This week we tried to avoid the temptation to share all of those “year in review” type articles. But Bill’s link to Web Design Ledger’s “Web Design Trends of 2012” is a great list of design elements that you will be seeing all over the place. Jenni gets us excited about waking up early for CreativeMornings (San Francisco’s upcoming event sounds awesome!). Read on for more HYPERcool HYPERlinks…
Bill Dailey / Project Manager & Programmer
Web Design in 2012
Curious about the latest trends in web design? There is a great post over at Web Design Ledger listing emerging trends in 2012. Responsive Design is number one on their list, and has been a hot topic around the HyperArts office this week.
Taking Google Analytics To The Next Level
Many of you likely have Google Analytics tracking code installed on your web pages (and if you don’t, you should). This article from 24 Ways gives some great insight into how you can use GA to analyze what is happening on your website, and how you can improve it.
Fun with jQuery
I love using jQuery, and this article gives from Cats Who Code has some great code snippits that do useful things – preload images, open all external links in a new window, and disabling the Enter button a form. Ah the magic of jQuery.
Analisa Svehaug / Social Media & Project Manager
Swiss Modernist Design meets Punk Rock
“A new graphic design style emerged in Switzerland in the 1950s that would become the predominant graphic style in the world by the ’70s. Because of its strong reliance on typographic elements, the new style came to be known as the International Typographic Style.
The style was marked by: 1) the use of a mathematical grid to provide an overall orderly and unified structure; 2) sans serif typefaces (especially Helvetica, introduced in 1961) in a flush left and ragged right format; and 3) black and white photography in place of drawn illustration. The overall impression was simple and rational, tightly structured and serious, clear and objective, and harmonious.” –InternationalPoster.com
Combining a love for this classic design style and punk/rock/indie music, graphic designer Mike Joyce created these re-interpretations of classic album covers. You can see the characteristics of International Style clearly. I really enjoy the bold minimalism in these pieces.
More on International Style: “Lessons From Swiss Style Graphic Design” by Smashing Magazine
Tim Ware / SEO, Web Design & Development
The Noun Project: Free Vector-based icons, creative and informative…
Maybe it’s because we’re in the middle of redesigning our own website (finally!), but I have icons on the brain. The Noun Project offers free vector-based icons that are creative, informative, and cool. The Project “collects, organizes and adds to the highly recognizable symbols that form the world’s visual language, so we may share them in a fun and meaningful way.” The download format is SVG which can be opened in Adobe Illustrator.
Jenni Schwartz / Designer
Because everyone, everywhere can benefit from good design
My new favorite online shop, Fab.com, features daily design inspirations and sales at up to 70% off retail on the coolest items. You need to request membership to use the site, which shouldn’t be an issue considering the Fab.com team is “on a mission to be the world’s most valuable design resource.”
The only thing worth setting my alarm clock a few hours earlier
CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types. Each event is free of charge, and includes a 20 minute talk, plus coffee and baked goods! Once a month, hosts, videographers, photographers, and helpers come together, in their respective cities, to make the event happen. Don’t see CreativeMornings in your city? Contact the team to start a new chapter.
Wireframes on the fly
Mockingbird is an online tool that makes it easy for you to create, link together, preview and share mockups and wireframes of your website or application.