MotoCMS Design Digest: 24 Best Articles for May 2015

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May has gone and that means we have some cool stuff to share with you. Last month of spring revealed a set of various articles and posts on the most diverse topics. UX and mobile-friendly design are still on high priority for most web design blogs. We also found a few great posts that draw attention to website accessibility what makes it more available for people with different kinds of visual and auditory deficiency.

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So, let’s find out what great ideas conquer the world of web design today and try to predict what we will see in the nearest future on these topics.

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Web Design and Development


Web design and development section this time features versatile articles on visual design, animation and navigation menu trends as well as some stunning HTML tricks.

Smashing Magazine – Designers And Developers: No Longer A House Divided

In modern world there are very thin borders between various professions and disciplines. Modern designers should know code a bit. Developers with design knowledge are also more then welcomed. Are those two disciplines already mixed or there are still significant differences?

Best Web Design Articles May - Designers And Developers

Web Designer Depot – The Ultimate Guide to Web Animation

Animation gives us a sense of motion and captures our attention faster than still pictures. This guide will give you a brief overview of animation history, its types and ways of implementation to a website.

Best Web Design Articles May - The Ultimate Guide to Web Animation

1st Web Designer – Most Common Visual Content Mistakes and How To Fix Them

Visual content is in high demand today. This post will provide you with useful recommendations about visual content implementation and how not to overuse it.

Best Web Design Articles May - Most Common Visual Content Mistakes

Hongkiat – 10 Cool Things HTML Tags Can Do

HTML rules. And in this article you will find a set of cool tricks you can do with HTML tags to improve your website look and feel.

Best Web Design Articles May - 10 Cool Things HTML Tags Can Do

Web Design Ledger – Best Practices for Sliding Hamburger Menus

Hamburger icons are loved by many people. Hamburger icons are hated by many other people. The fact is that hamburger icons are widely used across various websites. Find out the best practices for managing your hamburger menus.

Best Web Design Articles May - Best Practices for Sliding Hamburger Menus

Web Design Views – A Simple Guide on How SVGs Work

SVG (scalable vector graphics) are highly popular now. This short guide will provide you with the info about SVG files history and the ways of use.


UX Issues

User experience articles usually cover various topics that should help you to improve your website usability and make it more convenient to users.

Vandelay Design – How to Improve UX Design with A/B Testing

A/B testing is a crucial thing for website UX improvement. You should learn how to test your website features to make sure they are comfy to use.

Best Web Design Articles May - How to Improve UX Design

Web Designer Depot – Mythbusting UX Design

Some website owners think they provide their users with the best possible UX. However there can be some misconceptions about UX that can lead to usability fails. Learn what are the most common mistakes you might make with your website design and structure.

Best Web Design Articles May - Mythbusting UX Design

Web Design Ledger – Accessibility for Modern Responsive Website Layouts

When designing a website and testing its UX you shouldn’t forget that minority of users that have certain disabilities. Making a website accessible is as vital as making it beautiful and convenient.

Best Web Design Articles May - Accessibility for Modern Responsive Website Layouts

Smashing Magazine – Functional Animation In UX Design

Functional animation is not just a decoration. Its functions in a user interface design are to provide a user with the best user experience and help him or her perform various actions. This post shows peculiarities of functional animation use for the UX.


Tips and Tricks for Web Designers


Any designer would love to have cool cheatsheets and tutorials. This section contains posts that explain how to improve photos, tweak UI elements and combining typefaces.

Tuts+ – How to Rescue Under-Exposed JPEG Images with Adobe Photoshop

Bad photos can ruin the most beautiful design. This short tutorial should hale=p you save your underexposed JPEG files and make them look cool.

Best Web Design Articles May -  How to Rescue Under-Exposed JPEG Images

Vandelay Design – 30+ Outstanding Adobe Lightroom Tutorials & Tip

Another cool post that should help you with photos contains a collection of great tutorials for Adobe’s Lightroom use.

Best Web Design Articles May - 30+ Outstanding Adobe Lightroom Tutorials & Tip

Web Designer Depot – How to Successfully Combine Typefaces

Fonts combinations may be tricky even for the experienced designers. Here’s a brief guide to help you combine typefaces like a pro.

Best Web Design Articles May - How to Successfully Combine Typefaces

Designmodo – How Time Perception Impacts Interaction Design

Time is one of the most precious thing in the world, and in web design too. This article focused on the matter of time and shows how elements of timing may be improved.

Best Web Design Articles May - Time Perception Impacts Interaction Design

Vandelay Design – 11 Handy Shortcuts for Customizing Any Selectable UI Element

Selectable elements are often used in various forms that require keyboard input. These tips will help you with the use of different shortcuts and code snippets to improve your form fields and make them easier to use.

Best Web Design Articles May - Shortcuts for Customizing UI Element


Best Freebies


Free stuff! Free stuff! Icons, fonts, mockups, UI kits and many many more. In any of these posts you will find something nice and useful for your work.

Web Designer Depot – 50+ Incredible Freebies for Web Designers, May 2015

Web Designer Depot has a cool collection fo freebies for you every month. This set, as usually, contains various design elements you can use for free.

Best Web Design Articles May - Freebies for Web Designers

Web Designer Depot – 40 Best Free Icon Sets, Spring 2015

Icons are the most popular design elements that appears on the web almost every day. this set of spring icons contains icons in various styles, techniques and colors.

Best Web Design Articles May - 40 Best Free Icon Sets

Hongkiat – 5 Sets of Infographic Banners

Infographics today are on high demand as they alow presenting tons of info on a small area. This collection contains 5 sets of banners that should help you creating cool infographic posters.

Best Web Design Articles May - 5 Sets of Infographic Banners

Web Designer Depot – 30 Responsive Icons by Icons8

Responsive design requires all its elements to response to any screen size. This collection of responsive icons saves you from creating your own graphics and scaling them for different devices.

Best Web Design Articles May - 30 Responsive Icons

Hongkiat – 30 Freebies & Goodies For Web Designers, May 2015

Hongkiat also offers a collection of the latest free web designer stuff for May. Handy navigation allows you choosing elements you need the most and get all of them in an instant.

Best Web Design Articles May - 30 Freebies & Goodies For Web Designers

Just Creative – 30 Awesome Free Web Design Resources

This post from Stacy Summers offers a roundup of the greatest resources that offer either cool articles, guides and tutorials on web design, or cool free design elements that will be helpful for any web designer.

Best Web Design Articles May - 30 Awesome Free Web Design Resources


Design Inspiration


Everyone needs some support and inspiration from time to time. If you suffer a creative block and need some fresh air, this section is just for you.

Vandelay Design – 16 Breathtaking Travel Blogs That Give Us a Dose of Wanderlust

Travelling is one of the best ways to boost your energy and creativity. Take a look at the best travel blogs and websites designs.

Best Web Design Articles May - 16 Breathtaking Travel Blogs

Line25 – 40 Imposing Web Designs with Supersize Typography

Fonts are mostly used for supporting the text. but a clever use of typeface can also become a perfect website design element. This roundup contains a showcase of websites with a bold and HUGE typography.

Best Web Design Articles May - Designs with Supersize Typography

Web Design Views – The Use of Hero Areas in Website Design

Hero images is one of the latest trends. Hero photos and backgrounds take the most area of a website and definitely draw users’ attention.

Best Web Design Articles May - The Use of Hero Areas

It was a roundup of the May articles and posts that captured our attention the most. Do you have some other cool posts suggestions we missed? Share them in comments.

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