The New Rules of Minimal Design: Best Practices, Examples, and Tips

While there is nothing new about minimalism as a design trend, the application and techniques are ever-evolving. Some of the most notable changes with modern minimal designs are the use of space, color, and typography treatments. These design elements can make the overall aesthetic seem new and fresh or show a more dated style. Here,…

4 Ways Clients Can Hurt Project Outcomes (and How You Can Save the Day)

Whether you’re building a website, mobile app or even a marketing campaign, everyone involved is working towards a successful outcome. And, although the stakeholders share this common goal, they may have very different thoughts about how to get there. This can be problematic. Everyone involved has to be on the same page. If not, that…

Smashing Podcast Episode 36 With Miriam Suzanne: What Is The Future Of CSS?

In this episode, we’re starting our new season of the Smashing Podcast with a look at the future of CSS. What new specs will be landing in browsers soon? Drew McLellan talks to expert Miriam Suzanne to find out. Show Notes Miriam Suzanne on Twitter Miriam’s personal website Cascade Layers is a Working Draft Container…

Meet Image Optimization, A New Smashing Book By Addy Osmani

Images have been a key part of the web for decades. Our brains interpret images much faster than text, which is why high-quality visuals drive conversions and user engagement. Just think about landing pages and product photos, feature panels and hero areas. To be effective, all these images need to be carefully orchestrated to appear…

Proprietary vs. Open-Source: How to Choose the Right CMS

There are a ton of content management system (CMS) options out there. And if you’re looking to find the perfect fit your website project, the search can be exhausting. Particularly if you don’t have a lot of experience with these systems. But before you even choose a specific app, there’s another factor that needs to…

8 Stunning Examples of CSS Glassmorphism Effects

Glassmorphism effects have become a staple in modern web design. They offer a sleek aesthetic and fit beautifully with just about any background color. The exact definition of glassmorphism can vary a bit. However, it’s essentially a “frosted” or semi-transparent element that mimics the look of glass and appears to hover over the rest of…