Talented Daniel Howells updated his fantastic site inspire. If you ever need some visual inspiration for web projects, this is the place to go. He lets you narrow down your search in very specific ways. Looking for sites that are monochromatic, that are typographic, use an unusual layout or are masculine?
The golden rule of web design has always been: It doesn’t matter how much stuff you can put on a webpage, what matters is how much of it you can remove.
We can’t keep designing as we used to if we want people to engage with our content. We can’t keep charging for ads that our layouts train readers to ignore. We can’t focus so much on technology that we forget the web is often, and quite gloriously, a transaction between reader and writer.
The most popular size [screen resolution] is every size. If you’re not thinking in a mobile-first, content-first way, if you’re not planning an adaptive or responsive redesign, if you still think we have a standard canvas that ‘everybody’ uses, and if you can’t feel the hot breath of mobile singeing the hairs on the back of your neck, you don’t deserve to be a designer…
Paper Wants Grey Noise, the Screen Doesn’t
Paper brochures are expected to be filled with text, so copywriters write and write more or less blind text. As a result, nobody reads them. And not just brochures, fashion magazines, newspapers are full with blind text, TVs implode with their preposterous nonsense. They do not care for the attention of the consumer, all they seem to care is to fill the world with deadly grey noise.
Struggle for every word: Websites basically have to struggle for every word, as with ever word that you write too much, you might loose your reader. Yet if you stay simple without oversimplifying or being sensational (works only for the dumb audience), your chances to keep the reader are considerably high.