The days when we associate auto dealers with salesmen who dress and talk like Herb Tarlek from the 70s sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati are long gone. Today, if your dealership website isn’t carrying out a considerable amount of the work that used to only happen in-house, then you’re already missing out on an enormous amount of business.
Front-end development is based on elements that users can visually interact with in order to make changes. It’s a bit different than the hard coding of some back-end applications, but many of them are universal. This means they can be used both in the back and in the front aspect of web design.
So to make it simpler, think of front-end development as visual.
Thanks to advancements abound in hardware as well as software, there are plenty of languages to choose from when it comes to creating content. Luckily, most are supported by virtually all kinds of web hosting. This means there really is no right or wrong answer. It all depends on what the developer wants to create. [Read more…]
Check out these modern tools that will help you build websites faster and better than ever before, and the design patterns they employed for their landing pages—from animations to familiar color schemes.
Designs of the Week
Want your site to be as good-looking and inspirational as these? Start by choosing a well-designed theme from ThemeForest.
Social Media Weekly
Ready to go out and design your next website? Try building with the Catalyst Framework.
Web Standards – Code Guide by @mdo
“Standards for developing flexible, durable, and sustainable HTML and CSS.”
Design – The Troublesome Misconception of Parallax in Web Design.
“The sites above are either using different scroll effects to simulate movement of objects not naturally expected by the user, or simply sliding two planes over one another at different scroll speeds.”
User Experience – How we work
“We always start by trying to understand the problem: the users of the website or product, the organisation on their customer strategy, the goals and needs of the project, who’s in charge and who isn’t.”
Web development can be one of the most stressful types of projects to manage, and if you’re not careful, such projects can lead to some of the costliest mistakes of your career. Recently, a massive failure to launch a government-sponsored healthcare site in America demonstrated the folly that can follow when you spend hundreds of millions of dollars on Web development and still don’t achieve a successful result.
So how can you make sure that your project is a success, not a costly disaster? Here are a few guidelines for framing and executing solid projects.
This week on Friday Focus: websites that will make you want to get in the car or on a plane and head to these exquisite destinations. At least we can enjoy their views from within our own browsers!
Designs of the Week
I really like are the way the popup menus are designed. Even better is the way the background images load first, and then the content area fades into view.
Great lighting in the header, and the way the color of the wood background makes the photos pop.
You don’t have to pepper your site with concrete representations of what your site is all about, and this is a good example of that. Makes for an elegant yet still outdoorsy look.
I’m not sure exactly why you’d use a strap in such a prominent place such a header but it certainly looks different. Love the interactivity of the menus on the left. Another brilliant feature: the execution of the map menu on the right side.
Huge photos. Excellent typography. I’m just not sure about the wallpaper background.
Clean and modern. The labels on the photo itself are a great and necessary touch.
This design reminds me of Obama’s online branding, and it looks so elegant. This isn’t even a travel destination site, but it definitely makes you want to go there.
I like the textured background in the logo, and the way the photos fade at the edges.