Top 5 Underutilized Web Performance Tricks for WordPress

Brian Jackson  •  WordPress  •  October 26, 2016
Top 5 Underutilized Web Performance Tricks for WordPress

Most of us know by now that speed is a ranking factor with Google. What this means is that WordPress sites that load faster will have a bigger advantage in Google over those that don’t. So it is very important that your WordPress site loads as fast as possible, especially on mobile. And besides the ranking factor, the user experience also comes into play. Many users will...

Simbla: Responsive Website Maker

Andrian  •  Tools  •  October 25, 2016
Simbla: Responsive Website Maker

It’s no longer surprising that we now have the freedom to make our own websites without having any prior knowledge of code, thanks to the various website makers available. But to find a top website maker that renders this process efficient and easy is something else. Fortunately, Simbla is a top website maker that accommodates everyone from laymen to pros alike in the...

Emotional Intelligence and the Uncomfortable Side of Design

Paula Borowska  •  Design  •  October 24, 2016
Emotional Intelligence and the Uncomfortable Side of Design

In March 2016, Twitter celebrated its 10th birthday. It was a day filled with pride for the company and many of its followers. In order to make the day amazing for its users, Twitter released a delightful like/heart button animation. It was awesome, but as soon as the day was over the animation was gone too. Some people don’t care and some didn’t even notice but those who...

Linux Foundation Launches JS Foundation

Doru Ciobanu  •  News  •  October 20, 2016
Linux Foundation Launches JS Foundation

JavaScript is a high-level, dynamic, untyped and interpreted programming language used in most modern day web applications. With thousands of modules in NPM, the JavaScript ecosystem is the largest open source platform. And while the language is standardized in a vendor-neutral ECMAScript language specification, the ecosystem is deeply convoluted and fragmented. To address...

Typography Cheat Sheet [Infographic]

Diana Valeanu  •  Design  •  October 17, 2016
Typography Cheat Sheet [Infographic]

Understanding type can be one of the most difficult elements of design. There’s a lot of terminology and lingo that type designers (and designers, in general) use when talking about lettering. Sometimes it can be tough to decipher it all. If you find yourself wondering what the difference between a hook and a counter are or you still aren’t sure how a serif and a slab are...

Google Releases Chrome 54

Doru Ciobanu  •  News  •  October 14, 2016
Google Releases Chrome 54

Google updated the Chrome desktop browser with Custom Elements V1, BroadcastChannel and more. Wednesday, the Google updated to Chrome 54 and will be rolling out on Windows, Mac and Linux in the upcoming days. If Google nicknamed its browser releases, then Chrome 54 should have been named “Desserts for Developers.” Along with the usual bug fixes (totaling $28,633.70...

Meet Yarn, JavaScript Alternative Package Manager by Facebook

Doru Ciobanu  •  News  •  October 13, 2016
Meet Yarn, JavaScript Alternative Package Manager by Facebook

Why Do You Need a Package Manager? As the name implies, a package manager is a tool to manage the installation of packages (pieces of code that serve a particular purpose) from a global registry into a developer’s local environment. Simply, a package manager is a tool that facilitates working with other tools. A package manager replaces the need to search, download, unpack...

Essential Skills To Become A Great UI/UX Designer

Jake Rocheleau  •  UX Design  •  October 13, 2016
Essential Skills To Become A Great UI/UX Designer

It’s frustrating to find job offers looking for a UI/UX designer. While these two skillsets are closely related, their skills don’t always overlap. A quality UI designer may not understand user experience psychology. Just like a top-tier UX designer might not be a master of Photoshop or Sketch. But there is a good amount of overlap, and to be a great UI/UX designer...

Are You Ready for Microsoft’s New Paint?

Doru Ciobanu  •  News  •  October 11, 2016
Are You Ready for Microsoft’s New Paint?

Many of us started with Paint. As old as Windows itself, for the 90s generation, Paint was, for most of us, of the first “professional” graphic design tool. My first “artwork” was recreating Nirvana’s Nevermind album cover. Obviously, my version was far from the original so don’t be ashamed if you started with cucumbers or stick figures. Every great artist was once...

Designing for tech clients: this is how pre-built websites will help you

Andrian  •  Resources  •  October 11, 2016
Designing for tech clients: this is how pre-built websites will help you

If you are reading this article, it could well be because you’re working with a tech company or a startup, or have done so in the recent past. You’ve probably taken note of the fact that this niche appears at times to follow its own rules. Leaving you with some questions you find difficult to answer. Among them: What is the audience looking for? What is a tech client’s...