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Five Reasons Why Video on Websites is a Good Idea

October 7th, 2015
Five Reasons Why Video on Websites is a Good Idea

An image is worth a thousand words. This is even truer when it comes to moving pictures. Written content in many cases is not sufficient to gain attention in the world wide web. Videos have become a matter of course and people no longer only share them on YouTube but also on social networks such as Facebook. Have you ever thought about using video...


IBM BlueMix Cloud Contest: Are You a Real JavaScript and Node.js Pro?

October 5th, 2015

Do you like yourself a good challenge? Do you feel like a real JavaScript pro? Is node.js in your veins? If so, IBM has a more than interesting contest for you. Although it has already started, it still makes sense to participate. Did I mention that you can win a few interesting tech gadgets? IBM BlueMix: Digital Platform for Innovation As a developer of...


Raygun: Affordable Crash Reporting for Any App

October 4th, 2015

The job of developers is great. They are always creating something new. Whether it is a web app based on PHP or a mobile app for iOS or Android or just about any other thinkable app for devices out there, coding is universal. On the downside, errors are universal too. Chasing errors is the part of the job any developer just hates. This will...


Cartoon: Photoshop Magic Galore

October 2nd, 2015

Clients tend to think Photoshop is not just very easy to handle but also almost capable of anything you want it to be. All of that with a few simple mouse clicks of course. The creative industry is not without guilt, however. Hollywood blockbusters shift the limits on a daily basis and anything seems possible. Our craft certainly has its limits. Today’s cartoon shows...

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123ContactForm Satisfies Your Every Form Need

October 1st, 2015

Before you stop reading because of the name 123ContactForm, keep calm and carry on. They have a lot more different form types in store than just simple contact forms. You can even build a purchase form with a payment provider glued to it. Let’s taker a closer look, shall we? 123ContactForm: Whatever Form Your Heart Desires I admit that I did not know 123ContactForm...

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Bushel: Unexpensive Mobile Device Management Made Easy

September 29th, 2015

If your small organization uses Apple products in a decentralized environment, you will already have encountered a bunch of problems. How can you make sure that all the devices run the necessary apps, got the relevant settings and secure your company data? Sounds familiar? Bushel, a fresh service created by industry veteran JAMF Software, wants to help you with its straight-forward, almost intuitive approach....

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Deal of the Week: Trend Font Family Bargained Away

September 28th, 2015

I like this vintage retro look with slight reminiscences to stonewashed clothing. Our Deal of the Week has a whole family of 20 different fonts following that trend. These typefaces are so trendy, they are even named Trend. Besides all the cletters and numbers there four dingbats fonts featuring ornaments, words and general dingbat symbols included. This font family offers a wholesale solution for...


Cartoon: If Web Designers Were Pilots … [009]

September 25th, 2015

People working in the web design and development industry need to become thick-skinned over the years if they intend to survive long term. I am in this business since web design got invented in the early Nineties, and I sure know what I’m talking about when it comes to the hidden secrets of client communication. My remedy these days is laughing. I refuse to...


28 Inspiring Best Practices of Responsive Web Design

September 21st, 2015

Responsive web design is big. A responsive website is what you will want to create these days as responsive sites function well on any device and any resolution. No matter whether your site is viewed from a smartphone, a tablet or a desktop computer, your content will always be easily digestible. But with an universal availabilty and a self-adjusting look, what secures a positive...


Cartoon: Less Opacity

September 18th, 2015

Designers have class. They don’t just talk; they express themselves in the right way at the right time. Even for simpler needs do they find the right words. Today’s cartoon has an excellent example of designers’ elegance. Have fun… Come on. We have to admit that this is a very elegant way to ask for such an instincts related option. I am a bit...


Cartoon: Language is a Precision Tool

September 11th, 2015

„Boy, language is a precision tool”. That’s what my English teacher used to preach. We all hated him for his pedantry. Today I know that the man was just right. Most misunderstandings stem from spoken words. This is not only a problem of proper grammar. More important is that people tend to translate words on the way from ear to brain into something they...


Cartoon: SEO

September 4th, 2015

Allow me to admit that I dislike SEO as a profession. I do know that we cannot do without it, however. Keeping your head above the water of the ever rising information flood and the ability of swimming with the sharks demands either acquiring a sound knowledge or hiring someone with a sound knowledge. In any case, this profession is completely man-made. Would there...


Responsive Web Design: How to Find the Right Photos

September 3rd, 2015

The Web – open space for any web designer out there. Today’s and even more so tomorrow’s web is one big challenge for our industry. Web sites are supposed to adapt seamlessly to any screen size with any aspect ratio on any device. Desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones are only the beginning. No one knows what kind of device will be popular next year....


Inspiration: 30 Websites in Warm Earth Tones

August 18th, 2015

Each and every web designer out there is in search of inspiration now and then. Creativity does not run without fuel. Fortunately we don’t need to buy creative gas to fill up our tanks. Just floating around the web, looking at what others did can do wonders to your fuel gauge. Suddenly ideas start to bubble up and your creative motor gets running again....