Important Photography Guidelines Designers Don’t Care About But Should

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You may think that photography is just for people with cameras, that it has nothing to do with web design at all. At times, you heavily rely on illustrations, or, if needed, run to the caring shoulders of stock photos.

But I’m telling you right now, photography and web design are closely related. In fact, most web designers ignore the fact that they need photography to make their work look better.

Many web designers are oblivious of the truth that some websites look better with photographs rather than illustrations.

Why would I want to care about this?

Knowing the difference between good and bad photography will help you make your design more appealing. Think of this: you are designing a website, some photos were given to you to choose from so you can attach one of them as a header image.

Because you just don’t care about photography guidelines, you just choose that poorly-shot photo out of the blue. The result? A poorly designed website.

Of course, you would want to make your design better. To do so, you have to be capable of identifying which photo should be used and which one is not going to make the cut.

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MySQL Guide for Beginners: What You Must Know

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A database is an essential part of most websites. From simple blogs to complex e-commerce websites, everything is being driven by a database.

If you are a web developer, you definitely know a lot about MySQL.

  • Is the most popular open source database system
  • Uses SQL (Structured Query Language) to manipulate information inside the database
  • It’s free, very dependable and fast
  • It has several application programming interfaces (APIs)
  • Easy to use to develop software or applications

This article is a MySQL guide article that tackles how does the program works and what it can do for both users and programmers.

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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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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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Why You Should Take a Web Break and Explore The World

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  “Any place you don’t leave is prison.”

Professor Peter Hoberg might be right at some points in this statement. Often, we are too fed up with our routines, be it as freelance web designers or not: wake up, procrastinate a little, procrastinate a little more, work, rest, eat, work again, procrastinate and then take a good night rest. Very much so that you need to find reasons to explore the world.

Don’t take me wrong; a routine is a good way to organize your life. But any routine you don’t leave is prison too, and sometimes, taking a break is all that you need to burst free and soar high.

My point: At times, you have to pack your things, travel the world and get the heck out of anywhere you are right now.

Today, we will be talking about reasons why you need to take a web break. In this article, I will enlighten you with the following:

  • How traveling can help you become a better web designer
  • Travel tips to make your vacation unforgettable
  • Some great places to add to your list
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