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Indian ecologists decry decision on biodiversity hot spot

Science Magazine - 0 sec ago
Government opts for less protective plan to safeguard the species-rich Western Ghats
Categories: Science

Pop-reggae thirst quenched for another 20 years

The Daily Mash - 1 hour 31 min ago
FOLLOWING the summer hit Rude by MAGIC!, music listeners have confirmed they are good for pop-reggae songs until the year 2034.
Categories: Fun

Geese think they are hard

The Daily Mash - 2 hours 6 min ago
GEESE are inexplicably convinced that they are hard as nails, it has emerged.
Categories: Fun

Viewing naked celebrity pictures ‘same as watching the news’

The Daily Mash - 2 hours 46 min ago
MEN have convinced themselves that looking at naked celebrity pictures is a legitimate part of keeping up with current affairs.
Categories: Fun

How to use circles in website design

Web Designer Depot - 2 hours 53 min ago

thumbnailCircles are a relatively new development in web design. From the boxy days of web design’s youth, our contemporary works have evolved beyond what many would have imagined in those early days of the www. This current embrace of the circular ways is most likely due to the fact that, until recently, it wasn’t easy to create circular elements without the use of images.

With the ease that one can now use CSS to create circles, they are becoming much more commonplace in web design. They are cropping up all over the landscape. Many feel that circles are more difficult to use in web design, and there are arguments to be made there. However, if we stick to a good grid and maintain plenty of whitespace throughout, a circle based design can put a fresh and exciting face on a site.

Now more than likely, using circles for all of the following on-site elements, would result in a very confused and awkward site, given that circles tend to draw the user’s eye and make an element stand out. So we want to select the right element and place to include this circular patterning. Below we have dissected a few key areas that this tends to work well for a website.

Logo

Using a circular logo on your site not only gives it a clean and minimalist feel, but it also imparts the impression of sophistication and class. The circle is one of the oldest symbols known to human kind, often representing life itself. This fact is probably part of the reason that so many designers use it to represent their brand and sites. Using a circle has become quite a popular choice for logos these days.

How to use circles in website design

How to use circles in website design

How to use circles in website design

 

Navigation

Using circles for navigation is becoming an increasingly popular and logical choice in today’s growing and evolving markets favoring mobility. With the rise of touch screen devices, now moving beyond just smart phones and tablets, the push for patterning navigation in this way is taking way off. And with good reason. Using a circle for a button intuitively connects with the user, even mimicking the shape of a fingertip; begging the user to press it.

How to use circles in website design

How to use circles in website design

How to use circles in website design

How to use circles in website design

 

Icons

Circular icons are definitely the most popular and long running circular element used in web design. This is most likely due to the fact that they’re usually image based so CSS capabilities didn’t have to play a role in their use. They were able to hit the ground running. Some might think that given the length of time that circular icons have been decorating the Web, it might be time to change gears a bit and move in a different direction. But there is a reason that this design aesthetic has lasted this long in regards to icons. It just works.

How to use circles in website design

How to use circles in website design

How to use circles in website design

 

Image previews

This technique we tend to see a lot in portfolios around the web as round images offer an aestheticly pleasing way of presenting a preview of the work to users. Again, this patterning tends to really draw the eye, so putting your previews in a cleverly cropped circle not only visually directs the user their way, but it speaks to them. And as for usability, circular images given plenty of room to breath between them which can give a site a creative and harmonious look.

How to use circles in website design

How to use circles in website design

How to use circles in website design

 

Calls to action

Much like with navigation and the prevalence of touch-screen devices and expected capabilities, calls to action are served well by taking on this rounded pattern. Though, if you are presenting both the navigation and any CTAs you may have on the site in similar fashion, then you should try to make them stand out in very different ways. Navigation is necessary, yes, but CTAs are priority elements that we need to be sure get treated as such. And distinguished as such. Creating a visual hierarchy is nothing new to web designers, and this is simply an extension of that.

How to use circles in website design

How to use circles in website design

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Categories: Art, Miscellaneous

Transfer window day made a bank holiday

The Daily Mash - 3 hours 4 min ago
THE closing of the football transfer window has been made a public holiday, because no work gets done that day anyway.
Categories: Fun

Graduates doing low-paid jobs in a moody way

The Daily Mash - 3 hours 17 min ago
UNIVERSITY graduates trapped in low-paid jobs have resolved to do them in a grudging, sour-faced manner.
Categories: Fun

NZ Justice Minister scalped as hacker leaks emails

The Register - 3 hours 38 min ago
Grab your popcorn: Subterfuge and slur disrupts election run up

A hacker has claimed the scalp of New Zealand Justice Minister Judith Collins by releasing information showing a purported campaign to undermine government officials.…

Categories: IT & Technology

Rubbish WPS config sees WiFi router keys popped in seconds

The Register - 4 hours 4 min ago
Another day, another way in to your home router

Passwords within routers sold by chipset manufacturer Broadcom and an unnamed vendor can be accessed within seconds thanks to weak or absent key randomisation, security bod Dominique Bongard has claimed.…

Categories: IT & Technology

Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissable passwords

The Register - 4 hours 36 min ago
Never mind use the bollocks, either, despite the founder's form

Virgin likes its fun-and-slightly-naughty image, but not, it seems, in its passwords.…

Categories: IT & Technology

Hot students, 'liquid coolant', bagpipes and Brazilians: It's a cluster compo, folks

The Register - 5 hours 6 min ago
Edinburgh, Sao Paulo uni teams chase glory

HPC Blog Both the UK and South America were ably represented at the recent 2014 International Supercomputing Conference Student Cluster Competition, held in Leipzig, Germany. For some reason, I want to Google up trendy cuisine to see if Scottish-Brazilian fusion restaurants actually exist. But I'm afraid of the possible results – so let's rather take a close and personal look at these two teams....…

Categories: IT & Technology

European Commission okays Oracle's MICROS gobble

The Register - 5 hours 35 min ago
Dear shareholders, hurry up and sell up, says Big O

Oracle's US$5bn purchase of integrated hardware-maker MICROS has been approved by the European Commission.…

Categories: IT & Technology

Broadcom reveals $20 'Pi in the sky' IoT development widget

The Register - 6 hours 8 min ago
'WICED Sense' comes with sensors and wireless so devs can wire things into stuff

Broadcom has released a US$20 Internet of Things thing it hopes will give developers a cut-price way to explore the sensor-tised kinds of applications a wired world enables.…

Categories: IT & Technology

Yahoo<i>!</i> YUI<i>!</i> project<i>!</i> is<i>!</i> no<i>!</i> more<i>!</i>

The Register - 7 hours 11 min ago
The world overtook us, yet AGAIN says Purple Palace

Yahoo! has announced that its Yahoo! User Interface (YUI) project is redundant in the age of node.js and better browsers.…

Categories: IT & Technology

Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus

The Register - 8 hours 7 min ago
Italian boffins agree with popette's theory that haters are the real wrecking balls

Offensively-and-dangerously-in-control of her sexuality popette Miley Cyrus has declared that social media is worse than drugs.…

Categories: IT & Technology

Magnetic Detection of Malaria Shows Promise

A quick method detects by-products of the parasite's growth in the blood and is more portable and less error-prone than conventional tests

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Drone-maker slapped for illegal exports

The Register - 8 hours 29 min ago
Jet-powered UAV sent offshore without the right paperwork

A Western Australian maker of drones – no, not the toys beloved of Jeff Bezos, a more serious kind – has copped both fines and confiscations after trying to export its products without a permit.…

Categories: IT & Technology

Redmond holds out on e-mail handover order

The Register - 9 hours 7 min ago
Microsoft resisting handover order

Microsoft is holding out against a US court order that it hand over personal information held offshore.…

Categories: IT & Technology

Hardkernel nixes RPi clone project

The Register - 10 hours 5 min ago
Odroid-W zeroed by SoC supply

Hardkernel, which last month announced its intention to build a Raspberry Pi clone, has abruptly quit the idea.…

Categories: IT & Technology

Australia deflates Valve with Steam sueball

The Register - 11 hours 6 min ago
Alleges breaches of Oz consumer law

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has fired the sueball-gun at Valve, accusing the game-maker of trying to dodge Australian consumer law.…

Categories: IT & Technology