Tag Archives: design

Do it yourself vs. do it right?

You can do your own landscaping. You can fix your own car. You can trim your cat's nails. But what is the cost? Well, for me, it was a disastrous situation with a juniper bush and scratches on my arms. Somewhere along the way I realized that my time, sanity and safety are … Read On ›

2015, by the numbers

If you saw my 2013 and 2014 recaps, you’ll notice that something is missing from my 2015 by the numbers. Candy Crush. I quit…proving you can, in fact, have too much of a good thing. However, after returning from maternity leave, I did re-introduce something I had also … Read On ›

Oh baby! I’m back in action.

I’m back in action! In my pre-baby post, 9 Tips for Freelancing and Maternity Leave, I outlined my plans for time off with my new daughter, Julia. I’m happy to say that everything went swimmingly! It made me wonder how the heck I ever survived my haphazard … Read On ›

Space: Design Principle No. 7

Aside from when they’re sitting on Santa’s lap, people usually give each other a certain amount of personal space. But personal space doesn’t just exist for people. It’s necessary in design too. In web design, space refers to the area surrounding the elements that allows a design to … Read On ›

Rhythm: Design Principle No. 6

Can you hear the sleigh bells jingling? The holiday songs you hear on the radio have rhythm—and so should your website. In web design, rhythm suggests implied motion and moves the eye of the viewer throughout the design. In my series, Applying the 7 Principles of Design to … Read On ›

Pattern: Design Principle No. 5

Look at your outfit. Chances are you’re wearing some sort of pattern right now. Am I right? In web design, pattern creates consistency through the repetition of certain elements. Today I’m continuing the series, Applying the 7 Principles of Design to WordPress, by sharing some examples of WordPress … Read On ›

Unity: Design Principle No. 4

If you’ve ever been in a two-person kayak for the first time, you might know what happens when people aren’t quite working together in unity. (A lot of paddling and very little progress.) In web design, unity is uber-important too. It creates a harmonious effect in which all … Read On ›

Balance: Design Principle No. 3

If you’re bike riding, it’s balance that keeps you upright (and keeps you moving forward instead of going nowhere)! In web design, balance is the distribution of visual weight in a design to provide stability and structure. Balance can be symmetrical or asymmetrical. See what I mean in today’s … Read On ›