Back in the old days, almost every website had a sitemap where they listed out all the pages. The purpose of the sitemap is to help visitors and search engine spiders to find information on the site. Now, a lot of modern websites have dropped the sitemap page, instead they place the sitemap in the footer area. I'm going to review 20 websites (from big corporation to small portfolio sites) who organized their footer cleverly to enhance usability.
As a designer, I think we all have experienced the hard time of finding new ideas and inspirations. That's why I've chosen to talk about this topic in my presentation at the FOWD conference. In this post, I want to do a recap of my slides – Finding Inspiration From Your Environment. Read on to find out how my work habits and environment influence my design.
Poorly written web writing misleads visitors and wastes millions of hours daily. For today's more than one billion Internet users, that translates to frustration. For your web design clients, it means missed opportunities. Gain insight into highly effective web writing tactics that will help promote positive online experiences with every website you design and develop. Visitors will reward your clients with more leads and sales, and make you look good along the way.
This is Round 2 of the FITC ticket draw. Again, WDW is giving out two tickets to the FITC conference that will take place in Toronto between April 25 - 28, 2009. Visit their website for event information and presentation details. I also want to remind the female readers that you can get a free ticket by submitting a video to FITC explaining why you want to attend the event (deadline is March 27, 2009). If you are buying tickets, enter coupon code "webdesignerwall" to get a 20% discount.
Update: This contest is closed and the winners are: 2 and 9.
The Easter holiday is coming and I thought it would be festive to design some Easter icons to release on IconDock. After several days of hard work, I designed over 40 Easter icons and decided to release them as free icons at IconDock. I purposely designed the bunny and birdy in various postures, so go creative and create new icons by mixing and matching. Head over to IconDock to download the Easter Bunny Icon Set. Below is the original sketch and the final icon preview.
Attention Students! Help Us Change the World and Win a Trip to Egypt! Microsoft is inviting Design, Photo and Film students to participate in Imagine Cup — a global Technology Student Competition focused on solving real world issues. Submit your project idea by April 1st, 2009 for the Imagine Cup Digital Arts Categories. This is a great opportunity for students to beef up their resume, make a difference by submitting a project that allows them to express themselves while having real impact in people's lives, and be the potential winner of up to $8,000 and a trip to Egypt for the WW Finals. Competing is really easy, find out more at microsoft4me.com.
Since Web Designer Wall launched, I've been featuring a lot of graphic intense websites such as the artistic, large background, vintage, and illustrative styles. Now it is time to feature the minimalist design. Here is a massive list of 50 minimal sites. See how designers use minimal elements to create high visual impact — less is more.