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Following an interesting discussion on the web design subreddit: Why do all news websites look the same?

I think it's more a function of evolution: All the crappy-looking and unusable newsites have gone the way of the dodo. Except for the Drudge Report. Which is probably the exception that proves the rule. Sort of what Craigslist does for e-commerce websites.

Link to the discussion here:

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Current trends in webdesign; good examples of Web2.0 style: web design

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Pretty useful: 15 Google Chrome Extensions for People Who Build Websites: webdesign web design development

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Function Over Form

In modern design, form is always seen to follow function. So goes for web design, especially for Web 2.0. The functional elements form the core of modern websites, the styling merely being applied after the foundation has been laid. But often, it isn't quite as simple. Moreso with the continuing usage of browsers that do not conform to web standards. Still, we don't choose our circumstances, and we have to design to this varied assortment of browsers and hope they display our pages consistently.

Of course, this makes it difficult for all but the simplest of styles to be applied consistently to our functional elements. If we go beyond the deliberately simple aesthetic of Web 2.0, we find that we need to rely on crutches like JavaScript to correct for cross-browser variances. Not only is this a bit hackish, but with more people using script blockers we run the risk of our pages looking like an amateurish mess.

So we rely on good old HTML. Wrap everything in divs, apply backgrounds to the wrappers, and lay the unstyled functional elements on top. The funny thing is, it is still, in a way, function over form.

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Very useful: How to make a pure-#CSS drop-down menu: Best design practices for drop-down menus:

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Farmville's success dissected: For future reference of all game developers. Via reddit

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Minimalist Design

Minimalism is beautiful, but also one of the hardest looks to achieve. Designers find it difficult, as they have to make the website look good using only the barest minimum of elements. Often, the site would not look complete without putting a widget here, or another widget there. We have to approach the design problem from a different viewpoint, 'taking out' instead of 'adding to'. But take out too much and you not only lose functionality, you make the site look naked. And not in a good way.

It takes a lot of iterations, a lot of effort, to find the perfect balance. Successful minimalist design should look neither cluttered nor bare.

Of course, the most important part in simplifying design is figuring out which elements you can live without. Get rid of unnecessary icons, social media, lists, sections, and navigation. Use as little texture, color and graphics as possible. Make liberal use of whitespace. And don't forget to use alignment, balance and contrast to your advantage.

A post I came across showcases a list of successful minimalist designs, with insights on why those designs work.

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It's old, but it's worth at least a retweet: How a Web Design Goes Straight to Hell funny webdesign theoatmeal

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Here's a useful Perl script you can use to fix that atrocious MS Word-generated HTML markup: ( found in reddit )

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Strong Colors in Websites

I was going through screenshots of websites using strong color schemes [ ] and I think it all boils down to two principles. If the main background color is dark, strong colors complement it nicely. But if the main background color is light, then you'd do better going for light, pastel or washed-out colors. Color philosophy in a nutshell.

Interesting CSS effect: a rolling Coke can without using JavaScript

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Pricing Update - 14 APR 2010

Budget Web Design Package
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PSD/Mockup to XHTML Template Conversion
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Great piece on microblogging I found in Wikipedia via's help wiki:

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PSD to HTML Conversion

By the way, we are now offering PSD to HTML conversion, wherein we convert your mockup image into a valid, working XHTML template or even a complete, turn-key website. We not only accept PSD files but other image formats as well, including GIMP's XCF, PNG, JPEG, or even GIF. Since you already have the concept and graphics work done, the PSD to HTML service is markedly cheaper than our full web design packages.

Prices start at US$49

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It's Been a Long Time...

... since the last update, and many changes to our site have happened. For example, we now have Twitter updates on the sidebar, and links to our Twitter and Facebook profiles. Yes, we've joined the bandwagon, and you can now follow us or become a fan. You may also have noticed that we have a new logo, and in case you were wondering, it is a stylized bitmap image of a pyramid, a star, and the night sky in the background (you have to really squint). Anyway, what hasn't changed are our prices, and the great value we provide our customers. After all, where else can you get quality website design for just 69 dollars? Yes, we ARE insane.

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