Web-design wireframes should be wireframes — a way of presenting ideas quickly, not a blueprint or the finished article.
Web design & Free Software
Free Software tools & technologies for web design & front-end development.
A web designer since the 20th century, I am a pragmatic advocate of Free Software and I use proprietary software when appropriate. I made the full-time switch to Linux back in 2007, and my desktop tools of choice are Linux Mint, Inkscape, GIMP and Sublime Text. As a Front End Developer, my core skills are HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery, and my working life reflects my commitment to open standards and accessible websites (ie accessible by everyone, regardless of browser, platform, ability or technology). For web publishing platforms, I use WordPress for ease of use and Drupal for more complex solutions. I am also learning about Ruby, Rails, Sinatra and CoffeeScript. I like the minimalist Ruby Way. To this end, my personal portfolio website is built with NestaCMS.
By providing a feedback loop, you can make measurable progress with your web design.
Web design frameworks can be useful tools but be wary of adding too much bloat to your website app.
There is a welcome and wide-scale adoption of grids in website creation, particularly with the advent of responsive web design. But don’t be too hasty in squeezing your designs.
A number of innovative interface features are gradually improving our collective user experience of software.
Rather than using WYSIWYG editors to build websites, they could be put to better use as rapid prototyping tools.
With typing a major culprit in bad user experiences, the day of keyboardless smartphone can't come soon enough.
Images for responsive web design are a big issue. We want high-resolution images but we also want to preserve bandwidth. So what's the way forward?
In these mobile and bandwidth-conscious times, vector graphics have made a surprising and welcome renaissance in the form of icon fonts.
When some web developers are thinking about adding features, what they really should be focusing on is stripping back and doing the simple thing well.