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10 best new tools for illustrators this February

Posted by | February 24

Last month, our new tools for illustrators post focused on traditional drawing and sketching tools. This month, I've put my best pencils away to focus on some of the top tools for creating digital art and illustrations. 01. Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop are, without a doubt, the flagship products when it comes to digital illustration Platform: Windows/Mac Price: $19.99 per month It wouldn't be right to cover the best digital tools without starting with the de facto standards: Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Without a doubt, these two […]

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Master everything WordPress has to offer with this training bundle

Posted by | February 24

Whether you notice it or not, WordPress is all over the web. If you’re looking to get into the web design game, mastering this popular content management system is a must. Learn the skills you need with PressShack University WordPress Training. Lifetime access to these training tools are on sale now for 96% off the retail price! If you’re looking to get your website up and running quickly, WordPress is the perfect solution. But it can do so much more than it appears at first glance. PressShack University WordPress Training […]

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Web Development Reading List #171: Leaks, SHA-1 Collision, And Brotli

Posted by | February 24

    Phew, what a week! Due to an HTML-parsing bug, Cloudflare experienced a major data leak, and the first practical collision for SHA-1 was revealed as well. We should take these events as an occasion to reconsider if a centralized front-end load balancer that modifies your traffic is a good idea after all. And it’s definitely time to upgrade your TLS-certificate if you still serve SHA-1, too. Here’s what else happened this week. The post Web Development Reading List #171: Leaks, SHA-1 Collision, And Brotli appeared first on Smashing […]

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An Animated Intro to RxJS

Posted by | February 24

You might have heard of RxJS, or ReactiveX, or reactive programming, or even just functional programming before. These are terms that are becoming more and more prominent when talking about the latest-and-greatest front-end technologies. And if you’re anything like me, you were completely bewildered when you first tried learning about it. According to ReactiveX.io: ReactiveX is a library for composing asynchronous and event-based programs by using observable sequences. That’s a lot to digest in a single sentence. In this article, we’re going to take a different approach to learning about […]

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Deep dive CSS: font metrics, line-height and vertical-align

Posted by | February 24

Vincent De Oliveira has written an epic post that details pretty much everything you might ever want to know about the line-height and vertical-align properties. If you’ve ever had trouble aligning things next to text or wondered why two fonts look so wildly different from one another then this post is certainly for you. Direct Link to Article — Permalink Deep dive CSS: font metrics, line-height and vertical-align is a post from CSS-Tricks Source: CSS Tricks

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7 Things to Think About Before Setting Your Freelance Rates

Posted by | February 23

Setting rates is one of the hardest parts of being a freelancer. So don’t beat yourself up if you find it difficult at first. Often, freelancers have a hard time knowing what they’re actually worth. Or they don’t like the added pressure that a hefty invoice adds to their work. For a freelancer, time is money, so what do you say we get right to it? 1. Know Your Numbers If we assume 8-hour days and only 5 days in a workweek, then there are 2,080 potential work-hours in a […]

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Simple Ways You Can Improve Your Communication With Clients

Posted by | February 23

When you walk into a bakery, what’s the first thing you want to know? Do you care that the bakery was started back in the ’60s by the current owner’s immigrant Grandma? Or that the head pastry chef’s favorite dessert is a strawberry cheese Danish with the perfect blend of cheesiness, flakiness, and strawberry-ness? Or how about that the tiles on the floor are hand painted ceramic from a little town in southern Morocco? You’re probably bored already, aren’t you? Just shut up and give me my cupcakes, you might […]

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Individual CSS Transform Functions

Posted by | February 23

Dan Wilson documents a classic annoyance with transforms: button { transform: translateY(-150%); } button:hover { /* will (perhaps unintentionally) override the original translate */ transform: scale(.8); } The native (and WET) solution is list the original transform again: button:hover { transform: translateY(-150%) scale(.8); } Dan’s trick is to use custom properties instead. Set them all on the element right up front, then re-set them the :hover state: :root { –tx: 150%; –scale: 1; } button { transform: translateY(var(–tx)) scale(var(–scale)); } button:hover { –scale: 0.8; } Cascading custom properties FTW. Direct […]

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Big Data Visualization with Meaning

Posted by | February 23

The web is not the traditional home of data visualization. You might come across a bar chart here or there in your online journey on any given day, but they’ve never been an artifact of web history. It seems like that’s been changing. With the world becoming increasingly data-driven, we’re seeing more and more visualizations make their way onto our web pages and into our design briefs. They help us tell stories that better engage our users, and can even get them to take some kind of meaningful action. The […]

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​The Best Tech Jobs in the World

Posted by | February 23

Over 6,000 companies use Hired to find their next team member and with transparency into each company, you’re empowered to make the right decision about what opportunities you’d like to pursue. Say goodbye to pushy recruiters trying to sell you on roles you don’t actually want. Life’s too short to waste time with companies that are a bad fit, or to find out after months of interviewing that the offer is no good. Try Hired and let companies apply to you. The best part: it’s always free. Direct Link to […]

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