When you want to optimize a website’s performance manually, without using a ready-made approach like AMP, what are the key steps you need to take?
Fonts for use on a website require files that are loaded from one of two places; the visitor’s own system, or a web server. Let’s take a quick look at web fonts in sixty seconds!
Bitmap images like JPEGs, GIFs, and PNGs all look awful when you scale them up, so if you want to maintain quality at large dimensions you have to increase file size. SVG images however (which stands for Scalable Vector Graphics) look exactly the same, regardless of the dimensions they’re scaled to and they keep the same file size.
“UI” stands for “User Interface”, a way for users to interact with something. As every website is a user interface “UI Design” is at the core of web design.
Grids are a useful feature in any design software. In this video from my course Affinity Designer Quick Start, you’ll learn how to set up grids in Affinity Designer. I’ll show you how to use the key features of both the standard grid and the isometric grid.
When you use Git as part of your workflow it can be very useful to have easy access to a GUI to help speed up your processes. There are a great many Git GUIs to choose from, but if you use Atom as your code editor you won’t have to go far to find some solid options.
When working on a static site your life can be made much easier if you have a simple way to activate a local preview of your design.
I recently decided to switch back to Firefox, having been a Chrome user for a number of years. When I had last used Firefox in earnest, working with dev tools was all about the Firebug extension. Firefox did have some in built tools, but at the time they weren’t as strong as Firebug or Chrome’s dev tools. On my return I found things have changed!
About ten years ago, after throwing in my day job, I stepped into the world of freelance web design. I honestly had no idea what I was doing, but I’d thrown myself directly into the deep end so I had to learn fast.
Gravit Designer is, in my opinion, the next big vector editing program. It’s user friendly, professional grade, and truly cross platform in that it works in the browser, on Linux, Mac, ChromeOS and Windows, and will at a later date be available on iPad and Android too. It’s under active development with new features being added at a fast rate.
Welcome to the final entry in our series exploring the creative software we have at our disposal outside the familiar world of Adobe. In this article we’ll be going over some awesome alternatives to Animate CC, formerly known as Flash.
Pixel art is often viewed as just a retro style of graphics made for the purpose of nostalgia; a throwback to the early days of video games. However to me, and many other lovers of pixel art, it’s the precision, intricacy and aesthetic born of meticulously placing each pixel onto a miniature stage that truly makes it a wonderful and fascinating art form–one that belongs just as much today as it did yesteryear. Outstanding pixel artists often remind me of artisans who create tiny ships in tiny bottles; achieving a lot with a little is always impressive.
The gap between Adobe Premiere and its alternatives is harder to bridge, I feel, than with any of the other applications in the Adobe suite.