12 Designs That Inspire Me To Do Better

I come across a lot of different designs as I wander my way through the web. When a design inspires me in some way I take a moment or two longer than usual to enjoy it and then record the URL somewhere so I can go back again. I thought I’d share a few of these sites with some thoughts about why I like them.
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Why Responsive Design?

Responsive design has grown from an idea and a buzzword to a new approach to designing websites. As it’s gained attention, challenges in building responsive sites have emerged, solutions to some of those problems have been proposed, and patterns for how designs adapt have been observed.
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Design Critique: La Tapisserie Au Point

Just when you think you’re out, they pull you back in. I had thought last week’s design critique would be the last I’d do for awhile. However, at the end of that post I again made the offer to review more and late last week I received a request.
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Design Critique: Recipes Next

When I made the offer to critique a few sites, one of the first requests was from someone at HadNow for a couple of sites the company had developed. Until now I’ve been reviewing sites in the order the request came in. This one I saved for last. I had some reservations about whether or not I should critique it at all, but as those reservations are part of the review I’ll save them for the moment.
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Style Guides, Mood Boards, And Style Tiles: 3 Tools To Keep Design Projects On Track

How do you begin the process of communication and collaboration with your clients? Do you send them wireframes? Complete and polished design comps from Photoshop or Fireworks? Often the first visuals you send can set the tone for everything that follows.
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