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Wednesday, May 11 2016: In this month’s edition of what’s new for designers and developers, we’ve included website builders, new CMSs, CSS frameworks, pattern guides, color resources, email marketing collections, productivity tools, and much more. We’ve also included some awesome new free fonts! Almost everything on the list this month is free, with a few high-value paid apps and tools also included. They’re sure to be useful to designers and developers, from beginners to experts.StringBean StringBean is a featherweight CSS framework that comes in at just 4K. It uses a 24-point grid system rather than the more common 12-point.  Gutenberg Gutenberg is a starter kit that brings meaning and craftsmanship to web typography. It’s flexible and simple to use.  Frend Frend is a collection of modern front-end components. They’re modest and dependency-free.  RichCSS RichCSS is a clean and reusable... + continue reading
Thursday, May 5 2016: If you use any kind of social media like Facebook or Twitter, you won’t have been able to avoid the merciless onslaught of ads promoting WYSIWYG website development. I’m not talking about those fancy software applications like DreamWeaver, but actually hosted site building applications that offer drag-n-drop website building systems complete with predefined templates.You could easily think that this is a great idea because on the face of it these kinds of systems are supposed to save you time and effort, but the reality is a little different. Here are just some of the reasons why you’re better off coding everything yourself. 1. You retain 100% control over your site and where it is hostedPages built on site builders stay on site builders (the same site builder). There is no easy way to transfer them out because the source code of your page is translated into metadata. Many similar... + continue reading
Tuesday, May 3 2016: You could be the best creative director, with all the experience and the best design portfolio in the world, but it might not make a difference to a client who likes to play it safe. The team at London-based branding and communication studio NB provide some top advice on how to get clients to take more risks when it comes to branding strategies.01. Involve the client early"When you've got a new client, it's all about earning trust," says NB co-founder Alan Dye. "We like to get clients on board very early on so they're part of the creative process. You get a better result than you would just presenting a concept to them. it makes it their concept as well as your concept."02. Problem-solve togetherThroughout the project, work collaboratively through the issue, problem or question set out by the client. "We'll start with a workshop, or several workshops," says NB co-founder Nick Finney. "... + continue reading
Friday, April 29 2016: Building a brand online is a different task to traditional brand building. Of course it won’t hurt to combine the offline and online marketing techniques, and indeed for best results, you should do that. Too many times clients think that all they need to do is have a website made for them and then they can sit back and count the money as millions of visitors arrive at their site.The reality of the situation is quite a bit different, as they soon discover. Then the force of their frustration is often directed at the website designer, as if to say that the design is the reason for the failure. Usually it is not the case that the design is to blame, but rather that the site owner has done nothing to promote the site either online or offline.In this article, we’ll look at what designers or marketer can do to improve things for the success of their clients, or at least what advice you should... + continue reading
Friday, April 29 2016: Starting out on your own as a freelancer is exciting. You’re making your talents available to the world, and are ready to make your mark.While this career path can be very rewarding (monetarily and otherwise), it’s not all kittens and unicorns. There are going to be challenges and days when you wonder why you ever wanted to do this. It’s not necessarily the care-free lifestyle you may have been lead to believe.As someone who has been freelancing for almost two decades, I’ve experienced a whole lot of ups and downs. Here’s a look at some of the joys and pains of freelancing. You know, the stuff nobody tells you about! 1) You are not your own bossWhen you’re just starting out as a freelancer, you might think that you’ll have complete control over your life. If you’re working from home, you can crank up the music to eleven. You can wear whatever you want. Need a bathroom break? You... + continue reading
Monday, April 25 2016: Top creatives reveal what they wish they knew at college - and how you can get a headstart in your creative career!Design school is great. It gives you the opportunity to develop as a designer, illustrator, website builder or artist – giving you preparation for your career in the real world and the beginnings of a design portfolio. But it can't teach you everything.With that in mind, we've talked to some successful creative professionals and gleaned what they wished they knew when they were at art college – giving you a headstart on your course mates.01. Your diploma won't get you a jobCourses at institutions like The California College of the Arts can teach you a lot. But they can't teach you everything..."Despite what your teachers or parents tell you, your diploma won’t necessarily get you a job," says Toronto-based web designer Janna Hagan. "Proving what kind of work you are capable... + continue reading
Monday, April 25 2016: Last year, Stack Overflow, a question and answer site for programmers, asked its user if they had a degree in Computer Science (CS).The results of the 2015 Developer Survey were startling. Nearly half of the 26,086 developers who responded didn’t have a computer science degree.Does this mean you can be a programmer without a college degree? Simply put, yes. But the non-traditional road towards the world of programming is obviously a tougher one than if you had a CS degree.John Reed, the executive senior director of staffing agency Robert Half Technology, said that many well-established tech companies use college education as an initial criterium to weed out candidates.Google, for example, will not interview any entry engineering position candidates that don’t have a CS degree.If that’s the case, why do plenty of people have no college degree? One major external factor is the exorbitant... + continue reading
Saturday, April 23 2016: One of the biggest buzz phrases at the moment is “Conversational UX”. It refers to a user experience in which your interaction with a company, or service, is automated based on your prior behavior. Contrary to the implication in the title, a conversational UX doesn’t have to be a literal conversation, the term refers to back and forth interaction in which both parties come to understand each other. Most current conversational user experiences are based around small snippets of micro-copy. In a conversational user experience, you’ll never need to understand the hamburger menu, because there won’t be one, the app—web, or native—will simply adapt to your inquiries. And if device operating systems follow suit, you may not even download apps, your OS will simply determine which apps and services to use on your behalf, based on prior usage.A conversational UX is more responsive... + continue reading
Wednesday, April 20 2016: Printing began as an attempt to make easier the production of multiple copies of documents, fabrics, and so on. Nowadays, printing is seen as fundamental for many industries, such as commercial, law, religion and others. Printing has become part and parcel of our life, without us noticing. Businesses print business cards, envelope, flyers, brochures, and letterheads. Individuals [print announcement cards, bookmarks, posters, postcards, and others. Watch this exclusive video about the history of printingVideo of History of Printing  + continue reading
Monday, April 18 2016: Interesting topics featured here are; Becoming a Full-Stack Web Design Freelancer, The Importance of Marketing Your Skills, Ways to Make your Personal Website More Effective, Why Designers Should Study Business, Excting Google Tools and Many More....6 Ways to Make your Personal Website More Effective   Becoming a Full-Stack Web Design Freelancer   Site Design: Plane   Sketch, Illustrator or Fireworks? Exploring a New Free UI Design App: Gravit   What’s New in WordPress 4.5   A Brief History of Lens Flare   Museum Logos: Drawing the Line   100 Portraits that Tell the Stories of People Underrepresented in Tech   Noysi – Create a Teamwork Chat for Free   Thwock: An Interactive Presentation Tool   4 Lessons Google Teaches us About User Experience   Min: Minimal Web Browser   Onboarding to Land Clients   Jony... + continue reading


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