What defines your style of web design? What makes your work unique?
For example, the second I see an Envato site I identify it as one because they are all designed in a similar way. I think it’s those really sharp 1px borders around some elements (take a look at the footer, or the search box).
I’ve been picking up some Envato-style borders as well.
I would say I use a lot of photoshop effects/filters, but all of them are VERY subtle. I think the key to making the effects stand out is to make them not noticeable unless you know what you’re looking for.
I use a lot of very small and light drop shadows, very slight gradients, etc. I’m also loving me some texture patterns. Lighting effects are a lot of fun, too. The key is to keep it simple. Just have a look at my portfolio and you’ll see what I mean.
I think a lot of designers here, including me, follow the design trends. And the trend-setters are those that make the most impact, ala PSDTUTS and the whole Envato branding, as well as many others. But those two stand out for some reason
I believe what makes your work unique and defines your style is a kind of difficult topic to discuss. Many web designers (as stated above) are following the web 2.0 and 2.5 trends at the moment, myself being one of these followers.
Your style can range from simple little things such as your favorite way to position pages, fluid or fixed width and all those little decisions you make during the design process.
I love the use of gradients, usually from a darker colour to a lighter shade of the first colour, again aiming at the web 2.0 style. And i am a firm believer that simplicity sells.
If you are designing a site and it starts getting to complicated, I have an acronym that i learnt very early in my life (possibly around 5 or 6 years old) and that is KISS , it stands for keep it simple stupid!
It’s a wonderful acronym that always forces me to look through the clients eyes and see if a page is too complicated.
Ahhhhhhh so much to say about this, but to be honest every designer knows their favorite and most used techniques – this is your style
Assuming it’s because I’m aging, I’m more of a dark color designer lately. High contrast and light colors are tiring my eyes =)
When i first started out designing web sites (about 5 years ago) I was 11 years old. Every single site i designed was a combination of dark grey’s and blacks. I suppose i grew out of that habbit as i noticed for a professional designer, black dosen’t always work
I do have to agree with you there, onuro. There aren’t very many dark themed sites around anymore, well at least no where near as many as there used to be – but then again look at how much the web has grown.