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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.

9 Simple Ways To Get Better At Design

Design is always subject to appreciation or criticism. As a web designer, you might feel that your designs are poor or that you can do better. Well, there’s no need to worry. There are various things you can do to improve. Here, we’ll be taking a look at some of the simplest ways to get better at design. 1. Be Organised Organisation is a key aspect in helping you become great at designing. First and foremost, make sure that your workstation is clean and provides a fitting environment for you to work in. This will make you feel relaxed and make it easier for you to work more efficiently. The files in your computer should also be organised. Ensure that you group similar projects together to make them easily accessible. You could also create three areas where you can place files that are pending, current and processed for both physical…

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Why Are Cinemagraphs Trending in Web Design?

Do you still remember the time when animated GIFs were all the rage in websites? Although web design standards have drastically changed since then, the attraction potential of moving images cannot be denied. That’s why a lot of websites continue to use animation, and one awesome web design trend these days is the use of cinemagraphs. What are Cinemagraphs? Cinemagraphs have been making significant noise lately, and are being used across several websites and social media campaigns. A lot of companies have joined the bandwagon of integrating cinemagraphs into their website, such as Budweiser, Coca-Cola, Chanel, Netflix, and Wal-Mart, to name a few. In a nutshell, a cinemagraph is a still photo but with subtle movements being looped continuously. The technique was the brainchild of American photographers Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck, who set out to animate photographs starting in 2011. By Johan Blomström, CC BY 2.0, Link Cinemagraphs hit…

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Stay Away From These User Interface Design Mistakes

The importance of creating a functional site should not be ignored. No matter how the website is beautifully made, yet does not create interest in the site visitors, the website is doomed from the start. In other words, every aspect of the website must engage the visitor, and it all starts with great user interface design. The Importance of User Interface Design for Business Websites Web designers should always keep in mind to provide a functional site that can easily generate interest among the website visitors to create a steady traffic influx. The type of user interface design plays a significant role in driving in a high volume of web traffic. Therefore, carefully deciding which design to use should be of utmost concern. In this day and age, e-commerce has been enjoying a steady growth, raking in sales worth billions of dollars each year. This is the reason why a…

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Is It Time to Finally Kill Off the Homepage?

As with most things in web design, the homepage has been branded dead or dying many times over the years. They’ve been replaced by magazine-style front page designs, bypassed by landing pages and cut out entirely by social media. Except none of these things killed the homepage. Instead, they joined it as part of a more intricate set of interactions with visitors – each one playing an important role in a more complex web. Now, the latest person calling for the head of homepages is Optimizely’s Cara Harsham, who wrote for the Moz blog last week, claiming her company has “successfully killed THE homepage”. Well folks, looks like it’s time to get those funeral suits pressed again. Personalization killed the homepage The crux of Cara Harsham’s article is that brands need to show users customised content based on their needs and previous interactions, thereby making the generic homepage irrelevant. Her article makes a lot of…

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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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Are ‘Skeleton Screens’ the Answer to Your Loading Time Problems?

One of the biggest challenges in web design and development is building sites fast enough to meet user demands. We face a constant battle of delivering richer content and experiences in a way that doesn’t leave users waiting around for things to happen. There’s nothing worse than staring at a blank screen and this is where so many designers rely on spinners, progress bars and other animations to give users feedback. However, a new trend has gained a lot of traction over the last couple of years – using “skeleton screens” to quickly load the template of a page and progressively add content as it downloads. Could this be the answer to our loading time problems or are we missing the point when it comes to optimising for performance?   Skeleton screens in action Skeleton screens aren’t exactly new and you’ll almost certainly have seen some of these in action. The most…

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The Document Outline Dilemma

For the past few weeks there has been lots of talk about HTML headings in web standards circles. Perhaps you’ve seen some of the blog posts, tweets, and GitHub issue threads. Headings have been part of HTML since the very first websites at CERN, so it might be surprising to find them controversial 25 years later. I’m going to quickly summarize why they are still worth discussing, with plenty of links to other sources, before adding my own opinions to the mix. If you’re up-to-date on the debate, you can jump straight to the “Bigger Dilemma” section. The Story So Far… HTML uses headings (<h1>, <h2>, <h3>, and so on until <h6>) to mark up titles for a subsequent section of text. The numbers (or levels) of the heading elements are supposed to logically correspond to a tree-like structure of nested sections, like books that have chapters with sections and…

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Shop Around: Rethinking E‑commerce Strategies

As a newcomer to the UX field, I’ve recently been reading about best practices in web design. In Don’t Make Me Think, a classic UX book by Steve Krug, I came across this passage about navigability: “Picture this: It’s Saturday afternoon and you’re headed for the mall to buy a chainsaw.” This is the use case that Krug relies upon as an analogy for navigating an e‑commerce store. A series of signs guides the customer through the store’s organization, each sign more specific than the last, until the customer finally stands in front of the individual product they seek. This is akin to the cascade of menus a customer navigates through to a particular product online. Most e‑commerce sites today have adopted some version of this model. But, there is a problem with the very first assumption of Krug’s analogy. The user he identifies is a male, and he shops, more…

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High Contrast, A PostCSS Plugin Story*

The following is a guest post by Eduard Pochtar from ShiwaForce. Eduard is going to walk us through they why and how of a plugin he and his team built to process existing CSS to make a high contrast version of a web site. It involved a little thinking and a little strong arming to make it happen. *Based on true events It’s hard to imagine life without internet today. Many people’s lives are less or more tied with internet. Think about everything we rely on it for: communication, education, shopping, business control, home management, entertainment, etc. It’s like a world inside another world, with it’s own rules and diversity. Around 80 million people in the EU are disabled and this number is growing. The unfortunate truth is that many of them can’t use all the opportunity of the internet, because so many of them don’t care about accessibility. What…

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Effective Strategies to Boost Traffic To Your E-Commerce Website

Online stores have become very popular these days to the point that traditional business owners have started to join the trend. Considering how relatively cheap it can be to put up an online store instead of installing a physical store, the right online marketing and advertising strategy should be carefully thought of. Making use of online techniques enables business owners to reach far more places. Businesses now are no longer limited to sell within a locality but can now as well do business even as far as the other end of the globe. Whether it’s a Shopify store or any other kind of e-commerce site, it’s not enough to create a website and leave it as is without making the necessary steps to boost traffic into your online store. No matter how spectacularly creative your website design is, you might find your online business losing a lot of money, if…

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Austin: Nerd Central

One of Austin’s most unique attributes is that it’s a city of vibrant scenes: there’s a music scene, tech scene, film scene, food scene, etc. Austin’s blending of unique industries keeps the city flourishing and the rising entrepreneurial community thriving. With probably the highest concentration of Drupal web developers per capita, it’s easy to see that Austin has become the new hotbed for web startups. Basically, it’s a solid multimedia hub for Drupal Drupal Web Designers and developers looking to start their own gig.

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