Making Custom Properties (CSS Variables) More Dynamic

CSS Custom Properties (perhaps more easily understood as CSS variables) provide us ways to make code more concise, as well as introduce new ways to work with CSS that were not possible before. They can do what preprocessor variables can… but also a lot more. Whether you have been a fan of the declarative nature[…]

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Design technique: Progressive Disclosure

Dieter Rams 10 Principles are a great way to describe “Good Design.” But what are the underlying techniques that help us achieve these principles? There are plenty of techniques that make designs more effective. But few actually line up with Dieter Rams Principles. Effective design often celebrates discovery and exploration. Company’s measure screen time and[…]

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SVGito: Little Optimizations for SVGs

A web-app with new optimizations for your SVG files—especially those exported from Sketch. Today I’m releasing a free little web-app for optimizing (“cleaning up”) SVG files. It’s called SVGito. If the idea of SVG code or optimization is new to you, take a moment to read this other article explaining how to think about SVG. As[…]

Best of the web for Design and Web Development April 2017

In our usual fashion where rounding up another month within the online web and design community with our favourite posts of the month from Photoshop tutorials to web design articles. If you’re a designer, or a front-end developer this post is the perfect fix for yourself. Our favourites include an essential SEO checklist when launching[…]

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Is a college education necessary to become a great web developer?

These days, many people are thinking about getting into web development. The job prospect for web developers is better than that of almost any other profession, with expected growth rates of over 20% over the next 5 years. Salaries are equally attractive: the median hourly wage for web developers in the US is almost $35/hr,[…]

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6 Ways to Improve Long-Scroll Mobile Websites

In this fast-evolving digital world, a designer’s aim is to help the user save their valuable time by simplifying user experiences. The more simplified your design is, the more conversions you can expect, and since we currently exist in an era where mobile devices own the majority share of the market, this can sometimes be[…]

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Why Developers Hate WordPress

I have a feeling that if you’re here, you either strongly agree or disagree with the title of this article. That’s fine. This is an opinion piece, so feel free to feel however you’d like. But I have data to back me up! According to the 2017 Stack Overflow Developer Survey, 64.5% of respondents said[…]

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JavaScript Grows Up and Gets Its Own Foundation

  Currently, the JavaScript sector offers a mind-bogglingly diverse menu of open source options for building, testing and deploying applications. Maybe too diverse. With this in mind, The Linux Foundation has launched the JavaScript Foundation, an entity “committed to creating a center of gravity within the exponentially expanding JS ecosystem,” according to the organization. The foundation aims to help[…]