readability then Ghostium is a fantastic choice. The live demo is unfortunately offline but you can see a preview photo on the GitHub repo.

2. Mention

The Mention theme is also incredibly simple but it comes with a bunch of extra features like a scroll indicator and an estimated reading time.

These are all built into the clean single-column interface that most Ghost themes follow. The design is fully responsive and comes packaged with Google’s Roboto webfont which adds a unique style to the text.

You can find a full install guide on GitHub along with a download link and more details about the Mention theme. It’s also featured as the theme for Vanila’s blog since they developed this theme from scratch.

3. Ghost WBKD

For a more visually pleasing theme design take a look at Ghost WBKD. This free Ghost theme is gorgeous from head to toe with brilliant colors, crisp text, and a strong two-column layout.

Many Ghost themes rely on minimalism and reducing complexity down to the absolute minimum. This is not true of the WBKD theme, or more properly called the “WebKid” theme based on the WebKid blog.

Definitely a cooler design if you want some pizzazz and it supports partials for page headers/footers.

4. Albireo

Another single-column theme is Albireo. This takes on a bit more of the Medium design with centered text and dark bold headers.

This is a theme that hasn’t been updated in a while, currently dating back about 3+ years. But it’s still fully functional and it can even serve as a base for creating your own theme rather than starting from scratch.

5. Whisper

The team at ST Solutions released their own Ghost theme called Whisper. It’s a modified version of the default theme Casper and this one has more in the flyout menu and page design.

Whisper is also incredibly simple but comes with no main header. This can actually be annoying if you want to link back to your blog through a logo, although you can add a logo yourself with a bit of code.

The side flyout menu animation is gorgeous along with the Open Sans & Merriweather font combo. I really do like this theme but I think it’d work better as a template to build on rather than a finished product.

6. Ascend

Ascend is one of the many free themes you can find at Aftertype. They offer a free membership with a handful of themes and a custom Ghost automation toolset.

The Ascend theme is pretty unique since it uses a fixed vertical sidebar alongside the main blog page. This is fairly common with WordPress but not many Ghost themes follow this layout style.

You can view a live demo to see what you think before running this on your site. To download you will need to sign up for a free Aftertype account, but this is only a minor barrier and the theme is totally free to use for any project.

7. Slimpost

To add a little color into your Ghost blog you can try out the Slimpost theme. This comes with a centered single column design and has a customizable background color around the main content.

This is a great way to keep the minimalist approach while avoiding the plain black-and-white design techniques you see on almost every Ghost blog.

Slimpost also supports OpenGraph/Twitter cards and rich snippets for SEO optimized content. For in-post content this also has a fullscreen image viewer and Disqus integration for user comments.

Easily one of the more feature-packed themes in this entire list and it’s got a brilliant design to boot.

8. Ghostwriter

Ajax loading themes are becoming the norm with open source JS libraries growing larger every year.

The free Ghostwriter theme is the perfect choice for an Ajax-powered Ghost theme. It’s fully compliant for non-JS browsers using graceful degradation to load links properly. But the instant page loading feature is really cool!

Other features include fully responsive images and videos along with styles for quotes, codes, lists and other common page elements.

To see this beast live in action take a peek at the online demo.

9. Coder

Tons of developers love Ghost because it’s simple to use and offers a unique framework for hacking together themes/plugins.

Any developers reading this might like the Coder theme since it’s built to showcase coding projects in a blog-style format. This can work very well as a development portfolio website along with an online blog.

It’s completely mobile-friendly and comes with the Elusive iconset which also supports retina screens. And this theme has full syntax highlighting so you can add code snippets for all your favorite languages.

10. Crisp

Last but certainly not least is Crisp. This theme uses bright colors and strong typography along with a fixed left-hand navigation menu.

Strangely this blogging theme doesn’t support featured images in the archive so it’s very simplistic. It also works better with a single person/brand so it’s best used as a personal blog.

But it comes with plenty of basic design features like social sharing buttons and Font Awesome icons for visual appeal.

Any one of these Ghost themes can work well for your blog, it’s just a matter of taste and design requirements. Unfortunately some don’t have demos so those you’ll need to download and test locally.

But if you know what you’re looking for then one of these free themes should fit perfectly with your Ghost blog. And if you’d rather use WordPress we have a massive collection of WP themes for bloggers too.

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9 WordPress Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Site Running Smoothly

Remember that “new car smell” of your WordPress site? Back when everything was fresh, uncluttered, and totally up to date? Yeah, that lasts a few months. Then, the reality of oil changes and flat tires starts sinking in. Just like you maintain your primary means of transportation, you similarly need to maintain your WordPress site if you want to keep…. Continue Reading

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5 Popular UX Patterns That Users Hate

UX patterns are design solutions that can be repeated for common problems. Their aim is to make user accessibility much easier, which leads to better performance in terms of conversion or retention. However, sometimes these patterns can actually become quite a nuisance for your users instead of benefitting them. That’s why I’m here to show you which UX patterns are really grinding their gears and how you can fix them.

1. Popups

I know you’re with me on this one. You click a link to open up a web page and half way through reading the content you’re abruptly interrupted by a huge overlay begging for your email address. I understand they think they have a pretty good newsletter going that I would probably enjoy, that’s why I clicked on their link, but they will never make new friends by shouting down their throats.

Instead allow users to read content and get acquainted before asking for anything. Give them the chance to decide on their own instead of forcing it on them. This could either be a subtle pop-out after reading the page, or a popup modal before the user clicks off the page.

2. Social Integration

Sharing is awesome. Especially for your business as it’s the most cost effective way to get customers to your website. Social widgets on the other hand should be used sparingly. Why spend hours of your time producing a great piece of content only to distort it with eager social buttons.

Sharing on social media should be an organic experience, not a forced one. A user will want to share your content more if they are not patronised into it, so limit your widgets and consider using a pleasant message at the end of the content asking them to give it a quick tweet if they enjoy your work.

3. Page Preloaders

As technology progresses our generation gets more impatient and in 2017 we shouldn’t have to watch a spinner load a 2MB website. I know this might just be a fancy trend, and I’m sure 80% of them weren’t actually loading anything but used aesthetically, but speed should be a priority when building a web application.

If you are having speed issues, load in the lighter elements of the page first—like the navigation—and use a loader for the heavier content, instead of leaving the user on a blank screen staring at a cute animation. This way the user doesn’t feel like you’ve stood them up on a date, and that you are still there.

4. Mega Menus

Mega menus may seem like a good solution for a website that has many pages and sections, but it’s not. The problem being is that they create a maze-like experience for the user as they try to find their desired page. It forces the burden of navigation to the user and they will quickly get frustrated or bored.

If you don’t want your site’s navigation to resemble a game of Where’s Waldo, you can split up the different links into sections. You could also swap out some of the text links for imagery to make it less mundane. Lastly, for the sake of all humanity, please stay well away from hover activated dropdowns.

5. Infinite Scrolling

While infinite scrolling solved retention issues for us, it created more problems than it fixed. If you need to reach an important page that’s located in the site’s footer and the site has auto infinite scrolling activated, it is a lost cause. Another problem being when you have been scrolling for a while and visit another page. Time to go back and carry on from where you left off? Not a chance.

Just like mega menus, infinite scrolling has great potential if implemented correctly. Blend the pattern with traditional pagination and allow the user to choose to continue scrolling with an action. This will help keep your footer accessible. In order to fix the issue of users losing where they were up to, have the URL change whenever the page loads up another section.

Wrapping Up

A quick disclaimer to bear in mind is that although I’ve mentioned that the above UX patterns are insanely annoying, that doesn’t mean that you should avoid them like the plague. While they are not the best option, some of them might work for your website depending on your requirements. However, try empathising with your users and think before you employ any of these patterns.

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19 Best New Portfolio Sites, July 2017

Hello WDD Readers. It’s July, and is it hot in here, or is it just these awesome portfolios? This month, it seems that post-minimalism and brutalism are giving way to our love of things that look pretty and designery. That’s a word now.

Oh, you’ll still see a few sites that embrace the “artist” aesthetic pretty hard, but those portfolios mostly belong to artists. But many designers, it seems, have starting mixing the collage-style presentation and asymmetrical layouts with a now-classic aesthetic. Big, thick, sans-serif type. Lots of white space. The whole thing screams “designer’s portfolio”.

I’m enjoying this new mini-tend, but you should take a look on through the list for yourself.

Zurb

Well let’s get the big one out of they way. Zurb — the creators of Foundation — went and redesigned their site again. Yeah, they still do client work.

Their website loosely keeps to the sort of alien astronaut theme that they’ve developed over the years. You’ll still see their mascot hidden here and there. The header of the home page says “Greetings, Earthling.” in a typeface ripped straight from old sci-fi.

Their penchant for illustration, however, has taken a backseat to photography, and subtle animation. The rest of the site is the pure, clean simplicity we’ve come to expect from the creators of Foundation.

As a bonus, there are forty-two illustrated cows hidden throughout their site. If you click on the cow icon on the bottom of any page, you can keep track of the ones you’ve found so far.

Jacob Sutton

Jacob Sutton is a photographer, as as such, he is contractually obligated to use the now-classic post-minimalism for his portfolio. I kid. It’s just regular minimalism with a bit of asymmetry thrown in. It looks elegant and understated at the same time, which is quite a feat of design.

Use All Five

Use All Five’s website has a distinctly modern aesthetic and uses a lot of pastels. Darnit, I think I used a Morticia joke some months ago already. In any case, it’s a pretty good-looking site that definitely stands out with its own distinct personality.

L’Éloi

L’Éloi’s agency site combines the an asymmetrical layout with a kind of minimalism I’m going to start calling “design portfolio chic”. I need to start collecting these terms somewhere. Anyway, you know the drill: thick heading text, classic serif body text, a metric ton of white space.

But instead of a giant hero image and three columns outlining the services, we get the collage-style layout and asymmetrical tendencies of the post-minimalist. I actually think it’s a pretty great combo. And it’s one seen a couple of times in this list.

Oui Will

Oui WIll Has a lot going for it. First, there’s that glorious pun. Second, there’s a beautiful layout with an emphasis on great typography. They didn’t quite commit to a dark or light layout, opting to mix the two and let the contrast do a lot of the talking. They also do that thing with the overlapping elements. Overall, it’s a solid piece of web design that combines a clearly professional feel with a few artistic flourishes.

Pavel Kedzich

Pavel Kedzich has one of those websites that you’d swear is a classic case of post-minimalism… and it is… almost? I mean, yes, the images are laid out collage-style, but that’s it. There’s a floating logotype and nav-bar on the right and the rest of the site is literally single column. If anything, this is just minimalism with style.

Negative Labs

Okay, remember when a ton of minimalist websites used all sans-serif typefaces (usually just one), and used a lot of thick black borders? I don’t have a good term for it yet, but it was a sort of precursor to brutalism.

This is that, but with very minimalist WordArt. You think I’m joking? Go look at their home page. I won’t say I dislike it, but I’m not that sure I love it, either. Nonetheless, it stands out, and it might inspire you to try something new.

All Boats Rise

All Boats Rise has a fairly standard layout with decent typography, and a whole lot of personality. It’s one of the first sites I’ve seen in a while that uses this much blue, but doesn’t feel super corporate. That’s some good work.

Flavien Guilbaud

Flavien Guilbaud’s portfolio is one more that’s mixing collage-style presentation and asymmetry with a distinctly professional aesthetic. This one has an even bigger focus on animation than others on the list, and it looks fantastic.

Standing By

Standing By mostly focuses on typography and imagery, with a somewhat… eclectic grid layout. This is classic minimalism at its finest. Sticking their portfolio navigation into a dropdown in the header is an interesting choice. Not sure every new user will get it at first, but it’s cool.

Amber Eve Anderson

In another example of that minimalism with lots of borders, Amber Eve Anderson spices up a classic aesthetic with larger fonts than we used back in the early ’00s, and some subtle background imagery. I quite like the way her work is organized by year.

 

The Feebles

The Feebles’s portfolio site is modern, colorful, and stylish as can be. The make excellent use of animation, minimal asymmetry, and element overlap to make as site that feels as playful as their work, while remaining quite classy.

Hype Type Studio

Hype Type Studio embraces the grid, and that classic minimalism in the sense that it’s all black and white except for the images. Nothing exotic here, just good, clean design.

Laura Makabresku

Laura Makabresku’s photography portfolio is yet one more presentation style website. It puts the work front and center, and let’s you, the user, just get to work. Yet for all that, it’s a pleasure to browse through. It’s a textbook example of how to match a website’s aesthetic to the tone of its content.

Any Studio

The single most interesting thing about Any Studio is their Tinder profile. Well, sort of. They show off ten of their projects on their home page in a little game that allows you to swipe left if you don’t like their work, or swipe right if you do. If you like most of their stuff, they suggest contacting them. If you don’t they suggest trying again.

It’s an interesting approach, to be sure, and it might actually help them find the right clients for them. My only issue is that, other than the cursor, there is little indication that anything like this is going on until you start clicking and dragging, or swiping. There is a message while the whole thing loads, but people on fast Internet (or people who open a lot of tabs at once) may never see it.

Type and Pixel

Type and Pixel present us with almost the perfect example of mixing post-minimalism and with a professional aesthetic. The layout is mostly simple, with hints of the collage style, while the graphics and colors lean to the wilder, artistic side of the spectrum. It’s all held together by simple but well-executed typography to create a site that spans the spectrum from chaos to classical minimalism.

Neutron Creative

Neutron Creative brings us a design slightly reminiscent of brutalism. It’s got the monospaced typeface and the shades of grey. But it also with good typography, and the creative use of accent colors. Oh, and white space. If anything, the entire design is meant to present them as a company of nerds, from the logo to the type, and it does that while looking professional.

Tyron Hayman

Tyron Hayman’s portfolio is as simple as they come, but that works for him. It’s spiced up with some very subtle background video, some bright gradients, and decent typography. It;s nothing revolutionary, but it looks darned pretty.

I only have one little issue. On the home page, the first words you see are these: “I am a minimalist. I believe in saying the most with the least.” As I am often one to split hairs, I am compelled to point out that he should have just used the first sentence. The second detracts from the minimalism.

He probably needed to put that in for people who are fuzzy on the concept of minimalism. But, you know, hairs. Splitting. Etc.

Activeoo Banners

Web agency Activeoo is trying something interesting by creating a separate portfolio for just one of their services. The service in question? HTML5 banner ads.

The design is crisp, clean, and professional. It’s good. But… I’m actually not interested in the design so much as the strategy. Activeoo has obviously put a lot of work into developing this sub-site, and written a lot of content about one single service that they offer.

This positions them as not just “an agency that does banner ads among other things”, but as experts in banner ads. Conceivably, you could design a separate portfolio site for each service to paint that same picture to every potential customer, no matter which of your services they need. It’s a lot more effort, but it could work.

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Giveaway: Win 1 of 3 TemplateMonster WordPress Themes

We’re not sure what happens…perhaps it’s the Summer heat, or a birthday mood that makes TemplateMonster so generous, but they’re launching a giveaway of WordPress themes that is simply unmissable.

If you’re a WordPress fan—like a fifth of the internet—then this is your chance to grab a free theme for your next design project. And this isn’t any old giveaway, in this instance the free themes are incredible!

The giveaway is for one of the three themes below. And to be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is decide which one you want.

Option 1: Monstroid2, WordPress Theme

First up, we have a universal theme that works for almost any project you can dream up. It’s a perfect fit for corporate sites, hotels, restaurants, retail stores, bloggers, online media portals, and much more. The theme is packed with all the plugins necessary to run a successful business on the web.

There’s a user-friendly installation wizard included, which means that importing demo data and switching skins couldn’t be easier; it will also help you enable and disable plugins as required giving you full control over your site content.

Monstroid2 comes with the Power Builder plugin to help you create original page layouts in the visual mode.

Check out the demo here.

Option 2: Creado, Responsive WordPress Theme

The next option is Creado, a bright, modern portfolio theme. It’s a great way to showcase the best of your projects. It is fully responsive, which means your users will get the best experience possible no matter what device they choose to access your site with.

Built with the Cherry Framework, and enhanced with CSS Grid layout, the theme features eye-catching elements. But it’s practical too, with versatile plugins like the Cherry Sidebar Manager, or the Mega Menu plugin to help you add multi-column drop down menus.

Check out the demo here.

Option 3: Magic, Multipurpose WordPress Theme

Magic is a multipurpose theme that excels as a blog, or as an eCommerce store thanks to the built-in WooCommerce plugin.

You can modify the theme however you choose using the Live Customizer and Power Builder plugins which give you full control of your site without any need to understand code.

Magic comes with seven different ready to use headers that can be swapped out according to your tastes. Plus the theme comes with TM Wizard to make installation a breeze. What’s more, Magic comes with TM Dashboard which automatically makes backups every time an update is installed so that your changes are saved.

Check out the demo here.

 

How to Enter

To be in with a chance of winning simply browse the themes above, decide which one you prefer and then post a comment below telling us which theme you’d like, and why.

The giveaway is open to everyone, and runs until midnight ECT on the 1st August 2017.

Three winners will be chosen at random from the entries. Make sure you comment using an email address you access regularly, so we can contact you if you win.

Good luck!

 

 

[– This is a sponsored giveaway on behalf of TemplateMonster –]

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How to Downgrade WordPress Versions, Plugins, and Themes (and Why You Might Want to)

The WordPress core code is updated pretty regularly and in most cases you’re going to want to make sure you upgrade to the latest stable version as soon as possible. Using the latest version of WordPress ensures that you have access to all the latest features and any security holes that have been discovered since the last update have been…. Continue Reading

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What’s New for Designers, July 2017

This month’s collection is a mashup of functional finds and fun gems, such as a tool that can help you find stolen images and a website filled with terrible color combinations. There are also tools to help you find APIs, design or development tweets, and new typefaces. Plus, almost everything on the list this month is free, except for a couple of typefaces and tools. They’re sure to be useful to designers and developers, from beginners to experts.

If we’ve missed something that you think should have been on the list, let us know in the comments. And if you know of a new app or resource that should be featured next month, tweet it to @carriecousins to be considered!

ShakyDraw

ShakyDraw turns plain text into beautiful hand-drawn block diagrams. The tool, which is still in beta, can help you turn plain ideas into something a little more visually compelling, or is at the very least a fun way to spend a few minutes playing online.

Flubber

Create smoother shape animations from odd geometry with this library, which provides a best-guess interpolation for any two arbitrary shapes (or collections) that result in a reasonably smooth animation, without overthinking it.

API List

Looking for an API? Finding a set of subroutine definitions, protocols and tools for building application software can sometimes be cumbersome. This curated list includes all types of APIs, tells you what they do, provides formats and information (supported apps and libraries) and takes you right to the API page. Users can search and add APIs to the list as well.

Type Hero

Test Google Fonts in a more stylish and realistic environment with this tool that lets you pick a color for the background and type, and then test anything in the Google Fonts collection.

Tweetsnippet

Tweetsnippet is a curated list of tips and tricks from designers and developers on Twitter in one location. The application is built on Laravel with a little Javascript and the Twitter API to populate tweets. The nice thing about the tool is that you can use it as a reference guide without having to scroll through all the tweet clutter to find design-related posts. Plus, you can sort by category for even more refined Twitter browsing.

Golden Ratio Grid

Use this Adobe Photoshop grid to help place elements in perfect harmony. The golden ratio (1:1.61) is considered to be the perfect shape, based on math. Use of the golden ratio can be found in design, art and architecture as far back as 4,000 years. The mathematical shape and principle is rooted in nature.

Terrible Colors

Never worry again about poor color palette choices. This collection of colors shows you everything not to use in website design, complete with HEX codes. While you probably already know this, the site can help you back up saying “no” to certain colors in projects.

InvoiceTemplate

If you do freelance work or bill for any type of design services, billing and invoicing can be a hassle. InvoiceTemplate is a free tool that can help users send professional invoices quickly, stores files and will help every freelancer or small business create bills that look great.

Jalendar

Jalendar is a calendar plugin that uses a jQuery Javascript library to list events, link to days, select dates and more. Plus, it comes with plenty of design and customization options and comes with an unlimited color palette, supports 13 languages and date types.

Topol.io

Create responsive email campaigns with this new editor. The templates are simple and visually impressive, providing an easy way to connect with users and send emails in a hurry. It’s free, but the pro version includes even more features.

10 Memphis Style Patterns

Memphis design has been so popular this year that these patterns are a great add-on to any collection. The free set of vector patterns can be used for pretty much anything and are totally retro.

Matte Mockups

Matte Mockups is a free collection of CSS3 phone and tablet mockups. Just place a GIF, video or custom markup inside a minimalistic device and get cool presentation for your project.

API Tester

Test your own API with this online tool. It only takes a few clicks to make HTTP requests, extract values from the responses, assert the values are correct, reuse variables across steps, or inject custom logic using JavaScript. Build a single test or suite of tests to run at the click of a button.

 

Tempo

Keep track of tasks, projects and even compile timesheets with this simple tool. Use it to see how much time you are spending on projects and help stay more focused. Plus, it looks pretty cool and runs seamlessly in the background of a web browser.

Vector Security Icons

Everyone wants to show that their site is 100 percent secure. This set of vector security icons can help. The set includes flat icons, line icons and a set of full color icons in a scalable format. The download includes both Sketch and Adobe Illustrator formats so you can further customize them if you like.

60 Animated Icons

Add a touch of surprise to normal looking icons with this set of animated icons from Icons8. The kit can be used freely for any type of projects and each icon uses meaningful motion, making them perfect for Material Design projects. Plus, every element is super lightweight.

40 Neon Stock Photos

Looking for a fun set of stock images. Neon Night includes 40 photos of neon signs in the dark. The photos can be used for any type of project and include a touch of nostalgia.

Kaleidoscope Doodler

Kaleidoscope Doodler is a fun pen that you might find yourself staring at for hours. The doodle demo will let you change constraints and play. We dare you not to fork it!

Copypants

Did someone steal your image? Copypants helps you protect your library of images by searching the web for duplicates. Plus, the tool is actually backed by a team of legal professionals that will take care of copyright violations for you or request payment for image use. This can be a great tool for photographers, illustrators or artists who worry about copyright violations and image theft.

Neon Font

Neon Font isn’t exactly a typeface but a PSD file of cool neon letters that you can put together for display purposes. The download also includes bonus neon swatches, a pretty trendy design element.

Chester Sans

Chester Sans is a simple and functional sans serif with multiple weights and styles (the light and bold versions are free). The typeface includes more than 400 characters and supports multiple languages.

Celebration

 

Celebration is a fun set of letters with plenty of outlines and personality. The typeface includes four weights in the geometric, hand-drawn style. Try this typeface with color for high-impact lettering. It is designed to work in English, Spanish and Portuguese, with glyphs for each language.

 

Jam Sessions

Jam Sessions is a neutral, cursive handwritten style that includes a full set of upper- and lowercase letters for personal use. (The paid version includes a full set of lettering and commercial license.)

Typold

Typold is a geometric sans serif typeface that’s easy to read. Typold comes in multiple weights, and the book version is a free download. The full version includes nine weights and matching italics, three separate widths, 1,000 characters with an alternative lowercase a and y, small-caps, 12 variations of numerals, inferiors, superiors, fractions, case sensitive punctuation, plus extended symbols including emojis.

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Popular Design News of the Week: July 3, 2017 – July 9, 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, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

Why Mobile Menus Belong at the Bottom of the Screen

 

Site Design: Qonto

 

You do not Need a CSS Grid Based Grid System

 

The Alarm Clock Design in iOS is Broken

 

Beware the Cutting Edge of Web Design

 

Type Hero – Try Google Fonts in Style

 

O’reilly Book Cover Generator

 

A Mindful Design Process

 

Travelisto UI Kit for Sketch

 

The Truth About ‘Shot on iPhone’-Style Ads

 

How Branding Tripled my Income in Six Months

 

Create Perfect Messages in all Email Clients

 

Dude Calendar. It’s a New Calendar. For Dudes.

 

How Human Memory Works: Tips for UX Designers

 

Stealing your Way to Original Designs

 

People Don’t Buy your Product, They Buy your Story

 

Vimsy – Create your own Video Streaming Website

 

Fontstore: Netflix for Fonts

 

Sagmeister on Beauty

 

Style Guides as Products

 

Site Design: Lehigh Typeface

 

Simplicity Sells

 

Botsify Conversational Forms

 

UX Research: Stop the Objections!

 

True Fans or Just Followers?

 

Want more? No problem! Keep track of top design news from around the web with Webdesigner News.

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Comics of the Week #397

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 today.

So for a few moments, take a break from your daily routine, have a laugh and enjoy these funny cartoons.

Feel free to leave your comments and suggestions below as well as any related stories of your own…

A little credibility

Hurry up and wait

 

Little work, lot of pay

Can you relate to these situations? Please share your funny stories and comments below…

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