July 2009

Fluid grid layout.

InspiredMag have spotted another interesting and good-looking trend – the fluid grid-based layout, mostly used by galleries and visual inspiration blogs. Here are 12 amazing examples (just one of them in Flash) and a fantastic tutorial. Will the future of web design be fluid?

Beautiful ‘launching soon’ pages.

At some point everyone is going to need a website. Doesn’t matter if it’s a blog, a forum, a portfolio or something else, but you’ll need it. You have the domain, but you don’t have the website finished? Well, you have nothing to be scared of, because you can design a “Launching Soon” or “Coming Soon” page. It can be a simple image (png, jpg, gif) or you can implement it with some css and a php newsletter to let the people know when you launch. TutsAz has created a list of 18 pages of this kind.

Create a grunge web design.

In this step-by-step web design tutorial, you will learn how to craft a beautiful and eye-grabbing grunge-themed web layout using Photoshop. It is geared for beginners and intermediate-level Photoshop users. SixRevisions presents the first of a two-part tutorial series, with the second part as a follow-up web development tutorial providing you instructions on how to convert the design mockup to a fully-functioning web page. using standards-based HTML and CSS.

Inspiring sign-up pages.

A well developed and organized sign-up page has to relay a large quantity of data in a  small area, and must be quick and easy to read and understand. WebDesignerDepot presents 25 creative examples of sign-up pages which you can use as a starting point for inspiration when designing your own.

70 more single page website designs.

There’s no denying that there’s a trend towards simplicity and single page websites. In this presentation from InstantShift, you’ll find a variety of highly-creative, beautiful and most importantly inspirational designs which are following the trend of single page designs.

6 web design tips from Leonardo da Vinci.

Leonardo Da Vinci was one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance, leaving behind a legacy that continues to inspire artists, scientists and others. DesignPepper highlights six things we can learn from him about web design.

Extreme minimalism in web design.

SingleFunction presents 30 examples of extreme minimalism in web design, and how with minimal elements, when properly used, so much can be achieved. When they say extreme, they mean extreme.

Typography and grid focused websites.

Typography can be a beautiful element to any website (or printed design for that matter). Not only do the curves and bends of letterforms create a stunning visual appeal to a website, but good effective typography and proper grid placement can help visitors read text more clearly, distinguish a hierarchy of information and paint pictures and images with words and their surrounding negative space. TheDesignCubicle presents 50 website designs that rely heavily on typography, and beautiful grid placement.

Web design workflows that work.

TheGawnoMagazine presents a list of articles about web design work flow, which is very important for every team or individual to work effectively. Sometimes they look very scientific, but there will be good theoretical advice that might help.

Choosing a CMS.

In choosing a CMS, one thing you should consider is the theming or templating process. While some CMSs have very simple and easy-to-use theming systems, others can be a real bear to use. Noupe presents tutorials for some of the more popular CMSs out there. Some have tons of tutorials available (WordPress, Drupal, Concrete5) while others have limited documentation outside of the official site. Check it out.