Best Web Design Articles and Resources for November 2014

MotoCMS Editorial 2 December, 2014 842

The last Fall month has brought a lot of great articles for web designers, developers and other web-related persons. Responsive design and UX were the most discussed topics of November. Some authors took a look at collaboration between web designers and developers as well as on their interaction with customers. One of the most inspiring topics discovered this month was the way users read and perceive websites and how web designers may improve this interaction. So, let’s find out what cool articles and resources on web design related topics from November you may want to read.

Best Web Design Articles for November

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Web Design and Development

As it was mentioned above, responsiveness was the main topic for most authors this Fall. They discussed possible pitfalls for responsive websites and searched for the best solutions to make responsive designs beautiful and functional.

A List Apart – That Pixel Design is so Hot Right Now

Pixel art is in great demand today, claims Justin Dauer of The Dead Pixel Society. Explore how this trend is developed today and tell us what you think of its resurrection.

A List Apart - That Pixel Design is so Hot Right Now

Creative Bloq – 5 Web Font Trends for 2015

As 2014 comes to the end, authors try to explore which trends are fading away today and which ones will boom the next year. In this article on Creative Bloq you may find some suggestions on upcoming typography trends and solutions.

Creative Bloq - 5 web font trends for 2015

Vandelay Design – Ultimate Guide to Responsive Web Design

In modern world responsive web design is a must-have feature. It’s a great solution for website owners and their users. Thus you should learn more about this trend and the following Ultimate Guide is a nice opportunity to do it.

Vandelay Design - Ultimate Guide to Responsive Web Design

A List apart – Why Responsive Images Matter

Responsive design changed the way people look at website layout. But did it make websites look more user-oriented or we still have the designer’s opinion-based design?

Just Creative – Start Having Fun Again in Web Design: Here’s How

Website design is a serious task that requires a lot of effort. However, you can make this work much more creative and joyful with those recommendations of John Siebert.

Just Creative - Start Having Fun Again in Web Design: Here’s How

Web Design Ledger – Applying the Rule of Thirds to Web Design

In one of the articles here Helen Stark already has discussed how the Rule of thirds may be used in web design. Here are some more thoughts on this topic from Jake Rocheleau.

Web Design Ledger - Applying the Rule of Thirds to Web Design

Web Design Ledger – 15 Top Solutions that Support the Collaborative Work of Designers and Developers

Extremely handy article from Mark Adams provides you with 15 Project Management solutions any start-up and small business can make use of.

Web Design Ledger - 15 Top Solutions that Support the Collaborative Work of Designers and Developers

Web Designer Depot – 6 Simple Rules for Designing Mobile Websites

Another useful post on designing for mobile devices. Check it out to make sure that your website is really mobile.

Web Designer Depot - 6 Simple Rules for Designing Mobile Websites

SitePoint – Pagination and SEO: Red Flags and Best Practices

Pagination on website is a no-brainer. However, there are always some considerations that may help to make this element more helpful.

SitePoint - Pagination and SEO: Red Flags and Best Practices


Tips and Tricks for Web Designers

November’s tips and tricks were focused on various techniques of creating landing pages and infographics. Most resources offered their readers cool tips on improving the website design in terms of loading speed, readability and UX.

Smashing Magazine – Framing Effective Messages To Motivate Your Users

In web design what you say and how you say it are equally important ways of conveying your message to users. This article from Smashing Magazine is to teach you how framing your message in a proper way can persuade users to engage with your brand.

Smashing Magazine - Framing Effective Messages To Motivate Your Users

Tuts+ – Tips for Designing Niche Landing Pages

Landing page is one of the best ways to draw users to your website and product. This article will tell you about main characteristics of landing pages and which general elements of landing page you shouldn’t miss while designing your own.

Tuts+ - Tips for Designing Niche Landing Pages

Awwwards Blog – 44 Useful Infographics for Web Designers

This is not exactly a tips collection, but the article featuring a round up of the best and the most useful infographics that may be helpful for web designers and web developers. Here you will find graphics on design history, typography and color theory as well as on web design trends.

Awwwards Blog - 44 Useful Infographics for Web Designers

Six Revisions – How to Create CSS Ghost Buttons

This great tutorial shows a technique of creating a highly popular design element – ghost button – in CSS. It also provides you with some cool examples of this button used on various website designs.

Six Revisions - How to Create CSS Ghost Buttons

InspiredMag – Tools and Resources for Web Designers and Developers

This post offers a nice collection of the latest and the most helpful tools, plugins and tutorials for web designers and developers. Here you’ll find jQuery plugins, code snippets and analytic tools from around the web.

InspiredMag - Tools and Resources for Web Designers and Developers

Onextrapixel – 12 Skills You Need to Develop a Website

A really useful article from Julia Blake reveals skills you need to create your own website with minimum external help. Here you’ll find not only tips on what you should learn to make a website but also resources where you can get additional help with your website.

Onextrapixel - 12 Skills You Need to Develop a Website

SitePoint – A Box of Tricks for Building Responsive Email

This amazing post discovers techniques and principles of creating a fully responsive email design. It shows the ways of creating a great email with CSS that will be fully compatible with mobile devices.

SitePoint - A Box of Tricks for Building Responsive Email

InspiredMag – 4 Tips on How to Improve Your Conversions Through Web Design

Nice tips on how website owners can increase conversions. These tips are based on patterns people use while reading on the web.

InspiredMag - 4 Tips on How to Improve Your Conversions Through Web Design

InspiredMag – How To: Increase Website Speed

Website loading speed is essential for any webmaster. Slow loading website loses customers in a blink of an eye. This article gives practical recommendations on increasing the website speed.

InspiredMag - How To: Increase Website Speed

Onextrapixel – The Hows and Whys of Using Large Type in Web Design & Examples

Aside of highly popular huge background images, web design today makes use of large typography. Here is a couple suggestions on why and where you may use big typography elements.

Onextrapixel - The Hows and Whys of Using Large Type in Web Design & Examples

Hongkiat – 20 Pattern Tutorials For Your Future Designs

This nice article from Hongkiat offers 20 great tutorials that show how to create various patterns in Illustrator and Photoshop. Handy stuff you may use for your designs.

Hongkiat - 20 Pattern Tutorials For Your Future Designs


UX Issues

User experience is one of the most important thing in modern web design. No matter how stunning and trendy your website looks, if users can’t find what they need or consider your website inconvenient to use – you lose these users. This set of articles offers you advice on how to improve the UX of the website.

Awwwards Blog – Understanding Web UI Visual Hierarchy

Visual organisation and composition matter a lot for good UI. Learn the reading patterns that exist on the web and how to make use of them to create a stunning UI design.

Awwwards Blog - Understanding Web UI Visual Hierarchy

Web Design Views – Main Principles of Lean UX for Startups

Lean Startup philosophy is a relatively new idea that consists minimizing efforts and funds for creating product design. This article shows how Lean startup principles may be applied to UX.

Web Design Views - Main Principles of Lean UX for Startups

Web Designer Depot – 8 Proven Techniques that Build Trust in Your Website

Building trust in your website helps gaining more customers and engage loyal followers. This post from Web Designer Depot reveals a few secrets that should help you to build trustful relationships with your customers.

Web Designer Depot - 8 Proven Techniques that Build Trust in Your Website

Onextrapixel – The Missing Component of an Excellent User Experience

Another article that is focused on a page loading speed as a key factor that impacts UX. Wonder how your website speed may help you gain or lose customers? Read this post.

Onextrapixel - The Missing Component of an Excellent User Experience


Best November Freebies

It’s time for some free stuff that is always handy for any website project. Here you’ll find free brushes and fonts collections as well as mockups and icons to make your design look cool and attractive.

Smashing Magazine – Freebie: Christmas Icon Set

Christmas is a favorite holiday for many people. So it’s time to add some Christmas inspiration to the website with cool holiday elements. This set of icons is a great idea to bring a festive atmosphere to the website.

Smashing Magazine - Freebie: Christmas Icon Set

Hongkiat – 10 Free Tools For Creating Your Own Maps

Maps are handy tools for many websites, especially for local businesses that use maps for better connection with customers and better UX. This post contains 10 handy tools that allow you to create a customized map for your website.

Hongkiat - 10 Free Tools For Creating Your Own Maps

Creative Bloq – 35 Free Tattoo Fonts for Your Body Art

Tattoo-style typefaces seems to be a huge trend in web design. This collection contains various tattoo fonts you may use in your website projects.

Creative Bloq - 35 Free Tattoo Fonts for Your Body Art

You the designer – 35 Free Big, Bold, and Beautiful Headline Fonts

Headline is the first thing a user sees from your content. Therefore making a headline impressive and readable is essential. This post contains cool fonts that are perfect for headlines.

You the designer - 35 Free Big, Bold, and Beautiful Headline Fonts

Creative Bloq – 10 free Photoshop Brushes for Painting Skin and Hair

This article is a first part of the Marta Dahlig’s tutorial on how to create a painted character in Photoshop with the use of custom brushes. These 10 free brushes are perfect for creating various skin and hair effects.

Creative Bloq - 10 free Photoshop brushes for painting skin and hair

Creative Bloq – 10 free Photoshop Brushes for Painting Clothes

In the second part Marta Dahlig offers 10 brushes that will be useful for painting clothes in Photoshop.

Creative Bloq - 10 free Photoshop brushes for painting clothes

Noupe – 25 Free Hero Images and Mock-ups: The First Impression Counts

Hero images, like huge background photos, is the recent trend that gains attention of more and more designers. This set from Noupe offers 25 free Hero images and mock-ups ready-for-use in your website projects.

Noupe - 25 Free Hero Images and Mock-ups: The First Impression Counts

Web Designer Depot – Free Download: 60 Flat-Style Mockups

This collection includes 60 flat mockups in JPG, EPS, SVG and PNG formats that will be useful to showcase products in the most creative and stylish way on the websites.

Web Designer Depot - Free Download: 60 Flat-Style Mockups

Onextrapixel – Freebie: Round Flat Icons with Noisy Effect in Retro Colors

Flat design today gains more and more followers. This set of flat icons is a great gift for web designers. Noisy effect on the icons create a stunning and stylish look.

Onextrapixel - Freebie: Round Flat Icons with Noisy Effect in Retro Colors


Design Inspiration

Inspiration is essential for all creative people. Let’s find out what beautiful and creative website designs appeared on the web this month and see what we can learn from these designs.

Tuts+ – What You Can Learn From Google’s Material Design

Google has revealed its Material design not so long ago, but it already has gained its backers around the web. This article shows how main Material Design principles may be applied to web design projects.

Tuts+ - What You Can Learn From Google’s Material Design

Creative Bloq – 5 Games for Web Designers

Games are perfect for learning. Ask kids if you don’t believe me. This unique post shows how games can teach web designers some new hacks.

Creative Bloq - 5 games for web designers

Design Shack – 80 Clever Negative Space Logo Designs

Negative space is a clever technique that allows creating a double meaning of an image with the help of contrasting color and shape. This inspirational post shows a roundup of the best logos that make use of negative space.

Design Shack - 80 Clever Negative Space Logo Designs

Onextrapixel – Use of Vertically-Oriented Slide-Out Menus in Website Design

Slide-out menus become popular due to the responsive design trend that requires making the best use of a small amount of space. Take a look at these cool examples of slide-out menus that should inspire you.

Onextrapixel - Use of Vertically-Oriented Slide-Out Menus in Website Design

This was a collection of the best articles and resources for November picked by our editorial team. Tell us what you think about our top picks in the comments field.

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