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  • 10 Killer Resources To Rock Your Next Bootstrap Project

    Bootstrap is the young star that is getting all the attention lately. Released in August of 2011, even Twitter may not have known how big it would get. As of June 2013, it is still the most popular GitHub development project with over 52k stars and over 16k forks. Bootstrap can be mind-blowing when you consider how easily it incorporates so many complex things on a website. But can it get improved upon? Are there tools to make it even more astounding? Yes. Here’s 10 resources to help you on your Bootstrap journey.



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  • Sit Down And Shut Up: How To Rescue Your Clients From Their Own Bad Taste

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    We’ve all been there before: a client hires you to design something, let’s say a website, for them. Work is good, right? But then as you start working on the spec with them, red flags start to crop up. Does your client proactively push you in directions you would never want to go? Does your client demand for the most aweful color palette that has ever been used in the history of web design? Let’s stop him. I’ll show you how..



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  • From 4-Inch Phones to 40-Inch TVs: Designing Responsive Websites

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    It’s worth taking a step back, to think through your site’s experience and understand whether the device with which a user accesses your site changes the user’s expectations of the site’s functionality. Is the user checking your site for quick updates with her cellphone while she’s on the go? Is he sitting down, 10 feet away from a large TV screen, looking to immerse himself in a relatively passive consumption experience of rich content, videos and games? Are other users sitting down at their PCs, looking to get the most from your site content? Most of all, how do these expectations affect the site layout and functionality that you provide at those corresponding screen sizes?



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  • Strategies For Brands: 10 Best Social Media Secrets for 2013

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    In a few short years social media has become an integral part of marketing worldwide and it’s not hard to see why. Social media provides the opportunity for direct contact with customers, and it’s a free, easy way to reach out to millions of new ones. But one of the most interesting things about social media is just how dynamic it is. It’s constantly changing, and notoriously unpredictable which makes predicting which new social media trend will take off next a little tricky. That said, there are certain ways to stay one step ahead of the game. One of the best ways to do this is to follow the example of successful individuals, those who are doing it right. Here are some of the top social media secrets for this year, any year – even.



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  • Now Is The Time: Why the Web Is Ready for Responsive Web Design

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    Today, a large portion of site traffic comes from mobile devices — namely smart phones and tablets — in addition to traditional PCs. Across the globe, mobile devices now account for 12 percent of Internet traffic, and it’s scaling up faster than desktop Internet traffic. The fraction of mobile Web traffic is sufficiently higher in nations with high smartphone penetration (for example, 20 percent of US-based Web traffic is via mobile browsing). What’s more, this figure is expected to grow significantly over the next 10 years, as smartphones evolve and mature in terms of hardware and software and adoption picks up in South America, Asia and Africa.



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  • Developer Thoughts: Four Lessons We Learned While Creating our First WordPress Plugin

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    Building our first plugin wasn’t an entirely smooth process – anyone thinking of doing something similar should consider several things before they get started. Below are the lessons we picked up.



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  • All You Need To Know About CSS3 Selectors, #1: Structural Pseudo-Classes

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    Today’s front-end developers don’t just need to understand how to write CSS, we need to know how to write it efficiently. And what “efficiently” means can depend on your project and environment. Perhaps you have a team with several members working in the CSS and you need an efficient way to work together. Or maybe you have a huge enterprise site and you need your CSS optimized for speed. You could even be working with a legacy system that restricts access to HTML, which means you need efficient selectors to effectively style elements without ids or classes. You might even face all these situations and more.



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  • Book of Wisdom: 7 Things Web Designers Can Learn from Print

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    Although the knowledge in effective web marketing has increased over the last decade or two, there is still a great deal that web designers can learn from print designers. After all, print marketing has been around since the invention of the printing press and roughly five-hundred years of successful designs can’t be wrong.



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  • HowTo: Build (Sort of) an Instagram Clone with HTML5

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    When I started out on this app I was only really just interested in seeing if the web platform had really evolved to a point where an app like the hugely popular Instagram app could be built using just HTML, JavaScript and CSS.  As it turns out we can in fact do exactly that.  This article walks you through the technologies that make this possible and shows how it is entirely feasible today to build interoperable web applications that provide a great user experience no matter what brand of browser the user is running.



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  • Enhance Your Photography: 10 Simple Steps to Mastering Composition

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    What makes a great photograph? Is there any one aspect of the process which separates the merely good from the truly magnificent? Many candidates immediately spring to mind, such as subject matter, light, mood, and moment. One aspect clearly rises above the rest, and is the thread which ties all of these other qualities together. Composition—the artistic arrangement and placement of visual elements within the picture frame—is the most difficult aspect of the art of photography to master, and also the most important.



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