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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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  • Learning by Pulling Apart: An Interview with UI/UX Designer Matt Dempsey

    Every once in awhile, we come across an amazing story of someone in the design world who seems somewhat hidden or insignificant. Matt Dempsey is such a someone. His career as a web and graphic designer begins at the very young age of 13 and includes such inspirational highlights as hiring a developer to build an app that was acquired by SitePoint when Matt was only 15 years old!



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  • The Perfect User Interface: GoodUI Equips Web Designers with Solid Marketing Knowledge

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    Jakub Linowski, UI designer from Toronto, Canada, is used to be working for the bigger brands. He obviously possesses knowledge not only in the field of webdesign craftsmanship but also in the field of marketing. The latter is what he conveys through his side project GoodUI.org. If you are a web designer interested in maximum conversion aka massive sales, you should definitely care for obeying what Linowski teaches you. Not each and every tip will be a fit to every project, though. Just as it is in real life, if the shoe fits, wear it. If not, don’t…



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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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  • CSS3: InDesign-Like Text Formatting with Exclusions and Regions

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    It’s Adobe again. They made two proposals to a coming standard, which would lead to the possibility to format and present texts on websites just as we already know it from DTP software such as InDesign. With Exclusions we will be able to let text flow in any shapes and forms, while Regions will allow us to split texts between two or more HTML elements.



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  • “Retinize It” Simplifies the Creation of Retina-Ready Images in Photoshop

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    Creating retina-ready images from within Photoshop is no rocket-science. Still, it is a tedious task no designer is likely to associate the term fun with. Help in shortening the amount of life-time that has to be put therein will be much appreciated. Artiom Dashinsky from Tel-Aviv is the one to be thankful for as he developed the freely usable Photoshop action Retinize It.



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  • No Matter of Luck: What To Consider In Mobile App Development [Infographic]

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    There are gazillions of mobile apps out there. If you are looking for a specific use case or – not – you won’t see any shortage in what you will be able to find. Thus, releasing a mobile app is not without risks. You need to create something outstanding to attract the users. But how do you know? How can you improve? Sure, you can always wait for shit storms to wipe away your Facebook page or you can rely on these nice one-star-ratings in app stores. Did you know, that 60 % of all apps in Apple’s App Store have not once been downloaded. If I were you, I’d try to find alternatives to hoping and waiting (and failing) ;-)



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  • The Future Is Now: GinWiz Mobilizes Your Website [Review]

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    We all know it. Mobile is the future. There are studies all over the place that tell you there are more smartphones than toilets out there, more smartphones than humans even (well, not yet). Android phones are registered at a whopping pace of 1.5 million devices per day – according to Google’s Eric Schmidt. Whether you believe every single piece of information or not, one thing is for certain: There is no getting round mobile devices. And these tend to surf the web. Thus, another thing is for certain: We all need mobile websites rather sooner than later. One way to achieve this is named GinWiz…



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  • Photoshop in Web Design: 5 Plugins to Make your Workday More Pleasant

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    Still nowadays lots of web designs start as a Photoshop draft. This gets more and more elaborate and has to be converted to HTML and CSS during the late stages of the project. No wonder, that services for PSD to HTML conversion still face no shortage of orders. A lot of developers have created a flood of plugins for facilitating the task of turning PSD to HTML. I went and dug up five of which I opine belong to the best.



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  • CSS Architectures #1: Principles of Code Cleanup and the New Best Practices

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    All too often, the CSS for major (and minor) websites is a textbook case of code bloat and redundancy, with lines of code that boast unnecessary use of qualifier elements, overly specific selectors from unnecessarily long selector chains, overdependence on descendent selectors when other selectors would be more appropriate, and the inappropriate or unnecessary use of !important. We’ll show you better ways in the following article…



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