Web design

CSS Tutorial: An introduction to Cascading Style Sheets

Without CSS, websites would just be a collection of text elements separated by headlines and paragraphs. Only the ability to format HTML using cascading style sheets make the internet what it is today: a colorful mix of customized online presences, from the ambitious home hobby page to the award-winning design website. Our CSS tutorial walks you through the secrets of the stylesheet language with the use of detailed examples. Create the foundation of your customized web design with us. [...]  

Breadcrumb navigation: What are the advantages?

Breadcrumb navigation helps visitors on your site to better navigate its structure, using selected filters or parent categories. It makes it easier for users to go back one or more steps. In this article, we explain what breadcrumb navigation is, why it is important for a good user experience, and how to implement breadcrumbs ideally in your website. [...]  

The most popular Picasa alternatives at a glance

Ever since Google discontinued the popular photo editing and management software, Picasa, many former users have been looking for good Picasa alternatives. There are numerous programs to choose from that often offer the same, or at least similar, features as the trusted Google tool. Our guide offers a practical overview of the best alternatives to Picasa. [...]  

Graphic file formats: the most important storage formats for images online

Whether you own an online store, run a corporate website, or write a blog, none of your web projects won’t be successful without photos or graphics. Images create visual stimuli that can enhance the content of your text and appeal to your visitors. However, it is crucial not only to find suitable graphical elements - but also to choose the appropriate graphic file format. The format needs to meet requirements such as picture quality as well as matching the website’s level of performance. [...]  

User experience design – for the perfect user experience

User experience design is becoming more and more important among web designers and software developers: a good user experience (UX) is now the goal as well as the standard for serious websites and software. But what exactly is UX design? It is often difficult to define due to the many related terms, such as user interface (UI). Read everything you need to know about user experience design and get inspired by our best practice examples. [...]  

Reading habits on the web: keep your online content snappy

When it comes to content design, trends are always moving forward. Long-established patterns in the offline world have moved into the digital age and evolved into a whole new way of reading web pages. In both conveying and consuming information, our online behavior has changed our communication and reading habits. Online content is now scanned rather than read word-for-word. These developments have knock-on effects in the world of online marketing. [...]  

Six tools for creating infographics

Do you want to create high-quality infographics to enhance your content and display information that is easily understood by your readers? With the help of online tools, you can create impressive infographics by yourself – whether for your presentations, websites, blogs, or posts on social networks. With the many free tools on offer, you can even visualize data and enrich your web presence with infographics without any prior specialized knowledge. [...]  

The inverted pyramid: how to optimize your writing style for online reader behavior

We read online texts differently to how we read printed newspapers: Online, we quickly skim through the most important paragraphs, filter through the relevant information, and click on the next link. The requirements for a text are clear: information must be easily and quickly found. The most effective way to achieve this is by using the inverted pyramid principle. Our article explains what this is, and how you can use it to improve the content on your website. [...]  

Web style guides – a detailed design concept for your website

Fixed guidelines about design and branding are essential for a professional and serious web presence. Companies usually outline these in what’s known as a style guide. These serve as outlines for web designers and editors, and have the aim of presenting companies or institutions as one single entity across all media – including their website and social media accounts. But what does this actually look like, and what information is essential for any good style guide? We’ll take you through the basics with the help of some style guide examples from established brands. [...]  

Graphical user interface: what makes a good user interface?

User interface is one of the most important keywords in modern web design and software development. Graphical user interfaces are currently relevant for both disciplines. Besides these, there are also numerous other interfaces — ranging from voice user interfaces to brain-computer interfaces. These interfaces enable interactions to take place between man and machine. Here, we provide an overview of the types of user interfaces that exist and show examples of how good graphical user interfaces can look. [...]