6 Things to Do Before Sending a Site Design to a Developer

As web designers, sometimes it is far too easy to look at a completed design and think it is ready for production. But any developer will tell you that bringing a design to life in code takes more than just a pretty design. To expedite the coding process and ensure the product more closely reflects the design, make sure you do these six things before handing off your next design and your developer will love you … [Read more...]

Making Your Code as Beautiful as the Design Itself

A website's design gets all the glory. When someone visits a site, you'll hear them talk about how awesome the design is--but, do you ever hear someone talk about how awesome the code is? Never! Regular people can't see code, nor do they care to see it or what it looks like. It's precisely this reason that there's so much ugly code in the web world today. People don't see it so developers don't believe that … [Read more...]

The Smashing Book Review…Win a Copy!

Pretty much everyone in our field has heard of The Smashing Book from Smashing Magazine. Published in 2009 with 313 pages, The Smashing Book offers a collection of modern design, usability, coding and best practices in the web world. The book had plenty of information to offer that I didn't know about and, although I didn't agree with all of it, it was well worth the price. I'd like to share my review of the … [Read more...]

A Beginner’s Guide to Web Development

The web development field offers a variety of languages from front-end development, like HTML, CSS and Javascript, to back-end programming, like PHP, ASP and Ruby on Rails. So how do you start learning how to code? In this post, I want to offer a variety of great tips on beginning your journey to learning web code. At the end of the post, I want to share a simple site structure with you to get started in HTML … [Read more...]