6 Ways Designers Can Avoid Infringing Intellectual Property Rights


As the managing attorney of a commercial law boutique practice, I am asked several times per week some variation of the following question: How should I best protect my intellectual property from being stolen? Is it as simple as filling out a copyright or trademark application and paying a small...

An Introduction to Structural Typography


Typography plays an important role in design. To communicate a brands message effectively, designers have to spend time understanding the nuances associated with each typeface. There are a lot of variables that can affect the overall readability and legibility of a typeface. Rhythm is one of them. Just like music,...

3 Solutions to Help Your Agency Manage Many Websites at Once


Running an online web management and marketing agency can be both exciting and exhausting. You will face more stress as you scale your client base, especially if you need to manage all of your clients’ websites. Fortunately, you can minimize the time you spend on website management by using a...

Designing Mobile Websites for Voice Search


In January 2018 alone, consumers conducted over 1 billion voice searches. By 2020, it’s estimated that 30% of all online searches will take place without the use of a screen. Needless to say, voice search is set to make serious waves in the not-so-distant future. As more users seek out...

20 Freshest Web Designs, January 2019


Welcome to 2019! It’s a brand new year and there are plenty of sites taking advantage of the optimism to start afresh. Every month we publish a guide to the freshest websites launched (or relaunched with significant new updates) in the previous 4 weeks, this is January’s edition. The slowdown...

Popular Design News of the Week: January 21, 2019 – January 27, 2019

Adobe Apps CSS Design Fonts UX Design WordPress

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...

Best Visual Design Trends of 2019


It is important for brands to have a distinct style. To create an effective brand, designers must keep a close watch on trends that populate the marketplace. They have to be able to get more creative with how they display their products and services. By studying trends, designers can get...

The Best Photoshop Alternatives for 2019

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For many designers, Photoshop is the number one tool for editing images, but for many other designers, Photoshop is an expensive, bloated, and inefficient tool. In the last few years, the number of apps coming to market and taking a bite out of Photoshop’s fanbase has grown. Photoshop has so...

7 Ways to Sell Words Online

Articles Blogs E-Commerce Writings

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a lot of photographers aren’t getting paid enough. When a writer actually manages to build a business for themselves…well let’s just say we do okay. Most of us don’t get rich, but we do okay. WDD and others are good to me....

Unofficial Pantone Color for 2020 Revealed


Every December the color categorizing company Pantone nominates one of its colors as a hue for the next 12 months. The act is intended to create positivity around messages such as the environment, gender equality, and current affairs. But the color for 2019 has raised hackles in some quarters. 2019’s...

7 Free SVG Pattern Generators


Where are you right now? In an office cubicle? At home on the couch? A coffee shop? Stop what you’re doing and look around. Patterns are everywhere — and a great many of them you see in your everyday life are created using vectors. The vector graphics of computer design...

15 Must-Try WordPress Themes for 2019

WordPress Themes

There’s usually a better way to build a mousetrap. The same applies to building a website. WordPress is the most popular CMS on the market. It provides a better way, and the right WordPress theme can make website building even easier. You can do it faster, and with superior results....

Boost UX with Ipapi’s Geolocation


One of the must-have technologies for sites in 2019 will be geolocation. Not only does geolocation help with security, and legal compliance, but it also improves customer experience—one of the key metrics in turning a profit online. Geolocation has a number of core benefits for businesses but the real benefit...

Best CSS Tools & Webapps For Developers: The Ultimate Collection


There’s a custom tool for pretty much everything these days. From free webapps to more premium tools, you can find a lot online if you just search. If you need something to speed up your workflow, I’d bet someone else had that same need and already created a tool for...

What’s New for Designers, January 2019


New year, new design tools. As your start regrouping and reorganizing in 2019, why not make good on those resolutions and try a new design element or two. We’ve got plenty to choose from here. If we’ve missed something that you think should have been on the list, let us...

Popular Design News of the Week: January 14, 2019 – January 20, 2019

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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, […]

14 Typography Skills Every Graphic Designer Should Have


Typography is an important part of web design. Its impact on the overall design of the website can’t be stressed enough. To create harmonious and readable web pages, designers should pay attention to two main factors — font size and space. By changing these variables, you can create an engaging experience for the reader. Designers […]

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Free Essentials for Designers: Textures, Patterns, Shapes and Backgrounds

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Free Essentials for Designers: Textures, Patterns, Shapes and Backgrounds

We are living in an era where everything is digital and artificial. However, there’s still room for old-time crafting tools. CSS-based illustrations, SVG icons and images, WebGL-powered pieces and dynamic effects of all types and kinds are the most popular …

Monthly Web Development Update 1/2019: Rethinking Habits And Finding Custom Solutions


What could be better than starting the new year with some new experiments? Today I figured it was time to rethink JavaScript tooling in one of my projects. And since we wrote everything in plain ECMAScript modules already, I thought it would be easy to serve them natively now and remove all the build and transpilation steps. Until I realized that — although we wrote most code ourselves — we have a couple of third-party dependencies in there and, of course, not all of them are ECMAScript modules.

14 Places to Find the Best Font for your Brand


Branding helps a business form an identity. To create a brand identity, you need to have a visual identity system in place. Core identity of a brand is the following — Color, logo, and typography.    How do you choose the right type? Where will you find it? How do you know if it is […]

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Behance Redesigns its Portfolios

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There’s been a fairly big update to Behance, also known as DeviantArt for designers. Heck, I remember when I used DA for my portfolio. Good times. Anyway… Behance. They’ve gone and updated what has to be the single most important aspect of their site: the portfolios. I mean, that’s what everybody is there for, no? […]

Grabbing Visual Attention With The Visual Cortex


(This is a sponsored post.) You are designing a landing page. The goal of the page is to get people to notice, and hopefully click on a button on the screen to subscribe to a monthly newsletter. “Make sure the button captures people’s attention” is the goal you’ve been given. So how, exactly, do you do that? Research on the visual cortex in the brain can give you some ideas. The visual cortex is the part of the brain that processes visual information.

HTML5 Input Types: Where Are They Now?


One of the stand-out headline features of HTML5 for many designers and developers was the addition of a number of new types of form input that could be used. For years, we’d been confined to using single-line text inputs (type="text") and laying on JavaScript and user instructions to try an accurately capture valid data of different types through that one unsophisticated field. HTML5 brought with it new values of the type attribute that enabled us to be much more specific about the types of data we needed to capture through the field, with the promise being that the browser would then provide the interface and validation required to coerce the user into completing the field accurately.

Best Free SVG Code Tutorials For Web Designers & Developers


Most designers create their SVGs in software like Illustrator and that’s a legit way to go. But it’s also possible to embed SVG content into a webpage solely in code. No HTTP graphics to download, no extra file to add into the page. This process is slowly growing in popularity...

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