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Five virtues of user interface design

UI design is by no means easy, but it is incredibly fun. You get to use your imagination to create new or improve upon pre-existing site and app user interfaces. However, being a UI designer does come with a few governing virtues that all designers should follow to produce great interfaces. The 5 virtues that all UI designers should live by include:


You are not designing a site to look flashy and show off your mad skills; you are designing a site to enhance the lives of your users. For each design you create you must always keep your users in mind. Not everyone is a developer, and forgetting about your audience can cause you to create a site or application that is beyond their reach.


There is a reason why most sites and apps follow a specific pattern – it is because it is what users are used to. Creating a completely new site design with common features in new areas will only confuse your users and deter them from coming back to your site. Unfortunately, people like to stick to their usual patterns. If you change it up too much on them, they will find it jarring and uncomfortable.


When you walk onto a StorageMart site, there is nothing fancy about it. It offers nice, clean storage units that are easy to use and self-explanatory. Your UI designs should be the same way. The more things you add to a site or app, the more difficult it becomes to use or follow. In design, simple and straightforward is always better.


Your site or application should always empower your user. Never dumb something down so much that your user feels as though they are being mocked. You want them to be able to use your design in a way that will enhance their lives, without feeling dumb for having to use it. Make sure you create a site or application that reinforces that.


Ver-what? Exactly. If you want to provide a design that is understandable and easy to use, then you need to use language that is conversational and easy to follow. Just because you have a great vocabulary doesn’t mean you need to use huge words all the time. Use words that are common to the way your audience speaks.

Back From The Future: Sleek Web Design Inspiration

With the current trends in web design always changing, and the capabilities of the latest HTML and CSS techniques always growing stronger, it’s great to keep on top of what’s going on; either by spending a few hours browsing the web from time to time, or purposely coming to showcases such as this one to keep up to date with the web design industry.

This article showcases a wonderful collection of 27 sleek and modern showcases from all around the world (and web!). What’s your favourite?

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A Splash of Sleek Blue Web Design Inspiration

I’ve seen a few compilation posts recently showcaing different colour-schemed web designs – I thought I’d give it a shot myself. I have rounded up a selection of 30 stunning blue web designs to showcase here for inspiration. With it heading into Summer and all (at least it is here in the UK), all of us British designers and developers are hoping clear and bright blue skies should soon be making a regular appearance – hopefully this post will get us all in the spirit for some sunshine, although we probably don’t need much encouragement!

What is your favourite web design showcased here and why? Let me and everybody else know in the comments section at the bottom of the post! Any retweets or stumbles are greatly appreciated!

Vegas Uncork’d

Neutron Creations

Los Colores Olvidados

Morphix Design Studio


PSD to eCommerce

Festival Boreal


Toggle UK

Brooklyn Fare

Kosh Creative


No Sleep For Sheep

Blue Door Baby



Quaffs Labs



Brad Colbow

Scroll Lock

Enso CMS

Bluedots Design

CSS Project

Jamison Banham




Oppdag Troms

Kyan Media

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Selection of Beautiful Hand-Drawn Doodles in Web Design

A quick inspirational post today (a quickie but a goody!) showcasing a selection of beautiful hand-drawn doodles in web design; a trend that is becoming ever more popular as the weeks pass by.

There are nine designs in total, a small amount, but together are sure to inspire you much more than you expect! Hold on to your seats, let’s go!

Coopers Kids

Coopers Kids uses a lovely grungy splattered background, with a lovely hand-drawn doodle of a clown holding a selection of colourful balloons.

New to York

New to York uses a great composition in its web design, using diagonal lines and a bright yet limited colour scheme. The use of a hand-drawn hand gun makes the design much more visually appealing than it already was; a real stunner!

Lindsey Jayne May

This soft and modern design makes use of some great photo-manipulation techniques, blotchy watercolour effects and the use of texture on a simple grid-based design. The hand-drawn line drawing of the a humans skeleton in the header of the design adds that extra “oomph”, not to mention how superb the colour scheme is!

Red Velvet Art

This design is quite busy but surprisingly works very well. It reminds me a lot of a well used notepad or sketchbook, two items that are quite commonly used when it comes to art-related topics, whether it be traditional art, digital art, photography or even knitting! The colourful scheme makes this site a happy one, perfect for all art lovers!

Adam Amaral

The great portfolio of Adam Amaral is simple and is purely based on a sketch; from the header, writing and even the navigation and image frames. The illustration in the top left corner tops this design off, a great composition!

Made To Kill

Made To Kill doesn’t use as much hand-drawn elements in the design of the site compared to others in this selection of designs, however where it does, it is done very well. The Made To Kill logo has been hand-drawn to make it look like chalk on an old-fashioned chalkboard.

Esteban Muñoz

This great design has a superb hand-drawn doodle/sketch in the bottom right corner of the site, which, if visited, will follow your cursor around. Some may find this annoying, but at full-screen, it’s a piece of art in itself and for me is pretty damn beautiful!


The majority of this design is rather standard. The header design, however, is incredible. It is based completely on a sketch, using hand-drawn elements to create a border for the logo and navigation. A fantastic idea that works very well with the rest of the digital-based design.

GNL Entertainment

This flash-based photography portfolio uses some digital fonts that have been made to look like handwriting, mixed with some simple but lovely hand-sketched icons at the bottom of the page, linking the user to various social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.

What’s your favourite hand-drawn website? We’d love to see your designs (or just your favourite!), so be sure to link us to them in the comments section below!

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Stunning Examples of Typography in Flash Web Design

There are three rules that I try to follow when designing typography layouts for the web: (a) it must be clear and easy-to-read, (b) it must user-friendly and easy to scan, (c) it must look great. This post showcases ten stunning examples of typography in flash web design, all of which, in my opinion, follow these rules.

Flash allows the designer to really put the web to great use. Although not all people like it, it can produce some incredible effects, especially in the form of typography. What is your favourite example below? Be sure to click through to the websites to see the full effects!


Jeremy Levine



Yeson Style

D10 Studio

P-06 Atelier



Kieran Dodds

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the above designs. Do you have a favourite? What one is it and why?

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