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How do I make a nature-inspired website?

A nature website is a website inspired by natural surroundings. These websites are ideal for travel-based companies, photographers, organic e-commerce, and adventure/travel blogs. Nature websites often have photos of spacious, rural surroundings, which take up much of the negative space on the site. Additionally, nature sites often have familiar and recognizable icons, logos, and graphics (i.e. a mountain logo or a leaf icon).
In this roundup we’ll showcase websites that use the sky, space, trees and plants, landscapes, or other elements from nature within their design. You’ll notice the use of large background videos and photos is becoming more popular. You’ll see a variety of different approaches, so hopefully it will provide you with some inspiration for your own work.

Designers Trek Tahoe 

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Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD. The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers. These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world today. So for a few moments, take a break from your daily routine, have a laugh and enjoy these funny cartoons. Feel free to leave your comments and suggestions below as well as any related stories of your own…  





I recently submitted the following experimental CSS layout to Smashing Magazine Typographic Layout Design Contest. I'm now publishing it here for my readers to play with. It's called the Exploring Web Typography CSS Hover Layout. It's pretty crazy but kind of cool too. Enjoy!
The idea behind this experimental layout is to explore how content can be progressively revealed by using the CSS hover pseudo-class. To do this without JavaScript I needed to nest the elements within one another in long chains. The finished product contains elements nested to approximately 50 levels deep. This layout is less like a static page and more of a navigable message that grows as you read it. While working with this hover-method I found that it was surprisingly versatile. Words can be styled to better represent the current meaning of the story, and the process of following the writing is... Read More
If you're responsible for promoting your organization, you've likely thought about Search Engine Optimization, or SEO. The topic of SEO seems to be top of mind for just about everyone we work with. There is a lot of good information available about SEO (like our SEO Cheat Sheet, for example!) but unfortunately, there are still some myths circulating. One of the more divisive myths is the "subdomain vs. subfolder" argument.

What Does That Even Mean?

There are some STRONG OPINIONS about this issue! Who knew? For those of you who aren't sure what subdomains or subfolders are, let's back up a bit and fill in the blanks.


There are a couple of ways to host a corporate blog on your website. One way is to place it under a subfolder (aka subdirectory) on your website.  For example, if SpinWeb went this route, our blog would live at the address "www.spinweb.net/blog".... Read More

What are the pros and cons of a sidebar?


  • Running ads
  • Increase email sign-ups
  • Promote related products
  • Organization (especially for ecommerce)


  • Visually unappealing UX
  • Not compatible with mobile
  • Cluttered and clunky information
  • Unnecessary for many businesses and portfolios
Websites have featured sidebars dating back to the mid 90s. Early websites were primitive but usable, and here we are over two decades later with many tremendous advancements in web design.
Yet sidebars are still a common staple on every site, from blogs to small businesses and ecommerce shops. But with the growth of responsive design, it’s worth questioning if sidebars serve a purpose anymore. In this post, I’ll share some ideas and examples to consider whether or not your next website really needs a sidebar section.

To Sidebar or Not To Sidebar?

That is the question. And... Read More
This post tests comments in the following ways.
  • Threaded comments up to 10 levels deep
  • Paginated comments (set Settings > Discussion > Break comments into pages to 5 top level comments per page)
  • Comment markup / formatting
  • Comment images
  • Comment videos
  • Author comments
  • Gravatars and default... Read More
All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother. I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs. Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, "Oh, why can't you remain like this for ever!" This was all that passed between them on the subject, but henceforth Wendy knew that she must grow up. You always know after you are two. Two is the beginning of the end.
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