20 Best New Websites, November 2021

Welcome to this month’s round up of what has caught our eye on the web. As it’s November we’re going to help chase those winter blues away with some color. Color does so much of the heavy lifting in visual design. It can create a mood, reinforce a brand identity, establish a hierarchy, differentiate sections,… Continue reading 20 Best New Websites, November 2021

UX and UI Logo Trends

26 Shares With the advent of online and mobile working culture, UX/UI trends have experienced a significant transformation over the years. Yet 2021 is just no exception. As a UX/UI professional, it is vital to keep updated about these continuously shifting trends and follow and recreate good UX design examples. The COVID-19 issue has transformed… Continue reading UX and UI Logo Trends

The Importance of Including Accessibility in Your Web Design

When it comes to a company’s online presence, a fully functional website is key. Beyond making it easy to order products or add an item to the cart, the website must also be simple to use for every person that logs on, regardless of their physical or mental limitations. This is called accessibility, and neglecting… Continue reading The Importance of Including Accessibility in Your Web Design

WordPress Troubleshooting: Error Establishing a Database Connection

In this quick article, we’ll discuss how to troubleshoot and fix the Error establishing a database connection error on a WordPress site. The Error establishing a database connection error is one of the most common errors which WordPress users can encounter while visiting your website. It’s pretty similar to the white screen of death (WSOD) error,… Continue reading WordPress Troubleshooting: Error Establishing a Database Connection

How to Identify a Font

Trying to figure out how to identify a font? Whether you’re working on how to identify a font on a website, how to identify a font in a logo, or how to identify a font by image, we’ll help you get started. Learn about font basics and common font traits so you can narrow down your… Continue reading How to Identify a Font

How to Check if a File Exists in PHP

Many times you will either need to move files around or store some data inside them in PHP. In either case, knowing beforehand whether a file exists or not can help us avoid some unexpected behavior. PHP comes with a variety of functions to handle different types of queries related to files. In this tutorial,… Continue reading How to Check if a File Exists in PHP

I Want to Draw: Simple Exercises for Complete Beginners

Do you struggle with a simple circle from the first step of every tutorial? Do your straight lines keep bending, no matter how hard you try? Do you seem to be unable to draw two points with a given distance between? Do your pictures look wrong even after repeating carefully every single step from a… Continue reading I Want to Draw: Simple Exercises for Complete Beginners

Custom neural voice: designing for human-centered policy

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Co-authored with Josh Lovejoy Credit: Delivering the benefits of Custom Neural Voice What’s in a voice? What is it about the way someone speaks that makes them memorable? Why do subtle imperfections in speech — like the thoughtful pauses and false starts when thinking on one’s feet — help us perceive a person as sincere or… Continue reading Custom neural voice: designing for human-centered policy

DIY Hacks to Make Your House Automated

3 Shares Have you always been dreaming about an automated home? Until recently, automation was pretty expensive, and the majority of people simply couldn`t afford it. What about nowadays though? Now, you can either purchase any automated item you might need or you can even build one, with the needed actuators. We have collected for… Continue reading DIY Hacks to Make Your House Automated

Using the PHP Switch Statement

In this article, we’ll discuss the basics of the switch statement in PHP. Along with the syntax of the switch statement, we’ll also go through a couple of real-world examples to demonstrate how you can use it. What Is the Use of the Switch Statement? In PHP, the switch statement is considered as an alternative… Continue reading Using the PHP Switch Statement

Analysing micro-expressions from a (failed) user testing session

[unable to retrieve full-text content] In a recent professional experience, I was unexpectedly sent to Spain for a user test of a system I did not design with the promise of a translator. Once there, no translator. Nice. But the possibility of capturing the video of the faces of the users and their interactions with… Continue reading Analysing micro-expressions from a (failed) user testing session

Is It Time to Reset HTML?

HTML is one of the foundational building blocks of the Web. But just as web design best practices and techniques change over time, so does the code we use. As HTML evolves, some of its older markup has been deprecated while other parts have been repurposed. Does that create more problems for us, though? Would… Continue reading Is It Time to Reset HTML?

A Comprehensive Guide to Flexbox Ordering & Reordering

The flexbox layout module allows us to lay out flex items in any order and direction. Flexbox ordering is, in fact, easier than ordering with floats or CSS grid, even if you might not think so at first. As flexbox is a one-dimensional layout model, as opposed to CSS grid which is two-dimensional, you only have… Continue reading A Comprehensive Guide to Flexbox Ordering & Reordering

Crash Course in the PHP Ternary Operator With Examples

In this article, we’ll discuss the ternary operator in PHP. Along with the syntax, we’ll go through a couple of real-world examples to understand how it works. What Is the Ternary Operator? The ternary operator (? and :) is a conditional operator which allows you to execute a condition, and based on the result of… Continue reading Crash Course in the PHP Ternary Operator With Examples

Microcopy: an essential guide to becoming a more literate designer

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Illustration by David Hall Designers should not be mere decorators, but have an understanding of language and microcopy, a crucial design skill, now more than ever. Look at these two images: Onboarding screen A and B The obvious difference between these two onboarding visuals is that option A is devoid of words and is… Continue reading Microcopy: an essential guide to becoming a more literate designer

How to Increase max_execution_time in PHP

In this quick article, we’ll explore the different options that allow you to increase the maximum amount of time a script is allowed to run before it’s terminated by a the parser in PHP. What is the max_execution_time Directive in PHP? The max_execution_time directive sets the maximum amount of time a script is allowed to… Continue reading How to Increase max_execution_time in PHP

Key Tips to Creating a User-Centered Website

For quite some time now, Google has given priority to user-centered website and content experiences. More specifically, it wants search results to better reflect user intent, as opposed to just keywords. In the latest update, content expertise and quality may trump authority, earning higher rankings. That is directly in line with the idea of creating… Continue reading Key Tips to Creating a User-Centered Website

Anonymous and Arrow Functions in PHP

I’ve already covered the basics of functions in PHP in one of a previous tutorials. Even though PHP has a lot of built-in functions, it gives us the choice to define our own functions as well. There are different ways to define our own functions in PHP. PHP Functions in PHP: Return Values and Parameters… Continue reading Anonymous and Arrow Functions in PHP

9 Tips for Better Live Logo Design

Have you ever wondered why we’re so amazed by motion? A moving image is more likely to grab your attention than a static one. Motion is exciting and attention-grabbing – plus, it allows us to access more information in a short space of time.  For a while now, companies have been experimenting with all kinds… Continue reading 9 Tips for Better Live Logo Design

Why Do Data Breaches Happen Despite Tight Cybersecurity Measures

No business wants to experience a data security breach. Beyond the immediate financial impact, a loss of customer faith can cripple a business. Just one data breach can impact the viability of a whole organization which is why many businesses are spending more on cybersecurity tools and technologies today. However, many of them are not… Continue reading Why Do Data Breaches Happen Despite Tight Cybersecurity Measures

How to Make a Propaganda Poster

What You’ll Be Creating In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make your own propaganda poster in Photoshop, using a vintage propaganda style and giving it a contemporary twist for International Women’s Day. Suitable for Photoshop beginners, this tutorial is a great way to learn more about poster design and discover how to create a… Continue reading How to Make a Propaganda Poster

Functions in PHP: Return Values and Parameters

Functions are an important part of programming languages. They help us avoid code duplication by allowing us to run the same set of instructions over and over again on different data. In this tutorial, we will talk about functions in PHP. We will cover all the basic concepts of functions in PHP, and you’ll learn… Continue reading Functions in PHP: Return Values and Parameters

The ‘what’ and ‘why’ of design debt

[unable to retrieve full-text content] The first part of the ‘Design Debt 101’ series. The ‘what’ and ‘why’ of design debt Monday afternoon. Kick-off meeting. This new project looks very promising, you may have discovered a niche no one knew about. It turns out, you need notifications. “Great! We have a notification system. It shouldn’t be an… Continue reading The ‘what’ and ‘why’ of design debt

3 principles of inclusive design and why it matters

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Designing for all. Source: Billy Clark on Dribbble Inclusive Design is a design practice where products and services are designed in a way that they are accessible and can serve as many people as possible, regardless of their age, gender, or ability. Inclusive Design puts people at the centre stage of the design… Continue reading 3 principles of inclusive design and why it matters