Tools of the Trade In my bookmarks bar, I’ve got a folder named “Tools” where I put all the useful widgets and sites I come across. The list was getting quite long so I decided to clean it up a little, and I thought it would be interesting to share the result. Without further ado, here are the sites, bookmarklets, and apps I use regularly in my design work. Readability Readability Read Now is a nifty bookmarklet that extracts the content of a page and displays it in a nice, readable layout. CatsWhoCode.com So, you’ve spent some time building your e-commerce brand. You’re making a handful of sales each month, but it’s not taking off the way you hoped it would. You do a little digging into your analytics and you learn people who spend 20 minutes on your site almost always buy something. But those who check out just one or two pages, well, they don’t stick around long enough to spend any money. What gives?
How to Choose the Right Font (According to Science) Welcome to a scientific resource on fonts. Do you spend WAY too long looking for fonts? Do you have trouble finding fonts that “feel right” for your context? What is .htaccess? One of the most common files found on most web hosting servers also happens to be one of the least understood, especially for a large number of novice web hosting clients and website administrators. That file, called “.htaccess,” is used to determine any number of important settings, from the 404 Error page that is displayed to site users to the password applied to certain files or directories on the web server itself. Despite its vast functionality and usability, and the essential functions it enables that can only be setup with an .htaccess file, a large number of people simply don’t understand the syntax or functions it permits.
7 Essential Features a CMS for Beginners Must Have When you are looking for a CMS, there are many factors to consider. Obviously, the feature it has is one of them. However, you also need to consider your skill level because when you are a beginner, you can’t take advantage of all the advanced features a CMS can offer. If you are a beginner looking for a CMS, or if you are an expert who needs to recommend a CMS to beginners, here are 7 essential features to consider when choosing a CMS for beginners:
CSS tricks - Design Blog by Matthew James Taylor CSS tricks Lots of neat CSS tricks and tutorials that I use and recommend The Floating Boxes CSS Layout An alternative website design to the standard 'fixed width' or 'liquid layout' designs Blog tags A beautifully illustrated glossary of typographic terms you should know – Learn The world of typography often seems like it has its very own language, full of serifs, strokes, and swashes. Sorting out all those terms can be confusing in itself, so we’ve compiled a visual glossary that will guide you through the lingo — whether you’re an aspiring typeface designer or just a general typography enthusiast. Learning the building blocks of typography will help you better understand how to pick a suitable font and apply it effectively within your design projects. The Basics: Typefaces Categories & Styles
Beginner’s Guide to Responsive Web Design Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned web professional, creating responsive designs can be confusing at first, mostly because of the radical change in thinking that’s required. As time goes on, responsive web design is drifting away from the pool of passing fads and rapidly entering the realm of standard practice. In fact, the magnitude of this paradigm shift feels as fundamental as the transition from table based layouts to CSS. Simply put, this is a very different way of designing websites and it represents the future. Free trial on Treehouse: Do you want to learn more about responsive web design?