[Design] Secrets of the Esc Key

From CreativePro.comSecrets of the Esc Key:


Secrets of the Esc Key
If you’ll pardon the pun, the Esc key might escape the notice of many Adobe Creative Cloud users, but it’s actually a great shortcut. You might already know that the Esc key can be a shortcut for the Cancel button, but it does a few more interesting things in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Illustrator. I wrote this article as a follow-up to my earlier CreativePro article about the hidden powers of the Enter key; if you like these tips you’ll want to check out that article too. But for now, let’s uncover some of the secrets of the Esc key. Esc: Your Easy Exit Esc is short for "escape," and that’s a good way to understand when to press that key. When you’re adjusting an option and you find yourself thinking "I’m going down the wrong road…", that’s when you might want to try the Esc key. In many applications, the Esc key is a keyboard shortcut for canceling the current operation. If you see a Cancel button on the screen, chances are pressing Esc will be the same as clicking that Cancel button. Similarly, Esc is often a single-key equivalent to pressing the Command-. (Mac) or Ctrl-. (Windows) shortcut for canceling…



[#ALA] User Research When You Can’t Talk to Your Users

From A List Apart:User Research When You Can't Talk to Your Users:


User Research When You Can't Talk to Your Users
It's not breaking news to say that the core of UX, in a vacuum, is talking to your users to gather insights and then applying that information to your designs. But it's equally true that UX does not happen in a vacuum. So what happens when you don't have the budget or the timeline to run user tests, card sorts, or stakeholder interviews? What should you do when your company doesn't want you bothering the paying customers who use their software? In short, how do you do UX research when you can't get direct access to your users? While the best methods for gathering user insights entail first-hand research, there are other ways to quickly glean qualitative data about your users 'wants and needs' beyond the usual lightweight guerrilla user testing options. For a start, companies that are new or have a smaller digital footprint can benefit from things like forums or even competitor reviews to get a better sense of the users in their industry vertical. And for more established companies, customer service logs and app reviews can be invaluable for learning what users think about specific products. Let’s check out a few techniques I like to recommend…



[#HTML5 #Tips] Preparing Yourself For #SEO By Learning The Basics Of HTML

From Tutorial Lounge » Tutorial LoungePreparing Yourself For SEO By Learning The Basics Of HTML:


Preparing Yourself For SEO By Learning The Basics Of HTML
Preparing Yourself For SEO By Learning The Basics Of HTML Are you aware of the fact that SEO and HTML closely correlate with one another? It is nearly impossible to have one without the other. With this in mind, if you wish to delve deeper into search engine optimization, you will want to find a […]



[#ALA] Widen Out: Using Your Blog to Attract New Clients

From A List Apart: The Full FeedWiden Out: Using Your Blog to Attract New Clients:


Widen Out: Using Your Blog to Attract New Clients
Attracting future clients on autopilot – that's the whole point of your website, right? Most freelancers accept the story that great work attracts leads, but I'm going to be straight with you: clients have no clue you exist. What usually tips the balance isn't your portfolio – they see plenty of those. Not many people talk about failures they had promoting their products and services. We struggle and we hide it. It's one of the reasons I hate to read marketing 'success stories' and 'How to drive traffic and make money!' posts – they seem hollow and vaguely manipulative. They also invariably circle around an answer we already know: The key to attracting non-referral clients is making it easy for them to discover you.



[#Tutorial] Finally! #CSS Triangles Without Ugly Hacks

From TutorialzineFinally! CSS Triangles Without Ugly Hacks:

Finally! CSS Triangles Without Ugly Hacks


In this quick tutorial we show you how to use the clip-path property to effortlessly create CSS-only triangles. No borders or unicode involved. Anyone who has tried to make HTML upvote arrows, speech bubbles or other pointy elements, knows that in order to create a CSS-only triangle you have to use some sort of hack. The two most popular solutions are to create your triangles out of borders, or to use unicode characters.



[#Tutorial] How a Website Builder Can Be Useful for Creating Stunning Websites

From Tutorial Lounge » How a Website Builder Can Be Useful for Creating Stunning Websites:


How a Website Builder Can Be Useful for Creating Stunning WebsitesAdvantages of Online Website Builders in Creating Stunning Websites In the Internet-oriented world, every business is going online and focused on creating a website for their product or services. Owing to this trend, companies are always looking for webs designers and developers to help them build their online presence. However, getting perfect results out of designers and developers is nothing short of […]



[#Design] Themify Shoppe – The Ultimate WooCommerce #WordPress Theme

From Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and TutorialsThemify Shoppe – The Ultimate WooCommerce WordPress Theme:


Themify Shoppe - The Ultimate WooCommerce WordPress Theme
I’m excited to announce that Themify has released another awesome theme – Themify Shoppe. Designed by Liam McKay and coded by Themify team, Shoppe works hand-in-hand with WooCommerce, making it the ultimate multi-purposed eCommerce theme…



[#HTML] Probably The Best Collection of Web Tools for 2017

From Queness FeedProbably The Best Collection of Web Tools for 2017Probably The Best Collection of Web Tools for 2017:


Probably The Best Collection of Web Tools for 2017Probably The Best Collection of Web Tools for 2017
Today is a happy day, as we’ve managed to finish probably the best showcase of web tools and services created for 2017. This list of resources was created having in mind experienced developers and web designers but also the casual guy who need let’s say an invoicing platform for his projects or small business. You will find WordPress themes, Icons, PSD to HTML services, invoicing platforms, website builders, and many more things. Check them all, most have free trials.



[Tutorial] Create Your Multilingual Website with Ease

From Queness FeedCreate Your Multilingual Website with Ease: Top 20 WPML-ready WordPress Themes:


Create Your Multilingual Website with Ease: Top 20 WPML-ready WordPress Themes
In the modern days of Internet technologies and Online communication, there is no surprise that our world has turned into a ‘global village’. The trends and news spread instantaneously and capture the minds of people from all over the world. There is no surprise that something you offer may be desired not only in the country of your residence, but all over the world.



[Design] The Definitive Guide to Quotes, Apostrophes, and Primes

From CreativePro.comThe Definitive Guide to Quotes, Apostrophes, and Primes:


The Definitive Guide to Quotes, Apostrophes, and Primes

Quotation marks, apostrophes, and primes (also known as inch and foot marks) are some of the most misunderstood and misused elements in typesetting. The confusion between them harkens back to the days of typewriters when there was just one style – now called ‘typewriter quotes’ to represent them all. But today’s computers are intended to set professional typography, not just typing for the casual user, therefore the proper glyphs are available in most fonts. Understanding the distinction between these marks and the task of getting them right can be challenging, but essential for the creative professional. If you think you?ve heard me ranting about this topic before, you are right. That is because the misuse of any of these glyphs is one of the most widespread of all type crimes in digital typography, committed by students (who have an excuse), novices, and seasoned professionals alike. This can be due to lack of knowledge, but also because too many creative professionals don’t think it is their job to be concerned about this. They are wrong, as every design job is a group effort, and any error reflects poorly on the entire team, and most especially, the client…



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