Merging Responsive Web Design Ideas for Desktop & Mobile

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Web designers have taken on many more roles in just the past few years. It’s now quite common to find designers who also specialize in frontend development, UX design, and even some backend development. One of the newest trends of responsive design is crafting a single base of HTML/CSS code which can fit properly into any browser window.

There is an intricate balance between desktop and mobile web browsers. Now more than ever it’s crucial that web designers find a balance for all users in every major website. Responsive web design is more than just supporting mobile devices – It’s truly about creating flexible layouts with page elements that can shift and rearrange themselves according to the current viewport.

In this post I’ll explore some responsive web design ideas to help get your creative juices flowing and hopefully leave you feeling ready to make some changes to your sites if needed…

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Team Communication Starts with HipChat (Sponsored)

HipChat Team Communication

For much too long, email has been the main medium for communication at work. While email isn’t going away, team communication platforms like HipChat are allowing for more collaborative and productive communication experiences between co-workers.

HipChat combines every communication method you’d ever need—IM, group chat, screen sharing, file sharing, link sharing, video and voice calling—into a single solution. Working remotely, working across time zones, and working with the person right next to you becomes infinitely simpler and more efficient…

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When You Should Design Against Client Expectations

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The age-old battle between designers and their clients rages on. Your client expects a certain type of design from you. They give you examples of what they want. Then they share their goal for this design, and your heart sinks. You know that they need something entirely different than what they expect to accomplish this goal.

Steve Jobs said something very wise about designing a product for a customer: “It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” And the same is true of design clients.

Now, of course, some clients are the perfect client. They tell you their needs, their goals, and may even give you a couple of examples, but they leave the whole of the project up to you. When you present your design, they are in love and can’t wait to hire you for their next project.

But many times, designers have to be prepared to either sell their soul (i.e. creative pride) to get paid or be prepared to walk away from a project into which they have already put too much time. Any time you cross a client, you will probably need to be prepared for one of these worst possible outcomes. Remember the saying, “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best”?

Very often, you may only have to compromise a little on your design pride to get to the invoicing part of the job. But disagreeing with a client’s opinion is no light matter, which is why you need to know exactly why you should not always design to client expectations…

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WP Engine Review – Why We Switched Our Hosting to WP Engine

WP Engine Hosting Review

Earlier this year when our blog ran into issues with getting indexed in Google, we started seriously looking at our hosting set up. We identified several key issues with our host that had to be resolved if we were to get back on the right track. Our host at the time, was slow and had terrible support – often taking more than 24 hours to respond to a support request. That was the final straw that made us start the daunting task of changing hosting providers.

This WP Engine Review will outline the key factors regarding why we decided to make the switch and how it’s been going for us over over the past six months…

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The Ultimate Guide to the Best Online Graphic Design Courses Around

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We live in a great age for learning – scholars will find that, thanks to the internet, nearly any field of knowledge is just a few clicks away! Design is no exception, and today the web is filled with online graphic design courses and guides covering all things design.

Today we’re detailing the best of the best, helping you find the online learning resources to becoming a design pro. The courses listed below are all affordable, and in some cases, even free…

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30+ Superior Examples of Flat Web Design

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Unless you have been living under a rock, one of the biggest trends in the web design industry remains to be flat design. In case you are not familiar with the term, flat design is essentially design without the drop shadows, gradients, and textures that have been common in web design for some time. Flat design uses solid colors and often typography figures prominently into the design.

In this post we’ll showcase over 30 excellent examples of the flat web design style. Hopefully they can provide some inspiration that can be put to use in your own work…

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12 Excellent Font Identifier Tools To Speed Up Your WorkFlow

Identify Fonts

Designers have a need for relevant fonts in all creative mediums. Both print and digital design follow a similar track when choosing and composing typography. But there’s always the nuance of actually choosing which font to use. While on the search for a terrific typeface it’s all-too-common to bump into a great font that’s also hard to identify.

Thankfully in our modern high-tech era there are plenty of font identifier tools which can help. All of these tools can be accessed using a web browser and they’re a lot more accurate than you might assume.

The following resources are meant for designers and developers who often need to identify a particular font. Up until recently this was an arduous task which required hours of research and letter matching. But nowadays you can find the exact font family(or at least related choices) in just a matter of minutes…

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The Role of Web Design in Conversion Rate Optimization

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Most marketing services try to sell you traffic. They will tell you that if you let them do certain things, you will receive a truckload of traffic. But, what they may not tell you is that just getting traffic is only the first part of the job. Those people visiting the site must convert. Well, realistically not everyone is going to convert, but at least some of them must turn into your loyal customers. While SEO, advertising, social media and a range of other activities can get you traffic, eventually your site must be good enough to capture their attention.

It’s clear to most that conversion rate optimization is extremely important and invaluable. In this post, I’ll discuss ways that web design can affect your conversion rate and the importance of keeping up with these changes…

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Top 25 OS X Sketch Plugins for Designers

Top Sketch Plugins

Bohemian Coding is a software company most notably recognized for creating the OS X application Sketch. It allows designers to work with both vector and raster images in the same document. As you might imagine, this program has caught widespread attention from web & graphic designers all over the world. And if you design on a Mac then it’s worth testing out Sketch just to see what all the fuss is about.

For this post I’ve collected 25 free & useful Sketch plugins meant for all types of design. Whether you create icons, interfaces, or anything else, these plugins will surely improve your workflow.

Mastering Sketch takes time and lots of practice. Since the program is still new there isn’t as much information online compared to other programs like Photoshop. But sticking with a routine of continual practice will yield amazing results – and these plugins can prove to be quite beneficial along the way…

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