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Jul 21

7 Effective Methods for Improving Your Work

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 03:00 — julie

You may think you’re pretty good at what you do. And you may be right. But you’re not the best you can be. None of us are, and we might never be. The most important skill this century is adaptability and the capacity to constantly learn new skills and improve.

It will take you to the top of your game and keep you there. It will get you better assignments and clients, better rates, a better reputation.

So how do you keep refining your skill set and grow your capabilities in our fast moving culture?

Here are seven ideas to help get you started:

1. Set Aside Time for Learning

Whether it’s 30 minutes a day, an hour a week, or even a few minutes, to grow you have to set aside a regular block of time for learning.


Jul 20

25 Snippets That Demonstrate the Power of Canvas & SVG

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 05:09 — julie

Web browsers are still working towards a unified relationship with web standards. This means developers have support for some CSS prefixes but still have to wait patiently for the full benefits of other techniques like SVG animation. While vectors have become much more accepted in recent years, vector animations & effects still languish through the realm of maladapted support.

The more advanced trends appear where rubber meets the road. Where development techniques merge with the possibilities of current web browsers. The following CSS/JS snippets demonstrate some of the amazing effects you can create using SVGs & canvas elements. These techniques often work best in more creative or experimental layouts with a broad range of tech-savvy visitors.


Jul 18

A Week in Review N.47

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:53 — julie

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Jul 16

Modern Trends & Design Ideas for Email Newsletters

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:08 — julie

As UI design trends have evolved, so have the trends of your friendly neighborhood inbox periodical. A poorly-designed newsletter draws less attention and racks up a hefty amount of unsubscribers.

Good design should work with the content and bring together the message with no ambiguity. This means that design styles vary between different newsletters, and for good reason.

If you’re designing a newsletter from scratch it’s important to spend enough time planning the layout. It’ll help if you study modern trends from professional newsletters to see how they affect content. By studying these trends, you’ll see how they work and gain insight for new ideas to add into your own projects.


Jul 15

Tuts+ Celebrates Publishing 20,000 Free Tutorials

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 11:28 — julie

The team at Tuts+ are excited to announce that they’ve just published their 20,000th free tutorial! Since launching in 2007, Tuts+ has helped more than a quarter of a billion people learn new skills and improve their lives.

Read the rest of this entry here: Tuts+ Celebrates 20,000 Free Tutorials!

The post Tuts+ Celebrates Publishing 20,000 Free Tutorials appeared first on Market Blog.


Jul 14

8 Reasons Death By PowerPoint is Wrong

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 17:02 — julie

I know what you’re thinking. PowerPoint. Really? Wasn’t that done back in 2005 or so? Well, yes. And no. Actually, “it depends,” is a better answer.

The whole idea of “death by PowerPoint” is actually the result of people using PowerPoint badly. Where obnoxious slide transitions and clipart live, creativity left the building.

The combination of a lack of vision and simply terrible 10-year-old themes have given PowerPoint a worse reputation than it deserves. Basically, this application is just a tool. And like any other tool, it’s all about how you use it. To help lift this app out of the mud, today I’m going to share some of the best reasons PowerPoint is still actually a really great tool.


Jul 11

A Week in Review N.46

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 13:57 — julie

Envato News

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Jul 09

How to find the “save for web” tool in Photoshop CC 2015

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 02:00 — julie

I recently downloaded the latest version of Photoshop, which is Photoshop CC and to my astonishment Photoshop had removed one of favourite features the trusty old Save for the web tool. After a bit of digging round I found thankfully it had not been removed, but just hidden away. In this short video screencast we will show you how to access the save for web tool in Photoshop CC 2015. I’m sure a lot of people who like me will be wondering where this feature may have disappeared to.


Jul 08

25 Useful Free Tools & Apps For Web Designers from 2015

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 15:27 — julie

As a web designer, any little tool that helps you accomplish anything that little bit quicker and better are worth their weight in gold. And the great thing about the design community is that there is a multitude of designers that recognize the small resource gaps that we might have and create handy solutions, like the resources I’ve outlined in this post, which fill those learning gaps.

Below you will find apps that will clean up your CSS files, tools that will convert Illustrator files to HTML, guides that will help you visualize CSS3 Flexbox Properties, web apps to quickly browse and select Google fonts, and much, much more. All of the tools are completely free, so get ready to start bookmarking!

CSS Stats

CSS Stats is a simple web-based app that visualizes various stats about your CSS files.


Jul 06

iOS Game Design Guidelines for Beginners

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:38 — julie

Mobile games are a growing marketplace with more kids foregoing the Game Boy in lieu of a modern tablet. Even some adults are drawn into the gaming craze because it’s better than counting the seconds in a solemnly empty waiting room.

Apple’s iOS platform was on the original iPhone which then spawned a fantastic tablet device. The operating system has been around for almost a decade and the marketplace is already renowned across the world.

I’d like to cover some general ideas for game design on iOS platforms. Naturally you do need a great idea, but the implementation of this idea is paramount to success. And while there is a lot of competition there’s always room for a new blockbuster game to go viral, and for the creator to reap pecuniary rewards.


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