How to get started with CSS Shapes

The web has typically been a place of boxes and rectangles but an emerging CSS specification is going to change that. In this article I’ll introduce you to CSS Shapes, explaining what they are and the core concepts you need to start using them. All of the examples are linked

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Comics of the week #277

Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD. The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers. These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and

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5 rules for choosing the perfect web typeface

Selecting a typeface for a project is a defining moment. Occasionally you’ll be looking to add personality to a design, although that is usually best left to display type. For body text, most of the time, you’re aiming for legibility. Legibility and readability are frequently confused; legibility refers to the

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How eye scanning impacts visual hierarchy in UX design

While millennia of art, from Greek vases to Italian chapels, have shaped our understanding of what beauty is, the comparatively recent technology behind eye tracking is adding a new dynamic to how we visually perceive the world. More to the point, this exciting new science is helping us better understand

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The work of Ian Brignell

In my ignorance, I was unfamiliar with Canadian designer Ian Brignell, even though I’ve been looking at his custom lettering work for years. The “Share a Coke” typeface took one week to create Head over to HeyThere for an interesting interview. HeyThere: What is your process for designing a

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The MGM lions

The classic lion trademark was created in 1916 for the Goldwyn Pictures Corporation by ad executive Howard Dietz. Slats, appearing from 1917-1924, born in Dublin Zoo Dietz said he decided to use a lion as the company’s mascot as a tribute to his alma mater, Columbia University, whose athletic

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A new Freeview logo and identity

Launched in the UK in 2002, Freeview is a subscription-free TV service delivered through an aerial that offers more than 60 TV channels and more than 25 radio stations. Freeview is managed by DTV Services Ltd, a company owned and run by its five shareholders: BBC, BSkyB, Channel 4,

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Pulsating Sonos

This got a ton of online press last week. If you scroll up and down while viewing the following image, the lines surrounding the Sonos wordmark appear to pulse, kind of like the speakers sold by the home audio company. Created by Bruce Mau Design, the portfolio page unsurprisingly

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