What’s New for Designers, October 2018

 You might notice a theme this month in our collection of new tools for designers: color. There are lots of color resources sprinkled throughout this collection. But there are plenty of other goodies as well, including a beta tool from Google and some new ways to think about layouts.

If we’ve missed something that you think should have been on the list, let us know in the comments. And if you know of a new app or resource that should be featured next month, tweet it to @carriecousins to be considered!

Logo Lab

Logo Lab is a new tool that helps you figure out if a logo is sound. Simply upload a logo, and you’ll be presented with visual experiments that test key factors like scalability, silhouette and balance. The visual tool shows where a logo succeeds and where it could use some improvement. This can be a great resource for individual testing or client presentations.

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Popular Design News of the Week: October 8, 2018 – October 14, 2018

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

Creating Horizontal Scrolling Containers the Right Way

 

Experts Reveal the Web Design Trends of 2018

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20 Best New Portfolios, October 2018

Hello Readers! Can you believe that I have not found one single Halloween-themed portfolio? I guess no one wanted to base their entire site on a one-day holiday. While understandable, this disappoints me.

Someone get me a vector skeleton!

What we do have is a general mix of calm and soothing minimalist sites punctuated by riotous color which might, if you’re not ready for it, hurt your eyes for a second. Enjoy.

Note: I’m judging these sites by how good they look to me. If they’re creative and original, or classic but really well-done, it’s all good to me. Sometimes, UX and accessibility suffer. For example, many of these sites depend on JavaScript to display their content at all; this is a Bad Idea™, kids.

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Popular Design News of the Week: October 1, 2018 – October 7, 2018

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

Sourcegraph is Now Open Source

 

How to Build a Case for a Product Redesign

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The Alternative Dictionary of Web Design Terms

It’s a universal truth that there’s more than one meaning to just about every word. This is doubly true for industry lingo. If you’re just getting started in web design, you need to know what everything really means, if you want to get ahead.

So here it is: here’s what the Secret Web Design Illuminati doesn’t want you to know. Read this article, and you’ll be able to dab on the haters with your hip new slang. Isn’t that swell?

.htaccess

A file that sits on your web server which, if ever touched, is perhaps the quickest and easiest way to break your whole site.

AJAX

The practice of making all your content dependent on JavaScript to load in the first place; this never goes wrong.

API

A system whereby enterprising young developers make money from your users’ data.

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All You Need To Know About On Page SEO

 

We now live in a digital age where speed sells. Technology has improved by leaps and bounds which has resulted in making things faster. Cars are now faster, planes, ships as well. The need for speed has made people impatient, especially when it comes to getting information online. This is why it is important for us to know how to do on-page SEO optimization.

Best selling author and SEO expert, Neil Patel shares with us about everything we need to know about on-page optimization.

The past few years we have seen Google release several updates to their algorithms. The Panda, Hummingbird, and Penguin were the biggest updates that set new guidelines on how website owners should structure their sites for link building and using anchor texts for outgoing links.

On page SEO has not changed that much despite these updates. There are SEO experts who worry so much about having to change on page SEO strategies in order to adjust to the updates.

Here are on page SEO tips that you can apply in order to boost search rankings and get more search traffic.

Improving your site speed is one of the cheapest ways to improve rankings and give you the best ROI.

Research has shown that 47% of your target visitors expect your site to load in under two seconds. In addition to this, more than half of all U.S. online shoppers will not purchase from a site that loads slowly.

Make sure that your website does not have duplicate content which will slow website indexing down. Site speed is now a major rank signal, unlike in the past. Speed is essential and is now a fundamental aspect of SEO.

Studies have shown that a mere 1-second delay in page loading can result in a 7% decrease in conversions. To give a clearer picture of what this means, let’s assume that an online store is making $100,000 per day, a single second delay can cost around $2.5 million in lost sales per year.

On page SEO also involves using tag fundamentals. Meta tags should be taken seriously by paying attention to the basics.

Title tags describe the title of your web page. They are used in displaying previews or snippets of your page in search engine results. Make this short, direct and descriptive. Don’t duplicate content from those written on your page. Use 50 to 60 characters for your title tag, Google limits previews to 60 characters.

According to Survey Monkey, 43.2% of visitors click on a given search result based on a meta description alone. Your meta description appears below your title tag, limit it to 160 characters. The meta description is what search engines use to know what topic you are writing about so that they can send it to the right audience. Don’t stuff keywords in your meta description and try to use words with similar meaning with your main keywords to get on page SEO in your meta description.

For WordPress users, writing your meta description will be easier. You just need to install the All in One SEO Pack, which allows you to set up title tag and meta description all at once.

Content drives search traffic to your website. According to a Hubspot report from 2014, close to three-fourths of consumers choose to research companies through articles rather than annoying ads.

Come up with content that includes long tail anchor words. Be consistent in coming up with high-quality content. Content is one of the drivers of Google rankings. Some experts even say that content marketing has overtaken SEO when it comes to driving traffic.

Loving & Hating the Hamburger Icon

I love the hamburger menu. I hate the hamburger menu.

I am constantly contradicting myself about this tiny website element; whether I think it works beautifully…or just makes a mess.

And I’m not alone. While this icon has exploded in popularity, there’s still significant debate as to whether it is the right choice for tucking navigation menus into websites. It’s a debate I have with myself (and team) every time we approach a new project as well.

Because while I love the simplicity of the hamburger menu and the clean canvas it provides, there are some lurking usability issues that just keep nagging me. That’s why I have a distinct love-hate relationship with the hamburger menu.

Love: Clean Design Canvas

The extra space provided by using a hamburger menu icon can create a cleaner, sleeker, more modern feel to the design. I love the look of a minimal design without clutter and layers of elements piled on top of each other.

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Popular Design News of the Week: September 10, 2018 – September 16, 2018

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

Chrome’s New Design – A UX Perspective

 

This is What the Apple iPhone 11 Could Look like

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What’s New for Designers, September 2018

This month’s collection of new tools and elements for designers has a common theme – productivity. There are so many things here to help you do work better and more efficiently. But there’s fun too…make sure to look for some of the hidden design gems deep in this article. They’ll bring a smile to your face for sure.

If we’ve missed something that you think should have been on the list, let us know in the comments. And if you know of a new app or resource that should be featured next month, tweet it to @carriecousins to be considered!

Brandy

Brandy is a brand asset management tool for macOS. Use it to keep up with colors, logos, gradient patterns and fonts by project. Everything works in real-time and one account can contain as many brand projects as you like. Plus, it works using drag and drop so assets are always at your fingertips.

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Popular Design News of the Week: September 3, 2018 – September 9, 2018

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

Fix for WordPress Gutenberg 3.7.0 ‘Unexpected Error’ that Broke the Editor

 

The Typographic Details Behind Typewolf’s Favorite Sites of August 2018

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