PBD: Design "Hot Or Not"

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Design "Hot or Not" Like the dating site, but for design. Lot’s of fun!

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PBD: Design Trends of 2007

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Design Trends of 2007 A look at the popular trends of 2007, all of which will continue into 2008.

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PBD: Bad Layouts

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Bad Layouts Rutledge explains why Sidebar-Content-Sidebar is rarely a good layout choice.

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PBD: Milo has Moved

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Milo Has Moved Regular commenter Milo had to change her blog URL quite suddenly. Here’s her new home.

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10 Tips For Designing Photoblogs

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Designing A Photography Site Photoblogs have the very best looking content, no doubt about it. Why then can it be so hard to design a photoblog well? Surely the photos alone look good enough?

These 10 tips discuss the theme and design for the blog/gallery, and I’ll be following it up later with a post on how to organize and display the images well.

My 10 Tips for Styling Your Blog

  • Use neutral colors. When photographing people, you never know what they will wear so you use a neutral background. The same applies to your design. You need a background color that works with all your photos (e.g. The black background here is perfect against the Northern Light photos of all colors.)

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What Is Design Clutter?

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Clutter Choosing the parts of your site that a user sees is all about prominence. The more prominent something is, the more often it will be seen.

The problem with prominence is that it’s relative.

Simply giving something a bright background and a bigger font does not make it prominent. It must stand out in comparison with the rest of the design.

For example, the "Come On In. We’re Hiring" badge on Authentic Boredom may be very noticeable, but if you put it on this site, it would just blend in. They need a different method of getting attention.

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Design Review: What Sarah Said

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What Sarah Said What Sarah Said is a personal blog, belonging to Sarah of course. It was picked out of a CSS gallery to be this week’s review candidate; a high quality candidate!

What Has Been Done Well?

  • Color. No-one will argue that the color scheme here isn’t unique. The unusual combination looks great, and works perfectly. Getting this right has instantly made WSS memorable.

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