The Overblown Excitement Around Modern Web Browsers

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In the past few months, there has been a lot of talk around modern web browsers (Firefox 4, Chrome, IE9, etc.). The software application we use to navigate to our favorite websites is seeing tremendous attention, increased competition amongst its vendors, and advancements in its features.

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Letting Bad Design Decisions Happen

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For a web designer — whether you work in a design agency, a design department of a large company, or as a freelancer — it’s a rare occasion that you embark on a project totally on your own. The creation and deployment of a new website is almost always a team activity comprised of clients, employers, other designers, and developers.

Our role as web designers is much more than just creating an aesthetically pleasing web design. It’s our job to be the experts on how web pages will feel and how people visiting the site will use them. Web designers should be responsible for asserting design best practices for accomplishing the project’s needs and objectives. This role should not be taken casually.

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Be Quick, but Don’t Hurry

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“Be quick, but don’t hurry” was a favorite phrase for the admirable men’s college basketball coach John Wooden. He used this term to encourage his players to take advantage of their physical speed and agility while simultaneously remaining in control of their actions. Basketball players who are slow have a competitive disadvantage but at the same time, those players who hurry tend to be sloppy and unreliable. We can apply this advice to a lot of things in life and web design is no exception.

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Understanding the Elements of Responsive Web Design

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Responsive web design is undoubtedly a hot topic in web design right now. To some degree, the popularity of the concept of responsive web design is well deserved because site users are increasingly diversifying their methods of accessing a website. iPad, iPhone, Android mobile devices, desktops, netbooks — we’re in a time where our web designs must function in a multitude number of ways.

Let us explore the meaning and principles behind responsive web design.

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Details Make the Difference in Web Design

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Details make a world of difference when distinguishing between ordinary and extraordinary.

A luxury car may have the same number of wheels, seats, windows and doors as a traditional vehicle, but what sets it apart from the competition is the time spent on the details. Heated leather seats, a push-to-start engine, keyless entry, automated parking and extensive digital consoles add value to an expensive, new car.

The same principle holds true in web design. Web designers who take the time to dive into the details that make a difference will reap the rewards of designs that hold more value.

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