8 Must Have WordPress Plugins for Site Optimization

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WordPress is easily the platform which offers tons of customization options and packs the ease which allows anyone to create a website. Alongside it brings a variety of plugins that can get your website to the next level. Following are the must have WordPress plugins in 2017: 1.      OptinMonster Image Source:www.optinmonster.com OptinMonster is the frequently […]

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Minimalistic Design With Large Impact: Functional Minimalism For Web Design

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As web design focuses more and more on good user experience, designers need to create the most usable and attractive websites possible. Carefully applied minimalist principles can help designers make attractive and effective websites with fewer elements, simplifying and improving users’ interactions.

Minimal Design With Large Impact: Functional Minimalism For Web Design

In this article, I will discuss some examples of minimalism in web design, things to consider when designing minimalist interfaces, and explain why sometimes “less is more”. If you’d like to get more creative with your own designs, you can download and test Adobe XD, and get started right away.

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Non-Disclosure Agreements For Developers: What To Know Before You Sign

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Most days, your goal as a developer is to design, develop and program awesome software. However, part of the job is also finding new clients, and you don’t want to be caught off guard by unexpected legal documents that come up while you’re establishing new clients.

Non-Disclosure Agreements For Developers: What To Know Before You Sign

The most common legal document you will be asked to sign when working on a website or app is a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). If you’re not sure whether to sign an NDA as a developer, this article will guide you to make an educated decision.

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Beautiful Examples of Motion Design in Web Design

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Motion design has seen a substantial rise to prominence within the web design industry over the last few years. Most landing pages and award-winning website designs incorporate some aspect of motion, whether that be through illustrations, video, animated GIFs, or even subtle custom emotes.

Some websites even use motion design with their products, for example Apple who use vertical scrolling as a trigger for applying motion to their product mockups.

There are some remarkable examples which show just what can be achieved when applying elements of motion design to a website. In this article we are going to round up a selection of the very best.


Pipefy Motion Design in Web Design

Pipefy uses motion design in the hero section of its website. It displays a user interface demo of their product with a hypothetical user interacting with and showcasing the platform.


Figma Motion Design in Web Design

Figma’s main selling point is design collaboration. As such, it demos this using effective screen capture video footage in the hero section.


ZenDesk Motion Design in Web Design

ZenDesk’s Answer Bot is demoed on their website using a minimal and simple example of motion design.

Museum of Science + Industry

Museum of Science + Industry Motion Design in Web Design

The Museum of Science + Industry uses motion graphics and video in the hero section of their website to illustrate each active exhibition. It adds a great deal of visual interest and effect.


Adidas Motion Design in Web Design

Adidas Climazone’s landing page uses motion design via user scrolling as the trigger. As the the user makes their way down the page the graphics and images morph and change.

Stripe Sigma

Stripe Sigma Motion Design in Web Design

In possibly the most impressive example of all, Stripe uses motion design in multiple instances. The hero section uses a video to illustrate the product in action, while below a scrolling ticker of FAQ cards makes its way from right to left, changing color over time.


Snappd Motion Design in Web Design

Snappd’s homepage scrolls through a selection of video stories. When one lines up with the iPhone mockup, it triggers the video to play.


ZKIPSTER Motion Design in Web Design

ZKIPSTER uses one of the more traditional implementations of motion design: a full size background video. It does so with great effect, applying a filter on top for greater contrast and subtlety.


Shopify Motion Design in Web Design

Shopify uses motion through its product imagery. In this instance, the user’s scroll location is used as a trigger to expand the product mockup and reveal its complexity within the simple design.

An Interesting Day

An Interesting Day Motion Design in Web Design

The ‘An interesting Day’ website applies motion by implementing a parallax effect which tracks the point of the user’s cursor to produce a depth effect. It’s subtle but highly effective and satisfying to experience.

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Essential Trends of Web Design 2K17

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  We all are attracted to beautiful website designs and anything less; we discard them for not appealing. So as a designer you must stick to the rules that make a site worth visiting, at all times. The simpler the design, the better as it prevents clutter, offers seamless navigation and gives a sleek overall […]

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Pay What You Want for the White Hack Hacker 2017 Bundle

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The news is often full of stories about hackers stealing data from the government and large corporations. Because of this, it’s easy to see why people tend to associate the word hacker with thieves and cybercriminals. But the truth is that, not all hackers are evil. Despite the overused negative connotation that hackers use their […]

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Abstract 3D Creations by Patrick Foley

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Abstract 3D Creations by Patrick Foley

Abstract 3D Creations by Patrick Foley

Sep 28, 2017

Nothing like a fresh 3D set to start the day. It’s awesome that artists get to come up with so many cool creations, like these by Patrick Foley. These are some very cool abstract scenes, in which materials, textures and lighting are the main characters.

As usual, these are only a handful of his works. For more of it, please visit his Instagram account! I hope you enjoy these as much as we did. Cheers! 😉

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Not Taking Negative Feedback from a Client Too Personally

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There’s something deeply personal about being creative. It feels like you’re putting a piece of yourself in whatever you create. For many designers, it’s really a labor of love.

The anticipation of sharing a shiny new design with a client is exciting. After all, if you’re passionate about the work you’ve done for them, they should feel the same way about what they see.

Unfortunately, things don’t always turn out that way. Clients may not see things quite the same way as you do. Sometimes their feedback can be constructive; sometimes it can even be a bit harsh. Either way, seeing something you poured your heart and soul into creating being picked apart can really sting.

Receiving negative feedback, unpleasant as it is, is something every designer faces. Let’s take a look at some ways that we can better deal with it.

It’s Not Personal

Receiving criticism can be very difficult – especially for inexperienced designers. When someone casually says that they don’t like something you’ve done, it can make you feel like a failure. You’ve put in untold hours of work and here is this person who, in your mind, may not even be qualified to critique design just tearing apart your ideas.

This is something we will all experience. In my own career, I can recall instances where I felt as if I were the poorest excuse for a web designer in the world. You start to think that others have zero confidence in your abilities to get the job done. You start to question whether they’re right.

Don’t fall for it. Sometimes our minds tend to project more meaning into situations than is really there. In the overwhelming majority of cases, it’s the design being criticized – not you personally. In fact, the person you’re dealing with may think highly of you and is in no way looking to hurt your feelings. They’re just being honest with their opinions – whether you agree with them or not.

As you deal with this sort of thing more often, it becomes easier to compartmentalize design critique into its own little space. Having to make changes may frustrate you, but it shouldn’t make you feel as though you’ve failed.

Remember, even the best athletes don’t win every single time. They make adjustments to their game and come back stronger. It’s much the same in design.

It’s Not Your Baby

It’s natural to take ownership of something you have created – even if you’ve created it for someone else’s use. And so we take it to heart when someone isn’t as thrilled with a design as we are. In a way, this is a good trait to have because it shows how much you care.

On the other hand, the work you’re doing for someone else ultimately belongs to them. So while you may be disappointed if a certain part of a design doesn’t meet with their approval – it’s their right to do so.

Sometimes a client may even have a suggestion or demand that you think will fully ruin the whole concept. Personally, this is always a tough one to swallow. But there are a few different ways you can deal with it.

First, state your case. Kindly and calmly explain your reasons for making specific design choices. You were hired because of your expertise and have every right to express your professional opinion. It may just be enough to get the client to see things your way, or compromise on a happy medium.

If that doesn’t work, the second tact is to simply do what the client has asked to the very best of your abilities. This isn’t as easy as it sounds. When you’re certain that a change will have a negative impact on a design, it may be difficult to gather up enough enthusiasm to go through with it.

That’s when you need to remember that you’re working for your client – not the other way around. Put forth your best effort and sincerely try to make it work. Showing that you’re willing to try conveys a maturity and professionalism that will be very much appreciated.

It’s Part of the Job

If you hire someone to remodel your kitchen, you’ll want to express your opinions about how it’s going to look. There may even be some things you want to change during the process. Feedback is a natural side effect of work. And that’s really how we should treat it.

Once you learn to accept criticism as part of the design process, you’ll be so much better at dealing with it. Seeing what different people do and don’t like can be a valuable resource in future projects. You’ll become a better listener and more focused on the client’s point of view. Put it all together and that can make you an even better designer.

The next time you receive negative feedback, think of it not as an insult but as an opportunity for growth.

What's Worth Preserving? Chicago Design Museum's Heartfelt Book Project

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What’s Worth Preserving? Chicago Design Museum’s Heartfelt Book Project

What's Worth Preserving? Chicago Design Museum's Heartfelt Book Project

Sep 28, 2017

We love Kickstarter almost as much as our morning Cup of Jo so upon discovering this heartwarming project by Chicago Design Museum’s Founder and Executive Director Tanner Woodford we just had to share with our readers in hopes we could help bring it to life. My personal affection for handwritten notes and helping save this lost art is also a motivating factor for supporting this special cause. Over the past year, Tanner  has sent hundreds of letters to a variety of people across all walks of life. In it, he kindly asks the recipient to answer a broad question that traces back to the medium on which it was sent.

“What’s worth preserving?”



Responses poured in. Each was more interesting and profound than the previous, expressing its author’s heartfelt, authentic and captivating thoughts through their handwriting. While the individual letters are fascinating, the sum of the portfolio is greater than its parts.

In an era of constant distractions, the process of writing a letter by hand serves as a reminder to breathe, and to be in the moment. Writing an answer to a thoughtful question promotes reflection. 

The book of 50 letters is the first edition. It’s published by ChiDM, created by its executive director Tanner Woodford, edited by Christopher Jobson of Colossal, with a project video by Bowie. Thank you to Kickstarter for helping projects like this exist and please click on this link to help bring to life! 

An early draft of the book.

People who have answered “What’s worth preserving?” in their handwriting so far.

The first response came from Dave Eggers of McSweeney’s and 826 Valencia, who suggested “it’s worth preserving the knowledge that good design comes from good designers (not robots)” on a custom, hand-drawn letterhead.

Dave Eggers is the Founder of McSweeney’s and 826 Valencia.

Elissa Tenny is President of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Bestselling author Seth Godin sent a giant novelty post-it note with a short list on it that included both “lemons” and “giving a damn/making a ruckus.”

Seth Godin is the author of 18 bestsellers.

Proceeds from sales of this book support ChiDM, a 501c3 non-profit organization that strengthens design culture and builds community. For ChiDM, the book is a critical step in a broader effort to promote cultural discourse, preserving ideas alongside those that have them. 

Proceeds support ChiDM. Photo: Geoff Adler, Peyote.

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