Posted by Smashing Editorial on November 9, 2012 ·
As a Web professional, you can get great inspiration from a good conference session. While conferences may not bring value to all industries, the Web industry is stacked high with inspirational experts and quiet little geniuses beavering away from small home offices. A good Web conference shines a light on these clever souls and promotes professional growth and [...]
Posted by James Young on November 6, 2012 ·
The humble screengrab, staple component of a million personal and agency portfolios, can now retire with thanks for years of sterling service showing snippets of work done for a particular client or project. The screengrab always reflected a mythical state in time where the website looked just as the designer intended it, not how it typically ends up after a week [...]
Posted by Steven Bradley on November 5, 2012 ·
We tend to think of navigating a website as clicking from page-to-page via some kind of global navigation that’s always visible. When it comes to a single page, we often think scrolling is the one and only way to move from one end to the next.
Sometimes global navigation and scrolling are the best, most appropriate ways to move about, (however, they aren’t [...]
Posted by Spyros Zevelakis on October 3, 2012 ·
Stefan Sagmeister is a designer who has been following his instinct and intuition to the fullest, having gained recognition for his unique, and often provocative, visual explorations. It’s possibly his very personal and almost self-centric way to design that leads to his original approach. On May 31, 19 years after starting his NYC studio he once again surprised [...]
Posted by C. Knight, J. Glaser on September 7, 2012 ·
As with most designers, being sure that we explore and select the most successful, memorable and stimulating designs is a vital aspect that underpins every project we undertake. For us, the beginning of a new challenge has never been as simple as asking ourselves what might be the best avenue to take and then sitting down at a computer and attempting to fulfill [...]
Posted by Stuart Silverstein on September 3, 2012 ·
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
– Albert Einstein
There is an old story of blind men and an elephant. The blind men all meet and are asked to describe the elephant. One says that an elephant is long and skinny like a snake. The other says that the first doesn’t know what he is talking about and says [...]
Posted by Jason Gross on August 24, 2012 ·
I am sure that my day job as a designer has a lot of similarities to that of the entire Smashing community. I create wireframes, mockups and concepts. I craft HTML and CSS using methods that I hope are fluid and adaptive. At the same time, my coworkers and I serve over 100 clients and 13 million users on a single platform.
Each client has the ability to design [...]
Posted by Smashing Editorial on August 16, 2012 ·
One of the advantages of working in a creative industry is the number of designers and developers who take their craft seriously. The design community shines in one regard in particular: the design community seems to be less willing to hoard knowledge and skills. Instead, we present them, elaborate on them and keep improving on each other’s techniques — [...]
Posted by Carolyn Knight, Jessica Glaser on August 14, 2012 ·
We can all agree that the work we do should inform, should be appropriate to the client and their audience and should, of course, look good. But there’s a fourth attribute worth aiming for: creating a lasting impression.
Visual memory is fascinating — we often use it without realizing. If, for example, you ask someone how many rooms they have in their home, [...]
Posted by Vasilis van Gemert on August 9, 2012 ·
An important part of our job is staying up to date. Technologies don’t really change that fast — HTML5 and CSS3 take a long time to be specified and implemented. But the ideas surrounding these technologies and the things we can do with them are constantly evolving, and hundreds of blog posts and articles are published every day. There’s no way [...]