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Your Body Text is Too Small

Posted by | July 21

Several years ago, there was a big push by designers to increase the font-size of websites and I feel like we’re living in another era of accessibility improvements where a fresh batch of designers are pushing for even larger text sizing today. Take this post by Christian Miller, for example, where he writes: The majority of websites are still anywhere in the range of 15–18px. We’re starting to see some sites adopt larger body text at around 20px or even greater on smaller desktop displays, but not enough in my […]

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Font Playground

Posted by | July 20

This is a wondrous little project by Wenting Zhang that showcases a series of variable fonts and lets you manipulate their settings to see the results. It’s interesting that there’s so many tools like this that have been released over the past couple of months, such as v-fonts, Axis-Praxis and Wakamai Fondue just to name a few. Direct Link to Article — Permalink The post Font Playground appeared first on CSS-Tricks. Source: CSS Tricks

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Weird things variable fonts can do

Posted by | July 20

I tend to think of variable fonts as a font format in which a single font file is capable of displaying type at near-infinite variations of things like boldness, width, and slantyness. In my experience, that’s a common use case. Just check out many of the interactive demos over at Axis-Praxis: or Make sure to go play around at v-fonts.com as well for loads of variable font demonstrations. But things like boldness, width, and slantyness and just a few of the attributes that a type designer might want to make […]

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Why graphic designers need beautiful websites

Posted by | July 20

As a graphic designer, when a Google search tells you that you’re one in about thirty million results (calculated in 0.37 seconds), suddenly you can feel a little insignificant. Your website is your space to set out your stall and display your wares in the bizarre bazaar of the internet. But is your website helping to sell your work, or is it giving off mixed signals? To find out more, we spoke to Rik Lomas, the founder of code school SuperHi about how to make a site that stands out, […]

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McDonald's and Starbucks to create a compostable cup

Posted by | July 20

Starbucks and McDonald's are high street competitors as far as selling coffee on the go is concerned, but they've put their differences aside to address a major packaging design problem that's been plaguing retailers and consumers alike. Earlier this week it was announced that this pair of mega-brands have joined forces to build a fully recyclable, compostable cup within the next three years as part of The NextGen Cup Consortium. With shoppers become increasingly eco-aware, this sure to be a welcome move. Recent initiatives have seen shoppers demand an end […]

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Building “Renderless” Vue Components

Posted by | July 20

There’s this popular analogy of Vue that goes like this: Vue is what you get when React and Angular come together and make a baby. I’ve always shared this feeling. With Vue’s small learning curve, it’s no wonder so many people love it. Since Vue tries to give the developer power over components and their implementation as much as it possibly can, this sentiment has led to today’s topic. The term renderless components refers to components that don’t render anything. In this article, we’ll cover how Vue handles the rendering […]

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8 essential prototyping and build tools

Posted by | July 20

The right web design tools can help ensure a fast, efficient and smooth path to the final live design. A great starting point is getting any prototypes right and then selecting the right build tool for the job. Check out this selection to help you achieve design glory. If you can't find what you're looking for, take a look at our roundup of 10 top prototyping tools. 01. InVision InVision offers a way to string together individual static designs in order to create user flows. The tools are simple and […]

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How to win over clients

Posted by | July 20

Even with the best of ideas, and even if you're the art director, sometimes convincing your client that your idea is the way to go is the most difficult part of the design process. But Canadian design studio Bruce Mau Design is adept at doing just that. We spoke to CEO Hunter Tura to find out how the studio wins over clients from all over the world, including ASICS, Sonos and The V&A. Read on to discover his top three tips for winning over clients… 1. Make it about them, […]

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Webfonts And Performance: SmashingConf Videos

Posted by | July 20

Webfonts And Performance: SmashingConf Videos Webfonts And Performance: SmashingConf Videos The Smashing Editorial 2018-07-20T14:35:35+02:00 2018-07-21T10:55:17+00:00 Webfonts are difficult to get right. An often overlooked and disruptive piece of web performance, webfonts can slow down your site and leave your visitors confused and agitated. No one wants agitated visitors. Webfonts Are ▢▢▢ Rocket Science Recorded at our special web performance themed SmashingConf in London, Zach Leatherman demystifies webfonts in order that we can avoid font-related performance issues. He takes us through a detailed guide to best practices when using webfonts, so […]

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ZBrush 2018 review

Posted by | July 20

Get ZBrush2018 now: $895 (new) / free (upgrade) Another free update from Pixologic! There can’t be many software development companies that give their annual upgrade away for free, but Pixologic still manages to do so. This version sees a naming convention change, going from 4R8 (Version 4 Release 8) to the year number 2018. This update may not be the biggest it has had, but the new features are incredibly powerful and most definitely a great addition to the creative toolset. Free textures for 3D artists First let’s talk about […]

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