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The end of the pretentious designer
There’s a problem in the design world. It’s not a problem of the magnitude of wage inequality, discrimination in the workplace, or child labor, but it’s a problem nonetheless. It’s the epidemic of pretentious designers. Some are just a little bit pretentious, and do so in...
What’s new for designers, September 2014
The September edition of what’s new for web designers and developers includes new web apps, CSS tools, software, email templates, inspiration resources, productivity apps, jQuery resources, pattern tools, and some really great new fonts. Many of the resources below are free or very low...
Our favorite tweets of the week: September 8, 2014 – September 14, 2014
Every week we tweet a lot of interesting stuff highlighting great content that we find on the web that can be of interest to web designers. The best way to keep track of our tweets is simply to follow us on Twitter, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of […]
Comics of the week #252
Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD. The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers. These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published,...
Free download: Pure WordPress theme
With the ongoing popularity of minimalist websites, and the increasing supply of minimal WordPress themes to meet that demand, you’d be forgiven for thinking that every permutation of this popular style had been explored. However you’d be wrong because GT3themes’ latest minimal offering,...
Deal of the week: 4 Photoshop actions to convert photos to painted art
If you’re looking to really wow your site visitors with expressive images, but you don’t quite have the chops to produce painted art, then what you need is this set of amazing Photoshop actions. Our sister-site, MightyDeals.com, has put together an awesome deal on these actions, so you can...
How to make your code easily maintainable with living style guides
Style guides of yesteryear are typically thought of as design-oriented documents focusing on branding and color usage. But with the advent of insanely large codebases for websites like Facebook or Google’s vast array of products, style guides have since evolved. These days, living style guides...
A new look for an iconic brand
Any time a brand redesigns its identity, there are huge risks that the public will reject the new look. It’s happened to everyone from Gap to Tropicana in the past. Southwest Airlines has just unveiled their new branding, and it’s a huge departure from the old. The new identity...
Graphics, guts and glory
I write articles about how to get a client to accept a contract, keeping your dignity and rights as a professional creative and, at times, how to really fight against a bad client. I receive emails from people asking advice on solving a problem with a client and even write a “Dear Abby-type”...
Everything you need to know about WordPress 4.0
WordPress 4.0 is now available, and millions of sites worldwide are in the process of upgrading. Despite the fact that WordPress themselves have talked down the significance of the .0 version number, WordPress 4.0 may be the most significant update in years. There have been changes to the UI,...