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The science behind fonts (and how they make you feel)

Have a look at this interesting article about choosing the right font and how different fonts affect the readability of text, posted by The Next Web!

“The right font choice along with the absence of sidebars and popups makes everything feel easier and better to read. Your eyes typically move across a page for between 7 to 9 letters before needing to pause to process what you’re reading. As you scan a sentence, no useful visual processing is happening in your brain. Visual processing is completely dependent upon the information taken in when you pause.”

Web Designs with Bright Flat Color Backgrounds

Check out this showcase of 30 web designs that feature flat color backgrounds, posted by Line 25!

“The flat design style is still going strong in 2014! I originally showcased a range of web designs with solid background colors back in 2012, but there’s been so many new designs launched since then I thought it was worth creating a whole new roundup. Check out this collection of website designs with bright flat colour backgrounds, these designs ditch textures, gradients and patterns in favour of vibrant bold solid colours.”

Inspiration – Web Design Trend Showcase: Close Up Portrait Photos

Check out this article showcasing the use of close up photography in website design, posted by Line 25!

“This web design trend can easily go unnoticed, but if you pay attention you’ll find that it is actually quite popular! We’ve seen all kinds of images spanning our screens thanks to the big photo web design trend, but one type in particular that’s increasing in popularity is the close up portrait. Close-ups easily convey a certain mood or emotion to a viewer, which in web design can help set the scene or entice the viewer into sticking around. Today’s showcase features 30 great examples of the close up portrait trend, these sites all contain tightly framed intimate photos of faces to connect to the user.”

Inspiration – Web Designs Featuring Looping Video Backgrounds

Check out these inspiring website designs featuring looping video as the background, posted by Line 25!

“Looping video backgrounds is one of the fastest growing trends in web design. Ever since designers were given the ability to render video content in HTML5 we’ve seen motion pictures quickly take the place of static images in website headers and backgrounds. Today’s web design showcase features 30 great examples of sites featuring large looping video backgrounds. See how they use this type of content to create visually impressive intros, or catch your eye with subtle motion.”

How to use circles in website design

Check out this article about ways to incorporate circles into your website design, posted by Web Designer Depot!

“Circles are a relatively new development in web design. From the boxy days of web design’s youth, our contemporary works have evolved beyond what many would have imagined in those early days of the www. This current embrace of the circular ways is most likely due to the fact that, until recently, it wasn’t easy to create circular elements without the use of images.”

Using Color Filters to Create Fantastic Website Designs

Check out this informative article about using color filters to create amazing website designs posted by Design Modo!

“Modern web designers prove that working a color filter effect can naturally emphasize refined illustrations, sophisticated graphics and spectacular photo manipulations. The website simply starts to shine with new fresh vibe. Indeed, it really helps to sort out some issues.”

Inspiration – Website Examples with Hamburger Icon Design

Check out these cool website examples using Hamburger Icon Design posted by Web Design Ledger!

“The hamburger icon is one of those UI features that are so old you could not even find an author. But after browsing the web for a while, it turned out that the hamburger icon comes from the Xerox Star personal worksection. It’s one of the earliest graphical user interfaces. Its designer, Norm Cox, designed system’s interface including the icon itself. The hamburger icon looks like a list and is a great way to remind users of a menu list.”

Tips for Creating a Great Website Footer

Check out these tips for creating a great website footer posted by Design Shack!

“One of the most important locations on your website is the footer. Yes, seriously. It may not be the area of the greatest design or most impressive content but it is a place where users frequently look for information. So it is vitally important that you don’t neglect this area when planning a web design project.”

Inspiration – Minimal logos, past and present

Check out this list of 50+ Minimal logo designs from the past and present posted by Web Designer Depot!

“Simple and clean designs can sometimes have an even bigger impact than a logo that has a lot going on. Good use of form and negative space can go a long way toward creating a strong visual impression. Minimal logos can be easier for your customers to remember, too. Think of the simplicity of the Pepsi logo and how recognizable that is. Or the FedEx logo with it’s hidden arrow. Both are simple and clean (the newest incarnation of the Pepsi logo arguably less so), yet are instantly recognizable just by their shape and form.”

Contact Pages Showcasing Great User Experience

Check out this list of contact pages that showcase great user-friendly experiences posted by Design Modo!

“When it comes to contact pages, they should have a wonderful user experience. Contact pages are the gateway to getting people to, well, contact you. If the page is not informative nor inviting it will be hard for a potential client, user or whomever to get in touch and spark an opportunity.”

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