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“California, Here We Come…” Introducing SmashingConf Los Angeles 2015

Great conferences are the ones where you learn, connect and get inspired. We know that, and we put our hearts into crafting events that aren’t just great, but go way beyond expectations. Ready for the next one? With SmashingConf LA 2015 1 , we’ve got a full package: our new US conference with two days packed with quality content , lots of networking and a few mysterious surprises. We thought you might want ...

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Premium Plugins To Use When Making Websites For Your Clients

Whether it’s WordPress, PrestaShop, OpenCart, Joomla, or Magento, creative professionals put in a lot of effort day and day out to give shape to good-looking websites for their contractors. Part of that effort goes into finding auxiliary resources, especially themes and plugins that serve a specific purpose, and are compatible with the CMS or website launching platform at hand. Sound premium plugins are par ...

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Tips for Designing Niche Landing Pages

As part of my role at Shopify I speak with freelancers and agencies who specialise in Shopify theme design and builds. One of the hot topics we often discuss is lead generation - in other words, how to find those in need of their specialist skills. In addition to being listed in programs such as  Shopify Experts , many freelancers and agencies create highly crafted “landing pages” which potential clients ar ...

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What is a Modern SEO Specialist?

What is a Modern SEO Specialist? is a post by SEO expert Stephanie De Leon . For information about our SEO services or more great SEO tips and tricks, visit the blog . Seemingly a simple question, an SEO specialist could be described as someone who helps users find what they’re searching for when using search engines like Google and Bing. However, that is merely the tip of the search engine optimiza ...

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How To Get Started With Sketchnotes

Have you ever seen someone make creative notes at a conference and wished that your own notebook was more presentable? It’s probably much easier to do than you think . You don’t have to be an aspiring lettering artist, and you don’t need to develop top-notch drawing skills. Making your notes more interesting doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking. It’s not like learning to play the piano or taking up diving. ...

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Facing Failure: Tips For Handling A Failed Web Project

The start of a web project is an exciting time. You’ve met with the client, agreed upon the goals for the project and mapped out a plan for the development of what will be an awesome new website or application — except that is not always how it turns out. Sometimes, despite your careful planning and best efforts, a project will fail. Failure isn’t something many of us like to think about, but preparing to d ...

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How To Run User Tests At A Conference

User testing is hard. In the world of agile software development, there’s a constant pressure to iterate, iterate, iterate . It’s difficult enough to find time to design, let alone get regular feedback from real users. For many of us, the idea of doing formal user testing, is a formidable challenge. There are many reasons why: you don’t have enough lead time; you can’t find enough participants, or the right ...

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Styling And Animating SVGs With CSS

CSS can be used to style and animate scalable vector graphics, much like it is used to style and animate HTML elements. In this article, which is a modified transcript of a talk I recently gave 1 at CSSconf EU 2 and From the Front 3 , I’ll go over the prerequisites and techniques for working with CSS in SVG. I’ll also go over how to export and optimize SVGs, techniques for embedding them and how each one af ...

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