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The 10 Best UX e-Books (for Free!)

From web design to prototyping and typography, our friends at UXPin have compiled this list of the 10 best e-books that teach UX design. The best part? They’re all free.

The Reactive Database System – Letting the Cloud Help You

Amazon Web Service (AWS) is known for its scaling and elasticity. Now, with some help from AWS Lambda, even your database can benefit from the power of the cloud (and save you money at the same time).

Are You Considering Your Clients’ Experience?

As user experience designers, we are hypocrites. We lecture our clients about the need to consider the experience of their users, yet we fail to apply the same standards to our own business.

You Should Probably Blog in Markdown

Maybe you’ll read that title and think: Damn, Chris. Little dogmatic isn’t it? There are lots of ways to do things, especially on the web. Why be all…

14 Resources for Creative Inspiration

There it is. You are standing at the base of a 1,000-foot wall, staring straight up. It’s unsurmountable. Certainly impassable. Your eyes cannot make out the summit; it may as well be a 10,000-foot wall.

Seven Amazing Web Development Resources

1: Font Pair – Fonts don’t exist in a vacuum, least of all Google fonts. With thousands of different fonts available, being able to maintain an aesthetically pleasing…

Loading and Using External Data in React

Hey JavaScripters! I’ve been learning a bunch about React lately. It’s very fun. It feels like a great way to write JavaScript. Seems to me it has almost…

Building Concentric Circles with Nice Color Palettes For Fun and Science

I was looking through my applications folder the other day, hoping to clean house a bit. I came across an app I used to love but haven’t used in forever: Simple Desktops. It’s an app for changing your wallpaper once in a while to a random, simple, classy design. One came up like this…

Best Practices in WordPress: Image Management

I wouldn’t be surprised if most WordPress users imagine their Media Library as being no different than a teenagers closet: A giant pile of disorganization, a haystack housing thousands of needles. You might have said, “Why doesn’t my Media Library use folders like everything else in my digital life?” There are many reasons, but properly adjusting yourself to use the Media Library will improve your workflow and make your website more searchable and accessible.

Top Seven Sites for UX Inspiration

We asked our UX team for their favorite websites for UX inspiration. Furthermore – Equinox’s blog is something to behold. Littered with great gifs and photography, every fold…

What the Apple TV Teaches Us About UX

Surprise! The kids in our neighborhood understand the new Apple TV the fastest. Right out of the box, they had the game apps running, their iOS devices out connected as controllers, and easily jumped between 7 or 8 college football games in the WatchESPN app. In my home, more people use the new Apple TV for a wider variety of uses than ever before.

AngularJS vs. React — Which One to Pick?

Few things go unchecked in the world of web development, especially when it comes to the two major developer frameworks, AngularJS and ReactJS. Maintained by some major players…

The Art of Making It Up

In early September 2015, a good friend asked if I’d be willing to sit down for lunch to talk startups, projects, and life with a guy we’ll call “Mike.” Full disclosure: If there are two things I love dearly, it’s lunch and problem solving.

A Quick (Yet Functional) Intro to Shortcodes in WordPress

Let’s start off with a bit of history, shall we? Shortcodes were first introduced to WordPress in version 2.5 (way back in March of 2008) so they’ve been around for a while. Still, after seven years in WordPress, there’s a bit of confusion about what they are and what they can do.

This functional little primer will help you understand not just what they are, but how and why you should play around with them (even if you’re not a serious developer!).

Life in Code Review (or what it takes to build a quality product) – Part 1

Throughout my career, I have been asked the same question: “What are you looking for when you review someone’s code?” A few things always immediately pop into my head, such as inconsistent code formatting or over commenting. But, truly, code review is a vast field, with many interesting (and sometimes nonsensical) moments that can keep anyone up at night.

Maintenance and Upkeep of Your WordPress Site

Launching your WordPress site is just the beginning of its life on the web. You’ve conceived and birthed your baby… but now you’re in charge of feeding and protecting it.

Owning a site is a responsibility. There’s a lot to consider, more than most people realize when they are just starting out. Neglecting your site means it could get hacked, suffer from broken links, or an unplanned update breaking your contact form.