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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.

Getting Started Building iPhone Apps in Xcode 4.2

The newest version of Xcode comes packaged with a few noticeable interface changes. For beginners and intermediate users it can be difficult figuring out even the most basic functionality. And although Apple’s online documentation is well-written, it’s certainly not friendly for the average user. So in this guide I’d like to put together some basic steps for building any iOS…

Managing an Organized Freelance Work Schedule

It takes a lot of time and dedication to build a freelance career. The hours are long, work can be tedious, and often you need to multitask like crazy. But the freedom of release from a regular work schedule can be fantastic. In this guide I’d like to go over a few solid techniques for getting organized in your day-to-day…

How Profile Photos Can Affect the User Experience

Social networks have grown into the norm in today’s sophisticated Internet. Modern web pages have become very personalized over the past decade including a number of user interface features. One such example is the user profile picture often accompanied by each username. Web designers don’t often realize how important this profile photo can be. It distinguishes a blend of personality…

Benefits and Pitfalls of Using Code Frameworks

A code framework is nothing more than a collection of pre-formatted classes and functions. There are frameworks created for practically every language out there – even including frontend web development like JavaScript and CSS. Developers would be wise to follow these trends of working on top of pre-built code. There are reasons both for and against building on top of…

Retro Video Game Posters and Official Artwork

The gaming industry has undergone some mindblowing changes in just a few decades. It seems like only last year that Super Nintendo games were skyrocketing into stardom. Yet now in closing of 2011 we’re seeing brilliant HD graphics running through custom PC rigs, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and the Nintendo Wii consoles. Even with such advancing technology you can never…

User Interface Design in Modern Search Engines

The search engine is our best tool for sifting through all of today’s websites. There are billions of domains online and many of them haven’t even been crawled by search engines! Google is certainly the pioneer of this industry. But over the years we have seen notable brands begin to surface as up-and-coming search engines. These other prominent companies are…

How to Design Functional Sub-Navigation Menus

JavaScript libraries such as jQuery have fundamentally shifted the course of web development. It is now easier than ever to prototype UI functionality, animations, slideshows, and of course dynamic navigation. I feel this tremendous growth is allowing for developers to build page elements with less time and more overall browser support. In this guide I’d like to spend some time…

Creating Pixel-Perfect UI for iPhone Applications

Developing apps for the iPhone or iPad can be a tricky process. You need to understand not just the programming libraries, but also design standards and common themes in user interfaces. This entire skillset would require months of study just to build your first live app. I realize this may seem intimidating, but we all have to start somewhere! And…