Book Land is an inspiring collection of 240+ product landing pages organized chronologically and by different tags/categories.
Given the amount of low quality collections, and the time that it takes to scour the web to find good, inspiring examples like these, Book Land is a useful and refreshing design inspiration gallery to save for future use.
Wirify is a very useful tool for web designers and anyone interested in analyzing and improving a web site organization and layout.
In one click Wirify is capable of rendering any web page into a simplified sketch outlining how the space on the page is being utilized, by hiding the actual contents and replacing them with graphic placeholders.
To use Wirify you install a simple bookmarklet on your browser bookmark bar and then, anytime you want to transform a web site you are looking at into a wireframe, you can do so by clicking the Wirify bookmarklet.
Free to use.
Pro version available allowing wireframe export to other apps like Omnigraffle, Visio and Balsamiq as well as in the standard .SVG vector format.
Robin Good: If you are looking for free tools that can help you draft the design of your web site or application, look no further as this is a good collection providing ten wrireframing alternatives.
Definition of Wireframe: A wireframe is a visual illustration of one Web page. It is meant to show all of the items that are included on a particular page, without defining the look and feel (or graphic design).
It’s simply meant to illustrate the features, content and links that need to appear on a page so that your design team can mock up a visual interface and your programmers understand the page features and how they are supposed to work.
Robin Good: If you have not noticed yet, the next design trend is all about “undesign”.
"Undesign, a minimalist, tablet-friendly approach to website design."
It's not, like Dylan Tweney writes on Venturebeat, that design has become less important, but rather that it is receding in the background to leave space for direct access to content.
"Instead of pages crowded with links, buttons, and display type of all different sizes, designers were simplifying their layouts. The smartest designers stripped away the nonessential elements of their designs, leaving clean pages that let the eye focus on whatever images or words had been put there by writers and editors.
Because if the designers didn’t simplify their web pages, readers were going to use utilities like Readability and Instapaper to do it for them."
"One of the first apps to embrace this sort of rectangularity was Flipboard, which launched in mid-2010. It transformed the process of browsing RSS feeds into a magazine-like experience by putting stories into a boxy, more readable layout.
Last year's big fashion trend was the color block, and this year's tech trend follows suit: It's the square. More precisely, it's the big, colorful rectangle filled with a solid color (like Windows 8) or a photograph (like Pinterest)."
"Successful design in publishing, advertising, web design, illustration and anything else that ties together elements depends on drawing in the reader and leading their eyes across the page.
Some people think it’s not a big deal and that designing a page comes naturally because of cultural lessons we learn growing up and looking at design from childhood yet few, if any understand why it works the way it does."
In reality things are not simple, natural or obvious, especially if, you are in the group of those who do not just want to follow the mainstream standards but who like to break out of conventions and innovate while bringing greater value.
But how do you achieve that, unless you are already a great designer?
What are the rules that can be broken?
This good article by Speider Schneider provides some good basic advice, on what is needed to head properly in this direction.
In “Storytelling in Web Design,” I explained the three most basic aspects of storytelling — character, setting, and action — and offered ways to begin including storytelling in web design using basic design elements..."
If you are looking for a web design solution that sits in between amateurish self-made work and the professional high-price designer layout, you can give a look to 99designs.com which offers the opportunity to get your design need crowdsourced out to many interested designers.
How it works:
1) You submit your "design brief" for a logo, business card or web site.
2) You decide how much you want to pay for it.
3) 99designs publishes your project as a call for participation.
4) From that moment on dozen of designers submit their work proposals to get your work.
5) You give feedback to improve the ones you like and you finally chose your preferred one.
6) If you are not satisfied with any of the proposals, you get your money back.
If you are looking for WordPress design themes and templates alternatives, here is a curated list of 14 different theme-shops cut specifically for this, alongside a short description and some indicative price references.
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