19 Factors That Impact Compositional Balance

Imagine a boulder leaning too far over the cliff’s edge. Seeing that boulder you think it should come crashing down the mountainside. It’s out of balance and you feel the tension of the impending crash. A similar feeling happens in your visitors when the composition of your design is visually out of balance.
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How To Gather Inspiration and Generate Ideas

Ideas are the lifeblood for a web designer. You need ideas to get you started on any new project. Where do those ideas comes from? Where do you find inspiration? How do you develop a process to have a never ending stream of ideas at your disposal?
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How To Activate Space In A Design

White space is to be regarded as an active element, not a passive background.
Jan Tschichold

Form exists within space. Without whitespace there is no form as one provides the contrast in which to see the other. Learning to see and use the space in your designs is one of the most important things you can do as a designer. Space can be active and space can be passive and while both have pros and cons we generally want the space in our designs to be active.
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Designing Meaningful Aesthetics

This weekend I came across a post from a few months back that seems to be making the rounds again. Beyond Web Mechanics – Creating Meaningful Web Design by Mike Kus argues that designers should be making thoughtful choices in regards to the aesthetic decisions we make. He argues that we should create meaningful aesthetics.
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Are Your Designs Pixel Perfect? – My Design Process

One question designers face is how much time should be spent on wireframes, mockups, and design comps. Should you strive for pixel perfection or should you spend as little time as possible on them in favor of developing the site as soon as possible? What level of detail is appropriate for images you hand off to clients for their approval?
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