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Original & Innovative Web Layouts

Original & Innovative Web Layouts | Web Development & Design | Scoop.it

The layout is the foundation of your website. It guides the user through the sections and tells them what is most important. It also sets the aesthetic of the website. Therefore, you need to carefully think through how you lay out content.

 

An original, creative layout goes a long way to improving the user experience of a website, although not letting your creativity get in the way of usability is important. As usual, we have to put ourselves in the users’ shoes: What do we want them to see first? How will your message be best communicated? We have to ask these questions before we start designing, because the layout will shape the rest of the design.

 

 

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6 Not-So-Obvious Mistakes Freelance Web Designers Make

6 Not-So-Obvious Mistakes Freelance Web Designers Make | Web Development & Design | Scoop.it

There’s no standard basic stuff here, like: not charging enough, missing yet another deadline, not responding to email in time, not doing any marketing, not being present on social media, and so on. We all know what causes those and, to some degree, we know how to fix them as well.

 

The following mistakes are not that obvious, but they still have a significant impact on your design business...

 

 

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Free Download: CSS3 Buttons

Free Download: CSS3 Buttons | Web Development & Design | Scoop.it

Button states saved as images and toggled by CSS are so out of date it’s painful. We should all be using CSS3 to create buttons. We all know why: they’re easily editable, cross-platform, lightweight, accessible; the list of benefits is endless.

 

What’s not always so easy is coding them up... Irina Petculescu, a self proclaimed CSS3 junky and founder of prowebdesign.ro has put together these free CSS3 buttons. They come in two styles: flat and glossy.

 

The buttons are free for personal and commercial use, so download them now and start tweaking them for your brand.

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Long Shadow CSS Generator

Long Shadow CSS Generator | Web Development & Design | Scoop.it
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I don't know how long this trend will last, but this CSS generator is quick, easy, and has an attractive UI (with an easter egg for fans of The Office).

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Resources to Get You Up to Speed in Ember.js

Resources to Get You Up to Speed in Ember.js | Web Development & Design | Scoop.it

You've probably noticed a lot of chatter lately about the Ember.js framework and rightfully so. It aims to make it substantially easier to build single-page web apps by abstracting a lot of the complexities for writing scalable and maintainable MVC-based code. And developers are jumping on-board in droves.

 

Over the last year, the project and the framework have evolved quite a bit and while it's just now reaching a very stable point in its life, the frequent changes to the API over the last year has left quite a bit of outdated documentation. The net effect is that if you pick the wrong learning resource, you could end up with a bad experience because the tutorial doesn't match the current state of the framework.

 

I want to ease your ramp up time by listing out some great resources for learning Ember.

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Open Source Libraries For Web Designers

Open Source Libraries For Web Designers | Web Development & Design | Scoop.it

The open source community is growing rapidly, everyday web designers and developers are coming up with new technologies and libraries to help make the web a better place.  Here are 8 libraries and Frameworks that web designers and developers can benefit from using.

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How To: Create a Simple Parallax Effect

How To: Create a Simple Parallax Effect | Web Development & Design | Scoop.it

All over the web, sites are springing up, that use what is known as a parallax scroll. In essence, a parallax scroll is when content scrolls at different speeds, creating a sense of perspective and therefore depth.

 

It’s an appealing effect, and can be applied to as many layers as you like. In this article I’m going to introduce the basic principles by showing you how to build a simple two layer parallax effect.

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I'm really over the whole parallax thing - it was intriguing at first, but now it seems to be overused. Parallax sites are popping everywhere. I've seen a couple good uses of it, but for the most part these sites are glitchy and not very user friendly. It's best to keep effects like this subtle, rather than making them the focus of the design.

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19 Examples of Minimalistic Web Designs

19 Examples of Minimalistic Web Designs | Web Development & Design | Scoop.it

Minimal websites, when properly designed, are always inspiring. It is always interesting to see how designers approach the minimalistic point of view to create websites that are simple yet effective. Today we gathered some examples of minimalistic web designs to inspire you and to reinforce that you don’t need a lot of elements to deliver a concise website.

 

 

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Death to the Stock Photo

Death to the Stock Photo | Web Development & Design | Scoop.it

Free high-res lifestyle photography sent to you monthly, to do whatever you please. For your website, social channels, mockups or even to hang on your wall if you’re so inclined.

 

No catch. Join us to rid the world of bad stock photography.

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How To: Modify Bootstrap Simply & Effectively

How To: Modify Bootstrap Simply & Effectively | Web Development & Design | Scoop.it

Bootstrap has made the design and development of many an app (and website) a lot easier, and popularized the massive HTML framework as a byproduct.

 

Frameworks, as their name would suggest, are not meant to be used as a be-all, end-all solution to your UX needs. The whole idea is to take them further, expand on and alter them.

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Long Shadow Generator

Long Shadow Generator | Web Development & Design | Scoop.it

It seems that “long shadows” are the new trend these days, especially on Dribbble. Now you can apply this style nice and easy to any type of layer. It works with smart objects and is available in 2 directions at 45 degrees. Enjoy!

 

 


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I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the long shadow trend, but this is a convenient way to test it out.

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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, July 9, 2013 7:14 PM
Agree with Carla and join her desire to test or hear about someone else's test. Marty
Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, July 9, 2013 7:16 PM

Interesting "trend" I would love to see some test data on. M

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Typeface For Creating Simple Graphs: FF Chartwell

Typeface For Creating Simple Graphs: FF Chartwell | Web Development & Design | Scoop.it

Using OpenType features, simple strings of numbers are automatically transformed into charts. The visualized data remains editable, allowing for hassle-free updates and styling.

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The How & Why of Minimalism

If done correctly, minimalist design is one of the best and most effective approaches to creating beautiful websites. Not only is the target audience subjected to less clutter and noise, but you can use colors, textures, and fonts to create a very simple yet very memorable experience for the person viewing your site.

 

Of course, switching to a minimalist design will mean that you only have a select few pages of information, but the result is desirable on multiple levels. Creating a mobile-friendly site will become loads easier, your audience will find your content easier to read, and your site will look more professional.

 

 

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How To: Speed-Up Responsive Websites

How To: Speed-Up Responsive Websites | Web Development & Design | Scoop.it

Responsive web design is the buzzword of the decade already, and is ideal for the multi-screen connected world that we live in. However, the trade-off for this is in performance due to larger file sizes.

 

This has prompted some experts to say that, like the early days of Flash, responsive design is something that we could all be getting excited about for no good reason. However, while at the moment there are performance issues, these can be overcome to some extent with some small adjustments, compression and image resizing.

 

 

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Creative Link Effects

Creative Link Effects | Web Development & Design | Scoop.it

Today we’d like to share some experimental and creative link effects with you. The idea is to use pseudo-elements and animate them to create a subtle and modern effect. In the examples we are using hover transitions, but you could also imagine these effects on click or as an initial animation.

 

Please note that pseudo-element transitions don’t work in every browser. Best viewed in Chrome and Firefox.
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Website Deployment: Let Us Count The Ways!

Website Deployment: Let Us Count The Ways! | Web Development & Design | Scoop.it

Deployment is moving a website from a local environment to live servers. What seems like a simple thing can actually be quite complex. There are absolutely loads of ways to go about it. They range from user friendly software and services, to more complex command line tools, to full blown systems with lots of moving parts.


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Get Cracking With Backbone

Get Cracking With Backbone | Web Development & Design | Scoop.it

For years developers have been taking advantage of PHP frameworks like CakePHP, CodeIgniter and even Ruby frameworks based on the MVC pattern. But if you think about it, there haven’t been a lot of JavaScript frameworks to help us out in the same way.

 

Perhaps it’s because JavaScript is often looked down on by ‘real’ programmers, but JavaScript frameworks have always lagged behind a little. Backbone changed that, and as you’ll see in this introduction, it uses the MVC pattern to separate JavaScript code and help us create structured applications. In effect, it delivers the MVC pattern to front-end development.

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On Mobile, Data URIs are 6x Slower than Source Linking (New Research)

As a web developer, you're likely well aware that a key rule to high performance web design is to make fewer HTTP requests — especially on smartphones, where high latencies are the norm.

 

You may also know that data URIs have long been considered a web performance best practice for reducing these requests.

 

So you can imagine my surprise to discover, when measuring the performance of hundreds of thousands of mobile page views, that loading images using a data URI is on average 6x slower than using a binary source link such as an img tag with an src attribute!

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Free Download: 200 Vector Icons

Free Download: 200 Vector Icons | Web Development & Design | Scoop.it

This lovingly honed set, of 200 vector icons is fantastic for use on all manner of sites. With subjects ranging from science to entertaining, the vast scope of the icons means that you’re bound to find something useful.

 

Good for use on both personal and professional projects.

 

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Storytelling in Web Design

Storytelling in Web Design | Web Development & Design | Scoop.it

Stories are the primary way we absorb, manage, store, access and communicate information, as well as connect with others. It is how our brains are wired, and how we make sense of an otherwise seemingly chaotic and random world. Indeed, our brains respond to content by looking for the story that explains the situation. The story helps us create cognitive maps, mental models and narratives.

 

Storytelling is a powerful communication and connection tool...

 

Much of what needs to be considered when creating a story is the same as what’s needed for creating a website or app:

 

* Who is the audience?

* What are your goals?

* Do you have a clear meaning?

 

A good story has a good flow, makes a point and is most effective by showing, not telling. Good stories keep your audience engaged, and use a familiar structure to capture attention so that users want to know what happens next and are compelled to continue following the story. Doesn’t that sound very similar to the things we strive for when building websites?

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Should I Use A Carousel?

Should I Use A Carousel? | Web Development & Design | Scoop.it

Accessibility expert and WebAIM associate director Jared Smith has warned us all to stop using carousels. His warning comes in the form of microsite Should I Use A Carousel?, which - in carousel format - provides reasoning for not using this kind of interface component. Along with posing accessibility issues for keyboard and screen readers, industry figures quoted on the site argue carousels are poor from an engagement standpoint.

 

Source: netmagazine.com

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Buttons: A CSS Button Library Built With Sass & Compass

Buttons: A CSS Button Library Built With Sass & Compass | Web Development & Design | Scoop.it

A variety of highly customizable CSS Buttons built with Sass and Compass. The Buttons framework is ready to use and easy to install.

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How to Use Visual Hierarchy and Website Layout to Emphasize Your Message

How to Use Visual Hierarchy and Website Layout to Emphasize Your Message | Web Development & Design | Scoop.it

When creating a website, you can use layout and design to help ensure that your message gets across and leads your visitors to your goal action. In order to use design to convey your message, you need to first understand factors such as how the human eye moves across the screen and how the human brain processes information.

 

In this article, we will discuss the importance of colors, images, typography, contrast and the size of objects and text. Manipulating these elements will help you control the experience your visitors have and help ensure that you will have the impact you seek.

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Retinize It: Free Photoshop Action For Slicing Graphics For HD Screens

Retinize It: Free Photoshop Action For Slicing Graphics For HD Screens | Web Development & Design | Scoop.it

High-definition (or “Retina”) displays have spread wider and wider, and evidently their numbers will keep growing. So, as creators of products that will be consumed on Retina devices, we have to optimize our design and development workflow accordingly.

 

Slicing graphics from finished designs to use for development is one of the less enjoyable parts of building a website or app. And it takes a long time. Because slicing is a monotonous and straightforward task, using the right tool and workflow can save you hours or even days of work.

 

 

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Choosing A Responsive Image Solution

Choosing A Responsive Image Solution | Web Development & Design | Scoop.it

If you code websites, it’s a good bet that at least one of your clients has asked about or requested a mobile-friendly website. If you go the responsive design route (whereby your website is flexible enough to adjust visually from mobile to desktop widths), then you’ll need a strategy to make images flexible, too — a responsive image solution.

 

The basics are fairly simple to learn, but once you’ve mastered them, you’ll find that scaling images is only the beginning — you might also have performance and art direction conundrums to solve. You’ll be faced with a wide field of responsive image solutions to choose from, each with its own strengths and weaknesses — and none of them is perfect! This article leads you through the basics, and then arms you with the information you’ll need to pick the best responsive image solution for your situation.

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