Bringing Accessibility to Web Design

Bringing Accessibility to Web Design

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The internet, by its nature, is a place people of all walks of life can visit. The physical barriers that people with disabilities face are lessened online. Sadly, many people encounter a new barrier on the web: content not designed for accessibility. As a web designer or developer, you have the ability to fix these issues, increasing your audience and even improving search rankings. Often these problems have a simple fix and little effect on your design – if you’re willing to be creative. How Create an Accessible Website The guidelines to accessibility are extensive, but here are a few key suggestions. For whatever reason, it may be infeasible to include all the guidelines in your site design, and that’s okay. The goal isn’t to break the core functionality or…
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Becoming a Confident and Respected Freelance Designer

Becoming a Confident and Respected Freelance Designer

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Recently, I attended a local WordCamp and heard a fascinating talk about the difference between being nice and too nice. Essentially, it was an honest discussion of valuing yourself and your time. The fact is that there are people out there who will look to use you as a doormat – if you let them. I think that’s something many of us have experienced in our freelance design careers. You give people an inch and they attempt to take a mile. This is especially so when you’re first starting out on your own. Some will see you as inexperienced and perhaps a bit naive. You may even see yourself as unworthy. But, in reality, we are worthy of being treated fairly. At the same time, it’s up to us to…
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8 Useful Productivity Apps for Designers and Design Teams

8 Useful Productivity Apps for Designers and Design Teams

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You’re familiar with the pattern. You juggle deadlines, client and team meetings in a constant effort to stay organized. When the next project starts, you do it all over again. It’s akin to rolling a boulder up the hill – instead of trusting someone (or something) else to do it for you. We have compiled this list of top project management and team collaboration apps for you. Here, you can expect to find one that not only fits in with your workflow style but will likely improve it. Panic situations and missed deadlines can quickly become not so fond memories. You might choose to give several of them a trial. Or, you might find an exact solution to your specific needs the first time through. Either way, you’ll soon know…
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8 Websites To Find Free Creative Commons Icons For Design Projects

8 Websites To Find Free Creative Commons Icons For Design Projects

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It doesn’t take much work to find free icon sets online. While they’re useful, they aren’t always the best option for finding specific icons. That’s where free icon resource sites can help. These websites curate icons based on license (Creative Commons or premium/commercial). Below I’ve curated a nice list for anyone who wants to quickly find specific CC icons on the web. Iconfinder If you spend any time searching for icons, then you’re bound to stumble upon Iconfinder. This is the premiere destination for any icon you could ever need. It operates like a search engine, where you type in an icon style or glyph (like “magnifying glass” for a search icon). You’ll then see results with a mix of commercial and free options. But if you look deeper into…
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Utilizing Authentic Photography in Web Design

Utilizing Authentic Photography in Web Design

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People like authentic and honest brands, and incorporating the right photographs into your website is one way to express sincerity. Using random stock images just won’t cut it anymore. People want relevant pictures – ones that give a window into you or your company. What is an “authentic” photo? How can you tell the difference? Here are a few quick examples of how to take more relatable photos and how to correctly use these pictures on your website. What is Authentic Photography? Authenticity can mean many different things. It can mean using minimal post-processing, taking photos of something you’re passionate about or focusing on natural beauty. But what really makes a photo look real? Sure, it’s easy enough to tell the difference between a wacky stock photo and a professional,…
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How Dania Villegas closed 4X more new clients using Animaker?

How Dania Villegas closed 4X more new clients using Animaker?

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MYCMIC is a business in Mexico city area that focuses on providing strategic business advisory services to small businesses. Dania Villegas, the founder of MYCMIC is a mompreneur. She started her company with the intent of helping other mompreneurs to grow and scale up their small businesses. They also made Animated explainer videos for their client base. Dania VillegasFounder, MYCMICDania was initially using an animation software that limited her to create only whiteboard videos for her clients. Backed by her 11-year marketing experience working with companies like Colgate Palmolive and AstraZeneca, she knew that whiteboard animation alone wasn’t enough to gain online attention. She needed an affordable yet effective solution to create different styles of animation videos for her clients. Discovering Animaker Dania looked at a number of animated video…
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Fresh Resource for Web Developers — February 2018

Fresh Resource for Web Developers — February 2018

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Having been covering this series for years, I have witnessed tools come and go. A couple of new tools are released almost every week. However, in the last few weeks I think it’s getting slowed down a bit, it took me a little longer than usual to dig down to Github and other sources to find new tools that are free, open-source, and worth mentioning on this series. In today’s post I have a mix of tools from a JavaScript framework, Testing tools, and a few for developing WordPress sites. Let’s check them out. Read Also: 20+ Fresh Resources & Tools For Web Designers Kutt An application that shortens URLs with your own domain name. It’s built on top modern stacks like Node.js, React, and Redux with a handful of…
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9 Websites To Get Free Design Critiques Online

9 Websites To Get Free Design Critiques Online

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The best way to improve your design skills is through practice and critique. But it’s hard to find a great designer willing to look over your work and offer valuable advice. Thankfully, there’s plenty of sites online for gathering personal critiques. They range from designer forums to social networks made for designers. Here’s my list of the top sites to gather critiques on your design work. They’re by far the best you’ll find. Designer News One community site I really like is Designer News. This is a social news site much like Digg – except it’s built only for designers. Most of the posts are external links going to news articles or featuring new tools and web apps. But users can post discussion questions – including requests for critique of…
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Examples of Web Design Inspired by the 1980s

Examples of Web Design Inspired by the 1980s

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The 1980s brought us the likes of He-Man, Punky Brewster and John Hughes movies. All of these pop culture icons ingrained ideas of video games, crazy hair and neon spandex into the minds of fans. The internet was technically created in the 80s as well, but we never saw the World Wide Web (like we know it today) until the mid 90s. That said, the 80s designs are too hard to resist, so it’s no wonder we’re seeing these types of bold fonts, extreme colors and pre-internet computer writing in some designs today. Many of the 1980s inspired designs we’ve discovered have an incredible amount of creativity involved with them, showing just how powerful the style can be. Not only that, 80s inspired designs show passion for a period of…
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How to make animated videos? [The Ultimate Guide for Newbies!]

How to make animated videos? [The Ultimate Guide for Newbies!]

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Creating the perfect animation video can sound like a challenging task. Whether you do-it-yourself or have access to an in-house team, without a clearly defined process, creating even a simple animated video can still be a daunting task. This can be even more challenging if you are a Newbie. But don’t worry. We have put together a 6 step guide to help you jump over the hurdles and create animated videos like a pro! Step 1: Write a stellar video script Step 2: Create a Storyboard for your animation video Step 3: Choose your animation video style Step 4: Animate your video Step 5: Add a suitable background music Step 6: Narrate Your Story Step 1: Write a stellar video script Just as a building’s blueprint is the foundation for…
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