Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?

This is going to seem like an odd thing to suggest, considering how much work is required to build a progressive web app instead of a responsive website. But, for many of you, your portfolio site should be built as a PWA.
There are a number of benefits to doing this, which I’ll outline below, but the bottom line is this:
If you want to spend less time looking for clients, applying to design gigs and convincing prospects to hire you, a PWA would be a wise investment for your business.

Web Design And Development Advent Roundup For 2019

In the run-up to Christmas, there is a tradition across the web design and development community to produce advent calendars, typically with a new article or resource for each day of December. Last year, I did a roundup of these calendars, and now that the 2019 season is in full swing, here is this year’s line-up.
I’m sure you’ll notice that the majority of the calendars published here are true community efforts, often with the bulk of the work falling to an individual or tiny team, with no budget to pay authors and editors.

Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew

We’re opening up our Smashing TV webinars to everyone, and today you’re welcome to follow along as Rachel Andrew builds a layout using CSS Grid and Flexbox.
In the session, Rachel will be building a component of a layout, talking through her thinking as she does so. Is Flexbox or Grid the right method to use? How will the component respond to different screen sizes? And, what about those old browsers?

Inspirational Designer of The Week – Meet Aurélien Salomon

Welcome back to this week’s edition of Inspirational Designer of The Week! Today, I’m honored to welcome Aurélien Salomon to the scene. [source] Aurélien Salomon is an exceptionally talented French UI/UX designer who plays by his own rules. And by doing so, he’s been able to work with famous enterprises that favored him, such as Apple,…

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Brand Illustration Systems: Drawing A Strong Visual Identity

In the flood of online content, companies live or die by their brand image. A brand image has to express the company’s message and connect with users, who should instantly recognize it across different media, even away from the company’s website and marketing content. A strong brand image is like an anchor, helping ensure user attachment and fix value associations.
Brand image is typically built up from different visual elements — logos, color palette, a particular font.

How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile

A sales funnel is a set of invisible steps you lay before visitors that takes them from the point of entry to the desired action. There are three stages in a sales funnel:
Top of the funnel (TOF), Middle of the funnel (MOF), Bottom of the funnel (BOF). Why do we call these three stages a funnel? Because, together, they form a funnel-like shape:
A sales funnel and its three key stages: top-of-funnel, middle-of-funnel, bottom-of-funnel marketing.

Weatherstack – The best weather API on the planet

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Curious to know what the weather conditions are like in Kampala Uganda? How about the temperature in Santiago Chile? It’s not as easy as just looking it up.   What if I told you that there is a way to not only get this information, but the real-time weather information of any location on the…

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How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)

In this tutorial series, we will build a web-based multiplayer virtual reality game, where players will need to collaborate to solve a puzzle. In the first part of this series, we designed the orbs featured in the game. In this part of the series, we will add game mechanics and setup communication protocols between pairs of players.
The game description here is excerpted from the first part of the series: Each pair of players is given a ring of orbs.

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EasyApache 3 to EasyApache 4 Autoconversion

As you may have noticed on the front page of our website, we’ve added a new section about the “Up Next” initiative, explaining upcoming changes to cPanel & WHM. A significant change coming in early 2020 is the EasyApache 3 to EasyApache 4 autoconversion. When we last made a change in the Up Next initiative, we upgraded users on out of date and unsupported cPanel & WHM version to Version 78. This upgrade did come …

32 Jolly Christmas Card Design Ideas – The Best of Christmas Card Graphic Design

Creativity is sparking and so is the fire in the fireplace. Christmas time is almost here! With Christmas being only a few weeks away, it’s the perfect time to start getting your Christmas cards ready. Nothing shows your friends and family that you care more than a homemade gift and a Christmas card. Design your…

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Get Started With UI Design With These Tips To Speed Up Your Workflow

This article is about creating limits and rules to follow throughout the entire design process. There is an unlimited number of ways in which you can combine elements in a user interface — and so you’ll need to set some rules and boundaries, or else the design workflow might become an unpleasant chore. You might be struggling with all of the possibilities and trying to pick the best option among many “correct” options.

Meet “Inclusive Components”: Accessible, Bulletproof Front-End Patterns

Front-end accessibility is still somewhat mysterious these days. How do we build accessible buttons and dropdowns? What about keyboard-friendly tooltips, tabs and notifications? Or inclusive accordions, sliders, data tables and modals? Let’s figure it out together. Meet Inclusive Components, our new handbook for building fully accessible digital products. Download a free sample PDF (1.1 MB).
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Smashing TV Live: Privacy UX, A Session With Vitaly Friedman

Cookie consent prompts, push notifications, app install prompts, video autoplays and annoying pop-ups. Every time we enter a new site, it feels like a fight against all the annoying marketing messages endlessly streaming at us. If you’ve wondered why a product you looked up in a search engine one day keeps showing up in all your social channels over and over just a few hours later, that’s the power of data collection and retargeting at play.

Smashing Podcast Episode 4 With Heydon Pickering: What Are Inclusive Components?

In this episode of the Smashing Podcast, Drew McLellan talks to Heydon Pickering about his new book, Inclusive Components. Heydon is known for his work and writing on Accessibility, so what is Inclusive Design, and where do components come into play? Heydon eplains all this and more in this episode. You can listen below, or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
Show Notes The book Inclusive Components from Smashing Magazine Heydon’s project Every Layout with Andy Bell Heydon’s website Heydonworks Heydon on Twitter Transcript Drew McLellan: He’s a freelance web accessibility consultant, interface designer and writer.

Scrapestack Review – The best scraping API?

Let’s be honest here, web scraping isn’t the most fun task in the world. Unfortunately, it’s not the easiest, either. Scrapestack aims to change all of that by making things simple. No, you probably won’t be screaming with joy while running a scraping API, but thanks to Scrapestack, you won’t be pulling your hair out…

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Must-Have Tech Gifts

If you’re like me, you love giving gifts as much as you love getting them, or maybe more! But, for…

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How To Ease Your Team’s Development Workflow With Git Hooks

One of the major requirements working for a team or an open-source project is using a version control system (VCS). Git is a free and open-source distributed version control system for tracking source code changes during software development. It’s been created by Linus Torvalds in 2005 for the development of the Linux kernel. It is easy to learn and has a tiny footprint with lightning fast performance.
There is a big chance you have already used Git (since it is one of the most popular and well-adopted VCS tools available in the development community), and you most probably already have some knowledge about staging and committing your code by pushing and pulling it from a remote repository.

Beating The End Of The Year Rush (December 2019 Wallpapers Edition)

As the year is coming to a close, many of us feel rushed, trying to meet deadlines, finishing off projects, and preparing for the holidays. Do you remember what December felt like when you were little? It was a time of wonder and expectation, a time to slow down and enjoy the small things: watching the first snowflakes fall, drinking hot chocolate, and admiring the Christmas decorations in your neighborhood, for example.

Black Friday 2019: Support Indie Makers

Every time I have checked my email over the last two weeks, it has been full of Black Friday deals. We will get a short respite before the New Year offers start to roll in. I like a bargain as much as anyone, however, I think that plenty of sites will be covering the best offers on electronics and tech.
I thought we would do something different this year at Smashing.

Inspirational Designer of The Week – Meet Gal Shir

Welcome to this edition of Web Design Ledger’s Inspirational Designer of the Week! And now, I’d like to welcome Gal Shir to the scene, our pick for the most inspirational designer of the week.             Gal Shir is a graphic designer, illustrator and motion designer who has been designing from…

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