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To come up with a proper design, UX designers use a lot of different research techniques, such as contextual inquires, interviews and workshops. They summarize research findings into user stories and user flows and communicate their thinking and solutions to the teams with artifacts such as personas and wireframes. But somewhere in all of this, there are real people for whom the products are being designed for. In order to create better products, designers must understand what's going on in the user's world and understand how their products can make the user's life better. And that's where storyboards come in.The post The Role Of Storyboarding In UX Design appeared first on Smashing Magazine.
There's an art to crafting the perfect email newsletter design. It's a combination of visual presentation and just the right words. It's delivering quality content in a way that resonates with subscribers and generates opens so that your messages avoid the spam box. A few email design best practices can help you find inbox success […]
You might have been told to keep a stiff upper lip in the face of criticism or ignore it and it will go away. So maybe there is a negative news story that featured your business or a few bad comments on a customer review site. "Well, it's the internet," you think to yourself, "Here...
TutsPlus.com has continued their series of posts covering the use of image manipulation functionality in PHP using the GD library. In this latest tutorial they cover drawing shapes in images and rendering fonts. Besides using GD for manipulating regular images, we can also create our own from scratch. Different functions in the library can be used to draw basic shapes like ellipses, circles, rectangles, polygons, and simple lines. With some maths, these shapes can create nice patterns. There are also functions available to draw text on the rendered image, which opens up a lot of possibilities. This tutorial will teach you how to draw basic shapes in PHP and how to render text using your favorite font. The tutorial starts by explaining what functions to use to draw lines, circles, arcs, rectangles, and polygons. Example code is provided showing all of these in action together to create a basic line drawing of a house and sun. They then enhance this with changes of line thickness, color fills and the use of a "brush" created from another image to make a new house picture. The tutorial finishes with a look at how to integrate fonts into the image and insert whatever text you might want (using a true-type font).
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.
Lush green slowly turning into yellows, reds, and browns in the Northern hemisphere; nature awakening from its slumber in the Southern part of the world: September is a time of change. A chance to leave old habits behind and embrace the beginning of something new. And, well, sometimes a small change of routines is already enough to spark fresh inspiration and, who knows, maybe even great ideas. With that in mind, we embarked on our monthly wallpapers challenge more than nine years ago, and since then, artists and designers from all across the globe have accepted the challenge and submitted their designs to it to cater for a bit of variety on the screens we look at so often.
Over the years, the popularity of flat web design has exploded - thanks to large organizations that are bringing changes into their design aesthetics and accepting the flat design. Flat design is a simple User Interface (UI) design that makes use of straightforward, two-dimensional elements and bright colors. Sometimes, it is contrasted to skeuomorphism style the makes the illusion of 3 dimensions by copying real-life properties. You might have noticed that the popular operating systems, i.e., Windows, iOs, and Android, have gradually been shifting their design language to more flat. So, what is a flat design and should you implement … Continue reading →Visit us at InstantShift.com
Tomas Votruba has continued his series covering the use of the Symfony Console component with a new tutorial. In this latest article he shows how to get "stylish and standard console output" using the output formatting included with the package. Even if you don't use any component from Symfony or even installed one, you can use this trick in your PHP CLI App. It's simple, provides standard and makes your output look like a design from Apple - useful and nice at the same time. He starts by introducing the OutputInterface that the Symfony Console package includes and shows a few screenshots of the difference between normal console output and the Console component's look. He also covers the SymfonyStyle functionality that allows for even more fine-grained control over the input and output handling of your application. He finishes the post showing a few tips on integrating these styles into your command line application and setting it up to fetch SymfonyStyle as a service.
You are likely working on your Christmas designs now: websites, banners, presentations, magazines, leaflets, advertising, Christmas greetings and what not. How are you planning to decorate your newsletters, season offers, brochures and Christmas cards? Have you made up your mind yet? If you want to be original and surprise everyone with your designs, you can download thousands of Christmas vectors from Freepik. The guys from Spain make it easy to create stunning Christmas illustrations, and all for free. Snowmen, trees, festive bulbs, gadgets, patterns and white backgrounds for your greeting cards, and all kinds of lovely season elements that will turn your Christmas designs into something really magical, at least professional. So if you want to wish your friends, workmates, customers or just your beloved ones a Merry Christmas, just use any of these free amazing Christmas greetings designed by Freepik. You can download them easily and edit them to add your personal touch. (dpe)* You might also be interested in the following articles35 Last Minute Christmas Wallpapers of 2012Merry Christmas: 10 Free Vector Xmas Cards as AI and EPSFlat Christmas: Creative Xmas Greetings on BehanceThe Right Mood #2: 25+ Free Christmas Cards, Flyers, Tags and…The Right Mood #1: Free Christmas Icons, Patterns and Mockups 2014Let It Snow: Festive Resources to Santa up Your Website
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