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31
Aug

7 Questions to Ask your Client as a Freelancer

Posted by | No Tags | Web Design

Understanding what your client wants is absolutely crucial as a freelancer. Bad communication can threaten your livelihood as a freelancer, putting you at risk of not only not getting clients, but of developing a bad reputation on sites like Upwork or Freelancer, which means you’ll hardly stand to make it as a freelancer. You need to effectively hone your communication skills by developing a standard way of talking to clients and asking them questions before you even start. It’ll save you lots of time (and since time is money, it’ll […]

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31
Aug

A Book Apart

Posted by | No Tags | CSS

(This is a sponsored post.) You know A Book Apart! They’ve published all kinds of iconic books in our field. They are short and to the point. The kind of book you can read in a single flight. I wrote on not so long ago called Practical SVG. Fortunately for us both, SVG isn’t the most fast-moving technology out there, so reading this book now and using what you learn is just as useful now as it ever was. More interested in JavaScript, they got it. HTML? CSS? Typography? Responsive […]

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31
Aug

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn! Inspiring Wallpapers To Start September Off Right (2017 Edition)

Posted by | | Graphics · Wallpapers

    As designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration, and, well, sometimes the best inspiration lies right in front of us. With that in mind, we embarked on a special creativity mission nine years ago: to provide you with inspiring and unique desktop wallpapers every month. Wallpapers that are a bit more distinctive as the usual crowd and that are bound to fuel your ideas. We are very thankful to all artists and designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing to this mission, who challenge […]

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30
Aug

Yes, That Web Project Should Be a PWA

Posted by | No Tags | General

It seems like ever since Frances Berriman  coined the term “Progressive Web App” in an effort to describe a new class of website, there’s been a great deal of confusion over exactly what a Progressive Web App (PWA) is. Sure, her husband, Alex Russell, put together a handy guide to the characteristics of a PWA, and they have been the subject of reams of documentation, dozens of blog posts, and equally as many conference talks. Even with so much well-written, accessible content about PWAs freely available, misinformation abounds. Maybe you’ve […]

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30
Aug

An Introduction To Gravit Designer: Designing A Weather App (Part 2)

Posted by | | Graphics · Gravit Designer · Tutorials · Workflow

    Welcome back to the second part of this tutorial on Gravit Designer. In the first part we took a general look at Gravit and set everything up, created the background image in the weather app and the status bar, and then started to make the initial elements of the design’s content. Let’s continue where we left off. Having created the main text layers of the content area in part one of this tutorial, let’s continue with the weather conditions for the different times of day. The post An […]

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29
Aug

Is Success Down To The Quality Of Your Work?

Posted by | | Business · Clients

    One of the biggest fallacies of our industry is that good work speaks for itself. It is a self-delusional lie that those with a good reputation tell themselves to explain their success. I will let you in on a secret; I am not that amazing at my job. Don’t get me wrong; I am good. But I am not a leading mind in our industry or anything. But, people often talk as if I am. The post Is Success Down To The Quality Of Your Work? appeared first […]

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28
Aug

Launching An App? Make App Store Optimization Your Foundation For Growth

Posted by | | Android · Apps · Mobile · Optimization

    Most apps developed and released in Google’s Play store are abandoned by their developers. Over half of these apps get fewer than 5000 downloads, and most apps are considered unprofitable. This article is not going to make you the next Instagram, but it will hopefully help you get a nice base level of users that you can grow from. To give you some better understanding of numbers, the example app in this article received 100,000 downloads in eight weeks. This is with a marketing budget of zero and […]

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25
Aug

User Interfaces for Variable Fonts

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The tools we design with have a unique effect on the way we work, constraining and empowering us while we explore, examine and create. Variable fonts give us a new, wide open typographic space with which to work. Instead of prescribing value to individual UI elements in a vacuum, we should take a hybrid and calculated approach to variable font interfaces. How do we structure our design tools to adapt to the new advantages variable fonts provide us with? Despite being ahead of their time, variable font precursors—Multiple Master and […]

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22
Aug

JavaScript-Equivalent jQuery Code for Simple Tasks

Posted by | No Tags | Javascript · Resources · Uncategorized

Introduction There are developers who love jQuery and there are some who hate jQuery. The benefits of using jQuery now are debatable, but there was a time when solving the cross-browser issue was a nightmare and using JavaScript was painful. If you had been through that phase, you might understand the importance of jQuery. jQuery was born to overcome the biggest issues of JavaScript. Over the years, JavaScript has also evolved but we should be thankful for the fact that modern browsers are also becoming more and more standard-compliant. jQuery […]

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21
Aug

Run multiple versions of Chrome side-by-side

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By default, when users install Chrome, they receive the most stable and supported build available. However, Chrome fans and web developers have long been able to opt into new Chrome features by installing pre-release packages such as Chrome Beta and Dev. Historically it’s been impossible to install these pre-releases on the same computer as stable Chrome, forcing developers to choose between testing their site in the next version of Chrome and experiencing their site as users see it now. Starting today, Chrome Beta and Chrome Dev can be installed on […]

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