Web & Interactive Design

Nowadays, web design is a must-have capability in the designer’s toolkit—whether you are building a client website, designing for mobile devices, creating an app, or working on a portfolio site. To keep you aware of the latest innovations—and cool stuff—in the field, Print provides web design tips and surveys the best sites, giving you the web design inspiration you need to design your projects effectively.

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A Stan Mack Cartoon Chronicle of Revolutions Foretold

Stan Mack’s “Real Life Funnies” strip, created in the mid-1970s for the “Village Voice,” presaged the documentary comics of artists such as Art Spiegelman and Joe Sacco. And now it appears that his Print feature from 17 years ago also anticipated today’s digital communications environment. Here’s Mack’s personal, behind-the-scenes details about one such story....

A DIY Approach to Website Usability Testing

Laura Yoo is a content development manager at F+W Media, where she manages online education for HOW and Print. Here, she presents a Q & A with the host of an upcoming tutorial. In a recent interview, Print contributor Chris Butler talks about how website usability testing has gotten a bad rap as being complex...

Scott Dadich on Best Practices in Digital Magazine Publishing

Early last year, Scott Dadich hosted a webinar about magazine publishing on the iPad that provided an insider’s perspective on the rapidly evolving field. In the year and a half since that broadcast, a lot has changed in the digital-publishing sphere. So we’re thrilled to have Dadich returning to host a follow-up presentation, Best...

Microsoft’s New Logo and Digital Authenticity

I was standing in line at Duane Reade recently, looking at its latest batch of store-branded products, thinking about how much of a throwback the simple, solid-color designs are.  This got me thinking about the general trend in logo design (and design in general) away from the swooshy, beveled-and-embossed 3-D look that dominated corporate design over...

Logical Extension: Base Design Rebrands Brussels

Earlier this year, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN—the nonprofit organization that controls the Internet’s domain-name system—announced that it was accepting applications for new domain-name extensions. For a mere $185,000 a pop, anyone could suggest alternatives to .org, .com, .biz, and the other URL standbys. Out of the 1,409 applications...

WordPress Woes? Get Help with This Live Tutorial

Since its founding in 2003, WordPress has grown into an indispensable tool for bloggers and self-publishers of all stripes—and knowing how to navigate WordPress has become an essential skill for writers, editors, designers, developers, and pretty much anyone else tying to navigate the choppy waters of digital media. But as amazing as WordPress can be,...

Design Entrepreneur 101: Vit and Gomez-Palacio at HOW Design Live

If you want to have an “Alternative Design Career”—run your own studio, do your own thing, call all the shots—you’ve got to have chutzpah. And if anyone can teach you about that particular aspect of the design endeavor, it’s Armin Vit and Bryony Gomez-Palacio, who will be speaking on the subject at the HOW...

Your Ego Is a Bad Designer

If I were to ask, I’d bet that most people would anticipate that technical difficulties—such things as programming and server-level configuration—would be the greatest challenge of web development. Those things are certainly difficult, but they are rarely the greatest challenge. This is because the expertise required to do that work—even to understand it—is held...

2012 New Visual Artist: George Michael Brower

“I make images, music and software,” the top of George Michael Brower’s website says. That’s as good an introduction as any to the 23-year-old designer’s body of work, which has been cross-disciplinary from the start. “My first act of graphic design was a Geocities website,” he says. “I became interested in programming shortly thereafter...

2012 New Visual Artist: Brendan Griffiths

By Ian Volner The first thing you ought to know about Brendan Griffiths is this: Do not click on the exclamation mark. The objectionable glyph follows the name of the 29-year-old’s firm, Zut Alors!, on its website, zutalorsinc.com. Griffiths joined the company of the founding partner, Frank DeRose, last May, after picking up his...