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A DevTools for Designers

There has long been an unfortunate disconnect between visual design for the web and web design and development. We’re over here designing pictures of websites, not websites – so the sentiment goes. A.J. Kandy puts a point on all this. We’re seeing a proliferation of design tools these days, all with their own leaps forward. Yet… But, critically, the majority of them aren’t web-centric. None really integrate with a modern web development workflow, not without converters or plugins anyway; and their output is not websites, but clickable simulations of websites. Still, these prototypes are, inevitably, one-way artifacts that have to be first analyzed by developers, then recreated in code. That’s just a part of what A.J. has to say, so I’d encourage you to read the whole thing. Do y’all get Clearletter, the Clearleft newsletter? It’s a good one. They made some connections here to nearly a decade of similar thinking: Jason Santa Maria: A Real Web Design Application Jeffrey Zeldman: An Indesign for HTML and CSS? Jon Gold: The Evolution of Tools I suspect the reason that nobody has knocked a solution out of the park is that it’s a really hard problem to solve. There might not be a solution that is universally loved across lines. Like A.J., I hope it happens in the browser. Direct Link to Article — Permalink The post A DevTools for Designers...

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A Journey Through The World Of Music (April 2018 Desktop Wallpapers)

A Journey Through The World Of Music (April 2018 Desktop Wallpapers) A Journey Through The World Of Music (April 2018 Desktop Wallpapers) Cosima Mielke 2018-03-31T09:30:00+02:00 2018-04-10T14:53:40+00:00 A song can wake memories, give you an energy boost, or inspire you. It can help overcome a creative trough or make a beautiful moment even more beautiful. To pay tribute to the music you love, we announced the “Illustrate your favorite song” wallpapers challenge a few weeks ago. And, well, today, we’re happy to present the lucky winner. The idea behind the challenge was to design a desktop wallpaper for April 2018...

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Tracking Uncertainty of Work

Ryan Singer writes about project and time management issues that I’ve been experiencing lately. He describes two states of every project: uncertainty and certainty, or “figuring things out” and “making it happen.” Ryan describes it like this: Work is like a hill with two sides. There’s an uphill phase of figuring out what to do and how to approach the problem. That’s the climb. After you reach the top, there aren’t anybody [sic] ruinous unknowns. You can see down to the other side and finish executing. It’s straightforward to estimate and finish the work from that point. As far as I see it, the hardest thing about the first half of every project is making sure that everyone on a team is communicating constantly as tiny design decisions can have enormous, cascading effects on an engineer. I think that’s something I’ve always struggled with since I just want to get to the “making it happen” part as soon as humanly possible. It also goes back to something Geoff wrote a little while back about setting good expectations before and during the project process. Direct Link to Article — Permalink The post Tracking Uncertainty of Work appeared first on CSS-Tricks....

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Creating an Image Editor Using CamanJS: Layers, Blend Modes, and Events

In the previous tutorial, you learned how to create an image editor using CamanJS which can apply basic filters like contrast, brightness, and noise to an image. CamanJS also has some other built-in filters like Nostalgia, Pinhole, Sunrise, etc., which we applied directly to the image. In this tutorial, we will cover some more advanced features of the library like Layers, Blend Modes, and Events. Layers in CamanJS In the first tutorial, we only worked with a single layer which contained our image. All the filters that we applied only manipulated that main layer. CamanJS allows you to create...

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Focusing on Focus Styles

Not everyone uses a mouse to browse the internet. If you’re reading this post on a smartphone, this is obvious! What’s also worth pointing out is that there are other forms of input that people use to get things done. With these forms of input comes the need for focus styles. People People are complicated. We don’t necessarily perform the same behaviors consistently, nor do we always make decisions that make sense from an outsider’s perspective. Sometimes we even do something just to… do something. We get bored easily: tinkering, poking, and prodding things to customize them to better suit our needs, regardless of their original intent. People are also mortal. We can get sick and injured. Sometimes both at once. Sometimes it’s for a little while, sometimes it’s permanent. Regardless, it means that sometimes we’re unable to do things we want or need to do in the way we’re used to. People also live in the world. Sometimes we’re put into an environment where external factors conspire to prevent us from doing something the way that we’re accustomed to doing it. Ever been stuck at your parents’ house during the holidays and had to use their ancient-yet-still-serviceable desktop computer? It’s like that. Input Both mouse and touch input provide an indicator for interaction. For touch, it is obvious: Your finger acts as the bridge that connects your mind...

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