Is AI going to steal your job and burn down your house?

Public and professional perceptions of artificial intelligence. Dall-E generated image “Illustration of how artificial intelligence is going to steal your job and burn down your house” TL; DR. AI is rapidly evolving, helping us make better decisions and perform various tasks and increasingly doing so autonomously. Will humans eventually be enslaved by machines that become self-aware,… Continue reading Is AI going to steal your job and burn down your house?

Loading UX: make users not care about having to wait

An article about the psychology of waiting and how you can make this a positive user experience. Waiting. It’s something we all do every day. Waiting for a response to that message you sent, our food to be delivered, the traffic lights to turn green, and our computers to start at the beginning of the… Continue reading Loading UX: make users not care about having to wait

Personas should be living and breathing

Too often, designers create a persona at the start of a project, then put it up on a wall like a graduation picture and simply leave it there to be looked at and referenced occasionally…pulling out interesting stories when the situation demands. But your persona should be alive. It should live, grow, evolve and adapt.… Continue reading Personas should be living and breathing

How to Make the Background Transparent in Photoshop

There are several different ways to make a background transparent in Photoshop. And when multiple different tools do the same thing, it can be a pain to figure out which to use and when. Follow along as we go through four of the easiest ways you can quickly remove a background in Photoshop.  In a… Continue reading How to Make the Background Transparent in Photoshop

10 Essential Design Tips for Photoshop

Photoshop’s been the industry standard for artists and designers for decades, adding new and improved features every year. This is great for those of us who’ve been using it for years, but it can be a lot to take in for someone just getting into the digital art world! So I’ve made a list of… Continue reading 10 Essential Design Tips for Photoshop

Using a WooCommerce Related Products Plugin

When you run an online store, there’s no such thing as selling too many products. Just because the customer has found what they’re looking for, doesn’t mean you can’t convince them to throw a few more items into their cart. If you’ve ever spent any time on sites such as Amazon, then chances are you’re… Continue reading Using a WooCommerce Related Products Plugin

How to Set Up WooCommerce Product Options

When it comes to online shopping, one size doesn’t always fit all.  Clothing stores are an obvious example. However, there are countless other eCommerce sites that sell variable products. The same laptop may be available in various screen sizes, or with different amounts of storage.  Even if you’re running a takeaway restaurant, a customer may… Continue reading How to Set Up WooCommerce Product Options

How To Design A Website With Security In Mind

There are billions of websites today as companies, small and large, seek online presence. However, this surge in website design and development is confronted by a rise in cyber attacks, prompting a need for cybersecurity. The sophistication of the internet can be rewarding; however, it can also be weaponized by hackers for illegal benefits. Your… Continue reading How To Design A Website With Security In Mind

How to Use parse_str in PHP

In this article, we’ll explore the parse_str function in PHP. It’s used to convert a GET request query string into usable variables. In your day-to-day PHP development, you often need to to deal with query strings—the way data is passed to your script in the URL on a GET request. When a query string is… Continue reading How to Use parse_str in PHP

How to Use parse_str in PHP

In this article, we’ll explore the parse_str function in PHP. It’s used to convert a GET request query string into usable variables. In your day-to-day PHP development, you often need to to deal with query strings—the way data is passed to your script in the URL on a GET request. When a query string is… Continue reading How to Use parse_str in PHP

4 Questions to Ask Your Clients When They Request Basic SEO Services

Most top designers and top programmers are separate individuals. Although most professional designers know JavaScript, it’s rare to find one person who is a master of both design and programming (beyond JavaScript). The same is true for search engine optimization (SEO). As a designer, you probably know your way around basic SEO strategies, but you… Continue reading 4 Questions to Ask Your Clients When They Request Basic SEO Services

3 Essential Design Trends, May 2021

Spring and fresh designs are in the air. This month, it’s obvious that designers are feeling creative with new and interesting concepts that range from a new style for cards, homepage experimentation with multiple entry points or calls to action, and risky typography options. Here’s what’s trending in design this month. 1. “Flat” Cards Card-style… Continue reading 3 Essential Design Trends, May 2021

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

Search and Replace Strings With Regular Expressions in PHP

PHP comes with a huge variety of functions to work with strings. You can use these built-in PHP functions to trim strings, join them, or replace them. String functions in PHP are pretty powerful by themselves. You can use them to make case-insensitive changes or do multiple replacements at once. However, they still require you… Continue reading Search and Replace Strings With Regular Expressions in PHP

Best Portable Tripods for Taking Your Own Photos

March 30, 2021 by Sangalang Kristine In many of our design projects, using original and unique pictures is essential. This is why brushing up on our photography skills and having a few trusted pieces of equipment is great. Every designer needs good and trusty portable tripods to take original and unique pictures. The problem is,… Continue reading Best Portable Tripods for Taking Your Own Photos

Working With Tables in React: Part Two

In this two-part series, you will learn about the ins and outs of working with tabular data in React using the React Bootstrap Table2 component. You’ll be able to create sophisticated and professional-looking tables with little effort and yet be able to customize every aspect. In this part, we’ll continue the journey by expanding rows,… Continue reading Working With Tables in React: Part Two

42 Best Web Fonts (Ready to Download and Use)

Looking for cool fonts for web design or some new web fonts to use on your website? In this article, we’ll take a look at some serif web fonts, sans serif web fonts, and other stylish fonts you can use on your website today. Whether you’re looking for the best web body fonts or some… Continue reading 42 Best Web Fonts (Ready to Download and Use)

Why You Should Perform a Website Crawl And How to Do It

February 3, 2021 by Sangalang Kristine There is always a debate on why you should perform a website crawl on your own website. Many developers think that this is a beneficial way to analyze data from any website. It could be to identify possible errors to fix ahead and avoid possible penalties. Or, it could… Continue reading Why You Should Perform a Website Crawl And How to Do It

How to Use Variable Fonts on the Web

Are you wondering, “What are variable fonts?” Variable fonts were developed as the joint effort of the four biggest tech companies involved in type design—Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Adobe.  Download this and all the best variable fonts from Envato Elements As the name suggests, variable fonts allow designers to derive an unlimited number of font… Continue reading How to Use Variable Fonts on the Web

Observed tensions in the user experience design field progression

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Observed tensions in the user experience career progression I’ve met user experience designers that are happy doing what they love with a strong sense of mission to change the world. I've also seen many of us going through an existential identity crisis with comparable intensity due to the vagueness of… Continue reading Observed tensions in the user experience design field progression

What Is Expressive Typography?

In this tutorial, we’ll look at how to express emotion through typography by exploring the premise of expressive typography. These techniques can help you make stronger font choices and more communicative design choices, too. We’ll take a look at some expressive typography examples and explore how you can use these concepts in your own work. Soap Bubbles Photoshop… Continue reading What Is Expressive Typography?

3 Easy Ways to Use Emotion in Web Design

As human beings, we like to think that we’re rational creatures. We tell ourselves that we make our decisions based on fact and logic. However, that’s rarely the full truth. As much as we try to make choices guided by rationality, the truth is that we’re often highly emotional people, driven by the way that… Continue reading 3 Easy Ways to Use Emotion in Web Design

So, You’Ve Won An Exciting Redesign…What Now?

The transitioning of power is fraught with difficulties. Different teams have different values, different experience, different expertise, different priorities, and that leads to different tooling, and different methodologies. It’s tempting to think of web design as an end-to-end process, starting with research and concluding with metrics. The reality is that most designers and developers join… Continue reading So, You’Ve Won An Exciting Redesign…What Now?

A Guide to Overriding Parent Theme Functions in Your Child Theme

If you’ve had any experience working with parent and child themes in WordPress, you’ll know that the template files in your child theme override those in your parent theme. For example, if your parent theme has a page.php file and you create a new one in your child theme, WordPress will use the one in the child… Continue reading A Guide to Overriding Parent Theme Functions in Your Child Theme