Responsive data table roundup

Responsive data table

We’ve all seen data tables online and on our own sites. Why is it some of them look so rubbish and how can we improve the look and feel of them across devices and screen resolutions? Here are some helpful hints and tips on what other people are doing and what may work for your […]

10 really useful responsive web design tutorials

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Responsive web design can be daunting if you have limited or no experience, here are some handy tutorials to give you a crash course in what responsive web design is and the principles of how it works.

The Guardian – Brazil article

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Another goodie from the Guardian

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Web Tips: Preparing your site for Googles new “mobile-friendly” algorithm

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Google’s mobile ranking algorithm will be released at April 21 and is going to include mobile-friendly usability factors. It’s a change in the search and mobile search era because the impact of this algorithm will be higher than Google Panda, Google Penguin and Google Hummingbird. Why go “Mobile Friendly?” 60% of all traffic for Google […]

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Free sliders for the web

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Hundreds of free sliders in html, CSS and JS

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Cool Website: 25 years of the Internet

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The internet is 25 years old. Have a look at this cool horizontally side scrolling website detailing it’s history.

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New BBC News website

The BBC are in the process of updating their website with a responsive layout.  Looks nice on both desktops and mobile devices.

WordPress security tips

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Some handy things to know!

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How to Build a YouTube Video Website Background

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A handy tutorial at Design Modo on how to build a website with video backgrounds.

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Article: What is an Interaction Designer?

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An interesting article on Interaction Design.

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The Guardian wants to know what you think of its redesign

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The Guardian has been developing the site for more than a year, but the beta version was released publicly in February. By the end of March, The Guardian had received more than 5,000 comments from readers; some positive, but many suggesting tweaks or complaining about problems. Which is exactly what The Guardian wanted.

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Design Trend: Ghost Button

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Designmodo have posted an interesting article on the pros and cons of a popular web design trend, the Ghost Button. When used correctly, I’m quite a big fan of them – they’re neat, tidy and work well on mobile devices. However, the design does have some pretty obvious flaws and without taking due care and attention […]

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Get Inspired

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Inspiration for web designers.

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Pixel Perfect: The Story of eBoy

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A stunning long form article by theverge.com with a single column layout featuring parallax scrolling, animated gifs and 8-bit visuals.  Additionally, it is responsive too. As an article template, it is not too far removed from what we’ve been doing recently.

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Outdated Browser

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A nice idea that encourages users to update their browsers if required.

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How small screens have impacted photo journalism

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Quite an interesting article on how the growing use of mobile browsing is effect photo journalism, along with a few tips on how to adapt your content for it.

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The shirt on your back

The shirt on your back

It’s almost a year since Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza clothing factory collapsed, killing more than 1,000 people. To mark the event, the Guardian has released a powerful interactive exploring life in Dhaka’s factories and the journeys our clothes make from factories to shop floors.

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15 TED Talks Every Web Designer Should Watch

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“Whether you’re looking for inspiration or insight, these 15 videos cover everything from personal happiness to the future of web design and internet.”

WordPress 3.9 bridges gap between editing and publishing

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Some much needed improvements added to the wordpress with the latest update.

More info here

Lush

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Responsive design for Lush soaps by Method.

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A Simple Device Diagram for Responsive Design Planning

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A very handy diagram detailing the various breakpoints of different devices and at different orientations. It’s a little dated (March 2012), but is a good starting point for when considering media queries. Also, a very informative post here:  

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Building a WordPress template

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A handy set of article by Rachel McCollin on codes.tutplus.com about building a wordpress theme. Preparing the mark up Preparing files Uploading your theme to wordpress Adding a loop Setting up the header Adding navigation Adding Widgets The Footer file Creating a page template Creating an archive template Adding featured images Releasing your theme Further […]

How They Did It: Typekit’s New Homepage

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An interesting article and critique of the recent redesign of typekit.com:
http://webdesign.tutsplus.com/articles/how-they-did-it-typekits-new-homepage–webdesign-18178

And here is the website itself:
https://typekit.com/

Both are well worth a visit.

New Time Magazine Design

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“The redesign, by the way, was originally supposed to happen last fall. Gibbs said the delay was less technical and more editorial — Time was working on big feature about 1 World Trade Center that would highlight both its technical and editorial capabilities. The feature is supposed to go live on the website tomorrow morning, with a panoramic, interactive image taken from the top of the building. (Time photo editor Jonathan Woods and his team had exclusive access to the spire at the top of the wire, and they worked with startup GigaPan to create a “13- foot long aluminum jib” that was used to create the image.)

The feature will also be the cover story in the print magazine, with a three-fold cover, and there are plans to release book in April, too.

With all the changes, I asked Gibbs if the editorial vision has changed as well.

“I think the editorial opportunity has expanded,” she said. “To tell great stories, help people understand what’s happening, why it matters — to the extent that that’s our editorial vision, we have the opportunity to do that for much bigger audience.””

Automating Layouts & Flipboard’s Magazine Style

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In so many ways, the story of Flipboard is emblematic of the modern age: The best results often come from a partnership between humans and technology. The predominant narrative of this age of networked hardware and software is the displacement of humans by computers and robots, but again and again, when we look at the […]

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A Parallax Adventure in Space and Time

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Did you know Doctor Who turned 50 years old this week?  Probably.

Anyway, here’s a nice little parallax website prepared by the BBC on the history of Doctor Who.

Flat UI and Forms

As designers, we want to create great user experiences through simplicity and clarity.

What is simplicity and clarity? It’s the user knowing exactly what to do, and how to do it, with a minimum of effort. Achieving this kind of user experience means finding the right balance—not just going flat for flatness’s sake.

When it comes to forms—frustrating experiences even at the best of times—it means knowing that less isn’t always simpler.

Authentic Design

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In digital design, authenticity means a few things, which can roughly be summarized as the following:

Embrace the digital look.
Do away with skeuomorphism.
Make the style content-centered.

Cards are becoming the best design pattern for mobile.

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Why cards are the future of the web

We are currently witnessing a re-architecture of the web, away from pages and destinations, towards completely personalised experiences built on an aggregation of many individual pieces of content. Content being broken down into individual components and re-aggregated is the result of the rise of mobile technologies, billions of screens of all shapes and sizes, and unprecedented access to data from all kinds of sources through APIs and SDKs. This is driving the web away from many pages of content linked together, towards individual pieces of content aggregated together into one experience.

Design 101

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Design 101: Udacity’s first Design course, led by none other than Donald Norman, contemporary of Jakob Nielsen and author of “The Design of Everyday Things”

The iOS Design Cheat Sheet

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Further Reading & Resources

This article will only provide some basic information to get you started with iOS 7 design. Once you dig in deeper, you might be interested in some more details. These articles and ressources should help you out:

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Icons

UI Kits

Other free resources

IDEO & Bloomberg Dash

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Envisioning the future and adoption of financial data delivery

The Bloomberg terminal is a staple in any financial institution, providing real-time data about pricing, analytics, and print and multimedia news across a number of financial markets. Despite an estimated 75,000 machines in use worldwide—including one in the Vatican—users find the aesthetic is dated and the interface synonymous with MS-DOS.

How to Design for the Gut & Visceral Apps and You

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How to Design for the Gut

Visceral design may be hard to get right on the web, but we can learn a lot by looking at the work done by our design counterparts in the gaming and mobile industries. By delivering rich, juicy feedback to our users we can create that satisfying sensation of a visceral, gut-level reaction. Thought interactions and response mechanisms will create surprise and delight, which leave indelible, positive marks on our visitors.

UI DESIGN GUIDELINES FOR RESPONSIVE DESIGN

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Desktop Points to Consider

With the possibilities of desktop design, we can get away with, and take advantage of: Extensive grid-like layouts, which allow the user to easily scan for content they may be interested in or tying to find.

Trask Industries website

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A new viral site for the upcoming X-Men film Days of Future Past.

Features video backgrounds and some impressive responsive design.

Gov.uk: how geeks opened up government – video

  An elite team of digital experts has sparked a radical shake-up in the way the government does its business. Some of the UK’s best designers and developers are working on building a new single website for all government departments – gov.uk – but their influence has gone much further. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/video/2013/jun/13/geeks-opened-up-government-video

Farmers Weekly do Parallax

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Effective use of parallax by Ed Morgan & Ashley Marriott

WordPress Glamour

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Vogue’s venture in to WP

News Week

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New re-design of their website, responsive & parallax, nice use of archive front covers

… Like Clockwork


… Like Clockwork

Queens of the Stone Age have a new album out soon and have been streaming short, and somewhat creepy animations complementing little audio tasters from the album.

It’s quite an interesting way of presenting videos, as the site features a fully responsive design, with the youtube hosted videos taking up the full width and height of the page, with the navigation and controls sitting on top of them.

Be warned, some of the videos are pretty grim.

An interesting read on web standards

An interesting read on web standards

In short, there appears to be a lot of ’em these days.

Vimeo’s new mobile site

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Looks like everyone is doing it


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