• New Year, New Design, New Motivation

    • Tom Kenny

    The first six months of Inspect Element have been great but it’s time to step it up a level. If you’ve been following Inspect Element lately, you’ll notice that everything looks new! Times have changed and the site was in desperate need of a redesign in order to grow and improve. Although saying that, I wanted to carry over the fundamentals from the previous design including keeping a minimalistic appearance to keep the focus on the content.

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  • Back in the New Year, Happy Holidays!

    • Tom Kenny

    The first six months of Inspect Element have been amazing and before I launched it I didn’t think I would still be doing it but here we are and the important thing is that I’m still enjoying it. I firmly believe the work that I have put into Inspect Element has helped me become a better designer and will continue to improve my skills as time goes on.

    I’ve decided to take a break until January 4th to recharge my batteries, spend time with my family and friends through Christmas and New Year, play some video games (Xbox Live GamerTag – KennySim) and make sure that Inspect Element returns in 2010 bigger and better than before.

    Talking of better…

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  • Build Working Concepts to Communicate your Ideas more Effectively

    • Tom Kenny

    The general convention in web design is to present static images of designs to clients but what happens when you have an idea that can’t be visually presented in this form? Perhaps it is some form of interaction or animation that can breathe extra life into the design.

    Of course you could just explain your idea to the client but the problem here is they may not understand what you mean or have a hard time visualising it. The next step is to show them something similar on another site but there is still a disconnect from what you want the client to see and what they’re actually seeing.

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  • Breakdown of Great Web App Homepage Design

    • Tom Kenny

    Web applications are becoming more relevant due to the future release of operating systems such as Google Chrome OS and possibly the Apple tablet as well as the fact that people are starting to use multiple devices. Being able to get access to them from wherever you have an internet connection combined with owning multiple devices means that web apps are becoming more and more relevant and will continue to do so as internet speeds increase.

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  • 7 of the Most Common Web Design Mistakes You Must Avoid

    • Tom Kenny

    As a web designer, it is difficult for me to use the web without analysing almost every page I see. Web design is my passion so I can’t avoid it. It’s one of the best ways to learn what has been done well so when I see poor use of design on the web and think about the average user, it annoys me to notice that some aspects of websites, or even complete sites, are poorly designed.

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  • The Joy of Discovery in Web Design

    • Tom Kenny

    We all want want users to to be happy when using a site that has been designed by ourselves. It’s just one of the many reasons why, as web designers, we should be passionate about what we do. The word ‘experience’ is thrown about abundently and while we try to create the best possible experience for visitors, not many designers think past that and take the time to add extra touches for visitors to really feel happy to be on a site.

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