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Jake Rocheleau (103 Posts)

About: Jake Rocheleau is a passionate web designer and social media entrepreneur. He is frequently researching the latest trends in digital design and new-age Internet ideas. He's also an advocate for the social media revolution - follow his updates on Twitter @jakerocheleau.
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Team Collaboration for Building with Open Source Code

Working together with other developers is the quickest and most efficient way to master backend programming. The art of developing websites in PHP, Ruby on Rails, Python, or any other language will take time and lots of practice. But studying with open source code provides the benefits of understanding common structures for setting templates, frameworks, databases, and other features. In…

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The Popular Rise of Magazine-Style Homepage News Layouts

Designers who have been paying attention to online blogs and news sources will have noticed the increasing trend of magazine-style website layouts. Specifically news listings where you may find a dozen stories all related to different topics which are grouped together in one section. It is a popular style because readers will peruse through these individual news feeds looking for…

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Designing Custom Github Demo Pages

The open source coding haven Github has grown tremendously in just a few short years. The founders have commented on setting up pages for new projects and this feature launched a little while ago. Github Demo Pages allows any developer to setup their own static HTML/CSS/JS pages on the Github server and provide demo content for their code repos. In…

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Beginner’s Guide to Animated Website Tours

To make a compatible tour page for your website requires a lot of insight towards what your visitors need to know. Generally you can find a lot of examples using static informational pages as a guided user tour. Admittedly this is a great method for gaining traction from your userbase but it is not easy to accomplish. In this article…

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Building Animated User Interfaces with a Purpose

Direct animations and motion are a big part of the user experience. Not every website will include dynamic animations, but these tend to draw in a crowd of interested users. Stunning visuals can also cross a line and turn into annoying distractions from your content. Building purposeful websites is all about finding a balance between the dynamic elements and static…

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Collection of Useful Open Source CSS Resources

There are loads of free scripts to download and include in your website projects. Developers are constantly releasing their work under open source General Public Licenses. This allows other developers to work off the same code and even customize pieces to better suit their project’s needs. Overall the majority of codes you’ll find these days are written in JavaScript or…

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Basic Security Tips Every Freelancer Should Follow

One of the more convoluted yet rewarding opportunities of as a freelancer is the freedom in your own schedule. This is especially true when working online, since most digital products may be created at any point from any computer. This means freelance writers, designers, and developers are constantly working towards a better means of communication. At times this can lead…

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Interface Concepts for Modern eCommerce Web Design

We have seen an ever-increasing list of trends in website layouts. eCommerce websites are especially unique in that designers must focus on product showcases within the layout. User interfaces are not much more complex, but they do require lots of additional metadata such as prices, quantity, and item types. In this article I’d like to go over some relatively universal…

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Techniques for Responsive Website Advertisements

Advertising is big money on the Internet. This is very clearly demonstrated by some of the most popular blogs such as Mashable, TechCrunch, Engadget, TorrentFreak, and others. But so many developers have not considered the possibilities of mobile advertising. More users are getting onto smartphones and accessing websites on a daily basis. There are methods for rendering these websites the…

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Review of Popular Web Design Trends from 2012

The year 2012 has seen an immense burst of creative energy. Many web designers & developers will notice this energy is still carrying us over into the new year. But what have we seen come to fruition over these past 12 months? I want to use this article as a flashback over the year 2012 and review some exciting design…

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Design Patterns for Creating Exceptional User Interfaces on the Web

Website interfaces are often very similar yet slightly distinct from website layouts. When you design an interface on the web you are often expecting some type of user interaction. This could be a input form, navigation bar, or some other type of dynamic widget. User interfaces on the web could also be focused on commonplace website elements such as navigation…