UI design books you should read

By Adham Dannaway on 26 Oct 2015

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UI design is all about problem-solving. The result is an interface that’s simple, beautiful and easy to use. I’ve read quite a few UI design books over the years and they’ve definitely helped me gain a solid foundation in the principles of interface design. I love reading, but there are only so many hours in a day, so you need to choose your books wisely. With so many UI design books out there, it’s sometimes hard to figure out which ones are worth reading. With this in mind, I’ve put together a list of my favourite UI design books that I hope you’ll find helpful. Let me know what your own favourites are and how they’ve improved your UI design process.

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Imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery

By Adham Dannaway on 2 Feb 2015

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I created my first portfolio website way back in 2008 when I finally had enough design work to justify building a website. I was young, inexperienced and relatively unknown in the design community and I wanted to create a website concept that would help differentiate me from other designers.

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What’s the best web hosting for designers?

By Adham Dannaway on 16 Jan 2015

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Web designers often ask me what web hosting I use to host my portfolio website and my client’s websites, so I thought I’d write a quick post about who I use to host my websites and why. I’ve been using Media Temple Grid Hosting since 2010 and it’s been great so far. I tried a bunch of other web hosting providers initially, but there was always an issue, whether it was downtime, poor support or slow website loading times.

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10 must-read UX design books

By Adham Dannaway on 14 Dec 2014

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The UX design process is becoming an increasingly important aspect of creating quality website applications and software products. There are many different UX design books out there with a myriad of different techniques and methods that are important for us to know and use as UX designers. It can sometimes be confusing figuring out the best UX design practices to use, so I’ve put together a list of some useful and practical UX design books that are definitely worth a read. I’d love to hear what your favourites are and how they helped you improve your design process.

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Free image placeholder services to generate dummy images

By Adham Dannaway on 12 Dec 2012

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When you’re building website templates, user interfaces or initial application prototypes there is often the need for placeholder images or dummy images. Rather than wasting time and effort finding and cropping custom images you can simply use a free image placeholder service that will automatically create an image for you with your specified dimensions. Here are some of the best free image placeholder services on offer.

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CSS Sticky Footer sticks your footer to the bottom of the page

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There are many ways to keep your footer stuck to the bottom of the page, but the cleanest and most well tested method I have come across is CSS Sticky Footer. It’s very simple to implement, uses semantic code and has been tested in over 50 browsers. Keep your footer at the bottom of the page with CSS Sticky Footer.

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Embed fonts in your website with Google Web Fonts

By Adham Dannaway on 10 Dec 2012

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As web designers we’re all getting a bit bored of using the same old web-safe fonts. Do Arial, Verdana and Times New Roman sound familiar to you? Luckily it’s very simple to embed custom fonts in your website these days. There are plenty of different ways to do it including sIFR, Cufon and @font-face but one of the easiest and best ways to do it is using Google Web Fonts.

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A systematic logo design process to design any logo

By Adham Dannaway on 26 Sep 2012

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The logo design process can be very time consuming as it is often quite difficult to come up with logo design ideas that match our clients’ requirements. There are so many different elements you need to consider when designing a logo including colour, typography, balance and symbolism to name a few. So where do you start? Today I’ll show you a systematic logo design process which will hopefully add some logic and structure to the very creative and sometimes haphazard task of designing a logo.

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