Author: Jake Rocheleau

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Flexible Responsive Image Carousels

Most web developers feel it’s redundant to create an interface from scratch when there are plenty of free code snippets online. Naturally this includes a broad range of interfaces from dropdown menus to accordion widgets. Another popular option is the responsive image carousels which have grown abundantly fashionable in recent years.

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Free Code Snippets for CSS3 Animation

Online tutorials are useful but not always plentiful when it comes to really detailed animation effects. But if you already know enough about coding then it’s easy to dissect someone else’s example to recreate your own. CSS3 animation is still a new topic hot off the presses with fresh source code examples delivered by your […]

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How To Remove the Background in Photoshop

Rendering is the process of separating a particular object from the background so you have a completely clear image. This is useful for almost everything from digital graphics to web design and magazine covers. Removing the background from an image leaves only the foreground which could be people, objects, scenery, or some combination of the […]

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Understanding & Designing Great Microcopy

We all know about the importance of great copy on the web. It’s often easy to capture attention with visuals but strenuous to capture attention with verbiage. So if the word “copy” refers to the overall page text, then what’s microcopy? Well much like finding a great parking spot in a crowded plaza, microcopy refers […]

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Ideas for Pushing Beyond your Creative Comfort Zone

Working under pressure can feel like you’re caught in the cross hairs of a critic scrutinizing your every move. Unfortunately you can’t see him because this critic sniper has mastered the art of hiding in plain sight – right inside your skull. We are usually our own worst critics and over time this can build […]

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Applying the Rule of Thirds in Web Design

This is a fascinating subject that doesn’t always get discussed in the realm of web design. Photographers are probably familiar with the rule of thirds related to photo composition. But how can interface designers use the rule of thirds to create interesting digital designs?

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Drafting Tips for Creative Wireframe Sketches

Much like other professional designers I’m a big fan of the wireframing process. Although it’s mostly associated with the field of web design, the concept of project planning is ubiquitous across all creative mediums. Logo designers sketch prototypes, animators sketch storyboards, and UI designers sketch wireframes.

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How To Balance Composition for Website Layouts

Balance seems like a word directed at print designers and tightrope walkers. But the world of balanced web design is influenced just as much by print and circus folk! A sense of balance is achieved through repetition much like a pendulum swing – you add a little bit then take some away. You push content […]

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Constructing a Scientific Approach to Web Design

A polarity found in most work is the balance between logic and intuition. Web design along with most artistic endeavors favor creativity. Yet the process of actually coding and structuring a website is primarily logic-driven. Does this mean the design process can only be viewed as a creative touchy-feely kinda process? Not exactly, because most […]