The past year has seen quite a rise in UI design tools. While existing applications, such as Affinity Designer, Gravit and Sketch, have improved drastically, some new players have entered the field, such as Adobe XD (short for Adobe Experience Design) and Figma.
For me, the latter is the most remarkable. Due to its similarity to Sketch, Figma was easy for me to grasp right from the start, but it also has some unique features to differentiate it from its competitor, such as easy file-sharing, vector networks, “constraints” (for responsive design) and real-time collaboration.
With Thanksgiving coming up next week, have you already thought about ways how to spend your days before the holiday? Well, you could send simple “Thank You” emails to your past clients, perhaps design something free for somebody, or take some time to improve your website. To those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving, we’ve got a nice icon set for you today — all available in PNG, PSD, AI and SVG formats.
Facebook isn’t making life easy on anyone right now. All the family drama and political posts aside, checking Facebook statistics can make you feel like a 90’s emo kid. So. Much. Angst. A lot of business owners are wrestling with declining post engagement and reach that seems to shrink week-by-week, unable to understand the cause of the problem. Facebook is as prolific as Google with updates to their machine learning algorithm. Understanding that algorithm and the more than 100,000 ranking factors is next to impossible. So how do you reach more fans with your updates? What kind of content do…
Easter is only a week away, and it’s time to add a few icons to your projects. Or perhaps just freshen up your good ‘ol Easter cards for your family, friends, colleagues, and perhaps even strangers. Today, we’re happy to release the Easter Icon Set, a set of 13 icons available in AI, PSD, EPS, PDF, SVG and PNG formats.
This icon set was designed and created by Manuela Langella and, as always, is free to use in private and commercial projects.
What’s going on in the industry? What new techniques have emerged recently? What insights, tools, tips and tricks is the web design community talking about? Anselm Hannemann is collecting everything that popped up over the last week in his web development reading list so that you don’t miss out on anything. The result is a carefully curated list of articles and resources that are worth taking a closer look at. — Ed.
Today is the Christmas day for many of us around the world and I hope you’re already enjoying the day with your family or friends. This time is often a rare opportunity to relax a bit, avoid emails for a couple of days and not to be disturbed by daily routine, as other people aren’t working either. Before the new year comes up next, there’s a yet another web development reading list, so you won’t get bored over the next few days!
You didn’t really think we’d wrap up our endless, mischievous mystery riddles just like that, did you? Well, the Mystery continues! To celebrate the launch of the SmashingConf NYC 2015, we’ve prepared a new mystery riddle, and this one will be an exercise in patience and stubborness. No, it’s not going to be an easy one this time either, but the reward is definitely worth the effort.
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Many of us struggle silently with mental health problems and many more are affected by them, either directly or indirectly. It’s Geek Mental Help Week and we would like to help raise awareness with a couple of articles exploring these issues. – Ed.
Talking about mental health can be awkward and embarrassing, but it really shouldn’t be. Mental health is just an illness, like any other. When we talk about mental health, we do so in hushed terms.
If people are on your website, they’re probably either skimming quickly, looking for something, or they’ve found what they’re looking for and want to read it as easily as possible. Either way, keeping text readable will help them achieve their goal. [Links checked February/21/2017]
Bold and Italic Help to Organize Content A few months ago, I wrote an article on “Avoiding Faux Weights and Styles with Google Web Fonts.” I ended the article by showing that weights and styles are an important UX element when setting text.
Every now and then, we look around, select fresh free high-quality fonts and present them to you in a brief overview. The choice out there is enormous, so the time you need to find them is usually time you should be investing in your projects. We search for them and find them so that you don’t have to. [Links repaired February/18/2017]
In this selection, we’re pleased to present Signika, Plastic Type, Bariol, Alegreya, Metropolis, Typometry and other quality fonts.
It didn’t work out as you expected, did it? The freelance life was supposed to give you more time with the family and free you from that incompetent boss. You even thought you might be better off financially. Instead, you’re working longer hours and under constant stress, worrying about various aspects of your business.
To relieve the pressure of entrepreneurial life and avoid burning out, freelancers and business owners need strategies.