Reasons Why Minimalism Popularity Is Growing Steadily

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Minimalism popularity has grown steadily in the past years. Long before the emergence of Flat Design, minimalism has been playing a big role in influencing the designs of many artists: sculptors, theater directors, interior designers, graphic designers and of course, web designers.

In minimalism, the design is dissected and reduced in a way that only the most essential elements are left. Although difficult to master, minimalism is something you can learn easily. If you want to try out minimalism in any artistic endeavor, you have to strip the work to the barest that it can be. It’s about stripping it until the unnecessary is removed without going in the way of the purpose.

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Are You In Or Out? Internal vs. External Motivation Battle

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Every time I wake up in the morning, dragging myself out of bed, I always ask myself this queer question:  Am I happy? Am I motivated? It tortures my braincells slowly each time it happens because I consider happiness and motivation as having an affair.

It’s like one of Newton’s Laws of Motion (sounds overused…) that says to every action (force applied) there is an equal and opposite reaction (equal force applied in the opposite direction).

Get the picture?

Motivation is the power that comes from within that pushes you to take action towards to achieving your goal. Simultaneously powered by desire and ambition, and therefore, if these are absent, motivation has no effect.

But, then again, motivation is basically divided into two parts, which might lead to ask how internal vs. external motivation differs?

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UX vs UI: What’s the Real Score?

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There is sometimes a false impression among people in workplaces regarding the difference between ‘User Interface’ and ‘User Experience’. Many are asking about UX vs UI. What’s the difference between the two, anyway?

Whether you are in a client’s meeting or looking at any job description, chances are, you will find these terms interlinked. It is often expected that the interface designer knows the mechanisms of user experience.

Due to some common characteristics of skill sets mixed up in both concepts, an interface designer can be taken as the right person for user experience work. But, both terms are totally different from each other in terms of objectives and scope.

The term user interface is more focused towards actual elements that any user interacts with, whereas user experience is more than just the end result of user interface. User interface allows the users to easily interact with the system. User experience focuses on the whole part of giving the best experience to the user in every element of the site

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Customize Your Anchor Link Tooltips Using This Tutorial

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Tooltips, also referred to as ScreenTips, are a great way to show more information or messages that appears when a cursor is positioned over a hyperlink, icon, images or any other element. There are many ways to create anchor link tooltips.

The idea of tooltips came from older Microsoft applications like Microsoft Word. It had a toolbar where moving the mouse over the buttons displayed the tooltips.

In today’s tutorial, you will learn how to customize your tooltips using pure HTML and CSS3 using a span element. Let’s get started.

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Design with Class: A Hundred Wallpapers for Web Designers

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Wallpapers are always a source of inspiration. Everyone likes good wallpaper, whether it is on the desktop screen or on the website. The simpler they are, the more beautiful they look.

Web designers are always searching for some inspiration that help them to expand their vision and go beyond possibilities. That is why most of the designers have a large collection of wallpapers with them. Web designers, I would say, give more attention to wallpapers than anyone else because they use them for computer wallpapers as well as in their websites.

Changing wallpapers can give you several advantages:

  • A fresh feeling while working
  • They can be inspiring and motivating.
  • Always encourage you to think beyond your imagination

Beautifully balanced colors with simple yet efficient design is what every designer looks in a wallpaper. These wallpapers are fine pieces of art in themselves.

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Create Your Own Page Load Progress Bar with Pace.js

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Progress bar informs the user about the waiting time for a page or specific task to load. Usually when the server loads so slow, the user waits and waits for a long time without having any idea how long it will finish loading. A progress bar gives user-friendly experience, thus, adds more value to the website.

Although you can create a page load progress bar with CSS3 animation, it is not dynamic at all. Good thing there is this built-in JavaScript plugin called Progess Automatically Certain to Entertain (Pace.js), a lightweight JavaScript library that consists of a cool and amazing progress bar indicator for your page load and Ajax navigation.

What’s great with Pace.js:

  • You can automatically load a progress bar within any web page you have in your website.
  • Pace.js is executed using a document-read state, event loop and Ajax requests within a specific element of the web pages.
  • It comes with 14 built-in themes (at the time of this writing) that you can choose from.
  • Progress is detected automatically.

In today’s tutorial, I am going to show you how to use this amazing plugin to load a progress bar on your site.

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Will Wearable Tech Mean Wearable Web Design?

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It seems like yesterday when we went gaga over watches with calculator capabilities. Over the years, the possibility of actually having wearable technology is left for science fiction to be made possible.

Well, that’s until wearable technology was born. Will this mean wearable web design is within our grasp?

Nowadays, you can make calls, record videos, check your health and even buy a cup of espresso using a watch. (Talk about improvement, huh?) You can also do that now using glasses.

Over the previous years, wearable technology like the Google Glass and – in the near future –  the Apple iWatch, have been the talk of the technology town. Little do we know, the world of technology is changing rapidly. It’s a great possibility that, in the near future, gadgets will no longer be handheld. They’re going to be worn.

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Is Web 3.0 the Next Web Revolution?

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Nowadays, people use the Internet in almost all aspects of their lives. Users gain benefits from Internet services that help them look for what they need.

Gone were the days when you have to be blind about a movie that you would want to watch, or a restaurant where you’d plan to eat. And heck, a lot of bad movies and bad food were wasted because of that.

But with evolution of the Web, you can now Google almost everything, be it a movie or restaurant review or everything else in between and find results. And before you even leave the house, you’ll have knowledge and preparedness for such recreation. What is the next web revolution, then?

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30 Refreshing Premium WordPress Themes for Landing Pages

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There comes a time when we think of starting a new business and selling some products or maybe a service. Premium WordPress themes are also very popular because they are SEO-optimized.

WordPress themes are popular because they are flexible, comfortable, and provide you with a powerful content management system (CMS).

On the other hand, landing pages are also known as the sales pages because they are used by the marketers to promote and sell their products or services and also to promote events.

Landing pages are usually coded in HTML because all the content is meant to be static. However, these days more and more WordPress themes for landing pages are gaining popularity because they provide you much more.

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When Should You Quit Your Job? (and Begin Freelancing)

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One of the very sensitive questions a designer asks at least once in his life is: “Should I begin freelancing now?”

Unlike other fields of employment, web design is a common goldmine when we are talking about freelancers. Many designers want to branch out of their daily cubicle jobs and start freelancing because they realized the many benefits that hide behind it.

Some of them are the following:

  • Independence
  • Flexibility in schedule
  • Open opportunities to learn more
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