It’s always easy to tell the difference between a well made custom website and those websites that use stock templates. It’s the same difference in character between a brand new sports car you bought at the dealership and the race car built from the ground up. Sure one is comfortable and easy, but it definitely won’t have the character or the real performance you’re after. Cheap bolt on parts (bad plugins and modules) won’t make your car or website better either.
Graphic designers, industrial designers, fashion designers, web designers, and architects all follow similar design concepts when designing their respective products. The design concepts are simple and straightforward, but it’s applying these concepts effectively that’s difficult. Below I list a few easy design concepts you can follow to help you with your next design project.
As you may already know, Joomla is our Content Management System of choice here at Y-Designs. However, what has really sold us is not Joomla itself, but the K2 extension you can install on your Joomla site. K2 is a CCK / Content Management System that allows for optimal customization and ease of use. These are some K2 tutorials we wrote. There is a K2 tutorial for every level and new tutorials are added on a daily basis, so come back to read more!
We just released two new basic Illustrator tutorials. Learn how to type along a path using the “Type on a Path Tool” and cut out a shape from another using the “Pathfinder Tool”. Both are very handy!
We’ve consistently added new tutorials and ideas to this site. Today, we have another big block of templating examples we would like to share. There are total of 9 new tutorial entries which are all K2 templating related. We’ve listed them in order of difficulty. Check it out! (also awesome Porsche pictures included!)
We’ve been working a lot with WordPress as of late. It’s flexibility makes it a great candidate for many websites. In addition to its flexibility, the documentation in the Wordpress Codex is above and beyond most open source products. Check out our breakdown of WordPress’ core Templating Concepts and our best practices.
Our clients ask us a lot of questions over e-mail. Some of them are pretty simple and some are more complex. We thought we would answer them in one place where its also searchable. Check out here!