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Agency websites have become much more commonplace relative to the growth of online businesses. Different styles will benefit different agencies and this is especially true of architecture firms. As the old saying goes: measure twice, cut once. If you’re designing an agency website, these examples should help you measure ideas before cutting right into the design process.
Take a peek at the following gallery of architectural agency websites. The firms range from small-time local designers all the way up to large architecture companies. But good design is not limited to the size of a business. Any architecture agency can benefit from a quality design and these examples should provide ideas to get you started.Architecture Firm Website Designs Workstead VMDO Architects MKPL Architects Tallman Segerson Diehl Group CDH Partners Bjorken Architects FCB Studios Cooper Carry MOAA Architects Dewey & Felix Architects LSM Arko Manerba Clarke Design Group AGi Architects Nick Leith-Smith Arkhefield Hammer Architects Page/Park Bergmeyer 1100 Architect HWO Architects Hacin + Associates Andersson-Wise RTKL JCJ Architecture TappĂ© Architects Schmidt/Hammer/Lassen Margulies Perruzzi Architects
HOK Tendesign 292 Design Group NBBJ Rossetti Grand + Nash Artikon Santanselmo Player Roberts Bell Jacques Rival
If you liked this gallery then you’ll love these:32 Examples of TV Network Websites for Design Inspiration 41 Outstanding Web Design Agency Layouts
Originally published in February 2017. Updated May 2021.
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What better way to learn about the latest trends than to read web development blogs, right?Â The web development industry is ever-growing. Devs would always see new updates, technologies, trends, and news on the daily. Since the industry sees never-ending growth, even seasoned designers and developers need to be on their toes to keep up with all the latest developments.
Here are some of the best tools and web development blogs to read to keep you updated with the latest trends:Daily Dev
Daily.dev is not actually a blog or a website, instead, it is a browser add-on. The concept of the Daily Dev is to collect all the latest news related to coding, then filter it. Users may choose to search based on topic, by age, or by popularity. This plug-in is completely free and is available for multiple browsers. This add-on collects news from all web development blogs and websites and puts it in one easy-to-access platform for readers.
Just like in any platform, there is a feed that would show the user all the latest news. This newsfeed is dependent largely on the search behavior of the user, similar to how algorithms on sponsored ads work in other platforms. This is a great plug-in to have to make sure that you are always up-to-date with the latest.CSS TricksÂ
The website does not necessarily have multiple posts in a day, but, surely, its readers will have something new to read every day. The website does not teach CSS tricks literally, where there are tutorials and courses. Instead, it teaches skilled web developers the newest found ‘tricks’ or solutions to the latest problems.
It is a decent web development blog to follow as it is not so overwhelming with too much information. The problem with this website, however, is that it is specifically only for CSS-related news and developments.Info World
Info World is one of the best web development news blogs to read as it takes a more general approach to web development. It covers all topics in almost every language. The problem with this news blog is that it is not very friendly for beginners as information can get pretty technical. This is why it is great for skilled and seasoned web developers. It discusses the latest tools, the newest trends, and the like.Web Dev
This website is run by Google and is a great resource for web optimization. Just like Info World, it takes a general approach to web development and does not stick to a specific programming language. Again, the stuff could get pretty technical and complex from the get-go and could be less friendly for entry-level readers. However,Â all skilled and seasoned developers can learn a huge deal from following this blog.
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Nowadays, adverts are quite well thought out and brands are extremely careful when choosing what their ads contain. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a printed ad, a TV ad, an online ad, or even a radio ad, you can be sure that there have been many meetings in which every single aspect of the ad was scrutinized and analyzed in order to get to a stage where it was deemed appropriate for its target audience. Especially with the politically correct culture we have today.
A few decades ago, however, it seems that this wasn’t the case. Well, it probably was the case but because things were less strict in terms of advertising, a lot more controversial ideas slipped through the net than they do today. In fact, there have been quite a few controversial ads over the years and although they almost certainly wouldn’t be allowed today, they give a good representation as to how advertising has changed through time.
So, here are some of the most controversial vintage ads that were actually used to advertise products.
#1 – Coca Cola
Today, Coca-Cola is a worldwide brand, and each day, millions of people consume the sugary beverage. However, just because we consume it doesn’t mean that we know it to be healthy; in fact, Coca-Cola is known to be an extremely unhealthy soft drink that can not only spike blood sugar levels but also rot teeth and have a number of other negative effects.
So, obviously, you wouldn’t find Coca-Cola advertising their product as healthy,Â would you?
Well, as you can see from the ad above, this is exactly what Coca-Cola once did. The ad talks about how you should give your newborn baby Coca-Cola to give him/her a better start in life. It even goes into detail about how it’s been proven that babies who start drinking soda will fit in better during their teen years.
It also says that Coca-Cola promotes a healthy lifestyle, boosts personality, and gives the body essential sugars!
#2 – Lucky Strikes
Made famous by the hit TV show Mad Men, this ad for Lucky Strikes definitely wouldn’t be allowed today. As you’ll probably already know, advertisements for cigarettes are getting stricter all the time and, in a lot of countries, advertisements are no longer allowed at all.
However, this hasn’t always been the case, as you can see from the ad above. The ad actually uses a picture of Santa Claus to help market cigarettes as a great Christmas gift. It’s not often that you see Santa Claus enjoying a smoke but this was one occasion where this was the reality and clearly, it wouldn’t be allowed today.
It’s likely that this ad was made to appeal to not only adults but also children/young adults too.
#3 – Sega
Nowadays, Sega has fallen behind somewhat in the computer gaming world as Sony and Microsoft have taken over. Back in the day, however, Sega was a huge company and was actively advertising their latest products and in a pretty controversial way, too.
This ad for their game console was one of many rather provocative ads driven by sexual puns and euphemisms. The ad runs the strapline “The More You Play With It, The Harder It Gets”. Yes, although technically, it’s referring to the game console depicted in the image, it’s clear what the ad is really talking about.
I guess when things were in black and white, you had to be a little more creative.
#4 – Kelloggs
Today, Kelloggs is known for making a number of family cereals and vitamin bars. Therefore, their ads tend to be pretty straightforward and classy. However, this wasn’t the case back in the day, as you can see from this hugely sexist ad from the company.
The ad promotes a 1950’s style relationship in which the woman would tend to stay at home and take care of the housework while the man would go out to work. It runs the strapline “The Harder A Wife Works, The Cuter She Looks”.
Again, this wouldn’t be allowed today in any shape or form and the worst part about the ad is that it promotes a Kelloggs product as the reason she loves to do the housework so much. “Vitamins darling, I always get my vitamins” – she proclaims.
So, if you want to enjoy housework, perhaps you should invest in Kelloggs PEP?
Cocaine is classed as one of the worst drugs available these days but it seems that a few decades ago, it was perfectly fine to use cocaine in toothache drops.
This ad for cocaine toothache drops from Lloyd Manufacturing Co. depicts the product as an instant cure for toothache – something that definitely wouldn’t be possible today.
Not only this, but the ad also (for some reason) features children; they’ve more than likely been cured by the Class-A drug product and left to get on with their day.
#6 – Alcoa Hytop
Here’s an extremely sexist ad from the guys at Alcoa Aluminium. This ad was created to show just how easy it is to open the new Hytop, which was added to tomato sauce bottles and many other household condiments. However, it’s the sexist way in which the ad chooses to depict this “ease” that’s so shocking.
Clearly, you can see from the tagline of the ad that it’s a rather sexist attempt at advertising. The ad reads “You mean a woman can open it?” along with an image of what appears to be a 1950’s housewife who seems to be shocked at how easy it is.
Basically, the ad is saying that it’s so easy to open, even a woman could do it. It’s extremely sexist and certainly wouldn’t be allowed by today’s advertising standards.
#7 – Chase And Sanborn
Here’s yet another hugely sexist ad from the 1950s. This ad was created by the coffee manufacturer and retailer Chase and Sanborn in 1952. As you can clearly see from the ad itself, a husband appears to be spanking his wife; but why is this?
Well, if you take a quick look at the ad copy, everything will become apparent. Basically, it appears as though the man’s wife hasn’t been checking that the coffee she’s been buying has been packed for extra freshness. As you can see, this hasn’t gone down too well and, therefore, his wife has earned herself a spanking. Essentially, the ad promotes a unique selling point of the Chase and Sanborn coffee, but clearly, in the most sexist way possible.
Much like the previous ad, this advert just goes to show how far we’ve come in around 70 years in terms of advertising. There’s no way that sexist ads like this one would be allowed today and quite rightly so too, although it probably does still pay to check for freshness before you buy, whether you’re male or female.
#8 – Chesterfield
Another area of advertising that has come a long way in recent years is that of tobacco advertising. These days, tobacco advertising is not allowed in the UK and many of the other western countries, but this hasn’t always been the case.
Around 60 years ago, tobacco advertising was perfectly legal and if you’ve ever watched the hit US show Mad Men, you’ve probably already seen a few of the tobacco-related adverts that were created in this time period.
This advert for the tobacco brand Chesterfield is perhaps one of the worst, as it actually uses a political figure (Ronald Reagan) to promote the brand. You can clearly see that in the ad, Ronald (at that time the President of the United States) appears to be wishing all of his smoker friends a Merry Christmas by giving them a pack of Chesterfield to celebrate the occasion.
You can see in the ad that Ronald appears to be a smoker of Chesterfield himself and is telling the world about how they have no unpleasant aftertaste like many other cigarette brands.
I’m certainly glad the days of tobacco advertising are over.
#9 – Chesterfield (another one!)
To show just how out of hand tobacco advertising got in its heyday, I wanted to include yet another advert from the tobacco brand Chesterfield on this list. If you thought the ad above was bad enough when it used a political and well-respected figure to advocate the use of cigarettes, you can see that this ad goes a step further by using a child in the advertising campaign.
This ad promotes Chesterfield cigarettes as the perfect birthday gift for fathers and it uses a child to do this. In the ad, you can see that the child and his mother have bought the child’s father a pack of Chesterfield for his birthday for three reasons: they’re milder, they taste better, and they’re cooler.
So, this ad not only depicts a child promoting smoking but also talks about how their brand of cigarettes is both cooler and better tasting. It’s certainly something that we wouldn’t get away with today and, truthfully, we shouldn’t have gotten away with it all those years ago either.
#10 – Kenwood Chef
Yet another hugely sexist ad is this one from the likes of Kenwood, a brand of kitchen appliances that is still trading today.
In particular, this ad is promoting a new appliance from Kenwood named the Kenwood Chef. Clearly, it’s an electric mixer-type device that many of us likely have in our own homes today. However, when it was introduced by Kenwood, this was a revolutionary device that had the power to do a whole host of tasks automatically that would have only been able to be done by hand previously.
So, how do you market a device that makes cooking easier? Well, you compare it to your wife, of course. The ad runs the copy “The Chef does everything but cook, that’s what wives are for”. It’s an ad that is once again extremely offensive to women, as it makes out that wives are only good for one thing: cooking.
The ad features a cheesy-looking married couple, too: the kind of image that you likely would only see on a poor shopping channel in this day and age.
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#11 – Big Boner Hotdog
#12 – Nico Time Cigarettes
#14 – Lucky Tiger
#15 – Tiparillo
#16 – Lucky Strike CigarettesÂ (a second one!)
#17 – Love’s Baby Soft
#18 – Gillette Safety Razor
#19 – 7up
#20 – Van Heusen
#21 – Fairy Soap
#22 – Chlorinol
#23 – Cocaine Candy
#24 – Hoover
#25 – Eiderlon
You might think ads are pretty controversial these days and yes, a lot of adverts are a lot more sexual than the ads of the past but, to be honest, I find a lot of the ads mentioned in this post more offensive as quite simply, a lot of them depict extremely harmful products in extremely enticing ways (such as the Lucky Strikes ad for example).
So, although online advertising might still not be so highly regulated, I personally feel that the regulations in place for TV, radio, and print ads are for the best. One thing we don’t want is to be sold cigarettes and other harmful products (such as cocaine toothache drops) thanks to inventive advertising campaigns.
This article was written byÂ Josh, who is an advertising enthusiast with a particular interest in advertising over the years. He now works for the UK printing company DBP on the creative marketing aspect of the business.
Originally published in June 2013; Updated May 2021
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Learning is a never-ending journey.Â The great thing is, there are multiple online grad school programs for web dev and design. There are so many institutions that provide these opportunities online that can help a person work and study at the same time.Why attend grad school?
This is one of the biggest questions to answer. Not only would it take a lot of your time, but it is also guaranteed to be quite expensive. So, why should you attend grad school? Multiple careers require degree advancements to legally practice the career as a professional. Web development and design are not necessarily among these. However, having an advanced degree can be beneficial in many ways. Besides, having a Graduate School degree is not just for prestige but is also for furthering your career.
Web development and design are two careers that continuously grow and evolve. There are always new technologies and advancements that need to catch up on. Sometimes, programs and websites need to be redesigned to adapt to these advancements. Grad school can help professionals gain more skills and knowledge for work.
Another benefit to going to grad school is improving networks and connections. You could meet mentors that could help you choose and take a career path. Grad school is also a great place to meet colleagues that could be potential partners, or even clients, in the future. It is a great place for opportunities.Â There are more benefits to attending grad school, it could be professional or personal.
Here are some of the best online grad school programs for web dev and design:Master of Arts in Mass Communication with a specialization in Web Design – University of Florida
This is an online course that only requires a total of 37 credit hours. Yes, 34 credit hours of coursework and three credit hours in a capstone course. It could be completed in under 16 months. The course covers web design principles, digital imagery, UX theory and research, web interactivity, engagement, and more.Master of Science in Computer Science, Northumbria University New CastleÂ
The Northumbria University is located in the UK. However, even if you are from somewhere else in the globe you can definitely take this course as it is 100% online. For part-time students, this course could be taken in under two years. It could be taken at the students’ pace as there is a module-by-module installment of learning.Masters in Web Marketing, Branding, and Merchandising – MIA Digital University
A university set up in Spain, the concept of this school is to provide education 100% digitally. All their courses, besides this MA in web marketing, branding, and merchandising, are done digitally. You can explore their online education model on their website.Varied Online Courses – Fort Hays State University
There are over so many online degrees to choose from for web dev and design. For instance, there is a degree in cybersecurity, computer networking, and digital marketing. The courses may be taken online or on-campus. The main selling point to why many professionals choose their programs is the fact that it is easy to access and affordable.Masters of Science in Computer Information Systems – Boston University
This is one of the courses offered by Boston University that could be completed 100% online. The program boasts of more than 80% graduation rate which means that, even for busy students, the course could be completed. It could be completed in less than two years.Also read:Â Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with These 21 Cool and Fun Backgrounds
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2021 wasn’t up to a good start and what better way to refresh the year than to rebrand? There’s currently a shift of where design concepts are headed when it comes to logo trends and now is a great time to refresh your trademark. Gone is the trend based on reinvention and now comes the concept of innovation within constraints. In this post, we have featured some well-designed logos for inspiration.25 Fresh Logo Designs in 2021 Unseen by aleT Chardonnay by Dusan Klepic Umrah by gromovnik Ventura by Alicia Imiteo by KisaDesign Fortitude Games by Kinetec Anthology by Ian Douglas Chicken & More by Sanjar STRM.BIO by casign My House Decor by matanomira MUSA by PrstiPerje The Humboldt Confection by AWiz Smoky T’s by sarvsarr Aria by artomatic New World Harmony by vraione Oily Mama by Jani Tavanxhi The Barn Owl by Wintrygrey Tokmo Reisen by C1k Angel Cake by Yokaona Roman Films by Dmitry Litvinenko Athara by Arthean Cabritos Cabrones by Rock N Draw Gaea by Fe Melo Farm. Field. Sea. by EWMDesigns
The need for Cinco de Mayo backgrounds is here again. One of the most popular Mexican holidays, it is celebrated by all Mexican communities in the world.Â Cinco de Mayo is celebrated even by non-Mexican communities in the US. In fact, in recent decades, it has become more of an American holiday. Americans of Mexican descent use this time to raise awareness about cultivating and preserving their heritage and culture. Since it is that important, many web designers make sure to incorporate it into their web design when the holiday comes around.
For many American’s Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Margaritas. Kidding aside, many Americans don’t actually know the significance of celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Many just know that it is a fun, colorful, and exciting holiday that must be celebrated.
Contrary to many’s belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. It is simply a celebration of Mexico’s victory against the French forces in 1862. Although it is not Mexico’s Independence Day, the Mexican army’s unlikely victory against the French forces gave the country great hope and renewed confidence.
To commemorate all the fun and exciting things about Cinco de Mayo, here are some impressive backgrounds:A magnificent Poblano All that is fun and colorful for Cinco de Mayo No party is complete without banderitas A simple floral-themed Cinco de Mayo background Mariachi performances everywhere Lady selling colorful, handmade dolls Dancing in colorful dresses Happy Cinco de Mayo Feliz Cinco de Mayo Singing Mariachi All that spice is everything nice A beautifully flowing Folklorico Children in traditional dresses A traditional parade Cute children in traditional costumes No celebration without a Pinata Cinco de Mayo background Beautiful headdresses Bright yellow traditional costume Reminiscent of the colorful Cinco de Mayo flowers Simple Cinco de Mayo decal background Also read:Â 13 Well-Designed Star Wars Websites
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And there you go! As you can see, HTML5 provides structure and meaning through different elements within a webpage. It adds design and styling to the overall look and function of your website. Without knowing how to use this, your webpage would remain a plain and static document. Knowing how to use HTML5 and its semantic elements, your website’s potential just got higher.
May the 4th be with you! The Fourth of May may be an unofficial Star Wars holiday, but that does not mean we should not celebrate it. It may have started just as a punny joke (get it?) but it has become one of the largest events in the world to celebrate a single movie franchise. In fact, May 4th was declared as Star Wars Day in the State of California. However, in other places like LA, Star Wars Day is celebrated on the 25th instead of the 4th of May.
The puns don’t actually stop there. For those who failed to celebrate National Star Wars Day on the 4th, a separate event is celebrated on the fifth of May. This is aptly called “Revenge of the Fifth”. Although it did not catch on as strongly as May 4, many fans still enjoy the two-day event full blast.
Usually, fans and enthusiasts block out cinemas to replay the films. Events are put together to play games and show off the best Star Wars-themed costumes.
What better way to celebrate May 4 at home than to explore the best and most well-designed Star Wars websites? The Force is strong with these ones, for sure.Star Wars Website
The official Star Wars Website is unbeatable. From the font color that changes from silver to gold, the star-studded background, to the choice of theme and color palette. This is one of the best Star Wars websites there is.Starwars by Fandom
This is an open-source website where fans and enthusiasts could easily contribute knowledge about the franchise. Everything you need to know about the storyline, the characters, backstories, and more are all here.Star Wars News
Literally, every news about the franchise is here. It may discuss new games, new spin-offs, new views about the old movies, and more. There are Star Wars-themed mystery box giveaways as well.Star Wars Identities
This website is not actually a blog, but it is a landing page for an event in Singapore. The concept of the exhibit is to learn about the characters on a whole new level -origins, cultures, genetics, etc. What is cool about the website design is how simple the background is and how it highlights the decal or art on one side of the page.The Force
The good thing about this website is the community. There is a portion on the website where fans can discuss the franchise among themselves. The forum is a great place to meet new friends and learn new trivia.Star Wars Old Republic
This is actually a website to promote a new spin-off game. The design is great and new users can try playing the game for free.Making Star Wars
Not the best logo choice, though, but Making Star Wars focuses on all Hollywood-related news about the franchise. This may include current careers of the old cast, new castings, new movies, and more.Star Wars Galaxy
This page literally allows users to explore the Star Wars galaxy. It opens up the galaxy, where the reader can click on which planet they want to visit.Star Wars Uncut
All the details about the movies, spinoffs, castings are here. It boasts of uncut versions of the movies which are surely fan favorites.Star Wars Celebration
This website puts together news and announcements of all Star Wars events that are going to happen in the world, and when. It is a great resource for enthusiasts.Star Wars Direct
Since Star Wars became a Disney product, there are inevitable changes. This website discusses new Star Wars products under Disney, like the new Star Wars Disney Plus shows.Star Wars Underworld
This website has a podcast that is enjoyable for fans. The hosts guess on new episodes about the latest Star Wars spinoffs.Star Wars Report
The Star Wars Report is also a podcast and a blog that covers all sorts of Star Wars news.Also Read:Â 6 Must-See Web Development YouTube Videos
User experience (UX) and user interface (UI) are two essential components of web development. As time goes on, the expectations of users shift to match the trends of the time, making an ongoing awareness of UX trends key for freelance web developers. Into 2021, UX and UI are more important than ever, as these features can maximize the success of a web platform for the modern, highly virtual age.
From e-commerce to subscription services, a good UI can make or break your platform. These are some of the important trends in user experience that any freelance developer should know in 2021 and beyond.Built for Virtual Connections
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, weâ€™re more conscious than ever of the ways we interact with people and systems. Modern UX has to be honed to provide more accessible and safer virtual connections. This includes touchless and even air gesture control of UI within a platform.
AI-powered natural language processing (NLP) gives web developers the tools to structure voice-activated assistants. These assistants can offer a lot in terms of accessibility and ease of use, and in the work-from-home era, the ability to effortlessly run a task through voice can be a great selling point for users.
Additionally, air gestures and haptic feedback are changing the way we interact with interfaces. French car manufacturer DS Automobiles, for example, is integrating air gesture controls into their vehicle interfaces with the claim that these systems enhance safety and overall UX. Integrating touchless connectivity components like these can help freelance web developers wow modern audiences.Personalization in the UI
Personalization will be another key component of UX throughout and beyond 2021. In the applications we tend to interact with mostâ€”like Amazon or Netflixâ€”personalized ads and product recommendations make up a large portion of what we see. This personalization is enabled by data science, an offshoot of business analytics that allows for the mining of customer data towards actionable insights.
Building these data-driven insights into your UI can lead to exceptional revenue opportunities. Over one trillion dollars of market opportunity is available from creating a seamless online shopping experience that consistently caters to individual users.
Data is a great way to support your conversion metrics and user loyalty, with personalization leading to greater engagement. Added personalization is a growing trend of our increasingly digital lives and one savvy web developer will integrate.Flexibility and Customization
But using customer data to offer personalization isnâ€™t the only way to build customer loyalty through UX. In fact, you can build a loyal customer base by offering accessibility and usability standards from your landing page. Here are some UX items to integrate for broader customer flexibility and customization:
- Captions and transcripts for image and video content
- Simple, easy-to-understand navigation compatible with a screen reader
- Chatbot and virtual assistant integration
- Dark and light modes for user preference
Building user flexibility and customization into your web design is a great way to ensure broader accessibility. Getting there, however, requires innovation of your development strategies. Think outside the box. Web platforms customized from the ground up can help you meet your clientâ€™s needs.Immersion
Image Source: WIRED
Another trend of the modern UX era is immersion. People long for an engaging experience to take them out of their work-from-home bubbles and monotonous daily chores. Fortunately, developers are better able to provide this immersion through new tools like augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR).
Tech startup Spatial is revolutionizing UX to include virtual meeting opportunities through VR. This level of immersion gives a physical feeling to online engagement, one that all kinds of web development projects should consider. By offering immersion in engaging with UI and other users through AR and VR, your project can truly stand out in a socially distanced world.
Building these immersive experiences takes significant technical effort, however. While building these skills, make use of excellent web design tools to increase the visual and navigational flow of your design.Simplification
Image Source: Hello Monday
Finally, one of the most important trends of modern web design is simplicity. Users want a comprehensive, one-stop-shop for all their online needs. From single-step checkouts to one-button registration, UX is trending towards simplicity and flow. Web developers increasingly understand the need for simplicity with online shopping becoming a necessity for older demographics. Single-step processes in which users can visualize the flow of the process help to provide this simplicity.
Simplicity is one of the essential features your web design needs to improve engagement. As beautiful as some of the more artistic landing pages and web flows can be, these can sometimes be difficult for users to navigate, leading to higher bounce rates. Instead, focus on ways to clarify and simplify all elements of your UX.Winning Freelance Web Development
Understanding and integrating these trends will help you achieve a high-performing web design that can win 2021. Start by enhancing virtual connectivity and check for simplicity at every stage of the process. Modern users require personalization, customization, and ease of use as they navigate their digital lives in conjunction with their working and personal lives. By following these trends, you can boost your client’s success and freelance development opportunities.
JoriÂ Hamilton is an experienced writer residing in the Northwestern U.S. HerÂ areas of expertise and topics she typically covers revolve aroundÂ web design, UX/UI, and business productivity. To learn more aboutÂ Jori, you can follow her on Twitter:Â @HamiltonJori
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There is something new to learn, every day. There are so many hacks, tips, and tricks you might not know about. Online tutorials are the best way to learn new things – without cost and can be taken at pace.Â Hundreds, if not thousands, of web development YouTube videos, are available online. There are new videos being uploaded every day. It is a matter of looking for the right channel. Here are some of the best YouTube channels and videos to watch for inspiration:Web Development Tutorials
What if you are a professional designer who wishes to learn web development on the side? Or what if you are proficient in specific design languages and want to learn about updates and new languages? These are the best YouTube channels to visit:LevelUpTuts
The idea of this channel is that there will always be room for improvement. You can always become a better web developer. The videos in this YouTube channel discusses topics and courses that would level you up as a web developer. Discusses new technologies, latest language updates, Q&As, and more. There are even videos on ‘Developer Life’ which focus not just on career but balancing work and life.The New Boston
This is one of the most popular web dev YouTube channels with over one million subscribers. The channel is focused on tutorials, debugging tips, and back-to-basics courses on all programming languages.DevTips
What is great about this channel is that it focuses not only on web development but also web design. There is a variety of videos that could cater to professionals who are into both. There are videos of live interviews with influential and inspiring people from the industry. There are advanced courses and tutorials as well. To top all that off, there are also videos for what he calls ‘back-to-basics’. These are videos that could help devs and designers brush up on skills they may not have used in a long time.Web Development as a career choice
Being a web developer is not easy, especially for freelancers. If you are planning to do a career shift or want to learn about the industry, there are great videos to watch that can help. Here are some of them:Becoming a Web Developer in 2021
This video discusses the industry, the skills you need to get going as a freelancer, and the different ways to train yourself to become a good web developer. If you are thinking of restructuring your career in Web Dev, maybe this video can help.Insane Web Dev Salaries 2021
Chris Sean’s video discusses what will happen if you suddenly decide to become a Web Developer; what salaries are you expecting? This YouTuber actually discusses in his various videos about difficulties of being a Web Dev, the pay range, the required skillsets, and more.Web Developer Roadmap 2021
If you are already a professional in the Web Dev industry and you are thinking of switching paths, this is a good video discussion. It discusses the ‘web developer roadmap’ showing different paths like UX design, UI design, front end, back end, full-stack dev, and more.Also Read:Â 5 Tips for Building the Best Web Dev LinkedIn Profile
In the same way that websites need to be marketed, web developers and designers should also advertise themselves and their highly coveted skills. Building the best web dev LinkedIn profile is essential. Being a web developer and designer (and all other careers in between) is paramount in creating the internet both that we enjoy now and also that we will all enjoy in the future.
How can we market yourselves as professionals in this industry? Is it possible to make yourself and your work stand out from thousands of web developers and designers in the world? How can I make a client (or a company) hire me instead of others? These are just some questions we need to ask ourselves when creating our resumes and portfolios. One good way to combine both is to create a LinkedIn profile.
Here are some tips on building an impressive LinkedIn profile:The Profile Photo Matters
Highlighting achievements and skills is of utmost importance in creating a LinkedIn profile. However, there are some little things that can affect how others will look at your achievements just like the profile photo. Remember, first impressions always last, and usually, the Human Resource representative will look at your photo first of all. Make sure that your photo is recent, wear clothes that usually wear to work, and relax. There are tons of tips on how to pick the right LinkedIn photo online. But basically, it’s all about looking decent, unforgettable, and professional.Submit LinkedIn Content
Not only can you advertise your skills through a well-thought-out profile, but you can also gain credibility through publications. Users can post long-form content and contribute to the wide variety of publications within LinkedIn. You can use these posts or content to start conversations and establish expertise in the industry. Written and published work can also increase interactions through comments.LinkedIn SEO
As professionals in this industry, we all know that SEO is key for online visibility. In the same way, treat your profile as a website and make sure that important SEO rules apply. For instance, list down keywords that you want to associate with (Web Dev, Developer, CSS, HTML, web design, are a few examples). Make sure these keywords are in your headline, job descriptions, summary, and job title.LinkedIn profile URL
Creating a customized URL for your LinkedIn profile makes it easier for clients and employers to find it. It is the easiest way to create a unique profile and differentiate your account from all others of the same name. Remember, sharing LinkedIn URLs are common when applying for jobs. Not only will it make your profile easier to find, but it also goes to show that you know what you are doing. This also boosts credibility.Grow your network
This is what is most relevant in creating a LinkedIn profile. Usually, when we submit resumes when applying for work we need to submit character references. When the client sees your network and affiliations, they would not need to doubt your claims. Not only that, people can gain great work from LinkedIn connections. Through the network, users can get endorsements as well. You may want to politely ask your previous client or employer to endorse you on their profiles.Also read:Â 10 Free Dashboard Templates for WordPress
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The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the world towards an immense era of technical advancements. Most experts agree that we have witnessed almost a decade worth of technological progress within the last year. Almost every industry in the world has become dependent on Computer software and smartphone apps to achieve this progress.
Software developers need to maintain uninterrupted workflow during critical software applications programming. However, this workflow also gets interrupted quite often due to potential tangents or switching work contexts. Thankfully, several digital tools can save them a lot of time for an optimally productive workflow. These are some of the best ones, in our opinion.Snyk
Snyk is one of the best software composition analysis tools that can look for vulnerabilities in software that use open source inputs or containers and fix them. Developers can integrate Snyk with their workflow seamlessly, which allows them to monitor the software during production. It enables them to release software and applications at a fast rate without compromising code security.
Snyk has been widely adopted by several leading companies, such as Google, MasterCard, Salesforce, BBC, Skyscanner, and Intuit. More than 400,000 developers use Snyk to automate the process of finding and fixing vulnerabilities that may occur in code repositories or serverless functions.
Developers can also integrate Snyk across the AWS toolset, including Lambda, CodeCommit, and CodeBuild. They can also use the tool to find and fix vulnerable areas found in software containers and Kubernetes applications. It helps them to accelerate the process of delivering cloud-native software and applications.
Snyk can detect anomalies appearing in registries like Amazon Container Registry. It also provides the appropriate directions to remedy such vulnerabilities. Developers can also use Snyk to monitor clusters for services like Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service to provide software protection after deployment.Codestream
Developers often need to share knowledge and streamline team workflow to produce valuable work. Instead of relying on manual methods, they can use Codestream to complete discussions and code reviews.
Codestream supports almost every programming language so that developers can use it for regular group problem-solving sessions. It also enables the developers to strengthen their quality of codebase in the process.Walrus.ai
Walrus.ai Is an effective tool that developers can use to save time and effort on testing their codes. It provides a complete end-to-end testing solution through a single API call, which makes it much more efficient than most in-house automated testing methods.
Developers can simply send their codes for testing through the CLI with appropriate instructions. The AI-based tool translates those instructions and builds an automatic code testing model that generates results within minutes.
The outputs generated by Walrus.ai are extremely reliable since the team monitors every test to point out false positives or false negatives. In such cases, they usually rebuild the entire model to generate accurate results. Developers can include the process directly into their CI/CD pipelines.The Silver Searcher
The Silver Searcher is a popular tool amongst developers to read and sift through codes. It saves them the time and effort to use Windows and Linux operating systems for the same purpose. The Silver Searcher has outranked most source court search tools in terms of speed. It can also ignore file patterns from .gitignore and .hgignore to achieve better results.Dewo
As we mentioned before, distractions and switching contexts are the two biggest challenges faced by developers, which makes it difficult for them to focus on complex coding. That is why many developers use Dewo as their personal assistant for deep work.
The tool uses AI to analyze developerâ€™s productive patterns and performance, which allows it to provide behavioral insights that help in improving the way they work. Dewo also prevents diversions like social media notifications or spam emails from disturbing developerâ€™s focus to achieve better quality work every day.
The tool also updates the developerâ€™s Slack status in a state of a constant workflow, thus creating a distraction-free environment. It can also schedule meetings intelligently by observing preferences and productive patterns for better focus.Tuple
Developers often find that they lack the right tools to collaborate with remote team members using Zoom or Slack. That is why many developers prefer to use Tuple, as it has been designed specifically for connecting programmers.
It offers a user interface with screen sharing and a provision for remote access on slow Internet connections. Tuple offers 5K video streaming quality along with better memory usage efficiency. An average call on Tuple uses less memory than an idle Google Chrome browser.Timely
Timely is an effective tool that helps developers manage their time by automatically capturing all of their activities. It will record the time they spend on every desktop and web-based application on a private timeline, which gives them complete self-accountability.
Developers can also check how long they have spent for active coding, managing tickets, and Git commits. They will also get detailed information on how much time to spend in structuring their work and communicating regarding their projects. The tool enables them to monitor how they have distributed their time across various projects and tasks, so they can take appropriate actions if required.
The AI interface removes the need for manual timing and notetaking by generating accurate timesheets and outsourcing all low-value tasks. Developers can monitor their performance breakdowns to optimize their daily and weekly working capacity.
Maintaining workflow can significantly affect productivity and accuracy for developers. They often have to deal with a constant increase in work pressure in todayâ€™s technology-oriented environment.
Therefore, it is natural that they have to rely on various tools to minimize manual efforts and optimize results. We believe that most professional developers should rely on the tools we have discussed in the article to save time and maximize productivity in 2021.
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Display fonts are typically used for large headings and are designed to catch people’s attention. These can often be seen on billboards and magazines, aimed to convey a message more directly to viewers. Advertisements also utilize display fonts for this purpose as well. They vary in size and shape and come in different styles, commonly exuding prominent features that attract viewers’ attention.
Display fonts are normally fun, informal departures from the everyday rigor of serif and sans-serif typefaces. They let the designer experiment, creating new letterforms and stylish fonts. Here’s a list of excellent free display fonts you can use for attention-getting headlines on your site.Playlist by Artimasa Studios Cheque by Fontfabric Madelyn by Fontfabric Jaapokki by Mikko Nuuttila Carioca by Tano Veron and Yai Salinas Le Super Serif by SuperBruut Cute Punk by flou Futuracha by holy Bauru by Pier Paolo Paralines by Lewis Latham Sophia byÂ Mats-Peter Forss and Emily Spadoni Hamurz by Bagus Budiyanto Brux by Marcelo Reis Melo Gagalin byÂ Iordanis Passas Bernier by Ryan Pyae Yarin by Mario Pan Intro Rust by Fontfabric Perfograma by Asen Petrov Donau by Renzler Design Solena by Jacklina Jekova Baron by Frank Hemmekam Nickainley by Seniors Studio Yellowtail by Astigmatic Bravery by Mats-Peter Forss and Suke Toejoeh Nairobi by Antonio Rodrigues Jr. Building byÂ Leonardo Gubbioni Modeka byÂ Gatis Vilaks Archive by Astronaut Design Myra by Sergiy Tkachenko Ailerons by Agonz Aroly by Arvind Kumar Poniente by Benito Ruiz Gilroy by Radomir Tinkov Canvas by MADE Type Tropikal by Dafont Margaret by Dafont Longline Quart by Vunira Studio
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Free dashboard templates for WordPress are easy to find online. What is great about WordPress as a content management platform is that there are various themes and templates to choose from.Â There are communities that offer free resources for many WordPress admin features. The WordPress website itself offers downloads for templates, themes, and plugins that are free of charge.
The dashboard is an essential feature of WordPress. Basically, it is where website managers control and monitor their websites. This panel is where content could be created and managed. Functionality can also be improved through the use of varied plugins. For instance, website managers could see the performance of their content, the comments, and even traffic from readers. In fact, managers could use the admin panel to oversee what other users (e.i. writers, editors, etc) could see and control. The dashboard is very easy to customize as almost everything is editable – from the menu down to the widgets.
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Anyone who builds websites knows that responsive design is important. In fact, any modern website should be built with responsive techniques in mind.
While there are plenty of tools for creating responsivity, it’s tougher to find debugging & testing tools. And what good is an untested layout? About as good as an uninspected car, although less threatening to your corporeality.
The following tools are built for responsive testing on any medium. Here are some of the best ones worth checking out.1. Designmodo Responsive Test
Perhaps the greatest free online web app is Responsive Test by Designmodo. This was built specifically for users who need to test their responsive layouts.
The interface is completely draggable and resizable without changing the browser window. You’ll find a ruler fixed along the top of the page and manual inputs for resizing. Plus, there are custom dropdown menus that include pre-determined sizes for smartphones, tablets, and e-readers.
All in all, this is the responsive tool you’d want to try out. It has everything you could possibly need in one place. The interface is really intuitive and it just feels like home.2. BrowserStack
Used by over 36,000 clients, BrowserStack is another popular responsive testing tool that you can use for your layouts. Even big companies like Microsoft and Twitter use this tool for their needs. You can test your site on over 2,000 browsers with this tool3. Responsinator
If you’re looking for something easy to use, the Responsinator is the one for you. This tool allows users to see how their sites would look on different types of devices. Just enter the URL of your website and it’ll load that page for you.4. Screenfly
Another tool where you can check how your site looks on different screen sizes is Screenfly. It’s available not just on computers but also on phones and even tablets. Input your website URL and you’ll the difference.5. Cross Browser Testing
If you want a tool that’s multi-functional, Â you might want to check out Cross Browser Testing. It’s a convenient way of checking your site’s responsiveness. You can test it out for several screen sizes and devices all at the same time. Isn’t that just efficient? You can take screenshots and compare them one by one.6. Viewport Resizer
You can also just getting an extension for your browser. The ViewPort Resizer can be added to your Google Chrome browser and it’ll help you see how your site looks in different formats. It even offers 47 options for screen sizes.7. Responsive Design Checker
Another tool that tests responsiveness for websites and offers various screen sizes is Responsive Design Checker. It can check large screen sizes up to 24 wide. Plus, it features screenshots that you might find useful for mockups.8. Lambda Test
Aside from large screen, you also have to consider how your website will look like on mobile devices. Lambda Test helps users see their websites in mobile mode, whether you’re using an android or an iPhone. In addition, you can also make your own custom device view port.9. Responsive Test Tool
Just like other responsive testing sites, Responsive Test Tool is easy to use and navigate. Just enter the URL of your website into the search bar and it’ll load your page for you. You can select any of its preset device sizes or customize your own. If you change up your website, you can simply click the Check button to reload it on this webpage.10. Am I Responsive
Similar to Responsinator, Am I Responsive has a set number of devices or screen sizes that you can test your website for. Nonetheless, it’s quite useful and easy to use to check how your website looks on different devices. Plus, you can take screenshots of this in case you need samples for your portfolio.
These 10 tools should give you more than enough to work with. Anyone who does responsive design knows that it can be tough. But with the right tools & resources at your disposal, the process gets a little easier.
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What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with the most inspiring Earth Day backgrounds? Celebrated annually every 22nd of April, Earth day is celebrated to commemorate the ‘birth of the modern environmental movement. Not only that, Earth Day is celebrated to raise awareness about climate change and global warming. It was first held in the 1970s, which was the era where discussions about the environment were first taken seriously.
During this day, people are reminded of what little things we can do that can create great impacts on the environment. We are all reminded to take care of the Earth and always act to protect and conserve the environment.Â There are many things people can do for Earth Day, but what better way than to celebrate it digitally (with a very minimal carbon footprint)? Take a look at the most inspiring Earth Day backgrounds for 2021:The Earth in a bubble It’s all in our hands Earth day cookies with love Planet Earth First, always Green vitality Beautiful glaciers Sunset and orange Earth day every day Earth is more valuable than money Climate Crime Scene Happy Earth Day The Earth’s limited time Happy and healthy Earth Earth Day 2021 Earth from Space Rebirthing Earth The Earth in our hands Virus and the Pandemic Save energy, Save the Earth It’s all about love There is beauty in the forest Plastic Free – it’s a must Environment protection ideas Save the Earth One World for Earth day Loving life, loving the Earth Growing, and re-growing Let us save the Earth with our hands Getting lost in the beauty of the wilderness From seedlings to trees Also read:Â 15 Webinars about Web Design You Should Not Miss for 2021
Handwritten fonts are still on-trend these days, to the point where their use has become somewhat overwhelming. We’re smack in the middle of an aesthetic age focused on simplification: the removal of skeuomorphs, the simple use of color, and direct expressions of design ideas.
Handwritten fonts might seem to contradict that notion but, in fact, support it with a feeling of personal and authentic expression that appeals to the individuality and personality of consumers. This focus on direct, personal communication is the overall design trend of our modern corporate age, and these fonts support it. They speak best for small businesses with handmade (or seemingly handmade) products, or for larger brands focused on individual expression.Rustling Trees Novito Nova Bestters Supply Brayden Family Uchiyama Ether Cute Poison Porter Hipsta Script BiteChalk Rallifornia Brush Crushine The Painter Rising Star Mystique October Storm Endless Script Emellie Script BigMom Matta Snowdrop Amsterdam Georgia Script Heritage
Catalina Avalon Authenia Moscato Script
Brixton Line Amithen Bird House Clarkson Carosello Sinisuka Buffalo Venture Illusias
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The internet is home to the best WordPress plugins for dashboard customization. There are plugins for branding, changing the aesthetics, creating widgets, and more. The WordPress dashboard is every blogger’s most important tool. This interface basically gives the blogger or the admin an overview of the website. On this page, the user can see the latest uploads, drafts, and even comments. This is where the blogger interacts with the website, so the WordPress dashboard is such an important part of blogging. The power of the blogger is on this very page. So, the user or the administrator must be comfortable enough to navigate through the dashboard.
Fortunately, there are multiple ways to customize and personalize this dashboard. It could be through themes or plugins.
Here are five of the best:Ultimate DashboardÂ
This is hailed as the #1 plugin for WordPress dashboard customization. It allows a one-click removal of default widgets. The plugin also allows custom CSS for the entire admin area. The best feature is that it allows custom top-level and sub-menu pages using HTML, CSS, or WYSIWYG editor.
This plugin has a free and pro version.Ultimate Client Dash
The Ultimate Client Dash plugin allows the user to customize the dashboard to fit the branding of the client. This includes the overall aesthetics of the dashboard, the logo, the menu, and more. It also allows the admin to manage user capabilities to add or limit access to the website. Extra features also include the creation of landing pages, widgets, and more.
This plugin has a free and pro version.Ultra WordPress Admin Theme
There are customization features that allow changing of the menu, logo, login page, and more. This WordPress admin plugin also allows not only the changing into 30 of the inbuilt themes. But it also allows the creation of the user’s own theme.
This plugin costs $23 for oneSlate Pro Admin Theme
If you are only after changing the aesthetics of the dashboard, and not much on the other customizable details, then this plugin is the best. It is a plugin that allows users to customize the theme into varied minimalist designs.Adminimize
This particular plugin has multiple features that are unique from other plugins. For instance, it allows for certain parts of the editor and the main page to be accessed differently between admin and non-admins. Some of the menus could be deactivated separately and can only be accessible to admins of the website, for example.
The best thing about this plugin is that all the features are available for the free version.Also read:Â 15 Webinars about Web Design You Should Not Miss for 2021
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If an artist’s name brings images into your head when you hear it, odds are you’re remembering an iconic image of that artist. To prove this point, these album covers are, in my opinion, some of the most iconic covers in history.
Here are some of the most famous album covers of all time that you should check out. You’ve most likely seen most of these before. For each music style, even cross-genre audiences would be able to pick out the artist from each of these covers, even if they didn’t have the name or picture of the artist on the cover. Enjoy! ;)AC/DC – Back In Black â†“ Bob Marley – Catch A Fire â†“ Korn – Follow The Leader â†“ Backstreet Boys – Millenium â†“ Dr. Dre – The Chronic â†“ Eminem – The Slim Shady â†“ Fall Out Boy – Infinity On High â†“ Guns ‘N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction â†“ Green Day – American Idiot â†“ Mariah Carey – Rainbow â†“ Green Day – Dookie â†“ Metallica – Master Of Puppets â†“ Iron Maiden – Self-Titled â†“ The Beastie Boys – License To Ill â†“ The Beatles – Abbey Road â†“ Beck – The Information â†“ Blink 182 – Enema Of The State â†“ Jay-Z – Reasonable Doubt â†“ Jimi Hendrix Experience – BBC Sessions â†“ Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison â†“ Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation Of â†“ Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III â†“ Limp Bizkit – Significant Other â†“ Linkin Park – Minutes To Midnight â†“ 2Pac – All Eyez On Me â†“ Lupe Fiasco – Food And Liquor â†“ Theory Of A Deadman – Self-Titled â†“ Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals â†“ The Beatles – St. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band â†“ Michael Jackson – Bad â†“ Weezer – Self-Titled â†“ Motley Crue – Girls Girls Girls â†“ Nas – Illmatic â†“ Michael Jackson – Got To Be There â†“ Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die â†“ Oasis – What’s The Story â†“ Michael Jackson – Thriller â†“ Nirvana – Nevermind â†“ Outkast – Stankonia â†“ Ozzy Osbourne – Bark At The Moon â†“ Paramore – Riot â†“ Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon â†“ Pink Floyd – The Wall â†“ Rage Against The Machine – Evil Empire â†“ Rolling Stones – Exile On Main St. â†“ Bob Marley – Legend â†“ Snoop Dogg – Doggystyle â†“ The Clash – London Calling â†“ Underoath – They’re Only Chasing Safety â†“ Tool – 10 000 Days â†“
David Bowie â€“ Aladdin Sane â†“ Oasis â€“ Definitely Maybe â†“ Bob Dylan â€“ The Freewheelinâ€™ Bob Dylan â†“ Led Zeppelin â€“ Led Zeppelin â†“ The Roots â€“ Things Fall Apart â†“ Pink Floyd â€“ Wish You Were HereÂ â†“ Fleetwood Mac â€“ Rumours â†“ Yeah Yeah Yeahs â€“ Itâ€™s Blitz! â†“ Madonna â€“ True Blue â†“ The Ramones â€“ The Ramones â†“ What Album Covers Stand Out To You The Most? And Why?
Let us know in the comments which albums stick out when you look the list over. Don’t forget to tell us why. What did you like about the design?
I would also be very interested to see if anyone here has designed album covers before? Care to share? See you all in the comment section! ;)