Archive for the ‘Web Development’ Category

Z Art Design

Friday, October 15th, 2010



A website we’ve recently completed showcases some cool vertical and horizontal movement. Designed to be the desk of the architect. Showcases Flash and Jquery nicely. See it at www.zartdesign.com

Horizontal Scrolling

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Here at WebWorks and Graphics, we’re  currently working on a fun a  project that  includes exciting horizontal scrolling and  navigation techniques and we can’t wait to show you the outcome. Meanwhile, let us dedicate this entry to this fun new emerging design trend that is slowly gaining ground.  To be clear, horizontal scroll bars have long  existed on the internet but have remained rudimentary since technology was not up to par with this different concept. Now that most mouses and computers  have this capability and software such as Scrollable and jScrollHorizontalPane  can convert the standard  vertical scroll wheel to the desired horizontal capability,  designers are taking advantage of this  and creating websites that change the  experience for web users. Here are some great examples that we have come across which shows the brilliance and potential of “horizontalism”.

http://www.sursly.com

http://vanityclaire.com/

http://www.peter-pearson.com/

Duck Duck Go : The Latest New Search Engine

Monday, May 24th, 2010

There’s a new search engine on the web that is worthy of mentioning. It is called “Duck Duck Go”  and it has already got the likes of Smashing Magazine and many others tweeting about its significance.  I tried it out this morning and my first impression was “wow, this could actually contend with the big timers.

Here are a few reasons why:


Layout and Design:

- No clutter or distracting images/colors that will overwhelm the soon to be frequent user.  On the flip side, the design and overall look is super clean and friendly. The branding is spot on. A happy white duck with a green bow-tie inside of a red circle;  a great simple and memorable logo for this new search engine.
- The font is large and easy to comprehend. The search engine box is an inviting red transparent box that makes me feel hopeful in my search. Under the search engine box, there are four clean images to tailor your search options.  1. A Magnet (for searching) 2. A stack of books(for information) 3. A shopping cart ( for shopping) and  3. a “duck duck go logo(for, yes, im feeling “ducky”)  To top it off, all objects snazzily magnify as the mouse scrolls over.  Always a tasteful design feature.


Search Engine Effectiveness and Functionality:

- My particular search gave me everything I was hoping to find  and more. Very quick, relevant and  overall efficient.
- The search predicability function  is extremely impressive giving you the quickest options to tailor your search.
-The search results are presented in a very neat and easy to identify manner. I particularly love how the particular website’s logo displays for each result.

-The side bar conveniently allows you to jump websites and try your search on youtube, twitter, amazon, google maps and more.  Very user friendly.

In short, you simply must see for yourself what I am describing.

Here is the link to your new favorite  search engine:

Duck Duck Go

enjoy,

Nima

p.s  Google we still love you. Just giving props where it’s  best deserved.

WE ARE THE MACHINE: Web 2.0

Friday, May 14th, 2010

What is Web 2.0?  Or, better yet, who is Web 2.0?  It is by no means a brand new concept however, it is one that many still do not fully understand. Today’s entry is dedicated to uncovering any mystery that surrounds it.. When I  personally think of the nature of Web 2.0, I get overwhelmed at how today’s internet  is in a sense, a  self perpetuating beast that  grows and molds upon each and every user’s subsequent visit .  Every move we make is literally going into the machine and making it stronger and better.; and we are totally connected.  It’s quite mind blowing really. Wikipedia defines web 2.0 as a term commonly associated with web applications that facilitate interactive information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design,[1] and collaboration on the World Wide Web.  Indeed wiki’s   definition makes perfect  sense but I agree with you dear reader  that in order to truly uncover the mystery and scope of web 2.0, visuals are going to have to come into play.  Ask and you shall receive. This excellent you tube video  created by Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology Kansas State University takes into account every angle when thinking about the very nature of this beast:

THE MACHINE IS US/ING US

Nima

A Smashing Look at Today’s New Design Trends

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Smashing Magazine just put out an article dubbing today’s efforts “ the golden era of Web design — or at least the best period thus far.”  I couldn’t agree more with this statement and the contents in this great article.  In a nutshell Smashing goes in depth about the many new facets of the  ever evolving trends in modern web design. It’s a two part beast with many great examples of each different element discussed so make sure you’re ready to dive in and fully enjoy.  Here is the link

The Current State of Web Design: Trends 2010

Nima Kazerouni

WebWorks and Graphics