Great Design Details

Do you ever feel overwhelmed trying to keep up with the latest in web design?

If your actual work is taking up so much time that you just can't keep up with your emails, blog reading, books etc, then how are you going to grow as a designer?

Keeping up with the latest in web design is an important part of your design career so you can continue growing and improving as a designer, but...

Finding the time can be tough.

That's where Great Design Details comes in. And it's free.

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You'll receive an email every work day which only takes about a minute or two to read that gives you a quick look at a great design detail found "in the wild".

While the rest of the industry struggles to keep up with the latest annoying javascript framework that you don't need to know, you'll be learning actionable design details that will make a difference to the effectiveness of your designs.

A javascript or CSS framework can't do that for you.


A Principle of Great Design:

"Good design is thorough down to the last detail"

Legendary designer Dieter Rams lists that as one of his ten principles of good design.

Charles Eames, another legendary designer, agrees: "The details are not the details. They make the design."

Great Design Details is about exactly that... the details.

And I'm talking about the truly great details. The ones that come from the best of the best and are in use across the design world right now.


A Great Design Detail Example

Airbnb's Price Range Slider

Here are some of the filters that appear on airbnb's search results page:

The price range design is a great example of getting the most out of UI design. You may think it's just a single UI element but they've packed more value into it without complicating it.

What makes it so great? Let's have a look:

  1. Slider design: It would be easy to design the price range with two min price and max price dropdown lists and be done with it but that wouldn't be in keeping with Airbnb's great design. The affordance of the slider design indicates you select the min and max prices by dragging the handles at either end.
  2. Average price: It's extremely easy to get an idea of the general prices in the area you're searching in thanks to the inclusion of average price and it sits neatly halfway along the price range.
  3. Graph of prices: Sitting on top of the price range slider, is a bar graph of prices which makes it easy to quickly filter out the more expensive options. All you have to do is drag the right handle to the left of the cluster of prices to filter them out.

That's just a short example of a great design detail that's actually an extract from an in-depth design analysis I carried out on the entire airbnb website in the Masterclass version of my book, Learn from Great Design: Volume 1.

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Meet Your Design Coach

Tom Kenny is a design consultant from London with over 7 years experience of designing for the web. During that time, he has designed websites millions of people have used. The biggest company he has worked with now have over 4 million users.

He writes regularly on his personal web design blog for over 10,000 email subscribers and his work has been featured on Smashing Magazine, Creative Bloq, Treehouse and WebdesignerDepot amongst others.

Improve your design knowledge in just a minute or two each day, for free

You'll get a free email every Monday to Friday analysing great design details. Each one only takes about a minute or two to read so they can fit into your busy day with ease.

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