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Best Website Designs via @HowBrand

Best Website Designs via @HowBrand | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
An engaging site that fights homelessness, a resource for seeing fonts in use, and a stylized design app are some of the best website designs chosen for this month.
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HOT or NOT? Top 10 Summer Web Designs, Vote Now & Magic of List.ly - Curagami

HOT or NOT? Top 10 Summer Web Designs, Vote Now & Magic of List.ly - Curagami | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Seasonality creates relevance & relevance creates community. Every website's hero should change at least 4x a year: Summer, Fall, Winter & Spring.
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This Curagami post shares our favorite Top 10 Summer Web Designs in the hope people will VOTE for theirs and share ones we missed. The post also shares a link from @Mike_Alton about the magic of List.ly (the Digg-like tool that runs the social voting engine that's free and easy to embed).

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What Is A MacGuffin & Why Web Design Needs To Include Them - Curatti

What Is A MacGuffin & Why Web Design Needs To Include Them - Curatti | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
MacGuffins are plot devices in films & conventional web design "best practices" that hurt more in absence than presence helps. How to design for MacGuffins.
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Website MacGuffins include Free Shipping, Satisfaction Guarantees and email subscription boxes. Important to know what has reached "MacGuffin" status in your business. This post explains what a MacGuffin is and how to design for yours.

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11 Examples of Colour and Texture in Web Design Inspire

11 Examples of Colour and Texture in Web Design Inspire | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Color & Texture
This share bucks the flat monochrome color trend being driven by mobile, but its hard to deny the sensual impact of just the right color and texture as in Paid to Exist and other examples here. Brilliant.


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45 Red HOT Website Designs That Use Red In Inspiring Ways

45 Red HOT Website Designs That Use Red In Inspiring Ways | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Red is one of the most used colors out there. Among other things it symbolizes passion and courage  and it has a strong visual impact. Numerous designers implement it in their work either in logos, backgrounds or other website elements. In today’s article we have selected 45 web designs using the color red in various …
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Apple In Numbers | Visual.ly video

Apple In Numbers | Visual.ly video | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Apple In Numbers

How many iPads are sold every minute? Why did The Beatles sue Apple? How much money has Apple got stashed abroad? Find out here!
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Amazing.

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Picasso Trigger Learning To Think & Create Websites Like A Child

Picasso Trigger Learning To Think & Create Websites Like A Child | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

"I spent a lifetime learning to draw like a child." Picasso

This is an interesting post from Thomas King about the complex nature of simplicity. Picasso's point about spending a lifetime learning to draw like a child seems important for web designers too.

The hardest thing to do is do less. The hardest mind to recover is the exploratory mind, the mind before judgement. When we recover the playful mind, the simple easily rewarding routine of play, our designs run free like Picasso's bull. 

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25 Black and White Website Designs To Inspire You

25 Black and White Website Designs To Inspire You | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Web design blog with actual news and web examples of inspirations by dezayo new york agency
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Simple is always the hardest thing to achieve in web design. One interesting trend in 2014 web design is to flatten and simplify. Here are 25 great examples of why less can be more.
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100 (Non-Design) Blogs Every Web Designer Should Read

100 (Non-Design) Blogs Every Web Designer Should Read | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
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ReadWrite and 99 other "non-design" blogs every web designer should read is great and I love the way the list is organized.

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Michael Allenberg's curator insight, May 13, 2014 7:37 AM

Pay special attention to numbers 20-38, the UX section! Great stuff!

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Future Of Web Design 2: End Of Boxes & Borders via @HaikuDeck

Future Of Web Design 2: End Of Boxes & Borders via @HaikuDeck | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Created with Haiku Deck, free presentation software that’s simple, beautiful, and fun.
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Web design is about to blow up.
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Creating Products via @haikudeck

Creating Products via @haikudeck | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Created with Haiku Deck, free presentation software that’s simple, beautiful, and fun.
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How we create products is changing.
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Drew's Dragons Slay Bob Marley - How To Create Products People Love

Drew's Dragons Slay Bob Marley - How To Create Products People Love | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Product Development
Creating stuff is FUN and HARD. I've created about 10 products and none of them are going to be nearly as successful as my friend Drew Baird's Silver Dragon headphone Cables.

The linked story discusses the beginning of our Music Is A Movement revolution. A revolution that I understand better today after listening to the difference in tone, sound and quality Drew's cables make.

OMG, this is like a DRUG and if your product is lucky enough to have that reaction when you create it you half half a chance to do what you love. Take a lesson from our friends at Moon Audio and introduce your favorite music to Drew's pet Dragon.

If you read this, buy Drew's cables and don't fall in LOVE then you need to get some THERAPY fast (lol).  

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5 Web Design Ideas From A Non-Designer

5 Web Design Ideas From A Non-Designer | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Graphic Designers ROCK
I have more than tremendous respect and admiration for graphic designers. The ability to use tools like Photoshop and Illustrator to create MAGIC is something I will always envy. I know enough to know just how magical those skills truly are, so thank you.

I would LOVE to convince gifted visual marketers of the need to fix five mistakes I see over and over, mistakes that can HARM a websites bottom line and ability to scale.

I confess to making some of these mistakes myself. Easy to do when caught up in the NEW chase. I got so I printed out this list and keep it in view so it smacks me as a reminder while creating ideas for a new design.

Despite the list being omnipresent I forgot a subscription option on CrowdFunde.com two months ago, so EASY to forget these ideas:

** Email Subscription
Any websites lifeline is the LIST of supporters and subscribers they OWN. If Google changes their algorithm and PPC goes bankrupt you can always may your own list, so making sure the ability to opt in to that list is omnipresent is a CSF (Critical Success Factor).

** Keywords In Category Names
Think, "Do we want to win that keyword," when reviewing your navigation. You may select to have your URLs rewritten to be more keyword specific, but those internal links play an important role with Google's spider and SEO so KEYWORDS are a must.

** Research Keywords
My CrowdFunde co-founder Phil Buckley asked me if I thought attorneys or lawyers would be the most searched term. "Lawyers," I answered confidently knowing I was wrong (you never win these who will win questions lol). Attorneys is the winner and by a large margin. Don't write copy to what you THINK when it is so easy to do a little research and KNOW.

** The Tricky Part To Web Analytics
Here's the rub to web metrics. They operate in a constant seesaw dance with one another. Attorneys may be the most searched, but maybe that is because the Mass Tort guys have crushed the deck in some way (have no knowledge of that only using it as an example so please don't sue me lol). When you DESIGN with numbers you design better, but be sure to ask your SEO contact where the rubs are in the numbers. Rubs are numbers that LOOK one way but actually ARE another. Trust me you NEVER want to spend the kind of time in Google Analytics knowing where the rubs are requires, so ask.

** 80/20 Rule
One Internet marketing FRACTAL we discovered is 20% of the links, traffic, pages always get 80% or more of the value. Your job is to build a flexible framework so when your managing team SEES the emerging 80/20 rule you can easily shift the presentation to favor the 20 over the 80.

Now please take these practical, money making ideas and make them beautiful and THANK YOU for your dedication to BEAUTY in design and life :). Marty

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RETHINK Web Design: Unusual Web Navigations Inspire | AWWWARDS

RETHINK Web Design: Unusual Web Navigations Inspire | AWWWARDS | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Beautiful Unusual Navigation Designs for Inspiration. Selection of Awwwards websites with a strong presence of unusual navigation. An effective navigation design is crucial for a website
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Navigation feels old and moldy. There are few things MORE critical than navigation. We've moved from left nav sitting firmly in the "golden triangle" to horizontal top navigation.

Neither of these options inspire and both are feeling long in the tooth and stupid. The social / mobile web requires a RETHINK about navigation. Can we find ways to make very page a homepage?

Can navigation be more relevant and less middle of the road boring? Here are some navigation examples from AWWWARDS.com that don't solve the problem...yet. But the dialogue helps begin the process of reducing our dependency on static, boring, "has-been" ideas like left or horizontal nav.

Are you as surprised that navigation hasn't been on the "top changes" list for web design in 2014? Has to be on our 2015 list because every current option is BAD and getting worse.

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BOUTELOUP Jean-Paul's curator insight, June 27, 2014 2:21 AM

Merci ! il est bon de repenser aussi le webdesign pour une nouvelle expérience utilisateur

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Design For Lists: Use List.ly To Blow Up Your Blog Traffic via @Mike_Allton

Design For Lists: Use List.ly To Blow Up Your Blog Traffic via @Mike_Allton | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
The first major struggle for business owners who want to use a blog for content marketing is creating content. With the dearth of content being created daily, it's certainly a challenge to come up with anything helpful and interesting to say. The second major struggle for business owners is getting people to actually visit their site and read their blog posts. The most brilliant writing in the world won't do you much good if no one reads it.
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Great post by my friend Mike Allton on a tool I'm convinced is a secret web in the right designer's hands - List.ly. I'm working on embedded a Top 10 Summer Website Designs list now in Curagami (http://www.Curagami.com) so stay tuned.

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20 Long Form Content Examples with Great UX Design Inspire & Help With the "#newseo"

20 Long Form Content Examples with Great UX Design Inspire & Help With the "#newseo" | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Here’s a fun fact: Over the last 10 years, our attention spans have decreased from 12 minutes to 5 minutes. Our ability (and our desire) to read lots of c
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My favorite is the NYT's Home and Garden in depth look at 4 square blocks in Philly. Great content daisy chained well so it never overwhelms and keeps readers moving. Great use of anchor links (from the sidebar) makes the piece feel more interactive than it really is. 

Long form content has many #newseo benefits. The more engagement your content creates the greater chances for conversion. Web heuristic measures such as time on site, pages viewed and returning visitors help with the "new seo" too.


Steal some of these easy tricks from NYT and make your content feel more interactive than it is and read faster and more fun so your metrics go up and readers love you enough to become buyers or subscribers.  

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Black and Blue Web Design Examples Inspire & Look Great on Smartphones

Black and Blue Web Design Examples Inspire & Look Great on Smartphones | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
What are two of the coolest colors in web site design? And do you think we've assembled a collection for you that will knock your socks off? Take a peek >>
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Mobile is forcing some good design upon us including:

* Simplified Color.
* Flat design.
* Better Fonts.
* Bigger Heroes.

These Black and Blue examples shows how limiting colors can create simple, more straightforward web designs.  

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The White Album: 50 Fantastic White Web Designs Inspire

The White Album: 50 Fantastic White Web Designs Inspire | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
The color white is simple, elegant and peaceful and the use of this color is seen in lots of websites. Whether they're portfolios or online shops, people agree on...
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The space between the notes may be the most defining thing about music. I think of web design as a form of music. Web designs, like music, need space between their notes.

This is what made Google so astonishing and easy to use. White page, search box and as few menu options as possible. There is even a person who stands sentry on Google's design saying NO much more than they say yes.

I love to study great WHITE websites to learn how to put space in to quiet and strengthen web design.

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Designing For Community: Master Blasters & Galleries - Curagami

Designing For Community: Master Blasters & Galleries - Curagami | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Master Blasters
When everything is social community rules. Curagami our Triangle Startup Factory funded startup is working on helping ecommerce merchants and content marketers validate the ROI of social and content marketing. Community is a CSF, Critical Success Factor, because community is what creates an army of advocates.

This post is about how to win the hearts and minds of your most important customers - those willing to advocate your products, services and web content.

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BLACK in Web Design 50 Examples Inspire via Speckboy

BLACK in Web Design  50 Examples Inspire via Speckboy | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
A common misconception is that black is thought of as a color in the same way that red, blue, purple or even green are. In actual fact, black is the complete absence of all color...
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This post reminds me of something I read about Andy Warhol.. "With Warhol there is always BLACK," the author said and went on to explain that it was Warhol's awesome use of black that made him a great artist.

Black is tough online. But here are 50 examples of how black can HELP not hurt web design.

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Almost 200 Cool Web Designs Inspire

Almost 200 Cool Web Designs Inspire | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Explore Kevin Regenrek's hand-picked collection of Pins about Webdesign Inspiration 2014 on Pinterest. | See more about website designs, web design and landing pages.

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Almost 200 inspirational web designs on Pinterest.  

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Future Of Web Design 3: Semantic Web Is A Mobile Game

Future Of Web Design 3: Semantic Web Is A Mobile Game | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

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What is a website? Pages of content daisy chained together to tell a story. In the not very distant future we will need to be more agnostic about WHERE and more particular about WHAT.

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Web 3.0 In A Social Mobile World via @HaikuDeck

Web 3.0 In A Social Mobile World via @HaikuDeck | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
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Social + Mobile changes everything.
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How To Buy Web Design via @HaikuDeck

How To Buy Web Design via @HaikuDeck | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
After almost 14 years an Internet marketer and the last two as Marketing Director for Raleigh's largest web and software design agency I know people need HELP buying web design.
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Clean, Surprise, Humor, JOY = Future of Web Design

Clean, Surprise, Humor, JOY = Future of Web Design | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Great post from The Guardian on creating clean well lighted websites. My favorite? Discussion on how important surprise is to What's Next. 

We've become both cynical and searchers. As incompatible as cynical searchers sounds it is our natural state. We have a tough hide created by more push advertising than the next generation will need to put up with the loss of a very important idea - 

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience. 

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