Category Archives: Design

Is your website retina-ready?

For quite a while now, the digital industry has been talking about responsive websites and the importance of having layouts that are mobile-friendly. We are no exception here. However, we believe that everyone might be ignoring an important area of development: retina displays. We know what you’re thinking: “Oh, do we have to be ready for those, too?” Indeed, you do! Continue reading

Web Templates or Custom Designs? What to choose?

The beautiful thing about web design today is that it’s all so very flexible, here everyone can find their perfect solution. Today, we are going to compare web templates with custom designs. We’re not favouring any of them. All we want to do is draw a comparison that will help you make the right decision for your business.

Keep in mind: studies show that more than 90% of the Internet users say poor design is one of the main reasons not to trust a brand or company! Continue reading

Creative Commons – How can they help you

The great thing about the creative and media industry is the variety of resources you have at your fingertips. Of course, some of them can be pretty expensive, but today we are going to talk a bit about great resources that are free of charge.

What is Creative Commons (which we will now refer to as CC)?

To offer an exact definition, we are going to quote their description: ‘Creative Commons is a nonprofit organisation that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.’ Continue reading

Fight the designer’s block

No matter how experienced a web designer is, getting a mental block happens can happen t anyone. Sometimes, all the good ideas are fighting to come out of your head and onto the screen or paper, but there are those times when you find yourself staring at a sea of white, not having the slightest clue on where to start.

Why does it happen?

One of the greatest creative blockers is fear. The fear of not delivering a perfect design, of not being good enough. For many designers, their anxiety levels rise when having to pitch or present a new concept. Another reason could be the project itself, which can be out of your comfort zone.

What you do have to understand however, is that this is something normal and it happens to a lot of us. Continue reading

HTTP/2 – The next big thing is ready!

As web developers, it’s our job to optimise the websites in a way that offers the user the best possible experience. We’re not talking about UX design, it’s so much more than that. Starting with the page’s loading time and ending in the smallest detail, nothing gets overlooked.

But there is only so much we can do. We needed a change at the very core. And now the big change is just one step away from becoming reality. Continue reading

Cool tools for junior designers: Gravit

If we were to tell you to imagine a designer, what’s the mental image you get? A hip looking girl or guy in front of the latest iMac, working in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, right? Well, if you are dreaming of becoming a designer, you don’t need to start with buying expensive technology and software. Have you heard of Gravit?

What is Gravit?

Gravit is a design app. Now it’s not a full-scale design suite like Adobe, but it sure has its indisputable advantages, the most important being: it offers the creative possibilities you will find in a design suit, but the app comes in a considerably smaller number of megabytes.

The app is pretty robust with a very intuitive interface and strong tools. It can be used on Windows, Linux, Mac or – and this is amazing – right in your browser.

The development team also announced Gravit365, a cloud app that will allow team-wide collaboration at project level.

Besides all the benefits mentioned above, we must not forget an essential one: It’s free. You can download it directly from the>> official page.

Why is Gravit useful for pros as well?

Think about it, you may use all your design software on a computer, but it might be a drag to open Photoshop on your notebook. Or you might need to make some adjustments or even designs while traveling with only your tablet in your bag.

And now, according to the latest article posted by the team on the company’s blog, they have decided to make Gravit open-source.

The Golden Ratio in Design

Being part of the great designers’ community, we couldn’t help noticing a lot of discussions regarding the golden ratio in design. While it might seem the next best thing, actually, this ratio often occurs in nature and has been used in artwork for centuries.

What is the golden ratio?

It’s very likely you have seen the graphic representation bellow. It is the visual representation (one of them) of the Golden Ratio.

fibonacci_spiral

The golden ratio (aka “divine section”) is a mathematical ratio (a number equal to approximately 1.6180) that appears countless times in geometry, art, architecture etc. It was studied for the first time by the ancient greek mathematicians and it has been fascinating scholars for more than 2,400 years.

Use it in your design!

Over time, many great artist (and by “great” we mean “DaVinci-great”) have used this ratio in their work. It’s not quite clear why, but humans are drawn by it, thus making the artwork appear even more beautiful in the viewers’ eyes.

Many today’s designs (websites, logos etc.) are based on it. See, for example, Twitter:

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Here are some examples where you can most certainly rely on this rule:

– the content-sidebar ratio

– header-content font size

– photography (the rule of thirds)