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How to semplify your life and design a great layout

I receive a lot of e-mails from web designers or presumed web designers that quoting their words are “denied   for all that concerns graphic and design” and they ask me how to improve themselves and build up attractive sites without being a genius of creativity and fantasy.

I often reply that sometimes a good course of graphic and books can do miracles, but the main quality of a graphic should be the aesthetic sense and this is one of those things that you can’t learn. Aesthetic sense can get refined through years of practice, but if basically one doesn’t have it, there’s very little you can do.

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Gold section and web design: how to use it and why

Gold section and web design: how to use it and why

People often talk about it as something fascinating and elusive that is still  struggling to shape up in our minds of web designers in a practical concept: I’m talking about the gold section, that special number that, like an urban...

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A creative touch to your layout: tips & tricks

A creative touch to your layout: tips & tricks

There’s a question that I often read on forums and that many of you have in several occasions e-mailed me: how can I improve the graphics of a site, giving it a creative and professional touch to make the layout more...

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Webdesign: let your website communicate the right way

Webdesign: let your website communicate the right way

If you're just starting out as a web designer, you might still think -erroneously- that creating a site is simply putting good graphics into code, uploading everything to a host, and voilà. Done. Nothing more, nothing less. The truth is,...

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Inspiration: art in a cup of coffee

Inspiration: art in a cup of coffee

If the dog is man’s best friend, the best friend of a web designer is most likely coffee. Coffee that wakes you up in the morning, that keeps you active even in the most silent night, that marks a break...

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Plagiarism and web design: prevention and reaction

Plagiarism and web design: prevention and reaction

It’s a situation that many web designers may  face during their carrier:  finding out that someone, somewhere on the web has shamelessly copied your work, passing it off as their own, is without doubt a really unpleasant experience. And frustrating....

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Inspiration: when web designers go … to drink

Inspiration: when web designers go … to drink

The topic galleries of inspiration always arise in me a certain interest, especially if I have the fortune to find many collections related with the object of the design I’’m working on. It’s with this spirit- aware that I’ll make...

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Tutorial + Psd: creating a professional Vcard in a few steps

Tutorial + Psd: creating a professional Vcard in a few steps

A week ago we talked about the VCard phenomenon: what they were, how they could be used and also which were the main characteristics of an efficient VCard. Today it's the time to put into practice what we learned, trying...

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Portfolio? No,VCard: when doing things “small” is better

Portfolio? No,VCard: when doing things “small” is better

Those who saw the film “American Psycho”  surely remember the part full of pathos where Patrick Bateman and other daddy’s boys  show off their business card just to boast in an elegant way-    maniacally,  if you permit- their social status:...

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Trends: the new retrò web design and the “CSS3 style”

Trends: the new retrò web design and the “CSS3 style”

On the web the CSS3 and the HTML5 mania go crazy and this is nothing new. Web designers from around the world indulge themselves with animations –of doubtful utility but, we have to admit, certainly creative- they experiment shades and...

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Accessibility: how and why to be careful with the colors to use

Accessibility: how and why to be careful with the colors to use

In the previous articles, of the series "Why typographically thinking ruins your site" we already talked about taking in consideration the possible personalization of a website from the user and the standard font , leaving out although a very important issue: the...

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How to present the draft to the client: tips and examples

How to present the draft to the client: tips and examples

Here, we go, we finally got it: inspiration finally paid off and the graphic draft of the site we’re working on is finally finished. A last revision at the details  et voilà ,  it’s ready to be presented to the...

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Restaurants and web design: best practices and showcase

Restaurants and web design: best practices and showcase

Creating a website for a restaurant or for a gastronomic activity in general may be very stimulating for a designer and, certainly there are many ways to be inspired. We begin from the supposition  that in similar cases we’re not...

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Typography and minimalism: let’s design a simple and nice layout

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One of the most common perplexities that I’ve heard saying regarding the typographic style is: yes, it’s fine, cute, creative… but it’s not a style suitable for a company site, corporate, no indeed. It’s certainly a particular style, eclectic if...

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A layout in typographic style: features and examples

A layout in typographic style: features and examples

It surely is no secret: typography plays, in every type of design dedicated to communication, the role of the prima donna. A legible font, another more pronounced, a boldface that draws attention, the perfect line spacing: an infinity of details,...

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Creative sites? Yes, but maybe unusable

Creative sites? Yes, but maybe unusable

It’s a hotly debated issue on several forums and blogs of the sector and that often divides the mass of web designers in two different and opposing factions: I’m talking about the aesthetic aspect of a site and on how...

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Social web design: non-profit websites

Social web design: non-profit websites

A web site isn’t only a visit card to present one’s online business: first of all it’s a wide range of opportunities, made of  social relations, communications and initiatives to promote. This is why in addition to the traditional web...

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September: the staff’s favourites

September: the staff’s favourites

September was definitely a month full of initiatives, interesting resources and readings that we just couldn’t leave you in the dark. We’re beginning November in the best way with the usual roundup of materials that the YIW staff put in...

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Obstacles of design: the client’s objections and perplexities

Obstacles of design: the client’s objections and perplexities

There are rumors that the worst client of a designer is oneself: self-criticism, a taste that changes frequently, routine, boredom, the craving for something new. A statement born from being aware of the fact that designing a layout/logo/business card to...

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