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Baking Bootstrap Snippets with Jade

What You'll Be Creating Arguably the greatest strength of Twitter’s ever popular Bootstrap framework is that it gives you a complete set of fully functional CSS and JavaScript out of the box. This pre-done code provides just about everything you could want in a site, from typography to layout control to dozens of “components” such as navbars, buttons, panels, alert boxes and more. Because you’ll spend littl ...

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Chartist.js, An Open-Source Library For Responsive Charts

The list of charting libraries for the web is already quite long, and you might ask yourself why we would need to make it any longer. Whenever you need to develop an application’s dashboard, embed some usage statistics or simply visualize some data, you will find yourself looking for a charting library that fits your needs. Chartist was developed for a very particular need: to create simple responsive chart ...

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Understanding Mobile Back End As A Service

What if you could create an entire back end for your mobile applications that was feature-complete in data synchronization, push-notification support, user management and file-handling before you even started building the mobile experience? What if it was architected in such a way that you could easily create new cross-platform native and web applications seamlessly on this back end? While this might sound ...

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What Everybody Ought to Know About App Design for Windows 8

Windows 8’s touch screen interface and hidden navigational structure allow for some interesting paradigm shifts in User Experience practice. I have recently been working on re-purposing an enterprise level medical software for Windows 8.1. It’s been a jump in the deep end, but I’ve walked away with some pretty interesting insights.  This post will broadly look at search, navigation and layout patterns commo ...

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New Course From Paul Boag: Promoting Your Services and Winning Work

Just because you're a great coder or designer, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be a successful web design business owner. In an increasingly tough marketplace, being able to sell yourself and your work is crucial for success. Our new course,  Promoting Your Services and Winning Work , will teach you the skills you need to survive and thrive. Meet the Instructor: Paul Boag What you'll learn is not just th ...

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Design Principles: Visual Weight And Direction

Every element on a web page exerts a visual force that attracts the eye of the viewer. The greater the force, the more the eye is attracted. These forces also appear to act on other elements, imparting a visual direction to their potential movement and suggesting where you should look next. We refer to this force as visual weight 1 and to the perceived direction of visual forces as visual direction. Both ar ...

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5 Common Web Design “Faux Pas” You Should Avoid

With over  644 million websites  gracing the Internet, it’s not easy to stand out from the crowd. Naturally, designers do their best to avoid mundane, forgettable design and instead create something modern and memorable. At times, however, these efforts cause problems even for their most loyal users. That’s because in web design, a visual enhancement can sometimes translate into a usability degradation. Bef ...

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How To Master Fireworks’ CSS Properties Panel And CSS Professionalzr

Today, being a designer is about much more than drawing beautiful interfaces in Photoshop or Fireworks. To properly design a website or application, a UI designer must understand the technology with which their products will be built; therefore, they must have a minimum set of front-end development skills. The World Wide Web is not static. Quite the opposite: It’s responsive 1 , fluid 2 , evolving 3 and eve ...

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