Guetzli – JPEG Encoder Promises a Faster Web, by Google

Doru Ciobanu  •  News  •  March 18, 2017
Guetzli – JPEG Encoder Promises a Faster Web, by Google

Guetzli is a new open source JPEG encoder that creates high-quality JPEGS that weighs between 29 percent and 45 percent less than what is possible now with available methods. It’s been in the wild for the last four months, but finally, Guetzli got officially launched in a blog post on Google’s developer blog. Artistic representation of GUETZLI As a web-developer, building...

Free Creative Commons Stock Photos – FreePhotos.cc

Carrie Cousins  •  Resources  •  March 15, 2017
Free Creative Commons Stock Photos – FreePhotos.cc

Finding quality free stock photography can be a cumbersome task. There are so many places to search, different pricing models to deal with and licensing. FreePhotos takes a lot of the guesswork out of finding quality stock photos to use in a hurry with different stock providers in a single location. (Plus every photo you find on the site is free to use in your projects.) What...

How To Create a Web Design Style Guide

Tomas Laurinavicius  •  Design, Website Design  •  March 9, 2017
How To Create a Web Design Style Guide

Creating websites is getting more and more complex and is usually not a one person job. It is important to ensure that design is consistent and optimized to meet business objectives and create enjoyable experiences for users. One of the ways to ensure that team is on the same page when designing separate parts of the website or saving designs from developers is to create...

UX Design Tips For Dropdown Navigation Menus

Jake Rocheleau  •  UX Design  •  March 7, 2017
UX Design Tips For Dropdown Navigation Menus

Dropdown menus have come a long way thanks to modern JavaScript and CSS3 effects. But not all dropdowns are created equal, and some UX strategies work better than others. In this guide I’ll cover a handful of design techniques for building usable dropdown navigation menus. This includes multi-level dropdowns and mega menus which all rely on the same core design...

9 Super Valuable WordPress Plugins for 2017

Andrian  •  Plugins  •  March 2, 2017
9 Super Valuable WordPress Plugins for 2017

WordPress has become the most popular CMS in the web designer’s world. As a standalone system, it’s not all that glamourous. What makes WordPress attractive is the ease in which it can be customized with themes and plugins; to do what you need to have done. No matter what functionality you might want to incorporate in a website, there are so many plugins out there, that...

How to Create a Perfect Color Scheme [Infographic]

Diana Valeanu  •  Design  •  March 2, 2017
How to Create a Perfect Color Scheme [Infographic]

Nothing can make a project stand out or identify your brand or business like color. Just think: What would the “Golden Arches” of McDonald’s be without the signature red and gold? When it comes to creating the perfect color scheme, there are plenty of things to consider. Established branding is important and should be honored if colors already exist. But if not, the...

Reclaiming the Design to Development Process

Caroline Reder  •  Tools  •  February 28, 2017
Reclaiming the Design to Development Process

Owning a web design agency is easy, and fun… said no one ever. Well, maybe Aaron Draplin or Justin Ahrens, but those are pretty positive guys. Not only are you directly responsible for the success and well-being of your own employees, but you are also in charge of attracting, retaining and cultivating happy clients. This needs to be done all the while maintaining your...

10 Fonts to Follow in 2017

Simone  •  Fonts  •  February 27, 2017
10 Fonts to Follow in 2017

The first two months of 2017 have already gone by and new trends are emerging in the web design industry. For example, 2017 is going to be the year of layouts that emphasize content but we’ll also see a rise in the  dominance of big and bold type and adoption of brighter background colors to better express the personality of websites. In this context, typography will become...

A Guide to Search Features for Developers: Writing Content that Google Loves

Jake Rocheleau  •  Coding  •  February 22, 2017
A Guide to Search Features for Developers: Writing Content that Google Loves

Google’s ranking factors are still mostly determined by great content and authoritative websites. But their newest search features let developers spruce up their rankings with cards, reviews, and other schema content. In this guide I’ll cover the most useful Google search features that can dramatically affect your CTR. I’ll cover what these features do, how they work,...

Top 2017 Web Tools & Services Reviewed

Andrian  •  Tools  •  February 20, 2017
Top 2017 Web Tools & Services Reviewed

Many times, we’ve talked with important developers and web designers and they said us that it would be really interesting to have a showcase of handpicked web tools and services. But really handpicked, tested by guys with experience that know the issues and what is needed. This is that showcase and it contains 18 web tools and services that will help...