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The Basics of Touchscreen Interfaces and Screendesign

Designers have been faced with some of the most difficult tasks to achieve beauty in aesthetics merged with pragmatism. Interfaces should be designed to work quickly and efficiently – but they should also captivate and charm the people using them. It requires fine balance and a sense of creative ingenuity to craft exceptional interfaces.

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In this post I’d like to express a few components critical to designing for touch-based devices. Screendesign isn’t a new concept but it has been revolutionized through advancing technology. These advances focus on screen size, pixel density, and open source development. Once you can understand the fundamentals of touchscreen design new projects can be viewed from above-the-board without getting bogged down into details.

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Design a Readable Hierarchy using Web Typography

It’s a no-brainer that websites are crafted by layering information into page sections. The most important content usually falls near the top of the page and gradually cascades down. Capturing attention requires a sense of natural order to your page content. Web typography can relate to the typeface, but it also relates to overall structure and flow while reading.

I want to suggest a few tips for web designers who wish to bring sequential order to their typography. This occurs through a number of changes that require careful attention to detail. A great place to start is by reading popular online magazines to capture the essence of their typographic flow. Otherwise just keep practicing design features by quickly iterating new concepts on-the-fly.

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Best Color Pickers & Color Resources for Adobe Photoshop

Anyone who’s familiar with Photoshop knows about the convoluted learning process. As a beginner the interface is grandiose, intimidating, and seems like the new school bully who makes you feel weak and inadequate. But as you learn the tools and menus it’s easier to warm up and become friends with your old bully. It’s a program like no other that offers photo compositing, UI design, digital painting, and many similar creative skills.

One big piece to the puzzle is color theory. Beyond the understanding of color theory you also need to understand how to choose the right colors for your palette. And since color is relative you should treat it like your relatives – love unconditionally, but keep some emotional distance. Using these color-related plugins and tools for Photoshop you can have a much better performance choosing the right colors for any artistic endeavor.

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The Safest Plugins for Handling your WordPress Site During Maintenance

Often times you will need to shutdown a website for updating bug fixes, testing a new theme, and other common reasons. But the process on WordPress can be a hassle since you would need to redirect all the traffic onto a new default page. This can easily be handled using some open source plugins from the WP repository.

I want to present a small collection of WordPress plugins for handling downtime on your website. Each of these is open source and easy to install on any website. You can generally activate settings and themes from the backend admin panel. Using a pre-built method will save a lot of time so that you can focus on fixing the site or adjusting your changes to get back online.

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Most Useful WP Tutorials for Building Custom Widgets

WordPress widgets are very simple to implement once you have created the codes in your theme. Many free WordPress themes will come prepackaged with their own custom widgets. This is also the case for some more advanced plugins, but overall it does require some time coding these to work properly.

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Often times developers would rather sit down and build their own solutions for running custom widgets. In this tutorial I want to present a set of great articles related to coding your own custom WordPress widgets. If you are unfamiliar with PHP then this will be a challenge but it is not impossible. The entire WordPress system is based in PHP so it is worth learning some details of the language, assuming you plan to customize many various WP sites in the future.

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WordPress Plugins for Managing Custom Post Types

There are a number of useful plugins to set up your own custom post types. WordPress has allowed developers to transform the simple blogging platform into a customized CMS engine. Granted there are still a number of restrictions based on the core functionality. However custom post types really open a number of doors for webmasters who are creating content galleries, databases, wikis, and other various types of sites.

In this article I want to share a few resources for managing your own CPTs from scratch. PHP developers have the option of writing custom post types into a function file included into functions.php. But these CPTs are also local only to your own theme. A quick & easy solution is to create them using a plugin which will be activated over the entire site regardless of what theme you are using.

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Working with Rough Ideas & Draft Articles in WordPress

I have always been an advocate of WordPress especially for newer webmasters. The system is easy to use and there are countless tutorials found all over the Internet. But one area that is not covered so well is the management of post ideas in the WP backend. Writers who want to take down notes or brief headlines will need to create a new post and save this as a draft.

The problem is that you may end up changing the title later on down the line, and this would also require editing the permalink too. After a while you may just end up creating a brand new post to use. For this article I would like to share a few ideas on how to manage your own drafts and rough ideas. The WordPress system does offer greater functionality through plugins which can help writers to better organize their thoughts.