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Trends in Weather App Design

Back in the day presenting the weather, regardless of the medium, used to be complicated and very, very boring. But in recent years designers have taken on the design challenge and have completely changed all that. While top smartphone operating systems have their own built-in apps, third-party designers have been pushing the weather app design boundaries even further, to the…

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A First Look at UIkit – A New Front-End Framework

Recently a new modular front-end framework has been released that is well worth mentioning. Simply called UIkit, it is a lightweight framework, developed in LESS, that provides a comprehensive and extensive collection of HTML, CSS, and JS components. It is fully responsive and follows the mobile-first approach to for a consistent mobile experience. To avoid conflicts with custom CSS or…

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Generalizing Your Skills Will Never Make You a Design Specialist

I’m going to talk about something controversial today. Everyone strap in and brace yourselves. Design freelancers like to encourage newbies entering the industry to learn as many skills as they can to make themselves attractive as a job candidate. This is well-meaning advice that undoubtedly comes from a good place. But generally speaking, these ‘generalists’ who try to design, code,…

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Designing for Readability

Due to the rise of web fonts and the big improvements in display technology we should all take a short break. Yes, it’s you I am talking to. Designers, developers, actually anybody building stuff for screens. Mobile as well as desktop. We nearly missed the moment that it happened. We now (yes, now!) have the control and quality at our…

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Your Guide to Becoming a Freelance Web Designer

Your Guide to Becoming a Freelance Web Designer has been written to help both those who are thinking of a freelance career and those who already have one. It’s a collection of easy-to-understand concepts and honest advice. Everything you read in the book comes directly from my 14+ years of experience as a freelance designer/developer. Frankly, when I started my…

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The Impact of Simple Design

Simple design isn’t the act of removing design elements until something ‘looks’ pretty. It definitely isn’t dumbing down a product until the complex elements no longer clutter the interface. To create a truly simple design, whether it’s a product, webpage, or interface, takes more work than to create something that isn’t found as simple. What is Simple? To begin, we…