• Inspiring Desktop Wallpapers To Welcome 2018 (January Edition)

    The new year is an opportunity to start over fresh, to overcome routines and rethink processes. And, well, despite all the New Year’s resolutions you might have made, sometimes it’s the small things that work wonders. A tidy desktop and a new, inspiring wallpaper, for example, that caters for a little inspiration shot when you […]

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  • Making The Transition From After Effects To CSS Transitions And Keyframes

    Websites are looking more and more like mobile apps. Users are also increasingly expecting a more app-like experience. From push notifications to offline mode, native web apps are getting there. Once web apps function like native apps, the design interactions would also change to address the use case — namely, the ubiquity of animations. Animations […]

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  • A Sneak-Peek Inside The Southeast Asian Web Community

    A few weeks ago, Vitaly Friedman (co-founder of this little magazine) and I had the pleasure to join Mozilla’s Developer Roadshow, traveling through four countries in Southeast Asia in just two weeks. We visited cities that are buzzing with life and met people who share our passion for the web. Our mission: To get up […]

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  • Standing Out From The Crowd: Improving Your Mobile App With Competitive Analysis

    The mobile app industry is arguably one of the most competitive industries in the world. With around 2.8 million apps available for download in the Google Play store and 2.2 million in Apple’s App Store, getting your app seen, let alone downloaded, can be difficult. With such fierce competition, it is important to make your […]

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  • Productivity Tips And Tricks: The Community Shares Its Piece Of Advice

    Productivity tips always make for a popular topic for an article, as everyone is looking for the silver bullet, that one weird trick that turns you into a productivity machine. However, the tips that work well for one person may not work so well for another. We asked the community on Twitter and Facebook to […]

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  • Dealing With Stress As A Designer: Here’s What Research Says

    The world is a stressful place. That’s probably why if you search for articles about dealing with stress you’ll find lots of great advice. But the problem is that most of it is pretty generic. Eat good food. Exercise. Get plenty of sleep. Those are all good general tips — but is there anything more […]

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  • 32 Free And Friendly Office Icons

    The web has changed the way we work. Startups rethought what offices look like, and with a laptop in your bag, you can get work done from anywhere anyways — no matter if it’s your desk at home or the cozy coffee shop around the corner. Over are the times of dark and stuffy cubicles […]

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  • Building Better UI Designs With Layout Grids

    Designers of all types constantly face issues with the structure of their designs. One of the easiest ways to control the structure of a layout and to achieve a consistent and organized design is to apply a grid system. A grid is like invisible glue that holds a design together. Even when elements are physically […]

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  • Inspiration From Mobile Dating Apps: How To Improve Your Designs

    Making improvements to your mobile app’s design isn’t necessarily the easiest of tasks. After all, how much can really be accomplished within such a limited space? You recognize that mobile users’ attention spans are waning and that, consequently, they expect a speedy, convenient and engaging experience when using apps. Realistically, how many other ways can […]

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  • Breaking The Rules: Using SQLite To Demo Web Apps

    Most potential users will want to try out the software or service before committing any time and money. Some products work great by just giving users a free trial, while other apps are best experienced with sample data already in place. Often this is where the age-old demo account comes into play. However, anyone who […]

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  • The Smashing Mystery Riddle Is Resolved: When Purple Rain Meets Felix The Cat

    These riddles can be quite addictive and annoying, can’t they? With seven mischievous riddles published over the last few years, we’ve learned a few lessons along the way. At this point, you might be used to endless, mischievous, tricky, mean, time-consuming and intricate Mystery Riddles, and the latest one wasn’t any different. It had to […]

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  • Monthly Web Development Update 12/2017: Pragmatic Releasing, Custom Elements, And Making Decisions

    Today I read an eye-opening article about the current young generation and their financial future. It’s hard to grasp words like “Millenials”, and there’s much talk about specific issues they face, but, for many of us, it’s not easy to understand their struggle — no matter if you’re older or younger than me (I qualify […]

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  • An Introduction To Automated Testing Of WordPress Plugins With PHPUnit

    WordPress is a popular content management system for building websites because it is easy to get started with and a ton of themes and plugins are available to extend its feature set. The main reason WordPress has a lot of plugins and themes is because it’s easy for developers of any level to start building […]

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  • How Do I Know If Venture Capital Fits My Business?

    There is a popular image in the world of software which many young and inexperienced entrepreneurs are becoming infatuated with. It’s the idea that when you come up with an awesome idea, the highest peak to strive for — the ultimate goal — is getting in front of a venture capitalist and receiving a huge […]

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  • How To Use Underlined Text To Improve User Experience

    (This article is supported by Adobe.) An underline is a horizontal line immediately below a portion of text. In our everyday experience, we underline to emphasize key sections of text, sometimes drawing an underline by hand below printed text. But underlines have their own place in the world of digital design. In fact, underlined text […]

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  • The New Smashing Mystery Riddle, An Emoji Edition

    Oh yes, the infamous mystery riddles are back! To celebrate the relaunch of this little website, we’ve prepared something special yet again — a Smashing Emoji Mystery Riddle. And this time, instead of scouting an answer in a physical place or on Twitter, it’s well hidden somewhere on this website. So, What Can You Win? Among […]

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  • Understanding CSS Layout And The Block Formatting Context

    There are a few concepts in CSS layout that can really enhance your CSS game once you understand them. This article is about the Block Formatting Context (BFC). You may never have heard of this term, but if you have ever made a layout with CSS, you probably know what it is. Understanding what a […]

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  • How To Iterate Your Way To A Winning Content-Driven Website

    If, like me, you spend most of your days working on content-driven websites, you can feel left out of the cool kid’s party. Best practice like Agile, continual iteration, and user feedback don’t sit quite as well when serving up lots of information, rather than a killer web app. When I talk about a content-driven […]

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  • Maintaingo review: a WordPress maintenance and support service

    What is Maintaingo? Maintaingo is a company based in Seattle, WA. Their aim is very simple, yet needed: To provide WordPress users with easy maintenance and efficient technical support. Basically, Maintaingo works with you in 3 easy steps: You register an account. Maintaingo will then set up your site with essential services and configure an […]

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  • Using Design Workouts To Build World-Class Design Teams

    What do the makers of the most successful products in the world, whether digital or physical, have in common? I bet they put design and user experience at the center of everything they do. These companies recognize that the smallest detail can make or break a product. The best design ideas, though, are made not […]

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