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New tool gives designers data visualisation super powers

Posted by | October 20

Currently, there are three ways to design a great-looking chart. One: draw it from scratch using a program like Illustrator. Two: use a template tool. Three: learn how to code.  A new data visualisation tool code-named Lincoln is set to change all that – if it gains approval. Previewed at Adobe Max 2017, the tool flips the typical creative process for designing a chart or infographic on its head.  Rather than using data as the starting point to dictate the design, Lincoln puts the creative stage first, letting users craft […]

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Hexatope

Posted by | October 20

It was awesome to hear Charlotte Dann on CodePen Radio the other day, who is Kickstarting a new jewelry business. The idea is that you draw your own jewelry (everything you draw looks awesome because it’s on this interesting hexagon grid) and then it gets actually made. This tying together of her passions sprang to life on CodePen. Direct Link to Article — Permalink Hexatope is a post from CSS-Tricks Source: CSS Tricks

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Famous artworks ruined with design by committee

Posted by | October 20

You've been working for weeks or months on a winning piece of graphic design – a great poster, logo or album cover, perhaps. You've thought it over carefully, deploying every skill you learnt while studying and working as a designer. After long consideration, the project's done and you submit it to the client.  You look forward to their reaction, but then you hear the message that every professional designer dreads: "I've got a few suggestions to make…" The phrase 'design by committee', where lots of people chip in on an […]

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Breaking down CSS Box Shadow vs. Drop Shadow

Posted by | October 20

Drop shadows. Web designers have loved them for a long time to the extent that we used to fake them with PNG images before CSS Level 3 formally introduced them to the spec as the box-shadow property. I still reach for drop shadows often in my work because they add a nice texture in some contexts, like working with largely flat designs. Not too long after box-shadow was introduced, a working draft for CSS Filters surfaced and, with it, a method for drop-shadow() that looks a lot like box-shadow at […]

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10 top tools for illustrators to try this October

Posted by | October 20

This month, we're taking a look at custom brushes for illustrators. We'll start with some brushes for Photoshop. These aren't all exactly new, but with so many options out there, it can be hard to know which ones to use. Beyond these top five, if you're looking for a more extensive collection, take a look at our roundup of The 60 best free Photoshop brushes. Then we'll move on to top Clip Studio Paint (aka Manga Studio) brushes. Like Photoshop, you can also add custom brushes, as our guide to […]

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The Keys to Becoming a Self-Reliant Freelancer

Posted by | October 20

Many people choose a freelance career because of the freedom it affords. But that freedom also comes with the reality that pretty much every business-related task falls to just one person: You. That isn’t always at the front of our minds when we decide to take our lives in this new direction. The truth is, success in this career path is tied to how well we manage our business as a whole. Beyond just the fun creative stuff, that includes all the money management grunt work and thankless administrative tasks […]

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MDN Product Advisory Board

Posted by | October 19

We all know and love MDN for already being the best documentation for web features out there. It looks like it’s poised to get even better with Google and Microsoft both joining a new board. Mozilla’s vision for the MDN Product Advisory Board is to build collaboration that helps the MDN community collectively maintain MDN as the most comprehensive, complete, and trusted reference documenting the most important aspects of modern browsers and web standards. Interesting none of them mentioned WebPlatform, the previous attempt at this that kinda fizzled out. This […]

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The Story of CSS Grid, from Its Creators

Posted by | October 19

A note from the editors: We want to thank the Microsoft Edge team for sharing transcripts of the interviews they conducted with many of the brilliant people who have contributed to the development of CSS Grid. Those transcripts proved invaluable in compiling this history. You can watch the short video they produced from those interviews, Creating CSS Grid, on Channel 9. On October 17th, Microsoft’s Edge browser shipped its implementation of CSS Grid. This is a milestone for a number of reasons. First, it means that all major browsers now […]

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Combining Graphical And Voice Interfaces For A Better User Experience

Posted by | October 19

    With​ ​the​ ​appearance​ ​of​ ​voice​ ​user​ ​interfaces,​ ​AI​ ​and​ ​chatbots,​ ​what is​ ​the​ ​future​ ​of​ ​graphical​ ​user​ ​interfaces (GUIs)?​ ​Don’t​ ​worry: Despite​ ​some dark​ ​predictions​,​ ​GUIs​ ​will​ ​stay​ ​around​ ​for​ ​many​ ​years​ ​to​ ​come. Let​ ​me​ ​share​ ​my​ ​personal, humble predictions​ ​and​ ​introduce​ ​multi-modal​ ​interfaces as​ ​a​ ​more​ ​human​ ​way​ ​of​ ​communication​ ​between​ ​user​ ​and​ machine. The​ ​old​ ​wisdom​ ​that​ ​a​ ​picture​ ​is​ ​worth​ ​a​ ​thousand​ ​words​ ​​is​ ​still​ ​true​ ​today.​ ​Our​ ​brain​ ​is​ ​an incredible​ ​image​-​processing​ ​machine.​ ​We​ ​can​ ​understand​ ​complex​ ​information​ ​faster​ ​when we​ ​see​ ​it​ […]

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5 Tips for Starting a Front-End Refactor

Posted by | October 19

For the last two weeks, I’ve been working on a really large refactor project at Gusto and I realize that this is the first time that a project like this has gone smoothly for me. There haven’t been any kinks in the process, it took about as much time as I thought it would, and no-one appears to be mad at me. In fact, things have gone almost suspiciously well. How did this happen and what was the issue? Well, we had a problem with how our CSS was organized. […]

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