Four free colour palette generators every designer needs

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in Website Design |

When designing a website, you will choose colours that are already a part of the client’s brand identity and adds to the company or organisation’s overall look and feel, such as red for Coca-Cola or yellow for McDonalds. More often than not, a limited range of colours will be used to keep the design slick and professional, as opposed to a messy burst of colours on a page. Coming up with a range of colours to stick to can be lengthy process, so here are four free colour palette generators that you can start using today: Color Hunter uses images from Flickr to create beautiful palettes that you can use in your web design. Just search for an image tag, hex code or paste in an image URL (such as the logo you’re working with) and get access to colour palettes from thousands of images. The colour palette generator at Degraeve.com works almost the same way, except only from uploaded images. Again this is great for logos, but also works wonders for themed websites such as the ocean, with shades of teal and green, or sky diving, with shades of blue and green. Color Schemer Online allows you to click a colour and get access to a range of colours belonging in the same scheme, from neons to pastels. You can also enter in RGB values of a colour you’re working with and have the range of colours pop up instantly. Color Wizard is fantastic for finding hues, saturations and shades of any colour you can think of. It also lists the complimentary colours and split complimentary colours. This can save you from garish combinations that just don’t work. So there you have it: four places on the web where you can sort out your colour palette in a matter of seconds. You may even spend a while just playing on these sites getting some inspiration. Need help with your web design? Contact WSI OMS. Please follow and like...

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Inspiration for web designers

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in Website Design |

One of the main hurdles in coming up with a design for a website is finding the inspiration for the creative process. From the top web designs in the world to Pinterest, here are some places on the World Wide Web where you can find top inspiration: Cool Home Pages is a collection of some of the world’s best web designs. Browse for a while to see what the latest design trends are, typography designs, techniques and more. A few minutes in this site will have the creative juices flowing in no time. Create a web design board on Pinterest. Let’s say you’re designing a site for a beach holiday resort. Open a new board in Pinterest and search for images of things that evoke the beach holiday vibe. Add pictures of bikinis, palm trees and ocean waves. Start a new board for each design project. After a while, common colour themes and shapes will become more apparent and you will be well on your way. Having a main board of things you’ve randomly stumbled upon will also do wonders for your creative process. Colour palette generators are also great for inspiration, especially if the colours you have to work with aren’t particularly exciting. Getting tips on complimentary colours will help you see the colours in a way you haven’t before, and soon that dull site will be beautiful. Visit Design Seeds for amazing palettes, with thousands of images at your disposal. Think the jewel tones of a parrot or the berry pinks of strawberry shortcake. These are just some of the places on the web to find some amazing inspiration that will really get you going with your new design project. Once inspiration is found, the perfect design is right around the corner. Need help with your web design? Contact WSI OMS today! Please follow and like...

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Do’s and Don’ts of Tablet Friendly Web Design

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Mobile Solutions, Website Design |

With the introduction of the Apple iPad and the many variations of tablets found on the market it is becoming increasingly important for companies to tailor their websites to tablet users. The market share of tablets and iPads continue to grow, making it vital for web designers to understand the design implications of designing for screens that are smaller than desktops and larger than mobile phone screens.   Here are a few ‘do’s and don’ts’ of designing tablet friendly websites: Most tablets use mobile, not desktop browsers. Do not embody Flash if you want your website to be viewable on an iPad, for example. Do not have too many clickable areas close to one another. Good web design needs to ensure that navigation is easy to find and use for people who are scrolling with their fingers. Do not let too much media clutter the website. This can once again make navigation difficult for the user and could cause loading issues. After you’ve completed the initial design, access the website from a tablet and take note of any hang-ups. This should help you make the website tablet accessible while still permitting easy access from PCs and laptops. Add more “on the go” content to the website. Tablets users are mobile which means they might require some more ‘mobile-related’ content, such as Google Maps add-ins and other related applications. Be mindful that the font requirements are different for tablet users. People using tablets will be moving around town, and may suffer from screen glinting when outdoors as well as screens which are smaller than most PC or laptop screens. So make sure the fonts are large and that you’re using easy to read colours and graphics. You don’t want to fall behind the times – a tablet friendly website will give your client more exposure. Need help with your web design? Contact WSI OMS today. Please follow and like...

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How to become a web designer

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Articles |

Being a web designer can be an exciting and fulfilling job. You do not need a formal college qualification to be a good web designer, and some of the best designers started out studying fine arts and taught themselves how to use graphic design software. Another benefit is that many designers work as freelancers, meaning that they work for themselves. Follow these basic tips to beginning your journey as a web designer: Learn coding: coding, scripting and programming such as html, dhtml, xml and JavaScript are all valuable tools to a web designer. There are many free tutorials available on the web where you can learn these skills. Experiment: once you have a grip on these basic skills, you need to experiment with as many different programs as you can to gain experience. Experiment with programs such as Dreamweaver, FrontPage, PhotoShop and Flash. PC vs. Mac: you need to learn your way around a personal computer (PC) as well as an Apple Mac. You should also make sure you’re familiar with mobile computing devices such as smartphones and tablets (like the iPad) as these are often used to access the web as well. Marketing and design: try and take a marketing or design course to learn about how fonts, colours and graphics affect consumers. This should help to maximize the impact of your web design. Build your own website: this is to serve not only as practice but also as a marketing tool for your web design services. As this site is an example of the work you are capable of, make sure it is well designed, free of any errors and that all the links work. Build a portfolio: try and design as many other websites as possible. Start by designing sites for friends or family members. This portfolio is what you show to prospective clients to prove the quality of your work. The more examples you have, the more you can show to prospective clients. The world of technology is an ever changing one. Therefore the demands on a web designer are forever changing. While these are the basics to becoming a designer, it is essential that you keep up to date on all the changes in the industry as well as the technology used to develop and view web content. This can be done by joining forums, periodicals and online communities focused on web design and keeping your eyes and ears open on the web! Please follow and like...

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How to use web design software

Posted by on Jun 18, 2012 in Website Design |

Using web design software is not difficult and the basics can be learnt within a few hours. While simple, free programs can be used to create websites, this requires that the user is familiar with html coding. Web design software is often preferred because it is more intuitive and visually oriented, however it is important to keep some basic tips and steps in mind:   Assemble the content: web design software is useless without content to put on the website. Therefore begin the web design process by compiling the text and graphics you think you will need to put onto the website. Choose the website’s complexity: if you are starting out as a web designer you should stick to a very basic design and use one of the templates often accompanying web design software. More experienced designers can start thinking about using more sophisticated software, custom templates and adding in extra design features and functions. As most templates use a basic cut and paste method of adding text, make sure you use a word processing program (such as MS Word) to check for any errors. Save your progress often: most web design software allows users to return to some previously saved state of their work in case of a major glitch which wipes out a day’s work. It is very frustrating to lose a large portion of the progress you have made, so make sure you save your content regularly and consistently. Test the site: most web design software allow users to test the website in real time using a browser. This allows you to check the development of the site and check for any errors. Make sure you use more than one type of browser when checking your work. Find a web hosting service: this is required to upload the website you have designed onto the internet. You can use file transfer protocol (FTP) to register a domain name and add your website to the internet from your home PC. This will post the webpage and its associated files directly to the internet, and can often be done within an hour. These are some of the basics of using web design software. As you gain experience as a web designer you can start experimenting with more sophisticated software and more difficult design tools. However to be a good web designer never forget to check out these basics! Need help with your web design? Contact WSI OMS today! Please follow and like...

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