Not having the same funds or resources of a web design agency can certainly be one of the downsides to working as a freelance developer or designer. Established web design agencies have the finance to be able to have expensive full blown usability tests on a project, they will have accountants to mange invoicing, managers to project manage and have multiple developers and designers to covering several different aspects of any given design.
As a freelancer you have to do it all!
A pictogram is a graphical symbol that can represent a sign or even, simple instructions, in essence, a concept that has been stripped down to its bare essentials, yet still recognizable as the original idea.
Pictograms can be of help with usability and accessibility on your web site. It is a universal language, everyone understands and can read the icons.
The main reason web sites are built is so that they are functional to be USED. It’s a simple as that. They are tools, references and resources, nothing more. And as web designers, we need to always remember that.
Designing a web site needs to be about the user and only for the user and every possible need of said user has to have been foreseen and catered for. Only then can a web site be usable. That is what USABILITY is.
Ok, that might be the worst description of web usability that you have ever read, but I am sure you get the point. Usability is important. Very important. The most important.
Why would you ever need to optimize (or optimise, which ever spelling you prefer) or reFormat your CSS? Optimizing your CSS will not only allow your web page to load quicker, it also increases the durabilty and resilience of your site when there is a spike in visitors (i.e. the Digg effect) and, for me, the most importantly part is that it gives you more readable code (I am a very messy code writer).
Werther you are a CSS guru or a CSS novice you will always need some help, some resources, some tutorials, some references and, of course, some cheat sheets. In this article we have collected the best resources for answering all possible CSS questions as well as how to understand CSS and how to use it properly. There are also CSS property references, cheat sheets, not only typical cheat sheets, but also cheat sheets for CSS frameworks, conversion tables and CSS short hand.
Have you remembered your Halloween mask? If you haven’t, we have a cheap and cheerful solution to your problem: Downloadable traditional Halloween masks. Yep, click on any of the mask images below and press ‘print’, and hey presto you have your very own DIY Halloween mask, you will be the envy of everybody (not, really!).
CSS frameworks are a Gods send. They speed up development, ensure usability, meet all W3C standards, compatabile across most browsers and a hell of a lot more. Sounds marvelous doesn’t it. Why doesn’t everybody use them? Well, for the novice developer, frameworks, may be a little bit tricky to get there head around? That is were this article comes in, to hopefully give everybody a better understanding of what a framework is and how to use it effectively.
As marvelous as it is browsing the net seeking new resources, keeping up to date with fresh web trends, new web app start-ups and learning new techniques, it can be very time consuming and not very productive. An easy solution is to subscribe to a podcast dedicated to web design. You could listen to it while you are ‘working’, at the gym or even while you are making dinner.
All designers and developers love apps, tools, and services that help to make there workflow easier. That is why Adobe AIR has proven, maybe not as mainstream popular as it…
Writing your own Wordpress plugin is not that difficult if you are a web developer with basic PHP skills. The only thing you will need, coupled with your PHP skills, is some direction, some resources, a little information on how WordPress expects your plugin to behave and, most importantly, a great idea.