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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.

Coding the Digg v4 Layout with HTML5 and CSS3

The social news community Digg has been online since 2004 and rapidly grew in popularity leading up to the 2008 elections. Come 2011 the Digg team performed an overhaul on the system and completely revamped the site layout. This also broke the friends system, allowing big-name publishers to game the front page. This upset many powerhouse users who were furious…

Working with Property Lists in Xcode 4.2

Property lists are designed specifically for Objective-C apps to store and retain data. These are straight XML files formatted for easy access to bundles and application resources. There isn’t anything overly confusing about Property Lists, but they are unconventional compared to web applications. In this guide I’d like to go over property lists in a bit of detail in relation…

Building Websites with a Priority for Mobile

Today it’s more common to find a skilled web artisan who understands desktop support over mobile. This appears to be a symptom of building on the desktop browser for decades as opposed to other screens. Yet there is a growing case to argue that mobile development is the best place to start on new-age websites. In this article I’d like…

Guidelines to Follow when Building for the App Store (iOS & Android)

There are a lot of factors to consider before building and submitting a mobile application. Developers have plenty of resources on the web for consulting official documentation. But there are some traits you should consider about the overall process. Whether you are building for Apple or Android-powered devices will make all the difference. Some developers have the confidence to build…

How Much Code Should Web Designers Need to Know?

This is an interesting topic which isn’t often discussed between web designers. Getting started in Adobe Photoshop is difficult, and you feel an exhilarating rush when you complete your first web project. But what good is a website mockup if you can’t build it? Arguably designers by definition do not need to understand any programming. Design is just that –…

Captivate your Audience with Typography

Modern web designers are incorporating innovative new concepts for digital type. In the previous decade we have witnessed the Internet transform into a powerful tool for sharing media all around the world. More specifically digital designers have adapted and web trends continue to change over time. Text on a page will always be the most uniform way of communication. It’s…

40 Examples of Brilliant Responsive Website Layouts

Responsive web design become a very popular trend in 2011. It’s likely something we’ll see continuing well into 2012 as designers are beginning to support a myriad of mobile devices. Building layouts for the web can be tough, but inspiration is a huge factor. In this gallery I’ve collected 40+ amazing responsive website layouts. These designs are built to support…

Focus On: Mobile App Design Trends for 2012

Mobile applications are on the rise as more consumers switch over to smartphones. Between Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating system there are plenty of wonderful apps to browse through. The past year has built up a catalog of exceptional design patterns which will continue over into 2012. In this article I’d like to spend a bit of time examining…