Melanie Kill

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How To Use A Nature Logo Pattern – Effective Logo Design Part 2

“Man invented things by imposing a shape on nature. Man discovered things by revealing the pattern of nature.”<p>Further Reading on …

Logo Design Theory, Part 1: Symbols, Metaphors And The Power Of Intuition

“There are three responses to a piece of design — yes, no and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.”<p>This three-part series explores fundamental creative …

My icon design workflow

For icons where you have control over the size, the style and line width of your icons should help dictate dimensions. This is because many icons …

How And Why To Keep A “Commonplace Book”

The other day I was reading a book and I came across a little anecdote. It was about the great Athenian general Themistocles. Before the battle of …

Style-tiles

I love the floral background on this one! Photo Says Hello Brand Expression // via Grit & Wit // Brand Design for Photographers, Stylists and Event …

Style Tiles: An Alternative to Full Design Comps

If you're like me, you'll agree that the initial design phase of a project can be time consuming, fraught with frustration and rarely meets client …

Style Tiles and How They Work

When you engage in a new client project how do you get started? A solid process plays a critical role in the project’s overall success, yet this …

Size Matters: Balancing Line Length And Font Size In Responsive Web Design

People Read in Three Ways<p>In 2006, the Nielsen Norman group released images of heat maps from eye-tracking studies. The areas where people looked at …

Visual Design

Design Principles: Space And The Figure Ground Relationship

The figure ground relationship is also complementary. Figure and ground can enhance or detract from each other, and organizing the two in relation to …

Visual Design

Top 10 Web Design Topics of 2014

The "Web Design" category of general interest covers its fair share of ground. Informative articles on everything from UX to client management, to …

Exploring Baseline Grid Layouts | Dave Seah

I’ve been taking a break from coding the webapp framework to do some thinking about design. Specifically: typography.<p>I’m pretty fussy about the way a …

Demand a more open-source government

What can governments learn from the open-data revolution? In this stirring talk, Beth Noveck, the former deputy CTO at the White House, shares a …

CSS Baseline: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

For now, however, let’s assume baseline is, to some degree at least, a useful tool for Web designers. What exactly is it, what tools do we have at …

Setting Web Type to a Baseline Grid

Web design is essentially just an evolution of the principles and theories created during the evolution of print. The design industry brought a lot …

Visual Design

The (Sometimes Hidden) Meaning of Shapes

The shapes of objects in your design may be sending a message to users that you aren’t even aware of. Whether you put an image inside a square or …

Graphics

23 steps to the perfect website layout

When designing a website layout there are some common mistakes that often pop up, especially with interns and new designers. In this list of steps to …

UI Design

Original And Innovative Web Layouts

Original Web Layouts<p>Beurre & Sel This website is just beautiful. The automatic slideshow plays in the background, with the main navigation bar at the …

UI Design

Typeface != Font — Jon Tan 陳

<b>A</b> typeface is not a font. A font is not a typeface. It’s been said before, but confusion still resigns supreme; even the Online Etymology Dictionary …

One More Time: Typography Is The Foundation Of Web Design

Of course typography doesn’t mean font selection. With the advent of @font-face and services such as Typekit, Webtype, Fontdeck, and Google Web …

How to Add Icons to iPhone, iPad & Android to Your Website

Many sites currently add a favicon before launch that is visible in your user’s browser tabs and bookmarks, but lots of sites are still missing icons …

French invasion of Russia

"Russian Campaign" redirects here. For other uses, see Russian Campaign (disambiguation).<p>"Patriotic War of 1812" redirects here. Not to be confused …

Pioneer plaque

The <b>Pioneer plaques</b> are a pair of gold-anodized aluminium plaques which were placed on board the 1972 <i>Pioneer 10</i> and 1973 <i>Pioneer 11</i> spacecraft, …

Citation needed: pharma needs to make the most of Wikipedia

<b>Wikipedia – the free online encyclopedia of pretty much everything – launched to little fanfare in 2001.</b><p>In a talk for idea-sharing organisation TED …