Design Bucket List: 10 Projects Everyone Should Try at Least Once

It’s easy to get caught up in the everyday routine if you are a website designer. Whether you are managing sites for clients or taking care of a company website, it is important to step back from the daily grind to keep your design chops fresh. Working on projects outside of that primary role is […]

9 Must-Have Features For Magazine-Style Blogs

Online blogs have morphed into digital publications with every major print brand running its own website. These blogs usually take the form of a digital magazine which looks much more professional than a smaller personal site. But what goes into a magazine layout? And how can you design one for your own site? This list […]

Why Designers Should Start Fights

It’s one of the worst parts about being a designer: Being forced to create work you feel is subpar. Work that’s absolutely doomed to fail. Designers go through this every day. This isn’t exclusive to designers, but it’s especially destructive because our work is often devalued by the rest of the team. They devalue our […]

Thrive Architect Review: A Huge Upgrade to Thrive Content Builder

You want to build beautiful, effective pages for your WordPress site but you’re not a developer… It’s a problem as old as time (or at least as old as WordPress!). And it’s exact problem that page builder plugins were made to fix. A few months ago, Thrive Content Builder was one of those plugins. Now, […]

14 Best ECommerce Options for Designers

With Black Friday/Cyber Monday just a few weeks away, it’s time to get clients set up and ready to sell. The list of solutions to choose from keeps on getting longer, so how do you pick which one to go with? Start with a list of features that are must-haves for your client, be clear […]

Popular Design News of the Week: October 30, 2017 – November 5, 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 #413

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 […]

Creating WebVR Experiences with A-Frame

WebVR is an amazing way to create immersive 3D Virtual Reality experiences in the browser. It’s an experimental specification of Javascript API’s and has a lot of backers and people pushing it forwards, with Mozilla being a big part of that. With the explosion of VR headsets coming to market and more on the horizon, now […]

Top 15 Hotel & Resort WordPress Themes

Nobody should design an entire hotel website from scratch. There are so many resources out there (most 100% free) that’ll save you time and money in the process. You just have to know where to look. In the past we covered a huge list of travel themes and in this guide I want to look […]

7 Design Challenges to Sharpen Your Skills

Once in a while, I just have to try something new. Maybe I feel my skills are slipping. Maybe I want to jumpstart the neurons responsible for my creativity. Maybe I’m bored. There are a lot of good reasons to take on a design challenge, really. Here are some more: You can add conceptual designs […]

5 Ways to Improve the UX of Site Search

Search is like a conversation between the user and system: the user expresses their information need as a query, and the system expresses its response as a set of results. Search is a fundamental activity and a critical element of building a content-heavy site. In this article, I would like to share 5 tips that […]

13 Spookiest Sites on the Web

It’s Halloween, and there’s no better way to enjoy it than to grab a flashlight and peer into some of the darker corners of the web. The festival dates back to the ancient Celts, whose year began on the 1st of November. Later, the festival was merged with the Christian festival of All Hallow’s Eve, […]

PowerPack Beaver Addons Review: 300+ New Modules and Templates for Beaver Builder

When it comes to WordPress page builders, Beaver Builder is one of the best options out there. It’s fast, glitch-free, and outputs about as clean code as you can expect from a page builder. With that being said, just because Beaver Builder is already a quality page builder, that doesn’t mean it can’t be made […]

3 Essential Design Trends, November 2017

If you’re a fan of this monthly design trends series, there’s a strong possibility you’ve seen a trend or two that you just didn’t like. And that’s OK. This month, each of the three trends should be design conversation starters. While the visuals look cool, are they readable and usable? (Questions every website designer should […]

Popular Design News of the Week: October 23, 2017 – October 29, 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, […]

5 Ways to Design With Accelerated Mobile Pages

The mobile web keeps growing at a rapid pace. Smartphones continue to sell strongly, with Apple alone forecasting to bring in $180 billion from its smartphones by 2021. There are over 224 million smartphone users in the United States, making the mobile web an essential focus for any website owner. The continued growth of mobile […]

7 Ways to Keep Your Site Alive

Once upon a dark, stormy night, when all was quiet, a lone web designer was designing away. He had Sketch open, a coffee nearby, and a cheerful tune in his wired earbuds, because Bluetooth is weird and has a delay that bugged the heck out of our Hero. Ahem, anyway… During a lull in the […]

3 Ways Justinmind Helps UX Teams Work Together

Communication breakdowns between designers and developers are the prime culprit for productivity stalls, scope creep, and missed deadlines. For years, designers have handed off a PSD to a developer and crossed their fingers that what arrived in the browser bore some resemblance to the original. But a simple PSD just won’t cut it any more. […]

7 Free Tools For Testing Responsive Layouts

Every modern website needs a responsive design. This does require more effort but the end result is worthwhile. I actually recommend testing your ideas with responsive design tools to see how your site looks at each stage. You can look for usability issues on different screen sizes all from one handy tool. And these free tools […]

11 Fastest Lazy Load Image Plugins For WordPress

If you’re looking to improve your site speed then lazy loading is sure to help. This technique delays HTTP requests for content lower on the page so it only loads when the user scrolls down. In turn this lowers the page’s total size which gives you a faster page load time. Anyone familiar with WordPress […]

How Spoiling the Ending Improves UX

It has often been asserted by fans of pop-wisdom that there are only two distinct plots in the whole of western culture: a person goes on a journey, and a stranger comes to town. A brief flick through your bookcase will disprove the rule—unless you permit metaphorical journeys, in which everything fits—but the frequency with which […]

Popular Design News of the Week: October 16, 2017 – October 22, 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 #412

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 It Time To Go Freelance?

The freelance economy is a hot topic these days. With more studies coming out confirming the benefits of freelancing and remote work, in addition to an influx of communication tools that make it easier to work from anywhere in the world, there is a whole new workforce forming that is defining the future of work. […]

Top 10 Web Design & UX Conferences Worldwide

If you’re thinking of launching a design conference or attending one yourself this list should be all you need to get started. Out of many annual conferences I’ve curated my 10 picks for the top conferences on web and UX design. These each feature something a little different and they all have their appealing specialties. […]

A Quick Guide to Everything You Missed at the Adobe MAX Keynote

With the usual pomp and ceremony of their MAX conference keynote, Adobe have unveiled a whole host of updates to their Creative Cloud suite of applications, together with some almost-new apps. Wrapped up as new offerings are Adobe XD CC, Adobe Dimension CC, Adobe Character Animator CC, and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC. In reality, most Creative […]

So, Can We Use CSS Variables Yet?

With all the talk lately of finally being able to use CSS Grid, it got me thinking: What other amazing CSS features can I use now? CSS Variables was the one that instantly sprung to mind. It’s been a while since I’ve heard anything about CSS Variables and it adds a whole new toolset and […]

How to Accept Bitcoin Payments on Your WordPress Website

Over the last few years, Bitcoin has seen a surge in popularity. Even though it’s sometimes associated with scammers and deemed a currency for less than honorable dealings, there are some who enjoy the notion of anonymity it brings while shopping online. Whether you personally agree with the idea behind Bitcoin or not, when you […]

3 Smart Ways to Engage Users with Animation

Animation was once thought of as just decoration. But as technology advances and internet connections accelerate, designers are embracing the practical benefits. In this article, we’ll focus on one particular benefits of animation—marketing animation or animations that sell. Despite the fact that such animation isn’t intended to improve usability, it can impress the user, and […]