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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.
How to Design the Look of Your Website with WordPress
By Rafael Concepcion
Feb 15, 2012
Rafael Concepcion shows you how, by using themes in WordPress, you can have multiple looks for your website in just a few clicks.
Bulletproof Web Design: Creative Floating
By Dan Cederholm
Jan 31, 2012
The creative use of the float property can give grid-like results, with a fraction of the code we’d need with the nested-tables approach. By paring down the markup to its barest essentials, you make it easier for browsers, software, and all devices to read your content, at the same time making it easier for other designers and developers to modify and edit these components.
Aesthetics: Enjoy the Ride
By Maggie Macnab
Oct 19, 2011
Fundamental pieces of "memory" are embedded from the earliest experience of your ancestors and from your personal experiences collected during the first years of life. These experiences join with the unique composite of your genes to give you an individual perspective of beauty, teach you how to assess and respond, and advise you on how to make decisions based on what you believe to be right or wrong. This chapter will help you remember what you already know.
Design by Nature: An Interview with Maggie Macnab
By Peachpit, Maggie Macnab
Oct 17, 2011
In this interview, Maggie Macnab, author of Design by Nature: Using Universal Forms and Principles in Design, talks about using the principles and processes of nature in your design work, why patterns found in nature are so effective in design, and what inspires her as a designer.
The Mobile Future of UX
By Robert Hoekman
Oct 14, 2011
Robert Hoekman, Jr. talks about the profound impact PC Free and the mobile revolution in general will have on web designers.
Merit Over Marketing: A Manifesto
By Robert Hoekman
Jul 26, 2011
Without proof of their effectiveness, the act of deciding who will do the best design work for your company is a coin toss. And too often, this results in mediocre solutions with unremarkable results. By believing what we hear over what we see, we tell consultants and agencies that marketing is a more valued skill than design. Robert Hoekman, Jr. suggests that it's time to call for merit over marketing.

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