Best Web Design Articles and Resources for October 2014

Helen Stark 4 November, 2014 1,901

Everyday web design sites and blogs offer to their users tons of useful and creative stuff. As time goes by, a lot of great data might be lost among hundreds of new articles. That’s a pity to lose such good posts, tips and freebies collections, I thought to myself. Thus, I’ve refined lots of junk content to offer some true diamonds for my readers.

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This is a set of the best web design articles and blog posts for October 2014 that I carefully handpicked from the most popular and highly influential blogs and resources for web designers. These articles feature tips and tricks on various web design topics, case studies on web design and development. Here you will also find October collections of free stuff gathered from different sources. And finally, you may wish to read some inspirational posts on web design projects, portfolios etc.

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Best Web Design Articles on Web Design and Development


Here you can find best case studies on the latest trends in web design and get some practical advice on how to organize your routine.

Web Design Ledger – How To Balance Composition for Website Layouts

Cool post about website composition and how to find a proper balance between what has to be included in website layout and how it will be perceived by users.

Best Web Design Articles - How To Balance Composition for Website Layouts

A List Apart – Training the CMS

If you’re a CMS developer and wish your content guidelines to be better adopted by your CMS users you should include them into the system. How to do this – read in the article on A List Apart.

Best Web Design Articles - Training the CMS

Web Design Views – The Poor UX of Social Sharing Buttons and Why You Should Drop Them

A cool guidelines on social sharing buttons usability. Are those buttons really so good for UX and what a web designer can do to make them work perfectly? Read this article!

Best Web Design Articles - The Poor UX of Social Sharing Buttons and Why You Should Drop Them

Design Shack – Do You Have a Design Checklist?

Having a good web designer checklist is not a useless idea as you might think. It helps you to organize the working routine and make sure that everything is done right in time.

Best Web Design Articles - Do You Have a Design Checklist?

MotoCMS – Learn Typography: 47 Awesome Infographics for Web Designers

This set of awesome infographics on typography history, classification and basic principles will help you to get more info on this design element.

Best Web Design Articles - Learn Typography: 47 Awesome Infographics for Web Designers

Inspect Element – 4 Effective Ways to Iterate Design Work

Iterating your design routine may grant you significant improvement of the process. This post from Tom Kenny will give you useful tips on how to iterate design work perfectly.

Usability Geek – Why Typography Matters For Better Visibility

As we all know, “typography is the foundation of web design.” In this post Alan Smith gives a short overview on web typography essentials and offers some tips on typography improvement.

Best Web Design Articles - Why Typography Matters For Better Visibility

One Extra Pixel – The Guide to Smart Pop Up Design

Like most Internet users, I used to consider pop-ups annoying. However, Julia Blake seems to make me change my mind. She offers cool suggestion on how to reduce frustration and make pop-ups work for you.

Best Web Design Articles - The Guide to Smart Pop Up Design

Design Shack – Kinetic Typography: An Introductory Guide

Kinetic typography is a relatively new effect that gains popularity extremely fast. First moving type was used in movies and videos, but today it comes to the web design. Learn where to use it and how to apply it to your website from the Carrie Cousins’ article.

Best Web Design Articles - Kinetic Typography: An Introductory Guide

Hongkiat – 6 Coding Playgrounds For Web Developers

Coding playgrounds are fun and interactive means of real-time coding presentation that became popular in recent years. In this post you will find a short round-up of 6 the most useful coding playgrounds for web developers.

Best Web Design Articles - 6 Coding Playgrounds For Web Developers


Tips and Tricks for Web Designers


It’s the most useful category of articles. Here you will find loads of step-by-step tutorials, tips and tricks on the most burning issues.

Smashing Magazine – Powerful Workflow Tips, Tools And Tricks For Web Designers

As always, Smashing Magazine offers a cool set of great tutorials and tips. This time it’s a collection of great tools that should help web designers on their workflow.

Best Web Design Articles - Powerful Workflow Tips, Tools And Tricks For Web Designers

Noupe – Make a Dent: 40 of the Best Cinema 4D Tutorials

Noupe offers an awesome collection of Cinema 4D tutorials that should help web designer in creating stunning effects for their projects

Best web Design Articles - Make a Dent: 40 of the Best Cinema 4D Tutorials

You the Designer – Fire Text Effect Tutorial in Photoshop

In this detailed tutorial you will find a guide on how to decorate the text with a flaming effect. The tutorial includes files that you will need to follow the steps.

Best Web Design Articles - Fire Text Effect Tutorial in Photoshop

Andy Sowards Blog – Redesign Your Logo for the Holidays

The Holiday season is nigh so it’s time to embellish your website. Redesigning logo for holidays is a common practice. You don’t need to completely change it, just add a few decoration elements. Andy Sowards offers you a few tips on how to redesign your logo for holidays.

Best Web Design Articles - Redesign Your Logo for the Holidays

Web Design Ledger – Drafting Tips for Creative Wireframe Sketches

Wireframes are essential for web design when you mapping a big project. However, those projects often include smaller elements like icons and logos. Web Design Ledger offers you tips for easy creating wireframing sketches.

Best Web Design Articles - Drafting Tips for Creative Wireframe Sketches

Web Design Ledger – 5 Quick Design Tips to Get More Website Visitors

Nancy Young offers you some nice tips on how to make visitors to engage with your brand. As she claims, a proper combination of design and content is a key concept on getting more visitors to your website.

Best Web Design Articles - 5 Quick Design Tips to Get More Website Visitors

Tuts+ – CorelDRAW: Basic Drawing Tools

A great roundup of basic CorelDRAW tools for novice designers. This post will teach you how to use Pen Tool, Freehand Tool and 3-Point Curve Tool as a pro.

Best Web Design Articles - CorelDRAW: Basic Drawing Tools

Tuts+ – Create “The Walking Dead” Inspired Grungy Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

If you’re a fan of “The Walking Dead” TV-series or simply wish to add some grungy look to the project, this tutorial is a real Halloween gift for you!

Best Web Design Articles - Create "The Walking Dead" Inspired Grungy Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Tuts+ – Adobe Max 2014: New Features for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Mobile Apps

An awesome collection of this year’s fresh features for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Mobile Apps.

Best Web Design Articles- Adobe Max 2014: New Features for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Mobile Apps

Hongkiat – 10 Handy Tips To Keep Your Color Swatches & Palettes Organized

Organizing color palettes and swatches make the graphic design process much more flawless and frustration free.


Best October Freebies


Everyone loves free stuff! There’s a conventional wisdom that the only free cheese is in the mousetrap. But sometimes you can find real diamonds among loads of junk.

Dzine Blog – 22 Dark Form PSD Freebies for Web & UI Designers

Great collection of 22 dark interface forms and UI kits for web designers and those who study PSD!

Best Web Design Articles - 22 Dark Form PSD Freebies for Web & UI Designers

Six Revisions – Freebie: Touch Gesture Icons

This free set features 30 visuals of the most common touchscreen gestures that can be used for mobile user interfaces. They come in two versions – solid and outline.

Best Web Design Articles - Freebie: Touch Gesture Icons

Web Design Views – Freebie: 130 Hand-Drawn Web & App Icons

This set includes 130 icons in hand-drawn style. All vector files come in SVG and PNG format.

Best Web Design Articles - Freebie: 130 Hand-Drawn Web & App Icons

Web Design Views – Beautiful and Highly Usable Progress Bar PSD Downloads

The selection of nice-looking progress-bar graphics in PSD format will be useful for many design projects.

Best Web Design Articles - Beautiful and Highly Usable Progress Bar PSD Downloads

Winning WP – Six of the Best Popular-Post Plugins for WordPress

Post widgets help your visitors to better engage with your website. These 5 free and one not cool-looking popular-post plugins for WP will help you to offer your visitors the access to the best site content.

Best Web Design Articles - Six of the Best Popular-Post Plugins for WordPress

Free download: 600+ free vector silhouettes

This is an amazing collection of 600+ human silhouettes of different fields of activity: sports, business, leisure etc. It also includes animals and technics silhouettes in various formats including SVG and PNG.

Best Web Design Articles - Free download: 600+ free vector silhouettes

Gizmodo – Google Just Released Hundreds of Cool Icons That You Can Use For Free

In case you weren’t aware: Google released hundreds of cool icons and offers youthem for free. It’s a part of Google’s Material Design Project so grab these new icons for mobile apps while the’re hot!

Best Web Design Articles - Google Just Released Hundreds of Cool Icons That You Can Use For Free

Web Designer Depot – 50 fantastic freebies for web designers, October 2014

This post is a real treasure box with a collection of freebies from all over the Internet! Collections of icons, cool mockups, UI kits and templates – awesome stuff a web designer may need for the projects.

Best Web Design Articles - 50 fantastic freebies for web designers, October 2014

Six Revisions – Free Responsive Content Sliders

Responsive design sets new goals for web designers. Thus, this collection of free responsive content sliders will come in handy for various projects.

Best Web design Articles - Free Responsive Content Sliders

Hongkiat – 40+ Freebies & Goodies For Web Designers

Hongkiat also offers you a cool collection of free stuff where you can find anything you need. I personally like a cool set of free fonts.

Best Web Design Articles - 40+ Freebies & Goodies For Web Designers


Design Inspiration


Inspiration is a magic that pushes you to create the best website design in the world. Without inspiration a creative person cannot work. Here are the best inspirational posts for October.

Smashing Magazine – Feeling Stuck? Design What You Don’t Know

Smashing Magazine discover the secrets of how to find inspiration and waken out of as trance.

Best Web Design Articles - Feeling Stuck? Design What You Don’t Know

You the Designer – 7 Websites To Showcase Your Design Portfolio

Any designer needs a strong portfolio. But even more he needs to let other people know about his work and skills. You the Designer offers you a list of 7 cool website where you can boast your portfolio.

Best Web Design Articles - 7 Websites To Showcase Your Design Portfolio

Just Creative – How to Use Animal Symbology in Design + Inspirational Showcase

A nice post on the use of animalistic symbols in web design with great website examples!

Best Web Design Articles - How to Use Animal Symbology in Design + Inspirational Showcase

Web Design Views – Emotional Design and Animations

Emotional reaction is another essential aspect of web design. This post displays how to use animations to raise emotions and draw visitors to the site.

Best Web Design Articles - Emotional Design and Animations

Web Design Views – The Beauty of Minimal Portfolio Design

Find your inspiration in this post about portfolio designs in minimalistic style. Minimalism is a great trend today so you should definitely see these nice examples of clean and simple portfolios.

Best Web Design Articles - The Beauty of Minimal Portfolio Design

Line 25 – 15 Interesting Infographics Web Designers Will Enjoy

Infographics are another huge trend. These colorful and highly informative visuals convey the info in an easy-to-perceive way. This post offers you a set of web design related infographics you definitely will love.

Best Web Design Articles - 15 Interesting Infographics Web Designers Will Enjoy

Author: Helen Stark
Being creating content for fashion, beauty, food and tech blogs during last years, Helen has found herself in web design field now. Constantly evolving, she explores new things to impress her readers with high-quality content. Follow Helen on Twitter and Google +.
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