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Author Talk: Tim Kadlec on Implementing Responsive Design (Podcast Transcript)
By Tim Kadlec, Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel
Oct 11, 2012
Peachpit publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel interviews Tim Kadlec, author of Implementing Responsive Design, about why he wrote the book, the Breaking Development conference, and how anyone can start applying responsive design to their site.
The Infographics Complexity Challenge: Presentation and Exploration
By Alberto Cairo
Oct 3, 2012
An information graphic is a tool for the designer to communicate with readers, and a tool for readers to analyze what’s being presented to them. It doesn’t matter if you see yourself as an engineer or as an artist: If you create infographics and visualizations, the balance you achieve between these two dimensions will define whether or not your work is good.
Working with Smart Objects in Dreamweaver and Photoshop
By Tom Negrino
Oct 3, 2012
If your websites use a lot of images, you've probably spent plenty of time jumping between Dreamweaver and Photoshop to make changes, and then trying to keep track of which files are current and which need to be synched. Now you can cross that nightmare off your task list. Tom Negrino, coauthor of Dreamweaver CS6: Visual QuickStart Guide, shows how using Smart Objects in Dreamweaver CS6 can keep your images in sync automatically.
"The Best Design Advice I Ever Got" with Jakob Nielsen
By Jakob Nielsen
Sep 25, 2012
Jakob Nielsen, coauthor of Mobile Usability, reminds us that anything you think is easy or good might be terrible for the target audience.
Custom Search Filtering with jQuery Mobile
By Kris Hadlock
Sep 24, 2012
Search functionality is often a necessary piece of functionality for a website, especially when your website has a lot of content. In this article, Kris Hadlock, author of Ajax for Web Application Developers, explains how to use the search filter bar to create search functionality in the listview component, and how to create a custom search filter in case the default search functionality doesn’t meet your needs.
Corral Your Styles with Dreamweaver's CSS Visualization Tools
By Tom Negrino
Sep 13, 2012
Using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) with Dreamweaver provides detailed control of the design and display of your web pages, but hidden rules underlying the styles might prevent you from getting the effect you really want. Fortunately, Dreamweaver offers some powerful tools for working with CSS. Tom Negrino, coauthor of Dreamweaver CS6: Visual QuickStart Guide, explains how to use Dreamweaver's visualization tools to make CSS behave.
Bringing Infographics And Visualization to the Mainstream: Not Just the Tools, but the Ideas
By Alberto Cairo
Sep 10, 2012
Alberto Cairo, author of The Functional Art: An introduction to information graphics and visualization, explains that the democratization and commoditization of infographics is a wonderful trend, but it will get even better if it is informed by a solid understanding of certain universal guidelines.
An Interview with Tim Kadlec on Responsive Design
By Tim Kadlec, Mat Marquis
Sep 6, 2012
Mat Marquis talks with Tim Kadlec, author of Implementing Responsive Design: Building Sites for an Anywhere, Everywhere Web, about what makes a web design 'responsive,' how some responsive sites develop bloat, and why his hair is so luxuriously soft.
WordPress 3.4: Making Your Theme Compatible with the Theme Customizer
By Jessica Neuman Beck
Sep 3, 2012
Use the WordPress 3.4 Theme Customizer for fast, easy, nearly code-free editing of your custom WordPress themes! Jessica Neuman Beck, coauthor of WordPress: Visual QuickStart Guide, Second Edition, shows how to update an existing theme with the WordPress 3.4 Theme Customizer.
Implementing Responsive Design with Media
By Tim Kadlec
Aug 28, 2012
It takes careful consideration and planning to give our users the best of both worlds: a beautiful experience that loads as quickly as possible. In this chapter, learn why performance matters, how to conditionally load images, what responsive image solutions are available, and their limitations, how to swap out background images without downloading multiple images, how to conditionally load web fonts, what’s ahead for responsive images, how to make embedded video scale while maintaining its aspect ratio, and what to do with responsive advertising.
Adding Text to Your Pages in Adobe Dreamweaver CS6
By Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Aug 22, 2012
In this chapter, you'll learn how to get text onto your page and apply structure using headings and lists. You'll also learn how to use basic HTML text styles to change the look of your text.
Game Mechanics: How to Design an Internal Economy for Your Game
By Joris Dormans, Ernest Adams
Aug 15, 2012
Internal economy is one kind of mechanic you might find in a game. Designing a game's economy is the core of the game designer’s trade: You craft mechanics to create a game system that is fun and challenging to interact with. Ernest Adams and Joris Dormans, authors of Game Mechanics: Advanced Game Design, explain how to do it.
WordPress 3.4: Using the New Theme Customizer
By Jessica Neuman Beck
Aug 13, 2012
Preview changes to a WordPress theme before launching them to your site! In just a few steps, Jessica Neuman Beck, coauthor of WordPress: Visual QuickStart Guide, Second Edition, shows how to use the new Theme Customizer introduced with the WordPress 3.4 core update.
Building Better Websites with Dreamweaver Site Definitions
By Tom Negrino
Aug 9, 2012
To set up a new website with Dreamweaver, you have to begin by creating a site definition. Though Dreamweaver makes setup easy, it has some pitfalls that can trip up the unwary. Tom Negrino, coauthor of Dreamweaver CS6: Visual QuickStart Guide, guides us step by step through the process of site definition.
How to Create Flexible Header Images in WordPress 3.4
By Jessica Neuman Beck
Jul 30, 2012
Break free from header image-size constraints! Jessica Neuman Beck, coauthor of WordPress: Visual QuickStart Guide, Second Edition, shows how to use the new flexible header support introduced with the WordPress 3.4 core update.
Enhancing Boxes with CSS3 Bling
By Chris Mills
Jul 26, 2012
In this chapter you’ll learn new ways to (tastefully) add graphical effects to your sites programmatically without having to use millions of background images. You’ll start by looking at some basic isolated examples and then advance to more involved implementations.
Creating Multipage Websites in jQuery Mobile
By Kris Hadlock
Jul 16, 2012
Kris Hadlock explains page template types and shows you how to preload and cache pages, work with different page transitions, and customize loading messages. You'll also learn to create custom functionality to take your pages to the next level.
The Inspiration Bookshelf: The Best Books for Design, Learning and User Experience
By Julie Dirksen
Jun 4, 2012
Julie Dirksen, author of Design For How People Learn, shares her "Inspiration Bookshelf" for designers, listing books and websites that are special, not only in the content, but also in the way that they were written and designed.
Project Objectives and Approach for UX Designers: Know Which Star to Navigate By
By Russ Unger, Carolyn Chandler
May 1, 2012
This chapter covers forming objectives for your project and offers some questions that will help you solidify those goals. You'll also learn some common project approaches (or methodologies) and how they may influence the way you work.
Top 10 Content Strategy Mistakes to Avoid
By Melissa Rach
Apr 20, 2012
Melissa Rach, coauthor of Content Strategy for the Web, Second Edition, sees far too many organizations making similar mistakes in their outreach attempts. The "throw it together" approach that most people employ tends to create havoc, rather than useful information for potential customers and clients. She shares 10 of the most common (and dangerous) pitfalls that everyone should learn to avoid.

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