WordPress themes are great sources of design inspiration, but it’s even more interesting to check out the best selling premium themes to see the kind of styles are popular with the general public. In today’s web design showcase I round up some of the most purchased themes from multiple marketplaces to compare their layouts. Can you see any common trends?
After the dominance of flat colours in web design I’ve noticed a new trend of gradient use beginning to emerge. Gradients are nothing new in web design, but the CSS property of
linear-gradient now allows designers to add vibrant spectrums of colour directly to their code, rather than the traditional method of creating a gradient image in Photoshop. One advantage of the CSS approach is the gradient can be scaled to any size, which makes it great for screen filling gradient backgrounds. Today’s showcase features 25 examples of these super gradients used as backgrounds, headers and overlays.
It is always hard to start something. Even now, before writing this post I have spent almost half an hour on thinking where and how to begin. The same is about website building. You have a dream to create a website, what then? You need to shape the destiny of your future site, i.e. to choose its foundation. You make this crucial decision once and further it will influence on the entire website development process, as well as its maintenance and success among users. So what are the main factors making one website building platform better than another and how you can differentiate them?
Space themed websites will always be super cool! The last time I created a showcase of space themed sites was back in 2012, but there’s some fantastic new examples to see. Today’s web design roundup features 15 web designs from outer space. These designs all include stunning planets and vibrant galaxies.
I kinda wish I’d thought of this topic earlier this year, but I recently came across some really cool 2014 Year in Review features that I’d missed at the turn of the year. I thought there was probably some others that I’d missed too, so I took some time to round up all the best microsites that documented various stats from 2014. There’s some inspirational layouts and clever use of web effects that make them definitely worth checking out!
Hero header images containing various office peripherals and everyday objects are becoming increasingly popular, particularly for design agency and portfolio websites. Following this trend can be time consuming and requires some pretty swish photography equipment, but there are some shortcuts in the form of PSD mockup templates. In today’s post I round up a mixture of free and premium templates with ready made tabletop scenes that can be customised to quickly produce a cool hero image for your website design.