Collective #508

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Building Better UI Designs With Layout Grids

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(This is a sponsored post.) Designers of all types constantly face issues with the structure of their designs. One of the easiest ways to control the structure of a layout and to achieve a consistent and organized design is to apply a grid system.
A grid is like invisible glue that holds a design together. Even when elements are physically separated from each other, something invisible connects them together.
While grids and layout systems are a part of the heritage of design, they’re still relevant in this multiscreen world we live in.
Source: Smashing Magazine, Building Better UI Designs With Layout Grids

Inspiration From Mobile Dating Apps: How To Improve Your Designs

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Making improvements to your mobile app’s design isn’t necessarily the easiest of tasks. After all, how much can really be accomplished within such a limited space? You recognize that mobile users’ attention spans are waning and that, consequently, they expect a speedy, convenient and engaging experience when using apps.
Realistically, how many other ways can there be to satisfy these expectations that haven’t already been done before?
Let’s take mobile dating apps.
Source: Smashing Magazine, Inspiration From Mobile Dating Apps: How To Improve Your Designs

Breaking The Rules: Using SQLite To Demo Web Apps

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Most potential users will want to try out the software or service before committing any time and money. Some products work great by just giving users a free trial, while other apps are best experienced with sample data already in place. Often this is where the age-old demo account comes into play.
However, anyone who has ever implemented a demo account can attest to the problems associated. You know how things run on the Internet: Anyone can enter data (whether it makes sense or not to the product) and there is a good chance that the content added by anonymous users or bots could be offensive to others.
Source: Smashing Magazine, Breaking The Rules: Using SQLite To Demo Web Apps

☑️ The Ultimate Digital Clean-Up Checklist: Are You Prepared For The New Year?

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With a couple of days left until New Year’s Eve, it’s just about time to set aside 60 minutes to clean up, sort out and back up your digital footprint, to ensure a good smooth start to 2018. So many little details tend to get forgotten or overlooked every single time, only to get fixed hastily later — but doesn’t it just feel right when everything is in the right place, neatly organized, even if you aren’t a compulsory cleaner or an obsessed perfectionist?
Source: Smashing Magazine, ☑️ The Ultimate Digital Clean-Up Checklist: Are You Prepared For The New Year?

The Smashing Mystery Riddle Is Resolved: When Purple Rain Meets Felix The Cat

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These riddles can be quite addictive and annoying, can’t they? With seven mischievous riddles published over the last few years, we’ve learned a few lessons along the way. At this point, you might be used to endless, mischievous, tricky, mean, time-consuming and intricate Mystery Riddles, and the latest one wasn’t any different. It had to be playful and challenging, and take at least 45 mins to resolve. In the end, the first answer to the new riddle came in after 1h 48minafter the (slightly delayed — sorry about that!
Source: Smashing Magazine, The Smashing Mystery Riddle Is Resolved: When Purple Rain Meets Felix The Cat

Monthly Web Development Update 12/2017: Pragmatic Releasing, Custom Elements, And Making Decisions

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Today I read an eye-opening article about the current young generation and their financial future. It’s hard to grasp words like “Millenials”, and there’s much talk about specific issues they face, but, for many of us, it’s not easy to understand their struggle — no matter if you’re older or younger than me (I qualify under the Millenial generation). But Michael Hobbes’ entertaining and super informative article revealed a lot to me.
Source: Smashing Magazine, Monthly Web Development Update 12/2017: Pragmatic Releasing, Custom Elements, And Making Decisions

An Introduction To Automated Testing Of WordPress Plugins With PHPUnit

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WordPress is a popular content management system for building websites because it is easy to get started with and a ton of themes and plugins are available to extend its feature set. The main reason WordPress has a lot of plugins and themes is because it’s easy for developers of any level to start building one. Most of its developers are not experienced, and they do not write tests for their work, perhaps because of the following reasons:
Source: Smashing Magazine, An Introduction To Automated Testing Of WordPress Plugins With PHPUnit

How Do I Know If Venture Capital Fits My Business?

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There is a popular image in the world of software which many young and inexperienced entrepreneurs are becoming infatuated with. It’s the idea that when you come up with an awesome idea, the highest peak to strive for — the ultimate goal — is getting in front of a venture capitalist and receiving a huge lump sum to propel your business to unimaginable heights and bring tremendous personal wealth. Well then, let’s explore what it really means to fund your business with equity capital.
Source: Smashing Magazine, How Do I Know If Venture Capital Fits My Business?

How To Use Underlined Text To Improve User Experience

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(This article is supported by Adobe.) An underline is a horizontal line immediately below a portion of text. In our everyday experience, we underline to emphasize key sections of text, sometimes drawing an underline by hand below printed text. But underlines have their own place in the world of digital design. In fact, underlined text has become one of the most common, most recognizable features of our online experience. When we see an underlined word or sentence on a web page, we immediately assume it’s a link.
Source: Smashing Magazine, How To Use Underlined Text To Improve User Experience

Collective #373

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Collective #373 was written by Pedro Botelho and published on Codrops.


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