Jamal

Role: Author

I code, write, and stuff at Five Alarm Interactive. Tweet me: @5alarmint.

Is Web Technology Rapidly Progressing or at a Standstill?

Posted in 1WD Features, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 3 Comments

Take a moment and realize how far our industry has come from where it originated. It seems like centuries ago since IE6 was considered the top browser and when being able to use CSS in conjunction with HTML was groundbreaking. Remember when the use of tables was a best practice? It is easy to see that there is an amazing amount of progress that has been made and even more amazing is the rate at which it is all constantly happening. Many of the problems those early pioneers had to deal with seem to be far removed for anyone who wasn’t around at the beginning. Or have they just changed form?

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Internet Blackout Aftermath – Is the Threat of SOPA/PIPA Over?

Posted in News, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 12 Comments

This past Wednesday was quite the eventful day. The impact of Wikipedia, Google, TechCrunch, Mozilla, Wired, Reddit, WordPress, Funny Or Die, and many more big names, and of course those of you in the community who knew about the events and blacked out your own websites was DEFINITELY FELT!

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Is the Blogging Industry In a Downturn?

Posted in Blogging, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 14 Comments

Remember that first time you got into the web industry as a professional? Speaking from personal experience, it must be a pretty amazing experience for anyone. Not only are you joining a community of friendly people who are not trying to destroy everyone in their path to grow their own brand, but there are tons of great resources right at your fingertips. These resources of course being the amazing books, fonts, frameworks, knowledgeable forum members, and of course blog articles that really shape and change the culture of the web profession. Although all those resources are important, without great blog articles, how are up and coming designers going to learn about all of them?

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Knowing Your Role in the Web Community

Posted in Tips, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 5 Comments

The web design and development industry has a lot in common with sport teams if you really think about it, and of course know enough about sports to see the similarities. Let’s take a minute and look at that. On any sports team, every player has a specific role they each must play for the team to win. A strong well-rounded team will have one star player, typically the leader as well, a diversely talented supporting cast that complement said star, a group of highly talented reserve players that can come into the game at any time and make their impact felt, the development/minor league team, and then the people who watch them and play as a hobby. The only problem a team built like this could face is that of the ego of the players. Since everyone believes they are the best, it’s going to get even worse with the freshest faces on the block, everyone feels like they should be stars. If that doesn’t sound like the web community to someone, then that person is either in denial or is oblivious to the truth.

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Can Sociology Improve Your Designs?

Posted in Tips, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 7 Comments

An artist is a creative who creates to satisfy their own aesthetic pleasure, unconcerned with the wants and needs of others. However a designer is a creative who creates in hopes of satisfying the wants and needs of others with their art, casting aside their own individual creative desires. This is an important fact to always keep in mind for any professional in the creative field, because quite often we tend to forget that we make our living creating art that MUST be found appealing to others and not just ourselves. Of course for any person with creative talent this is a major downside, but that is what we sign up for when taking on the designer role. Now, what does sociology have to do with any of this?

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Is the University Route Right for You?

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 9 Comments

Well, it’s that time of year again. The time when high school seniors, some overachieving juniors as well, begin to finally see their educational journey for the upcoming fall be just right around the corner. By now probably close to a billion, if not more, college applications have been completed and processed by admission boards for this group of young individuals looking to expand their minds by pursuing higher education. At first glance this seems like a great scenario, having young people putting care and consideration into their future is what everyone loves to see. However, what if these graduating students are making the wrong choice about their educational journeys?

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Usability Tips and Tools for the Visually Impaired on the Web

Posted in Tips, Tools, Usability, Web Design3 years ago • Written by

The internet is the most important tool in modern society. Through its use, people have access to a wealth of opportunity and information. This access of course includes things like communication, business, social interactions, entertainment, shopping, and so much more between people virtually anywhere in the world on a daily basis. Simply describing the internet as an important tool would just not be enough. In actuality it is a vital necessity, and one can’t truly survive without it. With that being stated, can you imagine what it would be like not to be able to view the internet?

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How SOPA/PIPA Can Affect You

Posted in News, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 187 Comments

The United States government has been facing an intense amount of pressure, mostly from the entertainment and computer software publishing companies for years to find some method of stopping the online piracy that is allowing people to own copies of their merchandise for free. This is of course understandable, nobody wants to see something they worked hard on to create something of quality be disrespected by people gaining access to it for free.

However, what the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate have planned for their respective bills is not a way of just putting a halt on online piracy. Tech giants such as Mozilla and Google who once supported these bills, now are on the offensive in trying to ensure they never get passed. Before going any further into how this affects the everyday internet users, let’s first get a good understanding about both bills.

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20 Mind-Boggling Parallax Website Design And How To Make One

Posted in Inspiration, Web Interfaces3 years ago • Written by 16 Comments

There hasn’t been a design style that has captured the web’s creative community like that of parallax website design in ages, which, in non industry terms, is about a few months. You might be wondering what parallax website design is, I don’t believe I have ever heard of this. Well actually you have heard it, and seen its use for some time now. Before going into showcasing some really well designed websites utilizing parallax design, let’s take some time to examine and explain what it is.

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