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How To Target Devices Using CSS Media Queries

Jul 6, 2011   //   by Pro-Logix   //   Web Design, Web Development  //  No Comments

media queries “Media queries are a way to serve different css rules to different devices and device characteristics. They’re the final piece in allowing us to create designs that are truly responsive to our audience and how our visitors choose to view our sites.

The last few weeks we’ve been building up toward responsive layouts, first by creating flexible girds and then by adding flexible images and media inside those grids. Today we’ll add media queries to the mix.”

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Common Issues and Workarounds for Web UNSAFE fonts

Jul 5, 2011   //   by Pro-Logix   //   Web Design, Web Development  //  1 Comment

web fonts “It’s almost possible to feel the wave of euphoria rolling around the Internet that’s been generated by the arrival of Web fonts. Finally, website designers can unshackle themselves from the limited range of fonts that’s available once you aggregate down the common typefaces on Windows, Mac, Linux and so on.
I can’t be the only one who sighs in desperation each time the words font-family: Helvetica, Arial, Geneva, sans-serif; are keyed into a stylesheet.
When you read the marketing pages from suppliers of Web fonts and font delivery services, you get the impression that with just a couple of lines of code you can transform a site with no hassle; all the issues taken away from you. The reality is somewhat different: there are actually quite a few gotchas, some of which are easy to miss if you’re not testing thoroughly.”

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How to Deal with Feature(Scope) Creep

Jun 30, 2011   //   by Pro-Logix   //   Web Design, Web Development  //  No Comments

scope creep “If any assumption is safe, it’s that six months after launching a website (or sooner?), its owners will have a list of things they want to change, from minor typos to entirely new functionality.

Is it possible to accept feature creep as a natural (or at least inevitable) process?

Many websites begin to fail when their goals change or their scope expands.

Feature creep sets in when a client asks for one tiny adjustment that takes only a minute and then never stops making requests.
Accepting feature creep as a natural process requires an ability to distinguish between a genuine need and a run-away imagination or ‘Wouldn’t it be great if'”…

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Get Hundreds of Free, Open-Source Fonts!

Jun 29, 2011   //   by Pro-Logix   //   Web Design, Web Development  //  No Comments

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Useful Ideas And Guidelines For Good Web Form Design

Jun 28, 2011   //   by Pro-Logix   //   Web Design, Web Development  //  No Comments

web form“The input form is an essential element of almost any website or application these days. Input is a core method of interaction, and in many cases it represents the hard conversion point between success and failure. With the amount time and effort we put into bringing users to our sign-up and contact forms, it’s surprising that we tend not to spend a proportional amount of time on the forms themselves.

A number of techniques and elements can be used in Web forms to turn them from abject failures into successful conversion points. In this article, we’ll present some interesting examples and useful guidelines for Web form design.” [Go to full article]

Top Challenging Client Habits Every Designer Needs to Handle

Jun 27, 2011   //   by Pro-Logix   //   Web Design  //  No Comments

helpful tips“Dealing with clients is a great challenge for everyone. Oftentimes, we encounter problems in working with our clients. These are actually not just habits of clients but are the realities of work. It now depends on how you deal with it. Here are some habits of clients that most designers experience:”

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Do You Know The Real Design Trends For 2011?

Jun 23, 2011   //   by Pro-Logix   //   Web Design  //  No Comments

design-trend-2011“Everything inside the design world is permanently changing, evolving and adapting into new ways of expression and communication looking to satisfy the new consuming needs and set innovative exchanging channels. 2010 made a huge closure for the final year of the first XXI century decade, we witnessed the rising of tablets (iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tablet among others), the demise of Internet Explorer 6 and the absurd fanaticism towards Flash (though it’s losing a lot of fans), which is going to be slowly replaced by HTML5 (we’re not saying that Flash is dead, only that HTML5 will begin to cover many of its current uses).”

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Smashing Mag: Understanding Copyright And Licenses

Jun 20, 2011   //   by Pro-Logix   //   Web Design  //  No Comments

copyright Great introduction to what to beware of on the web to prevent copyright and licensing issues.

“The Web is full of creative and practical resources that we can use to improve our projects. Photography, fonts, music and code are perfect examples. Finding stock objects and existing implementations is often quicker, cheaper and more practical than producing your own.

Whether free or not, these resources normally come with a license to ensure fair use. For professionals, understanding the limitations of a license is critical; with this knowledge, you’d be surprised by what’s available. Understanding copyright and licenses allows us to do what we do best: be creative.”

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6 Tips to Simplify Your Website’s Design

Jun 18, 2011   //   by Pro-Logix   //   Web Design  //  No Comments

colored pencils“Sometimes I’ll just stare at a website for minutes on end, trying to figure out why it’s so confusing. Unfortunately, most websites we visit are far more complex than they need to be. I don’t mean complex in terms of functionality, but in terms of all the types of content you are confronted with on a single page. In addition to the basics – a logo, navigation menus, page title, the main content, and one or two calls to action – most web pages are simply overrun with advertisements, social media widgets, and lures to even more (supposedly related) content. Follow these tips to cut the clutter.”

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