A user interface needs to be clear, comfortable to use, and to deliver the information a user needs in the most efficient way possible. The task of any interface designer is to ensure that the user interfaces they create meet these standards. This core mission must always be kept in mind, especially when experimenting with novel methods and technologies.
In as far as is possible, the user should be able to “pick up and play” with any new interface. It should be easy for them to navigate the controls; there should be an intuitive flow that guides the user to the right controls and procedures.
A good UI design can incorporate a wide range of features. While it may be useful to look at new ways to streamline the user experience, it is typically more efficient to re-purpose tried-and-tested designs.
Designs can be inspiring in a number of different ways. Great designs can create a hunger to develop something as good. Designs that are poor can fill the viewer with a need to remedy its shortcomings.
It’s often rather more difficult to modify an existing interface design than it is to create a new interface from the ground up. Some designers, however, have risen to that challenge of user interface redesign. These designers have found satisfaction in app redesigns, reworking applications that they found interesting but problematic.
Stock photos play an important part in a designer’s work, being the prime source of imagery for client projects.
They’ve been around for more than a decade, and this model continues to be very successful because stock photos are easy to get to, and also because they cost much less than the alternate route of hiring professional photographers.
You most likely know a few stock merchants that you go to whenever you need fresh images. Check out my own selection of favorite microstock agencies over the summer of 2014.
The most popular marketplace by far is iStock. In fact, this is the first one in recorded history. Presently, it doesn’t just offer royalty-free photos anymore, but also vectors, sound effects, videos, and music – and all files accompanied by a Legal Guarantee.
Icons, tiny graphics that are sometimes embedded with hot links to pages on your website, give a website a nice flow. With just a click, visitors to the site can navigate the site, visiting important pages like the store, blog or find technical support. Well-placed icons keep the flow of traffic moving from page to page, often making visitors stay longer on your site.
However, finding the appropriate icons takes some work. Typically, web designers have two choices; they can sift through massive collections of stock images choosing one of them as a graphic or design their own.
Creating an icon can take hours of work and if you need multiple icons, you could spend days on this project. If you opt for stock icons, you may not find the right image or could accidentally grab one that a competitor is using.
Don’t neglect this important feature of your website — the icons! We want to help! Here, you’ll find a collection of icon sets that will work for a variety of websites.
People attempting to begin careers as freelancers, in any field, face one major hurdle. How do they get paid for the things they do?
There are numerous obstacles, surprises and schemes out there attempting to get free work or products from the individual with the stipulation that the first thing they must face is the “build a resume while not getting paid” approach.
It is something like working as an apprentice without being paid. Such practices are not normal and while everyone has doubts about the validity of these offers, few understand what steps they can take to avoid this pitfall.
For the average layman, drafting a contract that spells out the services that are to be provided and the compensation to be received might seem like an overpowering task. Actually, this is not the case. A simple agreement can often suffice.
Having a lawyer draft an agreement would be great, but expensive. Individuals can come to an agreement and write it in plain English. As an extra precaution, sample templates are available on the web for such agreements that can be altered as completed as needed.
If you’re not quite sure if you’re skilled enough to use a CSS preprocessor, then LESS is an excellent place to start. Keep in mind however, that preprocessors make the task of coding much easier even if it seems difficult at first. To start, check out the LESS website and download less.js.
Now you can go on writing CSS just as you normally would in the less file, and slowly begin exploring the incredible LESS features such as mixins and variables.
One of the most incredible features of the CSS preprocessor is having the ability to create mixins. These allow the user to tie a cluster of customizable values and properties into a simplified package.
In order to simplify things, you can think of a mixin in LESS like a variable with several different properties. This will come in handy when using CSS3 properties.
Like countless others, you are sure to be extremely impressed with the power Less mixins provide.
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