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  • greg 7:54 am on October 10, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    “Can I use” provides up-to-date browser support tables for support of front-end web technologies on desktop and mobile web browsers.

    Can I use… Support tables for HTML5, CSS3, etc.

  • greg 9:31 am on September 18, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    Sass for WordPress Developers 

    There are many benefits of Sass for WordPress developers. You’ve probably heard many arguments for using a pre-processor by now. CSS pre-processors provide the opportunity for better code organization by using partials and nesting styles. Pre-processors help developers style faster by writing mixins and functions. Pre-processors also allow us to write more maintainable, scalable code with logic and variables.

    read all about it @ Sass for WordPress Developers.

  • greg 8:00 am on September 9, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    How do you identify a browser bug? 

    Your new site is not behaving how you’d expect – but how do you know if the bug is hidden in your code, or if it’s a browser issue? Creative Bloq asked the experts.

    Check out How do you identify a browser bug?

  • greg 10:17 am on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    Unleash the Power of the WordPress Shortcode API 

    WordPress introduced the Shortcode API in its version 2.5. This API allows developers to add some more or less complex features in their plugins or themes without the user having to insert any HTML code.

    The advantage of the Shortcode API is that developers do not need to use regular expressions to detect if the user included their shortcodes into their posts: WordPress automatically detects the registered shortcodes.

    In this tutorial, we will learn how to use the Shortcode API. We will create our own shortcodes, see how to use classic and unnamed attributes and also how to handle content.

    Get ready to …. Unleash the Power of the WordPress Shortcode API.

  • greg 9:19 pm on August 14, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Using Sass to Build a Custom Type Scale with Vertical Rhythm 

    One way to achieve visual consistency in web design is to use a vertical rhythm. For a website, this would mean that no matter what font-size any text element is, its line-height is always an even multiple of a consistent unit of rhythm. When this is done precisely, you could put a striped background behind your page and each text block (paragraphs, headings, blockquotes, etc) would line up along the lines in that grid.

    As you could imagine, setting this up by hand would require a lot of math and typing. If you want to change the proportions of that grid responsively, you’ll redo that work for every breakpoint. Sass, as you might expect, provides a great toolbox to automate all that work and generate a custom type scale with consistent vertical rhythm more easily.

    I’ll start off by admitting that there are already some good Sass plugins that help build a custom type scale with consistent vertical rhythm. If you’re just looking to grab a pre-built chunk of code, try Typesetting, Typomatic, or Typecsset.

    This one is really good. Took a  little time to read through – as i’m not a super trained high-skill “artist” who wears a beret.


    check out – Using Sass to Build a Custom Type Scale with Vertical Rhythm.

  • greg 5:55 pm on June 24, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    Checking Media Queries With Javascript 

    With the web being used on so many different devices now it’s very important that you can change your design to fit on different screen sizes. The best way of changing your display depending on screen size is to use media queries to find out the size viewport of the screen and allowing you to change the design depending on what screen size is on.

    read the whole article at Checking Media Queries With Javascript.

    personally, i think this is possibly an excellent way to inject only the needed javascript libraries according to their usefulness. If a particular feature ability isnt used in a certain context, say a Revolution Slider in desktop which isn’t used in tablet or mobile… don’t load that library unless you have to!

  • greg 7:53 am on June 24, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    UX designer Curt Alredge wanted to test if the assertion made by Aubrey Johnson was true:

    Hollow icons create more work for users and ultimately create cognitive fatigue

    Icon differences

    Icon Recognition Test is a web app game that will test your skills in identifying hollow and non-hollow icons.

    Research has shown that users begin to map the meaning of icons to their positions in the interface – was a line from Alredge’s article which I agree with mostly, especially as I took the test. If an icon appeared nearby an item I was looking for, I would tend to look for the next icon in search near there. If it was close by, quicker correct answer.


  • greg 10:17 am on June 6, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    There are many stock art sites out there, from larger companies where illustrations is only part of their offering, to smaller sites focusing purely on illustrators – anything from a tiny handful to a more extensive roster.

    Check out this list of some of the best and most popular sites for you to check out.

    The 13 best places to download stock art online from Creative Bloq

  • greg 8:37 am on June 4, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    Is space above the fold still valuable in 2014?

    At the end of 2013, Peep Laja spoke at SearchLove about the Principles of Persuasive Web Design. He had observed that despite it being 2013 (now 2014) and us living in a much more scroll-oriented world, content placed above the fold was still grabbing 80% of our attention.

    read up  - Life Above and Beyond the Fold – Moz.

  • greg 8:12 am on May 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Curated resources for everything design related

    oozled brings together 534 curated resources in 41 categories.

    check out oozled.

  • greg 8:59 am on May 1, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Responsive Email Design | Campaign Monitor 

    If you read your email regularly using an Internet-enabled phone, you probably know that it’s an experience that can swing from awesome to awful. While an email newsletter can look superb in the inbox, when squeezed onto a small screen, it can become absolutely unusable, with small fonts, narrow columns and broken layouts being common issues.

    In this guide, we’ll look at why designing for mobile has become a necessary skill for email designers, cover the fundamentals of designing and building a mobile-friendly email and back it all up with some neat tips and techniques. We’ll assume you know a little about coding HTML for email, but if not, we’ve also got a couple of great guides to get you started.

    Responsive Email Design from Campaign Monitor.

  • greg 8:51 am on April 18, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    There isn’t just one way to animate SVG. There is the <animate> tag that goes right into the SVG code. There are libraries that help with it like Snap.svg or SVG.js. We’re going to look at another way: using inline SVG (SVG code right inside HTML) and animating the parts right through CSS.

    read all about it Animating SVG with CSS | CSS-Tricks.

  • greg 11:25 am on April 10, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  


    BuiltWith Technology Lookup.

    Seriously – extremely useful tool. I absolutely used this tool today to determine what platform a client site was built with… 

  • greg 12:01 pm on March 11, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    You know the situation, you’ve got a new logo or image you want to use across your social media and the next hour is taken up Googling what size each image needs to be, how big the file should be and how many different options you need. Well now you can use that hour to sit back and relax. We’ve done all this hard work for you and put together our awesome social media cheat sheet just for you! via Social media cheat sheet (2014) – super speedy, all you needy | The Pink Group.



  • greg 9:29 am on February 28, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    jQuery is a fantastic library for designing and developing user interactions quickly. Whether it’s an image gallery or form, content-revealing animation or an explosion effect, the library provides the core building-blocks to allow you to rapidly prototype and deliver a unique user interface with the minimum of code and effort.

    This presents an interesting question, however. Just because you can roll your own solution to any given problem, does that mean you should? Of course not! There’s absolutely no need to reinvent the wheel every time you want to create a bit of common functionality; use plugins to instantly add a behaviour. Doing so will save you even more time and effort! Here’s a nice new list.

    The top 20 jQuery plugins | jQuery | Creative Bloq.

  • greg 11:33 am on February 26, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment


    via Mobile Menu AB Tested: Hamburger Not the Best Choice?.

  • greg 11:05 am on February 10, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    WOW.js – Reveal Animations When You Scroll. Very Animate.css Friend 


    Reveal Animations When You Scroll. Very Animate.css Friend :-)

    Easily customize animation settings: style, delay, length, offset, iterations…

    via WOW.js – Reveal Animations When You Scroll. Very Animate.css Friend..

  • greg 10:58 am on January 27, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Most businesses — especially small companies and startups — can’t afford to hire a dedicated UX designer, but that shouldn’t stop them from adopting some UX techniques. Trust me, it’s much easier than you think.

    read the whole huge thing at Pragmatic UX Techniques For Smarter Websites | Smashing UX Design.

  • greg 11:47 am on January 24, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Principles of User Interface Design 

    1. Clarity is job #1
    2. Interfaces exist to enable interaction
    3. Conserve attention at all costs
    4. Keep users in control
    5. Direct manipulation is best
    6. One primary action per screen
    7. Keep secondary actions secondary
    8. Provide a natural next step
    9. Appearance follows behavior
    10. Consistency matters
    11. Strong visual hierarchies work best
    12. Smart organization reduces cognitive load
    13. Highlight, don’t determine, with color
    14. Progressive disclosure
    15. Help people inline
    16. A crucial moment: the zero state
    17. Great design is invisible
    18. Build on other design disciplines
    19. Interfaces exist to be used

    “To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit; it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse.” – Paul Rand

    read the deets  @ Principles of User Interface Design.

  • greg 12:26 pm on January 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Infographic: Shutterstock’s Global Design Trends 2014 — The Shutterstock Blog 

    It’s never a great idea to blindly follow trends, but it’s good to know what they are. It’s kind of similar to the old maxim that ‘you have to know the rules to break the rules’.

    But in fractured and disjointed world, working out what the latest visual design trends actually are can be difficult. A trend might be big in Europe but absent in North America; yet with more demand for designs that appeal across international boundaries, how do you get a handle on what will work?

    Well one way is to analyse the raw data. Image library Shutterstock is in a good position to do just that – and so for its third annual global design trends infographic it extracted details of over 350 million downloads and found some revealing patterns.

    Infographic: Shutterstock’s Global Design Trends 2014 — The Shutterstock Blog.

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