Matthew Corner

Matt is an 18 year old web designer from Scotland, UK. He loves creating beautiful websites across different platforms. High on his things to learn fully are Jquery and php. He is extremely excited by css3 and html5 and can't wait to see them rolled out fully. To learn more about Matt, follow him @QwibbleDesigns, or check out his portfolio.

20 Snippets You should be using from Html5 Boilerplate

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I recently, as many web designers and developers will have, became aware of a fantastic resource put together by web developer, Paul Irish, and Divya Manian. Html5 Boilerplate, as they have named it, is a powerful starting off point for any website or web application. As Paul Irish describes it; “It’s essentially a good starting template of html and css and a folder structure that works., but baked into it is years of best practices from front-end development professionals.”

It is absolutely packed full of fantastic snippets of code that are still very much worth using even if you don’t want to start using html5 boilerplate as your base template.

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5 Killer Ways to Streamline your Coding Efficiency

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I recently read a forum thread about designers and developers, and the hourly rates they charge. One commenter made a great point, saying that you can start to charge more per hour, if you are more efficient, and faster at producing quality work, as long as quality is not compromised for speed. Apart from practice, how can you actually speed up your coding you may be thinking. Well there are plenty options out there to aid you in doing so.

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40 Stunningly Creative Resume Designs on DeviantArt

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Recently I wrote an article on resume/CV templates available for free, or to purchase, from all across the web. They ranged from print media, to fully fledged, CMS-run pages. That’s all fine and well, and they are all fantastic templates, but what if you want to express yourself through your CV? Plenty people do, and the result is some stunning CV’s that potential employers are reading. Below I’ve round-up 40 incredible resume designs that some great designers have created for themselves from DeviantArt in the hope that they will inspire you to create your own stunning piece of work to represent yourself.

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40 Brilliant Under Construction / Coming Soon Templates

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Many websites will have found themselves in a position where they are making major changes, setting up a new website with a large profile, and so on. You want your users to be kept up-to-date with development, but don’t want them to see the site as it is being built. This is where an under construction page comes into play. It is basically a single page website that will keep your users aware of progress, as well as several other common functions during the building process of your site. Normal features include a newsletter sign up, some kind of percentage graph, and social media integration.

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10 Underused HTML Elements & How You Should be Using Them

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All the hype recently has been about Html5, and the new elements it brings to the table for us to use. However, the way I see it, we currently don’t even utilise all that the current version of html has to offer. There are several really useful elements available to use, that make our code more semantic, our website more usable, and in general, everything easier for both us, the coder, and the end-user of our site.

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50 Wicked Websites featuring Wooden Textures

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Anyone browsing the websites of creative companies, individuals and communities, will have noticed over the past few years, that patterns, and textures have become a massive design trend. A big part of this design trend, is made up of the use of wooden textures. Some sites simply use wooden textures for backgrounds, some more creatively for specific sections of their site such as features, and some even incorporate the wooden feel into elements such as the logo, or buttons! There are plenty of free, and premium wooden textures out there for you to use, so here is the inspiration you need to put them to good use!
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The Complete Beginner’s Guide to User Scripts

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A user script is code written in a programming language that allows you to control a piece of software. Think for example, macro’s in Microsoft Office that help improve your work flow. Well did you know that you can do the exact same thing with your browsing experience, and the websites you view? Well you can, and it’s amazing. Greasemonkey first came around in 2004/05, and its the tool that really threw user scripts in the browser out there. Greasemonkey is a Firefox extension that allows you to write scripts that alter the web pages that you view. It allows you to make web pages more usable, more viewable, fix bugs for yourself; the possibilities are endless.

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40 Fantastic Resume/CV Templates to Show off Your Skills

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Résumé’s/CV’s have traditionally been bits of paper that sum up you and your life achievements in relation to a job to help you find employment. However, with technology continually evolving, we are no longer limited to text on a piece of paper. Nowadays, we have the opportunity to be much more creative with how we present ourselves to interviewers, so why not make use of it. This is a round-up of both premium and free résumé templates that achieve this through HTML, or incredibly creative PSD designs which can be printed.

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6 Killer Text Replacement Tricks to Improve your Typography

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Typography has long been a large part of graphic, and web design. In the past though, web design has had to suffer typographically, with any text that was wanted in a non web safe font (a font already stored locally on users computers) had to be rendered as an image; not exactly brilliant for the user interface department. Font’s like Lucida Grande, Helvetica and Myriad Pro were as exciting as it got. Not any more though.

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How to easily integrate Social Media into your website

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Social media is all the hype on the internet recently. Facebook and twitter have grown at an alarming rate. Google have tried their hand at it with Buzz, Wave and Orkut. MySpace and Bebo have slowly failed. Digg and Reddit are still trying to keep their foot in the door, and that is just mentioning a few.

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