Category Archive for: web design

rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.


6 Components Moodboards Must Have To Be Effective

Moodboards have been in use for many years especially in the interior design and fashion industries. It’s the first step when brainstorming ideas that’ll contribute to the overall look and feel of the final product. Most established web designers create mood boards as part of their web design process. The main benefits of using a mood board include: Streamlining the design process Reducing the time taken to design the actual website Giving the client a general idea of what to expect early Less frustration Effectively communicate concepts Making it easy to make design changes and revisions A mood board can either be physical or digital. The physical ones are more time consuming since they involve putting together paper cuttings and other physical sources for inspiration. However, they tend to have a higher impact on clients. On the other hand, digital boards are easier to create and are less physically tasking.…

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Easing Linear Gradients

Linear gradients are easy to create in CSS and are extremely useful. As we’ll go through in this article, we can make them visually much smoother by creating them with non-linear gradients. Well, non-linear in the easing sense, anyway! Here’s an example that shows how harsh a standard linear-gradient() can be compared to how smooth we can make it by easing it: Screencap from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” with gradients overlaid. Il buono (the good): Smooth gradients in CSS that blends into their context. Il cattivo (the bad): No text protection (bad accessibility). Il brutto (the ugly): Standard linear gradients with sharp edges. In this article, we’ll focus on how we can turn Il brutto into Il buono. The Frustrating Sharp Edges of background: linear-gradient() Lately, I’ve been fiddling with gradients at work. I got frustrated with plain linear gradients because they looked like Il cattivo above.…

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Come Learn and Take In Big Ideas at An Event Apart

I’m just back from An Event Apart Seattle, and it was fantastic. High five to y’all I got to run into there. Lots of big moments happen at An Event Apart. Microsoft took the opportunity to announce they are officially working on getting CSS grid into Edge, meaning full on cross browser compatibility for that, coming soon. Ethan Marcotte was there, and before giving his excellent talk about patterns in design, told us that that very stage was the first time he ever uttered the words “responsive web design.” See, An Event Apart has a pretty solid history of being a place where industry changing ideas seed and blossom. Fortunately for all of us, there are five more shows this year: Boston, May 15-17 Washington DC, Jul 10-12 Chicago, Aug 28-30 San Francisco, Oct 30-Nov 1 Denver, Dec 11-13 I’ll be giving my full-day session in Chicago! Come Learn and…

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Let’s Define Exactly What Atomic CSS is

As Atomic CSS (also known as Functional CSS) has been gaining in popularity, some confusion has occurred about similar related terms. The goal of this article is to clarify this terminology. There are other projects that use the term Atomic, including Atomic Web Design by Brad Frost. Atomic CSS is a completely separate concept from these. Let’s start by defining Atomic CSS: Atomic CSS is the approach to CSS architecture that favors small, single-purpose classes with names based on visual function. There are different ways to write Atomic CSS (see variations below). One example would be this: .bgr-blue { background-color: #357edd; } The term “Atomic CSS” was coined by Thierry Koblenz in his foundational article “Challenging CSS Best Practices” in October 2013. Some people started referring to this approach as “Functional CSS” some time later. Though there have been cases in the past where Functional CSS has been used to…

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Sr. Front End Developer – NEXTEP SYSTEMS – Troy, MI

Front End Developer. Drupal, Node.js, MEAN Stack, AngularJS, WordPress, Web Design, Sketch 3, Meteor. Work closely with designers and other developers across…From NEXTEP SYSTEMS – Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:16:26 GMT – View all Troy jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

Tips for Landing a Design Job

When we’re looking for design candidates, I spend a good chunk of time combing portfolios and creeping around LinkedIn. It brings back memories of how I felt at the start of my career. Namely… confused and overwhelmed, with no clue what a future employer might be looking for beyond my degree and GPA. (Two things that don’t matter nearly as much as I thought.) I see a lot of missteps that could easily be avoided. So here are a few tips on landing your next design job: Show the work you want to do The importance of a good online portfolio cannot be understated. We look at an applicant’s portfolio before anything else, including cover letters and resumes. Those have to be good too, but first we want to see your skills and creativity. If you’re applying for a web design job, make sure web design examples are a prominent…

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Manager, Web Design & Content Strategy – Princeton University – Princeton, NJ

CSS, HTML, Drupal, WordPress. Experience with theming in Drupal and/or WordPress. Implement high quality, innovative designs, in partnership with web developers…From Princeton University – Mon, 13 Mar 2017 22:08:38 GMT – View all Princeton jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

Coffee Personalized to Your Taste

Hey isn’t this a web design site?! Sure is. But I have it on good authority that web designers, along with a lot of the rest of the world love coffee. And, you know, convenience. And quality. I sure do. Driftaway Coffee is a freshly roasted coffee subscription that is personalized to your taste, delivered directly to your door. All subscriptions start with a tasting kit of four different coffees, you try them out, enter your favorites and based on which ones you like, you will get coffees matching your taste profile. I’m in! Driftaway is sponsoring here, of course, but my house is a legit paid subscriber. We subscribe to a bunch of stuff at our house, to make our lives easier. Things that we know we’ll use and use at a fairly constant rate. Dog food, paper towels, and Epic bars! Coffee is totally on that list, but…

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Responsive Images in WordPress with Cloudinary, Part 1

If you’re reading this, you’re probably already familiar with responsive images. Even so, it may be helpful to have a little background. (Then we’ll get to the WordPress part, and how to make them even better with Cloudinary.) For most of the Web’s existence, any time you wanted to include an image on a web page, you would create markup that looked like this: <img src=”/path/to/my/image.jpg” alt=”a very nice image”> In this example, the <img> element references a single image file named `image.jpg` located on a server at `/path/to/my`. This markup is straightforward in that it tells the browser to download and render a specific image file, referenced by the src element, onto the web page. This arrangement was fine until 2010, when Ethan Marcotte published his seminal article, Responsive Web Design, which popularized the technique of using Cascading Style Sheet media queries to modify the layout of web pages…

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Websites We Like: February 2017

It has been a while since we’ve taken stock of all the beautiful websites out there. Here’s our favorites from the past couple of weeks! Fuzzco Who says the web should scroll in one direction? Not the creative agency Fuzzco which on their homepage lets you navigate the page in a very interesting way and this compliments the visual design, too: Tuna Tuna is a specimen for the typeface of the same name by Felix Braden and Alex Rütten. This serif is designed specifically for on-screen reading and so it looks beautiful even at small sizes: Web Field Manual The Web Field Manual is a collection of articles about UX, UI and all-round general web design advice: But one of my favorite parts of this site is all the teeny tiny and subtle animations that you might miss if you happen to rush through it. Here’s one example where the…

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The Media Object, A Bunch of Ways

The Media Object pattern is: image thingy on the left, heading and text on the right. That’s what Nicole Sullivan called it and the name stuck. It’s a pretty simple pattern, but like all things web design, it can be done many ways. Bootstrap’s version, which uses table layout in v3 and flexbox in v4. Let’s take a crack at a lot of those ways. In these demos, I’m not particularly focusing on naming conventions, semantics, or browser support. Just possibilities. With Floats Certainly, we could float the image to the left! See the Pen Media Block #1 by Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier) on CodePen. But just floating means you get wrapping. Wrapping might be perfectly fine, or you might not want it. I’d say in the typical media object pattern, there is no wrapping. To fix that, we could make sure all the text is wrapped in an element, then…

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Real CSS Tweets (Vol. I)

We be tweetin’ all the time about web design and development stuff. In fact, @Real_CSS_Tricks, the official Twitter account for this site, is largely just an outgoing airhorn for the stuff we publish here and interesting things elsewhere. The human beings that operate this site have their own accounts. It’s pretty interesting to see which tweets take off! Here’s a list of the most popular tweets in the last year or so. Wanna see a decent little slider in a handful of lines of code? pic.twitter.com/zOsN4mhRFw — CSS-Tricks (@Real_CSS_Tricks) October 23, 2016 That one turned into a blog post and demo. Loads of icons you can make with a single element (and pseudos)https://t.co/s3VyHj2P11 pic.twitter.com/mlIkyjc86w — CSS-Tricks (@Real_CSS_Tricks) October 16, 2016 I’d say SVG is normally the best fit for this kind of thing, but this is a damn impressive experiment. I like the websites interface in how you can hover…

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Act your size

If it’s just you say “I”, not “We”. There’s no need to put up a front.Before I started Basecamp back in 1999 (we were originally called 37signals), I had a software and Web design business called Spinfree.The Internet was a fairly new and exotic phenomenon back then, and it was pretty easy to drum up clients willing to pay quite well to improve their nascent websites. Within a year or so, I had a nice client list, built entirely through word of mouth. I was just a year out of college and making a good living. While my friends were struggling with entry-level jobs they didn’t like, I was doing exactly what I wanted to do.But Spinfree had a dirty little secret: It wasn’t really a “company.” It was just me. My headquarters consisted of a small desk a few feet from my bed in a cramped, one-bedroom apartment.I was pretty insecure…

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Infographic: 2017 Web Design & UX Trends to Boost Conversions

Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine – creativity & inspiration dailySavvy web designers understand that websites have to do lots more than look good — they need to deliver ROI in the form of conversions. Whether your clients are selling directly through their website or using it to collect leads, every site you design should be the hub of their marketing efforts. As such, everything from the look and feel to the call-to-action must work together to deliver customers for your customers. Keeping up with trends is important for any business. But when it comes to website trends, you want to make sure you’re on a path to improving your clients’ bottom line. Which will in turn, allow you to charge a premium for your services. Fortunately, the website consulting team at The Deep End has put together an infographic exploring the top 2017 Web Design & UX Trends to Boost Conversions. From…

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Quick Thoughts on the Twenty Seventeen Theme

I’ve been using the new Twenty Seventeen theme via WordPress’ most recent major update (“Vaughan“) and I’m really, really liking the experience. For context, I’ve been using it for about two weeks, here on my personal blog and even my startup’s blog as well so I’ve been able to test-drive it for different reasons and audiences plenty. Starting a few years back I began using the “default” yearly theme for this blog to not only give a virtual hat-tip to the design and engineering team but also, and most importantly, for one very simple (and I believe rational) reason: I want to focus on writing, 100%. I didn’t want to spend any time on the fundamental design layers or customizing backends. Focus. Pencil. Coffee. Write. I am a huge fan of minimizing the amount of technology that I have to mess and fool with day-to-day and trusting the engineering team (and much larger…

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Learning from Lego: A Step Forward in Modular Web Design

Samantha Zhang: When web components are modular like Lego bricks down to the elements level, they become more versatile and easier to maintain. We believe it’s the next step to take in modular web design. It’s a clever system: put a half-gutter around all elements and a half-gutter around the containers. That way no matter what touches what, full gutters are naturally there. Direct Link to Article — Permalink Learning from Lego: A Step Forward in Modular Web Design is a post from CSS-Tricks Source: CssTricks

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