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05
Sep

How to use webfonts

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The following is an excerpt taken from Bram Stein’s new Webfont Handbook – out now. Webfonts are defined in CSS through the @font-face rule. If you’re a web developer, you’ve most likely written, copied and pasted, or at the very least seen an @font-face rule. For the sake of completeness, though, let’s quickly run through a basic example: This creates a new webfont family that can be referenced through the font-family or font shorthand property. But something’s missing here. When referencing a webfont in a font stack, always make sure […]

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05
Sep

The Top Starter Themes for WordPress Development

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If you’re interested in developing your own WordPress themes, you could start building it all from scratch. While a noble pursuit, it can also be quite inefficient. That’s especially so if you plan on creating multiple themes over the course of time. The repetitive nature of a theme’s structure means that you’ll be doing a lot of the same things over and over. Thankfully, there’s a better way to build your own themes. By using a “starter” theme, all the basics are done for you. Templates and code structure are […]

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05
Sep

How to draw a dragon: 7 pro tips

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This article will teach you how to draw a dragon, and unlike other drawing tutorials it will focus in particular on those areas that make dragons different to other creatures – just because you know how to draw a bear, for example, it doesn't mean you can draw a dragon. How to draw and paint – 100 pro tips and tutorials Let's be clear: dragons and dinosaurs are both awesome, but dragons are not the same as dinosaurs. Studying the creatures of this world for clues on how to make […]

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05
Sep

5 tips for managing your team's time

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A metric that won't appear on the balance sheet, but is critical to the success of any business, is the measure of productivity. Productivity is the output of your team over a given period. If you're able to use your team better, you're able to produce more work, deliver more value for your clients, pitch for more new business, and outpace the competition. At Float, we spend a lot of our time observing how the top agencies, studios and brands manage their team's time. Float is a resource scheduling application […]

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05
Sep

Discover Arnold 5’s incredible upgrades

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It’s beloved by movie industry studios but now, hefty speed improvements, new features and new purchasing options have made Arnold 5 even more enticing and accessible to all 3D artists. Solid Angle’s ray tracing renderer has a significantly updated core that enables faster rendering, plus new features, enhanced workflows and exciting new capabilities. These software improvements come alongside the introduction of a free version of Arnold 5 for educational institutions and a discount of up to 50% for other users. “Everything about Arnold is easier – whether it’s the straightforward […]

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04
Sep

Handling JSON with jQuery

Posted by | No Tags | Javascript · Resources · Uncategorized

JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) is a way to store information in an organized manner. It is the preferred data-interchange format as its shorter, lightweight, human-readable and requires no tags like XML. This allows faster processing and transmission, and also the serializing and deserializing becomes much faster when compared to XML. JSON returned via REST APIs is used in different ways on the client side. You can populate data in HTML elements, display the JSON on the UI after formatting and convert it to CSV for exporting. This post provides jQuery […]

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04
Sep

How Jaime Levy became a UX strategy guru

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These days, most people know Jaime Levy from her book UX Strategy: How to Devise Innovative Digital Products that People Want, which is widely regarded as the definitive work on UX strategy, and published in six different languages. But there’s much more to the American author, university professor, interface designer and UX strategist’s career to date. Here she reveals how she started out. It all began back in 1990, when she was working on her Master’s at New York University (NYU) in Interactive Telecommunications. It was an exciting time, she recalls. […]

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04
Sep

Custom Elements Everywhere

Posted by | No Tags | CSS

Custom Elements Everywhere is a site created by Rob Dodson. It displays the results of a set of tests that check JS frameworks that use Custom Elements and Shadow DOM for interoperability issues. It could look like a report card at first glance, but the description at the top of the site nicely sums up the goal of comparing frameworks: This project runs a suite of tests against each framework to identify interoperability issues, and highlight potential fixes already implemented in other frameworks. If frameworks agree on how they will […]

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04
Sep

Switching Your Site to HTTPS on a Shoestring Budget

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Google’s Search Console team recently sent out an email to site owners with a warning that Google Chrome will take steps starting this October to identify and show warnings on non-secure sites that have form inputs. Here’s the notice that landed in my inbox: The notice from the Google Search Console team regarding HTTPS support If your site URL does not support HTTPS, then this notice directly affects you. Even if your site does not have forms, moving over to HTTPS should be a priority, as this is only one […]

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04
Sep

A Guide To Virtual Reality For Web Developers

Posted by | | Coding · UI · User Experience · User Interaction

    Recently, there has been a proliferation of virtual reality (VR) web browsers and VR capabilities added to traditional browsers. In this article, we’ll look at the state of browsers in VR and the state of VR on the web via the WebVR APIs. The web community has experimented with VR before, with VRML, but now WebVR takes a new approach to VR, one more suited to the modern web. We’ve accelerated 3D on the web since 2011 with the release of WebGL. Now the web can handle VR […]

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