Web Design (172 entries)

Great Introduction to the Essentials of User Experience Design
February 16, 2014 | 1 Comment
The UX Crash Course is an excellent introduction to the principles of user experience design and is worth sharing with designers and non-designers who want to learn more about this field.
One Simple Tip to Increase Ecommerce Conversions from Your 404 Error Page
February 08, 2014
Add product recommendations to your online store 404 error page to increase conversions, page views and more.
Image Carousel Click-through Rate Analysis
November 17, 2013
Click-through data for an image carousel shows that it rapidly drops off after the first banner, with the last banners getting almost no clicks.
11 Eye-catching Airline Website Designs
October 01, 2013 | 3 Comments
A collection of the best designed airline websites from around the world.
The New York Times: 2005 vs. 2013
August 24, 2013
A look at how the design of The New York Times website has remained remarkably consistent in the 8 years from 2005 to 2013.
Is "The Fold" Really a Myth?
July 01, 2013
An persuasive look at how the fold is less important than providing the right amount of content for users to make an informed decision.
Optimization Tips for Thank You Pages
April 23, 2013 | 2 Comments
A handy collection of tips and best practices from online retailers to make your thank you pages more effective.
12 Landing Page A/B Testing Results That Will Surprise You
September 25, 2012 | 1 Comment
Do not miss this collection of 12 A/B tests where the results will surprise you and provide valuable insight for your own landing page testing.
Smashing Magazine Book #3 "Redesign The Web" Reviews Roundup
June 21, 2012
A look at the various reviews for the Smashing Magazine web design book, Redesign The Web.
Design Patterns: When to Use and When to Break the Rules
June 13, 2012
A fascinating look at the use of design patterns and when it makes sense to break them and try something new.
Come Visit! How the Websites of the Top 10 Most Popular Countries for Tourists Compare
May 05, 2012 | 4 Comments
A look at how the websites of the top 10 tourist countries in the world compare. What they do right, what they share in common, and what they do wrong.
Order Confirmation Page Done Well
December 23, 2011 | 1 Comment
Nice example of a well implemented order confirmation page from Potbelly Sandwich Shop.
Use Icon Fonts to Create Lightweight, Flexible Icons
November 30, 2011 | 1 Comment
A look at how to use icon fonts to implement icons on a website rather than using multiple images.
When Features are Commoditized its the User Experience that Counts
November 20, 2011
When you are offering a similar set of services as your competitors, user interface design becomes a key way to differentiate yourself and attract customers.
Questions to Ask When Reviewing a Design
October 13, 2011 | 2 Comments
A great list of questions which can form the basis of any website design review.
11 Retail Emails Web Designers Should Subscribe To
August 23, 2011 | 3 Comments
These retail emails are full of inspiration and creative design ideas for all aspects of web design. Subscribe today!
8 Reasons Why Bad Web Design Decisions Get Made
June 25, 2011 | 5 Comments
No one wants to create bad web design. However, a number of factors, from opinionated clients to aging technology, show why it can happen.
Faceted Navigation Design Showcase
June 19, 2011 | 1 Comment
A collection of some of the best designed examples of faceted navigation, which is also known as faceted search or guided navigation.
Elegant Advanced Search Implementation
April 08, 2011 | 2 Comments
Good example of incorporating advanced search functionality into a search box.
Great Email plus Landing Page Marketing Campaign
April 05, 2011 | 1 Comment
A great example of a seamless marketing email and landing page campaign from Paramore|Redd.
How to Make Login Forms More User-Friendly
March 09, 2011 | 7 Comments
SEOmoz takes a creative and user-friendly approach to the simple login form. Error messages and all.
Best Practices for Product Image Placement
February 27, 2011 | 1 Comment
Does it matter on which side of the product page the image is placed? Should it always face into the page? What best practices are there for product image placement?
Giant Collection of Add-To-Cart Buttons
September 12, 2010
A collection of 200+ add-to-cart icons plus analysis of the most popular button design trends such as color, label text, and icon use.
Icon Design Patterns for Website Navigation
September 06, 2010
A look at how design conventions or patterns have developed in the design of icons for website navigation menus.
Website Redesign: Big Bang, Gradual or Evolutionary Approach?
June 10, 2010
A review of some of the advantages and disadvantages to three different approaches to website redesign.
UK Election Special, Part 1: Labour Party Website
April 26, 2010
A design review of the UK Labour Party 2010 Election website.
Your Home Page is NOT Your Website
April 19, 2010
Your home page is NOT your website. But boy is it close.
Netflix Movie Page Redesign Causes Community Outrage
March 14, 2010
The redesign of Netflix's movie details pages has some users up in arms. Was it an improvement from a web design perspective?
Components of a Great Website Footer
March 01, 2010
A review of the various elements that make up a useful and usable website footer. Is your footer pulling its weight?
Nexus One vs. iPhone: How do the Websites Compare?
January 10, 2010
How does the website of the iPhone challenger, the Google Nexus One, compare with that of the market leader?
Website Navigation Then and Now
September 29, 2009
A comparison of how the navigation bars of popular websites looked a few years ago compared with now.
Two Schools of Thought to 404 Error Page Designs
August 22, 2009
There are two schools of thought when it comes to designing 404 error pages. Is one better than the other, or are they both equally valid?
Landing Page Optimization with A/B Testing
July 18, 2009
My experiences of landing page optimization using A/B testing produced some surprising results.
10 Quick and Dirty Ways to Lay Out a List of Links
June 04, 2009
A selection of ways to separate a list of links using typographic characters as dividers.
The Value of Paper Prototyping
May 10, 2009
Paper prototypes provide benefits in many areas during the wireframe stage of a web site design.
MMO Free Trial Landing Page Design Review
March 30, 2009
A look at the key components of a successful MMORPG free trial page and how those of the main MMOs compare against these best practices.
Are You Focusing Too Much on Your Home Page?
February 03, 2009
Your home page is not the most important page on your web site. Many designers spend too much time on it which can cause the rest of the site to be ignored.
Keep Track of Your Styles with a Content Formatting Quick Reference Guide
January 27, 2009
A content formatting HTML quick reference or markup guide makes it easy to know what HTML to use when coding certain types of content.
ESPN Web Site Redesign
January 08, 2009
Thoughts and commentary on the redesign of the ESPN web site.
Web Design Predictions for 2009
January 04, 2009
My predictions for some hot web design topics for the year ahead.
Borders Magic Shelf: A Clever Take on the Home Page Promo Area
November 24, 2008
Borders 'magic shelf' enables web site visitors to browse a wide range of content in a familiar way within the confined space of a home page promotional area.
Indicating Required Form Fields: A Recap
October 21, 2008
The results of my survey on how best to indicate that a form field is required.
Are These Really Web Sites of the World's Best Brands?
September 27, 2008
Not all the world's best brands have web sites that match. Here's a tour through the sites that clearly didn't get the memo about that whole branding thing.
Required Form Fields: Where Should the Asterisk Go?
August 26, 2008
Where should the asterisk that indicates required form fields go? To the left or to the right? Does it matter?
Web Site Navigation Design Showcase
August 24, 2008
A collection of over 70 examples of great web site navigation design.
Experiment in Making an Article Sidebar More Readable and Visually Appealing
July 02, 2008
An experiment in tweaking the HTML and CSS of an article sidebar to improve its readability and visual design.
Login Form Showcase: 65+ Examples of Login Form Design
June 23, 2008
A showcase of more than 65 examples of web site login form design. Discover the best practices for login form layout, labeling and design.
Footer Design Showcase: 75+ Creative Footer Designs
May 12, 2008
A collection of creative, engaging and useful web site footer designs to fire your imagination.
Redesigning the TechCrunch Web Site Footer
May 04, 2008
The footer of the TechCrunch web site has neither an attractive design nor any useful content. Here's my attempt to improve both of these and make it a useful part of the site.
Is It Fair To Criticize Bad Design?
April 21, 2008
It's hard to build a successful web site that meets both organizational and user goals. So is it fair to criticize design mistakes without knowing the reasoning behind these decisions?
BBC News Site Redesign and User Feedback
April 10, 2008
Reaction to the BBC news web site redesign has been pretty harsh. What should a designer do about it?
The Evolution of a Button
February 27, 2008
The 'Hidden Secrets of the Amazon Shopping Cart' explores the evolution of Amazon's add-to-cart button and how its design has changed over time.
Home Page Carousel Showcase: 40+ Carousel Designs
February 22, 2008
A collection of over 40 home page carousel designs showing common themes and different approaches taken by designers.
Calls-to-Action on Banners and Buttons
February 07, 2008
An article that examines what a call-to-action is and how to improve your implementation of them with graphical banners and buttons (with examples).
Web Site Typography Makeover
January 30, 2008
A before and after example of how good typography can greatly enhance the presentation of a content-rich web page such as a magazine article.
Examples of Typographic Style on Commercial Web Sites
January 29, 2008
Great web typography is key on content-rich, commercial web sites. Why is it then that so many of them get it wrong? Here are some examples of site getting it right.
New Book: Web Design for ROI
January 28, 2008
Web design for ROI looks like a practical and useful book on designing and running your web site more like a business.
Pricing Table Showcase: Design Patterns for Sign-Up Pages
January 16, 2008
A showcase of pricing tables on sign-up pages with best practice implications from their different implementations.
The Worst Home Page of 2007?
December 22, 2007
GM's home page disregards many basic usability conventions in favor of looking pretty.
Nielsen Norman Group Report on Accessibility Available for Free
December 18, 2007
The report outlines 75 best practices for the design of web sites and intranets, based on usability studies with people who use assistive technology.
How to Objectively Measure Emotional Response to Your Web Site's Design
December 12, 2007
The Repertory Grid or bipolar emotional response test is a useful interview technique for soliciting user feedback in an objective way.
Hacking Netflix's Navigation
December 03, 2007 | 1 Comment
One user's attempt at redesigning the primary navigation of the Netflix web site.
Future-Proof Your Web Site Design by Planning Your CSS In Advance
November 25, 2007 | 3 Comments
Setting up your CSS in advance to support a wide range of page elements will help your site to maintain design cohesion over time.
Book on User-Centered Web Design Available Online for Free
November 20, 2007
Access by Design book on designing web sites with a goal of universal usability is available online for free.
Flash Video Player Design Showcase
November 18, 2007
A collection of 50+ examples of the best designed Flash video players.
10 Reasons Why Your Web Site Sucks
October 21, 2007 | 4 Comments
A list of 10 common issues that make web sites hard to use and frustrate users (with a couple extra thrown in).
Designers: Beware the Lure of Stylized Text
October 11, 2007 | 3 Comments
Be careful about making your content appear too stylized otherwise your readers may ignore it.
Headings and Hierarchy: is More Than One H1 a Crowd?
September 28, 2007 | 2 Comments
How do you organize your headings? Should you use one H1 or can you use several? Is skipping heading levels as bad as it sounds?
Design Patterns: 50 Registration / Sign Up Forms
September 12, 2007 | 1 Comment
A showcase of sign-up forms which combine functionality and usability with pleasing visual design.
How to Design an Effective Sales Page
August 25, 2007 | 3 Comments
The Inspyder Insite product page is a great example of an effective sales page.
Is Your Font Stylesheet Vista Ready?
August 09, 2007 | 2 Comments
Add Calibri into your font declaration and make your typography more elegant.
10 Things You May Not Know About the Web Developer Toolbar
July 11, 2007 | 7 Comments
The Web Developer Toolbar is an essential tool for web developers. Here are some of its less well-known but still useful features.
Farewell 'Home', We Hardly Knew You
June 10, 2007 | 4 Comments
The 'Home' link is becoming less used in web site navigation. Why is that?
How to Conduct a Design Review with Stakeholders
June 07, 2007
Tips and techniques on how to conduct effective stakeholder design reviews.
Top 15 Smashing Magazine Articles
May 24, 2007
The most popular articles from Smashing Magazine -- a great online source for web design resources, techniques and tools.
Create Resizable Images With CSS
May 12, 2007 | 3 Comments
How to use CSS to create images that resize along with the text on a web page.
Be Careful About Using Social Media to Redesign Your Web Site
May 01, 2007 | 1 Comment
The advent of social media does not mean that traditional user-centered design practices should be ignored.
Another Day, Another Design Failure
April 27, 2007 | 2 Comments
John McCain's presidential candidacy web site gets an extreme makeover.
Is Your Web Site POSH?
April 26, 2007
POSH is a new acronym to describe semantic HTML. Spread the word!
The Web Design Survey, 2007
April 24, 2007 | 1 Comment
Take the 2007 Web Design Survey and learn more about the industry in which you work.
Pull-quote Design Showcase
April 08, 2007 | 1 Comment
Add emphasis and liven up your content with pull quotes. A selection of designs to inspire you!
10 Best Practices For Displaying Tag Clouds
March 12, 2007 | 1 Comment
A list of best practices for displaying tag clouds on a web site.
Using Icons for Web Site Navigation — a Waste of Time?
February 14, 2007 | 9 Comments
Most icons used in web site navigation provide no meaning to the user and serve only to clutter up the interface.
New Web Site Launched: Feedback Appreciated
February 06, 2007 | 4 Comments
Seattle Children's Hospital has marked the occasion of its 100th birthday by creating an online timeline of the major events over its first 100 years.
Would You Visit These US States Based on Their Web Sites?
January 16, 2007 | 15 Comments
A comparison of the tourism web sites of the 50 US states. Which ones are well designed and which are not?
BBC News on Accessibility
November 29, 2006 | 2 Comments
Short video from the BBC News about how accessibility issues affect visually and motor impaired web users.
Novel Twist on Web Design Portfolio Pages
November 13, 2006 | 1 Comment
Adding 'info icons' to web design portfolio pages is a novel way to highlight various elements of each design.
Report: The Designer's Guide to Web Applications
November 13, 2006
UIE has published a report about designing web applications with a free first chapter.
Report Details Most Commonly Used Browser Sizes
November 01, 2006 | 1 Comment
Report on actual browser window sizes is useful in determining how wide to design web sites.
Fly Out Menus: Can They Drop Up as Well as Drop Down?
October 18, 2006
The Weather Channel's web site takes an unusual approach to fly out menus with navigation that scrolls up rather than down.
CSS Rounded Corners 'Roundup'
October 11, 2006 | 16 Comments
A collection of techniques for creating boxes and layouts with rounded corners using CSS.
Crazy Egg Review: A New Way to Do Web Analytics
September 25, 2006 | 2 Comments
Crazy Egg is a new twist on web analytics that enables you to very easily test how a web page is working and interpret the results.
New Brown University Home Page: Breaking Too Many Rules?
September 18, 2006 | 2 Comments
The new Brown University home page is interesting and unconventional, but breaks some core usability rules.
More Useful Firefox Extensions for Web Designers
September 11, 2006
Some more useful Firefox extensions for web designers and developers.
Practice What You Preach When Selling Usability Products
August 31, 2006 | 1 Comment
If you are in the business of selling usability products and services your own web site should be as easy to use as possible.
Experiments With and Thoughts About Tag Clouds
August 29, 2006 | 1 Comment
Thoughts about the use of tag clouds to provide navigation for content that defies navigation.
Pantone Fall 2006 Color Scheme
August 17, 2006
Pantone's fall colors for 2006 make for a rich and warm color scheme.
Calendar and Date Picker Design Showcase
August 03, 2006
A gallery of well-designed online calendars and date pickers. Get your inspiration here!
New Conclusions in Usability Testing
July 27, 2006
Recent studies on usability testing have challenged some long-held beliefs as to how tests should be conducted.
The Challenges of Presenting Information Using Images
July 21, 2006 | 1 Comment
When using images to present information It's important not to make them overly complex as you risk overloading the viewer with too much data.
Using a Background Image Grid to Lay Out Your Web Site
July 16, 2006 | 7 Comments
How to use a background image of a grid to lay out your web site more precisely.
How to Calculate When to Add Jump Links to the Top of a Web Page
June 29, 2006 | 1 Comment
Use this calculation to determine when to add within-page links to the top of a web page.
Typography for Headlines
June 27, 2006 | 3 Comments
A selection of web site article headlines that have interesting and creative typography.
Questionable Design Decisions Seen Around the Web
June 16, 2006 | 2 Comments
A round-up of sites that have made some questionable web design and usability decsions.
Online Map Design: Which Way to Zoom In?
June 11, 2006
Thoughts on the design of zoom sliders on map sites. Should zoom in go at the top or bottom?
Comparison of Services to Create Online Polls
June 05, 2006 | 3 Comments
A review of several of the leading services to create online polls.
Review of Quimble: Service to Create Online Polls
May 25, 2006
Review of Quimble online poll creation service, including thoughts about the design and usability of its polls.
Validate Your Web Site and More With One Tool
May 20, 2006
Total Validator combines web page validation, broken link checking and browser compatibility checking into a single tool
Children's Museum Web Site is Not Very Usable
May 18, 2006
Thoughts about issues I had using Phoenix Children's Museum's web site.
Inline CSS Tabs with Rounded Corners
May 03, 2006 | 1 Comment
Inline tabs enable you to show a lot of content in a small space. Here's how to create them with rounded corners using CSS and JavaScript.
Blog Comment Form Design Showcase
April 24, 2006 | 3 Comments
A collection of blog comment forms showcasing interesting and creative design.
How to Show Whether Form Fields are Required
April 08, 2006
Good practices to follow in order to indicate whether a form field is required or optional.
Blog Comment Design Showcase
April 06, 2006 | 6 Comments
A showcase of blog comments that have outstanding designs. Get your dose of inspiration here!
The Dilemma of Using Images on Web Sites
April 02, 2006 | 2 Comments
My thoughts about the best way to use images as web content and the dilemma designers face in trying to use them appropriately.
Aardvark Firefox Extension Available for FF1.5
March 28, 2006
The Aardvark Firefox extension is an essential tool for web developers. It now works with FF1.5.
Ideas for Color Schemes
March 14, 2006 | 4 Comments
If you're stuck for a color scheme idea for your web site, the major paint manufacturers might just have what you're looking for.
How to Create a Block Hover Effect for a List of Links
March 08, 2006 | 10 Comments
How to create a block hover effect for items within a list of links
How to Write a Web Site Creative Brief
February 26, 2006 | 3 Comments
Writing a clear, well-structured creative brief will get your web project off to a good start and keep it on track. Here's how. Includes examples.
How to Create a Standardized Web Site Development Workflow
February 20, 2006 | 5 Comments
An example of a standard web development methodology. Using a standardized workflow makes it quicker to develop web sites, reduces errors and ensures they meet organizational goals and user needs.
Improved Unobtrusive Javascript Image Rollovers
February 16, 2006 | 3 Comments
Use this script to create image rollovers without hard-coding any JavaScript into your HTML. Easy to implement and maintain!
Free Web Site Templates
February 13, 2006 | 2 Comments
A huge collection of free web site templates.
Web Page Upload Checklist
February 07, 2006 | 1 Comment
Use this upload checklist to make sure that your web pages are error free before you make them live.
Are Focus Groups Worth the Effort?
January 22, 2006
Focus groups have been used for decades but are less useful for determining the desires of users than is traditionally believed.
The Hidden Cost of Free Stock Photos
January 20, 2006
Free stock photo sites have a hidden cost - the time it takes to find a photo
10 Tips to Improve the Comment Section of Your Blog
January 18, 2006 | 5 Comments
Ten ways you can improve the usability and look of your blog's comments section.
How to Style an A to Z Index with CSS
January 16, 2006 | 2 Comments
How to style an A to Z index using a list and CSS.
iWeb is the New FrontPage
January 12, 2006
Apparently iWeb produces terrible HTML code. Oh dear.
Wonderful Collection of License-Free Fonts
January 06, 2006
A great collection of license-free fonts.
Best Web Design Picks of 2005
January 03, 2006
My top web design picks for 2005.
10 Reasons to Use Web Standards
December 06, 2005
Ten good reasons to use web standards when you build web sites.
Download Free Icons from IconBuffet
December 03, 2005 | 5 Comments
IconBuffet offers a free download of a set of icons each month.
Don't Make Me Think: Read Chapter on Accessibility Online
November 28, 2005
Chapter 11 of "Don't Make Me Think" - on accessibility - is available to read online. Don't miss it!
Mouse Hover: More Useful Than You Thought
November 14, 2005
Bill Scott delves into the various uses for the mouse hover.
11 Principles of Great Web Sites for Consultants
November 10, 2005
A collection of tips and best practices for building web sites for consultants.
Web Site Usability Book Review: "Don't Make Me Think"
October 19, 2005 | 1 Comment
Review of Steve Krug's book on web site usability, "Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability".
11 Reasons to Include Prototyping in Your Web Development Process
October 13, 2005
11 reasons why building prototypes will make your web development process more efficient and effective.
Where Are the Standards Developers?
September 05, 2005 | 2 Comments
The lack of web designers knowledgeable in web standards provokes a lively discussion over at Asterisk.
Design In-Flight Now Available Online
August 19, 2005
The excellent design magazine design in-flight is now available in an online format.
Test Your Web Site For Speed, Accessibility and More For Free
August 02, 2005
A review of the free web site testing service offered by IndependentTesters.org
Create Online Graphs With Flash
July 28, 2005
A review of Fusion Charts - a product for creating online graphs using Flash.
Specialty Stock Photo Sites
June 13, 2005
Tired of looking through the same old mega-stock photo sites for that special image? Try some of these niche sites for something a little more off the beaten track.
No News is Better Than Old News
March 23, 2005
If you're going to have 'News' on your web site, you'd better make sure that you keep it current.
Sneak Peak: Asterisk Redesign
March 03, 2005 | 1 Comment
JavaScript Centered Pop-Up Window Script
January 09, 2005 | 2 Comments
Use this JavaScript to easily create a very customizable centered pop-up window.
Our Movable Type Intranet is Live
November 14, 2004 | 1 Comment
Thoughts about my experience of building our intranet to run on Movable Type.
Wanted: CSS Expert to Work Temporary Contract On-site
October 19, 2004
Free Stock Photography Web Sites
October 04, 2004 | 4 Comments
My pick of the various free stock photography sites on the web.
A Good Source of Web Design Gigs
September 02, 2004
Carig's List is a great source of web design projects and jobs.
Having Faith in Yourself as a Web Designer
August 21, 2004
Feeling like you can't keep up with the competition? Don't worry, there are always worse sites out there than yours.
Developing With Web Standards
August 17, 2004
Information Architecture Toolkit
August 17, 2004
Fun With Typography
August 15, 2004
Title and Alt Attributes Revisited: When To Use With Images?
August 04, 2004
Thoughts about when to use the 'title' attribute and when to use the 'alt' attribute.
Wanted: Web Designers
July 25, 2004
A Fun Way to Learn About Color Theory
July 11, 2004
A great interactive Flash tool for learning about color.
Conveying Information Through Design
July 04, 2004
How to avoid easy missteps when trying to convey information through design and especially images.
The Real World Benefits of Web Standards
June 26, 2004
Photo Gallery Software
June 22, 2004
Some ideas for good content management systems for photography portfolios.
How Much Should I Charge?
June 06, 2004
Creating a Good Color Scheme
May 19, 2004
A Good Use of Flash
April 24, 2004
IE Rollover Problem
April 13, 2004
Gurus v. Bloggers Design Shootout
April 09, 2004
Page Size - How Big is Too Big?
January 07, 2004
Avoiding Over-Engineering the US Navy Way
January 01, 2004
A real-world example we should take to heart when building web-based applications.
Top Ten Web Design Mistakes of 2003
December 22, 2003
My top-ten web design pet peeves.
Color Pickers and Color Scheme Pickers
December 21, 2003
A collection of my favorite color picker and color scheme tools.
"Help" Is a Waste of Time
December 18, 2003 | 1 Comment
Make Internal Links Scroll Smoothly with JavaScript
December 16, 2003
Using Site Search Reports to Enhance Web Analytics
December 11, 2003
The Worst Web Site of All Time?
December 08, 2003
Bloated Home Pages Increase Travel Site Load Times
December 07, 2003




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