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Weekly News Roundup – 22 March 2013

March 22, 2013 • By

The week is coming to an end and that means it is time for us to look back on the week that passed, the best design news, resources and other goodies. This week we look at wood patterns, beautiful WordPress designs, guide for using typography in responsive design, as well as some stunning app icons.

13 killer website galleries to inspire your designs

Website galleries, aka CSS galleries: they’re a great source of ideas, as well as keeping us abreast of the latest web design trends. We all have our go-to web design gallery for quick inspiration when the brief drops on your desk – but are there other sites you might not know about, that could be even more useful?


Why User Experience Cannot Be Designed

lot of designers seem to be talking about user experience (UX) these days. We’re supposed to delight our users, even provide them with magic, so that they love our websites, apps and start-ups. User experience is a very blurry concept. Consequently, many people use the term incorrectly. Furthermore, many designers seem to have a firm (and often unrealistic) belief in how they can craft the user experience of their product. However, UX depends not only on how something is designed, but also other aspects. In this article, I will try to clarify why UX cannot be designed.


Five brands that reaped rewards after adopting responsive design

Responsive design is often touted as the future of web design based on little more than a vague sense that it makes websites more user-friendly and looks very cool.


Collection of Fresh and Professional GUI Sets


Every web designer is aware of the benefits of using pre-designed GUI sets, particularly when they are as comprehensive, as sophisticated, and as modern as the sets we have for you today. Some of the sets have been designed for the web, others for mobile apps, and some have even been created to help you design infographics.



15 Beautiful WordPress Themes for Photographers

When you’re a photographer looking for a WordPress theme for your blog, there’s one main thing you want it to do – put your photos front and centre. WordPress is a fantastic content management system for a lot of different things, but it does mean that standard themes won’t always cut it. Photography themes do a much better job of showcasing your portfolio, of stripping away everything that’s unnecessary so that it’s just the visitor and your iconic photographs.


A Collection of Stunningly Detailed App Icons

The retina screens of the newer iPhone and iPad models have led to crisper, clearer and brighter screens filled with more details than before. One of the unexpected benefits of this is that app icons can also reveal more details. While some icons look great with a minimalist feel – incredibly detailed app icons now have more of a chance to shine.


29 New Inspiring Responsive Web Designs

Everyone who is anyone is talking about responsive design these days — and everyone certainly has a strong opinion about it. But, whether you love it or hate it, responsive design is bound to go mainstream in 2013. Every business from Harvard to AOL are embracing responsive design as the wave of the future, and more websites are popping up on every device with an internet connection with conforming layouts.


Do bigger images mean improved conversion rates? Three case studies

Are your landing page or product page images big enough to get the best conversion rate that you can get? We’ve seen a wide variety of marketers testing image size these days, including B2B, ecommerce and media sites. I’m not talking about allowing your visitors to click to enlarge images. I’m talking about blowing up the size of your hero shot (the most important image on your page) so it’s much, much bigger.   Here are three examples from very different marketers to inspire you.



Guide for Using Typography in Responsive Web Design

Responsive Web Design, often abbreviated as “RWD” has been generating hypes for two years, ever since Ethan Marcotte coined the term. Understanding RWD properly is important so let me just recap what it is and why is it necessary.


Creative Ads Inspired by Fairy Tales

We see advertisements on a daily basis — television, newspaper ads, billboards, internet, and so on. Many such advertisements exhibit a great level of creativity, especially when it comes to themes related to fantasy. In this gallery, we have compiled some of the best creative ads that are inspired by fairy tales.


The New York Times redesigns

In the web-era, major news sources aren’t restricted to local readership. Whilst a city paper may feature some local news, its sports, national and international news coverage is just as likely to be read by someone on a different continent. In 2012, The New York Times (44.8m monthly readers) fell behind London’s Daily Mail (45.3m monthly readers) as the popular newspaper website in the world. Largely because, unlike many of its rivals — one of the most notable being The Boston Globe — the NYT has left its online offering firmly rooted in the 2000s (the last major revision to the NYT website was in 2006 and it felt dated then).


 30 Awesome Free Wood Textures

Nature can be a great source of inspiration and creativity for everyone. A plethora of beautiful things are present around you, and all you have to do is to look at them. Thus, it is quite common nowadays to add natural textures and other elements to web/graphic designs. Natural things add a feel of life and viability to your designs; and also a look and feel of reality.



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