Overview of Breakpoints in Responsive Web Design

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Last time, we went over media queries. This is an important aspect to know of Responsive Web Design (RWD from now on) because it is this CSS declaration that allows for the different layouts to appear at different screen sizes.

Hmm, now what about different screen sizes? To make it easy to understand, lets look at this using an analogy. So, imagine that RWD is a blueprint for a wonderfully new house. The foundation, which the rest of the house depends on, would be media queries. After the foundation comes the first level of the house, which sets the tone for how the rest of the house will be built. In this house, the first floor would be break points.

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How Much Luck do you Need in Order to Make Money Online?

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Let’s take a quick break from web design and web development and talk about how people make money online. This is very relevant for designers, developers, and bloggers out there who want to earn online. But how?

I’ve already explained why web designers and web developers should learn more about online marketing. There is a lively discussion going on there and I suggest that you contribute as well.

The controversial question is this: how much sheer luck do you need in order to succeed online?

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Adobe Edge Web Fonts – Adding Charm to Words

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If you have anything to do with the design industry, whether you are an outright typographer, designer, or even someone with a keen eye for all things that look beautiful (ahem!), good looking words will never fail to impress your eyes. Keeping in sync with your affection for good typography, Adobe has come up with their own font library, Adobe Edge Web Fonts.

For ages, calligraphy and typography have been treated as something that should not be overlooked — both in visual and aesthetic senses. In this digital age, we have fonts that deserve a special mention and have the power to attract (or repel) one’s attention.

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3 Simple Points to Know in Order to Write a Great Tutorial

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Every week there are hundreds of web design and web development tutorials that are published online, but are they getting enough attention? You would see great tutorials having around fifty comments, and a couple of hundred likes, but is that it? Do people really follow these tutorials from start to finish or just lurk around and check out the demo?

I have seen hundreds of tutorials since I was studying in college, tutorials involving: Photoshop, Flash, Blender, PHP, CSS, JavaScript, and a dozen more. But here’s the thing, out of those several hundreds of tutorials I’ve seen, only a few stood out and stayed with me.

And they had all three qualities that made them great tutorials.

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Interview with Alex Bilusic – Why And When Doing Spec Work Might Be A Good Idea

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Christian Vasile once wrote an article about spec work in which he explained what spec work is and why saying no to it is a good idea. Most people seemed to agree with his take on the issue of spec work in the article. However, a comment left by Alex caught our attention, because she made several thoughtful counter-arguments to Christian’s take, showing that the issue of spec work is not as black and white as it might seem. What is Alex’s take on spec work and why? She will tell us herself in this interview!

Alex Bilusic is a graphic designer from Croatia. She has an MA degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communications. Alex has been working as a designer and an art-director for seven years, including freelancing for the last several years.

In this interview, Alex discusses:

  • How doing spec work helped her during a tough time of unemployment.
  • How spec work led to a long-term relationship with high quality clients.
  • Why spec work is not a black and white issue and what are the shades of grey here.
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5 Online IDEs for On-The-Go Web Developers

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Angry birds, sketch games, tower defense, social media browsing, and a thousand more apps for tablet computers. I’ve seen people use their tablet for entertainment and, well, just entertainment. But how can you use your tablet or smartphone for web development?

Tablet computers and smartphones are indeed portable but what other use can you do with them aside from browsing Reddit and tagging photos of cute cats on Facebook and flinging wild birds onto measley-built fortresses?

Can you develop websites and apps using smartphones and tablets?

Don’t want to bring your heavy laptop? Why not code using your smartphone or tablet using Online IDEs?

Cool?

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40 Tutorials to Master the New Features of Photoshop CS6

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Photoshop CS6 boasts many impressive and exciting features, like the introduction of vector layers, Content Aware Patch/Move tool, Adaptive Wide Angle filter, Crop tool, and so on. Adobe has not tried to replace Illustrator, but if you need creative, simple shapes for use in design projects, then Vector Layers of Photoshop CS6 can do a superb job without making you switch to other applications.

Today, we will take you through some of the exciting Photoshop CS6 tutorials that illustrate how to use these brand new tools, enhanced features as well as a few secret tips to put some of CS6’s great new additions to work. So, enjoy the tour!

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10 Logo Design Tips for a Timeless and Creative Logo

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So, are you designing a logo? Alright! That sounds awesome, doesn’t it? And easy too!

Really? Did we just say “easy”?

If you think logo design is an easy process, trust me, that’s a misconception. To begin with, a logo is not merely some colors, fonts and fancy lines put together. It is a brand’s identity, to the extent that, more often than not, a logo is more identifiable than the brand’s name! For an entity so important, the design process requires thinking, artistic inputs and systematic planning. In other words, you don’t simply sit down and draw a logo while watching your favorite anime series.

If that is the case, how does one accomplish the creation of an awesome logo? We shall attempt to answer this very question in this article. Now, I have divided the article into two parts (because one is too mainstream): the first part talks about things that you should do while designing a logo, whereas the second one deals specifically with things you shouldn’t. Sound good? Well then, let’s start!

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3 Reasons Why Web Designers And Developers Must Learn Online Marketing

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I’ve interviewed quite a few successful web designers and developers over the last couple of months. One thing that they all seem to have in common is that they took time to learn about online marketing and have built a strong online presence. This made me wonder, why don’t more people do the same thing?

I think that if you are a web designer or a developer who understands, and implements, online marketing, you not only have a tremendous advantage over your competition, but also a realistic shot of  creating a very nice lifestyle over a couple of years. Why?

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Why It Is Good Idea To Learn jQuery in Year 2013?

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If you have anything to do with web development, you probably have heard the term ‘jQuery’ over a million times already. Believe it or not, jQuery has risen to popularity in a short span of time and today it stands as one of the most well-loved and popular entities when it comes to developing for the internet.

In this article, we shall be taking a look at jQuery in detail — its origins, advantages, disadvantages, and anything else that matters.

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