We have seen infinite scrolling a lot since it was implemented for the first time and, as well as with other web design trends, it was used excessively. People say that by using infinite scrolling you are creating a better user experience, because there is more content loaded when the user has browsed (not read) the current one.
The trigger for anyone to use it like they are batshit crazy is for a big site to implement it. I don’t even know who it used it for the first time, but I’ll say that Twitter was one of the first pioneers of this trend. Now, don’t get me wrong, it worked really great for Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or several others to implement this, but for almost the rest of the websites who use it just for the sake of using it, it didn’t.
These days there are fewer good jobs that you can get as a web designer or developer. To get the good ones you need experience and some way to offer you credibility and to ensure the employer that you can actually do the things that you claim you can.
The LinkedIn skill endorsing that we see on every profile doesn’t always give you much credibility. I personally have friends who have been endorsed for things that they know nothing of, so that becomes pretty much irrelevant for employers.
What is more relevant for employers is a certification for which you actually got tested. One of these certifications that I came across is from MindGrader. MindGrader is the original source for industry recognized certifications. On their site the company states the firm provides two essential services. First, they increase the reputability of individuals who know professional skills. Second, they give employers increased confidence that prospective employees genuinely know a skill.
As a web designer, you have a variety of tools and resources that you can choose from to make your work easier and/or better, but picking the ones that are the best for your needs might be a little bit difficult if you are not up-to-date.
I have a tremendous respect for those who make roundup articles of new and useful resources and I hope that you will consider the same about me and these articles that I’m writing for you. I’m saying this because there are people who don’t appreciate these and say that they’re better without and that they’ll find the resources themselves. I have no problem with that, everybody is entitled to an opinion, but I don’t understand why someone would want to waste a lot of time searching for something, when someone else could find it and deliver it.
With the hope that these will save you some time and you will find them useful, I present to you this article with 44 new resources that you might like and use on your projects.
An app that makes web design and development workflow simpler than ever.
Nowadays, there seems to be a jQuery plugin for almost everything and you can find what you are looking for with a simple search, even for the most particular issues that you have come across, and you will still get one plugin that will fit your needs.
A type of plugin that almost every client asks for these days to be implemented is a map plugin. Most of the times, the only reason why it is needed is for a contact page and that is pretty easy, any plugin can be used, but there are other functions that clients need and are a little bit trickier.
For those specific situations, you have this collection of jQuery maps plugins from which you can select the best option for your situation.
CSS & jQuery clickable map
Free interactive map of forty-seven countries of the European continent. It’s a better way to convert a list of regions into a stylish clickable map without a Flash Player or any external plug-ins ..just a well known CSS sprites ..which works in all modern browsers ..even on the mobile devices as iPhone or iPad.
A very good design project requires time and financial resources, nothing that is qualitative may be achieved with no endeavor and in just a few hours. Patience is mandatory even if neither the designers nor the clients are accepting.
Much more, nowadays due to the multiple possibilities of Internet accessing, a designer should be tenfold carefully to the website various aspects. The same website should be perfectly rendered both on a super sized TV set but also on a small smartphone and it is a major problem that is still not fully resolved.
A relatively new solution to help the designers save some time is the selling of packets of UI kits. These are containing various items of user interface as call-to-action buttons, forms, navigational menus etc. The interesting aspect is that creating and selling UI kits became a very attractive online affair. The advantages are very important for creator but also for the user; therefore being both sides advantageous is the basis of a long time profitable affair.
An UI kit is very useful because it saves much time, usually these packages contain many items and the designer doesn’t waste time to create a new graphical entity. Of course, the designer is able to modify these according to his own necessities and preferences.
On the other hand, any designer, but especially the beginners may buy or free download UI kits in order to study the techniques used by the creator.
The conclusion is obvious: creating/buying an UI kit may represent a good affair. The kits below contain well done pieces; some are free while some need a small payment. I hope that I made you curious about, so enjoy the collection and please let me know which is your favorite.
Transparent UI Kit