Lose Fear of the Command Line

Tobias Günther  •  Coding  •  October 23, 2014
Lose Fear of the Command Line

For the non-technical people among us, evil has a name: The “command line.” Or, in fact, many names: CLI, Terminal, bash, shell … When I prepared my free online book “Learn Version Control with Git,” I was surprised to hear how many people were afraid of the command line. In reality, there’s really nothing to fear because once you know a...

Make the Most of Your Design with a Hero Header

Carrie Cousins  •  Design  •  October 21, 2014
Make the Most of Your Design with a Hero Header

One of the biggest trends in web design right now is the use of big images. And not just large, but completely oversized images that seem to come to life on screen. When used at the top of a page, this is often referred to as a hero header. How can you take advantage of the trend? What tools do you need to get started? Here, we’ll look at hero headers, tips for using them...

Lessons Learned From Analyzing Material Design Components

Paula Borowska  •  Design  •  October 20, 2014
Lessons Learned From Analyzing Material Design Components

If you read through Google’s material design documentation you know how detail oriented and extensive it is. When you look through the document you can learn many things. One of the greatest lessons is that it proves that it’s possible to create complex visual style guides. By no means is it easy but it is possible, especially for the complicated array of products that...

Mobile Devices and Responsive Design Patterns for a Successful Experience

Stelian Subotin  •  Design  •  October 17, 2014
Mobile Devices and Responsive Design Patterns for a Successful Experience

Responsive web design is no longer a subject for discussion when it comes to any kind of website development because it is a crucial step. As designers and developers, we have got to understand the importance of effective responsive design and its role in maintaining a great experience for end users. We have passed the time when responsiveness was an option and there was...

How to Conduct a Usability Heuristic Evaluation

Armen Ghazarian  •  Design, UX Design  •  October 16, 2014
How to Conduct a Usability Heuristic Evaluation

User experience works best when it’s incorporated into every stage of product development, starting from idea to development and testing. But usually things don’t happen that way and user experience specialists have to face the challenge of optimizing the existing product to become what we call “user friendly.” Well, better late than never. UX optimization of an...

How to Display Social Share Counts in WordPress as Text

Agbonghama Collins  •  WordPress  •  October 15, 2014
How to Display Social Share Counts in WordPress as Text

In the first part of this series, I showed you how to programmatically retrieve the share count of various social media networks from their respective APIs using PHP. In this final part, we will develop a WordPress plugin that displays the number of Facebook likes, Twitter posts, and social share count of a specific URL. To display the share count of a social network in a...

Product Design Process & Documentation Essentials (Part 2)

Chris Bank  •  Design  •  October 14, 2014
Product Design Process & Documentation Essentials (Part 2)

In this article, Chris Bank of UXPin – The UX Design App details the sketches, prototypes, and design specifications you’ll create as your product starts to take form. For additional tactics to preserve UX during product design, check out our Guide to UX Design & Process Documentation. Experts and featured companies include Aarron Walter, Ian McAllister, Vurb,...

Dash Helps You Collect Information in One Place

Carrie Cousins  •  Resources  •  October 13, 2014
Dash Helps You Collect Information in One Place

Do you ever think you just have too much information to keep up with it all? From Twitter to news feeds to weather to your personal or business site, it can take all day just to see what’s happening online. Dash helps you keep up with everything in one place. The service allows you to create realtime dashboards for your website, your business and your life. What is...

Product Design Process & Documentation Essentials (Part 1)

Chris Bank  •  Design  •  October 10, 2014
Product Design Process & Documentation Essentials (Part 1)

In this article, Chris Bank of UXPin – The UX Design App details the sketches, prototypes, and design specifications you’ll create as your product starts to take form. For additional tactics to preserve UX during product design, check out our Guide to UX Design & Process Documentation. Experts and featured companies include Aarron Walter, Ian McAllister, Vurb,...

Collection of Free iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Mockups

Nataly Birch  •  Resources  •  October 8, 2014
Collection of Free iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Mockups

“The first bite is with the eye.” Although this originally applied to cookery, it is hard not to agree that the same goes for any presentation, and UI designs are no exception. If you want your product not only come to the market but also sell well then you should put it forward through an eye-catching and lavish presentation. And for mobile applications, especially...