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Archive for September, 2013

Learning about forms in HTML

Friday, September 27th, 2013 by Servage
It didn’t take long for the web to shift from a network of pages to read to a place where you went to get things done—making purchases, booking plane tickets, signing petitions, searching a site, posting a tweet…the list goes on! All of these interactions are handled by forms. In fact, in response to this shift from page to application, HTML5 introduced a bonanza of new form controls and attributes that make it easier for users to fill out forms and for developers to create them. Tasks that have traditionally relied on JavaScript may be handled by mark-up and native browser behaviour alone. How Forms Work There are two parts to a working ...

Learning from development mistakes

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 by Servage
All web designers make many mistakes during our journey to becoming a mature designer. If we can’t learn from these disappointments, we are losing the real value of those mistakes, to enhance our performance in the present as well as the future. In this post, I focus on some common mistakes that web designers make. Flexibility in Process To successfully accomplish web design projects, we must have some defined process. By noting the process of our development while working on websites or by giving these documents to clients that are about to settle with us, we must be clear with the many steps, which helps to saves you from project-creep in the ...

Use responsive images

Monday, September 23rd, 2013 by Servage
Today in the mobile-first era, if your client is demanding a website, particularly with images which work well on all devices, you can leverage the latest solutions available in the market. Scaling In order to pick the best option, I will equip you with some basic knowledge in this post. For most images, screen resolution is the biggest factor, as this determines their appearances and performances on various devices. If the image is not scaled down appropriately, it either looks too wiry or appears pixilated. Therefore, we must reset the style sheet with, max-width code, setting it to 100% or an appropriate scale in the case of retina displays. Unfortunately, max-width does ...

Tips for lazy coders

Saturday, September 21st, 2013 by Servage
All web programmers are lazy by nature, and constantly in search of ways to save time and effort, by doing quick, yet effective coding, albeit with some fun. In this post, I suggest some tips for taking decent short cuts. It is nice that we no longer need to create punch cards or use “0” and “1” repeatedly to do programming. Instead, we use simple human words to instruct our modern computers to act. While this programming style can be easy and quite fast, we still need even faster and better ways to do coding effectively. Most web developers are hard pressed to accomplish their project in the shortest time span ...

Why minimalistic web design

Thursday, September 19th, 2013 by Servage
Using minimalism in web design creates decent user experiences without giving up the cool factor. In this post, I discuss some key  principles and practices of minimalism. Unlike in the past, this new generation looks for some sober and hip designs in its web experiences. Hence, we designers must express a handful of sober colors and fewer UI elements to de-clutter the screens of our different sized gadgets. Of course we live in a multiple screens era, where internet is accessible on handheld devices too. This multi-screen compatibility leads us to create responsive web designs, more and more. With this in mind, minimalism is the best way to avoid clutter and noise, ...

Flat-design trend vs. shadows

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 by Servage
Today most web designers prefer flat designs in their projects, along with long shadows for injecting fun and considerable impressions in the user experience. In this post, I discuss some aspects of long shadow designing, in brief. Recently, Apple released iOS 7 and its main feature is flat design. Therefore, we can say flat design trends are gaining ground in web designing as well. To define flat design, we say that the design is without any embellishments like drop shadows, bevel, embossing, gradients and other depth adding elements. Advantages There are certain advantages of flat designs. They generally have a distinct look and feel, where additions to the design are missing. Thus, flat ...

Learning web-design from experts

Monday, September 16th, 2013 by Servage
In today’s world, web design is not an unchanging subject that can be learnt through fewer resources, nor from just any teacher. Rather, it is an ever changing subject, with daily enhancements. Therefore, choosing the right instructor is an important step towards proper and fast learning. This post is written to help in determining the right teacher if you are a newbie and opting for commercial tutorials or still a student in an university. Learning Stuff Keeping pace with the many and sudden changes in web design learning is a daunting task for course preparation. Thus, course instructors are likely experiencing a short supply of what are the most helpful materials to ...

Atomic design explained

Saturday, September 14th, 2013 by Servage
Web design constantly evolves and takes on new shapes daily. We range from simple to complex in each design. Therefore, we need a system that allows our designs to be created in a methodical way. This permits a solid foundation for doing things rapidly and accurately rather than roaming in the abstract. Our contemporary thinkers have charted out paths to obtain that foundation by looking at nature for inspiration. They have made the atom their role model because these particles are the fundamental blocks of the entire univers. Furthermore, chemical scientists have manifested a periodic table for the all atoms on earth. Atomic Table If we translate the same in our web design ...

Code with pride, professionals are watching

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 by Servage
When we do web designing, we think mostly about the visitors of the website, and do everything for their benefit. But, when any developer approaches your completed website, they are definitely a type of user focussed on your design techniques, so consider them too in your designing process, as part of your user group. Our focus area, as designers, is the backend interface, where other developers can understand and access the expected files and codes. Therefore, we must have good naming conventions and structure for files and folders to assist in the future development process. Here we need to design our code in such a way that any developer can access ...

How the Internet-infrastructure works

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 by Servage
Creating websites is not our sole duty as a web designer. We need to know many peripheral aspects of running and maintaining sites in order to be continuously successful. In this post, I cover some useful aspects of internet and related hardware, along with software troubles and solutions. Unfortunately, we don’t all have the luxury of hiring a full time hardware expert, such as a big web development company employs. Freelancers are even devoid of handy advice from an experienced colleague during critical moments when our internet connection is down. In such situations, having some basic knowledge about our hardware peripherals, plus tips for how to restore the lost connection, might ...