TIPS/TRICKS

 

 

... so I recently downloaded the Adobe Comp app to my ipad and found it to be pretty amazing. I was able to create layouts right on my tablet and if I needed to, I could also work on my smart phone. Basically, it converts the rough lines and shapes you draw into really clean and clear graphics. If you're exploring the art of web design, I highly recommend that you take a look at this software. I think you'll find it very useful!

 

Good luck and Happy website building!

 

See how it works here!

 

  

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While keeping up with all things web this Summer, I came across an interesting article titled "Responsive Font Size and Fluid Typography with vh and vw units" from Smash Magazine. I know this may sound a bit techy, but if you're interested in learning more about responsive web design (which you should be! :o) then I highly recommend giving this a read. It's a great way to get your type to resize gracefully on the web.

 

Go web typography!

 

Check out the article here

  

 

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 OK call me strange, but I find this kerning game to be so much fun! Here are the instructions directly from the website...

 

Your mission is simple: achieve pleasant and readable text by distributing the space between letters. Typographers call this activity kerning. Your solution will be compared to a typographer\'s solution, and you will be given a score depending on how close you nailed it.


Go ahead, give it a try, I know you want to! It\'s great practice and can really help to improve your kerning ability, which is a typographic skill that is often overlooked!

Kerntype website

Good luck!

 

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For this learning tip, I'd like to introduce you to the Adobe Education Exchange. This is a website where you can sharpen your skills or learn something new from the free courses, workshops and live events. You can download free tutorials, projects and lessons, and there\'s even a place to get help and share ideas within a discussion forum.

I know in the past that I have highly recommended Lynda.com as a learning tool (and I still do!), but you can\'t go wrong tapping into this resource as well. I have found it personally useful, and I think you will benefit from it too! Learning from the folks who created the actual software you work with everyday... WIN WIN!

Adobe Education Exchange

Go Adobe!

 

 

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Students are always asking me where they can find valuable web design and development information, and I generally find myself referring them to online sources.

Not today though!

In this "Tip", I'm going to introduce you to a very useful book that I came across called, HTML & CSS - Design and Build Websites by Jon Duckett. I liked this book so much, that I even decided to incorporate it into my Web course that I teach.

In general, "tutorial" type books can get a bit techy and overwhelming,
but this book is very inviting. There\'s lots of white space, pictures, captions, and the sections of information are nicely organized. It\'s like an infographic in book format. A very complete guide for the beginning web student, or if you just need a refresher on the topic.

Happy Reading!

 

 

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I can't speak highly enough about Lynda.com! Everytime I want to learn a new program or a new feature of a program I already know, they have the tutorial that fits my needs. It's like having every software book right at your fingertips. Actually, it\'s even better than software books, these are in depth, step by step video tutorials, with an instructor that gets to the point and shows you real "How to" examples.


This particular tutorial that I\'m recommending is called HTML Essential Training. This is a great place to start if you are new to web design and development. It also makes for a great refresher course if you\'ve been away from the scene for a while. After going through these videos, I also highly recommend watching HTML5 First Look to understand how to transition into this new web language.

My subscription to Lynda.com is $25 per month, and it\'s worth every penny. It saves time, money and can bring your design skills up to a new level.

Lynda.com

 

 

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Looking to expand your graphic design library? This is a fantastic book to add to your collection. I personally found it very inspirational. It contains 49 examples of slick graphic design, including everything from posters to record covers and even packaging.

What I liked best about this book, is that it breaks down each image to show you the "anatomy" of the design. In other words, it pulls out the defining elements of the piece and shows you through other examples, why certain techniques work.

I also like the fact that instead of presenting the work in a regular two page book spread, that each left hand page opens up to reveal more examples that relate to the larger image.

Good stuff!