It’s Friday and we are bringing you the best web news of the week all within five quick digestible summaries. This week we found stories for our web news round-up about advertising, web development resources, some digital inspiration and more. Let’s get to it!
1. Resources for all
A few weeks ago we linked to a huge list of freebies. Well, this week, instead of some free templates and font packs what about some resources you can actually use to make web development and web design projects alike even easier? The web designer depot put together this list of developer and designer resources, both free and paid, for all to use. There are some nifty code editing tools, app building software and a whole bunch more.
2. Ad wars
This debate has been brewing ever since Google announced its changes to its paid advertising. However now, pop-up ads are taking a hit. Internet browser Opera have announced that they have embedded an ad blocking software directly into their browser at a search-engine level. So what does this mean? Well, if you’re using Opera and a pop-up comes along, it will be automatically blocked. While most users are rejoicing the fact that they won’t have to see spammy marketing material anymore some publishers are in uproar. Not only has their paid advertising been decreased but pop-up ads too. Are you team Opera or team publishers? Tweet us to let us know!
3. Cultural logo designs
It’s interesting that although we cannot all understand the same language we can all understand photos, images and logos. However what is even more interesting is the impact a culture can have on designs like logos. Over on logo design love, they created a whole article dedicated to this exact hypothesis. Is the art and business of logo design different in different cultures? The answer? Of course, it is. Whilst we all understand imagery our cultures can define and reflect visuals in very different ways. Furthermore, it turns out the business and undertaking of logo design is treated very differently all over the world.
4. Digital art inspiration
As creatives, we all need that inspiration lighting strike to hit us. That’s why the smashing magazine put together this great visual blog post for all of us to oooo and ahhh at. The visuals shown are all photographs, digital art, hand-drawn pieces, logo designs and a mix of all four. Have a look and you never know they could spark off that idea for your next web design, innovative blog article or general creative endeavour you’ve been searching for. But if that isn’t enough for you, you can always hop over to our web design inspiration from January and February.
5. An introduction to material design
We mentioned material design a while back in our web design trends to watch article. But how exactly does it work? Well, thankfully inspiredology put together a whole article about it dedicated to complete beginners. In simple terms, material design is basically “a visual language for users” and “a set of design styles that blends essence of the classic principle of good design with the innovation and opportunities of science and technology”. The article also covers the basics to every material design; it’s bold, it’s intentional and most importantly it provides a meaning to design, which, you guessed it, all links back to our favourite thing…user experience!
That’s it for the web news this week! We’ll see you again next week for another round-up!
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