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What is brand strategy and what does the process look like when working with clients? How much does brand strategy cost? How can you get brand strategy clients? Fabian Geyrhalter reveals all.
Performance - the most significant aspect of a mobile app. The first thing users will notice over and over again is your app's startup time. And they are likely to give a thumbs down to the app if it's slow. As per Nimbledroid, poor app performance has made 86% of users (counting myself in) uninstall … Continue reading Top 11 Tips on How to Improve Android App Performance →
The best logo designs from 2018, plus the latest 2018 logo & branding design trends and an inspirational logo design gallery showcase.
When it comes to flyer design, choosing the right font can make a big difference. This collection of the best fonts for flyers can help you find a unique typeface for your next design project. Whether you're working on a flyer design for a business event, a party, a music festival, or a club event, […]
On the Laravel News site there's a new post looking at the use of user-defined schedules and some of the "hidden" features the Laravel framework provides to allow for even more customization. Recently Adam Wathan and Taylor Otwell have used Basecamp to track what they are doing every day-a tech diary. Notably, they are using the check-in feature which allows you to schedule questions to be sent to members about almost anything. Taylor and Adam are using it for "What did you work on today?" It's not that it's the same time of day or even that it's only weekdays which peaked my curiosity but the fact every check-in has a custom schedule defined by a user. In Laravel, we can quickly schedule a job to run every weekday at 4 pm, and we can use a custom timezone. But out of the box, we cannot set a different schedule for every individual check-in. We would have to store a cron expression and manually check every minute if it's due. After some "source code diving" the author figured out that the Schedulable trait allows you to define a more customized version of a schedule to fit your needs, making it simple to implement in any class or model. Code examples of these changes are included in the post as well as some next steps to have it implemented more widely either in the Laravel core or a package.
The StarTutorial.com site has continued their introductory look at design patterns and using them in PHP with a new article covering the Singleton pattern. [The Singleton pattern] ensures a class has only one instance, and provides a global point of access of it. They use a more real-world example to illustrate the use of a singleton: organizing patients at a doctor's office using a ticketing system. In their example, the system makes use of a "TickerPrinter" object to represent the ticketing system. The issue is that the printer has to check every time to see if it needs more paper or if the ink is out in the first example. They refactor this to use a singleton, creating a getInstance method to return the same instance of a "TicketPrinter" object each time it's called rather than having to create a new one and manage it individually.
Today, the classroom is much more dynamic and innovative than it used to be. While in years past, the classroom was seemingly immune to digitization, that's no longer the case. Nearly every kid of every age has a smartphone and a digital-first mentality. Some teachers have fully embraced EdTech in their classrooms, while for others,...
Sketch is a unique app that offers amazing features and functionality for creating app UI designs and mockups. Creating an effective UI for an application requires time, detailed attention, and--most importantly--an idea to get started with! In order to streamline the design process for creating your next app interface, we’ve collected the best Sketch UI templates […]
The "form follows function" design principle applies to modern fonts as well. Modern fonts are based on geometric lines and forms that are clean, clear,
Webfonts have become an indispensable part of web design. Aside from plenty of commercial variants, Google Fonts also provides many fonts that you can integrate into your web projects for free. Those that generally prefer to host themselves will find a couple of online webfont generators that turn desktop fonts into webfonts in the following article. Extensive Webfont Generator by FontSquirrel FontSquirrel is most certainly one of the most popular providers of free fonts. Among others, you will find a bunch of the same webfonts offered at Google Fonts. Using the Webfont Generator by FontSquirrel, you can easily create webfonts in all standard formats. The rather new WOFF2 format is among them as well. Webfont Generator With Many Settings To do that, just upload a TrueType, or an OpenType font, or even multiple files at once, such as an entire font family. When generating the webfonts, you choose between “basic”, “optimal”, and “expert”. While with “basic”, everything, like hinting and kerning, stays the same, FontSquirrel will make some adjustments that create the most – well – optimal display possible when choosing “optimal.” The “expert” settings allow you to customize entirely how the webfont will be generated. For example, there is a […]
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