Getting ready for the most magical, special, unforgettable day of your life? There’s no better way to share the details with your loved ones than to make a website. One that would be as special and unique as the unity you’re about to celebrate. If you’re wondering why your wedding event needs an online location in addition to the offline one, wonder no more. In this article we’ll explain not only the benefits of a wedding website, but also the best web design practices and ideas for making it as perfect and as easy as possible (we know you’re a busy bee!).
From collecting RSVP’s in a breeze, to sharing real time photos with ease, here’s how you can create a wedding website that will make all your guests wish they had one as well.
Between the catering, the capricious DJ and the flower arrangements, you have tons of things to take care of for the wedding. Creating a layout shouldn’t be one of them. Why? Because you only have one click to make, in order to find ready-made and gorgeous wedding website templates. Advantage #1: They’re created by leading web designers, who took into account every possible need the happy couple might have, and integrated them into a sleek design. Advantage #2: They won’t cost you a penny. All the features that make a wedding website shine are given absolutely for free, from the event planner to the social photo sharing app.
Apps to a website are like abs to a workout - activate them correctly and you’ll have stunning end results. There are some wonderful features out there that will both enrich your website and show your guests you truly care:
Every wedding ceremony is unique, and so is its website. Whether you’re using a template or creating a website from scratch, you’ll be making it all about you and your other half. On top of uploading beautiful photos of the happy couple (even better if you have engagement pictures), you can dedicate a whole section to sharing your love journey. An “Our Story” page can include a beautifully designed timeline, a touching collage of photos, or a funny story of how you met. It will get your family and friends into that magical atmosphere, even if the wedding is miles and months away.
Have you ever been stuck on the way to a wedding, desperately looking for that paper invite you received months ago for the directions to the venue (whose name you barely remember)? Avoid the last minute, unnecessary phone calls, and make sure your guests have all the event details just a click away. Ensure that the date and venue address are the centrepiece of your homepage and are visible above the fold. Adding a navigable Google Maps app is also highly recommended.
Starting a new life together with your chosen one is an exciting journey. And what’s better than receiving the exact items you dreamt of as wedding gifts from your family and friends? Just like you don’t want to leave your guests stranded without directions to the venue, you won’t abandon them when it comes to bestowing you a perfect gift. Include your gift registries on your wedding website, and let people make you happy, just the way you wanted.
Remember that paper invite we were talking about, the one you can never find when you need it? Aside from often turning out as useless, physical invitations are also not very environment friendly. Worry not, you can still have a beautifully designed invitation without harming the flora and fauna of our planet. Whether you’re working with a designer, or walking down the DIY aisle - your wedding invites can go completely digital (and save you some money on the way). Send your ‘e-vites’ manually, or use a free service like Wix Events to share the news with all your guests in a couple of clicks.
The long awaited day has finally arrived! Share the excitement with all your guests (and the loved ones that couldn’t make it) and stream photos and videos from the wedding directly on your website. How? Using a social stream app and a hashtag. Notify guests in advance that they can use a specific hashtag at your wedding - adding it to the header or footer of your website is a good way to go. On the day of the event, the social stream app will collect all relevant posts and display them in one magical location - your wedding website. This is also a great way to keep the memory alive with no effort, as the captured moments will be displayed on your website for eternity.
Ready for the Big Day? Start with these free and gorgeous wedding website templates!
Starting anything from scratch can be daunting. It’s the same when it comes to web design. With so many possibilities, how can you leave enough breadcrumbs to avoid getting lost in your creative maze? The best advice to ensure you don’t stray from the path is to have a clear image of your brand and its overall message throughout the design process. This way, you can always refer back, remaining true to your concept. However, whether you’re designing a website for yourself or for a client, you might need a few more practical tips to make the most out of it. From finding inspiration to building the actual layout and choosing your color palette, here are the best practices in building a website from scratch.
1. Do your homework
Remember those kids that used to spend their recesses reading and always won the spelling bees? Whether you were one of them or not, now’s the time to do your homework. Ensure you have a clear understanding of the exact goal of the website you’re building. Is it for branding, to attract new customers or to use it as a business card? Once you have all the answers, make sure the site you create is compliant to your or your client’s brand identity. Your findings will have an impact on the smallest details, like the color of a button or the font of a title.
2. Be curious
Once you feel you’ve mastered the brand, move on to visual research. Search top design blogs and social media channels like Pinterest and Instagram. Finding inspiration shouldn’t involve only your eyes, but also your legs. You can find treasures in real life, browsing magazines, going to exhibitions and observing window displays. Gather all the images from your findings and keep only the ones that align with your brand’s look and feel - is it fun and exotic, or clean and organized? Final tip: get to know your competitors. Explore websites from the same field and decide how your site will be similar or different to them. In other words: “keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”
3. Prepare your best content
Now is the time to collect all your written and visual elements. After all, a beautiful site won’t ensure your visitors’ return, if the content isn’t up to scratch. One golden rule here: always pick quality over quantity, and only display your best and most up-to-date content. It sounds obvious for an online store (you don’t want to show collections from fall 1992, do you?), but it’s the case for any other website. For example, if you’re a photographer, it’s recommended to go for 20 to 30 pictures per gallery maximum - but only your most stunning ones. It’s better to leave your visitors with a desire for more. Plus, overloading your website might make it slower – and Internet users are not the most patient, especially on smartphones.
4. Create the architecture
It’s time to do something you haven’t done since the 11th grade: take a blank sheet of paper and a pen. You’ll use them to draw the architecture of your site, that is to say, the way your pages are connected to one another. Being precise here will considerably ease the process in the next stages. Moreover, a well-organized website is also easier to browse and will retain your visitors for longer. Finally, Google loves seeing pages that are well connected to one another, resulting in better SEO. The best practice here is to make sure that your pages are connected in a way that a visitor shouldn’t have to click more than twice to move from one page to any other page of your site.
So, which pages should you add? A website always needs a homepage, a gallery of what you offer (services, eStore, photos, etc.), an “About” page and a contact section - including social media channels. Then, based on your activity, you might want to add some of these extras:
5. Build your layout
The placement of elements on your pages has a big effect on the overall aesthetics, so consider which layout best reflects your site’s look and feel. To narrow it down, here are the two current major schools of web design:
In every case, there’s one option that works better than the other. It depends on your brand identity (you did take stage one seriously, didn’t you?), your type of business and your own preferences. Option one tends to suit traditional businesses. It’s also recommended for sites with a lot of written content. Option two is more trendy and fits businesses with mainly visual content.
If you go for the second option, consider separating sections using strips and columns to create grids - a clear and aesthetic way to display images. They also keep the viewers interested whilst scrolling and help them ‘digest’ your content more easily. See how Mercedes deBellard created a superb grid layout with Wix, that displays her works in an optimal way, with a clean background and clickable images.
6. Keep it clean and organized
Your visitors should feel at home on your website. This means that you want it to be as organized as possible. Think about hierarchy here. The most critical and/or eye-catching elements should be placed at the top left of your page, above the fold. Indeed, studies have shown that when looking at a page, we tend to start from the top left, then our eyes move right and down, following an “F” or “Z” shape.
You also want your website to look clean. Whether you’re using a grid or any other type of layout, leave space between elements to create a sense of breathing. A border around the edges of the screen is also a must, especially in mobile design. Ensure your site looks professional by repeating the same space in all areas, as well as aligning elements to one another to avoid disorder.
7. Show your two colors
Colors not only have different psychological impacts on people, influencing the feel of your site; they also play an important role in its general performance (conversion to clients, time spent on page, etc.). Before delving in too deep, check if your brand already has a color scheme. If not, you should use color theory to help you decide on a color palette. Want to play it safe? Go for a clean white - or black, if you’re feeling wild - background and incorporate a maximum of two more colors. Explore how designer Mike Almanza creates a powerful aesthetic effect on his Wix website with only a few shades of grey and red.
8. Pick the right fonts
Although rules are there to be broken, it is generally recommended to keep your fonts consistent. Start with a maximum of two throughout your website. You can allow yourself some creativity for the titles, but when it comes to the text in your paragraphs, keep it clean, simple and easy to read. Stick to a maximum of three font sizes on each page, to create order. Play around with different weights and styles to emphasize certain words and create a hierarchy.
9. Add the final touches
Just as a gift isn’t complete without a ribbon, a website isn’t ready without a few finishing touches. These can come in the form of welcome animations and parallax - all of which you can add on Wix without a single line of code. Uploading a video to your website is also an easy, yet efficient way to catch your visitors’ attention, and make them stay longer on your pages. These small but essential additions can help link between elements and add to the overall sensation your site conveys.
10. Use an extra pair of eyes
Everybody needs a little help from their friends. Once all the elements are in place, ask people you trust for a second opinion on your website. This way, they can proof-read the copy, go over all buttons and links to check they work in a logical and flowing way, and also tell you if the brand’s message is clear and consistent. Finally, ensure you’ve adapted the website for mobile viewing and that it performs well on different devices - and you’re good to hit that “Publish” button!
If you’ve got this far, chances are you’ve done a thorough job, so kudos to you! But if you think the work on your site ends here, think again. A website needs to be tended to, just like a baby. If you want your website to successfully blossom into adulthood, you have to maintain it, keeping the design up to date with the trends and ensuring it’s constantly SEO ready.
Ready to lay the first bricks of your website? Delve into the world of web design with Wix now.
It's not so easy to design a good logo, is it? Sometimes we struggle to come up with a good idea. Sometimes we make a mistake from the start and the end result is not even close to what the client had in mind for his brand. The whole creative process can be very frustrating at times, but there are a couple of steps to it that can help us design better logos that perfectly represent the brand.
We asked Konstantina Gavala to explain what it takes to design a good logo. As an example, she used the process of making the logo of their company.
[caption id="attachment_51780" align="alignnone" width="560"] Our briefing questionnaire is an 8-page notebook we ask our clients to fill in.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_51781" align="alignnone" width="560"] The menuboard is a graphic representation of our ideas for the brand.[/caption]
This is the moodboard I made for Yellow Studio. It's a graphic representation of things we realized during the briefing process this brand should be about. A creative interpretation of the brief, the moodboard's use is to explain words through images. It is one of the most difficult, but also the most creative of processes we use.
Sketching and designing
After finishing with the análisis of the brand´s goals with both words and images, we start sketching different ideas for the logo. It is very important for us to start this process with pencil/ pen and paper before concluding on a specific design and creating the digital and final archive in Illustrator. We always make sure that the final design works perfectly with bright and dark backgrounds by either choosing a colour that works well with everything or creating the logo´s negative. For our brand, I chose to create a graphic logo, one that has a yellow background and no transparency behind the name.
[caption id="attachment_51782" align="alignnone" width="560"] So here it is the final version of the logo![/caption]
What is different about your logo designing process? Share your ideas with us in comments below.
About the author: Konstantina Gavala is the creative director at Yellow Studio in Barcelona. She studied architecture, design and photography in different universities in around Europe. Her studies include a Masters degree in Architecture, and postgraduate degrees in "Design, Image and Architecture" and "Design and Photography".
As a young artist, I remember having difficulty finding opportunities to promote my art and get recognition for it, until I found out there are numerous art residencies for young artists. I learned that art shows, contests, and residencies are important tools for the artist, especially emerging artists because they are a third party endorsement of your art. If a residency loves your work enough to accept you, then a future buyer can feel confident in purchasing your art. Not all residencies are free, but they are all great for your career and growth as an artist. Don’t forget to put these on your art resume!
So, now that we understand why residencies are important, let us explore some residencies that are available for young and emerging artists in 2018.
Cosm offers a retreat to musicians, dancers, performance artists, and painters. A residency at Cosm does not require any educational or experiential prerequisites. However, a letter of intention and the purpose of the consultation are requested in advance. This retreat is at Alex Grey’s Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in the guest retreat room. There are several options available from one night to weeklong retreats, and even longer if you wish. The residency includes a consultation about career development, style, technique, and philosophy. Prices range from $500 - $1450.
Screen-printing, etching, relief printing, sewing, photography, and business courses are all offered at Studio Two Three. This residency is open to all skill levels and you will work alongside other artists in a working studio located in Richmond, Virginia.
This retreat is for artists that would like to work on their craft while in a renewing setting at the Yasodhara Ashram in Canada. The fee is only $50 and the minimum stay is one week (two weeks is recommended). During your stay, you will need to donate two hours per day of your time to the ashram. Meals and yoga classes are provided free during your stay as part of the residency.
Located on a farm 30 miles North of New York City, the art space at Stony Point Center is a 4000 sq. ft. two-story facility with a loft, overlooking a chicken coop and vegetable gardens. The artist-in-residence duties consist of managing the art space, facilitating lectures, and organizing classes. Residencies are 3-6 months long and a donation of one painting is required.
If you know about more artist in residency programmes worldwide, please share it with our community in the comments.
About the author: Angela Latchkey is an award-winning surreal artist. Her oil paintings explore ideas about philosophy, consciousness, science, and technology.
Let’s admit it, creating a website 10 years ago was a real pain in the mouse. Every single element had to be planned in advance, both coding and design-wise. Then, any change would require bugging the web designer, even if it was just updating the year in the footer. (Speaking of which, this is a free reminder to update all your footers for 2018! No need to thank me.) Luckily, today there are various web-development platforms that allow you to create a website, even if you haven't typed a single line of code in your entire life. Yet, even if you end up using the most stunning template, and the most advanced set of tools to personalize it, no one cancelled the importance of know-how. Meaning, you still have to know what you’re doing, as the responsibility for the website’s success lays exclusively on you. Which pages does my website need? Which fonts should I pick? How do I design a homepage that makes people click? And how come my coffee's cold again? Those are only a few questions you might end up asking yourself while working on your online presence. Well, it’s finally time for some good news, since we’ve gathered the five essential web design tips for a stunning website:
A well-designed home without visual clutter is a serene place, one that you’d want to spend a lot of time in. A website is no different. After all, there is a reason why the first thing you see is called a “homepage”. Making users stay on your website is always a win - even if they don’t make a purchase, they’ll end up learning about your brand or product and come back later. Finally, keeping them hooked raises your reputation in the eyes of Google, and will result in a better ranking in search results (SEO). So, how do we turn a homepage into an inviting and pleasant space for the random Internet user? By keeping it neat, organized, and functional. Follow these guidelines to create a practical clutter-free atmosphere:
To sum it up in one line, a clutter-free homepage should make your visitors read less and do more. Inspiration: Thanks to the use of arrows, icons and white space, this Wix template is a perfect example of clean design.
Since your website visitors don’t have the time to explore it in its full glory, you need to arrange the content wisely, following the rules of visual hierarchy. Think of it as a trail of donuts: leave them where needed, and people will follow. Use colour, contrast, size and spacing to draw attention to desired sections, and make sure you’re exposing the reader to what’s most important first. Here’s an example of a generic order of appearance you might want to adopt:
Other sections will surely enrich your website, like the traditional “About me” page, client feedbacks, a blog, a newsletter subscription - just to name a few. But the reader must be intentionally led through the three most important ones listed above, according to their hierarchy. Inspiration: Check out how this Wix template manages to deliver the information in a hierarchized, yet beautiful way.
A readable website makes it easy for users to recognize words, sentences, and phrases in a breeze. With high readability, visitors can scan the website quickly and internalize the info efficiently. In addition to using short and concise chunks of text within a hierarchy, you need to double-check that it is designed to read. Follow this set of guidelines to take your content readability to the next level:
Inspiration: The grid-based layout and classic fonts make it super easy for visitors to grasp the important information on this website.
You want your website to be amazing, but never a maze. All the info on your website should be accessed as easily and intuitively as possible. User-friendly navigation not only helps people find what they’re looking for but also affects your website’s ranking in the long run. The easier it is to find content, the simpler it will be for search engines to index it. Here are the basic rules that will make your website’s navigation as clear as a whistle:
It’s official: more than 50% of Internet traffic originates from mobiles. That leaves no room for questions: your website has to be mobile compliant on every possible device. A powerful website builder like Wix will create a mobile version of your website automatically, making this task a no-brainer. Then, you only have to adapt the content, keeping the following tips in mind:
To sum it up in four words: think small, win big! Inspiration: After excluding all unnecessary elements, this Wix template looks as inviting on mobile and on desktop.
Ready to craft your online masterpiece? Delve into the world of web design with Wix now.
Designing isn’t easy. It doesn’t really matter where you stand today as a designer, what really matters is how quickly you learn, adapt, and upgrade your design skills.You can read all the designing tips and best practices on the internet but what really matters is how you perform practically. At times, it is just using the right tools.
CyberLink PhotoDirector happens to be a great choice for amateur designers for several reasons. Here are five best reasons why CyberLink PhotoDirector should be your first choice.
PC MAG calls it friendly yet powerful interface.
Let’s admit it, being an amateur designer, you need an easy start. You need an editing software that you can learn quickly and get started almost immediately.
If you've to watch a video tutorial before editing every single image, you won’t make it too far.
This is where CyberLink PhotoDirector comes into play. It is an easy-to-use editing tool that works perfectly for amateurs as well as professional designers. Once you get used to the basic functions, you can switch to its advanced versions.
This is where it gets really interesting. I have seen designers who use multiple tools because they don’t get all the features in a single powerful editing software. At the end, it gets frustrating because you've to move your image from multiple tools to finalize it.
Guess what, CyberLink PhotoDirector is one heck of an editing software that is extremely power-rich. It does pretty much everything you need from a photo editor.
Here are a few major features.
Why a photo editor and designer needs a photo editing software?
The whole point is to edit images and make them look better. If you cannot do it, you won’t stand a chance.
CyberLink PhotoDirector helps you with editing. Period.
Not just that it helps but you can start editing images fairly quickly. Adobe Photoshop is good, but it needs tine. You cannot edit a photo right away with it.
CyberLink PhotoDirector lets you do it right from day one. With its intelligent content-aware editing, you can start editing images like a pro right from day one. Besides, dealing with layers is easier than ever.
As a designer, you've to deal with raw formats. CyberLink PhotoDirector supports all the raw files from all the leading cameras. You just name it.
This makes it a designer’s best friend.
When you’re a designer, its best to shoot in raw for several reasons. If your photo editor doesn’t support raw files, you'll have to shoot in another format and that’s not the best choice as a designer.
The best part, CyberLink PhotoDirector is affordable.
The biggest challenge amateur designers’ face is that they don’t have enough money to buy expensive image editing tools. You’re already in the struggling and learning phase, and that’s the time when you need an affordable yet powerful photo editor.
That’s where CyberLink PhotoDirector makes the equation even.
Stop chasing your dreams, fulfill your destiny and be one of the best designers in the town with the right image editor.
While it took some time to choose the right replacement windows, all the work is done. You look at the new windows and know that they have made an impact on the way your home looks. What is not apparent just yet is some of the other advantages you will enjoy as time passes. Here are three of the more important benefits that will now be yours thanks to the decision to invest in new residential windows.
You Stop Wasting So Much Energy
There as some suspicion that the older windows were contributing to the higher utility bills. What may surprise you is how much of a contribution was made due to the poor insulating qualities and generally deteriorated state of the aging windows. Now that they are gone, you will see a noticeable in the energy needed to keep the home comfortable. From the first full billing period after the new windows Oakville are in place, you will have more money that can be devoted to other household expenses.
Your Heating and Cooling System Will Last Longer
Those new windows will do more than decrease the energy needed to keep the home warm in winter and cool in summer. Since the heating and cooling system does not have to cycle on as much, there is less wear and tear on the components. You end up saving money because repairs to the unit are less frequent. There is also a good chance that the system will end up lasting several more years because of the reduced usage. That gives you more time to set aside money for a replacement and be able to avoid having to finance a new system.
You Can Open and Close the Windows Without Any Trouble
When was the last time you could open and close all of the windows without any difficulty? Older windows, especially wooden ones, are likely to begin sticking as they age. If they don’t stick, then the sashes will not stay in place once you do open them. There were times when you would have loved to let some fresh air in the house but the effort was just too much.
With your new windows in place, feel free to open them whenever you like. They will glide easily to any position you like and stay there. When it’s time to close the windows, you won’t have to strain in order to inch the sash downward; it will close with the same level of effort that it took to raise the sash in the first place.
Are you tired of windows that don’t work the way you like? Now is the time to do something about the situation. Call a local contractor and begin checking out the different designs offered by the windows manufacturer recommended by the professional. Plan a date for the replacement project to begin. Once it’s finished, you will begin to enjoy those windows before the last member of the installation team pulls out of the driveway.
Marketing, using illustrations, is more powerful than using text, which most people don't read. After all, they say that 'a picture is worth a thousand words.' A marketing illustration needs to have a strong message to the intended market to make an impact. Most news indicates that all illustrators are different, so what are the various marketing mistakes they need to avoid when doing their work? This article will highlight some.
Illustrations use more drawings than from just the imagination. However, there are many tools to make such marketing arts fine and smooth. People get attracted to fine finishes rather than rugged ones. Most young haven’t got commercial illustrators portfolio and would give up on the way and end up delivering unfinished work. For instance, the adobe illustrator will offer the simple and smooth tools you need to tidy up your work, but one must know how to use it.
Well, one would conclude that it's not worth spending a whole day designing a logo for a client and creating the best resolution only to download it in the wrong format. In fact, there are few high-quality formats that will be compatible with your illustration program without changing the resolution. Thus, it's crucial to understand the compatibility between the two documents, particularly for web purposes.
Colors are very crucial in marketing illustrations. Suppose you want to make a logo or design for a coffee house and you use all yellow colors. Does it make since? People would expect more of a dark brown to represent the dark roasts of coffee; similarly, one cannot use purple to illustrate tomato juice. This mistake can cost a company great sales, time, and energy when they reject your work.
While most young illustrators will try to build their own swatches to remain unique, this can use up most of your time and never achieve the best quality. The most popular illustrator software will have their own hues, skin tones, and color schemes. When used well, such capabilities will always give a unique outcome, so there is no need to create some from scratch. The experts advise that one can create color schemes that have never been seen before with such tools.
It's one of the popular mistakes young marketing illustrators make. If one is going to crop, the relationship between the image and cropping must be logical. Thus, one cannot crop more than 1/3 of the image; otherwise, it will lose meaning. Additionally, trimming also depends on the effect one wants to create in the illustration. For instance, one may decide to trim the lower part of a human portrait and leave the upper part with enough allowance from the image to the trim.
Illustrations are used in more than marketing setups and all need great creativity. As a rising way of marketing, illustrators must, by all means, produce classic work. A combination of great tools alongside creativity is what will give the best results.
Have friends been dropping hints that your home could use new windows? Now is the time to take a close look and see what you think. As you examine the windows, you are likely to realize they are the reason for some issue around the house that could be easily corrected. Here are five of the more common problems that are resolved once a homeowner decides to move forward with a complete window replacement.
No Hot and Cold Spots
In the years past, keeping the entire home at a comfortable temperature was easy. The last year or so has been different. There is definitely a difference in the temperature in the hallway and several other spots. Those areas seem to be a little warmer in the summer and colder in the winter.
At first, you put the issue down to needing new insulation. Unfortunately, that change did not eliminate the problem. Once you install new windows Ottawa, those hot and cold spots are likely to be history.
Your Energy Bill is Lower
You may not realize how much your current windows affect the heating and cooling bills. This is especially true if they are several decades old and were not manufactured according to the specifications that apply today. Once you have those older windows removed and install newer designs sporting double panes and other features, there will be a difference in your heating and cooling bills. Think of all the things you can do with the extra money!
The View is Better
Even with frequent cleaning, the glass in your older windows has minor flaws that interfere with the view. Tiny scratches from years of use is common and can make looking out the windowless pleasant as time passes. The changes are so incremental that you really don’t notice them until the new windows are in place. At that point, the experience is much like someone who just purchased a new pair of prescription glasses. Suddenly, the view is much sharper and crisp. That can only be a good thing.
Your Privacy is Protected
Did you know that it’s possible to invest in new windows that make it easier to see into the house while still allowing you to look out and see everything clearly? That’s an excellent feature that boosts your privacy. People who prefer to go about their business without feeling as if anyone can walk by and peer into the home will find this feature especially attractive.
Your Home’s Value Increases
Home improvements of any kind add to the market value of your home. That includes investing in new windows. Improvements indicate to prospective buyers that they can move in and enjoy the home without having to make any changes immediately. Knowing the windows are in great shape and likely to last for a long time is certainly something your real estate agent can use as a selling point.
Now is the time to look at windows in Newmarket from CanChoice and select a new window design. Once the installation is finished, you will pat yourself on the back for making such a smart decision.