Inspiration

  • Inspiration for creating delightful microinteractions on your site

    January 18, 2017 by Sophia Dagnon

    Landing on a great WordPress site feels like finding money you forgot about when you reach inside your pocket. It’s unexpected, but familiar. It loads fast, looks amazing, and can completely make your day. The whole experience is incredibly well thought out. You don’t even start scribbling down ideas of how you can implement this…

  • The best 2016 Year in Review sites

    January 13, 2017 by Morgan Ryan

    Year in Review sites never fail to push the boundaries of design, making them wonderful sources of inspiration. From fabulous layouts with effective hierarchy to inspiring graphics and photography, these microsites always seem to find a way to do it all (and make it work well). To kick off the new year, check out some of our…

  • 17 inspiring web design conferences to attend in 2017

    January 12, 2017 by Morgan Ryan

    Web design conferences are the perfect venue for learning new tricks, making real connections, and finding inspiration to achieve all of your wildest design dreams this year. From small local events to some of the largest conferences in the world, there are lots and lots to choose from. Whether you’re ready to try talking at…

  • 7 tips to help you create an amazing logo design

    January 6, 2017 by Joanne Amos

    Many people mistakenly believe designing a logo is one of the easier design jobs out there. Slap a couple of different fonts together, add a shape or two, and there you go! How wrong they are. Although a logo is a fairly small part of your website, it represents your entire company or brand, and…

  • 4 common UX mistakes (plus tips to avoid them)

    January 3, 2017 by Amy Hayes

    UX design might seem like an easy task for many designers, but that’s not always true. There’s a lot you need to think about, and there are certainly many mistakes that we often make without realizing that we are on the wrong path. In this article, I’ll cover four common blunders that designers often make…

  • 5 things every designer should think about in 2017

    December 30, 2016 by Sam Burke

    Reflections and wishes are common this time of year. At the turn of every 365 days, we celebrate what has passed and look forward to what lies ahead. Hopes and dreams. Successes and regrets. I’ve never been a fan of those New Year’s resolutions though, to be honest. I’m a fan of improvement and creating…

  • 2017 New Year’s resolutions for designers

    December 28, 2016 by Morgan Ryan

    The new year is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start reflecting on the highs and lows of the past 12 months and planning any changes for 2017! Even if resolutions aren’t really your thing, the end of the year is still a great time to do a little housekeeping and prep…

  • Our 25 best WordPress and design articles from 2016

    December 22, 2016 by Morgan Ryan

    2016 was full of fantastic new trends in the world of web design. From new CSS tutorials to WordPress best practices to practical advice for growing your agency, we covered it all on The Layout. To make sure you don’t miss our greatest content from the year, we’ve rounded up our most popular stories so you can…

  • 7 unusual places to find some web design inspiration

    December 19, 2016 by Ashley Gainer

    When it comes to inspiration, there’s no shortage of it available to you…if you just know where to look. Often what you need to be truly inspired is a clear mind. When you’re mixed up, befuddled, or focusing on “trying,” there’s no freedom for creativity to flow. You want space in your mind for the…

  • Deeper than Design: Are microinteractions really improving your site?

    December 15, 2016 by Sam Burke

    Convenience is king. How many times have you heard that phrase in business? It’s a mantra I used to swear by at work. The more convenient we can make X, the better. In a culture and economy of abundance, it makes total sense. When we have everything we need, we begin to want more quicker…

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